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Green Steps Tip: Re-usable shopping bags

May 29, 2009

They’re not just for groceries anymore!  I use my re-usable shopping bags for everything.  These cheapie bags are super affordable and sold at just about any retailer.  I think it’s silly to dish out anything more than a Hamilton for a designer cloth bag, especially when you can score a cute number like this for under $8.   You can dig out those old cloth bags, apply a little DIY style and have a hip new bag (stay tuned for pics of my project!).

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These bags are amazingly strong and I’ve started using them to carry my craft goodies to and from.  Cloth bags are the ultimate in re-usability and always beat paper.  What re-usable bags are you guys using?

Global Warming, the silent killer?

May 29, 2009

It’s the harsh truth folks.  According to a study by the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum, climate change is killing 315,000 people a year through hunger, sickness, and extreme weather events.  And the number is expected to keep on growing.

The real kicker with global warming is the large, industrialized nations are contributing  99% of the carbon emissions that are heating up the earth while the least responsible developing countries bear more than 9/10th of the human and economic burden of climate change. 

The video news release:

Kofi Annan is not happy about this.

[Via Boston.com]

6/4: Sustainable Living Seminar

May 28, 2009

Wood design specialist Van Millwork is hosting a Spring Home Design series and their next topic covers environmentally-friendly ideas that work in your home, including solar electric power, solar thermal hot water, and geothermal heating and cooling systems, green doors and lighting. 

 

I hear there’s complimentary brunch too.  Learning how to install solar panels and a free scone?  Count me in.

 

Details:

Thursday, June 4th, 10:00am – noon

Wolfers Lighting

103 North Beacon St., Allston

FREE

Register here

All aboard the green train

May 28, 2009

It’s hard to go a day without hearing or reading something about “going green.”  I’ve been overwhelmed with different tips and suggestions how to live a more environmentally friendly and sustainable lifestyle.  I want to be a better citizen of Mother Earth but with so many options out there, where do I start?  I’ve decided to take on this task and “green” my life one day at a time, using simple, easy to follow and low cost ideas that anyone can follow.