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Diane MacEachern
Best-selling author, green business guru, green living and shopping, expert, successful eco-entrepreneur,
Interests: Sustainability, green business, using consumer clout to protect ourselves and the planet, the relationship between the health of the environment and our own health, green living, green shopping, responsible consumerism, simplicity
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My Ecocentric Mom Box is always full of an interesting and surprising array of product options I never knew existed. Here's what I discovered in the March/April box: For your body: Bach Original Flower Remedies - Bach has distilled 38... Continue reading
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We've long been advocates of programmable thermostats to save you energy and money. But have you heard about the Nest Thermostat? It's called the "learning thermostat" because it actually learns from your own behavior in your home to help you... Continue reading
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You've probably heard about something called a LEED Certified Home, but do you actually know what it is? LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. It encourages... Continue reading
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When you read the label on the processed foods you buy at the supermarket, what do you look for? I've mostly been on the hunt for information about calories, sugar and fat content, transfats, and synthetic chemicals like food dyes... Continue reading
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With energy costs continuing to rise, wherever you are in the world, individuals and businesses alike are struggling to save money. Our disposable income is having to stretch much further; most of us have to make the most of what... Continue reading
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If you have a computer, cell phone, printer, even a television set, you are already using LEDs, even if you didn’t know it. Now you can take advantage of this great money-saving green technology for the light bulbs you use... Continue reading
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Insulating your home is probably the most important step you can take to use less energy and save money on heating and cooling bills. The United Kingdom has created a series of financing programs to help homeowners pay insulation costs... Continue reading
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Are you thinking of buying an electric car? You’re not alone. Thousands of consumers are motivated to save money on fuel and do their part to stop climate change and clean up the air by burning less gasoline. But what... Continue reading
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Having a “cool” roof is pretty hip – but that’s not only what “cool” means in this case! Cool roofing refers to the use of thermal roof coatings that reflect sunlight away from the house, rather than absorb it, as... Continue reading
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EcoCentric Mom pulled together a fun and helpful collection of new green products to try this time around. They included: Soap - Not just any soap, but a full-sized bar of Wildly Natural Seaweed Detoxi Cellulite Soap featuring coffee and... Continue reading
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Valentine’s Day is for lovers – and for people who love Nature, too! Here are a few natural ways to celebrate your special someone, with thanks to Fresh Flowers for sponsoring this post. Candles – Choose candles made from beeswax... Continue reading
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Citizens, non-profit organizations, civic and community groups, and governments rely on environmental law to ensure their rights to health and safety and protect our natural resources. To succeed in the courtroom, it’s critical to stay abreast of what environmental laws... Continue reading
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Hybrid cars have been around for years now, but if you take a look at the latest electric models available many of them are advertised as "plug-in hybrid" cars. What’s the difference between regular hybrids and plug-ins? Hybrids Generally, hybrids... Continue reading
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Like the idea of being an eco-tourist, but not exactly sure what that means? Most of my trips meet three criteria: they're fun; affordable; and make a difference in some concrete way. The fun part is simple to define. I'm... Continue reading
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When your power supply goes on the fritz, or even if you simply need to supplement the power available on the regular grid, what can you do to keep electricity flowing and your electronics working? Increasingly, communities are turning to... Continue reading
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I live in Maryland, where it is possible to source my electricity from clean, renewable energy instead of from coal-fired power plants. That's because in my state (and several others), the utility industry has been deregulated so that competitors can... Continue reading
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Wondering how you can stay warm when the polar vortex and other cold winter weather strikes? I turn to wool, for everything from socks to sweaters to underwear. CHOOSE SAFE AND HUMANELY PRODUCED WOOL The trick is to find wool... Continue reading
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According to cycletoworkday.org, there are currently more than 760,000 commuters cycling to work regularly in the UK alone. This two-wheeled trend is happening all over Europe, with bike hire schemes becoming one of the most popular ways for vacationers and... Continue reading
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When should you take polluters, companies, governments or other citizens to court for failing to protect the environment? The simple answer is, "When they break the law." In most nations of the world, important laws now exist to protect clean... Continue reading
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As you shop around to find a fuel-efficient vehicle, you'll notice different average mileage figures given for driving in the city and on a motorway. Yet there are many other reasons why a car's mileage could vary. Fuel economy can... Continue reading
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We spend close to 90% of our time indoors. Shouldn’t we want to be breathing the cleanest, freshest air possible? One way we can do so is by installing plants in the rooms where we work and live. Gaddy's Plant... Continue reading
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People spend almost a third of their lives at work, yet many offices and industries haven’t taken important steps to “green” their facilities. That’s a mistake, for two key reasons: · 1) Research shows that productivity increases when people work... Continue reading
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This infographic from the Organic Center explains the many benefits of eating organically. Continue reading
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Organic milk is healthier and more nutritious than milk produced the old fashioned way. Scientists at Washington State University compared the milk that came from two groups of cows. The "old fashioned" cows had been fed a diet of mostly... Continue reading
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Natural disasters aren’t going away any time soon. In fact, given the increasing effects that climate change is having on the weather, scientists expect the number of natural disasters globally to grow. You only need to review the skyrocketing frequency... Continue reading