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Use Black Friday Sales to Try New Green Products



If the high price of some green goods has prevented you from buying them in the past, Black Friday – and Cyber Monday, the online shopping spree that happens four days after Thanksgiving – may offer the opportunity to finally give them a try. Retailers usually slash prices 30-50%, which helps make eco-friendly products more […]

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Clothing: What’s Eco, and What’s Not



What does it take to manufacture, sell, and dispose of clothing? You might be surprised. The clothing industry is one of the most environmentally intensive in the world. If it's made from cotton, it's been doused with as much as 22.5% of the pesticides applied to agricultural crops worldwide. If it's made from a synthetic fiber, […]

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A Glimpse Inside Mother Nature’s Jewelry Box



I'm a big fan of "natural" jewelry – necklaces, bracelets and rings made from seeds and stones, or sea glass found on the beach. But jewelry doesn't have to be this rustic to meet my "green" criteria. Generally, for reasons I list here, I look for accessories that are * fashioned from recycled or reclaimed materials (like gold, […]

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eco-friendly bedding

Want to save energy? Cuddle up under eco-friendly bedding & blankets.



Outside, the temperatures are dropping. Inside, what do you do? Turn up the heat — or  stock up on cozy blankets and bedding, especially if they’re made from natural fibers like organic cotton, wool, and hemp? What makes these materials more environmentally friendly? Natural fibers breathe more easily than synthetic fabrics, wicking away moisture if […]

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Coffee Mugs Matter



In 2005, Americans used and discarded 14.4 billion disposable paper cups for hot beverages, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters of Vermont calculated. That’s so many cups that if put end to end they would circle the earth fifty-five times! Based on anticipated growth of specialty coffees, reports Green Mountain, that number will grow to 23 billion […]

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