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The Spoils of Food Waste

Some of you may remember being shamed into finishing your dinner because there are starving children in Africa.  It apparently worked a little; we wasted HALF as much food in the 1970s than we do today (National Institutes of Health).  So, the lesson here – for those of you coming to this blog for the ‘quick’ […]


World’s Largest Landfill is Not On Land

I came across a wonderful bit of tidbits from one of my go-to hubs for environmental news,  (Note: Feel free to cheat on me with Grist; they’ve got staff and stuff!) Their headline got my attention: “More plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050 — and other fun garbage facts!”  Please click that […]

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5 Ways To Green Up Your Green Thumb

Stormwater runoff is nasty; combat it by planting smart!  Create rain gardens. Check your downspouts (rooftops and driveways) and make sure rain gardens are placed to catch this water or re-route your downspouts, or buy a rain barrel. If you have an area of standing water after a rain, create a backyard wetland. A wonderful […]


It Came Without Ribbons, It Came Without Tags…The Grinching of Christmas

Americans will generate an extra 7 million pounds of waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. “If every family reused two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the planet. If every American family wrapped 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover […]

This Little Piggy Went to Market

I promised to make these posts quick and dirty; this one is bursting with filth, but also jam-packed (like some sort of animal factory) with information to provide.  During the writing process, I spoke with several friends who shared they had NO idea about this topic. Therefore, in the interest of ‘smartifying’ ALL my friends (and […]


The New Normal

As the flood waters around my current hometown begin to recede, I find myself reflecting on what the media likes to call “extreme weather.” Growing up in the Chicago area in the 70s and 80s, we could generally count on the weather to follow some basic guidelines – hot and humid as heck in the […]


Bees – Spelling it Out For You

You’ve likely heard about the plight of the honeybees, but if you’re like me (at least the “me” before all the painstaking research I just did), you may be a little confused about the issue – hope I can help make a little sense of this sticky situation.  Bee colonies are collapsing due to something called […]

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