Green waste: what’s usable for compost and what’s not

Contributed by Derek Lotts.

Green waste is grass, leaves, branches of ornamental plants and other similar garden waste generated in gardens. It is also what’s left over from your cooking, such as peelings, or uneaten food left on plates.

In other words, it’s organic waste. It’s compostable, or at least, most of it is. (In forming a compost pile, however, organic waste is divided into “green” and “brown.” These terms will be defined later.)

If you sort and separate your rubbish, you would see that organic waste makes up more than one-third of total waste in your household. The organic waste is all biodegradable waste, for example the remains of fruits and vegetables, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, plant residues from the garden and so on. Continue reading

9 Green Companies You Should Feel Good Supporting

Contributed by Jon Wikstrom

Profit and sustainability

Profit and sustainability

As time goes on, it’s no longer exceptional for companies to have green initiatives. In fact, it’s now unusual if a business, large or small, isn’t doing anything to lessen their impact on the environment.

But to some companies, the planet is not merely an afterthought or an opportunity for public relations, but rather the main focus of everything they do.

There are certainly a plethora of small, local businesses along with larger corporations that are guided by their concern for nature. I want to share a list of uber-green companies you should feel proud to support. Continue reading

Delicious and Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

sweet potatoIt used to be almost an unwritten law that sweet potato casseroles had to be made with canned sweet potatoes, gobs of brown sugar, and marshmallows.

Here are some healthier alternatives, and they actually taste better.

A little brown sugar is not bad, but too much added sugar hides the flavor of sweet potatoes. For all of these recipes, use fresh sweet potatoes. The ones in the can are already too sugary and, to my taste, cooked too long. Continue reading

How much do you know about science?

scienceLooking through my collection of PDFs, I came across a report and poll from Pew Research about how much Americans know about science. It’s a couple of years old, but the results would probably not be much different now.

You can care about the environment and practice green living without knowing much about science. But the better informed you are, the better choices you can make for yourself and your family.

Test your knowledge and take this quiz. When you get your results you can follow a link there and read the report.

I will try to present just enough information to get your interest without giving away the questions or the answers. Continue reading