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Do you need a way to help you organize all of your plastic bags so you can re-use them for shopping, diaper bags or doggie poop bags? Why not make a plastic bag holder. It's simple to make and handy to have.
Here in Minnesota, shoreline living is not limited to the rich and famous. According to the MN DNR, Minnesota has 11,842 lakes and 69,200 miles of natural rivers and streams. We have over 13 million acres of lakes, streams, and wetlands, which is...
According to some analysts, consumer spending represents two-thirds of the nation's economic activity. However, the current economic crisis has made people view their spending habits and "needs" in a different light and many people are reverting...

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Raising a Green Baby

January 26, 2015

I had my first baby 16 months ago and was determined to give him a sustainable and healthy start in life.  Using cloth diapers is probably the biggest thing that I did.  The thought of the extra work and cleanup with cloth diapers can often deter people from using them.  Should this be the case, there is luckily a great option- cloth diaper services.  I use Do Good Diapers, a Sustainable Diaper Delivery Service which has worked very well for my family.  The cost of cloth diaper services is comparable to using disposables, and the services handle all of the mess (you just place the diaper in the pail like you would a disposable and put it outside for pickup once a week).  While they do drive to your home to pick-up/drop-off, which uses fuel, they increase their sustainability in several ways:  route optimization software which plans out the most efficient routes, state of the art high efficiency washers to reduce energy and water use, and carbon offsets to counterbalance the impact of the delivery van.

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Greener Quilting

January 12, 2015

I started quilting a few years ago, and I’ve been completely hooked ever since.  It’s one of my favorite hobbies for a lot of reasons.  For one thing, while it can take me months to create a quilt, it’s something that I can do at any time at home, regardless of whether I have five minutes or two hours to spend.  I also like how it combines the creativity of producing my own design with the comforting repetitiveness of cutting squares and sewing seams.  It’s also wonderful to have a hobby that actually produces something, especially something that I can share with others; I’ve made one quilt for myself, but everything else I’ve made has gone to family members.

Of course, for me one of the best parts of quilting is being able to fit it into my green lifestyle.  Having a big, warm quilt means that I can turn the heat down and cut back on energy usage at home.  Perhaps even better than that is that it gives me a way to reuse pieces of fabric that others might simply toss in the trash.

Here are some of the things I do to reduce and reuse when I’m quilting:

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Environmental News Sources

December 29, 2014

2015 is just around the corner, and while there’s a lot to look forward to in the new year, there are also a number of issues to keep an eye on.  There is sure to be new developments on the broad, worldwide issues like climate change and species loss, but we’re also likely to see more action on specific concerns, such as the fate of the newly relisted gray wolf or the status of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Here in the Twin Cities, the ban on Styrofoam in the city of Minneapolis will go into effect, and there will doubtless be continued efforts to expand organics recycling, community solar gardens, and home weatherization.

If you’re like me, you’re eager to follow the developments surrounding these exciting (or depressing) issues.  But where can you get information on the latest environmental news?  Well, you’ll probably have to use more than one source, especially if you are interested in a wide variety of topics.  Here are some suggestions:

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