Recycled Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is one of those things I just can’t see us doing without in today’s world.  Unfortunately most toilet paper on the market is made from virgin paper, which means it is straight from trees and does not have recycled content.  Fortunately there are a number of good options for recycled toilet paper available in […]

Keep Out The Drafts Quickly and Cheaply

Last night the wind was blowing here in Massachusetts, and it was blowing hard.  I’m working on a post about windows, and whether you should replace them, but right now, in January, I think most people want to know what they can do today to keep out the drafts. My favorite quick solution is plastic […]

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 […]

Reusing Old Business Cards

Over time things change, maybe your title changes or you have a new office, so what do you do with those old business cards that are no longer useful for their original purpose?  Of course, you should recycle them, but before you do that, first reuse them. I recently started using my old business cards […]

TIP: Reducing the ICK factor in composting with a countertop compost bin

Composting is a great way to avoid sending vegetable scraps to the landfill while at the same time making nutrient rich compost for your garden.  With a few tips you can avoid the ICK factor altogether and make composting easier.  One simple step is to use a table or countertop compost bin to temporarily store […]

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 […]

Tip: Skip the coffee stirrer by adding sugar and milk first

I hate those plastic coffee stirrers you find next to the coffee machine at work.  Unless you are making hot chocolate or mixing honey into tea, stirring is so unnecessary.  Instead, do what I do by putting the milk and sugar in first and then adding the coffee.  The act of pouring the coffee (or tea) […]

Tip: Paper recycling

When I forget my cloth bags at the supermarket, I always ask for paper. Then I have a collection of paper bags to use for recycling. Our city requires that all paper recycling be in paper bags. I try to place a paper bag conveniently to locations where I will generate recycling. For example, I […]

TIP: Compost your tea bags and coffee grounds

Instead of throwing them in the trash or down the garbage disposal, compost used tea bags and coffee grounds.  Most people start the day with some sort of coffee or tea.  Hopefully you make that at home to save both money and the environment.  Take those grounds or tea and put it in your compost […]