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Ban the Bag or Bag the Ban?

What the what?

That may be what you are thinking when you read the title of this post but more and more cities are having this debate as plans surface to ban plastic bags from being used within their cities.  And like everything political, generic viagra buy viagra there are two sides to the story.

When I first heard about this proposed ban in our city I thought it was a great idea.  “Yes!  Ban use of those nasty bags!  Then we won’t see them washed up on beaches and found in the stomachs of whales a because they look somewhat like a slimy food source.”

But then after doing some research and learning more about the proposed ban, viagra generic site I started wondering if there is a better way to get to the same goal?  After all, I think both sides of the debate would agree that they would be happy to see a reduction in plastic usage and keeping plastics out of landfills and water sources.

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Heat Pumps: Reducing your Energy Usage

The energy consumption in our home is horribly high!  We use a lot and we waste a lot.  We are not proud of either of these facts but our house is insulated poorly and uses a big, viagra sales rx energy guzzling, viagra canada unhealthy electric furnace.  So try as we might to reduce our energy bill, we are only able to effect a small percentage.

While we have committed to upgrading the insulation ourselves (at least to date, we have committed to doing it ourselves) the heating component is something for the professionals.  After talking with many, and doing a lot of our own research, we have been leaning towards investing in a heat pump. Continue reading

America Recycles Day! Celebrate and Learn

If you have been following this blog for a while, viagra generic click you have probably heard from us about the importance of recycling, generic viagra reusing and reducing.  I’ll say it again – it is one of the easiest things you can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  But we know from experience that sometimes you still ask the question, “but where does this go?” (referencing your trash of course).

Well today, November 15th, is America Recycles Day and our good friends at Nature Bridge, who are dedicated to “connecting youth to the Natural World” have chosen today as the special day to launch their new website dedicated to helping all of us be better about how we manage our waste streams.  After just a few minutes of using it, we have given My Garbology“must bookmark” rating.  Here is what we really love about the site after only one day of using it.

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Beyond the Brown Bag: packing lunches with less impact

With the downturn of the economy, viagra buy find one of our family’s cost cutting measures has been to pack our own lunches for work or school.  This practice allowed us to save a few dollars but as I was packing lunches a few weeks ago, viagra buy I suddenly was struck by the amount of waste that each brown bag was generating.

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The new Grocery Getter – The electric assist bike

Last month, viagra buy ampoule I hit the open road for our island’s annual garden tour.  And unlike past years, best cialis I thought I should embrace alternative transportation and bike to each one of the gardens (a 25 mile tour with hills, valleys and more hills).

What I miscalculated was 1) my level of conditioning 2) the weight of my road bike on all the hills!

Let me just say first, it was totally fun, but exhasting!  But let me also admit, it got me thinking why I don’t get around town by bike more often.  The answer boils down to the reasons outlined in points #1 and #2 above.

So #1 is just about getting out there and getting back in shape – I will admit that the last year has had me in front of my computer more than working out.  But as much good intention I have, every time I think about biking somewhere, I remember the killer hills near our home and my ambitions to be a biking road warrior quickly die.  So that leads to point #2 – getting a better bike to help me get up the hills.

So wrapped in a cloud of Bengay, I head to my local bike shop for some coaching and purchase support.

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