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Margaret Hartley's Greenpoint
by Margaret Hartley


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Ideas on greener living
Monday, May 11, 2015

Light bulb blues

I know CFL bulbs are a lot better than incandescents. But they just aren't as good as they said they'd be.
Monday, May 4, 2015

Spring finally showing its colors

In greens and yellows, reds and pinks: Spring is getting serious.
Friday, April 24, 2015

The water bottle dilemma: What's really safe?

There we were on a beautiful, sunny day, looking out over the lake and the surrounding mountains, taking in the breezes and the clouds and the shapes of the rocks, and discussing toxicity of plastic water bottles.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bats are in big trouble

Earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species, meaning it could become endangered.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Trendy maples offer sap, syrup and food for bees

Maple syrup, the slow way.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Garden growing nicely, on the kitchen table

There's still too much snow in the garden to think about planting peas.
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Apples are too big a commitment?

I’m not sure the impetus in developing a non-browning apple was that whole apples are universally seen as a major commitment, like marriage or “War and Peace.” I think it might be the profitable snack-food potential of a packaged portion of an apple.
Monday, March 23, 2015

Before reducing and recycling, try refusing

Simplifying is first step toward reducing waste.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Guilty K-onscience?

A    lot of people have been griping lately about Keurig, that system that makes drinking coffee at home almost as expensive and far more wasteful than buying a disposable to-go cup on the run. Two weeks ago, the inventor of the K-Cup — those little plastic containers that make individual ...
Sunday, March 8, 2015

Remember the bees when you start seeds

Daylight Savings Time is a sham, but the days really are getting longer.

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