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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Children… Go Play by the Cesspit

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I can go on “home-binges” where I will coop myself up inside for days at a time. There can be the productive kind where I’m a workhorse and so do not get out. There are other times when it’s just out of laze… After one of these binges my house will inevitably end up a pigsty. […]

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Aerate Your Water

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Installing Low-Flow showerheads and faucet aerators is probably the single most effective water conservation action you can do for your home. Inexpensive and simple to install, low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators can reduce your home water consumption as much as 50%, and reduce your energy cost of heating the water also by as much […]

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Supersol Just Got Greener

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Living in Jerusalem’s city center is an occasionally harrowing, occasionally exhilirating experience. Towards the middle of the spectrum (with “harrowing” being defined, roughly, as beer bottles shattering against the side of the building at 3am) is the state of grocery shopping in the center of town, or rather, the lack thereof.

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Keep Cool in Style

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Did you know that when you drive at a speed that is over 40 mph using the air conditioner uses less fuel than having the windows open? Because of air resistance when you travel with your windows open you slow down your car and you use more gas. If you are traveling over 40 mph […]

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Florentine Fights Back

(In Hebrew) Channel One’s Yoman reports on the struggle by residents of Florentine, a neighborhood in south Tel Aviv, against the city’s building plans in the area. The city wants to build a ring of skyscrapers encircling the adjacent Neve Tzedek neighborhood, as well as a new neighborhood in Florentine that would include buildings up […]

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Newspaper un-Litter

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Most neighborhoods have recycle bins for paper. However there still are many that do not. If you are unlucky enough to live in one of these neighborhoods tie your newspapers into a bundle before you dispose of them. This way you can prevent newspaper from blowing through your neighborhood and you can use one less […]

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Jerusalemites say ‘no’ to nylon

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Jerusalem art students tried their luck recently at weaning Israelis off their addiction to plastic bags at the city’s Machane Yehuda market.Green Prophet recently reported on ‘Plastic for Free’ phenomenon of nylon-binging in Israeli shops, so it’s welcome news that their new shopping bags are not only eco-friendly (made from cloth instead of plastic), they’re […]

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Small Shops Add Soul

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Character vs. flash: An old building in the city center, and a shiny, new Aroma. What gives a city its particular character? Is it the city’s architecture, its parks and open spaces, its scents, its people? An article in Ha’aretz’s Real Estate section last week did a pretty good job of conjuring up downtown Jerusalem […]

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