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A Creative and Environmental Giftwrap Alternative
Saturday, 13 December 2014 00:00  |  Written by Krista Fuentes | Blog Entry

Homemade Wrapping Paper from Magazines photo by Rick TheisDon't buy so much (or any!) wrapping paper this holiday season. There are many alternative ways to decorate the birthday, anniversary, holiday and other presents you pass around.

One of my favorites is to wrap gifts in the pages of discarded fashion magazines. The photos and illustrations are often colorful and stylish—and they make attractive patterns when folded around a box. You can even make "bows" out of the same magazines by cutting them into snowflake or other patterns and layering them on top. Read on…

 
How to Celebrate Winter Solstice: The Ultimate Eco-Holiday
Saturday, 13 December 2014 00:00  |  Written by Kim Ridley | Blog Entry

Girl Looking at Solstace Lantern photo by ItzaFineDayThe way our culture has come to celebrate the December holidays often leaves me feeling more miserable than merry. All of the shopping, the stuff and the stress seems to crowd out the anticipated joy of the season.

So, refusing to let cynicism prevent me from seeking the sacred, I decided to start a new tradition: honoring the original December holiday, the winter solstice. Read on…

 
Eco Tube: What Would You Give Up to Help the Environment?
Saturday, 13 December 2014 00:00  |  Written by EcoHearth
Tiffany & Co. Sign photo by Katy

EcoHearth took its camera crew outside the Tiffany & Co. store near Wall Street in Manhattan to ask passersby, "What possessions or activities might you forgo to help the environment?" To see the video containing a representative sample of the responses, click here.

 
How the Poinsettia Became a Christmas Plant
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00  |  Written by Krista Fuentes | Blog Entry

Single Poinsettia Bloom photo by James GagenGlance in any direction this time of year and you're sure to spot a poinsettia. The lush plant with broad green and red leaves has come to signify the holiday season... but why?

It's certainly not due to a natural preference for cold weather. In fact, the euphorbia pulcherrima is a tropical plant, originating in Mexico, that does not do so well in temperatures below 50 degrees. Rather, like I do, it thrives at a sunny un-Christmas like 72 degrees. Read on...

 
Eco Tube: An Environmental Thanksgiving
Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00  |  Written by EcoHearth
Thanksgiving Turkey Cartoon Illustration photo by Jelene

EcoHearth took its camera crew to the farmer's market in downtown Brooklyn, New York, and asked passersby, "Environmentally speaking, what are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?" To see the video containing a representative sample of the responses, click here.

 
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Eco Tip

Take a “stay-cation” or vacation closer to home. Reduce your carbon footprint by staying home for vacation. If you do travel, stay as close to home as possible and use public transportation to reach your destination.  >More tips...

Eco Quote

Away, away, from men and towns, / To the wild wood and the downs, — / To the silent wilderness, / Where the soul need not repress / Its music. - Percy Bysshe Shelley, (1792-1822), "To Jane, The Invitation," c.1820  More quotes...