Saturday Green Links – 10/2
I decided to organize these from personal to international this week. Which do you like better?
- Choosy tasters stick to Skippy-like organic peanut butters – Grist. Jason’s very choosy about peanut butter. I tried grinding our own at Whole Foods, but it was a no go. Does anyone know—is it really necessary to refrigerate natural peanut butter?
- FLOR Modular Carpet Tiles – Green Phone Booth. These are made in my hometown!
- Aspirational Cooking Folder – Green Phone Booth. My aspirational cooking folder is huge—in a binder and in my email. But my cooking attention span is tiny, and when I try new recipes now, they’re usually from blogs I’ve seen that day.
- Swap.com & Paperback Swap: How I’m Saving a Fortune & the Planet – Smart Family Tips. I love Paperback Swap. It’s a really good way to recirculate books that won’t sell on Amazon Marketplace.
- Cycling Is Good For You, Safe, And Good For Everyone Else, So Says Science – Boston Biker. I guess I (and everyone else) tend to focus on the immediate danger of being hit by a car and not the longer-term danger of being overweight.
- How to Weatherize Your Home for Fall – Jetson Green. We need to do look into this soon.
- Online Energy Audit Tool Helping More Homeowners Catch Rebates for Energy Efficiency – Treehugger. Maybe this is a good way for us to go about weatherizing.
- Radiant Barriers: A Solution in Search of a Problem – Green Building Advisor. Apparently these are only effective if there’s an air pocket behind them.
- How Much Green Is Too Green? – Alternative Building Services. Something to think about—how long is the payback period?
- Can We Build in a Brighter Shade of Green? – New York Times. Passive homes can save up to 90% of heating/cooling costs.
- Water Use in Southwest Heads for a Day of Reckoning – New York Times. The Colorado River is closing in on an all-time low.
- In Arabian Desert, a Sustainable City Rises – New York Times. Although this makes some interesting ecological architectural points, I question how sustainable building a city in the desert is.
- Ancient Italian Town Has Wind at Its Back – New York Times. Electricity rates of three times the U.S. average prompted an Italian town to become energy independent.
That’s it this week. As always, if you read anything interesting, send it along.