Smart Shopping

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For some there is nothing more rewarding than a new item of clothing. Nothing wrong with that. Right?! You’re thinking: “those greenies won’t let me have any fun!” It’s true, being green can seem oppresive. But it’s really about attitude. Nothing wrong with a nice shiny new article of clothing, but if it sits forever […]

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Buy Local

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For the most part it’s usually better to buy local. This cuts out the emissions created as a result of shipping, getting the product to your door. This is an important question: Is it better to buy biodegradable garbage bags that are manufactured in China? Or go with the one’s made a block away, that […]

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Cook in bulk

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If you cook in bulk you will be making efficient use of your oven’s energy. Cook meals in large quantities, and set aside extra portions for another day. Professional chefs will tell you that for them cooking a meal for 6 and 60 takes almost the same prep-work. When you’re done portion and freeze it. […]

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Shades in the Morning

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During the summertime if you put your shades (trisim) down in the morning it will help keep your house cooler for the rest of the day. And don’t just use shades for your house! With the right name-brands you too can be cool as your protect your eyes…

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Going Green? Why Bother?

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The noise about the importance of fixing our climate has been growing louder and louder over the past few years. We can only hope the the damage we have caused to our planet is not irreparable. But it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all. To say: “What can I do?” and just give up. […]

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Reuse

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One of the best ways to reduce your waste is to reuse it. If you want to get rid of something, perhaps there is someone else out there that would treasure your rejects. When reading the news keep your eyes open for community events which give such opportunities. None in your neighborhood? Organize one! It […]

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Cautious Driving Saves The Environment Too

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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 […]

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Green Your Car – Tires

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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 […]

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Good Ol' Home Cooking…

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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 […]

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Have A Good Shabbat

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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 […]

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Offset Yourself

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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 […]

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Buy Big

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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 […]

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Building Green: Jerusalem’s First Sustainable Housing Development

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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 […]

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Drinking Water

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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 […]

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Be Nice to Our Land

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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 […]

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BYOM… (Bring Your Own Mug)

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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.

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Wine Cubes

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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 […]

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Close the Fridge

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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 […]

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