Community Food Recycling

A few months ago, I worked with our local government to implement food recycling.  (Thanks to the Village for listening to my idea and taking action!) What is food recycling anyways?  It’s when food scraps are collected and then recycled by turning them into compost.  How does it work?  There is a collection bin at our…

Shaving with Less Impact

In regards to shaving, there are a few ways that I reduce my environmental impact: Number One: I have a razor with replaceable cartridge heads.  It is the Schick brand and I love it!  With replaceable cartridge heads, I’ve been able to use the same handle for more than 5 years.  Back when I bought…

Month 7 – Skip the Clothes Dryer

As far as appliances go, they say clothes dryers use quite a bit of energy.  According to the EPA, dyers can use more electricity than a refrigerator.  To check electricity use from my own house, I noted the meter readings over a few days.  For a nerd like me, the results are interesting: I found…

Month 6 – Install a Smart Thermostat

Phones send e-mails and respond to my voice.  Maps talk to me.  I learn world news almost instantly.  And now, my thermostat knows when I’m home or away.  The future is HERE! The most recent eco-friendly change in our house, is a Nest Thermostat.  Previously we had a programmable thermostat, however in search of even more…

Month 5 – Backyard Composting

Having a backyard makes it easier to do backyard composting.  As a house-warming gift, we got a Gardenline Compost Bin.  This month, I set it up and started using it for grass clippings and food scraps.  The set-up was very easy, however I didn’t really know how to get it started.  Should I start with some…

Eco-Conscious Coffee

Eco-friendly actions can be contagious.  Without any prodding from me, my husband purchased a Keep Cup for his coffees.  He’s had that for years, and more recently, he bought a re-usable coffee filter pod for his Kerig. At first the Keep Cup lid had a bad seal, but the Company graciously sent us a replacement lid…