Environment

Is the Recession Good for the Environment?

Two weeks ago, the Los Angeles times reported that landfills are filling much more slowly now. The owners say it’s because fewer people are buying stuff, eating out, and throwing stuff out. That started me thinking: how could this recession benefit the environment? Could it even set a trend that’s good for the economy in the long-term? Less Shopping = Less Trash We have become a disposable culture. If something…
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Celebrate Earth Day – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (and Save Money)

The credit series will resume tomorrow, after this brief interruption for Earth Day. A lot of people are looking for ways to save money these days. Although they don’t intend it, their newfound frugality may also be good for the environment. However, it also helps to be intentionally eco-conscious when making frugal choices. Here are ten tips to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. As a bonus, you’ll probably save money.…
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Is A Frugal Lifestyle Always Environmentally Friendly?

After I wondered if frugality is in the air, I started to think about the differences between living a frugal lifestyle and being environmentally conscious. Depending on how you choose to live, your frugality could automatically be better for the environment, or it might not benefit the environment at all. When a Frugal Lifestyle Equals Positive Environmental Impact Some of the most basic concepts of frugal living are in…
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The Wonders of the DivaCup

Move along, guys. Nothing to see here, unless you find menstruation interesting. Ladies, don’t be grossed out. We all know we have to deal with this, and we all know how expensive and annoying it can be. I’m about to propose a solution to the first part. It helps with the second part, but there’s nothing that can truly resolve the annoyance factor. It’s called the DivaCup, and once…
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Five Simple Ways Go Green in a Bad Economy

When people talk about “going green,” they’re usually talking about buying new environmentally friendly appliances, products, and clothes. All of those things cost big bucks, or at least a lot more than they should. Is that eco detergent really worth an extra $3? I doubt it, especially if you have an older dishwasher or washing machine that isn’t strong enough to make up for the difference. But there…
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10 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is here again. It happens every April 22, so it should come as no surprise this year. We’ve been a bit distracted recently, what with the global economic meltdown and all, but none of that will matter if the entire Earth has a meltdown because we’ll be too busy learning to make boats to worry about our 401K balances (or lack thereof.) You may not believe…
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Blog Action Day: Reduce Your Water Use

Today is Blog Action Day and the focus is Water. I live in Los Angeles, where water conservation is a big deal. California is in yet another drought, and Los Angeles has had our water supply drastically reduced due to court orders. Although reduced yard watering schedules, increased use of native plants, and low-flow appliances and fixtures have brought our water usage down to 1970s levels, we still have a…
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Save Whole Pennies (and the Planet) by Observing Earth Hour

The third annual Earth Hour takes place this Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 PM wherever you are. Earth Hour was started by the World Wildlife Federation in Sydney, Australia. About six months later, other large cities jumped on the bandwagon. Now they’ve joined together to observe Earth Hour on a single day around the world. What Happens During Earth Hour For that single hour on a Saturday night, participating cities…
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What’s Your Water Footprint?

My water footprint is 1,092 gallons, which is about 100 less than the national average. That’s not great, considering that I don’t own a home and therefore don’t use much water. It doesn’t seem obvious, but your water footprint does have an impact on your finances, now and in the future. It also has an impact on the future of the planet. What Is a Water Footprint? Your…
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Get Ready for Earth Hour 2010

It’s that time once again. Time to recognize the effects of light pollution and experience just one hour of darkness. Even though the Earth Hour organizers ask that you turn off the lights at 8:30PM on March 27, 2010,  usually go a step further. Turn Off All Lights and Electronic Devices for One Hour We can do this for one hour. It’s really not that hard. Turn off the lights,…
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