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Coffee: Wake Up to a Greener Cup of Joe

Coffee, arguably America's most beloved beverage, has become a hot topic due to the incredible strain that growing puts on soil and increasingly unsustainable farming practices. The good news is that 'fair trade' eco-coffee is now widely available. See this comprehensive guide http://www.thegreenguide.com/products/Food&Drink/Coffee for a greener cup of joe and put your mind at peace.

Green Dry Cleaning

In about 85% of dry-cleaning shops, perchloroethylene (or “perc”) is used, a chemical that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers both a health and environmental hazard. So before you drop off that stack of shirts that will probably survive your delicate cycle anyway, learn more about the environmental impact of dry cleaning and about green dry cleaners: http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/greentips/do-green-dry-cleaners-exist...

Adopt The Sky: Help Reduce Air Pollution

Adopt the sky: learn more about how you can reduce air pollution at http://www.adoptthesky.org/?source=ozone_email2

Organic Produce

Save money - not all organic produce is equal. Learn what produce is worth buying organic and which is OK to buy conventional. Here's an excerpt: The 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest amount of pesticide residues are peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, imported grapes, pears, spinach, and potatoes. These are the ones to spend your money on. The 12 with the lowest residues are onions, avocado, frozen sweet corn, pineapples, mangoes, frozen sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi, bananas, cabbage, broccoli, and eggplant. Read More »

Consignment: Clothing and Household

Retro truly is rad, especially these days, and so is putting a stop to the amount of trash our society creates. Instead of buying new clothing or household goods, why not check out a consignment shop the next time you need something? You can even make money consigning goods that you are no longer using (check with specific shops for their buying and selling arrangements). Some local consignment shops include: Read More »

Paper

According to the American Forest and Paper Association, the average American uses more than 748 pounds of paper per year, and waste paper is America’s single largest export by weight. Paper manufacturing alone is the third largest use of fossil fuels worldwide and the single largest industrial use of water per pound of finished product. Read More »

seafood harvasted

Buy seafood that is harvested sustainably.

See Best & Worst Seafood Choices

Travel Shutdown: Household

Before leaving home, check that all appliances and heating or air conditioning systems are set to use the least energy while you're away (i.e., turn off/down appliances, turn down heat, turn off air conditioning).

Public transportation: carry a book

When you take public transportation, take a book along and turn waiting time into reading time.

Lighting Systems: Conservation

Turn off lights in rooms that are not being used. If you own a business, familiarize your employees with the lighting and heating systems so they know how to turn things off and on.

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