Tires into Playgrounds: Recycle This

We first learned about recycled tires being used in playgrounds from a daycare provider. Her home was a veritable playground for children. Tiny tables and chairs filled the kitchen, colorful little sleeping mats were piled neatly in the corner of the living room. And the backyard! What we wouldn’t have done to have a playground […]

Unclogging a Drain, Naturally: Green Tips

Want a great, natural solution for that clogged drain? We love this tip! It’s not only effective, but it’s also a fun process. If you have small children in the house, consider having them help you. Kids love the reaction caused by mixing baking soda and vinegar, and because this is a natural solution, there’s […]

Herb Keeper: Budget Gardening Tip

We love growing fresh herbs to use in baking and cooking. Problem is, once they’re harvested, there’s no good way to store them without them quickly turning brown and wilting. The air-tight Herb Keeper ($12.99) from Chefs can hold up to three bunches of fresh herbs in its clear acrylic cylinder. Just add water to […]

Organic Eggs have Lower Salmonella Risk: Organic Food

A recent British Government study found a significantly lower level of Salmonella, a bacterium that is the most common cause of food poisoning worldwide, at organic hen farms. Over 23% of farms with caged hens tested positive for salmonella, compared to just 4.4% in organic flocks and 6.5% in free-range flocks. Salmonella was most prevalent […]

Homeowners Forced to Cut Redwoods that Block Solar Panels on Neighbor’s Home

Holy clash of the environmentalists, Batman! They drive a Prius, He drives an electric car. They both consider themselves environmentalists. In 1997, They planted eight redwood trees along the borders of their houses to create more privacy. In 2001, He installed a 10-kilowatt solar system (he only pays appx. $60/year for electricity!).

Lunch with Less Waste: Organic Food

The next time you pack a lunch for yourself or your kids, consider this: on average, each child throws out about more than 60 pounds of lunchbox trash each year. Those single-serving pieces of waxed paper, aluminum foil and plastic baggies add up in the landfills and increase waste-disposal costs for schools. Here are some […]

Packaging Peanuts: Recycle This

Many of us ecoist-types don’t like admiting our dirty little secret. But here goes: “My name is The Budget Ecoist and I like packaging peanuts.” There! I said it! I’m not ashamed. Those packaging peanuts are great! They fill all the nooks and crannies of our packages and prevent breakage in a way that rolling […]

Organic Kiwifruit is Healthier: Organic Food

Here’s another great reason to choose organic foods: organic kiwifruit has been found to be healthier than the conventionally grown fruits, according to a study by University of California-Davis scientists. The study, published in the journal Chemistry and Industry, showed that organically grown kiwifruit contains higher levels of polyphenols, the same healthy compounds found in […]

New Uses for Home Goods You Already Own: Green Home

What: Real Simple magazine gives six new uses for home goods you already own. What they say: Raisins restore bubbles to Champagne that has lost most of its fizz. Drop a raisin into the open bottle a few minutes before pouring and any last gasps of carbon dioxide that are left in the wine will […]