Lets Lose Plastic Bags in Philadelphia

by Amy on December 17, 2014

There is a serious effort to ban plastic bags in NYC  lets encourage WaterBagsall of our cities and towns to join their effort. In the meantime:

  • decide to not use plastic bags
  • tell stores and vendors that you would rather use your own shopping bags. Encourage them to offer alternatives to plastic bags such as used cardboard boxes and branded shopping totes.
  • recycle any plastic bags you have collected.  Recycling centers can be found at most grocery stores.
  • if you can’t recycle them, make something out of your thin film plastic including yarn, fused fabric, beads…even new shopping bags!
  • Support the Plastic Disclosure Project.


Plastic and our Oceans

December 15, 2014

Plastic is everywhere – try living without it for even a day and you become painfully aware of how it is ever present.  If we are to continue to use plastic we need to find better ways to dispose of it through recycling, reuse and transformation to raw materials. Check out this article in the […]

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Broken Washer = Water and Energy Savings

December 11, 2014

Well. We are basically moved in and settled. We have weathered and very much enjoyed our first holiday. Now we are looking around to see what we can do to make this townhouse as environmentally efficient as possible. But where to start? The decision was made for us. Start with the first thing that broke…the […]

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Today is America Recycles Day

November 15, 2014

Choose to recycle –  it is easy and by doing so you: reduce waste going to the landfills, reduce the energy needed to extract raw materials, reduce use of raw materials, and help create the ‘raw materials’ needed to make new stuff from old. Oh and you could earn rewards… It is easy and can […]

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Now For Something Completely Different

September 9, 2014

We did it! We moved from the bucolic countryside of Kennett Square into the heart of Bella Vista in Philadelphia.  From a two story, net zero, development house to a 4-5 story townhouse. From an overflowing, garden filled property to a patch of concrete.  Now that is completely different.  Something different filled with opportunity to […]

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Sustainability Books Worth Reading – Save the Bumblebees!

June 30, 2014

Looking for more information about sustainable design, construction and living?  Here are some great resources: A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees by Dave Goulson.  Would you like to read an entertaining book that contains tons of information about bumblebees – their importance to the natural world and our food chain? Then read […]

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Clearwater Beach Sustainability Travelogue

May 29, 2014

Sustainability is becoming a way of life in Clearwater. Although it never screams about sustainability the city is pretty progressive in its efforts. The first inkling is the signage along the bridge and roads that head over to Clearwater Beach that declare the gardens are irrigated with reclaimed water. Like other progressive cities, Clearwater has […]

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9 minutes a year

May 15, 2014

‘According to a new report from The Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), “Extensive research has found that the average utility customer spends nine minutes per year thinking about their energy use.”’  When Will Behavioral Energy Efficiency Hit the Commercial Market in a Big Way? by Linda Hardesty Accessed 5/15/2104 (Bold is from me) Nine minutes a […]

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Live Net Zero in Solar Powered Home

May 8, 2014

      Did you always want to live in a great neighborhood? Walk into the coolest town in America for world class restaurants and shopping? Enjoy lush gardens? Operate your house with solar power? Then look no further than Kennett Square. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/111-Davenport-Rd_Kennett-Square_PA_19348_M43525-91263?source=web

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Lawyer Water

April 16, 2014

As I was waiting to meet with a lawyer the other day the receptionist asked if I would care for coffee or something else to drink.  “Water would be great.” was my answer. I was presented with a styrofoam cup and a bottle of water.  I know that this particular office has a kitchen with […]

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