At the centre of a historic city and seconds away from the Mediterranean Sea, you’d probably expect upscale-neighbourhoods with wealthy residents to match. “But it’s not like that in Haifa,” says Avigail Dolev, urban planner for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI). “All the neighbourhoods located on the seashore are very […]
Getting regular tune-ups, maintenance and having clean air filters will help you burn less gas, pollute less, save money and prevent car trouble down the line. Lighten the load, the less you shlepp the less gas your burn. Get the extra junk out of your trunk.
Use Your Brakes Less, Don’t Accelerate Quickly. Look far down the road ahead, even if “far” means half a city block. Get into position for turn-lanes smoothly and early so that you don’t have to accelerate to get in front of traffic. Remember that the guy who leaves the stoplight the quickest also pays more […]
Make sure you have good tires. Different tires affect you MPG in different ways. When you’re in the market for new tires, look for the ones that help give you the best mileage. Once you have the right tire don’t forget about proper inflation! Too much or too little can significantly effect your MPG as […]
Packaged food is becoming more and more predominant in our society. The busier we get the more we look for instant solutions. The problem is that pre-cooked/store bought foods are not only less healthy for you than home cookin’ but it’s bad for the whole planet as well. Eat one more meal in. Take the […]
The Shabbat is the Jewish day of rest. According to tradition God created the world in six days and on the seventh day he rested. Because of this religious Jews will not do any acts of creation on Saturday. Acts of creation includes cooking, using electricity, and even traveling long distances. Take a page out […]
Offsetting alone won’t save our planet but it certainly isn’t anything to scoff at. There are many ways to offset. But probably the best way to offset is to educate others. You wont only be cutting back on ways you are damaging our planet but you will be helping others take that first step. Find […]
More often than not the bigger package is the better deal. Don’t believe me? Check for yourself. Even in Israel where it is harder to find the “supersavings” in a regular supermarket the bigger package will more likely give you bigger bang for your buck. The eco-benefit is that you’ll be saving on packaging as […]
Roasting in the summer, freezing in the winter? Welcome to life in my Jerusalem apartment, and thousands of others like it. But if buildings are built according to environmental and climatic principles, it doesn’t have to be that way. “Jerusalem has virtually the perfect temperature for houses,” explained green architecture consultant, Valentina Nelin when I […]
If you switch your oven off a few minutes before your food is ready it will stay hot enough to finish cooking the food. Also try to avoid opening the oven too often to check whether your dinner is ready by doing so you are allowing the heat to escape and your oven will have […]
Bottled water is pretty evil, no matter what way you spin it. Essentially what happens is that a company is pumping water from our aquifers (the place from where the water in your pipes comes from) bottles it (another bad) and then sells it to you at a premium. The water that comes in your […]
Summer is the most popular time to hike, the Israeli national pastime. The conditions are just right for a good old Israeli hike. The sun is scorching, everyone else is doing it and the kids are out of school. When hiking, be nice your our land! Too many times a beautiful hike is ruined because […]
Last month we wrote about City Tree, a green oasis in a historical building in central Tel Aviv. This urban environmental group focuses on restoring their 1920s apartment with ecological renovation methods (such as recycled paper construction and milk based paints), teaching urbanites how to compost, and cooperating with the Good Energy Initiative in order […]
Instead of relying on the paper and styrofoam cups that are provided at work, bring your own mug. Some coffee shops will make your beverage straight in a mug brought from home. The less disposable you use, the less that ends up in the landfill. Check out other landfill solutions.
I love cooking with wine… and sometimes I add some to my cooking too. Cooking with alcohol, especially wine, can release elements in food that would otherwise not come out, specifically tomatoes and meats. If you have a little bit of wine left over in a bottle but cannot finish it, instead of letting it […]
When I was a child growing up I was indecisive. It would take me whole minutes of peering into the fridge to decide what to eat. My grandmother used to chide this practice saying: “Don’t pray in front of the open refrigerator!” Orthodox Jews can take up to twenty minutes in their silent prayer on […]
Photo by Dan Keinan, Haaretz. A modernist skyscraper was built with no connection to the existing urban context, and plans for a row of similar towers threatened to destroy the character of the historical city center. This so outraged the residents of the area that they managed to bring about a complete ban on skyscraper […]
Have your Naot (leather sandals and shoes) gotten dirty? To clean leather shoes, rub with banana peel (the inside of the peel), then wipe and buff with a cloth.
Most aluminum foil is thrown out after on use. It’s a shame since it can be reused again and again without losing quality. Other alternatives are to use waxed paper, which can then be composted. Or tupperware, which is ideal or reusing.
Are there green products missing in your local greenshop? Write to the manager! If you can get enough people to inquire your local greenshop manager will get the message. It’s about the little changes that will change our world. One step at a time… Find more about a greenmarket near you.
Recycling cans and bottles can be annoying: they clutter up your home, they smell if you don’t wash them out. But a little bit can go a long way… The average American drinks 216 liters of soft drinks each year. In soda cans that the equivalent of 648 cans a year. If you would cash […]
Did you know that the bagged salad bought in the supermarket tends to contain high levels of chlorine… often higher than in the average swimming pool? It’s easy, and much healthier, to bag your own! Just like with aromatics, after washing and then spinning it dry, roll up your lettuce in paper towels and then […]
Environmental and social change don’t always go together in green organizations, but the truth is that you can’t really make green changes without effecting society. Alternatively, some socio-economic groups just don’t have the resources to make costly (yet positive) environmental changes. As Jeff recently pointed out in his reaction to Tel Aviv’s farmers market, it […]
Millions of printer cartridges go into landfill sites each year and this is increasing annually. Buying refilled cartridges is a good way to prevent this waste and they’re often cheaper than new ones. A quick google search can help you find a supplier near you! Interested in ways to green an old computer? Visit here.
I know it sounds crazy, but composting is a great way to green your life, and it’s a lot easier than it sounds. But most important, it significantly reduces the damage we are doing to our environment. Most of the junk that goes into the garbage can be composted products like egg boxes and shredded […]