Monday, September 13, 2010

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“A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.” - Michael Pollan

Green tip: To keep your lawn healthy & happy, mow your lawn to 3 inches or higher, which promotes deep roots and helps shade the soil, thereby reducing moisture loss. Also, leave the grass clippings on the lawn to return nutrients and carbon to the soil (this works for small quantities of dead leaves too), which will also decrease the need for fertilizer.

“When voting with your dollar, vote with your values” - Ross Kelman

What to buy: Looking for soaps & shampoos made sustainably, check out

What NOT to buy: 10 items to never buy again

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." ~ George Bernard Shaw

Microlending/Microfinance: Did you know that one of the best ways to lift someone out of poverty is to give them the opportunity to work their way out? This is the theory behind microlending, where small loans (e.g. $25 – 500) with low interest rates are made to an individual or group who then puts the money towards a business venture and eventually repays the loan in full. This economic approach was developed by the Grameen Bank which has helped millions of families in Bangladesh earn their way out of poverty by giving them a chance to borrow money without exorbitant interest rates.

If you want to be part of it, please visit I’m now lending money to women in Cambodia, Uganda, Vietnam, Senegal, Mali, Mongolia, Kenya, Togo, and the Philippines.

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