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Eco-friendly Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Eco-friendly Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

The classic gifts for Valentine's Day are store-bought flowers, candies, cards and jewelry. Hoping not to sound the killjoy, I'd like to put a green-twist on the holiday giving this season by offering some suggestions for more eco-friendly gift ideas. Give a gift certificate for a home cleaning! Give a gift certificate for a professional massage. Give a gift certificate for a class - art, yoga, music, etc... Cook a special meal (try to use local [...] Continue reading

Donna Keiko Ozawa's Wooden Chopstick Sculpture & 10 Ways To Re-Use Disposable Wooden Chopsticks

Donna Keiko Ozawa's Wooden Chopstick Sculpture & 10 Ways To Re-Use Disposable Wooden Chopsticks

We can't all make as finely conceived art from our used wooden chopsticks as this short video shows Donna Keiko Ozawa does, but we can definitely give second and maybe even third lives to our wooden chopsticks, or refrain from accepting them at restaurants entirely. When the idea for this entry occurred to me a few weeks ago after eating Japanese take-out I thought I'd write a cute little something on chopstick crafts. I was not aware how [...] Continue reading

Composting, Envirocycle Compost Tumbler, Worm Bins & Vermi-composting

Composting, Envirocycle Compost Tumbler, Worm Bins & Vermi-composting

This weekend, more than 2 months after moving into our new house, I finally retrieved our envirocyclefrom our old Manhattan apartment building basement and found its new home in our backyard, so it seems an apt time to revisit the important topic of composting. Most of us now know what a good thing for the earth and our health composting kitchen scraps and yard debris is, but many Americans still don't realize how fun, easy, satisfying, and [...] Continue reading

Marmoleum - Eco-friendly, Sustainable Flooring Options

Marmoleum - Eco-friendly, Sustainable Flooring Options

The most sustainable option in flooring is clearly making use of what you have. But that's not always possible or desirable. Once we removed the old, funky-textured linoleum, peeling asbestos tiles, and avocado green and royal blue 1970s carpeting, we were lucky to find good oak wood flooring throughout most of our new home, so we'll only have to sand, then finish them with a low- or no-voc wood floor sealer. Our kitchen and bathrooms are [...] Continue reading

Home Decor Recycling, Re-purposing and Up-cycling

Home Decor Recycling, Re-purposing and Up-cycling

I've recently become hooked on Apartment Therapy's website. They house an encyclopedic and ever-growing volume of information related to home decor and design, and heaps of information on food and cooking, and technology. Their take is fun, fresh, and very often GREEN. They're keen on re-purposing, recycling, up-cycling and purchasing used items. I've been in a nesting mood recently, probably because of the colder weather here in NYC, and have [...] Continue reading