Alicia’s Green Gift Guide

There are a plethora of lists of “green gifts” out on the web, in magazines and on tv.  I believe that the best gifts for the environment are ones that are not tangible at all.   I know a did a posting on consumable gifts,  but I’d like to take that one step further and […]

Reuse "Disposable" Restaurant Cups

It took me several years to realize that the plastic cups with lids and straws that are used for children at restaurants are considered “disposable” by restaurants. In other words, if you don’t take them with you, they will throw them out. These cups are very, very reusable, and can save you a ton of […]

Plastic Silverware Is Not a One Time Use Item

Do you throw away your plastic silverware every time you use it? I challenge you to start saving it, running it through your dishwasher and reusing it. Most plastic ware can be reused this way for years. When I’m in a situation where I’m using plastic ware, like a fast food restaurant or cafeteria, or […]

Alicia Presenting Massachusetts Home Energy Seminars

Last winter a colleague and I developed a series of Home Energy Savings seminars for the Massachusetts Municipal Association.   These seminars discuss ways to reduce electricity and water use through a variety of do-it-yourself home improvements and more in-depth investments to reduce your energy usage for heating and cooling.  The seminars present information about […]

Late Fall Broccoli Harvest

We live in the Boston area and we’ve already had some significant frost, in fact this afternoon we were clearing ice off the picnic table.  Most of my garden has been put to bed, but there are still a few things producing.   This leads me to thinking about what items to plant next year […]

Christmas Light Trade-In at Home Depot – Limited Time!

We’re often asked what people should do with incandescent lightbulbs and Christmas lights strings.   We have a limited-time answer and discount! Take your old incandescent light strings (working or not working) to Home Depot and receive a $3 off coupon for the purchase of energy efficient LED Christmas Lights.  Limit 5 exchanges per customer and this […]

Teaching Young Children About Environmental Issues

I mentioned in my Starting With Children post that I would post additional information about what our preschool did when teaching about environmental issues.  I asked their preschool teacher for information about what books she used with the children so that I could share the information with others.  She says: “I just wanted to quickly […]

Eat Your Presents

Consider classy consumables for presents.   It really makes people feel good to give gifts to people they love, even if they don’t need anything, and as much as some people protest, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love receiving a thoughtful gift. I’ve been telling Jon for years that I really don’t need […]

Tip: Save Water, Time and Money: Train Your Hair To Need Less Washing

About ten years ago I decided that I wanted to grow my hair very long.  I searched the web for resources and learned that the best way to have healthy hair is to not wash it every day.   There were tips for training your hair to not need washing every day.  I followed these […]

Greening Birthday Parties – Invitations and Location

We just had our twins birthday party and we tried to make it as green as possible, without being too expensive or too difficult.   I’d like to share with you what worked and what didn’t work for us.  There are so many ways you can make parties green that I’m going to start with […]