Lifestyle Green Tips
Christmas is a holiday noted for conspicuous consumption, and many people tend to give themselves a break from responsible living around that time, but there are numerous ways to introduce conservation and recycling into your holiday habits. And perhaps your green holiday spirit will rub off on your loved ones.
By Hilary Nelson
Want to really enjoy the holidays this year while saving money and fighting climate change simultaneously? Make your own gifts. I know, I know; you're thinking: Is she crazy? It's hectic enough around the holidays! Who has time to make presents? Well - you do. Start by saying no to the hours spent stringing electricity-guzzling lights from your gutters and chimney and downsize to a front-door wreath lit by solar-powered LEDs. Next, try shutting off the television and closing down the computer for a while.
For a safer flea and tick repellent, try scattering pine needles, fennel, rue or rosemary on your pet’s bed. Or feed your pet brewer’s yeast, vitamin B or garlic tablets.
It’s really easy to beat yourself up when you’re trying to do the right thing. Instead of feeling good about yourself for helping in small ways, you look around you and feel overwhelmed with how much there is to do – or not do. And panic.
Don’t go down that road: Nothing good comes of it, and you might even end up giving up, which would be way too bad.
Says Planet Green: “Scoop up your doggie doo in biodegradable poop bags so your buddy’s No. 2 isn’t immortalized in a plastic bag, while deep-sixed in a landfill somewhere for hundreds of years.” And for cats, Planet Green recommends this: “Owners should avoid clumping clay litter at all costs. Not only is clay strip-mined (bad for the planet), but the clay sediment is also permeated with carcinogenic silica dust that can coat little kitty lungs (bad for the cat).
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By NHCPP | November 17, 2010
Portsmouth, NH – Looking for a green gift for the gardener or tree hugger in your life? The New Hampshire Coastal Protection Partnership is offering a $75 holiday gift package that includes an eco-friendly rain barrel and a one-year membership in the local nonprofit organization. The rain barrels are made locally by NH Coast’s staff and volunteers using recycled plastic food grade drums.
By turningleaf | July 10, 2010
As we become more conscious of human impact on the planet, we continue to discover new ways to reduce, recycle and reuse. Yet we avoid thinking and planning for environmentally responsible disposition of our bodies. Our culture combines our fear of death with our belief that how much we spend signifies how much we love, resulting in expensive funeral decisions often made under duress.
By iRecycle | March 05, 2010
Do you want to recycle but live in a condo or own a business that doesn’t have recycling pickup? Contact us at iRecycle@hotmail.com and we will come pickup your recycling for you. We are currently servicing the Nashua area, with additional surrounding communities soon to come.
Pickup will be on Saturday mornings. Weekly, semi-monthly or monthly programs are available. There is a $2 pickup fee + $1 for each container of recyclables. Trash bags or cardboard boxes are acceptable containers. Please have your containers available for pickup by 9 am on Saturday morning.
By mommymonster | December 11, 2009
its that time again, and looking at the tiny mound of silver in the savings jar, the trip to the mall is forgone.
By NHDES | September 18, 2009
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