According to research by the Department of Energy shade trees can reduce the need for air conditioning by 7% to 40%. If you have a garden, plant a tree. It can decrease the energy you need to cool your space but also provide a place to hang a tire swing, not to mention the offsets. If you […]
The batteries that you throw out today end up in landfills and incinerators. From here they eventually leak into the environment and can end up poisoning you tomorrow. Find out where the closest place for you to recycle batteries is. And if you use rechargeable batteries you will not only reduce the circulation of dangerous […]
Designs for new technologies to green homes, or even building new ‘eco-friendly’ neighbourhoods from scratch like in Kfar Saba (Green Building or Greenwashing?), are coming in thick-and-fast in Israel. But what about the millions of people living in buildings that have been standing for decades? One man who has come up with the answer is […]
Late Friday afternoon at the Carmel Market in the center of Tel Aviv. Shabbat is approaching, and the “shook” is winding down for the weekend. Vendors are hawking the last of their merchandise, heavily discounted, to the few remaining stragglers. Straining to yell over cantorial Oriental music, the vendors ask each other what time Shabbat […]
One weekend a year, Tel Aviv’s architectural treasures open their doors and allow the public to learn about and appreciate the urban environment. In this unique annual event structures such as historical buildings, private homes, designer lofts, unique gardens, and even construction sites are made available in a project called Houses From Within. This year […]
For those of you gearing up for the traditional Independence Day (and summer) BBQ think twice before you decide to fill your food with chemical-filled smoke by using specially treated bbq starters. Instead, save up your milk cartons, not the plastic ones, mind you. The cardboard ones are coated with wax, it makes great kindle! […]
There are a lot of nasties on your fresh food. Do you know what goes into the fertilizer that your carrot sticks grew in? In the best case scenario … well … maybe I won’t get graphic. To help kill bacteria such as E. Coli on fruits and vegetables, add a 1/4 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a […]
Thanks to the Birthright programme and the array of gap-year schemes, more young people from across the world have the opportunity to visit Israel, get back to their roots and find out what life is like for their Israeli cousins. Now foreign students can gain skills about environmental advocacy and campaigning – Israeli-style – to […]
Here are some eco-friendly tips for getting rid of ants… Try sprinkling one (or more) of these ingredients where ants enter your home and it will help keep your house ant-free this spring and summer: Lemon juice, cinnamon, baking soda, coffee grounds, vinegar. AND… if you mix all of the above and bake in the oven at […]
Watch your plants go on a caffeine high! Instead of trashing or washing those coffee grinds down the drain, throw them in your garden. They make great fertilizer.
Jews all over the world have been working for weeks cleaning their houses from all remnants of unleavened bread. There are Jewish philosophers that explain that by cleaning their houses from this bread they are vicariously also cleaning their hearts from unwanted deficiencies. Part of daily green living is introspection and thinking of ways that […]
Ecover is lauded by the United Nations for protecting the earth, and the company’s products scour many a lean and green TreeHugging homes — even ours. Looking beyond the products’ labeling and phosphate-freeness, the Organic Consumer’s Association decided to do its own tests. Among some of our favorite eco-brands emerged Ecover. The much-loved household product, it […]
Now the weather is warming up, it’s time to hit the road and escape the urban jungle. But instead of taking the bus to beach or driving to the hills for a hike, you might be pleasantly surprised to find a green oasis closer than you think. Last week I was lucky enough to stumble […]
Green Prophet today heard about an interesting environmental conference we thought readers would like advance warning of: the Jerusalem Environment & Nature Conference, to be held at the capital’s Binyanei HaUma Conference Centre, on May 18-19. The conference features 6 sessions over the 2 days, all exploring the perspective of what has been achieved here […]
Cut the junk out of coffee junkie. Instead of a foam or paper cup, use your own travel mug if you are on the go, or ask the café for glass if you have a few extra minutes. Not only can you cut waste but Styrofoam can actually disrupt your hormones. And you don’t want […]
If you’re out and about and you know that you will be sitting idle in your car for more than a minute, turn your motor off. It’s a great way to safe energy, gas and money. Those drops add up over time.
Clean water is a human right, a life giving force that should be universally available and commonly owned and managed. Right now, corporations pump billions of litres of water – water that belongs to everyone – out of underground aquifers each year and sell it back to us at a profit. Even worse, bottled water […]
Want to know the best place to cloud-gaze in Canada, how to recycle bottles in Berlin, or where you can climb into a treehouse in Tel Aviv? The Green Map System gives us another way of looking at our world — and the movement is starting to take hold in Israel. (See our last post […]
Israel’s desert climate make keeping your car clean very difficult – especially when the sandstorms take hold of the region. When you wash your car don’t run the hose. Instead, use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at the end. It can save 150 gallons each time.
Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or for cleaning around your home. Use your creativity and save our planet one drop at a time!
If your shower can fill a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, then your shower is probably not so environmentally-friendly. Replace it with a water-efficient showerhead and you’ll save lots of water… and money while you’re at it!
40,000 people cheered in Rabin Square last night as the Tel Aviv City Hall lights were turned off and the numerous cyclists powering the Earth Hour concert took their places. At exactly 8pm, Israeli President Shimon Peres ceremoniously turned off the lights in the Azrieli Tower and simultaneously the lights of the City Hall – […]
Do you have any leaks? It’s time to take care of that! If you fix your leaky faucets and plumbing joints it can save 20 gallons per day for every leak stopped.
Keep your eyes open and your flashlights near tomorrow night between 8 and 9pm, because Tel Aviv will be taking part in Earth Hour – an international initiative that aims to reduce power consumption by turning off lights and, as a result, decrease greenhouse gas emissions. This will be the first time that Tel Aviv […]
When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Turn the water on for each dish individually. If you are considering a dishwasher look for energy and water conservation ratings when making your decision.