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Choose a Live Tree...
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 07 December 2015 13:57

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Plastic trees are made of petroleum products (PVC), and use up resources in both the manufacture and shipping. Discarded artificial trees are then sent to landfills, where their plastic content makes them last forever. Live trees are a renewable resource grown on tree farms, that are replanted regularly. They contribute to air quality while growing, and almost ninety percent are recycled into mulch. Live trees are usually locally grown and sold, saving both transportation costs and added air pollution. They also smell like Christmas!

 
HOLIDAY CAPRESE WREATH SALAD
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 05 December 2015 00:00

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Recipe: 1 pound Italian plum tomatoes /7 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes /1 pound bocconcini (mozzarella balls) /8 ounces fresh basil peso /sea salt /freshly ground black pepper /extra virgin olive oil /balsamic vinegar /3/4 cup fresh basil. Slice the Italian tomatoes and halve some of the baby or grape tomatoes. Arrange the tomato and bocconcini around the outside of a large round platter to create a wreath. Spoon some pesto over it, season, drizzle the olive oil and a little balsamic vinegar in the center, and garnish with fresh basil leaves. Serve with freshly sliced Italian bread.

 
Reuse Idea: Cut Tree Twig? Christmas Ornament Display!
Reuse Tips
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Wednesday, 02 December 2015 23:41

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Baked Zucchini Fries...
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 30 November 2015 23:26

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Recipe: 3 medium zucchini sliced into 3" x 1/2" sticks 1 large egg white (or egg substitute) /1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs /2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (or non dairy)/ olive oil / 1/4 tsp garlic powder sea salt and fresh pepper to taste. Preheat oven to 425°. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and season with salt and pepper. In a ziplock bag, place breadcrumbs, garlic powder and cheese and shake well. Coat cookie sheet with olive oil and set aside. Dip zucchini sticks into eggs then into bread crumb and cheese mixture, a few at a time and shake to coat. Place the breaded zucchini in a single layer. Bake at 425° for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

 
Climate Survey Lists Sustainability Leaders
News
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Saturday, 28 November 2015 17:50

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The best ways for companies to demonstrate their commitment to combat climate change include taking specific actions to reduce their carbon emissions, increase the use of renewable energy such as solar and wind, and clamp down on deforestation. In a new survey of sustainability experts, 90 percent of respondents said that companies would need to play as big of a role as national governments in combating climate change to prevent environmental disaster. The 2015 Climate Survey, by research consultancy GlobeScan and thinktank SustainAbility, asked 624 sustainability experts from 69 countries about their expectations ahead of the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP21) scheduled to take place in Paris in December.

See more at: http://www.justmeans.com/blogs/climate-survey-lists-sustainability-leaders-unilever-tesla-ikea-google-ge#sthash.KbnTBX6q.dpuf

 
Reuse Idea: Reclaimed Wood? DIY Vintage Wall Art!
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:34

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Walmart Uses More Coal Than Ever Despite Sustainability Pledge
News
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 23 November 2015 21:40

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The report, titled Walmart’s Dirty Energy Secret: How the Company’s Slick Greenwashing Hides Its Massive Coal Consumption, found that the company is “one of the nation’s largest users of coal-fired electricity,” and that Walmart’s dependence on dirty power “pumps nearly 8 million metric tons of carbon pollution into the air each year.” While the company has made a little headway toward its pledge with renewable energy projects, such as rooftop solar, by and large Walmart’s operations continue to be powered by coal, and its clean energy initiatives provide just 3% of the company’s US electrical consumption. Walmart also happens to be one of the companies pouring millions of dollars into anti-solar groups, which are bankrolling the push to roll back rooftop solar and other clean energy policies on both the state and national levels.

Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2015/11/18/after-10-y.../

 
35 Healthy Christmas Stocking Stuffers
Blog
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 05 December 2015 00:03

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1) homemade coupons (special outing with parent, cooked dinner, trip to the park, etc.)

2) healthy trail mix

3)puzzle of themselves or a picture of your choice

4) homemade magnets.

5) fun toothbrush you might not normally buy with healthy toothpaste.

6) organic popping corn.

7) organic cocoa nibs.

8) DVD- exercise DVD’s, favorite TV shows, movies etc.

9) nice cooking utensils (stainless steel, wooden spoons)

10) eco friendly coffee cozy

11) sunglasses.

12) flashlight.

13) pocket knife (this would not be for a child).

14) gift card to a favorite store.

15) water bottle.

16) reusable travel coffee cup.

17) CD - relaxation.

18) playing cards (Go Fish, Old Maid, Classic Cards).

19) sudoku, crossword puzzles.

20) organic lip/body balm.

21) new wallet.

22) play dough (can make your own).

23) a special ornament for a favorite team or an event that year (graduated, got a dog, had a baby etc). 

24) travel packs of non-toxic skin toiletries.

25) sporting stuff: golf balls, sweat bands, fishing lures etc.

26) garden markers.

27) tickets for a special outing.

28) fun bandaids (kids love these).

29)  reusable shopping bag.

30) USB drive.

31) art supplies- crayons, colored pencils,

32) soft socks or slippers.

33) tea infuser.

34) tea cup and herbal teas.

35) organic coffee.

 
Green Holiday Travel Starts at Home...
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 23:41

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There are all sorts of clever ways to make your Holiday trip more sustainable, but the easiest one takes place before you leave. Remember to unplug all unused appliances, especially computers, cell phone chargers, and televisions. Also, you could plan by eating all the perishables in your fridge, then changing it to its lowest setting. And finally, don't forget to turn your water heater down as low as possible.

These are simple things to do, but they will save energy.

 
Obama Administration Announces 2016 Greenhouse Gas Targets and Sustainability Plans
News
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Monday, 30 November 2015 23:27

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The effects of climate change are already being felt by local communities around the world. To address the challenge, President Obama has taken unprecedented action to address the global threat of climate change and work with companies, NGOs, universities and other governments to reduce emissions, invest in clean energy, and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Read more:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/1...

 
Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 28 November 2015 17:51

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Recipe: 1 eggplant, peeled and sliced / 2 cups marinara sauce /1 vegan mozzarella cheese/1 cup bread crumbs (seasoned or plain) / 1/2 cup almond milk (or egg replacer) /1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil /1 tablespoon chopped basil / 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (or vegan)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Layer a skillet with olive oil and heat on medium-high. Dip eggplant slices in almond milk (or egg replacer), coat in bread crumbs and place in pan. Saute for a minute or so. Remove when both sides are golden brown and crispy. Coat the bottom of a baking pan with marinara sauce. Place a layer of eggplant and cover each with sauce,  mozzarella cheese (or vegan)  and sprinkle with the basil and parmesan (or vegan). Bake for about 35 minutes.

 
EASY No Sugar Apple Pie
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:35

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Recipe: 2- 9″ pie shells /3 tablespoons cornstarch /1 tablespoon ground cinnamon /1-12 fluid ounce can unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed / 6 cups sliced green apples (for more sweetness, use a sweeter variety). Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl whisk together cornstarch, cinnamon, and 1/3 cup of the apple juice concentrate. Set aside. In a large saucepan simmer apples with remaining apple juice concentrate until apples are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in cornstarch mixture and continue to simmer until thickened. Remove from heat. Spoon apple mixture into pastry-lined pie shell. Slice 2nd crust into strips and cover apples. Bake in preheated over for 45 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.cmal

 
Reuse Idea: Fallen Pine Cones, Twigs and Pine Needles? DIY Fall Wreath!
Reuse Tips
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 23 November 2015 21:41

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Try looking for pine cones, fallen twigs, or pine needles and use a wire coat hanger and a piece of thick cardboard as backing. The coat hanger also makes hanging the finished wreath a cinch.

 
Reuse Idea: Old Log? DIY Rustic Tea Candle Centerpiece!
Reuse Tips
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Sunday, 22 November 2015 22:08

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