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Archive: November, 2012

POSTED: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 11:54 AM

The Environmental Working Group has just put out the list of items it's including in a holiday "gift box" -- items hand-picked by the staff.

It was mostly food-oriented, which I found really interesting. It certainly speaks to how big a food footprint most of us have, from the actual food consumed to the utensils we use to eat it to the napkins we use during the whole process.

It made me think about what would be high on my list of eco-gifts -- if I were giving them. My family already knows my passion, and my gifts to them are supposedly about their passions. But anyway.....

POSTED: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 2:15 PM

I had a lot of fun reporting this morning's story about goats as weed-eating powerhouses.

They've always done that job on farms, of course, but now the critters are being seen as an eco-alternative to fuel-guzzling mowers, herbicides and weed-yanking volunteers who for some reason don't relish wading into a patch of poison ivy! 

Not long ago, a fun and funky blog by Movoto, a real estate group, posted an online calculator for figuring out how many goats, sheep, chickens, cows and, of all things, guinea pigs would be required to clear a specific size plot in one day.

Reduce Animal Unemployment: Hire A Goat By Movoto Real Estate
POSTED: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 1:58 PM

In yesterday's GreenSpace column, I wrote about how to make your next painting project a greener one, no matter what color you slather on the walls.

Aside from the issue of volatile organic compounds, the problem of what to do with leftover paint is particularly stubborn.  If you're like me, you figure you might need the excess paint for tough-ups. Or, at the very minimum, it's a resource that you just can't justify tossing, right?

So in the basement it sits. Getting old and useless. Until one day you take on the project of drying it all out and tossing it. Or taking the oil-based paint to a household hazardous waste event.

About this blog

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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