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These are the things that give me pause. That I wish I could avoid, but simply can’t. These are the things that I tell myself are okay since I am ec0-friendly otherwise. Am I deluding myself? One-time use contact lenses. Enough said. Plastic lenses plus plastic packaging equals lots of waste. I try and recycle [...]

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Last night we were driving down my block when I saw something cute and pink sitting on the top of a garbage can. I stopped to take a closer look. It was an adorable little toddler Strawberry Shortcake doll carriage. I loaded it into my car even though we have five doll strollers in my [...]

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It is HOT in New York. Notice my use of capitals. I was SCREAMING. It is HOT. Not, “whew, I could use an iced coffee to cool off.” No, more like, “please dump a truckload of ice on my body.” It’s that hot. I do not do well in heat. I hate it, actually. I [...]

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There’s a diner close by that makes THE best lentil soup. I love lentil soup. I could eat it every day. About a week ago I asked the owner if they did take-out in larger quantities. I wanted at least a quart so I could freeze small portions for later use. Yes, she said, showing [...]

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  One of the things I am most proud of is our household ban on plastic. We don’t use plastic if we can help it. I take reusable bags on shopping trips to the supermarket and the mall, and we recycle any plastic that does come into our home. Every bread bag, every piece of [...]

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We are big tech people. I can’t count how many servers, workstations, gaming consoles, and pieces of consumer electronics that we’ve purchased since we’ve been married. I’ve been recycling the big stuff — computers, laptops, monitors, and televisions — for a while now, but it’s been more difficult to figure out what to do with [...]

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Recently, a few of my friends have mentioned the need for a “holiday clear out.” You know, going through toys, games, and clothing and getting rid of stuff to make room for all the new stuff the family will get during the holiday season. We don’t have that problem because I am constantly clearing and [...]

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For a little kid, Little Girl has a big memory. She’s been talking about Halloween since July. “I wanna be ‘arina,” she told me. (Translation: She wanted to dress up like the Marina character on Fresh Beat Band.) “And Daddy will be Shout and you can be Kiki.” Hmmm. Okay, so right away I started [...]

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Growing up, I lived in a house with a huge (for Long Island) backyard. It was a stretched pentagon-shaped piece of property 60 feet across in the front but about 300 feet across in the back. It went back at its deepest 250 feet deep, and the house wasn’t big so there was a wide [...]

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My house is pretty much a plastic-free zone. We’ve eliminated all Tupperware and plastic storage containers. I don’t use any Zip-Lock-type bags. I have reusable grocery bags. We don’t use plastic wrap, opting instead for glass containers with lids. We don’t have a single plastic cup. I even got rid of all the plastic utensils [...]

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