Home Improvements for Planet Earth

Earth, our only home.

Home improvements for Planet Earth are in order. But before taking on such a big topic let's look at more traditional forms of home improvements. There are so many options. Common improvements include makeovers in the kitchen or bathrooms, new flooring or wall coverings, or even entire additions. In every case I can imagine, there are worthwhile green options that make sense. Improvements that ... Read More

Consider the Lowly Carpet

High-quality recycled PET carpet is now widely available.

My previous Green Living column focused on the benefits of recycling and the transition to an enhanced single-stream system that dramatically increases participation and reduces waste. Perhaps this is a good time to look closer at what that really means. When we recycle we save energy, improve air and water quality and reduce our need for raw materials. We could rebuild our entire commercial ... Read More

Green Your Clean

Keep This Planet Green

There are many reasons why the art and practice of Green Living make sense; from the biggest picture to the smallest detail. Take household cleaning products for example. These small details have a huge impact on our homes, our health and our planet. Slick television commercials advertise the latest “new and improved” products, that “kill germs on contact” while leaving a “clean, fresh scent.” Not ... Read More

ECOlogy-ECOnomy

Ecology-Economy

Looking at the origins of words can be revealing. For example, “ecology” and “economy” are both derived from the Greek word “ecos” which means home.  Ecology is literally the study of home. Economy is the management of home. These days, many people think of liberal scientists or tree-huggers when they hear about ecology or the environment, while the economy has become an all-important man-made ... Read More