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Are plastic bags necessary?

Last year, the Seattle City Council voted yes for Referendum 1, a proposal to impose a twenty cent fee on people who choose to put their items in paper or plastic bags. What are your views regarding Referendum 1? Do you think your area should pass a similar resolution? Are taxes and fines the bes...

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Tags: Fine, Local, Plastic, Plastic bags, Policy, Seattle, Waste
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Micro-activism: Local Foods

I usually try to change my behavior as a first step in understanding issues and inspiring change. I never tell people that they should do what I’m doing, but I always explain why I’m doing it. If nothing else, it gives my friends and me something to talk about over craft beers. With the upcoming...

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Tags: Farmers markets, Food, Fresh, Green, Local, Local food, Locavore, Organic, Shopping
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Healthy Eats: Staff Updates

Here's some updates from New Dreamers who are either keeping up with their food resolutions or finding some healthy breakfast options. Latoya Learning to eat and cook with “clean” or whole foods has been beneficial to both my energy levels and the planet. The only problem left is our culture of ...

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Tags: Breakfast, Diet, Local, Resolution, Sustainable
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The Egg of Discord: Unclear Ethical Concerns Lead to Controversy

If you're among the majority of Americans and don't keep your own egg-laying hens, you may still want the most ethical egg that money can buy. The New York Times' article, Sorting Through the Claims of the Boastful Egg, can help demystify your egg purchases, distinguishing between the labeling a...

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Tags: Eggs, Ethics, Fair trade, Food, Local, Organic
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Green America's Fixes from the Green Economy

In Green America's latest version of RealGreen, Alisa Gravitz's 7 Fixes from the Green Economy gives suggestions for rebuilding our flawed economy from the ground up. Some of these ideas are on the macro-level, like creating more green jobs. Others are changes you can make in your lifestyle. My ...

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Tags: Barter, Community, Local, Organize, Trade
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