|T'is the Season to Freecycle!|
Friday, December 30, 2011
With the holidays nearing their end ...and the new year coming on, it's a great time to purge and Freecycle! Freecycle DC is a great place to find or advertise goods you want or want to get rid of. You can opt out of the emails - or just get the daily journal if you want to minimize traffic. Craig's List DC also has a FreeSection. But, even a walk around your neighborhood might render some great gems! My dog and I found this grill on a morning walk. One of the 5(!) burners was broken, so it was being thrown out!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Plastic containers are petroleum based, and some contain Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and Bisphenol A (BPA) which are now being questioned for their impact both on the environment and human health. Glass and stainless steel storage bowls are a great green storage option – and are great containers for taking lunch to work. I’m amazed how many people still microwave in a plastic container. Glass is microwavable and it’s a much better option than microwaving plastic. Take one of these along with you on your next dine out, and forego the Styrofoam doggie bag.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Whatever you buy this holiday season, buy it locally and support DC owned businesses. The City Paper has a great DC local shopping guide and the search engine Milo.com will help you buy things locally…though most of their businesses seem to be major retailers. Pay in cash, and the proprietors will appreciate you even more - as they'll avoid the credit card fee they have to pay on every transaction.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Get some plastic bottles out of your…or someone else’s life by getting them a machine that makes fizzy water. There are lots of brands out there these days..Soda Stream seems to be the most popular brand. Buy one locally instead of on line! Hill's Kitchen is just one of many local stores that carries these!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I’m on my soapbox again, but composting has cut my trash by more than ½. I now only have trash to put out only once a month, and that’s not enough to fill a garbage bag. A kitchen composter with a charcoal filter makes a great gift. If you can’t have a compost bin outside, consider buying a gift certificate to Compost Cab or FatWorm Compost who will pick up your goods weekly or more ( see far right side board of this blog for more compost options)!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
They come in a wide variety of colors…and they’ll keep you toasty warm while allowing you to turn the thermostat waaaaaaaaaaaay down at night, saving you lots of $$$$...and cutting down on your carbon footprint. Program your thermostat to warm up the house 15 minutes before you wake up..and you’ll never even notice the difference!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Rechargeable batteries have evolved considerably (and gone down in price). Available in AA and AAA sizes, they're a great stocking stuffer. Rechargeable Hybrid Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries come fully charged and can hold a charge over many months. A quick and unscientific web survey of best rechargeable batteries around found the Sanyo Eneloop to be a fave. HYBRID is a word you should look for as these batteries can hold their charge over time (for low drain items like remotes and flashlights) but can take frequent use of high-drain devices like digital cameras. This article provides a great overview of the best rechargeable batteries and chargers.
Monday, December 5, 2011
The DCR is attempting a 12 days of Christmas, Hanukkah a/o Kwanzaa – a list of green and environmentally friendly gift options. The 12 days may not be consecutive, but I hope to get in at least 12 options before the 25th. And the 1st Day option…..drumroll, please…………………