Jack Reichert

About Jack Reichert

As far back as he can remember Jack Reichert has been interested in the environment.In the second grade, he rallied all of his classmates to donate one recess a week to cleaning up litter from the schoolyard. That was the same year that a city councilman asked him to help with his campaign because of the letter Jack had written asking him to clean up Boston Harbor.Ever since Jack has followed the development of the international green conscience with anticipation and hope that one day we will treat Mother Earth with the respect she deserves and not turn her into another Giving Tree.For tips, feedback and prophet sightings, Jack can be reached at jack (at) greenprophet (dot) com.

How to make organic etrog Jam

How to make organic etrog Jam

After the Hebrew holiday Succoth, families everywhere will have an extra etrog which can make a delicious jam. Just make sure the etrog is organic so you will avoid eating unwanted pesticides. Since the etrog is not normally cultivated for eating there are no limits on the pesticides that are used on the fruit. Here’s Green[.....]

Winter Heating Tips

Winter Heating Tips

With the cold creeping in it is tempting to do all you can, no matter how wasteful, to stay warm. The good news is that you don’t have to be wasteful to be warm! Typically, energy bills climb in the winter months due to the use of heaters. But if you are cold, and the[.....]

Gas Leak? Think Safety

Gas Leak? Think Safety

Most of us are familiar with the movie Fight Club, where the protagonist’s house is blown up as a result of a gas leak. Gas leaks are serious, if you smell a leak you should stop what you are doing immediately and call a technician. However, not all leaks are noticeable. You may have a[.....]

Do I NEED to Use that Disposable…

Do I NEED to Use that Disposable…

As creatures of habit we tend to get into bad ones… Habits that is. Here’s an eco-suggestion: Try to re-evaluate what disposable products you REALLY need to use. For instance. Do you go out for picnics? Can you buy a set of cheap reusable plastic plates and cups instead of disposables? How about the cup[.....]

Reuse Your Pillows!

Reuse Your Pillows!

Pillows are made of not the best synthetic material for landfills. That plus the fact that pillow manufacturing companies recommend getting new ones every 6 months – 2 years. That can lead to a lot of unhealthy non-degradable fluff filling up our dumps. The good news is that there are plenty of wonderful ways to[.....]

Where Does Oil REALLY Come From?

Where Does Oil REALLY Come From?

Unlike popular belief, oil does not come from the remains of dinosaurs, rather from the silica based life-form called diatoms. Diatoms live in the top few meters of oceans and lakes and are able, unlike people, to convert sunlight into energy. In order to remain afloat and to store the energy they soak in, diatoms[.....]

Dangerous Gases Other Than C02

Dangerous Gases Other Than C02

There are many gases, aside from C02, that cause harm to our atmosphere. The problem is that not all of them are included in the Kyoto Protocol meaning that they do not need to be reported. Take care to learn your gasses, if you are connected with the industry, so that you do not inadvertently[.....]

Anthropogenic — What Does THAT Mean?

Anthropogenic — What Does THAT Mean?

When conversing with the “greenies” you may have come across the word “Anthropogenic” and wonder what it means… anthropogenic |ˌanθrəpōˈjenik| is an adjective that describes something as a pollutant, chiefly environmental, that originates in human activity. So the CO2 from your car can be described as “Anthropogenic”, whereas the CO2 from your neighborhood Volcano is[.....]

(GWP) Global Warming Potential — What is it?

(GWP) Global Warming Potential — What is it?

Probably one of the most important green living tips I could suggest would be to educate yourself. Know what everyone is talking about. So, when greenhouse gases are being discussed you may have seen GWP mentioned… Carbon dioxide isn’t the only greenhouse gas, although it  is but the one of primary concern presently. There are[.....]

Don't Use a Sponge

Don't Use a Sponge

Instead of using synthetic sponges for your shower and dishes use a luffa! Sponges tend to collect bacteria and for heath reasons should be thrown out 1-2 times a week. But if they are not biodegradable, that is a LOT of waste filling up landfills. Additionally, the “antibactirial” sponges have a chemical called Triclosan which[.....]

Reuse Your Wine Bottles

Reuse Your Wine Bottles

There are some very beautiful wine bottles around and it seems a terrible shame to just throw them away. Here are a few ideas of how to harness that beauty and make your house classier as well. Some fancy restaurants use empty wine bottles to serve water. It certainly looks more elegant than a plastic[.....]

Play With the Cross-Breeze

Play With the Cross-Breeze

Summer can be brutal in the Middle East, and not everywhere has EWA Technologies’ Air Conditioning. But no worries. Many homes DO have built in cooling systems that many people don’t bother taking advantage of. Cross breezes can be a very effecting way to cool down your house. The key is making sure that windows[.....]

A Leaky Faucet Can Save You Money

A Leaky Faucet Can Save You Money

I noticed a drip coming out of the base of my kitchen sink faucet. It was only a few drops, so I procrastinated. Over time it grew more and more. I thought: “it’s just a few drops, it can’t be too bad.” Finally I went out to the store to get a new faucet. When[.....]

Green Your Holiday

Green Your Holiday

With the holiday season around, kids underfoot, family everywhere, now is actually the perfect time to do some greening. Collect the kids and do some projects to recycle throwaways. Also, with everyone around it’s a good time to discuss how to make your lifestyle more efficient and green.

Eco Rabbi on Purim and Building a Good Society

Eco Rabbi on Purim and Building a Good Society

This week Jewish people everwhere, and in Israel,  celebrate the festival of Purim, which I would call the festival of communal identity. The beginning of the Megillah (what Jewish people read on Purim) opens with King Achashverosh’s party, a seven-day-all-out-eat-your-heart-out party. After spending an entire half-year celebrating throughout the country, the king wanted to impress[.....]

Eco Rabbi: Parshat Shemot – Why a Bush?

Eco Rabbi: Parshat Shemot – Why a Bush?

Each week Orthodox Jews read one segment of the Five Books of Moses so that they can complete the entire Five Books within the course of a year. In last week’s Eco-Rabbi post we discussed Jacob’s passing on and blessing his children, this week begins several generations later. Jacob’s children have been living in Egypt[.....]

Eco Rabbi: Take the Hanukkah Challenge!

Eco Rabbi: Take the Hanukkah Challenge!

A modified version of this post will be presented as part of Sviva Israel’s Eco Lights Hannukah Program Ever wonder why every day of Hanukkah we add another candle? The Talmud explains that this disagreement goes back to the great sages Hillel and Shamai. Hillel explains that we add another candle every day “for the[.....]

Audit Your Energy and Water Usage

Audit Your Energy and Water Usage

One of the best ways to save is by auditing your consumption. Take next month’s bill and set your energy/water usage as your benchmark As the month goes by make little changes to try and improve your consumption rate. When the next bill comes in see how you are doing. Feedback is one of the[.....]

Print With less Ink – Ecofont

Print With less Ink – Ecofont

How many times have you printed out a final draft and found out that it wasn’t as final as you had thought? I always feel bad for the paper, the ink, well, lot’s of guilt. Now there’s a solution! “How much of a letter can be removed while maintaining readability? After extensive testing with all[.....]

Green Your Life Like Ben Franklin

Green Your Life Like Ben Franklin

How’s that journal coming along? Not always easy to keep to, eh? Try taking a page out of one of America’s founding father’s: Benjamin Franklin. In his autobiography B. Franklin decided upon thirteen virtues that he would like to work on. After deciding upon his goals he made a chart listing them and for each[.....]

Greening One Day at a Time

Greening One Day at a Time

Greening your life is not an easy task. It’s about changing habits, and habits don’t always change easily. What DOES smooth the process along is by taking things slowly, don’t jump in head first, and slowly adding more as time goes on. Choose one aspect of your life that you would like to improve, environmentally,[.....]

Creative Gifts for the Holiday Season

Creative Gifts for the Holiday Season

With the gift holidays officially open now is the time to reconsider gift giving, especially now with the current economic crisis! First, do you really need to spend so much on gifts? Be thoughtful, instead of spendful! It will make you feel so much more appreciated than stressing over credit-card bills for months. Can you[.....]

Refill Your Kettle

Refill Your Kettle

After your kettle has boiled and you’ve emptied it, before it cools down, add some water for next time. While the kettle is still hot. This takes advantage of energy you have already used and paid for, and will help the cold tap water warm up and so save energy next time you brew.

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