PREFABULOUS – an innovative opportunity for green living

The idea of prefabricated housing evokes visions of chunky, unattractive buildings that detract from the aesthetics of the surrounding neighborhood. In some exclusive areas, prefab homes are banned on the pretext that they’ll bring down property values.

But with new technologies and creative effort, the reality is knocking old perceptions out.

The newly released book PREFABULOUS + ALMOST OFF THE GRID: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home by Sheri Koones, features over 30 prefabricated homes that show how they can blend into a neighborhood or proudly stand out as a wonderful architectural star.

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Levi’s new Waste:Less jeans incorporate recycled plastic bottles

Well-known jeans maker Levi Strauss has been living up to its promises about becoming a more sustainable company.

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Get educated in October for Non-GMO Month

Some of you may not be familiar with the terms GMO or genetically engineered. Yet we unwittingly consume them on a regular basis. Recent research shows they can have negative consequences on our health.

October has been designated Non-GMO Month by the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit group committed to preserving and building resources for non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.

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French honey contaminated by M&M’s

You’re probably read about it and wondered what it looked like. Bees in France have been returning to their hives with suspicious-looking bits of colored material. The result – colorful but contaminated honey.

Finally there’s a picture so we can see what the fuss is all about!

Understandably, the bee hive owners have had trouble getting rid of the contaminated honey. But it definitely is something for the Guinness Book of Records!

Low cost housing – made of recycled plastic

Low cost housing in Mexico is being created out of collected recycled plastic

In the western Mexican state of Jalisco, an enterprising company called Kuadro Ecological Solutions is building houses made of recycled waste plastic.

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National School Lunch Week encourages food for kids

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requires schools to offer more fresh veggies and better nutrition to our kids

In September, the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” went into effect. It requires schools to serve more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and more sources of protein as part of the school lunch program. It also encourages the creation of school gardens, farm-to-school programs, nutrition education and other food-related educational programs.

National Costume Swap Day – a great way to recycle and save

An exciting fun event is just around the corner. National Costume Swap DayTM is this Saturday.  It’s a great way to save from buying yet another costume and it’s a fun way to recycle and reuse.

Costume swaps mean fewer resources are used to make new costumes, less transportation and less gas is used and there’s less waste from “old” costumes being tossed in the trash. And organizing a costume swap can be fun too. It can be as simple as getting some neighbors together for a swap or organizing a bigger, community-wide event.

For more information, tips and “how-to’s” on how to make this Halloween a green one, or to locate a Costume Swap in your area , check out