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Consumers’ Power

The 360° Energy Diet has compelled us to ponder our impact on the earth and increase our efforts to reduce it. Although the actions are personal above all, we shall not ignore effects we can have on our entourage. Undoubtedly, we can’t dissociate our environmental impacts from those businesses where we get our food, clothes and…

Food From Nearby…

In our household, over time, we’ve been making an effort to buy as many locally produced (and seasonal) grocery items as possible, to reduce on packaging and transport-associated carbon emissions, as well as artificial growing conditions. While identifying the manufacturing place of primarily processed foodstuffs (such as dairy or breakfast cereal) is not always easy,…

As always, there are some habits that are more easily to keep than others. On our 360° Energy Diet, we took some actions naturally to our routine and way of life, facing them without any major difficulty. However, there are some other habits that still need some effort to keep them up and running. We…

Green Recreational Time

Within my lifetime, the amount of gadgets inside the average U.K. family home has quadrupled; we have gone from dusty old cathode ray televisions and wireless to HD/3D televisions in every room, computers, laptops, Playstations, iPhones and iPads. A continuous stream of information media surrounding our very being; is this really good for us, can…

I am a contact lens wearer, and have for the last 7 years or so opted for daily disposable soft contact lenses. I had previously used monthly disposables for about 7 years, and non-disposable (yearly) contacts for about 3 years. Therefore, I estimate I have gone through about 5,300 individual lenses over the course of…

Watered Down

Water, probably the most precious resource known to man and something we cannot live without for many days, yet one of the most wasted.   Xeriscaping, according to Wikipedia, refers to landscaping and gardening in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation. I never knew that word existed until I…

Due the amount of annual rainfall in Costa Rica, we have a rich water supply. This is clear when you consider that about 80 percent of electricity consumed in the country is hydroelectric. For households, the public water service supply covers an incredible 97 percent of the population, mainly in the metropolitan areas. A total…

A Return to Retro Adventures

I flick through travel blogs everyday looking for my next adventure, my next opportunity to escape this cage. Yet it worries me, the impact I am having on this earth. My selfish pursuit of instant gratification — the smells of a Moroccan spice market or the sound of freshly fallen snow, from Toronto to Marrakesh,…

1) Getting from A to B with less carbon emissions… Over the last week, I am happy to report that I was able to achieve my transportation-related goals, having relied mostly on carpooling and on replacing with bus trips two routes I would have usually have done by car (the exception was one day of…

Mind Over Material

Chestnuts roasting over an open fire. Steaming mugs of hot chocolate waiting to be sipped. Music punctuated by the steady rhythm of jingle bells on every radio station. And a family full of overtired and stressed-out shoppers eventually developing an eye twitch, or worse, from the annual charge to find the perfect gift. The image…