Plug in, drive green — and save
Mar21

Plug in, drive green — and save

Special to Going GreenSally Pick of SJP Consulting, LLC describes herself as an energy nerd. She’s a Montague-based energy consultant who specializes in helping homeowners take advantage of financial incentives to transform drafty, inefficient houses into cozy, green abodes. But it’s not just energy-efficient houses that spark her expertise. As Western Mass. Green Consortium’s Nov. 14 Green Night speaker, Pick’s topic for the evening...

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Reinventing ‘the milkman model’
Mar21

Reinventing ‘the milkman model’

Associated Press A new shopping platform announced Thursday at the World Economic Forum aims to change the way we buy many brand-name products. “Loop” would do away with disposable containers for things like food, shampoo, laundry detergent and diapers from some of the world’s biggest manufacturers.Instead, those goods will be delivered in sleek, reusable containers that will be picked up at your door, washed and refilled.“Loop is...

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Can I recycle old photos & film?
Mar21

Can I recycle old photos & film?

Dear Amy: Are photographs and negatives recyclable? —Anon., Franklin CountyA. Older, traditional photographs are not acceptable in recycling because of the chemical coatings in the paper. More modern photographs printed from digital files may or may not be recyclable, depending on the printing process and the type of paper used. Home-printed photographs that are similar to glossy magazine pages are generally acceptable in recycling....

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New toilet can pay for itself
Mar21

New toilet can pay for itself

DEAR JIM: Our old master bathroom toilet does not flush well and we are thinking about adding a first-floor half bath. What are the best types of toilets to get for each room and which ones save the most water? —Connie H. DEAR CONNIE: You can probably repair your old toilet yourself so it works better, but it would be better to just install a new water-saving model. The flushing of toilets typically accounts for 30 percent of the...

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Events Spring 2019

Fix-it Fair set for April 27 in NorthfieldNORTHFIELD — Bring items that need repair and your Northfield neighbors will do their best to fix them for free, Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Northfield Elementary School, 104 Main St. Winter birds talk and quilt displayGREENFIELD — Greening Greenfield will present “Winter birds,” a talk and quilt display, Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Jon Zon Community...

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Test what you know about climate change

For Going Green This is an invitation to test what you really know about climate change. You can find out by first taking a short, on-line test with five questions. After you get those test results, I invite you to respond to four simple questions in this column below.The on-line test was created by Bill Gates, one of the founders of Microsoft. Bill Gates knows a lot about climate change.Gates has joined an international coalition to...

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