Jon’s Useful Green Gift Ideas

Let’s face it, we all have too much stuff.  So this holiday season I’m taking a shift away from gadgets and gizmos to focus on gift ideas that can be used everyday and help people live a greener lifestyle. I’ve linked to some samples from, but it is even better if you can find […]

Greening Cyber Monday: Eco-friendly Packaging

So anyone with children in their lives knows that’s it’s pretty hard to avoid buying at least a few things at this time of year. We’re doing our best to find a few things that our kids will really like while still minimizing our impact on the environment. This year the Nature Conservatory has launched […]

Holiday Light Trade-in and Recycling Program at Home Depot

Program re-instated for 2011 – More details! Do you have strings of old incandescent holiday lights around your house?  Do they even work?  Even if they don’t you can trade them in for a discount on energy efficient LED holiday lights at Home Depot from now until November 14, 2010. Home Depot will recycle the […]

Evils of Cut Flowers Revisited for Mothers Day

We’ve written about the environmental evils of cut flowers before around Valentines Day in our post Roses are Red, Not Green – Give Chocolate Instead. I am horrified by all the radio and TV ads for giving Mom flowers this Mothers Day.  Even my 5 y.o. twins came to me begging to buy mommy flowers […]

Roses are Red, Not Green, Give Chocolates Instead!

The number one reason to give chocolates instead of roses is of course TASTE! Have you ever tasted a rose? I don’t advise it, especially with all those thorns. In all seriousness, roses, especially those flown in from Latin America for Valentines Day (or Mothers Day) are not environmentally friendly and have a whopping environmental […]

Jon’s 2009 Green Gift Guide

Have you been struggling to find the perfect gift for that eco evangelist friend?  Here are some ideas that any Eco Guy or Gal would be happy to receive:   The Energy Detective TED-5000 home energy monitor From my research this home energy monitor is the right balance of affordable, expandable and practical for that […]

Thinking Green When Traveling

While recently attending a conference in Denver, CO, many green travel tips occurred to me and I was also pleasantly surprised by the number of green things already in place.  Many of my thoughts below cluster around the idea  of “Use only what you need” which is what I found posted on stickers in the Colorado […]

Upgrading Your Existing Decorations to LEDs

I have always loved the spiral tree lights in front of homes during the holidays.  I broke down and bought one a few years ago, but it only lasted two seasons before half of the lights stopped working.  I was bummed, but wasn’t about to buy another one to have it go out in a […]