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By the Numbers: Ethanol

By the Numbers: Ethanol

The propagation and increased use of ethanol has been a very contentious subject in green circles here in the US; on the one hand, it’s a domestically-produced alternative to oil, but on the other hand, you need engine modifications to use a high concentration of it, burning it results in lower gas mileage, and using…

Designer Spotlight: Staach Furniture

Designer Spotlight: Staach Furniture

Though TreeHugger loves the uber-chic, ultra-sleek, clean lines of traditional modern design, sometimes it’s nice to showcase simple, thoughtful, functional design that looks good and serves its purpose. It may not be flashy, but it prefers its simplicity, and revels in it. Such is the case with STAACH Furniture, a design collective seeking to make…

Toss It In the Compost (Really!)

Toss It In the Compost (Really!)

As we wrap up nearly a week’s worth of composting info [www.sundance.tv], tips [www.sundance.tv] and advice [www.sundance.tv], we wanted to remind you that you can put more than dead leaves and apple cores in your compost; there has been a big increase in bioplastics and other biodegradables that can not only help you make great…

Composting Tips & Tricks

Composting Tips & Tricks

Now that we’ve taken the time to become properly acquainted with the ideas behind composting, and had a look at some of the implements that can help you make the stuff, it’s time to get our fingernails dirty, get down to the nitty-gritty, and get composting. Here are some best practices and troubleshooting tips. Like…

How To: Get Started with Composting

How To: Get Started with Composting

Now that we have the basics of composting down, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. TreeHugger has seen a lot of different ideas and implementations of composting, from around the globe, and, while they all probably won’t work for you, that’s okay. One thing is for sure: from gadgets and gizmos, tips ‘n tricks, there…

An Introduction to Compost and Composting

An Introduction to Compost and Composting

Compost (and the act of creating it — composting) is one of those things that TreeHuggers bandy about when talking about “going green” or “saving the planet”, and the concept is fairly easy to understand: organic waste breaks down and decomposes to create a nutrient-rich fertilizer/soil additive. But, as it turns out, there’s a bit…

Designer Spotlight: Inmodern's Better Way to Do Things

Designer Spotlight: Inmodern's Better Way to Do Things

Each Friday, we like to kick back and highlight a product or industrial designer doing really interesting, really cool work. It’s not just that we like eye candy and want something nice to look at as we ease into the weekend; we think it’s important to know that there is a better way to do…

Do It Yourself: It Is Greener (and Fun)

Do It Yourself: It Is Greener (and Fun)

We’ve been talking all week about simultaneously going green and saving green. One of the best ways to do so is to take some initiative, and do it yourself. Not only can you save some cash, but can actually improve upon some ideas — think bicycle plus crank generator for your own power generator. Here…

Home Energy Use: By the Numbers

Home Energy Use: By the Numbers

It’s easy for people like us TreeHuggers to sit back and say, “Follow our advice; be greener; it’s better.” We have good reasons for saying so — things like using less energy, reducing greenhouse gas output and lowering our individual and collective ecological footprint — but those are sometimes difficult to contextualize and put into…

Gadgets That Can Save You Money

Gadgets That Can Save You Money

As we saw yesterday [www.sundance.tv], you can save mega-bucks with some simple behavior changes that benefit the planet, too; using carpooling to illustrate this point is just one of many examples. Changing behaviors is great, but can ultimately be pretty difficult, especially quickly. While TreeHugger doesn’t advocate for shopping our way to sustainability, we do…

By the Numbers: Carpooling & Your Commute

By the Numbers: Carpooling & Your Commute

Commuting is one of those things that most everyone in the working world has to do, minus those of us who have home-based businesses, work in a “virtual office” or can telecommute on a regular basis. For the rest of us, getting from home to work every day is the reality, and the vast majority…

Designer Spotlight: Ohio Design

Designer Spotlight: Ohio Design

San Francisco-based Ohio Design has all the right green credentials to get a TreeHugger thumbs up: things like reclaimed wood, recyclable steel (which is one of the world’s most recycled materials), and non-toxic finishes all get the design motor running. While they’re all great, it isn’t really what got our attention. Their designs are fabulous;…

Avoiding E-Waste in the First Place

Avoiding E-Waste in the First Place

We’ve been busily telling you lots of ways to insure your e-waste doesn’t end up in the hands of a child in China or dumped at the bottom of a ditch in a developing country, and while all of those are valuable ideas and resources, there’s one fail-safe way to insure that your e-waste doesn’t…

E-Waste: Tips for Recycling with a Clean Conscience

E-Waste: Tips for Recycling with a Clean Conscience

Up to 80% of the e-waste in the US is exported to impoverished companies, according to the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition [svtc.etoxics.org] (SVTC), and this is a bad thing. Toxic components are either openly burned, soaked in acid baths and dumped into rivers, or piled into mountains of e-waste for scrap recovery, where workers, including…

E-Waste is the Problem: What's the Solution?

E-Waste is the Problem: What's the Solution?

E-waste is a problem that is as pervasive as the electronics that cause it. For every cell phone, PDA, iPod and laptop or desktop computer, there are hunks of heavy metals and carcinogenic toxins that don’t belong in a landfill (where they can leach into the groundwater, soil or air) or in contact with people…

E-Waste: Glossary of Terms and Definition

E-Waste: Glossary of Terms and Definition

Electronic waste, known as e-waste, or even as “Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment” (“WEEE”) to some, is a big, big problem. Generally consisting of any broken or unwanted electrical or electronic appliance — computers and peripherals, TVs, cell phones and the like are the most widely known — it is worrisome because many components of…

Designer Spotlight: Material Furniture

Designer Spotlight: Material Furniture

Designer Christopher Douglas, the visionary behind Material Furniture [www.materialfurniture.com], is a smart guy. Tired of frequent packing, moving, and unpacking, he ingeniously devised a line of furniture that suited his nomadic lifestyle and quick-changing circumstances and appropriately named it Knock-Down, Drag-Out. Why? Because you can do just that. Designed to construct and de-construct in mere…

Celebrating Energy Independence: Ideas That Start at Home

Celebrating Energy Independence: Ideas That Start at Home

I think we can all agree that a transition away from an oil and fossil-fuel-based energy strategy is an absolute must, and, while it’s great that there are huge solar arrays [www.treehugger.com] that are popping up everywhere [www.treehugger.com] and that some states are taking initiative [www.treehugger.com] to create viable energy alternatives (and we’ll need all…

How Green are Fireworks?

How Green are Fireworks?

For 231 years, the United States has celebrated the nation’s independence (and its birthday) on July 4. For many of those years, many of us have celebrated by shooting off fireworks or otherwise blowing stuff up. Put in those terms, it seems like an odd way to celebrate, so we got to wondering: how green…

Celebrating Energy Independence: Ideas for a Transition from Oil

Celebrating Energy Independence: Ideas for a Transition from Oil

When Independence Day rolls around each year, it’s only natural for us TreeHuggers to think about the different things that can mean. While it’s a nice excuse to meet up with family and friends, have a barbeque and maybe shoot off some fireworks, one of the first things that comes to our green-loving minds is…

How to Have a Green Barbeque

How to Have a Green Barbeque

Here in the US, there’s, family fun and maybe a little backyard barbeque. For regular readers of this blog, it will come as no surprise that there are a plethora of ways to heat up the grill and have a good time while keeping the environmental impact to a minimum. So we’l start with the…

Designer Spotlight: Meyer|Wells Furniture with Modern Roots

Designer Spotlight: Meyer|Wells Furniture with Modern Roots

After working together in the early stages of the rediscovered wood movement, Seattle-based master craftsman Seth Meyer and designer John Wells joined forces to launch Meyer|Wells [www.meyerwells.com] in 2006. The goal of their venture: to combine a modern design sensibility and high level of furniture craft with an ecological ethic for sourcing their materials. The…

So You're Married…What Now? Tips for Starting a Life Together

So You're Married…What Now? Tips for Starting a Life Together

Okay, in keeping with the theme of the week, let’s say your newly (greenly) married and settling in to a life of domestic bliss. Aside from figuring out which side of the bed is yours and which toothbrush is yours, what comes next? And how can you keep it green? TreeHugger has some ideas… 1)…

Nice Day for a Green Wedding: Ideas For The Big Day

Nice Day for a Green Wedding: Ideas For The Big Day

So, the recycled invitations have been sent. The green (but white, probably) dress has been picked out. The recycled and/or vintage rings have been chosen. And the local food [www.sundance.tv] has been sourced for the menu. It’s time for the big day; so, what can you do to keep the footprint small while still having…

Nice Day for a Green Wedding: TreeHugger Says "I Do"

Nice Day for a Green Wedding: TreeHugger Says "I Do"

As we noted yesterday [www.sundance.tv], green weddings are hot and hip these days, and, as we’ll note below, becoming easier than ever to source and implement while keeping each couples’ ideas, budget and aesthetic in mind. As with other green lifestyle choices and behaviors like what you eat [www.sundance.tv] and what you wear [www.sundance.tv], there…