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Green Gauntlet

New weapons in the stink bug battle

Friday, September 16, 2011, 9:15 AM
I've seen them already. Stink bugs are latched onto my window screens, no doubt peering inside deciding which nook or cranny they want to spend the winter in. I turned on the window air-conditioner the other day and heard a familiar tick-tick of their little exoskeletons hitting the metal and they... Read more

Green gauntlet: Paper made from elephant pooh?

Friday, August 12, 2011, 6:00 AM
I'm big on using paper made from recycled materials. But this was something altogether different. A guy from Brooklyn, Karl Wald, is marketing paper made from recycled paper plus ... elephant dung. He's got paper, note cards, photo albums, memo books and more. His website is This... Read more

Green gauntlet: It is a bottle or a box?

Friday, August 5, 2011, 6:00 AM
The first time I picked it up, the bottle felt so weird. Instead of the heavy plastic laundry detergent jug I'm used to, it felt so light! The Seventh Generation detergent I was using was in a cardboard container. It looked like a bottle, but felt like an egg carton. I've been drinking my wine in... Read more

Green gauntlet: A smarter charger

Friday, July 1, 2011, 9:00 AM
I'm surprised my ultra-green friend, Sylvie Verdant, even has a cell phone. For her, it's so techno. But even more than she hates cell phone towers as a blight on the landscape, she hates wires. They're everywhere, she notes, and why someone would object to the sight of clean wind turbines off the... Read more

Green gauntlet: A better bottle?

Friday, June 24, 2011, 6:00 AM
Sylvie Verdant, my uber-green friend, is a big believer in tap water. She figures her money pays for it in the first place, so why would she go and spend more for bottled? The question, for her, becomes this: How best to transport tap water on days when she's not going to be near a tap? The plastic... Read more

Green gauntlet: A clock that runs on water

Friday, June 3, 2011, 1:21 PM
I definitely think my eco-friend, Sylvie Verdant, should get a clock. I have strong suspicions that her only timepiece is a sundial in the yard of her solar-powered treehouse. She’s rarely on time. She’s either early or late. And she says things like “I’ll meet you tomorrow... Read more

Green gauntlet: Pancake flippers from soda bottles

Friday, May 27, 2011, 11:49 AM
To tell you the truth, I have never given one iota of thought to whether my kitchen utensils are green. I have a few spoons, some of those plastic-ey scraper things to get the last bit of peanut butter out of the jar, a whisk, and that's about it. But if I were starting out as a cook, and I wanted... Read more

Green gauntlet: A hamper for all those hangers

Friday, May 13, 2011, 12:00 PM
Most times, when I tell my extreme eco friend, Sylvie Verdant, about a purported new "green" product, there's at least room for debate. But when it came to the Hanger Hamper, she shut me down cold. As I described it -- a triangular bin that folds "for easy storage" and then will hold 100 hangers... Read more

Green Gauntlet: Headwaters Pale Ale from Victory

Friday, May 6, 2011, 7:00 AM
Brandywine Creek — rich with history and celebrated in the region’s artwork — has another important role: A prime ingredient in Victory Brewing Company’s beer. As the story goes, the founders of the Downingtown brewery, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, chose that location specifically... Read more

Green Gauntlet: Ecotensil. Can a disposable spoon really be green?

Friday, April 15, 2011, 3:57 PM
You're at a party -- maybe even a big fancy one -- and the hosts are offering tastes of various scrumptious delicacies. There are lots and lots of tastes, and lots and lots of people, which just naturally involves lots and lots of germs. So, of course, to avoid germs and to avoid washing about a... Read more
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GreenSpace is about environmental issues and green living. Bauers also writes a biweekly GreenSpace column about environmental health issues for the Inquirer’s Sunday “Health” section.

Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

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