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Daily Sustainable: Tuesday ~ Heating Your Home

Wood, I Wouldn’t, Slate Magazine

Wow, I found this surprising. I grew up in a house heated by solely by wood and just this last weekend we enjoyed the real wood smell during a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend. It was so nice to smell that traditional wood smoke smell that the pressed logs just don’t give off. But we weren’t heating the house with wood to be green, just for atmosphere. We have yet to turn on our gas heat, but have been finding the doors sticking and towels not throughly drying, so I think we will have to do it soon. I even found condensation on the inside of my iMac screen due to my computer being off and in a cold room for four days. The moisture could have easily short circuited something, so I just had to be careful. Have any of you found any problems with waiting to turn on the heat in the winter, or keeping it down too cold?

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Daily Sustainable: Monday ~ Slowing Down

Hello everyone, thank you for your patience. Between being sick and being burnt out on blogging, I had to take a break the last couple weeks. It’s now December and I thought I would change it up a little bit. Instead of three links for Daily Sustainable, I am going to try one a day. This way I can write a bit about it and it can be more meaningful. We will also be introducing new writers very soon.

Haste, Scorned: Blogging at a Snail’s Pace, New York Times

And on that note, I got to read this great article on blogging from a new client, Stephanie. Sustaining your mental health while blogging is essential to not only the life of your blog, but your own life. Personally, I think that there are way to many expectations on us all, and slowing down to realized what our version of life and blogging actually is will help us be more authentic. A blog is whatever you want it to be. Please read and leave your own feedback on how you have made your blog, forum postings, comments and web travels uniquely yours.

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Daily Sustainable: Tuesday ~ Saving Green Lists

Thank you for your patience. Kaytlyn’s been sick and is on the mend.

Things You Can Compost That You Didn’t Think You Could, You Grow Girl
Awesome list. Sometimes items are totally obvious, but if we are in our daily routines we don’t see the solutions right in front of us. Mark these on your list of moving towards zero waste.

Top 8 Ways to Go Green on the Cheap, GreenBiz.com
What ways have you found to save money and go green at the same time?

Sending And Saving Green, Earth911.com
How many of you reuse your boxes? How many of you are business owners that need more supplies to reuse for shipping? Let us know!

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Daily Sustainable: Wednesday ~ Greenovations

verterra biodegradable dinnerware, Garden Party NYC
Has anyone ever used this product? It sounds amazing and much more ideal than corn-based biodegradable-ware. Could you really wash it and reuse it? And put it in the oven? Going to have to check this one out!

GE to Introduce Remote Control Appliances
, EcoGeek
Digg.com founder Kevin Rose was talking about how your iPhone could one day control all the appliances and electrical systems at home. You could be out and check to see if you turned off the stove or turn down your thermostat. Looks like these appliance could make it happen. How else could this be helpful?

NEC Shows Off Latest E-Paper Advancement, Treehugger
Just awesome. If they integrate this into the Kindle or other book reading devices (especially if they don’t require power to the device while reading) I would definitely get one.

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Daily Sustainable: Tuesday ~ Plastics

Corn plastic sounds great, but it’s tough to recycle and may foul systems, The Oregonian

Which Plastics Are Okay?, Eco Chic Organizer

Guayaki’s Maté – “Carbon Subtracting” Beverage in Biodegradable Packaging, by Treehugger

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Daily Sustainable: Monday ~ Natural Remedies

How to Attack Viruses with Herbs, Spices and Food, Planet Green

Home Remedies to Ward Off Sore Throats Naturally, Planet Green

Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin D, and Winter, Seattle Local Food

Has anyone ever tried any of these?

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Daily Sustainable: Friday ~ Fair Trade

Is Fair Trade Green?, Slate Magazine
Great perspective and information. Totally agree, removing red meat from your diet can do better good than just buying fair trade.

Starbucks gives a jolt to TransFair USA, Sustainable Industries
Per the previous article, could this lead to overproduction? Or does the Fair Trade label protect that from happening?

equal exchange: fairly traded, garden party nyc
From Equal Exchange, links to IFAT – the World Fair Trade Organization and The United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

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Daily Sustainable: Thursday ~ Greentivities

Educate Kids With Local Green Adventures, Planet Green
With a visit to the pumpkin farm to pressing cider in the orchard, fall is a perfect time to gather the wee ones on some educational and fun local day trips.

Mini Fuel Cell Hydrocar for Kids
, Inhabitots
Doesn’t come out until next year, but all ages will enjoy this. I know my husband would definitely play with it, no matter what age!

Meet Change Maker Maura Madden of Crafternoon, Planet Green and Maura Madden Q & A and CRAFTERNOON Book Giveaway, Craftzine.com Blog
Her book comes out TODAY and I will have to check it out. Maybe it’s something we need to start up with Sostane? A monthly sustainable Crafternoon gathering?

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Daily Sustainable: Wednesday ~ Look What I Found

Found materials give new cottages vintage appeal, The Oregonian
I found these spaces incredibly inspiring. Not only are they green, but unique one-of-a-kind spaces that I would love to live in. Have you had any home construction projects where you have used all found or re-purposed materials?

FoundClothing a Shopping Alternative in a Saggy Economy, Treehugger
I wondered where my shoe went. Seriously, how many items like this have you found along the side of the road? Not only does it clean up our streets, but keeps the items out of landfills.

Flickr Finds: Little Green’s Found Object Coat Rack, Apartment Therapy
What a creative project, which again inspires me on what else could be made from items around my home. Have you crafted a project that uses found materials? Link to your photos!

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Daily Sustainable: Tuesday ~ Hard to Recycle

How and Where To Recycle Your Old Mattress, Planet Green
We have had ours for about ten years and need to get a new one soon, so I am glad to find out these resources before we just pitched such a large item. What did you do with your last mattress?

New hope, help to stop unwanted phone books, The Oregonian
Seriously, who keeps a phone book around anymore to use. They need to go to an all online system. My books go from my driveway to my recycle bin. There are some places that would like some extra phone books, but they can’t take them all. What do you do with yours?

Largest US Pillow Maker To Have Zero Waste by 2010, Treehugger
Great to hear, and very necessary. What should we do with our current old pillows? Any crafters looking for stuffing?

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Daily Sustainable consists of three daily relevant environmental articles gathered in one place. Just for you. Please leave your feedback!