Can This Be Fixed?

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The other day I was out with a friend and she told me that she had to stop by the shoe store to get knew shoes. I asked her why, and she responded that the backs of her shoes had been squashed and it was uncomfortable. I was able to convince her to check out […]

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Do I really need this?

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Ever have the gimme gimme’s? Hyper-consumption is a major contributor to environmental degradation. By getting in the habit of asking ourselves the question “Do I really need this?” each time we see something that catches our eye we can lessen the impact on the planet and save a ton of cash too.

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Green Your Microwave

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Microwaves are great cooking tools, they might not be the healthiest way to go but they sure do save time. Here are some tips to keep that cooking green: The greenest, and safest, way to cook in a microwave is to cover your food using oven-safe glass cookware, which eliminates waste and the potential for […]

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Green Space

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One way of greening is economizing space and where better place to economize than than in your own home… Here are a few tips for making your home bigger:A flat screen mounted on the wall eliminates the need for a TV stand or armoire, it also looks sleek and great!Paint the walls and ceiling in a continuous […]

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Leave it Cleaner

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Thinking back to picnics as a kid I can still hear my parents’ voices telling me to leave the place cleaner than how we found it. Until this day this thought is what goes through my mind whenever I sit down to eat. Can you imagine how wonderful our world would be if everyone could […]

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Unplug

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Leaking electricity from electronics costs Americans millions annually. In fact about $750 million a year from leaky TVs and about $600 million a year from VCRs. To avoid the leaking of electricity, either unplug electronics when not in use, or plug them into a power strip that can be switched off.

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Substitute

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One important aspect of a greener life is what you eat. Try various substitutes for your less healthy foods. Use brown sugar instead of white, or mix in whole wheat with your regular flour. These little changes don’t always make a big difference taste-wise and DO make a difference health-wise.

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Take the Bus

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Here in Israel there is pretty good access to busses and, in the cities, they go almost everywhere. The benefits of taking the bus instead of your car are numerous. First, you’ll be saving on emissions. Second, you have more time. I must have read volumes at the slow and steady pace of half an […]

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Be Creative

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In the spirit of the 3 R’s see try to think outside of the box. How canyou reuse household items in ways not originally intended for them? Forinstance, want to start an herb garden? Egg cartons make great planters forseedlings. Cottage cheese containers can be used as a great for organizinglittle things. 

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The Three R’s

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What once was the considered the basic education needed – reading , ‘riting, and ‘rithmatic – is today’s the abc’s of a greener living: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle. Reuse – Don’t be a pack-rat, but that is far from the standard of throwing everything away once it was used once. Reduce – little things add up. […]

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Staying Warm

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When trying to stay warm in the winter make sure that your heater has a thermostat. Using a thermostat will make sure that you do not use excess energy. It’s great to reap the benefits of modern living and technology. That used to mean that you could stay warm at all. In today’s world it […]

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1 Equals 5

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Every single degree that you raise your central heating raises the cost of running your heating by 5 percent. Try to sharpen your awareness to what temperatures you are comfortable at. Do you need to keep your heat on quite so high? We’re not suggesting that you should be cold. Just be aware of how […]

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Hand Me Around

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It may be a status symbol to wear the latest styles, but every think about wearing the best? If it works, why fix it? There’s a new movement now among the avant-garde to mix-match old clothing. It gives a retro funky look and now represents caring about your world. I’m not telling you to look […]

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Save Your Mistakes

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When your printer misprints, or you misprint with your printer, save your paper. This paper can be used in a number of alternative ways. If you have children, this paper is great for coloring on (and then of course covering your fridge with). Many people like to jot down ideas before typing them up, (re)use […]

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Pass it on

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Educating about the environment is considered a very powerful way of carbon offsetting. By inspiring others to change their habits not only are you fighting the battle for our planet, you are getting others to as well. Just one tip: Don’t be forceful or obnoxious about it. Mr. Dale Carnegie said: “A man convinced against […]

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Let ‘em Hang

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Let your towel hang dry in between uses so that you can reuse your towel. After your shower you should be clean. You are not necessarily getting your towel dirty by drying yourself of on it. If you do this you not only will be saving money on washing costs, water and the time you […]

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Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags

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Israel is known for it’s plastic shopping bags. While it’s better to bring your own reusable sturdy shopping bags when you go shopping, sometimes we find ourselves deciding to stop by the store spontaneously. Of course that would be the only way we would find ourselves using plastics… If you are going to use plastic […]

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Get a Shabbos-Clock for Your Heater

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Religious Jews will not turn on or off electricity on the Sabbath. Their solution? A timer electrical outlet, a shabbas-clock. Set the times you want the appliance plugged in to be on and let it go… To save energy these outlets are great to use for space heaters. If you use space heaters when those […]

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Ride a bike, Walk, Jog, or Run

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 If you aren’t doing this already you’re probably saying: Are you out of your mind?! I can’t do that! Or perhaps: Yeah, I know I should, I will tomorrow. While tomorrow just becomes the next day… It’s time to stop pushing this off. Make tomorrow today. If you don’t have time, make some, it’s for your […]

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Filter Your Water

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Much of the bottled water on the market is actually not so natural. As a rule, bottled water is no safer or healthier than the H2O that flows from municipal water systems. Many are bottled from natural sources; however, some are simply filtered or even only tap water in a fancy package. The ones that […]

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Buying in Bulk

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Try to buy in bulk  from warehouse stores or the shuk. Often these items come in big jars which you can use. But even if you cannot, you’ll often find that they offer items that have less packaging and therefore have less trash when you are done using them. An added benefit is that it can […]

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