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Tiny Choices Weekly Roundup

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

  Wherein we summarize all the fun and information from the previous week for your convenience!Last week on Tiny Choices: Monday: Karina goes on the hunt for Greener iPhone Accessories Tuesday: Special Guest Poster and Fabulous Friend Jenn Cass explains how to save energy by making Cold Brewed Coffee Wednesday: Special Guest Poster and Bernie [...]

Easy Peasy Tip: Donate your Cell Phone!

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Let’s face it: we all go through cell phones quickly. Even the slowest new-things adapters among us find, in these times of planned obsolescence, that we often have to buy new things sooner than we’d like. And chief among these are cell phones! So next time you need a new phone, donate or recycle yours. [...]

Tiny Choices Survey: Gracia!

Friday, August 29th, 2008

  Vital statistics (name, age, location, link to website/blog)? My name is Gràcia, I’m 24 and live in Castelló, Spain. How do you reside (apartment or house, roommates)? I live with my boyfriend in a 670 sq ft rental apartment. We have a blog about how it is to move in together, etc. http://squeeeeeze.100webspace.net/ Are your [...]

NYC: Hybrid Taxis & Fab Water

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Hello, lovely readers! I’ve got two wonderful NYC stories to share today: Wonderful NYC Story #1: Yellow cabs go green faster in NYC: “New York City’s yellow taxi fleet now will go green at the rate of 300 new hybrid cars a month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, citing an agreement with car-makers to supply the [...]

Consider a solar water heating system!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Special Guest Blogger Bernie Frist from PHX writes with his experiences installing a solar hot water heater. Bernie is a colleague of Karina’s at her Day Job. He recently took the time to research an alternative to a traditional hot water heater and came up with a much better option – even on a purely [...]

Cold-Brewed Coffee

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Directly on the heels of our Cold-Brewed Iced Tea post comes this fabulous guest post by our fabulous friend Jenn Cass: One of my tiny choices: a greener cup of coffee. A few years ago I heard about some of the horrible practices (slavery and deforestation among them) of the sugar and coffee (and chocolate) [...]

The hunt for greener iphone accessories

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Now that I’ve drank the KoolAid and have Sparky the iPhone, I have been on the fence about getting a case. The iPhone feels pretty awesome when you hold it all by itself, I’m not that concerned about scratches (um, I bought this thing to USE it) and less is more, right? but I also [...]

Tiny Choices Weekly Round Up

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Wherein we summarize all the fun and information from the previous week for your convenience! Last week on Tiny Choices: Monday: Karina gave us an update on ways to recycle sneakers and yoga mats Tuesday: Jenn reports on the FDAs approval of everyones favorite chemical, Bisphenol-A Wednesday: Karina really loved Japanese vending machines, before realizing [...]

Easy Peasy Tip: Purchase Green Energy!

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Most utility companies now offer you a choice of purchasing your electricity via regular (ie coal-powered or nuclear) power plants, or through various “green energy” options. It’s a no-brainer to choose the green energy! It’s simple: call your local utility company and ask them to switch you onto their green energy plan. The actual electricity [...]

Tiny Choices Survey: Bridget!

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

  Vital statistics (name, age, location, link to website/blog)? Bridget, 32, Madison WI, http://www.brdgt.livejournal.com . How do you reside (apartment or house, roommates)? I live in a 1,000 square foot apartment on the second floor of a house built in 1910 with one roommate and three cats. I have a wonderful landlord who has provided [...]

Green Web Host–Acorn Hosting

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

I don’t think we’ve ever mentioned the web hosting company which serves up Tiny Choices, but we sure should, because they rock. When we were starting up last year, we gave a lot of thought to the host we wanted to use, and for a variety of reasons decided on Acorn Host out of Portland, [...]

Watch out for Smug!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Jenn sent me this South Park clip – y’all don’t think it’s because I’m a smug hybrid driver, do you? I promise and cross my heart and hope to die that I never speak with my eyes closed. Unless I’m really really tired and am falling asleep while talking to you. Check out the full [...]

Vending Machine and Power Drain

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

I know I’ve mentioned before my trip to Japan – I focused on the toilets earlier, but I read something recently on Treehugger that really opened my eyes. “Especially in Japan, there are over 5.4million vending machines (as of Dec 2007). Half of them are for beverages and it is said that if we eliminated [...]

FDA Says BPA A-OK

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Are you still interested in the Bisphenol-A saga? Ya’ll know I can’t get enough of it– which is why this article in the NY Times fascinates me: Chemical Used in Plastic Bottles Is Safe, F.D.A. Says: “Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration said the trace amounts of bisphenol A that leach out of food [...]

Update on Sneaks and Yoga Mats

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Here’s a couple of news items to update some of the things we’ve talked about here at Tiny Choices: Yoga mats: Guest Blogger Roz tackled the question of what kind of yoga mat to use with grace and style. But the question of what to do with your old grody yoga mat still remains. Well: [...]

Tiny Choices Weekly Roundup

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Wherein we summarize all the fun and information from the previous week for your convenience! Last week on Tiny Choices: Monday: Karina talks about the 10-top car owning countries. Tuesday: Jenn gets into full-loop-wastewater-reclamation. Wednesday: Karina gets all fired up about hydraulic fracturing and potentially unregulated environmental impacts therein. Thursday: Jenn handles the heavy topic [...]

Easy Peasy Tip: Bring a container!

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Tiny Chooser Jenn S. wrote in with a great tip! Here’s one thing that I’m doing both for my health, and the health of the planet. As an urban dweller, I eat out a couple times a week. Given the enormous portion sizes at many restaurants, I like to take my leftovers home, but hate [...]

Tiny Choices Survey: Mrs Green!

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Vital statistics (name, age, location, link to website/blog)? Mrs Green, 36, Gloucestershire UK, http://myzerowaste.com/ How do you reside (apartment or house, roommates)? In a semi-detached house in rural England with my husband, our 7yo daughter and 15yo cat. Are your housing decisions dictated by choice or necessity? Please explain. Oooo, a little of both. It’s [...]

DIY: Eco-Dumbbells From Old CDs

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Now this is totally amazing– using 150 old CDs plus some basic hardware, you can make a 10-pound dumbbell. This is a super way to reuse CDs which were heading towards the recycling bin, and avoid buying a new set of dumbbells (which eliminates waste/pollution from mining, shipping, and forging the metal, and shipping the [...]

And now? Water! With more FIRE.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

This story about a Canadian woman who can set her water on fire is old news, but it caught my eye because the reason (as far as I can tell) that she can set her water on fire is because when the local oil company was drilling for natural gas nearby and they used a [...]

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