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The EcoConsumer column ran in the Times from 2005 to 2015.

April 4, 2015

Here’s the scoop on proper pet-waste disposalDownload PDF 800 K
Remember when food waste was considered garbage? Somedaywe may thirik about pet waste the same way. It could become a resource.

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March 21, 2015

Planning to update your kitchen? Green choices can have an impactDownload PDF 1 MB
A major kitchen remodel offers delicious promise, but because kitchens provide so many opportunities for improving sustainability, incremental changes also make a big impact.

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March 7, 2015

Mailbag: selecting a water heater, and other green concernsDownload PDF 850 K
Tom answers a variety of questions about water heaters, shopping bags, hiring an eco-conscious contractor, and more.

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Feb. 21, 2015

Make your green car or bike feel right at homeDownload PDF 730 K
If you're considering investing in an ultra-eco vehicle such as an electric car, electric bike or cargo bike, you should also think about how you can make that green machine fit right in on your home turf.

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Feb. 6, 2015

Keep it green by making smart phone choicesDownload PDF 140 K
The eco-impact of those amazing little handheld computers we call smartphones depends on how we choose, use and reuse (or recycle) them.

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Jan. 23, 2015

Tips to help your baby grow up in a healthy environmentDownload PDF 100 K
The tiniest humans make the best case for going green. Who doesn't want babies to be safe and healthy and have a sustainable world to grow up in?.

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Jan. 9, 2015

Get energized by better battery choices, recycling optionsDownload PDF 55 K
We can use our power as green consumers to reduce the environmental impact of the 3 billion batteries Americans use every year.

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Dec. 26, 2014

Green goals: Simple ways to make a difference in 2015Download PDF 94 K
We can make sure eco-consciousness plays a key role in our life by including at least one green goal on our 2015 list. Consider these timely choices for enviro-resolutions.

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Dec. 12, 2014

Put holiday waste in its place by reducing and recyclingDownload PDF 92 K
Holiday recycling is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Nov. 28, 2014

Unique ideas for giving green holiday giftsDownload PDF 94 K
You don't need to keep recycling the same green gift ideas. This year, let's shake it up a little and get quirky, cool and distinctive with our holiday gifts

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Nov. 14, 2014

‘Tis the season to go green while entertainingDownload PDF 91 K
But before the green guilt – a common Seattle-area condition – kicks in, remember that eco-conscious holiday entertaining doesn't have to be a chore or a burden. Having more fun and saving money are on the table, too.

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Oct. 31, 2014

When it comes to electronics, consumers’ choices matterDownload PDF 93 K
Electronic devices are all about convenience, which helps to explain why we don't spend much time considering the environmental impact of our smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs and all the rest. That shouldn't be our job, anyway.

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Oct. 17, 2014

Seek out sustainable furniture by learning its backstoryDownload PDF 94 K
We need to consider the backstory of our furniture, and put environmental impacts on par with other purchasing criteria, such as cost and what it looks like.

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Oct. 3, 2014

When life gives you a yard full of leaves, make compostDownload PDF 110 K
Leaves not only produce good compost, but also good exercise for those who rake them, typically burning off 150 calories in 30 minutes, according to Harvard Health.

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Sept. 19, 2014

Avoid risky ingredients when choosing personal-care productsDownload PDF 120 K
These ingredients may do the job, helping us to smell, look or feel better. But research indicates various commonly used chemicals in personal-care products potentially pose threats to our health and the environment.

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Sept. 5, 2014

Growing your own food? Consider adding animals to the mixDownload PDF 93 K
As you may know from the sounds emanating from your neighbor's yard, you can now legally raise small animals in many communities. That doesn't necessarily mean that everyone should do it.

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Aug. 22, 2014

How to keep heat from escaping out the windowDownload PDF 90 K
Let's look at two less-costly alternatives among the new wave of home energy efficiency strategies: window inserts and insulating blinds.

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Aug. 8, 2014

Give and take: Connect through sharing-related businessesDownload PDF 107 K
Today, a new mentality of sharing has firmly taken hold.

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July 25, 2014

Smart, simple ways to conserve water outdoorsDownload PDF 103 K
Although most tips for reducing outdoor water use have been around for decades, let's take a fresh look at how to make those strategies work in real life.

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July 11, 2014

Beat the heat in NW homes with these cool strategiesDownload PDF 102 K
Keeping your home comfortable in the hottest weather without spending a lot of money or wasting energy is easier than you think.

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June 27, 2014

Green opportunities abound at the grass-roots levelDownload PDF 93 K
Neighborhood sustainability efforts thrive in the Seattle area, providing assistance, encouragement and inspiration. Here's a sampling of nonprofit, community-based programs.

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June 13, 2014

Roofing-material choices make it easier to be greenDownload PDF 110 K
Every homeowner wants a roof that looks attractive, doesn't leak, lasts for many years and doesn't cost too much. But in these days of climate change and waste consciousness, a roof should also meet high environmental standards.

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May 30, 2014

Clean and green: Household chemicals are best avoidedDownload PDF 110 K
Let's get down and dirty by answering some common questions about green household cleaning, especially for the most challenging tasks.

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May 16, 2014

Lawn care: How to keep it safe and simpleDownload PDF 85 K
To help us break the yard chemical habit, let's look at five common reasons consumers choose these products, and why they don't hold water.

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May 3, 2014

Refreshing idea: Drinking tap waterDownload PDF 34 K
By reducing our purchases of drinking water in single-serve plastic bottles and drinking more tap water from home, experts say we can reduce climate change, conserve resources and save money.

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April 18, 2014

Earth Day is a year-round celebration in SeattleDownload PDF 33 K
To illustrate how verdantly our environmental roots grow, let's highlight five ways that the Greater Seattle area shows its deeper shade of green.

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April 4, 2014

Decluttering benefits our homes and ourselvesDownload PDF 33 K
Organizing and decluttering our home rewards us with a storage locker full of mental and environmental benefits.

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March 21, 2014

Tool libraries equip local do-it-yourselfersDownload PDF 33 K
Eminently practical, tool libraries save the average Joe or Jane real money. Most important, they build community.

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March 7, 2014

Answers shed light on common bulb questionsDownload PDF 34 K
Old-school, energy-wasting light bulbs are going away for good. To shed light on the confusing bulb transition, let's address a few common consumer questions.

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Feb. 21, 2014

Making sense of plastics recycling at homeDownload PDF 68 K
Plastics have been collected for recycling from Seattle area homes for more than 25 years. Yet plastics recycling still confuses many of us.

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Feb. 7, 2014

Green art can come from unlikely sourcesDownload PDF 51 K
Art made from salvaged or otherwise green materials has gone mainstream, especially in the Northwest.

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Jan. 24, 2014

Steps to make your yard a safe haven for birdsDownload PDF 31 K
Attracting birds to our yard provides sustenance for the birds and enjoyment for us.

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Jan. 10, 2014

Choosing green flooring worth the challengeDownload PDF 84 K
Today's sustainable flooring for homes can be subtle, practical and reasonably priced.

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Dec. 27, 2013

Looking ahead: 14 green ideas for 2014Download PDF 93 K
To welcome the new year, let's consider 14 practical ways to get greener in 2014.

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Dec. 13, 2013

Shop your home for holiday ideasDownload PDF 61 K
By using household waste, leftover materials and trimmings from plants in your yard, you can create your own holiday decorations, gift wrap and even gifts.

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Nov. 29, 2013

Go green at home this gift-giving seasonDownload PDF 65 K
The "greenest" gift is one the recipient will actually use. This holiday season, increase your odds of successful green-gift giving by choosing eco-friendly items for the home.

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Nov. 15, 2013

To defeat mold, find and deal with the causeDownload PDF 62 K
In most cases, the type of mold that shows up in our home is fairly benign. But we shouldn't ignore mold, and we should always try to identify and address its cause.

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Nov. 1, 2013

Size matters: Small homes can offer big gainsDownload PDF 66 K
The challenge in making small homes cool is epitomized by those popular TV commercials in which the guy sitting with the little kids asks, "What's better, bigger or smaller?"

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Oct. 18, 2013

Enjoy your wood-fueled fire, but make sure neighbors don't get burnedDownload PDF 65 K
The conflicting interests of those who burn wood for heat and those concerned about wood smoke have clashed for decades. But today, we're seeing real progress.

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Oct. 4, 2013

Make sure food waste is part of home's recycling planDownload PDF 60 K
If you're a food scraps recycling skeptic, it's time to reconsider. If you already recycle your food scraps, we'll offer a few tips to make it even easier.

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Sept. 20, 2013

Today's homes are flush with options for efficient toiletsDownload PDF 71 K
Finding a "green" toilet that meets your household's needs is almost as easy as – well, using one.

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Sept. 6, 2013

Surround yourself with eco-friendly fenceDownload PDF 67 K
All the available choices of fencing materials can seem overwhelming, so let's take a quick tour, from a green perspective.

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Aug. 23, 2013

Digging into the EcoConsumer virtual mailbagDownload PDF 66 K
Today we'll share a few answers to enviro-questions from readers.

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Aug. 9, 2013

Time is right to explore alternative home powerDownload PDF 71 K
You can use sun, wind, the warmth of the ground or even water.

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July 26, 2013

Steps can be taken now to avoid issuesDownload PDF 69 K
Making drainage and rain-collection improvements this summer will help ensure that water doesn’t wreak havoc in your yard or home this winter.

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July 12, 2013

Cooking up safe, easy ways to grill greenDownload PDF 68 K
Outdoor cooking provides one of the joys of our short Seattle summer. Grilling can even be "green," depending on how we do it.

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June 28, 2013

You’ve got options when dealing with weedsDownload PDF 69 K
Using chemical weed killers may seem like "science." But for consumers, it’s a crapshoot.

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June 14, 2013

What to do when wild animals make your home their homeDownload PDF 98 K
We all love wildlife, but not in our house.

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June 3, 2013

Chill with cool rebates for efficient fridgesDownload PDF 73 K
Modern refrigerators have evolved into efficient, high-tech machines that can help us conserve energy, reduce waste and save money.

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May 17, 2013

Green, green grass of homeDownload PDF 87 K
Tailor your lawn to your lifestyle by taking advantage of the many innovative green options available for lawn care and lawn alternatives.

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May 3, 2013

Tips to make home bike-friendlyDownload PDF 67 K
The easier it is for us to store and care for our bikes, the more we'll ride, and the sooner bikes will become equal partners with cars on the road.

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April 19, 2013

Ten green trends and innovationsDownload PDF 88 K
The challenges and opportunities of living a “green” life keep changing. It’s hard to keep up, so let’s celebrate Earth Day by checking out 10 of the latest green trends and innovations.

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April 5, 2013

De-yuckifying household wasteDownload PDF 80 K
Recycling, composting and properly handling your waste will make your garbage at home less stinky and more sanitary.

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Mar. 22, 2013

Ways to make pots, pans last longerDownload PDF 89 K
Follow these guidelines for choosing and maintaining sustainable cookware and bakeware.

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Mar. 8, 2013

Tips to purge paperDownload PDF 88 K
When you prune unnecessary ‘trees’ of accumulated paper in your home, you’ll free up space, make it easier to find the documents you need, reduce fire risk and give those old papers new life through recycling.

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Feb. 22, 2013

Junk meets yardDownload PDF 82 K
The first rule is that there are no rules when it comes to recycled yard art.

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Feb. 8, 2013

Thermostats have power to save on heating billsDownload PDF 68 K
The newfangled thermostats have a lot to offer, but a basic programmable thermostat or even a manually operated unit could also meet your needs.

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Jan. 25, 2013

Keeping house clean doesn't have to be expensiveDownload PDF 80 K
Follow simple steps to reduce your chemical dependence and save money as you come clean.

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Jan. 11, 2013

Get a handle on dust for clean home environmentDownload PDF 69 K
How to keep your dust bunnies from turning into dust buffalo.

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2012 ecoconsumer columns

Dec. 28, 2012

Notable environmental achievements in 2012Download PDF 70 K
As 2012 draws to a close, let's review a few notable environmental developments in the past year.

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Dec. 16, 2012

Let holiday dollars speak by buying localDownload PDF 70 K
Buying locally for holiday gifts requires forethought if we want our money to have a voice.

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Nov. 30, 2012

Why are there unrecyclables and other processing questionsDownload PDF 72 K
Old or broken drinking glasses. Burned-out incandescent light bulbs. Empty prescription-medicine vials. These are on an increasingly short list of unrecyclables.

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Nov. 23, 2012

What to keep in mind for buying safe toysDownload PDF 107 K
Modern toys usually contain unknown or unpronounceable substances and many of us will give toys as presents this holiday season.

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Nov. 2, 2012

By paying more in the beginning, you sometimes end up paying lessDownload PDF 74 K
The real price we pay for a product involves more than just money.

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Oct. 19, 2012

Sustainable seafood apps, restaurants, cookbooks catch onDownload PDF 71 K
The sustainable seafood movement faces constant challenges as it balances the interests of fish sellers, fish catchers, environmental advocates and consumers.

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Oct. 5, 2012

Leaf advice: from trees to compostingDownload PDF 64 K
If leaves are piling up in your yard this fall, you really should take advantage of their natural power. Leaves are the ultimate in green, even when they're brown.

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Sept. 21, 2012

Before you get too comfortable, insulate, and be cozy all winterDownload PDF 68 K
Though it may not be trendy or visible, insulation isn't as boring and mundane as you might think.

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Sept. 7, 2012

Gleaning urban fruit turns food waste greenDownload PDF 67 K
In the past 10 years, the gleaning movement has blossomed in the Northwest. Gleaning means picking a crop, especially the part of a crop that might previously have gone to waste.

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Aug. 24, 2012

“Green” beer, wine is mainstream in Washington stateDownload PDF 69 K
From production to packaging, innovative beer and wine makers throughout the Northwest have reduced their environmental footprint.

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Aug. 10, 2012

It is possible to make a dent in global warmingDownload PDF 68 K
A growing green sensibility really does exist all around us, if we look hard enough.

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July 31, 2012

Tips to reduce household waste during strikeDownload PDF 47 K
Here are some tips to help you reduce the amount of waste your household produces during the Waste Management strike.

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July 27, 2012

Pass on the pesticides: make peace, not war with your backyard bugsDownload PDF 68 K
Pesticides generate huge profits for manufacturers, but all those sprays, powders and dusts rarely provide the best solution for controlling insect problems.

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July 13, 2012

Enjoy your deck with a green touchDownload PDF 66 K
The ways we build and use our backyard decks have an impact on the environment and our health all year long.

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June 29, 2012

Using social media to communicate, learn about “green” mattersDownload PDF 66 K
Online social networking provides increased opportunities to understand environmental issues, find eco-friendly products or share our green views.

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June 15, 2012

Recycling old wood is tricky, but demand high for certain typesDownload PDF 65 K
How much wood would a woodchuck recycle in the Northwest?

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June 8, 2012

Book a “green” hotel for your summer tripDownload PDF 62 K
Reducing our environmental impact can actually save money for consumers, businesses or both, and green hotels provide a timely example.

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May 18, 2012

Old clothes, even torn and stained, can be recycledDownload PDF 67 K
Charities and recyclers lust after your unwanted clothing and textiles. But old clothing isn't like most other recyclable and reusable items.

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May 4, 2012

Vehicle donation is efficient recyclingDownload PDF 67 K
Relentless ads in various media urge us to donate our old cars to charities or nonprofit organizations. But consumers need to be careful, since the financial implications of this modern way of dealing with old cars can get confusing.

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April 20, 2012

Nations should share green consumer ideasDownload PDF 70 K
Let’s look at how the green consumer experience in America compares with eco-consumerism elsewhere around the globe.

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April 6, 2012

Sports stadiums blossom into sustainability champsDownload PDF 69 K
Just a few years ago, sports stadiums were arguably the least green places on the planet. Now many stadiums have become models of sustainability, especially in our region.

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March 23, 2012

When making your coffee choice, just make sure that it’s ’green’Download PDF 69 K
The most important coffee choice we can make is to reduce the environmental impact of Seattle’s favorite legal drug.

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March 9, 2012

Aluminum cans: The ultimate in recyclingDownload PDF 65 K
Because aluminum cans are so perfectly suited for recycling, many aluminum-industry leaders and environmental advocates believe the recycling rate should be even higher than the current 60 percent.

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Feb. 24, 2012

Beyond Zipcar: Peer-to-peer car sharing may soon be hereDownload PDF 66 K
As the potential linchpin of a combined strategy to reduce driving, car sharing is speeding into the fast lane.

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Feb. 6, 2012

Rein in consumption, cut stressDownload PDF 73 K
Examples of overconsumption abound. The trick is to consume without creating excess waste or jeopardizing future resources.

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Jan. 24, 2012

Homework, skepticism needed with eco-labelsDownload PDF 67 K
Environmental logos and symbols on product labels can provide valuable guidance, but the recent proliferation of green logos has generated considerable consumer confusion.

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Jan. 13, 2012

Raising a stink about the contents of fragrancesDownload PDF 25 K
Manufacturers are not required to disclose any information about the chemicals in fragrances, and most don’t. Many public-health experts and environmental advocates say that stinks.

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2011 ecoconsumer columns

Dec. 30, 2011

2012 wishes: easier recycling, less packagingDownload PDF 25 K
It’s the perfect time to put together our 2012 green wish list. Let’s examine a few of the environmental changes suggested by local consumers and readers in recent months.

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Dec. 16, 2011

Time to get into your holiday recycling zoneDownload PDF 24 K
Being in the holiday recycling zone means that you've seamlessly incorporated recycling and waste reduction into your planning and activities.

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Dec. 1, 2011

O Christmas tree, shall it be real or made in China?Download PDF 24 K
They only show up for a few weeks every year, yet Christmas trees have still managed to become an environmental touchstone.

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Nov. 18, 2011

Unwrap your imagination to make Christmas really greenDownload PDF 24 K
If you give numerous gifts and do lots of decorating and entertaining for Christmas or other winter holidays, it's still early enough to decide this year will be different. You can maintain the same level of holiday celebration, but instead of buying everything new you can make some gifts and decorations yourself.

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Nov. 4, 2011

Risks seen in some hair productsDownload PDF 25 K
Today we’ll highlight "green" and healthy hair care, from the perils of potentially toxic products to the best disposal options for hair.

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Oct. 21, 2011

Bathroom shelf may be source of microplastics in SoundDownload PDF 25 K
Even if we don’t all agree that tiny pieces of plastic in Puget Sound are a problem, at least we should be made aware when they come from our own bathroom.

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Oct. 7, 2011

Carbon footprint info can lead to wiser choicesDownload PDF 28 K
If you think your impact on the environment matters, then you probably want to know how, when and why it matters. That’s where "carbon footprints" step in.

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Sept. 23, 2011

The right space heater can tame energy billsDownload PDF 31 K
Trying to outsmart our home heating bills is an annual fall pastime. Today we’ll focus on a specific product, the space heater, and explore its practical potential to tame energy bills.

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Sept. 6, 2011

How to reduce your pet’s environmental paw printDownload PDF 31 K
Our furry little friends, multiplied by millions, have become an enormous, ever-expanding industry.

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Aug. 23, 2011

Few people recycle small electronics, but it’s easyDownload PDF 31 K
Cell phones and other small, personal-electronics equipment such as MP3 music players have dismal recycling rates.

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August 12, 2011

Take our used mattresses, pleaseDownload PDF 30 K
Although progress has been made recently on mattress recycling, they remain one of the most challenging items for consumers to recycle.

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July 29, 2011

Green strategies come out in washDownload PDF 31 K
Doing laundry may be a thankless task, but we can still look on the bright, clean and green side.

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July 13, 2011

Staying green while at the beachDownload PDF 32 K
When we’re at the beach or on a boat during the short window of summer weather in the Puget Sound area, we don't need to leave our green values at home.

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June 28, 2011

A plan for the heat can keep you coolDownload PDF 32 K
Many of us don't plan adequately for climbing summer temperatures, and so we may miss out on hot opportunities to go green and save money.

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June 17, 2011

Tips for farming in the cityDownload PDF 32 K
Keeping bees, chickens, goats and even ducks in the heart of the city no longer gets you labeled as a wacko.

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June 4, 2011

How to get groups to go greenDownload PDF 32 K
Why is it so challenging to green up our groups and clubs?

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May 21, 2011

Hunt for broader market puts new spin on bicycleDownload PDF 34 K
Dozens of fresh spins on the bicycle have been introduced to consumers the past few years, from futuristic to practical.

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May 6, 2011

Transparent answers on recycling glassDownload PDF 28 K
Glass recycling is a local success story, even as it illustrates the complexities of modern recycling.

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April 22, 2011

Earth Day awareness enhanced by green groupsDownload PDF 48 K
Environmental organizations flourish in our neck of the woods, so as we celebrate Earth Day it's a fitting time to contemplate our bounty of local green groups.

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April 3, 2011

Dispose of hazardous waste the safe wayDownload PDF 46 K
A growing number of options and resources are available for proper disposal of potentially toxic household products.

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March 26, 2011

Compost’s organic enhancement a natural for gardensDownload PDF 45 K
The use of organic soil amendment products by homeowners, property managers and developers is just a fraction of what it could be.

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March 11, 2011

Stewardship limits carpeting in landfillsDownload PDF 47 K
Nearly 3 percent of all waste disposed of in Washington state is carpeting, with 50,000 tons of carpet and carpet pads dumped in landfills every year from King County alone.

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Feb. 25, 2011

Sunrise for solar? Bulk purchasing among hopeful signsDownload PDF 47 K
The sun is finally rising as a viable power source for our homes and buildings, even here in Seattle.

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Feb. 10, 2011

Shoe repair can be a green strategyDownload PDF 30 K
More than 50 shoe-repair shops in the Seattle area keep the cobbler's craft alive, illustrating that repair can still be a green, economical strategy for consumers.

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Jan. 28, 2011

Safe, durable tires also good for environmentDownload PDF 31 K
The tires on our car have a significant environmental impact when they are produced and disposed of, and when the rubber meets the road.

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Jan. 14, 2011

Unused drugs threat to environment, safetyDownload PDF 29 K
Largely ignored just five years ago, drug disposal has bubbled to the surface as a significant environmental and public- safety concern.

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2010 ecoconsumer columns

Dec. 31, 2010

Eco-tastic ideas for the new yearDownload PDF 29 K
In honor of the new year, we highlight 11 great green ideas for 2011.

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Dec. 18, 2010

Common sense ways to reduce food wasteDownload PDF 74 K
All the unwanted and discarded food from holiday meals, parties and gifts adds up to mountains of food waste, much of it preventable.

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Dec. 4, 2010

Green holiday shopping has another name: common senseDownload PDF 73 K
Reducing the environmental impact of our holiday gifts shouldn't be a major effort or expensive proposition.

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Nov. 20, 2010

Avoiding the hazards of wood burningDownload PDF 27 K
As the hazards of wood-smoke pollution become increasingly evident, anyone who burns wood to get toasty this winter has a responsibility to use the most efficient, cleanest-burning methods available.

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Nov. 6, 2010

Showing the rain who’s bossDownload PDF 26 K
An occasional wet basement or other water damage in our home is the Seattle homeowner's curse. But "just a little water" can have significant economic and environmental consequences.

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Oct. 23, 2010

Paper towels in home bathrooms? Hype or necessity?Download PDF 27 K
Dozens of new products for the home, from bathroom paper towels to "touchless" hand-soap dispensers, help protect us from bacteria and viruses, according to their marketing. But many consumers wonder whether the potential health benefits from these products justify the cost, resource consumption and waste.

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Oct. 2, 2010

Efficient home heat is hot new budget saverDownload PDF 27 K
Any home can be warm, but what's really hot now is efficient heat. As we hunker down for our interminable months of cool weather in the Northwest, take a few moments to ponder your home heating system.

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Sept. 25, 2010

Green investing makes people take noteDownload PDF 28 K
Even the most eco-minded among us often balk at green investing. But proponents insist green investing does not mean sacrificing financial performance.

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Sept. 11, 2010

Spiritual community gets environmentally involvedDownload PDF 29 K
Through church-sponsored projects and activism, the spiritual community has played a vital role in today’s increased green consciousness.

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Aug. 28, 2010

Don't let leftover paint leave you blueDownload PDF 29 K
Paint shows its true colors on the wall, but paint that doesn't get used can reveal a darker side, when it becomes a disposal challenge.

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Aug. 14, 2010

Plastics recycling increasingly sophisticatedDownload PDF 28 K
Tossing that plastic juice bottle into your home recycling bin is just the beginning. Beyond the bin, when the collected materials get processed, plastics recycling increasingly resembles rocket science.

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July 30, 2010

Root out trouble: Noxious weeds grow quickly, choke out native plantsDownload PDF 29 K
Some plants in the wrong place cause serious harm. Governments classify these plants as noxious weeds and mount extensive programs to keep them at bay.

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July 16, 2010

Opt-out services lighten the load in your mailboxDownload PDF 29 K
Although unwanted paper mail has remained a persistent annoyance and waste problem for more than 40 years, now we can finally see some light at the back of the mailbox.

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July 2, 2010

Shining a light on earth-friendly sunscreenDownload PDF 29 K
Getting sunburned in Seattle sounds like a joke, but many of us have learned from painful experience how easily it happens.

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June 15, 2010

Good times greening at local farmers marketsDownload PDF 29 K
Farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture programs have accomplished what many thought was impossible: They have turned "going green" into a good time.

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May 27, 2010

Encouraging signs that green future nearDownload PDF 29 K
Will green will become the new normal? We're seeing encouraging trends in this direction, such as the growing availability of green services, from car repair to house cleaning.

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May 22, 2010

No denying that alternative bikes are on a rollDownload PDF 29 K
It must have seemed like a hopeless task to improve on the ingenious, functional efficiency of the bicycle. But by making it easier to store and easier to pedal, that's exactly what folding bikes and electric bikes have done.

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May 8, 2010

The greenest ways to mow your lush, green lawnDownload PDF 29 K
Eliminating or downsizing your lawn can save you time, money and resources. But many of us still want a lawn, so let's look at the greenest ways to cut that green grass.

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April 26, 2010

Earth Day reflections: How green is my planet?Download PDF 29 K
Earth Day 2010, observed this past Thursday and with events throughout April, affords us an opportunity to consider the history and future of the modern environmental movement.

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April 10, 2010

Legislature tackles new laws to reduce toxic materialsDownload PDF 29 K
For the Washington Legislature this session, taking care of business included asking business to take care of the environment.

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March 26, 2010

Green solutions for batteries varyDownload PDF 29 K
In today's world where so many things are recyclable or "green," household batteries have an identity crisis.

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March 12, 2010

Use green rebates to save energy and boost economyDownload PDF 29 K
A profusion of new rebates and tax incentives for going green can save you big money on products such as energy-efficient appliances or new home insulation.

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Feb. 27, 2010

Sewage problems can run deepDownload PDF 29 K
Keeping in mind a few essential things about toilets and sewer pipes can save you a lot of grief later.

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Feb. 13, 2010

Green jobs don't grow on treesDownload PDF 29 K
But green jobs aren't just a fantasy either.

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Jan. 30, 2010

Salvaging building materials preserves past, and walletDownload PDF 29 K
We'll explore the best ways to turn salvaged building materials into resources for your home projects.

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Jan. 16, 2010

Is an electric car in your future?Download PDF 28 K
If you plan to buy a new car later this year and are willing to pay the higher initial cost, an electric car might be a realistic option.

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Jan. 2, 2010

Will 2010 be a greener year?Download PDF 29 K
Let's look at how green issues might touch us on a personal level in the new year.

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2009 ecoconsumer columns

Dec. 19, 2009

Cool ideas for keeping winter warm, safe and greenDownload PDF 29 K
Anything looks good in green. Even winter.

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Dec. 5, 2009

When is it worthwhile to get things repaired rather than replaced?Download PDF 29 K
In the throes of another frantic holiday–shopping season, it sure seems like no one fixes anything anymore.

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Nov. 21, 2009

Some fresh new ideas for greening the holidaysDownload PDF 29 K
Many of us yearn for healthier, more meaningful, less expensive and less wasteful holidays. Because meals and parties play such an integral role in the holidays, today we'll focus on green-holiday entertaining.

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Nov. 7, 2009

Flush with knowledge on water-efficient toiletsDownload PDF 29 K
A toilet needs to accomplish its main job. That's certainly the No. 1 (and No. 2) concern.

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Oct. 31, 2009

Eco-friendly lighting to have bright future in homesDownload PDF 30 K
As we look forward to a bright future for energy-efficient lighting, the standard swirly-shaped CFL has some company.

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Oct. 10, 2009

Going chemical-free in your clothing is getting easierDownload PDF 28 K
Your clothes may have a chemical-dependency problem.

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Sept. 26, 2009

Less stress, workout’s great: Walking is green transportationDownload PDF 28 K
The greenest solutions are usually the simplest ones. So what's simpler than a mode of transportation that's part of your body?

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Sept. 12, 2009

Here's a menu of strategies to avoid wasting good foodDownload PDF 28 K
In a land of big appetites, a surprising amount of food gets left on the table.

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Aug. 29, 2009

Game plans increase recycling at large-event venuesDownload PDF 28 K
Event recycling is a whole different ballgame - it's not like recycling at home.

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Aug. 15, 2009

Cleaner, greener ways to keep bugs at bayDownload PDF 29 K
When ants invade our home or wasps build a nest above the deck, even the greenest of us usually just nuke 'em with chemicals, thinking we have no other choice.

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Aug. 1, 2009

Manufacturers reduce packaging, but it's not yet a wrapDownload PDF 28 K
Packaging has its place, but it's not the garbage can.

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July 18, 2009

Be green about water by going slow with the flowDownload PDF 28 K
Dry spells like we've experienced this year remind us that our region's famous abundance of water can evaporate.

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July 4, 2009

Pacific Northwest an excellent place for green vacationsDownload PDF 29 K
Since more of us will take vacations closer to home this summer because of the economy, let's explore the concept of regional green travel.

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June 20, 2009

Be wary, not alarmist, about chemicals in household productsDownload PDF 28 K
Here's what people really want to know: Are chemicals in household products a health risk for me or my kids?

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June 6, 2009

Flushing out the truth about recycled toilet paperDownload PDF 28 K
Which would you rather flush: a tree or an old office memo?

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May 23, 2009

Catching up on state's new crop of green legislationDownload PDF 57 K
With all the green products, programs and practices constantly being introduced, consumers have a hard time keeping track.

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May 9, 2009

Fair-trade commerce: a green, social solutionDownload PDF 29 K
The only problem with making the world greener is that so many other problems remain.

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April 25, 2009

Economy vs. environment? No need to chooseDownload PDF 28 K
We look at the complicated relationship between money and the environment, from the global economy to your own household.

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April 19, 2009

Eating local means figuring out your "food miles"Download PDF 30 K
This guide will help you sort out the different options and trade-offs as you try to buy food produced closer to home.

Note: This article was published in "Footprint," a quarterly environmental section.
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April 11, 2009

Green light at the end of the bicycle pathDownload PDF 28 K
As the ultimate green and healthy consumer activity, biking is worth fighting for, and it's gaining friends in high places.

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March 28, 2009

What's the greenest way to pick up after your pets?Download PDF 28 K
Until genetic engineers develop a dog or cat that doesn't poop, there's no escaping those little piles they leave behind.

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Mar. 14, 2009

Seattle will be doing more to waste lessDownload PDF 63 K
On March 30, the city of Seattle rolls out a major makeover for recycling. Let's look at the new program and how it fits into the big picture.

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Feb. 28, 2009

Striking an efficient balance in the wood-burning debateDownload PDF 29 K
From changing regulations to new technology, let's burn through some common consumer questions about heating with wood.

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Feb. 14, 2009

Product stewardship leads companies to provide free e-waste recyclingDownload PDF 29 K
Under Washington state's innovative new law regulating electronic waste, or "e-waste," manufacturers now pay for recycling of TVs and computers.

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Jan. 31, 2009

Ready for clean break with single-use bags?Download PDF 32 K
Let's get to the bottom of the plastic bag battle as we answer common consumer questions.

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2008 ecoconsumer columns

Nov. 29, 2008

Easy ways to make the holidays green and jollyDownload PDF 92 K
Whether your holiday decorating style leans toward the traditional, the contemporary or the downright quirky, follow these tips for low-cost, eco-friendly decorating.

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Nov. 15, 2008

Protecting yourself from plastic hazardsDownload PDF 30 K
"Better living through chemistry!" That chemical–company slogan from 50 years ago has largely come true. But "better living" can have hidden costs.

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Nov. 8, 2008

It's getting easier to feel good about your furnitureDownload PDF 38 K
Just like every picture tells a story, so does every piece of furniture.

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Oct. 18, 2008

A green Halloween is very eek-o chicDownload PDF 29 K
How do you turn a black-and-orange holiday into a green one?

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Oct. 4, 2008

Despite new lead laws, consumers still need to be vigilantDownload PDF 63 K
After using lead for more than 6,000 years, humans are finally learning how to prevent it from poisoning us.

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Sep. 20, 2008

Winterizing your home brings warm rewardsDownload PDF 94 K
Winterizing our homes can seem like such thankless drudgery that most of us either do the bare minimum or neglect it completely.

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Sep. 6, 2008

Dry cleaning is getting greener, but some efforts are spottyDownload PDF 62 K
Though still largely dependent on a hazardous chemical, the dry-cleaning industry has worked hard to clean up its act.

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Aug. 23, 2008

Going back-to-school shopping? Be kind to your wallet and the planetDownload PDF 67 K
The never-ending parental juggling act gets even trickier at back-to-school time, especially if you want to go green and spend lean.

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Aug. 16, 2008

Saying "I do" to a green wedding Download PDF 142 K
For a sterling example of the contradictions of modern environmentalism, look no further than the green-wedding movement.

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July 19, 2008

It takes a less-is-more attitude to embrace smaller housesDownload PDF 66 K
In these troubled economic times, the savings from buying and living in a smaller home loom large.

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July 12, 2008

Waging the water-bottle battleDownload PDF 112 K
When we drink water, what's the real message in the bottle?

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June 29, 2008

Cloth vs. paper vs. dryers: How to be clean and green when you wipe your handsDownload PDF 79 K
Sometimes the most mundane environmental choices are the most perplexing.
Note: This article was published in "Footprint," a quarterly environmental section.

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June 28, 2008

Cleaning the basement or garage can make a big green differenceDownload PDF 89 K
Few household chores provide the visceral satisfaction of cleaning and organizing the basement or garage.

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June 7, 2008

Harnessing the green power of windowsDownload PDF 94 K
Follow these tips to take full advantage of the green potential in your windows.

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May 17, 2008

Living green in the living roomDownload PDF 76 K
The road to green living runs directly through your living room.

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May 3, 2008

Make a green statement with your next bouquetDownload PDF 47 K
Whether you're sending a Mother's Day bouquet across the country, or just adding some color and fragrance to your home, follow this guide to make your cut flowers as green as nature intended.

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April 20, 2008

Good mileage, safety often don't ride togetherDownload PDF 96 K
When your green tendencies collide with reality, you've got an eco-dilemma on your hands.
Note: This article was published in "Footprint," a quarterly environmental section.

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April 12, 2008

Questions to ask before buying a supposedly “green” productDownload PDF 225 K
How many "green" products will it take to stop global warming? If you answered, “as few as possible,” you‘re on the right track.

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April 5, 2008

Sweet dreams: a green makeover for the bedroomDownload PDF 59 K
With these tips, you can do a quick bedroom eco-makeover without spending a pillowcase full of cash.

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March 15, 2008

Wake up to coffee’s impactDownload PDF 64 K
Every sip you take of coffee or tea has global consequences.

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March 8, 2008

Don’t overlook the bathroom as you turn the home greenDownload PDF 57 K
It may be one of the smallest rooms in your home, but the bathroom offers myriad ways to reduce your environmental impact.

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Feb. 23, 2008

How to find the best carbon offsetsDownload PDF 85 K
Once considered a gimmick, carbon offsets have moved to the front lines in the fight against global warming.

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Feb. 2, 2008

Easy steps toward a greener kitchenDownload PDF 67 K
You can make your kitchen significantly greener and more healthful just by taking simple steps over a weekend at a total cost of under $100.

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January 19, 2008

Tame your paper monster Download PDF 32 K
Paper spreads in our homes like a plague, taking over desktops, tables and drawers.

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January 5, 2008

See Spot go green Download PDF 58 K
You don’t have to walk on two legs to go green.

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2007 ecoconsumer columns

December 22, 2007

Recycling the holiday flotsam and jetsam. Download PDF 67 K
Recycling has become a fixture of the Seattle holiday season, like the Christmas ships, the “Nutcracker” and the rain.

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December 8, 2007

Ways to cut back on holiday excess. Download PDF 47 K
At least once during the holiday season most of us think, “You know, the Grinch had a point.”

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November 24, 2007

Buy local, and community may reap benefits. Download PDF 51 K
As organic products increasingly travel thousands of miles to our tables, the “buy local” movement has picked up steam.

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November 3, 2007

Getting the lead out of toys. Download PDF 110 K
This year’s unprecedented toy recalls give new meaning to the term “educational toys”.

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October 27, 2007

Area businesses showing green leadership. Download PDF 35 K
No matter how much we do individually to go green, we can always use a little help.

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October 13, 2007

Avalanche of calls sends a mattress message. Download PDF 30 K
EcoConsumer responds to a few readers’ questions and comments.

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September 29, 2007

Opinions on tankless water heaters run hot and cold. Download PDF 53 K
Compared with other “green” purchases, the stakes get a little higher when you buy a tankless water heater.

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September 15, 2007

We‘re going great guns for green homes. Download PDF 32 K
Built Green homes now make up more than 20 percent of new residential construction in King County.

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September 8, 2007

Thinking of sending a mattress to a landfill? Sleep on it. Download PDF 41 K
In just one day at a local landfill, more than 300 old mattresses and box springs arrive for burial.

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August 25, 2007

Bringing a little green to your deck. Download PDF 55 K
Since a deck serves as a bridge to the great outdoors, why not make it eco-friendly?

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August 22, 2007

Green but stylish choices for back–to–school shopping. Download PDF 127 K
Many of us remember when preparing for the school year simply meant picking up a few new pencils and folders at the drugstore.

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August 11, 2007

Coated pots and pans can present health hazards. Download PDF 35 K
The good news is that most cookware will not put you at risk during normal use.

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July 28, 2007

How to stay cool and comfy when Seattle heats up. Download PDF 43 K
Here are my top 10 EcoConsumer tips for keeping your home cool while conserving energy and saving money.

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July 14, 2007

Is food waste next on our recycle chain? Download PDF 39 K
Food scraps and food-soiled paper make up more than 30 percent of residential solid waste in King County.

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July 14, 2007

Willises "green up" best, by putting basics to workDownload PDF 42 K
The hard part about being the judge for the "Green Me Up" reality TV show was that I had to pick a winner.

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July 7, 2007

Seattle families "green up" for a national TV audienceDownload PDF 205 K
Where else but Seattle would "going green" make you a celebrity?

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July 7, 2007

And the winner is…all of us, and our planetDownload PDF 70 K
When I was asked to be the judge for "Green Me Up," my first question was whether this was one of those mean and nasty reality TV shows.

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July 1, 2007

Does your makeup need a nontoxic makeover? Download PDF 39 K
When your personal-care products could cause cancer, that‘s a little too personal.

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June 30, 2007

Eco–friendly answers to your consumer questionsDownload PDF 61 K
Tom Watson answers a few readers‘ questions regarding earlier columns.

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June 16, 2007

The big pictureDownload PDF 50 K
How those fancy new TV sets affect the environment.

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June 2, 2007

Where can we put all those plastics?Download PDF 47 K
Plastics and recycling have a complicated relationship.

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May 19, 2007

The hazards in our plastic.Download PDF 47 K
You don't have to be a card-carrying environmentalist to wonder about all the chemicals we're exposed to every day.

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May 5, 2007

The environmental side effects of old medicine.Download PDF 58 K
How many bottles or vials of medication do you have in your home?

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Arpil 21, 2007

Green resources you (and the Earth) can really use Download PDF 38 K
If information alone could save the planet, we'd be sitting pretty right now.

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Arpil 7, 2007

Recharge, recycle, resolve to reduce battery discardsDownload PDF 105 K
In a perfect "green" world, all batteries would be rechargeable.

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March 3, 2007

Now you're out of excuses - time to switch to CFL bulbs Download PDF 38 K
Let's look at three major reasons people have not yet chosen to light up their lives with compact fluorescents.

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February 3, 2007

I vant to suck your energyDownload PDF 41 K
Slay perpetually plugged-in "power vampires" with one simple yank of the cord.

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January 6, 2007

It's a good year for eco-resolutionsDownload PDF 24 K
With these green New Year's resolutions, you can make a statement as an EcoConsumer with your wallet and by making your voice heard.

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2006 ecoconsumer columns

December 9, 2006

How to reduce food waste during this season of indulgenceDownload PDF 38 K
During the holidays alone, the average household of four could save $100 to $150 by reducing food waste.

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November 4, 2006

Disposables or cloth? Environment weighs heavily on diaper decisionsDownload PDF 63 K
The environmental movement has finally begun to have an impact on a very different kind of movement.

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October 7, 2006

There's something fishy about some air fresheners Download PDF 48 K
If you define fresh air as unpolluted outdoor air, the ideal indoor "air freshener" is an open window

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September 20, 2006

Autumn leaves are a windfall for your gardenDownload PDF 54 K
You need to get those leaves off the lawn, so why not save money in the process?

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September 2, 2006

The benefits of green carpeting, in any colorDownload PDF 57 K
Here are a few things to know when considering "green" carpeting.

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August 12, 2006

Old bricks add a new layer of interest to your landscape Download PDF 42 K
Make a creative environmental statement this summer – one brick at a time.

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July 8, 2006

Throw a green party, and throw less away Download PDF 55 K
It used to be that the only time anyone would throw a green party was on St. Patrick's Day.

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July 5, 2006

Compost that your plants and the planet will love Download PDF 55 K
Tips for buying compost and other products to give your garden soil a boost.

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May 28, 2006

A call for recyclingDownload PDF 33 K
Reduce the environmental impacts of your cell phone.

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May 14, 2006

Fair and squareDownload PDF 33 K
How to know if a product meets fair trade guidelines.

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April 23, 2006

Get green, save greenDownload PDF 33 K
Our planet, your wallet win with 5 easy ways to save.

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April 22, 2006

A "go-green" painting primerDownload PDF 33 K
Paint is the most visible thing in your home. But you should also think about what you don't see.

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April 2, 2006

Refill, don't replaceDownload PDF 39 K
You can save up to 50 percent – and help reduce waste and conserve resources – by purchasing refilled or remanufactured printer cartridges.

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March 5, 2006

Even with our clouds, solar water heaters are a viable optionDownload PDF 42 K
Think of it as your revenge on those endless gloomy Northwest winter days.

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Feb. 12, 2006

Clean with conscienceDownload PDF 35 K
Becoming more eco-friendly with your household cleaning is one of the easiest ways to reduce toxics in your home.

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Jan. 8, 2006

If you're going to burn wood, burn it cleanlyDownload PDF 38 K
When it comes to the environment, firewood has a split personality.

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2005 ecoconsumer columns

Dec. 11, 2005

Trim your wasteDownload PDF 32 K
You'd think the holidays would be the worst time to be an EcoConsumer... But it's actually the best time.

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Nov. 13, 2005

Be fix-it friendlyDownload PDF 27 K
Getting things fixed was once a way of life in America. In today's fast-paced, shopping-obsessed society, that's a distant memory.

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Oct. 9, 2005

Save energy (and money) around the houseDownload PDF 35 K
Let's take a closer look at the costs and potential pitfalls of four common strategies to save energy.

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Sept. 4, 2005

Eco-clothes help you make a statementDownload PDF 25 K
As you ponder your fall and winter clothing choices, remember this: Leaves will soon turn brown, but clothing is turning green.

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July 31, 2005

Commercial car washes use less water than homeDownload PDF 32 K
Home and charity car-washers need to keep soapy water out of storm drains.

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July 10, 2005

When gadgets go to the graveyardDownload PDF 34 K
It's a problem as close as your computer, your cellphone, your TV or the iPod hanging out of your teenager's ears.

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May 29, 2005

Don't be a dripDownload PDF 24 K
Rain barrels and front-loading washing machines make a splash.

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April 17, 2005

Essential/excess?Download PDF 20 K
Transport packaging makes up bulk of waste.

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