This category contains 25 posts

Nourish Your Neighbors

Feeding the hungry is the challenge of America. It’s something that calls us all to help and change things for the better. By donating time, money or resources — just choose one of those that suits you. If you like to garden this project just might be for you. Creating a garden and growing food … Continue reading

Rethink the Season

This week may be a unique opportunity to stop and consider our definitions of wealth. This week saw the UK government double the national debt in an attempt to tackle a crisis that began with bad debts. This weekend is Buy Nothing Day. (Friday in the US, and Saturday in the UK) The event is … Continue reading

Video Gamer’s Save Some Green

Are You Spending $145 A Year Just To Leave Your PS3 On All The Time? The NRDC has released some numbers about video game consoles and their power consumption. If you’re one of the 50% of gamers who leave their consoles on all the time — you may not know this but you’re losing a … Continue reading

What’s Your Walk Score?

Walk Score, a site that ranks the walkability of 2,508 neighborhoods in the 40 largest cities in the U.S., has released its rankings of the top most walkable cities. Walk Score says the most walkable city in America is San Francisco, scoring an 86 out of a possible 100. Other cities topping the list include … Continue reading

Be Eco-friendly and Buy a Real Christmas Tree

There are nearly 500,000 acres of Christmas trees in the United States, with each acre providing the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people. When one tree is cut down, three seedlings are planted the following year to replace it. Natural Christmas trees reduce carbon and they are biodegradable. Margaret Handley, of Handley’s Holiday Hillside in … Continue reading

Bath, Body and Beyond Zest

by Cathy Haustein (one of my favorite women in Iowa) There is nothing quite as relaxing a bath. At the end of the day the last thing you want to worry about is your soap. But there might be a reason that you feel extra sleepy if the soap you use contains the antibacterial agent … Continue reading

Countdown to Earth Day

Friends of Iowa Compact have lined up 22 easy ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in celebration of Earth Day — teeny tiny steps that amount to a whole lot! From April 1 through April 22 (Earth Day) we’ll inspire you with tips to help you and your family become deeper shades of green in … Continue reading

Maybe The Hippies Were Right

From the mindful blog of Cathy Haustein in Pella: The heavens are telling the glory of God Creation declares God’s handiwork. Day after day speaks out of God’s wonder and night after night declares holy wisdom. The words are not heard, their voices make no sound But their silent message fills the earth, their unspoken … Continue reading

40 Day Resolution to Reduce

The season of Lent is not only a Christian time of personal sacrifice, but it is now observed by many Americans as a time to “give up” something to make the world a better place. Lent is a perfect time to give up something for the next 40 days that contributes to global warming. You … Continue reading

A New Free for All!

Joining the ranks of FreeCycle.org and Craigslist comes FreeMesa.org, a website dedicated to helping people to find needed items for the best price possible—FREE! FreeMesa hopes to reduce consumption and waste through recycling while also improving the living standards of those in need (and those just needing some free space), stressing the importance of how … Continue reading