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Celebrate National Parks Week 2010

April 20th, 2010

With Earth Day approaching, and summer just around the corner, thinking about getting back to nature is, well…natural.

Image: National Park Foundation

Image: National Park Foundation

The folks at the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation think so, too. That’s why they have released their list of the “Top 10 Things You Can Do to Celebrate National Parks Week 2010″:

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Bagging the bags: How I beat the plastic for a week

June 5th, 2009

By Sommer Saadi
Green Right Now

As I unloaded my groceries onto the conveyor belt, I realized I was buying more than could fit in my reusable bags.

“Can you try to fit everything in these?” I asked, handing over my assortment of canvas totes.

“I can try,” the cashier answered. “But it’s no big deal, I can just use plastic bags for whatever we can’t fit into the ones you brought.”

“Oh no,” I said. “No plastic bags. Please.”

She stared back at me. She had already stretched out a plastic bag and was ready to load.

“I have this thing,” I told her. “I just really hate plastic bags.”

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Green Goods: Gypsystyle Bags

February 17th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

It seems just a hop and a skip from a reusable shopping tote to a purse made of recycled goods. Yet so often in the past, the recycled version was self-consciously slouchy or worse, fussy and over-designed, not to mention overpriced.

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Really green Christmas gifts for 2008

November 24th, 2008

By Barbara Kessler and Julie Bonnin
Green Right Now

Tis’ the season to be…conservative? Afraid so. As the economic downturn and the need to better care for our planet converge into a new aesthetic, we are facing an unusual holiday season. We can show we care with holiday gifts that help us all to consume less.

This might seem the antithesis of consumerism, too bah humbug to be any fun. But we think you’ll see that we’re talking about smarter consuming; buying durable goods that cut out the disposables, forsaking chemical-laden items and making some of your own stuff, whether its soda or energy. Read on:

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Harris Poll Shows Americans Are Making Green Changes

June 23rd, 2008

But Some Confused About Eco-Choices

By Barbara Kessler

Ever wonder what your neighbors are doing on the green front – what with one fellow dragging four nicely sorted recycling bins to the curb every other week, and another seemingly sitting out the green movement?

So did the Nature Conservancy and the people running the Harris Poll. They collaborated on a poll that found about half of Americans (53 percent) are making green changes, but a significant number (Americans are shopping for local food34 percent) said they’ve not made any changes because they are confused about what to do. Another large group (29 percent) said they are not making changes because it won’t make any difference.

Education seemed to play a role in who was confused, fatalistic or moving toward more sustainable practices. Just under half of high school educated respondents (46 percent) said they had made green changes as compared with college educated adults (65 percent).

Of the total 53 percent who had made changes, the poll elicited these responses:

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