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Welcome To My First Guest Post...from Compostings!

My first guest post...I'm so excited! Welcome, and special thanks to Steve Jones, who writes a gardening blog I've been following called Compostings. http://compostings.wordpress.com/ . Have I mentioned before that I'm an organic gardener? (A hack, but the idea of being self-sustaining, and teaching my kids where food comes from is important to me.) Although we've never met, Steve & I share a gardening kinship. Like me, he's been trying to make his mark on the world one GREEN step at a time. When I needed to ask whether or not I should continue to haul my kitchen scraps out to my garden compost bin in the cold of winter, he said I could find my answer in the following post. Thanks again, Steve! Oh the joys of composting! It’s like nature has given us permission to litter. Go ahead! Throw out your potato peels! I’ll just be sitting here breaking it all down with the help of microbes. Still, there are rules and they are pretty simple. 1. Throwing stuff i

Upcycling?

So I feel as though I may be the last person on the planet to know what Upcycling means. Until a few days ago, I'd never heard the term. Completely oblivious I tell you. Well, it's actually a pretty simple concept, one which I was aware of, I just didn't know it had a name. Apparently my spell check doesn't know it's a real word yet either. Suddenly I don't feel so bad :) Upcycling is taking an item and using it to make something else. Something you were going to recycle anyway, and making it better. People have been doing this is places like Africa for many, many years. Have you seen the reusable bags or pencil cases made from recycled Capri Sun juice pouches? Same idea. They're colorful and adorable, right? Last Spring I saw some beautiful high-end shopping bags made from upcycled materials in Provincetown and I'm still kicking myself for not picking up a few. One of my past real estate clients is a very talented local artist who is creating and sell

In a Tight Market, Eco-Friendly Features are Important

This is a pertinent piece that was reported on NPR earlier this week. It touches on some of the challenges we're facing selling GREEN homes, but also on the fact that many home with GREEN or energy-efficient features, or those featuring tax-incentives ARE selling more quickly than those without. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121069093&sc=emaf (This article appears courtesy of NPR.org)