Could You Go a Whole Year With Only Five Pounds of Plastic Trash?

What if you were told you were only allowed to generate five pounds of plastic trash this year? And what if that five pounds had to include both your recyclable AND non-recyclable plastic? Could you do it? How would you live? According to reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (PDF) and the California Integrated Waste Management Board (PDF), the average American generates between 88 and 128 pounds of plastic trash (before recycling) per year. ...more

Those are really cool SS straws!  Never heard of them.  Now gotta get ...more


The cheapest and most green way to clean and remove any stains from your carpets is by taking baking soda (not powder) and clear (white) vinegar in generous portions by the half cup size and pouring it directly onto the stain one after the other in any order and folding a towel in half and placing it directly over the stained area overnight.  The following day the stain shall be absorbed by the towel and drying if not already dry.  No need for expensive carpet cleaners or to have it professionally done.  Also, the room shall smell fresh as well....more

Merry Swishmas

This one goes out to anyone who still has any doubts about the infinite joys of clothes swapping - or swishing as it is known. Madame la Moue and I thought we would do a Christmas fashion shoot to show you a small selection of the loot we bagged at last week's Sussex Uni clothes swap. So here we are pouting and prancing like a pair of deranged pantomime dames. Merry Christmas....more

Is Recycling the Answer to Holiday Waste?

Actually, no. While recycling is certainly important -- we do it in our home -- it's not enough, and here are a few reasons why: ...more

A Few Good Things About Cold Weather...

Rhonda Fleming Hayes Don't worry, my list is not that long. Coming originally from California, I never learned many midwestern skills and traditions; like driving in snow, removing your shoes when visiting, and that hot dish is a dinner entree not a plate straight from the sani-temp cycle of the dishwasher. I remember being midly astonished on one of those first Thanksgivings when my in-laws put the drinks outside when the fridge got full. It simply never occurred to me that the great outdoors was a default Fridgidaire. ...more

Win-Win This Holiday: Gift Fair-trade Caffeine and Chocolate

Eating local's the goal of every eco-foodie -- except when it comes to addictive yummies like coffee and chocolate that just can't be grown locally. That's where fair trade treats come in! Here's a short holiday gift list of newish decadent fair trade and organic edibles that'll make you drool: ...more

Feeding Garlic To Cows Might Minimize Their Gas - And Greenhouse Emissions?

Well, I thought I'd heard it all when it comes to fresh garlic.  Scrumptious flavoring component, immune system booster, vampire obstacle, infection fighter, cancer combatant, bad breath creator, cholesterol reducer, etc. However, this one takes the cake - or the cud. ...more

Pumpkin Spice Latte & Frugalista Chic

Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime. ...more

I love the holiday drinks. I splurge on Starbucks too. That is actually one of my favorite ...more

EcoTrees for Christmas

Instead of buying a live Christmas tree this year form your local store front only to throw it away in a few weeks, try making your Christmas tree choice more eco-friendly.The alternatives that are offered today range from the simple country look to artsy designs; which one you choose depends on the overall Christmas theme look that you are going for in your home. Here we are going to take a look at the non-live and live Christmas eco-tree alternatives that are available today....more

Holiday Buying: More Pressure Today Than 40 Years Ago?

Once upon a time there was a little girl whose only wish was for a Barbie Country Camper. This was 1971. For simplicity's sake, let's call the little girl Beth. Beth had seen the Barbie Country Camper in Saturday morning TV commercials, and she wanted her Barbies to have the fold-out picnic table, pop-out tent, sleeping bags, and camper kitchen. The Barbie Country Camper was the first and most important item in her long list of wants that she secretly wrote and mailed to Santa Claus. And for two weeks before Christmas, she dreamed about the Barbie Country Camper when she went to bed at night.Christmas Eve, she didn't even go to sleep at all. Butterflies danced in her stomach and Country Camper thoughts raced through her head. When Christmas morning finally arrived, she raced downstairs to find under the tree the Barbie Country Camper she'd been waiting for! She raced over to the Barbie Country Camper, grabbed it to her chest, and hugged it. And then she looked at the gift tag."To Fran, Love Santa"WTF? Okay, she didn't say WTF because there weren't text messages in 1971, and she wouldn't have known what F stood for anyway.  But still, WTF? ...more

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