The Green Project

Green Minute
9:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

The Green Minute: Reduce, Reuse, Repair

An example of DIY repair: Desoldering using a vacuum plunger (blue, right) and a soldering iron (yellow, left).
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Reduce, reuse and recycle — or the three Rs — are well known as the pathway to green. But there is an R that has been routinely left out. The R for REPAIR.

Unlike our grandparents, we regularly replace items rather than opting to fix things. While their motto was, “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”, we’ve relegated our broken stuff to the trash pile.

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Green Minute
6:02 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

The Green Minute: Vampire Power

Standby power... what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!
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With Fall finally in the air and the calendar page turned to October, it’s time for ghosts, goblins, witches and mummies.

But keeping the real vampires away will take more than garlic and crosses. There are vampires hiding in plain sight right this very moment, and they even live with you.

Vampire power is the energy drawn from devices while they are in standby mode, and it’s a real drain on the grid. Nationally, standby power accounts for more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of annual electricity consumption, and more than $10 billion in annual energy costs.

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Environment
1:52 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Don't Fall For Greenwashing!

Businesses may tell you they abide by green practices, but that doesn't mean they really do...

Christal white speaks the truth about 'Greenwashing', and how to avoid falling into the trap.

As the drive toward more environmental sustainability in our daily lives increases, businesses have responded by offering more eco-friendly products, services and policies — or at least, they say they have. Greenwashing is a term used for companies that claim to be acting in an environmentally responsible way, but in reality are not.

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Green Minute
8:13 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Green Tips On 'Hypermiling'

Hypermiling STATS.

The Green Project's Christal White delivers this week's Green Minute.

You know the old saying: "If you give him an inch, he’ll take a mile." There couldn’t be more perfect of a way to describe hypermiling. Not familiar with the term? It’s the science and craft behind squeezing every possible drop out of your car's gas mileage.

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Green Minute
4:10 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Summer Energy Saving Tips... You Know You Want 'Em

Energy saving light bulbs are just one way to save power and money.
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The Green Project's Christal White serves up tips on saving energy (and money) this summer.

It’s summertime and the livin’s easy, but in the South, we know that it’s down right hot. To save money on energy bills, try these tips.

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Green Minute
12:55 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Buying In Bulk? There's An App For That

Buying in bulk saves you money, but not always time... It's hard to tear yourself away from those bins!
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The Green Project's Christal White talks purchasing food in bulk on this week's Green Minute.

With the cost of makin’ groceries steadily increasing every day, maybe it’s time for us to revisit buying in bulk.

I’m not suggesting that we all run out to the big box warehouse store for 20 dozen eggs and some snow tires, but rather hit up your local farmer’s markets, food co-ops and grocery stores for beans, rice, pastas, olive oil, maple syrup, honey, flours, soaps, nuts, granolas and even tofu. To find the best local selection, there’s a free app simply called Bulk.  

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Green Minute
2:44 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Styrofoam: Everyone's Enemy

The view from a Styrofoam landfill... it's not pretty.

People who say that nothing lasts forever are dead wrong when it comes to Styrofoam.

Styrofoam (or polystyrene, as the men in white coats call it) is a petroleum based product that will likely outlast us all — and that’s not a good thing. Environmentally it's non-recyclable, and refuses to break down, even when exposed to light. Combine that with the fact that Styrofoam is lightweight and floats, and you’ve got massive quantities accumulating along coasts and waterways around the world, which makes it a health hazard for marine life.

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Green Minute
5:41 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Junk Food Is Bad For You, And Junk Mail Is Bad For The Environment

Junk mail: more harmful than you think

Christal White delivers the Green Minute.

Got too much junk in your trunk? Don't think pants size, think all that unsolicited bulk mail that clogs your box each day. And if you think a little junk can’t hurt, we seriously have a badonkadunk of a problem. Here’s junk mail by the numbers:

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Green Minute
12:29 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Tips On DIY Cosmetics For Easy, Healthy Beauty

An eco-friendly homemade body product
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Christal White delivers the Green Minute.

You’ve likely heard the expression “beauty is only skin deep”, but with the estimated 11,000 unique chemical ingredients we are exposed to through our personal care products every single day, the results go way deeper than that. 

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Green Minute
6:25 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Deet-Free Ways To Ward Off Bugs

Dr. Bronner's Castille soap.

Christal White Delivers the Green Minute.

The thunderstorms are rolling through, the humidity’s rising, and we all know what’s next… bugs. Ones that bite, ones that sting, ones that just gross you out. Nonetheless, they all have one thing in common: they will do whatever they can to get up in your home and all over you and your precious skin. But, as The Green Project reminded us this week, the simple solution isn't always the best solution.

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