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October 27, 2010
Credit:flickrStoring leftovers has long been a way to stretch out the pleasures of holiday meals over the following days and many a kitchen cabinet is well stocked with...
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October 13, 2010
Credit: flickrWhitening clothes and sinks isn’t that easy without bleach, and although I have tried, I haven’t had much luck using hydrogen peroxide as a whitener.
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October 13, 2010
Credit: MyNeChimKi/FlickrWhitening clothes and sinks isn’t that easy without bleach, and although I have tried, I haven’t had much luck using hydrogen peroxide as a...
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June 15, 2010
Credit: Lululemon Athletica/FlickrForget the tie. How many does a man need, anyway? Give your dad something he’ll really appreciate—a good nap and then a trip to the park...
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June 1, 2010
A helpful how-to guide for keeping your computers, cell phones and other used electronics out of landfills.
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May 4, 2010
Credit: Robert Whitehead/FlickrHint: It’s green, one-size-fits-all, and doesn’t cost a penny.
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March 12, 2010
Recently on Facebook, a friend suggested that since there's already enough stuff in the world companies should just stop manufacturing things and everybody should trade what they...
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March 5, 2010
This is the first in our new series in collaboration with Annie B. Bond, DIY diva and green living expert. As the snow melts and winter gives way to spring, it is time to pack...
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March 5, 2010
This is the first in our new series in collaboration with Annie B. Bond, DIY diva and green living expert. As the snow melts and winter gives way to spring, it is time to pack...
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February 18, 2010
A basic cotton T-shirt doesn’t seem quite so basic when you trace its life history.
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February 11, 2010
The very latest in green fashion isn’t the $20 organic cotton jeans at Kmart or the handloomed hemp/silk blends on the runway at Fashion Week. It’s a tiny sensor immersed in a...
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January 6, 2010
Towers of junk electronics are teetering in lots, homes, roads and river banks in the developing world, shipped from western countries by some unscrupulous companies that claim to...
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December 31, 2009
Please join Simple Steps in a discussion about the throwaway society, American habits and values, the ways of our parents and grandparents and the wisdom we can learn from them...
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November 20, 2009
Fabrics are so ubiquitous it’s easy to forget the acres of cotton crops, herds of sheep and barrels of petroleum behind the yards and yards of fibers we use every day. But growing...
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November 6, 2009
NRDC’s Simple Steps is hosting a No Impact Week starting on Sunday, November 15 with Colin Beavan's No Impact Project. Described as a “carbon cleanse,” the week is an invitation...
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October 30, 2009
As useful as plastics are, the strikes against them are many. They're made with petroleum, a nonrenewable resource. Most won’t biodegrade—when they do break down, they do so into...
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October 9, 2009
Longer nights, baskets of gourds, random celebrities showing up at your doorstep demanding candy—yes, Halloween is upon us again. As a celebration (or contest) of creativity, All...
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October 7, 2009
If your clothes washer still works, it may seem cost-effective to put off an upgrade. But your old machine may be hiking your water and electric bills without your even knowing...
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October 7, 2009
With faster and flashier computers coming out all the time, our desktops and laptops can seem outdated pretty quickly. So when they start to give us trouble, the decision to chuck...
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October 4, 2009
Your 10-year-old clothes dryer has broken down again. It’s cheap enough to fix, but should you just replace it? Probably not, and here’s why:
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October 4, 2009
When your dishwasher is busted, the logical thing to do would be to call a repairman and get it fixed. You can't just run out and buy new appliances the second they break down....
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October 4, 2009
Considering that we have our refrigerators cooling our food around the clock, it’s a wonder they don’t need to be repaired more often. But when yours does falter, rather than...
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October 4, 2009
Maybe you feel you waste too much time on video games, but it's your wallet you should be worried about. Two years ago, NRDC commissioned a study on video game consoles that found...
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September 29, 2009
Credit:{salt of the earth}/Flickr While there may be signs we’re not hurtling toward a depression, job loss continues at a disturbing pace and the economy remains a mess...
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July 8, 2009
We clean our kitchens and bathrooms constantly—as we should—but that doesn't mean we have to expose ourselves to lung irritants like ammonia and chlorine bleach or the hormone-...
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June 11, 2009
Wondering where all the seats at Yankee stadium went after the demolition? Into aluminum foil, quite possibly! While it seems like something they could have done years ago, given...
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May 29, 2009
Photo credit: net efekt/Flickr One thing that is puzzling me these days are the plastics that are used so ubiquitously as packaging…plastics like you find wrapped around paper...
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December 4, 2008
Photo credit: will hybrid/Flickr Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are a class of chemicals found in many consumer products—from cosmetics to children's toys and baby products....
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November 26, 2008
Today's digital televisions are bigger and better—and, with almost a hundred channels, DVDs and video games, they're also on more hours a day. If you're like most people, your...
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September 17, 2008
Wash by hand or run the dishwasher? Spouses and roommates have long been divided over the question of which uses more water and electricity. And it's just complex enough to make...
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February 12, 2010
Comfort is king when it comes to choosing the fabric of our clothing and eco-friendly fibers generally perform well, providing soft, breathable textiles that often feel better on...
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February 10, 2010
A piece of jewelry can make for a lovely Valentine’s Day gift, but environmental and humanitarian issues may undermine its beauty. Unless you shop responsibly, the cash that...
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February 9, 2010
We’re all looking for more ways than one to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day and chocolates with a bouquet are two of the most easily understood and appreciated expressions of...
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January 14, 2010
Ice is an obvious hazard to life and limb for us, but our more sure-footed canine companions are likely to be bothered neither by the cold nor the ice. For them, as well as for...
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December 11, 2009
No material is more beloved for home decor than wood. But our love for the natural elegance of hardwood floors, furniture and fixtures has contributed to a loss of almost half of...
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October 4, 2009
When choosing pajamas, comfort is key. After a long day, all we want is to crawl into bed and fall asleep with the coziest top and bottom on. However, comfort is not everything....
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May 27, 2010
How can I get the stink out of all our sports stuff?
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October 7, 2009
One thing that is puzzling me these days are the plastics that are used so ubiquitously as packaging, the kind you find wrapped around paper goods, breads, etc. They don’t seem to...
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March 21, 2008
We have an ant problem in our house. Are commercial ant traps and baits safe? We have a 7-month-old baby.
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December 17, 2007
I recently switched to a dry-cleaner that advertised "organic dry-cleaning" in its window. It is, of course, farther away from my home and more expensive, but it makes me feel...
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