Next time you drop off clothes at the local dry cleaners (an environmentally friendly one, I hope), bring a garment bag along and ask them to hold the plastic and paper. I started doing this about six months ago when my dry cleaner began providing simple, black garment bags for purchase. I spent the $5 … Continue reading An Easy Green Dry Cleaning Trick
You separate aluminum, glass and plastic. You bring your own bags to the market and you use non-toxic cleaning products in your home. Recycling has become as much a part of your life as checking your email and going to the gym. Maybe there isn't a hybrid parked in your garage, but you're all about … Continue reading Hybrids for Hire
Unfortunately, my hometown of Los Angeles is best known for Hollywood, Malibu, Beverly Hills and traffic. Most of us own cars out of necessity, because it's virtually impossible to get around without one. As a result, there's a car wash on almost every corner and you dare not drive if your car isn't glossy. Just … Continue reading Get Your Car Squeaky Green
Do you know someone who hasn't quite gone green? Maybe they've bought organic food once, or recycled soda cans or plastic bottles on a few occasions. But what they really need is a good, swift"¦kit. Get them started now with these green essentials: This eco-chic canvas tote is stunning and just the right size for … Continue reading A Go-Green Gift Kit for Your *Almost* Eco-Friendly Friend
Last weekend my niece and I took a walk in the rain. At one point she looked up at the sky, opened her mouth and giggled as the raindrops fell lightly onto her tongue. I remember trying the same thing as a kid - hoping to quench my thirst rather than head indoors for a … Continue reading Raindrops Keep Falling, So Why Not Catch Them?
Your life is green and you do your best to make it an eco-friendly day, every day. So take your eco-friendly intentions to Low Impact Living and try their just-launched Environmental Impact Calculator to find helpful ways to green up your home. This innovative tool provides personalized information to help you lighten your casa's carbon … Continue reading You’ve Got Your Home’s Eco Score…Now What?
I revealed to you my unusual love of laundry in Stay on the Line, and my musings on our general obsession with whitening. Would you believe I'm back to talk more about laundry? I'll get right to the point, lest I start waxing poetic about things like organic towels and green machines. We've all been … Continue reading A Static Cling Solution
You do wash your pillow, don't you? We spend almost 1/3 of our lives sleeping. That's 262,974 hours eyes shut, horizontal and hopefully in a REM-like state of restfulness. That's a lot of time spent with our heads nuzzling the same old pillow. Pillows are one of the most overlooked and neglected of household items, … Continue reading The Proper Way to Wash a Pillow
Do you remember your first Earth Day? Mine was in Washington, D.C. and the year was 1990. I can still feel the energy in the air as my friends and I weaved our way through the crowded Mall toward the Capitol. The excitement was contagious and we were so eager to help spread the message. … Continue reading Not Just Another Green Day
Call me wacky (sometimes) or old-fashioned (a little) or someone with too much time on her hands (I wish!), but I like doing my own laundry. There's something satisfying about separating darks from whites and folding everything just the way I like it. A big part of my laundering "formula" involves avoiding the dryer. I … Continue reading Stay on the Line
You remember it: the commercial of the frazzled woman with hands flailing in the air and a helpless look on her face because her husband and job and kids and pets all need her at the same time. She cries, "Calgon, take me away!" and is instantly transported to a bubbly bathtub where she can … Continue reading Don’t Throw the Bamboo out with the Bathwater
I trudge through winter - the rain and cold and dry skin - with as much enthusiasm as possible for someone whose fingers go numb walking from my car to my front door. That isn't to say I don't enjoy the coldest season of the year - the cashmere sweaters and warm fireside snuggles - … Continue reading Green Clean Your Home into Spring
I've been doing a lot of business traveling of late and my sense of smell is on overload. Maybe I'm becoming more sensitive, or maybe even the best hotel room can turn musty and stale over time. Opening the sliding glass door to the balcony is a lovely option during summer months in California, but … Continue reading Eco-Friendly, Organic Linen Spray
As eco-conscious shoppers, we've been bypassing the plastic or paper option for a while now. Most grocery stores even have their own brand of reusable bag for sale at the check-out line. It's not as if we're without options. But doesn't it appear that every week a different celebrity is spotted with the new "it" … Continue reading Style Is Always in Fashion