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Fight Climate Change With Diet Change

I felt challenged as an environmentalist when I watched the 2014 Netflix documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret”. One of the experts from the film, Howard Lyman says, “You can’t be an environmentalist and eat animal products—period.”   Mr. Lyman came into the public eye on a 1996 taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show titled “Dangerous Food.” At that time, he was …

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Recycling Ink Cartridges and Water Filters: What’s Good, What’s Bad, and How To Do It Properly

The good news is that more and more things can be recycled. The bad news here is that, with some products, if the process is not streamlined or consistent, it becomes harder or impossible to recycle appropriately. Thankfully, there is a path to recycling ink cartridges and water filters. How To Recycle Ink CartridgesOffice Depot  Recycle your ink cartridges from …

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Expensive Water Bill? Here’s How You Can Conserve and Save Money

Before moving to Tennessee, my monthly bill had never reached $500, and I was accustomed to utility bills around $150-$200 in North Carolina. When we anticipated our move to Tennessee, I called MLGW and asked what the average utility bill would be like in our new home.  I was informed that the average monthly charge was about $300. Sure, the …

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Education from Unexpected Places: How YouTubers Taught My Boys About the Power of Doing Your Part

Mr. Beast popped up on my radar one weekend in 2021. My two teenage boys asked my husband if we could stay home all weekend to participate in a classic “last one standing” contest. Contestants would place their finger on a smartphone app and whoever is the last to keep their finger on the app wins $25,000. Who is Mr. …

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Extreme Heat: A Natural Disaster Deadlier Than Hurricane Katrina

Where were you when Hurricane Katrina hit? It’s one of those natural disasters that you can never forget. It’s August 2005. Hurricane Katrina bears down upon the American gulf coast. A large and destructive Category five hurricane, Katrina killed over 1,800 people and caused $125 billion dollars in damage between August 23rd and 31st. New Orleans and the surrounding coastline …

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The Connection Between Climate Change and Wine Production

Before my husband and I had kids, we traveled to Champagne, France. I learned that wine made in Champagne, France was the only sparkling wine permitted to be called champagne. We had a bus tour of the winery that ended in a farmhouse. I had duck liver pâté for lunch, and it was surprisingly delicious and made this trip so …

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We Need To Talk About the Toilet Paper Industry

I have heard Maya Angelou say this phrase, “When you know better, then you can do better.”  I use this phrase to encourage others and myself when I discover information that I wish I had known earlier. This is how I felt when I learned that it takes 37 gallons of water to make one roll of toilet paper. I …

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Why We Need to Make The Switch to Bidets

I have two girlfriends who are knowledgeable about home remodeling. I asked them for a bidet recommendation. This led to a discussion on toilet paper. We talked about the strengths and differences between bidets and toilet paper. Eventually, they asked, “which is more earth-friendly?”  The answer may surprise you: a bidet.What is a bidet?Bidets physically resemble a toilet but are …

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Wet Wipes are a Big Problem. Let’s Talk About Them.

Wet wipes are convenient and can be used for an endless list. I used them the most when my kids were babies and needed diaper changes.   But what are the economic, environmental, and ethical problems with wet wipes? How do they negatively impact our environment and what can be used instead? This blog will focus on three key problems of …

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What Does Architecture Have To Do With the Environment?

Everything. I was so impressed with this story about the firm MASS Design that I had to share their story which aired recently on the long-running program 60 Minutes.  MASS stands for Model of Architecture Serving Society. It is a nonprofit firm, based in Boston. They think of architecture as a mechanism to create change. This group is “rethinking their …