carbon footprint

Ask Pablo: Do $1 Coins Have A Smaller Footprint Than $1 Bills?

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Dear Pablo: Do $1 Coins have a smaller footprint than $1 bills and what is the environmental impact of the $1 coins that the US Mint is supposedly stockpiling…

Ask Pablo: Are Repurposed T-Shirts Carbon Neutral?

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Dear Pablo: Say an average fancy t-shirt holds carbon footprint of 6kg but is never sold and sits in the warehouse of a textile/clothing production company. I take that same t-shirt and use it…

Wear a Potato Poncho to the Music Festival

Photo: nigels

It’s music festival time and camping time and if you are in the UK, it’s raining time. And more rain. Thus we present the perfect (spud) poncho…made out of potato starch bioplastic, it’s the eco friendly way to stay dry.

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Meat Eater’s Guide: Get to Know the Carbon Footprint of Your Diet (Lamb, Beef, Cheese Are the Worst)

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It’s not news that meat and dairy are among the largest contributors to the world’s growing carbon footprint, but lamb, beef, cheese, pork, and farmed salmon in particular generate the most greenhouse gases—sometimes…

Attempting a Green Family Road Trip

Winnebago Via ready to roll. Image: Jenn Pentland

I have a confession to make. At the risk of provoking gasps of disapproval from the green gallery, I am declaring my love for The Road Trip. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of the open ro…

Going Meat-Free One Day a Week Saves More GHG Emissions Than A 100% Local Diet (Redux)

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TH note: Thanks to Harvard Business Review a three year old study is making the media rounds for a second time. We covered it at the time and have analyzed the issue of over-simplication of food miles a number of times. B…

Gas or Electric Dryer – Which One is Greener?

As I mentioned in my somewhat controversial post on 5 un-green things I hate about America (before I start getting death threats again, I want to note that I also wrote 5 green things I love about America), I had never owned a clothes dryer till I ca…

Organic Uses Less Energy, Searches for Even Lower Carbon Farming

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80% of UK farmers may want to go solar, but the fact is that farming is still an incredibly carbon-intensive business. That’s why two pieces of news from organic charity The Soil Ass…

Is It Greener to Live in the Town or the Country?

From the carbon footprint of New Yorkers and the tiny fridges of Copenhagen to my own musings on rural green elitism, the consensus—here on TreeHugger at least—seems to be that city living trumps country living when it comes to environmen…

Why Peer Pressure is a Mixed Blessing in Going Green

My panels are bigger than your panels… Image credit: CoCreatr, used under Creative Commons license.

When I wrote about residents who turned their entire street into an energy graph, I was interested to note that the project deliberately avoided giv…