Category: Entertaining/Holidays

These 7 gifts are perfect for nature lovers

Give back to nature by helping restore forests, oceans and wildlife. Your contribution will boomerang back in countless ways, curbing climate change, teaching kids about the outdoors, feeding endangered monarch butterflies, making space for whales and even helping tree farmers. All you’ll get is that lousy T-shirt. (But this year, they’re actually pretty cool.)

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5 forest preserves where you can cut down your own Christmas tree (and why that’s OK)

If you’re a stickler for an old-fashioned Christmas, you may be venturing into the woods this year, ala Clark Griswold to chop down your own yuletide tree. Surprisingly, selected nature preserves, state and national forests are open to controlled tree-chopping activities, though you may really have to go hunting for these locations.

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EnviroLog — the eco-friendly way to toast your tootsies

If you burn wood in your fireplace during the winter, chances are good that you’re wasting a lot of energy and producing excessive, yucky particulate pollution….Enviro-log, which is created from crushed waste waxed cardboard, promises to burn cleaner than wood. Our tests confirmed that it appears to do just that.

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How summer music festivals are playing it green

Musicians and concert events are increasingly finding ways to keep a greener profile.

Recently the Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival organizers in Trumansburg, N.Y., (July 19-22) showed attendees how to sort their trash into recyclable, compostable and “utter trash” containers, something they’ve been doing for the last 14 years, according to promoters.

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DIY green vacation: How to find an eco-aware hotel

You know when you invariably get lost on vacation and have that fight with your spouse or travel buddy about which direction to take? Now eco-travelers can have that dispute ahead of time — while they try to navigate toward green lodgings.

The Eco-Suite at the Fairfield in Baltimore's Inner Harbor district.

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Summer’s here! Six ways to keep the celebration sustainable

Summer brings so many excuses to luxuriate on the back patio with a icy lemonade or a cold beer and a bowl of peanuts.

There’s Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, the day with unusually good weather, sneak-out-of-work-early day, the Saturday we decide not to clean the house, the evening we invite the neighbors for margaritas…

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The gift of cell phones may radiate more than love

ell phones and tablet computers may be coveted holiday gifts, but parents should consider the potential health effects of these devices before giving them to children, according to the Environmental Health Trust (EHT) and Healthy Child Healthy World (HCHW) , two educational groups focused on environmental health…. Manufacturer safety warnings, the groups note, are simply not sufficient to protect children because they were designed to meet a test for a “typical user” who never was typical:

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Ready to gobble? Heritage turkeys can provide a healthful main course for Thanksgiving

People who do not want to support the cruel and dangerous conditions of industrial meat production, but aren’t necessarily looking to slice meat out of their diet, can find many sources for a better-raised turkey — or ham — this holiday.

Bronze breasted Organic, pastured, heritage turkey from the Elmwood Stock Farm in Kentucky.

Farmer’s Markets and the online seller Local Harvest feature dozens of producers with home-grown flocks that were raised on pasture and treated humanely. These smaller-scale farms can verify that they have not packed turkeys into giant sheds where they were deprived of sunlight and space to move around, as has become the norm in industrial production. (See our story on CAFO: The tragedy of industrial animal factories.)

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