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Only in Canada, Eh? A New Twist in Plastic Versus Cloth Bags

by: EJ on 05/25/2009
Posted in: Sustainable Living

A recent study by the Canadian Environment and Plastics Industry Council entitled A Microbiological Study of Reusable Bags and `First or single-use' Plastic Bags has discovered that, "... reusables are a breeding ground for bacteria and pose public health risks - food poisoning, skin infections such as bacterial boils, allergic reactions, …

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Vancouver City Hall Leads the Way to a Sustainable Future

by: EJ on 03/13/2009
Posted in: Sustainable Living

Vancouver City in B.C., Canada is growing local food ... on the grounds of City Hall! The underused green grass lawn is to be converted into a community garden that will grow vegetables for food providers in Vancouver's inner-city neighbourhoods.

"If we want Vancouver to be a truly sustainable city, City Hall needs to lead the way," said Mayor …

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The crappiest generation of spoiled idiots

by: EJ on 03/11/2009
Posted in: Sustainable Living

Thanks to (usually barefoot) meg for posting this interview with comedian Louis CK from Late Night with Conan O'Brien , NBC TV.

What do you think? Just what generation are they talking about? The Baby Boomers? That demographic that is bulging its way to retirement? The interviewee is definitely of that generation.

The Generation Xer's? The …

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Power from Pedals

by: EJ on 03/09/2009
Posted in: Sustainable Living

Have you ever wondered about using pedal-power to run your laptop or TV? Maybe you questioned whether inventions exist that could harness human energy and turn it into useful work.

The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors by Tamara Dean brings you the answers. Here's what Backhome Magazine has to say about The Human-Powered Home in …

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Guest Post - Katie Alvord

by: Heather on 05/27/2008
Posted in: Sustainable Living

This just in from Katie Alvord - author of Divorce Your Car!
Ending the Love Affair with the Automobile. Thanks Katie!

It's the start of the so-called "summer driving season" and fuel prices have hit record levels. So has the share of small car sales - as of April, one of five cars sold in the U.S. was a small car, the biggest percentage ever. Although that still means four of five cars sold are medium to big, at least things are going in a better direction!

When Leonard Doyle of The Independent phoned me for a comment on the trend, I told him I thought the increase in small cars was positive, but that I get more excited when I see boosts in transit use, bicycling and walking. Summer - despite the "driving season" moniker -- is a terrific time to use all these alternatives to cars.

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