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Sierra Club Outings: Environmentally minded adventure travel

Posted by: The NativeEnergy Team

Do you love to travel but worry about the environmental effects of tourism? Do you want to give back to the communities that you visit? Our partner, Sierra Club Outings, offers hundreds of conservation-based vacations in the U.S. and around the globe.

Read More | May 1, 2012 |

Unshopping: where thrift and neighbors come together

Posted by: Erin Flaherty

An older guy I work with occasionally puzzles over why there are so many storage facilities, and when they became necessary. As far as he can recall—and he’s not so old his memory has totally failed him—storage lockers didn’t exist when he was younger. What happened?

Read More | Apr 16, 2012 |

6 tricks for green spring cleaning

Posted by: Meg Stout

It’s time to sweep up the clutter of winter, open the windows, and let the light into your newly sparkling house. But do you know which cleaning products can be toxic for you and the environment? Save money and protect your health with these effective green cleaning tips.

Read More | Mar 16, 2012 |

Winter farm shares: 5 common questions & answers

Posted by: Meg Stout

Have you considered joining a winter farm share, but hesitated because you’re not a fan of turnips? Have you wondered if farms can really provide food in the colder months?

I’m halfway through my first winter farm share, and I’ve experienced some surprises along the way. If you have ever considered participating yourself, here are some things you should know.

Read More | Jan 26, 2012 |

Local and organic food: Is it always more sustainable?

Posted by: Meg Stout

Yesterday, I picked a lemon from my green-leaved citrus tree. In northern Vermont. In January.

It is luscious, sharp, with a slightly orange rind, and this morning I enjoyed two slices in my tea. But for those of us who live in chillier climates, it does raise a question. Does local and organic food always have a lower carbon footprint?

Read More | Jan 18, 2012 |