Green News For The Weekend Volume 285

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When you have a few minutes, check out some important green news from the last week.

With eight plastic bottles, you can make a pair of jeans. That’s the sustainability concept behind a new line of denim products from Levi’s that uses 20 percent post-consumer recycled content. I have a fleece sweatshirt made from plastic bottles, so will have to check out these jeans.

One of the wonderful things that seems to happen once autumn hits, and as we get closer to the holidays, is that we start to bring a bit of nature indoors. This, of course, can be done in many different ways depending on your preference. The trick is, how to bring a bit of nature indoors this autumn without bringing toxic materials into your home. Here are a few simple ideas. Great tips, Tara.

Green consumer products usually are more expensive than traditional counterparts, but other sustainable lifestyle choices may save you money in the long run. This infographic takes a look at some of the greener options you might choose over a lifetime. This is the point I am trying to make with my Buy Once, Buy For Life series. Buying quality for more money trumps buying cheap items repeatedly.

Right now, the United States does not require that genetically engineered foods be labeled. Proposition 37 would change that in California. If passed, it will require labeling of products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. California residents, take EWG’s pledge to vote “YES” on Prop 37.

Plastic does not easily decompose. That darn plastic bag can move many thousands of miles. The sea bed in the Arctic deep sea is increasingly strewn with litter and plastic waste as reported in the advance online publication of the scientific journal Marine Pollution Bulletin by Dr. Melanie Bergmann, biologist and deep-sea expert at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association. We are filling our oceans with plastic due to our shopping habits. Please do your part and reduce your use of plastic.

Saunter into the yards of chef David Bouley’s house in Kent, Conn., or chef Jose Garces’s country home in Bucks Country, Pa., and you’ll stumble upon the ultimate status symbol for today’s culinary crowd. It isn’t a wood-burning pizza oven or whole-hog rotisserie. It’s a farm.

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