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Light Pollution

 By Kim Robson None of us tolerates environmental pollution anymore. We’ve worked so hard for clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems; yet, a terribly destructive polluter is at work in every industrialized part of the world, and hardly anyone notices. I am talking about light pollution. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) …

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Soap Nuts

Here at home we exclusively use soap nuts for our laundry. So what is a soap nut? Soap nuts actually are a fruit from a bush native in India and Nepal. The outer shell of the soap nut contains saponin, a natural substance known for its ability to cleanse and …

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Increased amount of plastic found in Pacific Ocean

I found this article on MSN. It’s quit disturbing and makes me so mad. After all the information that is out there about the damage that plastic causes to marine wild life and despite all options we have, we’re still throwing garbage bags into the ocean. The largest trash land …

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How To Reduce Trash

By Fredrica Syren Trash is one of the hardest problems to eliminate or reduce for most people, and it has been difficult for us, too.  When we throw something into the trash, it kind of disappears from our minds. It might be disappearing from our sight, but it surely is not …

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Car2go in San Diego

By Asha Kreiling Every day, I see at least one little white and blue car marked “car2go” either parked on the street or driving around San Diego. I had heard a thing or two about the car-sharing program, but I wanted to know more. What is it? Car2go is a …

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By Amanda Wilkes ​As we have been discussing ways to decrease our impact on this planet, I realize that I have been practicing a fun way to limit my impact for years without ever recognizing it. Ever since I was a child, I have loved going to the library! I …

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Improving your life with a daily meditation practice

By Kim Robson Leading a hectic, fast-paced life isn’t always a choice: too often we’re forced to keep trucking along, no matter how much we may need a break. People are taking fewer and shorter vacations, and working longer and harder, just to keep their heads above water. This stress …

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By Amanda Wilkes ​Would you change your mind about using plastic bags if I told you that they were the killer of more than 100,000 marine animals each year? Or that they take between 400 and 1,000 years to biodegrade? It’s not the larger predator in the environment that animals should fear: …

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Low Impact Day

By Fredrica Syren After watching No Impact Man last week, we continued discussing how hard it must have been to go “zero impact” for one year, living without pretty much everything that Colin Beaver and his family were used to. So many times when we talk to people about what we do to …

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Chickens Coming Home To Roost or Roast?!

By Wendy Fleet Our family continues to expand. We have just welcomed three beautiful Orpington chicks — Petunia, Josephine and Pip Squeak. Our farm is growing, and we will be able to use chicken manure as fertilizer and eat the eggs. Our girls have been so excited about getting chickens …

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