Being a Smart Eco-Consumer (including with your
For your convenience, I've gathered
my Ask EcoGirl print columns into themes, often with additional
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Green: A Pop Quiz (November 2012)
- This month, EcoGirl flips the format and asks her
readers the eco-questions. Yup, it's time for a Pop Quiz!
Here's your chance to see the bigger picture of how you're doing
in some key green arenas -- and maybe identify some upgrade
opportunties. You can also compare your scores with your family
and friends, for a little competitive fun!
Does Green Mean? (September 2009)
- With so many companies claiming to be green nowadays, a reader
asks, how do I know which actions really make a difference for the
planet? EcoGirl comes to the rescue with key tips for looking
beneath green claims to recognize the more committed and effective
Authentic Holiday Green (December 2010)
- With so many companies claiming to be green, how do we choose
products that are truly better for the earth? EcoGirl can help!
Read her column this month for quick and easy tips for buying and
being authentically green, this holiday season and all year
- Being a
Smart Organic Consumer (August 2009)
- Despite areas of controversy, organics are still a convenient
way for consumers to choose food and agriculture that's healthier
for themselves, their families, and the planet. But how do you
know if something is really organic? And how do you sort out the
organic issues and labels? Find out more in this column!
Smart Phones Green? (February 2011)
- Smart phones, MP3 players, and other mobile devices are
sprouting up all over the place. But are they good or bad for the
earth? To help answer that question, EcoGirl walks through her
assessment process for her latest purchase, the iPod Touch. The
web version of this article also has additional information,
resources, and app recommendations!
Our Techno-Tools (July 2009)
- Our daily lives can be enhanced in many ways by today's
technological devices, including computers, cell phones, cameras,
TVs, stereos, game players, and more. However, it's vital for us
to be smart about our use of these techno-toys, because they do
have eco-impacts throughout their lifecycles. Here are specific
ways that you can buy, enjoy, and discard these products while
minimizing their harm -- and even saving money as well!
for a Brighter Future (June 2009)
- What's the story with these curly-cue "eco" lightbulbs? Yes,
they lower energy use, helping save money and the planet. But they
also contain mercury and can't go in the trash. Are we just
trading one eco-problem for another? EcoGirl tackles one of the
practical questions of eco-implementation with her usual
combination of information and inspiration! (Hint: The answer is
that, on balance, these CFL bulbs offer significant value for
reducing energy use and thus climate disruption, but need to be
handled with care. And there are emerging options to support. Read
the article to find out more!)
- Can We
Afford to Care About the Environment? (June 2008)
- I'm anxious about the economy, writes a reader, with rising
gas and food prices, medical costs, even food riots. How can we
worry about the environment when real survival issues are at
stake? EcoGirl responds by describing how our survival depends
first on the earth, both physically and economically. Therefore,
our current economic disruptions actually offer us an opportunity
to redesign our economic systems to better align with nature and
thus better ensure the survival of us all!
Organic (May 2008)
- With today's economic uncertainties, a reader wonders, how can
I still include organic in my budget? EcoGirl offers tips for
saving money, and a reminder that our true survival depends on our
health and the well-being of the earth.
Sources for Environmental Info (September 2008)
- Our information sources can either lead us wisely or astray.
Too often mainstream coverage of environmental issues focuses more
on celebrities, drama, and consumerism than on the real
information we need to understand and support truly effective
solutions for the planet. In this column, Ask EcoGirl highlights
her favorite sources for keeping informed and taking wise
* THEME: Enjoying
Ecological Food & Agriculture (including Organics &
- * THEME: Greening
Your Holidays, All Year Round
* THEME: Implementing
the Key Notions of Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
* THEME: Accessing
Earth-Friendly Energy (including Solar Energy &
Return to EcoGirl's
Theme Page Index.
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OTHER PRINT ARTICLES I'VE
WRITTEN ON THIS THEME
Green: Moving beyond greenwashing to authentic
eco-success" (NorthBay biz
magazine, Aug. 2010). In this cover story, "EcoGirl Patricia
Dines helps NorthBay biz readers see beyond enticing green
façades to uncover the products and approaches that support
true environmental change." This article offers useful information
that cheerfully nurtures meaningful and effective eco-action by both
individuals and businesses!
MORE OF MY PRINT ARTICLES
- * My Next
STEP newsletter, which has lots of information on
toxics and alternatives, plus government and community-level
actions. "It's your handy guide to less-toxic living."
Look up topics of interest in the The Next STEP
- * North Bay Bohemian. I also wrote several articles on
these topics for the Bohemian's Green
* I also cover these topics on my Facebook
page and blog.
- Ask EcoGirl is written by Patricia Dines, Author of
The Organic Guides, and Editor and Lead Writer for The
Next STEP newsletter, which gently educates readers about
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