If every U.S. household replaced one 28-ounce petroleum-based bottle of dishwashing liquid with one that’s veggie-based, we could save 82,000 barrels of oil a year. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
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Most poisonings that occur in the home are caused by cleaning products, and most victims are under age six. Clean with nontoxic materials such as vinegar, peroxide, and baking soda—get recipes by requesting our Clean and Healthy Housekeeping brochure at our Publications page. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of… Continue Reading
Bring a reusable coffee cup with you when purchasing coffee at your local coffee shop. And show it off, so others will be inspired to follow your example! To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Bangor Daily News editorial In Tuesday’s State of the State speech, Gov. Paul LePage highlighted a serious problem that deserves attention in Augusta and beyond. Maine’s property taxes are too high, and they are rising. LePage, however, identified the wrong source of the problem. The governor, a long-time critic of land conservation, blamed land trusts… Continue Reading
by Susan Sharon Maine Public news story Listen to full news story. Governor LePage used a portion of his 90-minute State of the State address Tuesday to attack one of his favorite targets: land trusts. The governor blames them for taking too much land from the tax rolls in Maine and shifting the burden to… Continue Reading
Make toothpaste naturally by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda with one-half teaspoon of finely ground sea salt and a drop of water. Flavor with a touch of peppermint or other pure essential oil. Commercial toothpaste may contain the same foaming agents found in some shampoos! And also lye, synthetic dyes, artificial sweeteners, and other… Continue Reading
Reduce the strain on the land, water, fuel, and other resources by reducing the amount of food you throw out. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans toss out more than 96 billion pounds of food annually. To reduce the amount of food you buy—and end up tossing when it goes bad—make a shopping… Continue Reading
In Maine, computers, televisions, and other electronic equipment are considered “e-waste” because they contain a high concentration of toxic materials. Such items are no longer allowed in landfills. Contact your town office to find out where you can dispose of these items safely—much of the material can be recycled by the manufacturer. To view more… Continue Reading
Buy energy-efficient appliances and office equipment. According to the EPA, depending on the specific item, Energy Star-labeled appliances can save up to 75 percent of total electricity use. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.