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Dishwashers Beat Hand Washing

Dishwashers Beat Hand Washing

Can you save money and the enviroment if you wash your dishes by hand?  Actually, no.  But you'll need to follow certain rules--and keep in mind that not all dishwashers are created equal.

September 26, 2007

Washer & Dryer Advice: Front-Load!

Washer & Dryer Advice: Front-Load!

Washers and dryers account for about 10 percent of your household energy bills and about 22 percent of household water consumption. Whereas conventional top-loading washing machines must be filled with water so that all the clothes are kept wet, resource-efficient front-loading washers need less water because the tub never needs to be filled completely.

September 26, 2007

Lawn Mowers: Is the Grass Always Greener?

Lawn Mowers: Is the Grass Always Greener?

A homeowner can take great pride in the sight of a rich green lawn. And a barefoot walk on soft cool grass on a summer day or the smell of a freshly cut lawn. Nothing like it. But have we misplaced our devotion to a well manicured lawn? With over 35 million lawn mowers in use in the United States--each own spewing as much pollution as 11 cars-- lawn care has a tremendous impact on the environment. Maybe it's time to ditch the gas-powered mower, and return to the simplicity of the manual-reel pollution-free mower.

September 19, 2007

Victoria's Dirty Secret

Victoria's Dirty Secret

In 2004, folks from ForestEthics, an environmental group based in San Francisco, alerted Limited Brands, the parent company behind Victoria’s Secret about the environmental devastation wrought by the company’s use of paper pulp from endangered forests. Suddenly, Victoria's Secret—the lingerie brand known for the skimpily clad models adorning mail order catalogs—didn't seem so alluring. When Limited Brands failed to adequately address the problem, ForestEthics took action.

September 8, 2007

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