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Although you may recycle everything you can, your trash may be far from empty. Recycling is a powerful way to protect our environment and conserve resources, but it does not prevent waste entirely. By composting, you can eliminate another 25% of...
Many folks don't realize that pollutants exist in our yards, on our roofs and in our streets. Rainbarrel use keeps storm water from washing these pollutants into the streets and then into the nearest lake and river: our streets are truly our streams...
Roots and Shoots Program Founder at St. Paul Central Sarah Waddle's eighth grade teacher inspired her to learn about Jane Goodall and her organization, Roots and Shoots. Sarah founded a Roots and Shoots group at St Paul's Central High School in her...

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Beyond Curbside Recycling

February 23, 2015

When most of us think of recycling, we picture our home curbside recycling.  This type of recycling is relatively easy.  We’re given a list of items our recycling company accepts, we place them in a bin outside on the appropriate day, and our task is done!  Curbside recycling has the benefit of being convenient, but unfortunately, there are a great many things that we cannot simply put out at the curb. 

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Raising a Green Baby

January 26, 2015

I had my first baby 16 months ago and was determined to give him a sustainable and healthy start in life.  Using cloth diapers is probably the biggest thing that I did.  The thought of the extra work and cleanup with cloth diapers can often deter people from using them.  Should this be the case, there is luckily a great option- cloth diaper services.  I use Do Good Diapers, a Sustainable Diaper Delivery Service which has worked very well for my family.  The cost of cloth diaper services is comparable to using disposables, and the services handle all of the mess (you just place the diaper in the pail like you would a disposable and put it outside for pickup once a week).  While they do drive to your home to pick-up/drop-off, which uses fuel, they increase their sustainability in several ways:  route optimization software which plans out the most efficient routes, state of the art high efficiency washers to reduce energy and water use, and carbon offsets to counterbalance the impact of the delivery van.

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Greener Quilting

January 12, 2015

I started quilting a few years ago, and I’ve been completely hooked ever since.  It’s one of my favorite hobbies for a lot of reasons.  For one thing, while it can take me months to create a quilt, it’s something that I can do at any time at home, regardless of whether I have five minutes or two hours to spend.  I also like how it combines the creativity of producing my own design with the comforting repetitiveness of cutting squares and sewing seams.  It’s also wonderful to have a hobby that actually produces something, especially something that I can share with others; I’ve made one quilt for myself, but everything else I’ve made has gone to family members.

Of course, for me one of the best parts of quilting is being able to fit it into my green lifestyle.  Having a big, warm quilt means that I can turn the heat down and cut back on energy usage at home.  Perhaps even better than that is that it gives me a way to reuse pieces of fabric that others might simply toss in the trash.

Here are some of the things I do to reduce and reuse when I’m quilting:

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