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Garden and Yard Care

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Enviroscaping for Green Landscapes

Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

Any sustainable home should include enviroscaping as a way not only to beautify the home’s surroundings, but also as an eco friendly way to save energy and enhance the surrounding ecosystems.  The practice of enviroscaping is quite [&hellip... Read More


Alternative Energy

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How Much Do Solar Power Systems Cost?

Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

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Solar power has been around for decades now, but relatively few people have been able to devote the money and/or time to making it work for them.  Today, a new generation of "plug-and-play" solar products allows [&hellip... Read More


Food and Cuisine

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What is Organic Produce?

Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

The Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 was finally finished in October 2002.  The act set a national standard for all organic food including organic meat and organic produce.  Let’s take a look at how the [&hellip... Read More


Food and Cuisine

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What is Sustainable Agriculture?

Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

Sustainable produce is a relatively new idea.  It gives shoppers interested in purchasing organic produce an alternative option at a lower cost, and sometimes a higher rate of availability.  According to the Food Alliance, sustainable produce [&hellip... Read More


Food and Cuisine

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The Benefits of Eating Organic Whole Foods

Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

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Organic whole foods are foods that are unrefined/unprocessed completely or processed and refined as little as possible.  Examples of organic whole foods are unpolished organic grains, organically grown produce, and non-homogenized milk.  Most often you can [&hellip... Read More


Fair Trade

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The Positive Benefits of Fair Trade

Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

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Fair trade practices are designed not just to promote profit, but also to encourage better standards for an improved quality of life, specifically in developing countries.  Fair trade practices address issues of wages, the environment, respect for [&hellip... Read More


Fair Trade

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Fair Trade vs. Free Trade

Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

There is a great deal of debate in the poltical world, the business world, and in the public sector over Free Trade versus Fair Trade.  So what exactly is Free Trade and what is Fair Trade? [&hellip... Read More


Garden and Yard Care

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Growing Organic Tomatoes

Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

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What’s better than a homegrown tomato?  An organically homegrown tomato!  Here are the steps for growing delicious organic tomatoes from seeds: Find a good seed, preferably organic seeds of the “heirloom” variety.  These are the best [&hellip... Read More


Alternative Energy

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What are the Disadvantages of Solar Power?

Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

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The major disadvantage of solar power or solar energy is the cost of the photovoltaic panels.  The location of your home in relation to sunlight, how many hours per day of sun you receive, and the [&hellip... Read More


Alternative Energy

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The Benefits of Wind Power

Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

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There are several major benefits to wind power. One of the most important is that wind power is the least expensive of all other forms of alternative energy.  Wind turbines generate electricity at around 5 cents [&hellip... Read More


Alternative Energy

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Photovoltaic Panels

Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

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A photovoltaic panel or module is simply another name for a solar panel (where photo refers to light, and voltaic refers to electricity).  The calculators that runs on solar power have small cells that are actually [&hellip... Read More


Alternative Energy

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Advantages/Disadvantages of Hydropower

Published on October 12th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

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Hydropower (which is referred to as micro hydro when used in home-based installations) currently provides 10 percent of the electricity used in the United States and 20 percent of all electricity production worldwide.  In Norway, 99 [&hellip... Read More


Green Home Decor

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Wood Flooring Treatments

Published on October 11th, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

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VOCs, those volatile, organic, quite likely carcinogenic compounds abound in the wood used in our homes and office spaces—and floors are a large part of that space.  Many of the woods that we walk on come chock full [&hellip... Read More


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