Friday Green Links – 4/23
It’s a mixed bag this week, but there seems to be a bunch of stuff on saving electricity, gas, paper…
- Atlantic Garbage Patch – Huffington Post. Some really cool—but gross—photos.
- MBTA Launches First of Hybrid Buses – Boston Globe. We really need more of these. Our house is on a bus route, and disgusting black dust builds up on the windowsills.
- Going Green at the Treasury – Boston Globe. People receiving federal benefits will now get electronic payments—saving hundreds of millions of dollars and tons of paper and mail.
- EPA Wants 16 Chemicals Added to Toxics Release Inventory – Environmental Leader. Finally!
- Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free – Energy Savers. My landlord’s son leaves his car idling in the backyard for half an hour at a time. It makes me want to scream.
- Universities Across the United States Make Strides in Energy Conservation – Energy Savers. I wonder if we can get Berklee signed up for the College Sustainability Report Card.
- Bouquets of Flowers, Where Do You Stand? – Making This Home. I love the flowers that my landlady tends in our front yard, but conventional flowers from stores are shipped halfway around the world and dosed with pesticides. Ick.
- The Environmental Impact of Everyday Things – Chic Ecologist. Psst—by “everyday things” she means “feminine products.”
- Three Ways Cleaning Can Help You Save Energy – greenUPGRADER. We never vacuum our refrigerator coils, and we really should.
- The Lazy Preserver – Simple. Green. Frugal. It’s kind of cool seeing which things overwintered in her garden or stored well.
- Making Your Own Deodorant – Simple. Green. Frugal. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I think the baking soda/cornmeal powder puff thing is cool.
- Ask Umbra on food dehydrators, cage-free and free-range poultry, and e-readers – Grist. Normally I love Ask Umbra, but here she doesn’t mention “certified humane” eggs, and she equates the Kindle and the iPad. The iPad may use very little power for a laptop but that’s a lot for an ereader.
And as usual, if you read something interesting, send it along.