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"Frugal beginners guide to going green."

Posted By pinkflats on Aug 15, 2008 at 8:23PM

Huddler's Green Home, found at Yahoo! Green, just posted a blog on how the cheapskates...cough, cough...I mean the frugal human beings can help save the our beautiful planet without a dent in the pocket.

AND thank God! Because if there's one thing I love hearing about being "green," it's how it won't cost you much!

Here are several of the tips:
Do This: Keep up with car maintenance.
Conserve This: Gas
Costs...: Variable ($130 per 15,000 miles of driving with one air filter change, oil changes, and filling tires).
Saves...: Clean air filters can improve your mileage by as much as 7%. Using the wrong grade of oil can reduce your mileage by 1-2%. Properly inflated tires will improve gas mileage by 3%. That means, if you're driving a car that should get 25 MPG, and you're not taking care of it, you're really getting 22.25 mpg and therefore spending an extra $296.63 on gas (at $4/gallon) every 15,000 miles.
Saves In 5 Years: $1,186.52
ROI In 5 years: 228%

Do This: Take extra weight in your car down (i.e., take off roof racks, bike racks, etc., when not in use). This saves 1-2% fuel efficiency per 100 lbs.
Conserve This: Gasoline
Costs...: $0
Saves...: $0.04-$0.07/gallon (or $31.20 per year if you use 10 gallons of gas a week).
Saves In 5 Years: $156
ROI In 5 years: N/A

Do This: Lower your hot water heater thermostat to 120° F.
Conserve This: Energy
Costs...: $0
Saves...: 36 to $61 annually in standby heat losses and more than $400 in demand losses.
Saves In 5 Years: $2,242
ROI In 5 years: N/A

Do This: Wash your clothes in cold water. This saves 80-90% of the energy used in washing.
Conserve This: Energy
Costs...: $0
Saves...: 10 to 20 cents per load which results in about $40 per year.
Saves In 5 Years: $200
ROI In 5 years: N/A

Do This: Wash your clothes in cold water. This saves 80-90% of the energy used in washing.
Conserve This: Energy
Costs...: $0
Saves...: 10 to 20 cents per load which results in about $40 per year.
Saves In 5 Years: $200
ROI In 5 years: N/A

Do This: Fix leaky faucets. One drip can waste 250 gallons of water a month, which translates to 3,000 gallons of wasted water annually.
Conserve This: Water
Costs...: $0 if you do it yourself, $50 if you call someone
Saves...: 8% of your water bill (around $38 per year).
Saves In 5 Years: $200
ROI In 5 years: 380% (if you call someone once in 5 years).

Visit: http://green.yahoo.com/blog/huddlergreenhome/7/frugal-beginners-guide-to... for more of these frugal tips!

EJF - Charity T-Shirt Campaign

Posted By Laine Taurīte on Apr 18, 2008 at 1:16PM

Get your exclusive designer charity t-shirt and help stop child labour in cotton production.

EJF's t-shirts are ethically made with 100% organic cotton and Soil Association-certified printing. The cotton is guaranteed by the producer not to come from Uzbekistan. All proceeds go to support EJF's work.

I think this charity campaign is really great idea. I am definitely going to get that Luella shirt, for helping that children.

Tagged with: EJF

Safer Cosmetics

Posted By glamourgal on Apr 18, 2008 at 6:36AM

I have started using safe cosmetics for my face and body. I learned that our skin absorbs something like 60% of what we put on it.

I am using all natural products that offer recyclable packaging like Burt's Bees and Kiss My Face.

Etsy :: gracegraphics :: Handmade Plantable Greeting Card for Happy Birthday Hoppy Birthday Frog

Posted By htiduj on Apr 15, 2008 at 7:46PM

Being Green has become a huuuge deal lately. Makeup companies like Cargo have created makeup packaging that can be planted. I thought that was a pretty ingenious idea, but its been trumped by Grace Graphics of Etsy. She makes handmade Cards for all occaisons that can be planted in your garden! Not only do you get a birthday card, but you get flowers as well! Its a great way to eliminate clutter (I always feel badly throwing out cards) and to help the environment!

Tagged with: Stationary, green, Etsy, seeds, cards, flowers

30 days of green deals from The Daily Green

Posted By Cocoangel on Apr 2, 2008 at 9:54AM

TheDailyGreen.com is offering coupons and deals during the month of April. Check it out, sign up for their newsletter, make good choices :-)

Tagged with: go green, earth day, discounts

5 little ways to living a greener life.

Posted By pinkflats on Mar 17, 2008 at 4:46PM

1. Think outside the recycling box. It's simple: These days you can recycle a lot more than paper, glass, aluminum and plastic. Even better: Reuse stuff--less energy is wasted on making it new, and less pollution gets spewed out. A few of many options: Drop off your old prescription eyeglasses at an eyewear store (find one at givethegiftofsight.com); give that outdated cell phone back to the store; hand over old sneaks at Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe program (nikereuseashoe.com) and they'll be turned into playground flooring. Also check out freecycle.org, a network in which people offer up free gently used items--futons, quesadilla makers, you name it.

2. Sign up for online banking. It saves you time, and it saves trees. If every American did this, 2.3 million tons of wood could be spared annually, and 3.9 billion pounds of greenhouse gases (directly to blame for heating up the planet) would be eliminated. When you visit an ATM, skip the receipt--those scraps of paper are a top source of litter.

3. Shop online, too. By some estimates, every minute spent driving to a store uses 10 times the energy of doing that same shopping on the Web. For eco-driven sites so good you'll never miss the mall, visit nau.com and thegreenloop.com for fashion, and econsciousmarket.com for home finds.

4. Buy local, whenever possible. Purchasing a sweater made by a neighborhood knitter and baked treats from farmers' markets instead of buying goods from far-off locales drastically reduces pollution and fuel use.

5. Switch to green power. You don't have to build a windmill in your backyard or anything. Just find an energy company that uses good old wind, sun or water (but not from a big dam) for power. Visit eere.energy.gov/greenpower to find a local supplier.
Source: http://www.glamour.com/lifestyle/articles/2008/03/green_tips?currentPage...

Parked the SUV!

Posted By glamourgal on Jan 16, 2008 at 10:10AM

Unfortunately I am stuck in a 3 year lease in a Jeep SUV but I have still found a way to keep it and be green. I limit myself to driving 250 miles per month and carpool the rest. If I bought a hybrid and drove 1,500 miles per month, I'm pretty sure it would be worse for the environment than the small amount of driving I'm doing. I feel so much better to know that I can still make a difference while I ride out this lease.

Geeky Concepts - Monitor your gadgets energy usage with the Saverclip | Geeky Gadgets

Posted By Schaianne on Jan 15, 2008 at 10:55PM

Very cool gadget to help you monitor your electric usage! Helps you see what your using, wasting ... where you could improve, etc.

You could still be "green" when you go out.

Posted By pinkflats on Jan 2, 2008 at 12:37PM

I feel like sometimes it's hard to continue being eco-friendly when you are out and about with your friends and such, unless you drive a hybrid, walk everywhere you go, etc. (Which I don't have and I don't do.)

Thankfully the lovely Rachel McAdams and her friends head a site called greenissexy.org. In it they suggest simple ways that you and I could be "green," and here are simple ways we all can continue saving the planet once we have stepped out of the house:

1. "Is your wallet busting at the seams? Maybe not so much with money but with paper printouts? While we can’t solve your finances, we can suggest recycling your receipts as they start adding up to a lot of paper over a period of time. If you’re worried about leaking personal info, shred them first or cut them up like you would a credit card. Some merchants will print with soy ink so that your receipt can be composted too. If you think of it in time, ask the cashier if they can skip the receipt altogether or just pay the old fashioned way - with cold, hard cash. "

2. "Here’s a quick and easy way to reduce waste in your life: give condiment packages and napkins back to the restaurant that gives them to you. Try asking fast food chains and takeout joints to leave out the extras from your next lazy dinner, but if they still throw in a handful of ketchups or a months worth of napkins, consider giving them back to the person who doled them out. By actually returning these wasteful extras, you’ll be reducing your own impact while reminding the restaurant that no means no. Who knows? Maybe they’ll think twice before overdoing it on the soy sauce for the next customer."

3. "When you're out on the go and need to grab a cup of piping hot joe, you might discover that your coffee cup has been served dressed with a coffee sleeve. While it's not very trendy for your coffee to have a wardrobe, here's a way to make sure to let its style carry into the next season: keep your sleeve to reuse when your through with your brew. Ladies, you can even tuck one in your purse. Let that little cardboard sweater protect your precious mitts from the heat time and time again - tre chic!"

4. "Reusing and recycling are important, but reduce is the best of the three R’s. The next time you get takeout or have food delivered, ask the restaurant to leave out the napkins, plastic utensils and condiments. This might seem like a tiny amount of paper and plastic, but it all adds up. Skip the free, flimsy stuff and use your own. You’ll feel good that you’re making yet another green choice."
Tips and photos can be found at: http://www.greenissexy.org.

The Suburbs or The Cities?

Posted By pinkflats on Nov 14, 2007 at 3:17PM

I thought this was an interesting article because while I live in the suburbs I plan to move out to the city and hopefully raise my future family in the city as well. Young families, however, tend to move out from the city to the suburbs for a more friendly environment.

According to Kenny Luna of treehugger.com, "Based around the simple concept that cities incubate new businesses, connect people, ideas, money and markets while their ports and airports connect us to the world, a non-profit group called CEO’s for Cities seeks to help augment and revive cities by helping them to throw off the negative connotations so often associated with them.

And now it seems they’re working to find ways to encourage young families to stay in cities and raise their children in a more sustainable atmosphere than your average suburban neighborhood.

Part of that means recognizing that for 50 years having a first child often meant heading out of the city in search of a more “family-friendly” lifestyle. But they point out that currently young adults are 33 percent more likely than other Americans to live in close-in neighborhoods, and that progressive urban leaders are asking if they can break the traditional pattern of family migration to the suburbs.

As a lifelong suburbanite myself, I have to admit I wonder if it’s even possible...

But they seem optimistic, turning to the Institute of Design and asking teams of designers to help shed some light on how young families might be moved to alter the behavior that has so long been commonplace, and the course of history in the process.

Not surprisingly, the approach has been to study urban parents. And rather than asking them what they might do in hypothetical situations, they studied what people choosing to raise their children in cities are actually doing already. They also made sure to interview urban and suburban parents who found their current living situations in the city or the suburbs to be far from ideal.

And while they found that the top concerns of parents about city living are safety, space and schools, they also discovered that satisfied urban parents had ways to address each of those issues in a positive way. To the happy urban parent the very nature of the city alleviated their safety concerns with its density and “eyes on the street.” They also supplemented their lack of private space by using the city’s public spaces, such as parks and sidewalks. And they augmented their children’s education with the city’s diversity and cultural and other assets.

Currently, the folks at CEOs for Cities are working with urban leaders from New York, Chicago, Portland and Akron to develop and test a wide range of strategies to support and scale the behaviors of urban families as part of their first-ever Learning Network. Efforts that will be documented over the next 18 months and hopefully provide general insights for urban leaders from all cities to help turn the tide of migration from cities towards them.

I confess that I’m genuinely interested to see what they come up with, especially as recent research shows a lack of free time in open spaces is stifling creativity among kids across America."
Stroy and photo from: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/11/is_it_even_poss.php