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We did this in Spring here in Australia (late last year). I got convinced by a friend to give it a go, and while I seriously exhausted myself by doing it due to choosing a bad route and general unfitness, it was the start of making this change for every day. Since then I use my bike almost every day. I found it was a lot easier and safer than I expected, and it's encouraging to see more and more people out there cycling each time I go.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Events: Bike to Work Week
5/17/09 07:50 PM

Yup... how about trying to raise some seeds? It's so simple if you have a little patience, yet utterly rewarding. I love checking my pots each day when I water, to see if the seedlings have popped their little heads up yet. Plus it's way more economical than buying plants pre-grown, and you can grow lots of different things that you might find it hard to find sold in pots.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Good Question: What To Do With Plastic Plant Pots?
4/29/09 01:38 AM

Get it from the horses mouth here... Google themselves claim a realistic estimate of emissions is 0.2g per search. Plus they are also one of the greenest organisations around... give them a break!!

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | The Environmental Impact of a Google Search
1/16/09 05:43 AM

Like Tzipporah I heard of some ceramic non-stick options using nano-technology. I read about this one in a magazine:

Looks pretty cool, I haven't seen them for sale here in Australia yet, but would love to know if they work. They certainly would appear to be safe.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Survey: Do You Use Non-Stick Cookware?
12/20/08 08:48 PM

Great product. This sort of thing is a simple version of what the pros use to audit houses. It's the sort of thing that councils should be purchasing and providing to people for borrowing (maybe via libraries), since you'd probably only ever use it once or a few times.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Black Decker's Thermal Leak Detector
12/12/08 07:20 PM is one I use a bit

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Best Healthy and Natural Food Blogs?
12/12/08 07:17 PM

I did pretty well except for the 'light' category (45/60) - my home's impact on the environment. It highlights a few problems I am already aware of. I guess it is useful to know where to focus improvements to the house, so it's good from that point of view.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Slow Home: Live Well in Turbulent Times
12/3/08 10:07 PM

Very cool. I feel good about owning a Nokia phone now. Incidentally, I was at the post office here in Australia the other day, and they now supply mobile phone recycle bags which you just hand in for free phone recycling goodness!

I really wish Apple would raise their game, they should be better than that.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | The Greenpeace Guide to Who's Being Green
11/28/08 08:01 PM

Some of those recent posts on bottled water are definitely springing to mind...

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | The Greenwashing Index
11/26/08 07:56 PM

One other thing, I totally agree with not trying to make non-meat products imitate meat. It's just saying that you really want to be eating meat and accept something else as a second rate substitute. There are so many totally awesome vegetarian meals out there that simply don't need meat. We have to embrace them to create a true vegetable-based food culture that is accepted in its own right.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Survey: Will You Pardon Any Turkeys This Year?
11/21/08 09:30 PM

Hey, I have that dinner set featured in the pic!

No turkey for me. If you need any inspiration to go vego, check out this video (warning: it is somewhat disturbing but I think we need to be aware of this stuff):

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Survey: Will You Pardon Any Turkeys This Year?
11/21/08 09:25 PM

Very cool. Thanks for the link, this stuff is totally what I am trying to get onto career wise.

Another interesting one (related topic) is here:

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Green Design Research: C.A.S.E.Blogging the NYT
11/21/08 09:18 PM

Good tips Tiamat. We do the same with asparagus - cut off the bottoms and store them in a glass of water.

It would be good if this sort of research was pursued by academics so that the cost was publicly funded and didn't translate into super-expensive fridges.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Beyond the Crisper: Anti-Spoilage RefrigeratorsWall Street Journal 11.19.2008
11/21/08 02:18 AM

Google actually has a really progressive environmental policy which you can see here:

They claim to be carbon neutral and are also funding renewable energy development in the hope that cheaper solutions than coal can be made.

I also read a recent article (forget where now) which claimed that though computing power did use a lot of resources, it was thought to be worth it because computers can be used to dramatically improve efficiencies of doing things, which can save us a lot.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Google Searches Bad for the Environment
11/18/08 05:22 PM

Looks like a Copper-Zinc battery.

The soil here acts as a buffer between the two electrodes.

But I think the power is basically from the Zinc and Copper being close together, not from the earth itself. And like any battery, it will eventually run out and need replacement!

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | LED Lamp Powered by... Mud?
11/18/08 05:16 PM

Maybe they should suspend a little dinghy on the side of one of those walls?

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Look!: New Green Homes Being Built in New Orleans
11/18/08 01:50 AM

"Repair" is an interesting one, mysoultokeep. We have a few broken kitchen whitegoods (blender, slow cooker) that probably just need a small part replaced or something. But it's really hard to find someone interested in looking at this kind of stuff, particularly someone who'll do it for less than the price of a new one. I'm interested in whether this will change in the future and how...

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Recycling Isn't Is Worth It?5 Recycling Myths Debunked at Popular Mechanics
11/18/08 12:44 AM

Very interesting, I always wondered how this happened. Our system is (finally) about to be changed over to a single stream. We are eagerly awaiting not having to tie up packages of paper and cardboard separately!

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Green Knowledge: How Single Stream Recycling Works
11/18/08 12:34 AM

Maybe some modern art? A big dinosaur made of incandescents? It'd be symbolic...

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Good Question: What To Do With Old Incandescents?
11/9/08 12:58 PM

Another tip I forgot to mention - I've found that using see-thru containers (I use glass) in the fridge helps reduce waste. If you can easily see what leftovers you have then you're more likely to eat them rather than go poking through unknown containers.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Conscientious Cook:
11/5/08 03:56 AM