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Week 17: Stop and Smell the…Chemicals?

Have you ever walked into a room only to have your nose assaulted with the overwhelming smells of lavender or fruit from an air freshener or cleaning products?  Well, I hate to break it to you, but those aren't natural fragrances you're smelling.  And all of those synthetic fragrances are getting into our water, impacting… Continue reading Week 17: Stop and Smell the…Chemicals?

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Week 16: The Straw That Breaks the Planet’s Back

When I was a kid, straws were one of my favorite things.  You know those neon bendy ones?  Yeah, those were the BEST!  Now that I am older, wiser, and more environmentally conscious, I've come to realize that straws are not so great.  This single-use plastic is something many of us don't even think about… Continue reading Week 16: The Straw That Breaks the Planet’s Back

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Week 15: Get to Know the 5 R’s of Green Living

It's been another busy week!  So I am extremely grateful to have the Memorial Day Holiday.  As I write this, I'm riding the train down to Charlottesville to visit a friend for the weekend.  Since I have tons of leg space and a nice tray-table, I thought I would take the time to go over… Continue reading Week 15: Get to Know the 5 R’s of Green Living

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Week 14: Public Transit by the Numbers

This week, I'm cat/dog-sitting for a friend in the city, which means that yoga has become an obstacle course.  It also means my commute is down to 15 minutes!  But normally it's quite a bit longer!  I could go about this commute any number of ways, but there are always options for making the commute more… Continue reading Week 14: Public Transit by the Numbers

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Week 13: She’s Got a Ticket to Ride (Public Transit)

Why drive when you can take public transit? This week I'm putting out a plug for riding the bus and using public transit to cut down your carbon footprint!

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Week 12: Six Citizen Science Projects You Can Join Today

For some of us, it currently feels like January 107th, but in theory spring is in full bloom!  This means it's time to clean the cobwebs out of your hiking boots and get back outside!  Many of us love getting outside and keeping our eyes peeled for budding plants, migrating birds, and the occasional toad.  But… Continue reading Week 12: Six Citizen Science Projects You Can Join Today

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Week 11: Is Our Coffee Addiction Sustainable?

COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE!  One of my greatest loves besides chocolate.  It's a shame that I'm so sensitive to caffeine that even Decaf can make me a little too excitable.  At this point, coffee is a rare treat for me.  But if you have a higher caffeine tolerance than I do, this article is for you! … Continue reading Week 11: Is Our Coffee Addiction Sustainable?

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Week 10: Eat for the Planet by Eating in Season

Given my earlier post about visiting Baltimore's Farmer's Market, it should be no surprise that this week's challenge is all about eating in season!  Thanks to advances in agricultural practices and international trade, few of us think about what food is actually in season when we head to the grocery store.  However, our habit of… Continue reading Week 10: Eat for the Planet by Eating in Season

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Week 9: Everything You Need to Know About Compost

This week, the structure of this post is going to be a little different.  Last week I went over the facts behind food waste, and this week I really want to focus on how to get started with composting.  Whether you live in the suburbs, the city, in a mansion or tiny house, or even… Continue reading Week 9: Everything You Need to Know About Compost

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Week 8: We Need a Food Waste Intervention

Woohoo!  We've been at this for two months!!!!  Virtual high five!  This week, we're taking a break from talking about plastic to focus on food waste!  As I was writing about this week's challenge, it somehow morphed into two posts.  For today, I will be focusing on the in's and out's of food waste.  Keep… Continue reading Week 8: We Need a Food Waste Intervention