Redefining usefulness …
Mar21

Redefining usefulness …

For Going GreenTouring Phyllis Jeswald’s Conway home is like stepping into the pages of an enchanted seek-and-find. Can you find a two-foot tall bolt? Here it is, ingeniously turned upside down as a plant holder. Do you see an antique oak commode? Yes, now it’s a lovely lamp stand. Where are the hand-crank apple corers? There they are, seven of them perched like exotic crows roosting atop the kitchen cabinets. Indeed, if Jeswald’s...

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More Events – Spring 2019
Mar21

More Events – Spring 2019

‘Growing Our Clothes’ set for April 28 in ShelburneSHELBURNE — The Shelburne Historical Society will offer the first in a series of interactive programs with “Growing Our Clothes: Local Lambs and Linen,” which will happen on Sunday, April 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., in and outside of the Arms Academy building on the corner of Maple and Church streets. Farmers and artisans will present and invite the public to share in a variety of...

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Making your own cleaning products?
Mar21

Making your own cleaning products?

Associated Press To reduce waste and avoid unnecessary plastic bottles and chemicals — and to save money — many people are opting to make cleaning products from scratch at home. You can find an abundance of recipes for household cleaning products online, along with reusable glass spray bottles designed to hold them.But not all homemade cleaning products are created equal, and some simple concoctions can be downright dangerous.“To have...

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Many  say ‘I do’ to zero-waste weddings
Mar21

Many say ‘I do’ to zero-waste weddings

Associated PressTo protect the environment, many couples are saying “I do” to Zero-Waste weddings, focusing on sustainability for everything from floral design and dresses to invitations and food.The goal is to recycle, reuse, compost and otherwise keep anything from becoming trash in a landfill. Whether or not couples succeed in reaching the Zero-Waste goal, “they’re certainly more conscious of the ecological impact of what they do,...

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Porous paving options catch on
Mar21

Porous paving options catch on

Associated Press One driveway at a time, many green-minded homeowners and communities are opting for permeable paving options instead of traditional asphalt.“It’s much better for the environment because it helps cut down on storm runoff, which picks up motor oil and other pollutants, overburdens water treatment facilities, and can ultimately end up in local waterways,” says Margaret Mayfield, an architect in Los Osos,...

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Drawing straws
Aug15

Drawing straws

For Going GreenIt is estimated that Americans use 500 million plastic straws every single day. 500 million! Sounds questionable, right? While this number was calculated by the Be Straw Free Campaign, started by 9-year old Milo Cress in Vermont in 2011, and is quoted across the internet, there is no question that the ubiquitous single-use plastic straw is often a default part of the modern drink experience. Consider the number of...

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