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All across the United States, the day after Thanksgiving is renowned for the hordes of shoppers that start lining up outside stores in the early hours of the morning. This day of shopping represents millions of transactions but it also accounts for much more. Think about how many people hop into the...
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The Shop Local, Buy Local food movement appears to be losing steam, as smaller stores close-up shop. Would you pay ten cents more for an apple grown locally? Maybe not, and that's what "locavores" are trying to change. Locavores, are people who shop locally, and they say you need to change your min...
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Can ordering a locally sourced, grass-fed steak and an expertly made cocktail in a trendy restaurant actually combat climate change? That's the goal with the Perennial, a Mid-Market restaurant experiment due in the spring that's the first of its kind in the Bay Area, if not the country. It's the b...
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There are ways to connect with your community beyond food. You’ve probably heard about community supported agriculture (or CSA) — a program where you pay up front and every week, a box of fresh, locally grown produce appears on your doorstop. Since its initial conception in western Massachusetts in...
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Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer and outdoor cooking season is right around the corner. Unfortunately, outdoor cooking is too often connected with a tremendous amount of waste. Make this year's summer the "summer of green" with these eco-friendly alternatives for a low-impact summer barb...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
This is the time of the year when you see endless summaries of 2013. The ones about sustainability can usually be characterized as a bag of mixed news, filled with both good and bad news from the past year. And it can be quite depressing, right? After all, mixed news means that at best we...
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Posted by on in Buy Local
Most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped for an average of 1500 miles before being sold. And this is when taking into account only US grown products! Those distances are substantially longer when we take into consideration produce import...
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Video - Buy Local A short animation of the importance of supporting locally owned, independently operated business.watch the video here...         If the people of an average American city were to shift 10% of their spending from chains to local businesses, it would br...
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Posted by on in Food
How to Shop Smart and Buy Healthy Now that organic produce and healthier food options are more readily available than ever before, it has made grocery shopping that much more confusing in the process. With the availability to buy everything from out of season fruit to fair trade chocolate to T-shir...
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Posted by on in Buy Local
According to the 2012 survey by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, when you choose to do business locally, you are indeed making an impact. And that impact is happening at its best in the communities like ours that have embraced Local First. 65% of respondents reported revenue growth in ...
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The Christmas season is upon us and while it’s the happiest time of the year, it can also be the most wasteful.  White Christmases are overrated — this year, make sure you, your family and your friends have a green Christmas! Here are a few tips to get you started:   Your Christmas ...
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Posted by on in Food
by Kelly McMath From farming to transportation to processing and packaging, the amount of energy and emissions used to put food on our tables is hard on the environment. Try these seven eco-friendly eating tips to make a positive environmental impact and reduce your eco-footprint. Choose organic o...
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Posted by on in Fishing
by Nicole Makris From a health perspective, fish and seafood offer benefits that are hard to find elsewhere. Unfortunately, the current consumption of seafood, specifically fish, is wrought with controversy and ecological degradation. Conservation biologists at the Northwest Fisheries Science Cent...
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Posted by on in General Environment
Smart ShoppingBuy what you need, not what you want.Consider renting and borrowing things that are seldom needed.Buy used items from garage sales and second-hand stores. Simple SaversReplace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.Use aerators on faucets and shower heads.Weatherstrip...
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Posted by on in Buy Local
We all have a carbon footprint. And during the Holidays, our carbon footprints are way larger than our shoe sizes as we tend to consume more than during other times in the year.  However, we can all still be true to our Green sides by following some Eco-friendly tips this Thanksgiving: Buy l...
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