Adults still not sinking teeth into vegetarian lifestyles

From Adults still not sinking teeth into vegetarian lifestyles Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A federal survey that showed 1 in 200 children have followed a vegetarian diet -- the first time numbers have been offered for people under 18 -- drew much attention earlier this week. But the news overlooked...

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Tags: Vegetarian vegan meat

Reusable Moving Bins: Save a Tree When You're on the Move

See this New York Times article, Moving Day Without All the Waste, about using rented, reusable bins to schlep belongings across town. The bins are sometimes even cheaper than buying cardboard boxes, but they are best for short-distance moves. As someone notes in the video, if a network like Uhau...

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Tags: Moving, Packaging, Waste

The Compact: Stepping off the Consumer Grid this Year

Still looking for a New Year's Resolution? (Now is about the time that many first attempts have been discarded, so you may be looking for your second). Wanting to translate the inaugural euphoria about change into a personal commitment to live more meaningfully? Then check out The Compact. They a...

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Tags: Budget, Consumption, Reuse, Second-hand, Thrift

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

6 Solutions from the Green Economy from Green America

Green America (formerly Co-op America) recently released an editorial, Solutions from the Green Economy. Author Alisa Gravitz argues for six green solutions to our economic crisis: Green energy/green jobs Clean energy victory bonds Reduce/reuse/rethink Go green and local Community investing...

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Triple Shot!

My husband and I decided to consume less alcohol and spend more time cooking in 2009. We also resolved to take a multivitamin each day and drink what we call a “triple shot”. A triple shot is a shot glass with a mixture of 3 liquids (2 tablespoons each) of chlorophyll, acidophilus, and calcium. W...

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The Threat of Convenience and Convenience Stores

Tom Laskawy from Grist had a great post today, Fighting Convenience, about McDonalds' continued expansion and what, if anything, can be done to stop fast food: When we talk about reform, about shutting down CAFOs, stopping GMOs, eliminating harmful pesticides and increasing consumption of fruits...

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HF Corn Syrup Free: Week 1

January 12, 2009 I AM LEGEND After a week or so of deliberation and research, I committed to quitting. From this day forward I plan to end my addiction to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Yep, that's right - I'm going high fructose corn syrup-free, or HFCSF. Once you start looking, you realize:...

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Tags: Cornfree, Hfcs

Energy Bars: Scam or Fallback Plan?

Some people think energy bars are a scam—another one of those foods that we’ve been convinced are good for us but actually aren’t as nutritious as the real thing. To me and to many others, however, they are sometimes the lesser of two evils when faced with junk food. These bars almost seem like v...

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Tags: Diet, Energy bar, Green diet, Nutrition, Packaging, Processed food

Re-Mining Metals from the Trash

What do you do with hard-to-recycle items like coffee pots and hair dryers? Is there another source for increasingly expensive rare metals used in manufacturing? The Japanese city of Odate, an old mining community, is undertaking an experiment in "mining" the metals found in unwanted appliances. ...

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