Monthly Archives:November 2007

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Green and Socially Responsible Investing

A huge drawback to investing is the complexity involved in deciding where to invest your money.  Faced with nearly incomprehensible prospectus or annual reports, the majority of us invest by buying shares of mutual funds, a process that usually leaves us uninformed about exactly which companies our money supports.  When a person buys shares of […]

November 28th

Linoleum Flooring

“Oh, that was natural linoleum you wanted.”  A response you’re likely to hear if you go in search of the true linoleum that’s often confused with vinyl.  Produced in Europe, linoleum is a comfortable, quiet, resilient, and low-toxicity choice sold worldwide in sheets, tiles, or planks.  This flooring option is available in a broad palette […]

November 28th

Greening Your Holiday Season

You can enjoy and savor the winter holiday season much more this year by not allowing it to overwhelm you with its unhealthy demands on your frame of mind, your waistline, and your pocketbook. Instead of joining the frenzied mobs of harried shoppers jostling to accomplish holiday tasks, save yourself grief and credit card debt […]

November 27th

Sustainable Wood Flooring

Why is it important to look for sustainably and responsibly harvested wood flooring sources for your home projects?  The simple answer is that the world’s forests are disappearing at an alarming rate, and taking a bit of time to seek out sustainably harvested and underutilized options will have the planet and its future inhabitants thanking […]

November 26th

Wood Product Certification

When buying wood for a home project, we want to make sure that it has been sustainably harvested with a minimal impact on surrounding ecosystems that will inevitably be affected.  Now we can know for sure that a product we’re considering has been harvested using sustainable methods—many well-known programs provide certification to companies that demonstrate […]

November 26th

5 Steps to Becoming the Greenest Firewood User

Burning anything levies environmental consequences—no exceptions!  Burning wood obviously produces smoke and destroys trees, which are a renewable resource when managed sustainably, but this is not usually the case. Follow these tips to cut back on your fire-inspired pollution “contribution”  and win the honorary title of Greenest Firewood User . . . Buy local wood harvested […]

November 26th

Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving Holiday

Holidays can be hectic, especially if you’re the one hosting!  It’s so easy to get caught up and carried away by the buzz of festivities, and sustainable choices often take a back burner to more convenient solutions. Here are a few simple reminders to keep your Thanksgiving celebration “in the green” . . . The […]

November 26th

Green Holidays

Annual holiday celebrations are among the most joyous times of the year—and they can also be the least environmentally friendly.  Even those of us who are careful about wasteful acts the rest of the year can get caught up in the chaos. Let’s unwrap some ideas for keeping your celebrations greener . . . Replace […]

November 26th

Companion Planting Techniques

The science of companion planting is simple: it provides you with a varied and beautiful garden, and it allows your plants to help each other grow healthier and deter pests. There are several ways that companion planting helps to minimize the need for chemical pesticides and fertilizers in your garden: Planting a plant that pests […]

November 20th

5 Natural Flea Treatments

You don’t have to depend on toxic pesticides to get a handle on your pets’ mobile flea population! Some of the best natural flea deterrents can be found in your kitchen or herb garden . . . If your dog or cat is suffering from fleas, make a “tea” of lemon peel and water, and […]

November 20th

5 Tips for Burning Firewood Safely

Burning wood requires a bit more knowledge and active participation than is involved with setting a thermostat.  If you are intending to use wood heat exclusively, you’re embarking on a different way of life! Here are some general tips to help you get started . . . Buy the right size stove. If you undersize […]

November 20th