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Eco Tube: What's Your GREEN New Year's Resolution?
Thursday, 01 January 2015 00:00  |  Written by EcoHearth
Happy New Year photo by Dru Bloomfield

EcoHearth took its video crew down to Times Square, New York City, and asked passersby what they plan to do during the next twelve months to be better stewards of the Earth. To see the video containing a representative sample of their responses, click here.

 
Happy Holidays From EcoHearth
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00  |  Written by EcoHearth
Winter Sunset, Santa Fe, New Mexico, photo by and © Jennifer Esperanza

EcoHearth wishes you and yours a wonderful holiday season and much happiness in 2015. Please visit the site often for new ideas on how to be happier, healthier and a better steward of the Earth. To enjoy more beautiful and thought provoking photos like this one, visit Jennifer Esperanza's EcoHearth blog called Planet Esperanza Photos.

 
How to Celebrate Winter Solstice: The Ultimate Eco-Holiday
Thursday, 18 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…

 
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...

 
A Creative and Environmental Giftwrap Alternative
Sunday, 07 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…

 
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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

Nearness to nature...keeps the spirit sensitive to impressions not commonly felt, and in touch with the unseen powers. - Ohiyesa [Charles Alexander Eastman] (1858-1939) Native American (Santee Sioux) writer and physician  More quotes...