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Greening the Holidays: Green Gift Ideas

The holidays are a time for giving. This season, make the eco-friendly choice, and give gifts that will bring joy to your loved ones and to our planet! Need some inspiration? Check out some of the latest green gifts and gadgets that are ringing in the holiday spirit! Water-Powered Clock Image Source: Bedolwhatsnext A water-powered […]

December 13th

How to be a Greener Driver

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 100 million Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution. Much of that can be attributed to the increased emissions from cars and trucks, which are also major contributors to climate change.

If driving a car doesn’t sit well with your green ideals, but is a necessity in your daily life, there are things you can do to make your actions more planet-friendly. From changing your driving habits to choosing a new, more environmentally-friendly vehicle, there are several ways to get from place to place while minimizing your impact on the environment.

October 23rd

Save a Pumpkin, Save the Planet? Halloween Waste & Where to Start

Forewarning: this may start out dismal, but stick with me!

We’ve found ourselves somehow in mid-October, and whatever your feelings are on that (be it terror that Christmas is approximately only 60 some days away or pure exuberance that Halloween is now just around the corner), when it comes to our planet and food, we’re unfortunately about to see a double amount of waste during the upcoming months.

Let’s start with pumpkins. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), we Americans have created a demand for approximately 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins per year. Pumpkins with which we will, for the most part, use for carving and traditional fall décor, after which point, we will toss them in the trash to be tossed into the local landfill.

October 21st

Green-Planet-Inspired Art

A green planet is a planet that is going to last longer and remain healthier because it involves recycling, reusing, and reducing to create a safer, happier and healthier environment. Many art projects are now taking on a green or eco-friendly focus because people want to place more emphasis on being sustainable and environmentally aware.

September 11th

3-4 Tips for Getting Started Bicycling

I write about cool bike stories here a lot, since bicycling is both one the best ways to green your life and is one of the best ways to make your life more relaxing, healthier, and more enjoyable.

But, one of the things I strive for here on Planetsave is finding ways to help people make positive changes in their lives, not just talk about how cool green living is.

September 1st

5 Green Back-to-School Tips

A representative of used clothing recycler USagain shot me these 5 green back-to-school tips via email. I think they’re good tips, so posting them here. Green your back-to-school preparation with these 5 tips (and more)!

August 30th

13-Year-Old Creates Breakthrough Solar Technology.. Then Gets Debunked (+ Top Green Living Stories)

One of the biggest green living stories of the past several days is one of a a 13-year-old, Aidan Dwyer, who reportedly created and filed a patent for a groundbreaking, super energy-efficient solar panel array setup based on the Fibonacci sequence of some tree branches. The system was supposedly 20% more efficient than traditional, flat solar panel arrays, in general, and 50% more efficient in winter.

August 24th

Bicycling Facts Infographic (+ Top Green Living Posts)

Just ran across this great infographic on bicycling facts and the future of bicycling on our sister site sustainablog and, of course, wanted to share it on here. It’s the feature green living “story” of the day. The infographic is from our friends over at Well Home Energy Audit. Check it out and enjoy!

August 19th

Can You be an Environmentalist without Eating Green? (+ Top Green Living Stories)

Food is something we don’t write about a lot here on Planetsave, leaving that more to our sister site Eat Drink Better. But it’s a critical part of a green life. Think about how much food you eat and compare that to how many clothes you buy or how many other products you buy…. There’s no comparison.

Food is a huge part of our environmental footprint. Livestock, alone, account for somewhere between 18% and 51% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, depending on who you ask. They contribute to a number of other water and environmental quality problems as well. Plus, they use a huge amount of our limited freshwater. Food is also transported all over the world, using tons of energy and creating tons of emissions, and it is packaged in environmentally unfriendly plastic and paper products. So, the question is, can you be an environmentalist if you don’t green your diet? (And, what exactly qualifies as greening your diet anyway?)

August 18th

High Gas Prices Putting Canadians on Bikes & in Zipcars (+ Top Green Living Stories)

Cities around the world have blossoming bike sharing programs. But unlike blossoming flowers, these programs will both make people smile AND reduce their allergies. How, exactly? Well, increasing allergies is one predicted (and I think already occurring) result of global climate change. And bicycling for transportation purposes is one of the best options for combating climate change.

August 17th

Solar PV Electric Tricycle (+ Top Green Living Stories)

This is pretty cool. A young dude from Pakistan with a creative spirit has created a solar-powered electric tricycle. Farrukh Khan spent about $550 to create the bike and may eventually sell it. He’s provided a “detailed photo and a design template on the Instructables website for a small monthly subscription fee ($1.95 – 3.95),” Glenn Meyers of our sister site CleanTechnica reports.

August 10th

Top 5 Websites That Make Recycling Easy

Most of us have plenty of old stuff at home we no longer use or need because the household utilities are no longer functional, clothes are old-fashioned and gadgets have just got boring (and you are planning newer and better replacements)

Would you like to unclutter or simplify your lifestyle? So before heading towards the green trash bin, take a look at these websites and find a new life for your old stuff.

August 9th