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Reviews: Green pet products

So many products claim to be green, but which ones live up to their promises, and promise to be worth your money? The Center for a New American Dream is pleased to offer the first in a series of entries in which staff members review green products. All of the opinions expressed in these reviews a...

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Tags: Green pet food, Pet wellness

Bottlemania Keeps on Spreading

Once upon a time, long long ago, Americans weren't obsessed with purchasing water in disposable plastic bottles. Ever wonder how the bottled water craze became so culturally normative? Ask environmental journalist Elizabeth Royte. In Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It, Royt...

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Simplifying Another Holiday

In this posting, two members of the New Dream staff share their thoughts on simplifying Father's Day. From Kim: An article from last holiday season came back to me on a recent June day. It was about the conflict that people who are becoming more conscious of their consumption feel about choosin...

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Tags: Family memories, Father's day, Green gifts

Staycations: Cheaper, Greener, and More Relaxing Vacations

Rather then deal with all of the airport madness and the stress of feeling the need to be everywhere and do everything, why not just stay at home and do whatever you want?

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How I Discovered Vermicomposting

Contributing author Rebecca Goodstein is the Conservation Journeys Manager at The Nature Conservancy. As I write this, there are 1,000 worms in my kitchen eating my garbage. Some people have cats, dogs or hamsters as pets--“ I have a container filled with organic waste-loving, rubbish-chomping r...

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Tags: Composting, Food waste, Reduce waste, Worms

Veg Out With Oprah

It's been a while since I've had the joy of using this forum to dish about celeb gossip, but count on Oprah to provide new blog fodder! Last week's media headlines screaming that Oprah had "gone vegan" were a bit of a stretch. While she hasn't made any full commitment to a vegan lifestyle, she h...

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Beyond Crunchy Granola

A teaser from "Shopping to Help Save the World," a recent MSNBC article on conscious consumption as an increasingly mainstream practice: Here’s the type of conundrum that Wendy Richardson often finds herself debating: If she is three miles from her office and realizes she has forgotten her...

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Americans Downshift Driving in Record Numbers

As of this morning, the price for regular gas at the station closest to my house is a mind-blowing $4.19-- up ten cents in a week. While I've always been conscious of keeping my driving to a minimum for environmental reasons (my clunker of a car doesn't get world's greatest mileage, to say the le...

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A Fountain on Every Corner

There was a wonderful op-ed in the New York Times last week about the next step in breaking the bottled water habit: so you have your non-toxic, reusable bottle…where do you fill it up? When walking in New York City on a hot day, Elizabeth Royte says, tap water is not as readily available as b...

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Tags: Bottled water, City water supply, Public water, Water fountains

Memorable Vacations

Looking back on the family vacations from my childhood, they seem pretty average. We visited our share of amusement parks but also went to nature museums, historical spots, and the beach. A lot of the trips run together in my memory, but what I do remember most of all were the simple pleasures th...

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Tags: Childhood vacations, Green travel, Kids and vacation, Quality time with family

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