Showing posts from March, 2009

Earth Hour 2009

On Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. (in whatever time zone you're in) I challenge you to turn off your lights for one hour!
Here are some fun things you can do while the lights are off:
Have a romantic candlelight dinnerHold a seanceGo stargazingPlay strip pokerTurn in early and catch up on your beauty restNo matter how you decide to spend your hour in the dark, it's all for a great cause!

The Great Debate: Paper vs. Plastic

"Would you like paper or plastic, ma'am?" Until very recently, I would answer "Plastic!" with great confidence that I was helping save the environment. No trees would die because of my choice and I knew that I would reuse the plastic bags in many different ways at home. However, I've found that the answer to the "paper or plastic" dilemma is neither. Research shows that they are almost equal in pros and cons, as they both consume natural resources and cause pollution.

1. Both impact wildlife in a negative manner and pollute our environment.
According to the Federal Office of the Environment, paper bags generate 70% more air and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags.
However, plastics have been used for quite sometime (somewhere between 500-1,000 years) and there is no firsthand evidence of its decomposition. That means that more than likely, every piece of plastic that has been created is still here on Earth.

2. During their life proce…

7 Ways to Cut Food Costs and Waste

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of food has increased by 8% in the past year. For a family of four that spends an average of $745/month for food, that’s an additional $60 per month, or $720 per year. For many, that’s enough to pay an additional mortgage payment, one month’s rent, two car notes or a great start to that savings account they’ve been putting off. Since most of us don’t have that kind of money to burn, here are 7 ways to decrease your monthly grocery bill by at least 25% and reduce food waste:

1. Make a list and stick to it!
Take stock of what you already have in your refrigerator, so that you won’t buy things that you already have. It sounds like a no-brainer, but there have been many times that I’ve returned home from an hours-long expedition in Wally World, only to find out that I didn’t need half of what I’d bought.
2. Check your fridge.
Trash expired products and check the temperature, too. For optimum freshness, food should be sto…