Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 131.

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More visitors this weekend! A good friend from L.A. is coming in this weekend for a few days, so should have fun showing him around the “neighborhood”. It’s always nice when old friends come to your new house! On to the Reads…

How would you like to cut this year’s back-to-school budget in half? Backpacks, pens and pencils, notebooks”‰, ”‰it all adds up. But in terms of both cost and environmental impact, the biggest line item is clothing. So that’s the most productive place to make getting your kids back to class a leaner and greener experience.

This isn’t going to be your typical “You should eat organic because it has higher anti-oxidants, helps to fight so and so disease and provides you with all of the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs” post. The reasons that I eat organic are simple and hopefully ones that you can relate to as well. So here they are.

Several American cities have made halting strides towards implementing bike-share systems recently, but which will be the first to launch the kind of robust network needed for public biking to go mainstream? Right now, the runaway favorite is Boston. In a report on the Times’ Green Inc blog this morning, a spokesperson for Bixi “indicated that the Boston system will initially offer 2,500 bikes at 290 stations in downtown Boston.” A system of that size and density would place Boston in the ranks of cities like Barcelona and Paris, where public bikes have become a critical component of the transportation network. Yea for my hometown!

The Obama administration’s EPA announced a crackdown on mountaintop removal (MTR) mines back in March, and yet the approvals keep coming for new mines. No public announcements are made, and no documents released, but big coal gets to keep tearing off the tops of mountains, extracting the coal, then filling valleys with the waste.

Prolonging the life of school uniform. I’m sure I’m not the only who’s been struck by the rising cost of getting their children back to school. Unfortunately school uniform seems to be a necessary evil that we can’t afford, made worse by the fact that schools are allowed to dictate where we buy the uniforms! But whilst we have no choice over whether to buy it or not, we do have choice about how we look after it. This may sound like a contradiction in terms when we’re talking about children and clothes, but there are a few things that we can do as parents that may help to prolong the life of your school uniforms.

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