December 19th, 2014 | Tags:

Rather than giving gifts of stuff this holiday season, why not give the gift of a cleaner climate? Oroeco is a California-based startup that allows users to track and share their carbon footprint, and they’ve partnered with Impact Carbon to help you give meaningful gifts for the holiday, relieve climate pressure AND help those in […]

December 19th, 2014 | Tags:
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New research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena shows that California’s drought is so bad it will take 11 trillion gallons to recover. That number is hard to fathom, but to give you an idea, it’s: twice as much as the Colorado River’s annual flow; 1.5 times the volume of Lake Mead, the country’s biggest […]

December 19th, 2014 | Tags:
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The scent of fresh evergreen is one of the hallmarks of the holiday season – but why cut down a living tree just for a few weeks of festivities? Faux Christmas trees offer a more sustainable alternative, however they don’t bristle with the bouquet of pine needles. Fortunately, the folks at Juniper Ridge have found […]

December 19th, 2014 | Tags:
7 Printer Crafts

Have you considered using your printer as a crafting tool? Whether you’re scrambling for some last-minute holiday decor ideas, or are looking for some unique, crafty gifts to make, your printer can actually be of a lot more use than just printing out instructions. You can use it to print on napkins, fabric, waxed paper, […]

December 19th, 2014 | Tags:

My partner and I recently joined a CSA and while we’re generally stoked on the foods we’ve been getting, daikon seems to show up often and we’ve been a bit perplexed as to how to cook it (check out some great recipes below!). But more interesting than the spicy, biting flavor is the fact that […]

December 19th, 2014 | Tags:

When it comes to saving water and money around your home, an odd, but important place to look is in your toilet. If left unchecked, a leaky toilet can add a substantial amount of money to your monthly water bill. Did you know that 10% of US homes have a leak that wastes on average […]

December 19th, 2014 | Tags:

Are you a homeowner who also happens to have a pool? If so, a great way to save money and energy around your home is by heating that pool with an electric heat pump, and like most anything, if it’s properly maintained it can go a long way in extending the life of your unit […]

December 18th, 2014 | Tags:

A great way to ensure that your home is using both energy and water efficiently is to ensure that your hot water tank is running like it should. Over time things like lime, calcium and other minerals can build up in the base of your hot water tank, and this will cause your hot water […]

December 18th, 2014 | Tags:
Can a Loaf of Bread Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

While much of conventional farming is doing more harm than good to the climate, wheat may be an important crop for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. So, would wheat still be such a dietary pariah if it could help to curb climate change? According to a new paper published in the recent journal Nature Communications, we may […]

December 18th, 2014 | Tags:
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Etiquette rules used to be the guiding light for hosting. Today they’re just outdated. A knife should go to the right of your plate, and a fork should go the the left. You should set a table with wine and water glasses. That’s all well and good, but when it comes to etiquette rules, there are […]