Saying Goodbye to Back-to-School Shopping

Brightly colored string, an empty cereal box, a thick stack of scrap paper, and a little creativity - and you have your own personalized notebook for school, work, or home. As August rolls around, many parents head out to various school and office supply stores for notebooks, pencils, pens, bind...

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Tags: Green projects kids, Green school supplies, Save money school

The Road Less Pedaled

A few months ago (on my birthday, no less!) I spent a fantastic evening watching a still-in-the works documentary by three twenty-something women chronicling the surge of young people turning to farming. The Washington, DC residents set out on a three-month journey from DC to Montreal to learn ab...

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Pulling the Cord on the Buy-Dispose Treadmill

During my days living in the dusty southwest, cruising the alleyways for treasure was a favorite pastime and, believe it or not, a fairly common one in my circle. So, when getting around on my red Schwinn Collegiate, I took the less scenic route to see if there was something I just couldn't live...

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Tags: Antiques, Repair, Thrift

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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