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Keeping the Night Skies Dark

Monday, December 31st, 2007

So, now that the holiday season is over, and I’ve mentioned the amazing draw that is holiday light decorations, we should probably talk about light pollution. You’ve probably all seen the composite satellite image of the earth from space – the lights visible from so far away are amazing! The New Jersey Astronomical Association states [...]

Happy LED New Year!

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

On this, the 100th anniversary of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop, Momma Earth isn’t going to have to work quite so hard: From The New York Times: “The new aluminum skeleton and the exterior “skin” made of Waterford crystal panels that covers thousands of light-emitting diodes known as L.E.D.’s will mean a [...]

Tiny Choices Weekly Roundup

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Wherein we summarize all the fun and information from the previous week for your convenience! Last week on Tiny Choices: Monday: Karina tells us about energy-saving LED Christmas lights (we’re only 11.5 months away from needing them again!) Tuesday: Dar Williams teaches us all about multi-faith family love. Wednesday: Karina suggests ways to simplify & [...]

Easy Peasy Tip: Go to Bed Earlier!

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

As the old year comes to a close and we all start to populate long lists of New Years Resolutions, try this Easy Peasy Tip on for size: instead of staying up late and using lights, the television, and the computer, save all that energy and give yourself a rest by going to bed earlier! [...]

Tiny Choices Survey: Lorelei

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Vital statistics (name, age, location, link to website/blog)? Lorelei, 33, Brooklyn, New York How do you reside (apartment or house, roommates)? Are your housing decisions dictated by choice or necessity? Please explain. I live alone in a petite apartment, with a wall o’ kitchen and a bedroom almost the exact size of my work cubicle. [...]

Your ’07 Tiny Choices & ’08 Green Resolutions

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

During this sacred week of the Year-End List, I’ve been thinking about the green changes I’ve implemeted during 2007 and the ones I’d like to get to in 2008. I don’t generally do the “resolution” thing, but in the spirit of Auld Lang Syne and Father Time (hear that global warming clock ticking yet?) I’ll [...]

reduce REUSE REPURPOSE recycle

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

My favorite of the Three R’s has always been Reuse, because this principle requires no additional materials nor life modifications. It takes what we’ve already got and keeps it useful and relevant– no need to process anything nor buy anything new– just reuse what’s handy. I also think that this R is a multipurpose R, [...]

Simply your Holidays

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Those of us who celebrate Christmas are probably digging out today from under piles of gift wrap and packaging. You may be celebrating Boxing Day, or you may be returning gifts and making exchanges. Or you may be back to work (like me!). You may be thinking fondly about the holiday and you may be [...]

Happy Everything, Everyone!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Holiday Light Displays

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Now that Christmas is nigh, and now that I’m out of the metro-NYC area and have been driving around Upstate NY with my family, I’ve been feasting my eyes on that most-American of traditions: the excessive and brilliant Christmas Light Display. I do love the holidays, and I love the innovation and (at times) garishness [...]

Tiny Choices Weekly Roundup

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Wherein we summarize all the fun and information from the previous week for your convenience! Last week on Tiny Choices: Monday: Karina confesses that she didn’t make the most environmentally-friendly Tiny Choice on her recent trip to Pittsburgh, and updates us on an NPR story on Free Rice. Tuesday: Jenn whets our stationary and office [...]

Q&A: Real vs. Fake Christmas Tree?

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Welcome to Tiny Choices Q&A, where we open the floor for discussion on questions which ya’ll have submitted (read the first list of questions here). Amy asks: Now that it’s winter holiday time, I always wonder: tree. Plastic or real? We’re slipping this question in just under the Christmas wire. The vote is, hands, down: [...]

Easy Peasy Tip: Take a Shorter Shower

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

The next time you’re in the shower, try to determine if you can shorten any of the steps so you can shorten your shower. The average 15 minute shower uses 57 gallons of water – by reducing your shower from 15 minutes to 7 minutes, you can save 30 gallons of water! each shower! If [...]

Tiny Choices Survey: It’s Your Turn!

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Hey you! Yea, you!! We’d love for you to be a Tiny Choices survey taker, and spotlight your tiny-choicemaking for all the universe to read! Just answer the following questions, and email them, along with a photo of yourself (we can crop it for you), to tinychoices -AT- tinychoices -DOT- com. Love always, Jenn & [...]

Chiossone & Co.

Friday, December 21st, 2007

I wanted to give a quick shout-out to Chiossone & Co., for their amazing talent of turning scrap wood into gorgeous jewelry and home decorations — I discovered their booth yesterday at the Union Square holiday market here in NYC and bought two necklaces as gifts, then returned today to buy four more presents. Plus [...]

Tiny Choices Survey: Barb McMahon

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Vital statistics (name, age, location, link to website/blog)? Barb McMahon, age – 46, Sebringville (a tiny village just outside of Stratford, an hour and a half by car from Toronto), Ontario, Canada, How do you reside (apartment or house, roommates)? Are your housing decisions dictated by choice or necessity? Please explain. I live with my [...]

O Giftcard My Giftcard

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

I lived through a bit of a giftcard nightmare recently, and thought it would make for an interesting conversation over here on TC. It took place at my friendly neighborhood Radio Shack, though it really could have happened anywhere. I returned an item past their 30-day return policy (not surprising; see also: “library deficiency” comment), [...]

Sometimes I’m a little slow.

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

When I was out at breakfast with friends in Pittsburgh on Sunday, I noticed that Aurora and Jesse gave their straws back to the server. This was right after Jesse pulled out his cloth napkin, and the cogs started spinning. Call me a little slow, but for the first time ever I realized that straws [...]

Oh My Darlin’ Clementine Tealight

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Check out the second-best use for a Clementine ever (the first being to eat the thing)– those brilliant minds over at Apartment Therapy put together a photo slideshow of how to turn a humble clementine into a gorgeous candle– and you only need three things to pull this off: a clementine, a sharp knife, and [...]

‘Tis The Season For A New Datebook

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

I love the New Year for so many reasons… the biggest of which may just be that, at the stroke of midnight on December 31st, we each have the opportunity to pick up a new datebook (or planner, depending on your preference) and crack the spine open to a fresh snow-white year. Ok, I’m not [...]

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