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Pope Bashes Consumerism

On a trip to Australia for World Youth Day, the Pope struck out at the consumerism and wastefulness of modern culture. Giving us several choice quotes in his speech, none is better then "Our world has grown weary of greed, exploitation and division, of the tedium of false idols and piecemeal resp...

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Navigating Your Local Thrift Store, the Land of Misfit Toys

You could say that there is an upside to our culture's never-ending hunger for the new: the "old" ends up in thrift stores, where it may be found by conscious consumers with a little patience and effort. About 99% of my wardrobe came from yard sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops. Nearly e...

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Tags: Bargain shopping, Green for less, Reycled clothing, Thrift stores

The Gas They Pass

My favorite topic in this blog has arisen once again. Yep, it's back to those pesky methane-producing cows! A few brave Argentine scientists have gone about measuring just how bad gas emissions from cows really are. By hooking a tube from the rear end of the cow to a large tank strapped on top o...

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The Forty Story Farm

So I was sitting in the office one day taking a well deserved mental health break, when I stumbled upon an article for Vertical Farming. Amazed that I hadn't heard of it before, I began to research it further. As I learned more it became apparent that this technology could be a game changer, and ...

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Dish Detergent: One Environmentally Preferable Product Not to Overlook

During tough economic times, even the most committed conscious consumer may begin to question which green goods are the most important to buy and why. One product I urge you to splurge on is environmentally preferable dishwashing detergent. The reason I'm such an advocate for this product is beca...

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Tags: Chemical pollutants waterways, Green cleaning, Green dish soap, Water pollution

Save Energy; Take a Long Weekend!

Many of you may know that we at New Dream work a 4-day week. I know, I know, I am absurdly lucky to be a part of such an incredible organization, but there are downsides too. Like, well, um... does being the envy of all my friends and family count? But ok, in all seriousness, our decision to wor...

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Look honey! They now carry water!

So I was having a pleasant walk after brunch on Sunday when I came across the store front of a popular burger chain with a framed sign that reads: "WE NOW CARRY BOTTLED WATER." What?! This is now something restaurants are using to woo potential patrons? This is problematic. A sign like this coul...

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Frugal Green Shopping Bags

Reusable shopping bags have come a long way. Efforts like New American Dream's Carbon Conscious Consumer campaign have made great strides in touting their eco-advantages over disposable bags. As a result, the same big-name grocery stores whose clerks gave me funny looks for bringing my own bags a...

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Tags: Green shopping, Recycle grocery bags, Reduce waste, Reusable bags

East Meets South: Backyard BBQ with a Texas Twang

Being from Texas, I'm no stranger to the summer barbeque. I grew up on coleslaw and sweet tea, and when our family gathered in the summertime, we did it around a grill. Our seasonal celebrations even led my dad to write a song called "Backyard Barbeque," which is still a family classic. We didn'...

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Tags: Green bbq, Reducing meat consumption, Vegetarian barbeque

As for those enhanced waters . . .

My little brother and I have issues with getting easily dehydrated, so we always have an emergency stock of enhanced beverages and sports drinks in our respective pantries for when the onset of dehydration comes on. Most of the drinks are single (or sometimes two) servings, and while we can recyc...

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