The Turtle and the Ten Year Old

January 22, 2018

  Anyone who knows me can imagine my sheer and boundless delight when I received the email below from a precious and very bright young person named Ava – age 10! She sent me an essay she wrote for school about a topic near and dear to my heart: plastic straws!! I am truly a […]

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Make Healthy New Year’s Resolutions Possible

January 12, 2018

Most New Year’s resolutions take the form of altering one’s health via diet and exercise. Make a realistic plan, and stick to it by creating healthy habits that you include in your daily routine. Whatever those habits are, you need to be consistent with them if you want to see change.

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How to Deep Clean Granite Using Natural Products

December 21, 2017

By guest blogger Scott Jenkins As parents of two young children, my wife and I make a conscious effort to avoid using harsh man-made chemicals to clean our home. One of the most important areas of the home are the kitchen counter tops. Every day the food we eat comes in contact with the counters […]

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Don’t Avoid Your Favorite Food During the Holidays

December 12, 2017

  At the heart of creating a healthy, sustainable planet is the need to create a healthy and sustainable self. Locally, we work in partnership with Tucson Medical Center (TMC) to do just that – especially during this time of year. Please read on for more information, and please join us for our TMC podcast […]

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Make Monday Matter

July 31, 2017

We are all familiar with the Monday morning blues. I woke up this morning and said to myself “okay, here goes.” Then I took a deep breath and decided to make a different choice. How about Make Monday Matter? #MMM? So here are a few thoughts I’d like to share about how we could all […]

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Keep Stormwater Clean by Scooping the Poop!

June 27, 2017

Loved getting this announcement from my friend Beth Gorman from the Department of Environmental Quality about stormwater. Why? Because I was walking this morning and on a nature path was a HUGE load of dog poop plopped right down in the middle of the sidewalk. Yuck! It doesn’t matter where you live. Picking up pet […]

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Summer Staycation: 7 Reasons to Consider One!

June 20, 2017

I love the word “staycation.” Don’t ask me why but I do. And I believe in staycations – all year long. And even though this blog is about Tucson, the reasons for taking a staycation wherever you live still apply. There are hidden treasures in just about any city – large or small. Go exploring, […]

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Breast Health: What Are Your Risk Factors?

June 12, 2017

Mrs. Green’s World is a platform that not only educates people about the health of the planet but about their own health as well. We are proud to partner with Tucson Medical Center which has been Tucson’s locally governed nonprofit regional hospital for more than 70 years. Because TMC is committed to…

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May 4, 2017

Half of all non-renewable resources used on earth are used in construction, making it one of the most detrimental industries to our environment on the planet. But we need construction, right? As a…

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April 26, 2017

  I feel compelled to start this blog with a head’s up. It was a really tough one for me to write and there were many re-writes throughout the day. Without question it’s because I decided to take on a personal, complicated and maybe even private subject: Spirituality or Spirit or the nonphysical part of our beings […]

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Mindfulness: A Blessing or a Burden?

April 18, 2017

I remember a time, that now seems very long ago, when I would wake up in the morning and start my day with the regular routine. You know the drill – go take care of Nature’s business, take a shower, brush my teeth, apply skin care and make-up (pretty minimal for me), dry my hair […]

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Where’s the Beef? And the Pork? And the Healthy Pet Food?

April 11, 2017

The good news for the planet is that more and more people are becoming vegans and vegetarians or at the very least, cutting down on the amount of meat they eat. It’s good news for the planet because the methane produced from cows alone contributes to the acceleration of climate change so the less meat […]

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Say What? Five Ways Tumeric Can Prevent Hearing Loss!

March 9, 2017

  The Benefits Of Turmeric When Fighting Hearing Loss Turmeric has been used since ancient times to fight and prevent a number of diseases in the body. It has proven its effectiveness time and again since the time of earlier civilizations up to present. Recent research has gone on to prove many of turmeric healing […]

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7 Fruit and Vegetables With Nasty Surprises : Pushing Back Against the Pesticides

February 14, 2017

We all know that getting enough fruit and vegetables into our diets is one of the keys to optimum health. Again and again we are told to get our ‘five a day’. However, with recent studies…

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Green Home Design Trends

February 2, 2017

By Guest Blogger, Damon Henrikson
Did you ever think you’d see the day when “green” was mainstream? We may not be there quite…

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My Walk This Morning? For The Birds!

January 3, 2017

Like millions of Americans, today is the day I recommitted to getting regular exercise for 2017 and actually started. And I REALLY mean it this year.  Sound familiar?  Let me just add that I really mean it.  And it’s not about losing weight (which would be great) but about my commitment to good health. At […]

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A Tale of Two Hives

November 18, 2016

By Guest Blogger Nicole Young The First Hive I am a crunchy, hive-loving, honey-eating adorer of bees. I fundamentally understand that bees and their simple, yet important work are absolutely critical to life on our planet. I even rescue bees drowning in our pool if I can. This side of me is called Bee Lover. But, […]

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Eco-Friendly Geopolymer Injections Offering an Alternative to Traditional Underpinning Methods

October 14, 2016

Guest Blogger Geoffrey Spencer If your home has ever been affected by subsidence, settling or foundation issues, you’re probably aware of the devastation it can cause. The usual treatment is underpinning the foundations to re-level them, which can be harmful to the environment as well as pretty expensive.   The process involves excavating the surrounding […]

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Humanity’s Plastic Addiction: Saving Our Ocean

September 29, 2016

Guest Blogger Joe Thomas Plastic is having a devastating effect on our oceans, our wildlife and ultimately on us as a human species. The introduction of plastic in the 20th century has led us to become increasingly reliant on its use and now a large percentage of almost everything we buy contains plastic. However, while […]

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Environmental Benefits of Donating Your Car

September 23, 2016

    As an eco-conscious person, you know that the longer you can keep something out of the landfill, the better. Right? For most items, this is true. Your old car, however, may be an exception. In fact, there are quite a few compelling environmental reasons to get rid of that old clunker. Here are […]

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Green Lightning Bolt

September 14, 2016

(or Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Food Babe?) Although the article that inspired me to write about Vani Hari is from several months ago, the news is worth sharing again. For anyone who has ever thought they can’t make a big difference, think again and read on. Meet Vani Hari, known as The Food Babe. […]

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Olympics 2016 – The Yin & The Yang

August 12, 2016

To begin with, I had to make sure I had the definitions of yin and yang correct. I am glad I looked them up because they fit in perfectly for the purpose of this blog. I have to admit I was taken aback by what characteristics were attributed to feminine and the masculine but I […]

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5 Cleaning Uses for Vinegar (A Great Non-Toxic Cleaner)

August 4, 2016

Guest blogger Garrick Dee Tan I can bet that almost every kitchen in the world has a bottle of vinegar they use as part of a side dish or a flavor enhancer. If you live in Asia like me, vinegar to dishes is like oxygen to us – it is a necessity. But there are […]

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The Benefits of Regrowing Fruits and Veggies from Scraps

July 14, 2016

  Guest blog submitted by Kevin Bautista, Many things in life may or may not last for a long time. Good thing, as far as some fruits and veggies go, with a little effort, you can go a long way to getting an unlimited supply of produce in your very own home. Not only that, […]

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Independents Week

June 28, 2016

Guest Blogger Helene Tack Local First Arizona Want to be a better steward of the environment?  Our Independents Week campaign which runs from June 25 – July 4, can help you find goods and services from independent businesses that can help you achieve a greener lifestyle.  Here are some members accepting the Golden Coupon, good for 20% […]

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June 16, 2016

I had every intention of making this fun and light. I wanted to share a story about our search for certain colored marbles that are missing from our Chinese checkers and tie it in to why…

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Being, Listening, Breathing, Healing

June 2, 2016

  The very good news is that as I sit and write this, I am surrounded by conditions that are close to idyllic. It’s a cool and breezy 72 degrees and I am in the White Mountains in a little village called Greer, Arizona. Not only can I hear any number of birds singing, but […]

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Cancer Prevention: Within Our Reach?

May 21, 2016

Thoughts & 10 Practical, Simple Tips Before you start reading, think about this. One in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in his or her lifetime. Sad right? But guess what folks? Nearly HALF of all cancers are preventable. Why aren’t more researchers and thought leaders talking about this instead of, or in addition […]

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It’s All About You

May 6, 2016

Five Tips for Staying Healthy – I had the unbelievable pleasure of attending a mini-retreat hosted by The Aspen Club centered around Chris Crowley’s life-changing book Younger Next Year. The quality of…

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The Big Green Apple Experience

April 21, 2016

I will try to capture and convey the magic – and do it justice – from my recent visit to The Big Green Apple. Here are five highlights. The magic just didn’t stop! On the Fashion Institute of Technology’s 10th annual Sustainable & Design Conference in New York City. I can’t do it justice. I can only say […]

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How to Clean Your Bathroom…Naturally

April 15, 2016

Whether you’re trying to minimize your carbon footprint or are concerned about the effect harsh chemicals may have on your family’s health, switching to natural bathroom cleansers is a great choice. Although there are tons of “green” bathroom products available in stores, in most cases it’s cheaper and more effective to make them on your […]

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Food Waste: Just Eat It!

April 8, 2016

Literally. Some facts to consider to put things in perspective: North American Food Waste Facts In the USA, organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, which are the largest source of methane emissions In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is WASTED, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month […]

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9 Effortless Tips for Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning

March 31, 2016

Spring is here – and that means spring cleaning time! Mother Nature is freshening up, and so are most of us. Taking out the recycling, letting in the fresh air, and scrubbing our homes to a sparkle is a great way to put the winter doldrums behind us for good and get ready for the […]

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Apple Cider Vinegar – Who Knew?

March 25, 2016

  I don’t know why I haven’t written about apple cider vinegar and its healing and healthy cleaning applications until now. What inspired me to write this is when I commented to my friend Isabel last week about how beautiful her skin looked and she said: “apple cider vinegar in a spritzer bottle.” Then I […]

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Prep for Earth Day: Go green at work!

March 21, 2016

A greener workplace not only means a lighter ecological footprint, it’s also a healthier and more productive place to work, and with Earth Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to take action. When people normally think about going green, they usually think about what changes they can make at home, but considering most of us […]

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We Don’t Tell You What to Think. We Just Want You To.

March 15, 2016

We Don’t Tell You What to Think. We Just Want You To. This is our tagline and the foundation on which Mrs. Green’s World is built. We present the information. You decide. I’ve been discovering more and more reasons to consider a plant-based diet, and I’m about 80% there. One of my guests, Howard Lyman, […]

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Bridges or Walls for a Sustainable Planet?

March 11, 2016

(A Case for Bridges) As I contemplate writing I admit to a whirling dervish mind. I want to pack in all of my experiences at a recent Board retreat in Ensenada, Mexico as a member of an international Board on which I sit. Why? Because it was that meaningful and I always want to share important, impactful […]

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5 Ways Your Garden Can Be Causing Pollution

March 1, 2016

Gardening is the single most popular hobby in America, and many people get into it because it seems like an environmentally friendly pastime. Growing your own food should be a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy yourself at the same time, right? Not so fast. Unfortunately, many common gardening habits can actually […]

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Understanding Food Waste

February 15, 2016

With the holidays behind us, have you ever thought about all the food that’s gone to waste? This complete guide demonstrates global food waste figures, what food is most commonly wasted and which sectors tend to waste the most food. Thanks to Morgan LeBlanc of for submitting the guide below which was recently featured by […]

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What’s The Greenest Car of All?

January 26, 2016

If you have been a part of the Mrs. Green’s World tribe for any time at all, you know that I am very proud of my sponsors/partners or they wouldn’t be one! I believe in them or at the very least I believe in the products or services they sell. It’s no secret that the […]

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Community-based Solar Solutions

January 21, 2016

I feel quite blessed to be a part of a community where strategic partnerships are built to advance clean energy for the good of our community and our planet. The University of Arizona is at the forefront globally when it comes to research in the solar industry and have many great minds conducting cutting edge […]

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Test Your Recycling IQ

January 19, 2016

  Waste contamination is a big issue for most municipalities. Putting the wrong thing into your recycling bin comes with a cost which can easily be remedied with just a little bit of investigation. What’s a person to do? Listen to this show! I so enjoyed my time with and learning from Andy Quigley from the […]

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Eight Pages in the New York Times?

January 14, 2016

Five Excerpts That Might Change Your Life. Happy 2016 from the entire Mrs. Green’s World team! Sorry to hit you with such a heavy topic for the New Year but this one had to be written… On my evening walk tonight I called my friend Claire to check in on her after her undergoing a […]

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The Natural Way to Healthy Indoor Air

January 5, 2016

With winter here, most of us are going to spend about 90 percent of our time indoors. Safe and sound, one may think. But did you know that the air you breathe inside the comforts of your own home…

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What’s Your Deepest Fear?

December 31, 2015

As Marianne Williamson, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and lecturer puts it, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.” As this year comes to a close, I invite you to go a bit deeper […]

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The White and the Green Elephants

December 18, 2015

Eight Mrs. Green Reflections Just about everyone I know has been to, or at least been invited to, a white elephant holiday gift exchange party. Typically everyone brings an unmarked wrapped present and people take numbers, get to pick their gift to open or “steal” a present that has already been opened. The gifts cannot […]

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A Quick Guide to Hosting a Green Event

November 30, 2015

With an increasing number of people expecting eco-friendly policies and actions to mark all aspects of their lives, event managers have started making sustainability a priority from the get-go. Green practices such as procuring local food and drinks, opting for paperless communications, adopting good waste management practices, and reusing and recycling as much as possible […]

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Thanks, Giving & Green

November 19, 2015

Seven Thanksgiving Tips & Thoughts About Black Friday   Prelude: Deep Thoughts from Mrs. Green – As global citizens, these are challenging and tumultuous times on many levels. For many people around the world, next Thursday will be just another day but not for us. Let’s join together in making this special day count. This […]

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From Greenwashing to Pinkwashing?

November 12, 2015

  Truth be told, I believe the day will come (if it hasn’t already) that there will be adequate proof linking almost every kind of cancer to an environmental cause – from what we eat, from what we breathe, from what we put on our bodies, and the beat goes on. Bold statement from someone […]

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Bioneers: Changing the Mindscape One Person at a Time‏

October 27, 2015

  In my never ending commitment to be informed, grow, and share with you everything I learn in all matters concerning Mother Earth, I am going to attempt to articulate what my four days at an international “Bioneers” conference this past week was like. The challenge for me is how to reach into your very […]

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All in the Family

October 15, 2015

The wedding of our youngest daughter, Emily, last weekend in Taos, New Mexico to one of the most wonderful human beings on earth – Ben – was a magical and joyous event for Mr. Green and me! Just a short report about the “green” aspects of their wedding. Mr. Green and I were so proud […]

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Can I Handle The Truth?

October 2, 2015

I knew I had to write about this and it’s a tough one. Eating meat is not sustainable. It’s not good for our health or the health of our planet. Our animal-based diet is the primary cause of cancer, heart disease and obesity in this country. And the damage being done to the environment from […]

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The Grim Reaper versus the Voice of Awareness

September 25, 2015

  From the Grim Reaper side of things: Recent radio show guest Janet Nudelman, Director of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Director of Program and Policy, Breast Cancer Fund, pretty much provided scientific evidence that there are harmful chemicals in plastics, in our cosmetics, in our household products, in our food, and in our air […]

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Foodies for Thought

September 17, 2015

Would it immediately grab your interest if I started this blog with a fun YouTube video of me doing cartwheels and jumping up and down and clicking my heels together? And what if I looked you straight in the eye and said, “You have got to listen to these super inspiring food shows. The guests and […]

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Fashion Savvy? Three Things You Need to Know

September 10, 2015

Three pretty incredible facts for you to ponder: According to EcoWatch, a well-respected organization worldwide, the clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world – second only to oil. Fashion is a complicated business involving long and varied supply chains of production, raw material, textile…

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Connecting Entrepreneurs with Local Food

August 27, 2015

Just a brief intro from Mrs. Green – I am an avid localist & support locally owned businesses in every way I possibly can.  Even though this blog contains information pertaining to an event in Tucson, the concept is global. I am proud to use our social media platforms to support events/movements like this one.  […]

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5 Ways Tucson is Prepared for Drought

August 20, 2015

What a total delight when I discovered this well written, content rich piece about what our City is doing to prepare for the much-dreaded drought.  A call to Fernando Molina from the City of Tucson Water Department resulted in his willingness and enthusiasm about our sharing it with the dedicated & informed members the of […]

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Time to take out “The Garbage”

July 17, 2015

Until a couple years ago, I had never given much thought to what was inside the pillow I slept on for too few hours a night. I was young(er) and all I was worried about was comfort. I never thought to question if it was healthy…or safe!

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BALLE Anyone?

June 24, 2015

  It is truly okay if you are wondering what the heck is BALLE and why you should care. Please just trust me and read on. You won’t be sorry. Two or three years ago I am not quite sure I knew what BALLE stood for and even now I have to look it up. It stands […]

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Plastic Pollution: Can We Win This One?

May 22, 2015

I know I have written about plastic pollution since the birth of Mrs. Green.  We all probably know everything I am going to write about but let’s face it – who among us can’t use some friendly reminders about the threat plastics are to our world – literally?  Thanks to my recent guest, Dianna Cohen, from […]

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Keep Our Blue Skies Blue!

May 14, 2015

  Tucson has beautiful blue skies. We all want to keep them blue, right? Cars and other motor vehicles are the No. 1 source of air pollution, so if we all drive a little less, we can really keep our air clean. This summer, Sun Rideshare (a program of Pima Association of Governments) is conducting […]

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Now’s the Perfect Time to Go Solar

April 21, 2015

On a national scale, solar energy is becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners and businesses. The environmental impact, long-term savings and sustainability all combine to make it an attractive alternative, as evidenced by the boom in the industry over the last six years.   via Modernize Solar Between 2008 and 2014, the market for solar […]

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Save Face: Eco-Friendly Skin Care

April 16, 2015

All of us take care to ensure that we are eating organically grown food free of harmful pesticides and chemicals every day. At home, we have switched to energy efficient appliances that utilize minimum energy and decrease our carbon footprint. To reduce fuel consumption and save the environment from toxic exhaust gases, we’ve started using […]

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In Your Wheelhouse!

March 26, 2015

Spring is in the air in Tucson, which means it’s time for Bike Fest and Cyclovia. Every year about this time, people get their bikes out of the shed, pump up the tires, oil the chains and join in all the fabulous bike activities that are scheduled in April. Most everything is free and many […]

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On Conservation and the Advancement of the Next Generation

March 3, 2015

By Sue Carr Conservation is a huge topic of interest for me. You know, conserving my time, conserving my energy, conserving as much of my household budget as I can… Yes, yes, conserving water and rain forests and animals species and all that is important as well, but let’s face it, the conservation of our […]

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Let’s Clear The Air

February 25, 2015

Have you ever really stopped to think about all the GOOD things going on in your community no matter where you live?  Public agencies to keep us safe, nonprofit programs designed to help protect our children and medical institutions that help keep us healthy. Here’s an example of an innovative program that definitely impacts our quality […]

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Fuel for Thought

February 4, 2015

Add me to the list of people jumping up and down and clicking my heels together that gas prices are lower. Let’s be honest – it’s a budget item for every car owner.  Lower gas prices mean more money in our pockets to save or spend in other ways that can be more fun than […]

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One Small Step to Start!

February 2, 2015

News and images flash before us everyday as we live in a fast paced “media age” where social and practical experiences intermingle with our own education on a daily basis. Everywhere you turn there…

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Lazy Bones = Ailing Planet

January 19, 2015

By Sue Carr My husband and I regularly commiserate about our children’s half-hearted efforts when doing chores (we actually use slightly different terminology than “half-hearted,” but you get the idea). They’ll put their toys away but leave tiny Legos or beads or paper scraps littering the floor. They’ll clear their dishes from the table but […]

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Happy Green Year – Let’s Get Started!

December 23, 2014

Why not add one or two GREEN mini-resolutions to your New Year’s list this year? Much smaller in scale than many of the lofty goals we make and break year after year, these steps can add green cheer all year long to our environment, health and even our pocketbook. The very first step you can […]

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Energy-Smart Illuminating Ideas!

December 22, 2014

Any time I am looking for ways to save money on energy, it’s as simple as going to the website for my local power company , I am constantly impressed by their tips, their commitment to providing alternative energy sources and their innovative, creative programs designed & offered to help save me (the consumer!) money AND […]

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Eco-Friendly Stain Removal Tips

December 11, 2014

If you want to be kind to the planet (and your health), conventional stain-removal products just don’t make the grade. Short of dressing your entire family in black so stains don’t show, how can you avoid stains without resorting to using nasty chemicals?

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2014 Green Gifts For The Holidays

December 3, 2014

The holiday season is on the horizon, and it’s time to start brainstorming for gift ideas for all of the people on your list. This busy and often hectic season is the perfect time to remind others to be eco-friendly and conscious of their impact on the environment. Giving green gifts to your family members and […]

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My 15 Minutes on the Bench

November 20, 2014

Intro from Mrs. Green – Scott Caddow is one of my best friends and has joined me on the Mrs. Green journey almost from day one.  Truth be told, I think he lives a greener life than I do and I KNOW he has made massive changes in what he eats, the food he cooks, where […]

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Green Holidays are Easier Than You Think

November 6, 2014

Twenty-five percent more. That’s how much extra waste U.S. households generate every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. This adds up to one million extra tons of junk we dump into an already stressed environment, all in the name of holiday cheer. Not to mention the increased emissions from energy used for holiday lighting and […]

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Grease is the Word

November 4, 2014

The national Clean Cities program has a lot to be thankful for this year. Through the efforts of its stakeholders and local coalitions, including our very own Tucson, AZ Clean Cities, the national program reached a major milestone in 2013 – 1 billion gallons of fuel saved! By encouraging the adoption of alternative fuels, such […]

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Magical, Mindful Miraval

October 29, 2014

Passing through the gates at Miraval, one experiences an honest, authentic and almost unexplainable feeling of calm that takes over the body.  All of the stress of schedules, appointments and to do lists somehow magically disappear simultaneously with the gates closing. And it happens every time. My car seems programmed to stop immediately for my […]

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Let’s Get Rolling

October 28, 2014

Think walking, think bike riding, think roller skating, think skateboarding, think fun! Cyclovia Tucson is all that and more. It’s a day in Tucson where there are miles of car-free open streets where people gather to connect with dozens of neighborhoods and businesses that make where we live so unique. It has truly become one […]

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Ride the Wave of Possibility

October 3, 2014

This blog was written by Amy Timmons, a member of the Mrs. Green team, who represented all of us for the People’s Climate March on September 21, in New York City. It was great to have an eyewitness to history in the making. Here is the uncut version and certainly reflects how much sacrifice was involved in Amy’s determination to show up and be counted. Made me feel like I was there.

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Environmental Excellence – The Green Academy Awards

September 29, 2014

Imagine over 500 people sitting in a very nice ballroom, all very dressed up and  gathered to celebrate environmental excellence. Imagine an organization who works all year to find groundbreaking solar projects, innovative transportation initiatives, river restoration projects and environmental education programs to find ones deserving of a Green Academy Award. Imagine Mrs. Green thinking […]

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Create Beauty and Bounty in Your Backyard

September 25, 2014

Kelly King Being a part of the Mrs. Green’s World team has provided me with many gifts. Here is the biggest one – the awesome conversations I get to have with others about the issues facing our health, the lives of those we love (including our furry and not so furry friends) and the state […]

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Exhausted? Take the One-Day Car Free Challenge

September 17, 2014

From where I sit, driving one’s car whenever and wherever the need arises is a common occurrence in the daily lives of millions of Americans (maybe billions) So what might happen if we all pick one day in the entire year and commit to not driving our cars? Imagine that. A group of visionaries did […]

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Gina Murphy-Darling Appointed to University of Arizona President’s Advisory Council

September 10, 2014

Gina Murphy-Darling Appointed to University of Arizona President’s Advisory Council – (Tucson, Ariz.) – Gina Murphy-Darling, founder and voice of Mrs. Green’s World Radio Network, will serve…

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Confessions of an Eco-Evader—One Year Later

August 28, 2014

It’s been a productive year in terms of my eco-mindedness, and I have Mrs. Green’s World to thank for it. I never really considered myself a green activist—truth be told, I still don’t—but I’ve learned that you don’t need…

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How to Make Your Backyard Even Greener

August 26, 2014

“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower…” So wrote the poet William Blake, suggesting that the tiniest portion of the world is a microcosm of the whole. While it may take a poet’s vision to see the world in a particle of rock, his point becomes much […]

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Healthy Washes, Healthy Children, Healthy You!

August 6, 2014

When the monsoons hit us  in Tucson, Arizona, let the show begin. Lightening takes your breath away, thunder makes you jump out of your seat, and skies seem to burst bringing the much needed rain. As welcome as they are,  the torrential rain storms sometimes cause our yards and streets to flood – almost in the […]

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The Hidden Magic at Miraval

August 1, 2014

If you have ever had the pleasure, the sheer joy of experiencing Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, you can attest to the fact that the magic begins when you pass through…

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Looking for Eco-Friendly Summer Travel? Time for a Staycation!

June 26, 2014

I was thrilled this week to see that MSN rated my home city of Pittsburgh, PA as one of the top five cities in the nation to enjoy a staycation this summer—great news for me, since we have a very limited vacation budget this summer

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Green Streets = Healthy Communities

June 24, 2014

Most people who live in Tucson rejoice when the Monsoons (or ANY rain for that matter) start bringing life once again to our beautiful, fragile desert.  But as with most interactions between nature and humans, there are things to consider. When it does rain in Tucson, rainwater flows through our yards and into our streets. The […]

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A Breath of Good News

June 17, 2014

Truth be told, this blog was a challenge to write.  There’s no way to make it short. The content is complicated and it was hard to put the “fun” and informative piece together.  But here’s the deal – it’s really important that we all slow down enough to read and understand what’s going on with the […]

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Disposable Plastic + School Lunches = Unhealthy Kids and an Unhealthy Planet

June 2, 2014

The 2013-2014 school year is wrapping up at long last. It’s the time of year when we tend to look back fondly over memories made during the past nine months—months that flew by, if you ask most…

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Take a Deep Breath…And Read On!

May 14, 2014

I happen to believe that every single person I know, including me, takes our clean air  for granted.  Maybe if you have asthma or other kinds of breathing challenges, you might actually pay attention to air quality because it impacts your health. But for the rest of us, it’s just there.  Truth is that it […]

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Greening Our Own Little Corner of the Earth

May 9, 2014

It has been a long, cold, polar vortex of a winter here in Pittsburgh. So needless to say, when the weather warmed up and the clouds parted to reveal the long-reclusive sun over the…

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Nutrition Isn’t as Easy as it Ought to Be

April 29, 2014

A friend recently posted a link on Facebook to an article on titled “The 10 Worst Foods to Feed Your Children.” The list included things like “kids” breakfast cereals, juice…

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The Sweet Life—Sans Sugar

April 3, 2014

I’ve been very food-focused over the past couple weeks, with good reason. You may have heard that Mrs. Green is taking on a new project, “What Am I Eating and Why Should I Care?”

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You Can’t Judge a Book—or a Laundry Detergent—by its Cover

March 27, 2014

I’ve been using the same laundry detergent for a couple of years now. It’s from Costco, so the price kicks butt, and I love, love, love that it’s environmentally responsible. I know it is, because…

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Tucson Streetcar’s Route to Success

March 3, 2014

There is quite a bit of buzz – and some strong opinions – about Tucson’s new Sun Link streetcar. Lots of criticism and jokes, lots of turf and business battles, and lots of time actually bringing the Streetcar from dream to reality. So what do I think? Bring it on!

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Green Inspiration or Indulgence?

February 19, 2014

If you have never had a day when you doubt your purpose in the world or have never wondered if you are doing the right thing or are in the right job, please call me. I want to hear from you. Barely kidding.

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Living Right

February 13, 2014

I have always believed that imitation is the highest form of flattery. When I got a newsletter the other day from a great company called Flagler Organics, their simple messages about right action and right relationships really sunk in.

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Riding the Soda Stream

February 6, 2014

By Sue Carr My husband will tell you I’m generally a little late to the ballgame when it comes to getting onboard with his ideas. He’ll make a suggestion in June that I’ll shrug off. (“We should get an electric fireplace instead of installing a gas one. It will serve the same purpose and cost […]

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Planning Your Victory with

January 31, 2014

Beginning in the spring of 2012, I had the privilege of being part of a petition started by 40 kids from a lunchtime green team club that I guide at my kids’ elementary school.

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Wanna Pull Some Weed?

January 21, 2014

In the vast sea of blogs that are published just about every minute, every blogger works for the title that grabs.  Hope this one did because learning about this “weed” really matters.  It’s an invasive species – which is just as bad as it sounds. It spreads quickly. It’s highly flammable (translation: HUGE fire risk.)  And […]

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A Plea to Disney: Rethink Your Not-So-Magic Bands

January 17, 2014

By Sue Carr — My new commitment to greener living has me looking at things in a whole new light—both day-to-day things and larger, more momentous things. Things like family vacations to our favorite place on earth—Walt Disney World.

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Learning to Caring On!

December 31, 2013

I believe that even if you are Oprah or the Dalai Lama, hearing some affirmations from time to time feed your soul. When I got this email today, so very close to the end of the New Year, I admit to shedding a few tears and to feeling affirmed.

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Some Simple Green Holiday Thoughts

December 24, 2013

Try as I might, I just couldn’t wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and leave it at that. I can, however, promise this will be brief and positive because we are all busy spending time with family and friends.

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Got E-waste? Put it to Work.

December 19, 2013

It never ceases to amaze me that people still actually throw their computers, printers, cell phones, chargers, TVs, extension cords etc. into the garbage. Not only do most electronic…

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Do Zombies Carpool?

December 16, 2013

I believe it’s pretty safe to say that every human being (at least of the adult kind) uses the beginning of the New Year as a time to reflect, recommit and restart.  For me, it’s exciting to think about how I can help our Mrs. Green’s World partners spread the word about things they are committed […]

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Hair Today, Grey Tomorrow

December 12, 2013

By Sue Carr – I’ve focused on hair a lot during my journey towards greener living. This might lead you to believe that my hair is my prized asset, my obsession, my single most important accessory on which I take extreme time and care.

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Sinking in a Sea of Paper

December 6, 2013

I never gave much thought to the amount of paper that enters my house until I started blogging for Mrs. Green. Now it suddenly feels like I’m drowning in it. Junk mail. newspapers (both subscriptions and freebees). Magazines.

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Who is Mrs. Green Anyway?

December 3, 2013

By Gina Murphy-Darling [Mrs. Green]: Someone recently asked me a question that stopped me dead in my tracks. “Well, if you are not the press, who are you?” AND, she wanted an answer in writing to present to a Steering…

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No Black Friday for Mrs. Green

November 27, 2013

To me, Black Friday is practically synonymous with massive consumption, massive waste, and in some cases massive debt. Those conditions are all self-explanatory and you don’t need the Gospel According to Mrs. Green to paint a picture of the probable outcome for record-breaking sales on…

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A Hair-Raising Ordeal Times 2—LICE!

November 25, 2013

Lice. It’s one of the most dreaded words in the mommy vocabulary. The mere mention of it can set your scalp tingling with the thought of tiny critters having themselves a big ol’ bug party on top of your head. Ewww! We’ve gotten two…

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Plugging In Your Own Charger

November 19, 2013

Recently I spent a weekend with an amazing group of women on a girlfriends’ getaway in Flagstaff, Arizona — just because. They came from all over the country to simply gather and have some…

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It’s Just a Little Bit of Grease, Right?

November 19, 2013

Wrong!  Here’s the skinny on why you don’t want to throw grease down your drain EVER.  In other words, you do NOT want the Grease Monster to get you. 1. It could clog your pipes 2. It could cause costly repair bills 3. It could cause RAW sewage to back up into your home.  (This […]

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Do the Math

November 15, 2013

Do you ever wish you could buy more time? What about less gas? What if you could find a way to do both? I’d say that would constitute green living at its finest. Our family’s fall schedule is heating up, and…
Our family’s fall schedule is heating up, and as I’m adding the barrage of birthday parties,

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Test Your Green IQ

November 12, 2013

The very good news is that you don’t have to get test anxiety for this. It’s really just a “raise your waste awareness” exercise. The numbers are staggering and there are lots of things we can all do to make…

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Greener Eating through Muffins

November 7, 2013

By Sue Carr – Up until now, I’ve written about greening my life by reducing my family’s use of harsh chemicals, both in our home and on ourselves. But we’ve been greening another…

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Three Great Green Reasons to Shop Locally

October 30, 2013

(The Power of Choice) Every time you make a purchase, you are making a choice. The choice is OURS! We have the power to strengthen and enrich our communities. It’s that simple.

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How Greenie is Your Halloweenie?

October 25, 2013

How boring would a title like “How To Green Your Halloween” be? Enough said. Halloween is, without a doubt, one of my very best, favorite days/times of the year.

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Spiders Really Bug Me

October 24, 2013

By Sue Carr

Fall is by far my favorite season. I love sipping hot cider, sniffing cinnamon apple goodies baking in the oven, crunching through a vibrant array of leaves on a crisp day, and snuggling by a fire pit with a cup of hot chocolate.

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Is Your Neighborhood on the Move?

October 21, 2013

Isn’t it inspiring when you read a story about a government program that is really helping people be good neighbors? I know there are lots of good government programs that we take for granted so if I can raise some awareness about a good one when I hear about it, I’m happy to do just that. Here we go…

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A Hair-raising Ordeal By Sue Carr

October 11, 2013

When I decided to chronicle my journey of greening my daily routine, I knew some parts of the journey would prove far easier than others. Switching from chemical body wash to a more natural beauty bar: simple. Switching my children from neon-colored “kid” toothpaste to a more natural formula: simple. Greening my multiple-product, chemically-infused hair […]

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Are You Ready to Plug In?

October 10, 2013

If the  price of gas or your environmental conscious  has you thinking maybe it’s time to look into a car that runs on something other than petroleum, read on.   Tucson Clean Cities, a program established at Pima Association of Governments in 1998, is going strong, and has created a partnership of fleets, vehicle providers, […]

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Household Cleaners Hall of Shame

September 23, 2013

When I first read about the shameful ingredients in the popular cleaning products we buy in a report by Environmental Working Group’s President Ken Cook, I immediately said “Note to self – share with…

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When it comes to food, let facts get in the way.

September 17, 2013

  “Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby.”  I know I am dating myself referencing that OLD song by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (we’re talking 1968 here – yikes!) but ever since I interviewed Amy Kalafa (filmmaker of Two Angry Moms) on my show last October, real food is always on my mind, and […]

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The Power of the Purge – 4 Easy Baby Steps!

September 6, 2013

Blog #3 in the series Confessions of an Eco-Evader by Sue Carr: If you follow this blog, you know that I’ve been spending more than my fair share of time on the Environmental Working Group website…

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Once Upon A Time There Were Healthy Oceans

August 30, 2013

And those oceans were clean, blue and teeming with life. We swam in them, we splashed in them, we sailed, kayaked and cruised on them and we fished from them. We delighted in watching otters and sea lions play in them and stood breathless if we were blessed enough to actually see a magnificent whale […]

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Shop and Let Shop

August 28, 2013

There is not a day that goes by that I am not filled with gratitude. When I received this letter from Theresa Marquez from Organic Valley Coop, my cup runneth over. (Open Letter to Mrs. Green) Theresa Marquez, Mission Exec. Organic Valley Coop August 2013 So, a debate we still keep hearing is that Walmart […]

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Applying and Pouring and Rinsing and Brushing with Chemicals

August 24, 2013

Blog #2 in the series Confessions of an Eco-Evader by Sue Carr: My friend Kelly recently introduced me to, the website of the Environmental Working Group. This site provides more information than you could possibly fit into your head (or at least more than I could possibly fit into my head) about environmental topics ranging from government policies and cutting-edge scientific research to clean energy and climate change.

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Green Government in Action

August 9, 2013

If you really pay attention, there are lots of  good things that  “government” does for us.  They are not always visible, and sometimes not too exciting, but they are rather necessary. Case in point for this blog: Pima Association of Governments (PAG)  has a new “Clean Water Starts With Me” Watershed Pocket Guide that is […]

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Confessions of an Eco-Evader

August 8, 2013

Note from Mrs. Green –  The Mrs. Green journey has always been  about creating a community of people who care about the planet. I am thrilled to introduce you to Sue Nelko Carr, a welcome new member to Mrs. Green’s World. Sue is, self-admittedly, in the “going green” category and is willing to share her […]

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Three Planet-Saving Back-to-School Tips

August 2, 2013

Even after all these years, when I think of back to school I think of new crayons – my very own box! This  news bulletin took me on a trip down memory lane AND made it a great green day for me.  How things have changed…                 Pima […]

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Why Are So Many People Against Green Technologies?

July 31, 2013

The movement for anti-global warming is one that many people simply don’t understand. These groups are basing information from specific areas of long winters and record lows, while other parts of the world have seen a steady rise in temperature. The glaciers in Peru and the North Pole recession would argue the point of warming – […]

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Where Does Clean STORM WATER Start Anyway?

July 16, 2013

Clean storm water starts with me and you and with our families and our neighbors. You get the picture. From where I sit, every city, town & community on the planet  has to deal with storm water runoff when the downpours start.  In Tucson, we call it  the Monsoon – a season of blessings (rain) and […]

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Have You Ever Put A Hole in the Sky?

July 15, 2013

Ever think about the ultimate impact of  buying a plastic water bottle ? Ever think you might be putting a hole in the sky? Thanks to my friend Tesa for gifting me with the book of poetry Grasshopper Guru by Jane Brunette and for her thinking of me when she read this particular  poem.  Definitely green […]

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Green Your Grilling – Three Simple Tips

June 26, 2013

   This will probably not surprise anybody in the USA: According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association, the most popular holiday for barbecuing in the United States is July 4th. Interested in greener grilling for clean air’s sake?  If charcoal is your choice of fuel, try barbecuing without lighter fluid. Mixed with sunshine and other […]

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Where Does Clean Air Start Anyway?

June 14, 2013

Have you ever really thought about some of the reasons why people love living in our beautiful Southwest?  Have you ever considered that one of the top reasons  just might be the beautiful blue sky and clean air we get to enjoy almost every single day? Most of us even love it when the sky darkens & […]

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Project 2013 – One Man’s Green Journey (Part One)

June 10, 2013

Way to go on guest blog! FYI, Scott Caddow is the owner of Legenday World and one of my best friends. He has joined me on the Mrs. Green journey and is creating more green living habits each and every day. “Hello Mrs. Green! I thought I would pen a quick guest post for you […]

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Why Should I Care?

May 29, 2013

Why should you and I care about wasting water? about if we eat organic or not? about global warming? about whether or not fracking is a good thing? about genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? about whether our car is fuel-efficient or not? or if ocean acidification is killing all the oysters (among other things)? or even give a thought to […]

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You, Me & Greenhouse Gases: Can We Change our Future?

May 21, 2013

I  am fairly certain you don’t wake up every morning and wonder about the connection between Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases.  It’s okay – I am thinking about it enough for all of us.  But given the recent report in the New York Times of an increase in CO2 emissions globally, what better time than now to […]

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Mrs. Green Makes it a Great Day At VerVe – Always

May 9, 2013

Hear ye, hear ye. You are about to get inside my  bright green head  so you can see why I am a true fan AND a true believer in VerVe and Aveda. I don’t know about you but when it comes to someone actually touching my head and putting “stuff” on my face, feet, hands & […]

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Green Litmus Test for Buying Your Next Car

May 6, 2013

Before I get to the test questions – a short digression. I really do believe a picture is often worth lots of words. Case in point:  my first car from Chapman Tucson.  Truth be told, Chapman has been my biggest sponsor since Mrs. Green was merely a twinkle in my Irish eye.  Why?  Because among their Chapman […]

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Cyclovia 2 – Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Go

April 17, 2013

Live in Tucson?  Like to bike? Walk?  Meet Your Neighbors? Mark your calendars, save the date, plan to have some old-fashioned fun at Cyclovia 2. When? April 28, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Where: See link below Little bit of background on Cyclovia 1: Cyclovia 1 was a fabulous day on the south side of […]

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Hitting the Starbucks Chord: A Bloggers Dream

April 1, 2013

I believe it is EVERY bloggers dream to write a blog and see the comments start rolling in.  It affirms you (at least I am hoping it will when it happens to me!) I am thrilled when one person takes the time to read my blog AND takes the time to comment. Well, I read one such […]

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Kale Chips: The New Pop Corn

March 29, 2013

I am quite certain that never a day goes by when I am not feeling truly grateful about something.  Having a wonderful friend named Amie Sue Oldfather frequently makes the list.  She is a legend in the raw food world & her ability to create delicious, healthy, organic and, yes, even beautiful creations NEVER ceases […]

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Get Your Biking On!

March 21, 2013

Simply put, Spring is a really a fun time in Tucson & lots of other places where Spring has sprung. You get that feeling of wanting to be outside more, it’s easier to get up early and exercise and the weather is delightful. Would love to share with you two special happenings in Tucson in […]

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What’s All the Hubbub?

March 19, 2013

When I received this guest blog post from my friend Scott Caddow from Legendary World, I had no idea about the content.  Needless to say, his words touched me and are indeed sustainable thoughts for my very soul.  Thank you my friend. “Hello! Scott here again checking in from beautiful Anacortes WA. You may have […]

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Got Bugs in Your Water?

March 6, 2013

According to the Environmental Working Group‘s 2013 Tap Water Report, 201 water systems that serve 100 million Americans in 43 states are polluted with toxic chemicals created by the reaction of chlorine and rotting organic matter such as leaves, insects, farm and yard runoff and sewage. Makes you want to go get a drink right?  The report documents […]

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Aveda Cosmetics Are Safe

March 4, 2013

I was recently asked by someone on Facebook why Aveda has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.  I reached out to of some of their team members who contacted a corporate spokesperson.  Here is the response in its entirety. “Aveda cosmetics are safe. Recent statements by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics claiming that cosmetics […]

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Off the Beaten Path

March 2, 2013

Hello!  My name is Scott Caddow aka Mrs. Green’s “legend in his own mind” Legendary Dude.  I’m honored to be a guest blogger today while on an incredible journey. My message today is to get off the beaten path, GET out of the box and just do something different.  We have all heard the clichés, […]

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Compressed Natural Gas: An Energy Solution?

February 25, 2013

Seems to me that “CNG” as an alternative fuel makes the national news quite a bit. But does the man/woman on the street really know what CNG (compressed natural gas) even stands for and why they should care?  I wanted to know so I did the best thing – I asked a local expert, Colleen Crowninshield, […]

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Your Thoughts about “Those People?”

February 13, 2013

I have always believed that imitation is truly the highest form of flattery.  Remember telling your kids that when the older one would complain “She is being a copy cat!”  Well, it’s no secret that Seth Godin  is one of my heroes & one who truly inspires me every day to go do something.  When I […]

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Anti-Environment PR a Scourge on the Industry

February 11, 2013

Clearly one of the biggest blessings in my journey as Mrs. Green has been, and continues to be, the relationships I have formed since the journey began.  Case in point for this blog, Aric Caplan.  His website  bio reads: Aric Caplan is the founder and president of Caplan Communications, an award-winning full-service communications practice specializing in […]

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Green Litmus Test: Your Office

February 1, 2013

Books abound on greening your office.  But why should you?  Here are a few green thoughts to ponder. 1. Efficient lights save energy and money on lighting AND reduce the need for air conditioning.  What business owner wouldn’t want to do that? 2. Turning off computers at night and during weekends and holidays can save 500 kWh […]

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Oh That Rumi – Food for Your Soul

January 30, 2013

Every once in a while, I feel compelled to write about something that fills my soul – like the great philosopher and scholar, Jeladukkin Rumi.  There are things he has written that I  read over and over and over again. He is brilliant, clever, funny, wise and deep. I know I would have liked him. My favorite […]

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Can This Omnivore Go Vegan for a Week?

January 28, 2013

When I read this article by Leah Blunt in Earth 911, I did some soul-searching – again!  It’s about Leah’s story of challenging herself to go vegan for one week and to eat more than Oreos and bananas.  Can I do this? Where would I begin given that I am a picky eater already? How could I make it […]

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Have Trash Will Travel

January 25, 2013

Trash travels and ends up harming marine life and damaging ecosystems.

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Is There a Method To Your Cleaning Madness?

January 23, 2013

Method is the safest all-purpose cleaner on the market today

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Yes, You Can Drink the Water Here

January 18, 2013

Note from Mrs. Green: Do you know how happy it makes me to have someone to REQUEST being a guest blogger for Mrs. Green?  Very. Thank you Stephanie Monty for reaching out! This is a GREAT read for anyone who travels & worries about the drinking water or for anyone who wants to know what […]

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Green Guilt Reduction – Mrs. Green Style

January 16, 2013

Truth be told, I wish I had solar on my house. But I don’t and that’s a story (or sorry excuse) for another day.  But I do care & I do help promote all the great things that Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP) is doing to develop alternative energy sources – rigorously.  So walk the walk […]

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When Mrs. Green Met Sally

January 14, 2013

One scary thing about blog titles?  They can date you! Hopefully some of you out there remember the really funny movie with Meg Ryan – When Harry Met Sally & will read on. Have you ever heard of a company called Ecco Bella ?  (I had not until they contacted me from New Jersey about advertising […]

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Are You An Ardent Waste Watcher?

January 11, 2013

My friend, Jacquie Ottman ‘s (Junky Jacquie) journey of collecting junk began when she was about four. Since then she has become the internationally recognized Green Marketing Guru. Her latest target? WASTE & trust me when I say she hates it.  I invite you to read on so you can she what Junky Jacquie is up to now & […]

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Sustainability Is An Inside Job

January 9, 2013

As we begin the second week of 2013, may I gently remind you (and me) that sustainability is an inside job.  It’s really important to figure out how to take care of ourselves first before we can take care of everyone and everything else – including the planet. I have this precious gift that my friend Cathy from Temco  […]

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The Green Heart

January 7, 2013

On most days I believe I live a charmed life. But that is a story for another blog or book! Part of my reason for believing that is because people seem to give me presents all the time. And I am barely exaggerating.  Case in point for this blog?  My friend Kathy Sawyer (from dropped […]

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Finding Your Way in a Wild Green World

January 5, 2013

One of my favorite books is Finding Your Way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck. Martha has appeared on Oprah and writes for “O” magazine so she kind of has instant “cred” for me.  Some people might think the book is out there but then again, so am I. I wanted to share […]

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The Power of One to Benefit Many

January 4, 2013

This is actually a remarkable story that needs no explanation from me.  Just want to express a warm, sincere thank you to Kelly King – one of my rocks, my wingman, my future CEO.  God bless you Kelly King! “Dear friends and family…. On December 15th, I found myself saying “I need to do something […]

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Junk Food vs Real Food – the Road Trip Dilemma

January 3, 2013

Never, and I mean, never does the possibility of jumping off the healthy eating path challenge us more than when we take road trips.  Eating unhealthy road trip food must be programmed in our DNA and this year, I am going to beat it.  I am attaching a link to a somewhat long but very fun […]

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Paper or Plastic?

January 2, 2013

I get asked this quite a bit. The answer is simple and the solution a wonderful one.  Paper or plastic?  Neither – reusable. I am working on my photo insert skills but hopefully, you get the picture & I have the bag pictured below! My thanks, one more time, to my friend Cathy Rankin from […]

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A Tribute to Seth Godin – the Big Drip

January 1, 2013

I am sure that Seth Godin ( has had a major impact on millions of people’s lives – yes – I say millions.  I am one of those people. I have read several of his books, I read his blog EVERY day and more days than not, I think his blog could read “Dear Gina.”  He writes […]

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This One’s for Liam

December 31, 2012

When my grandkids  (Madison, age 12 going on 26 and Liam, age 8 & a total muffin)  come to visit, we always sit together and make a list of all the things we would like to do while they are here. It’s not a “have to” list.  It’s a want to list and there’s a […]

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Got Turkey Grease? Three Reasons Why We Want Yours!

November 20, 2012

Have you ever thought about recycling the leftover grease from your Thanksgiving turkey? If not, your time is now! Your opportunity to take a small green step for the planet is here. You can plan to participate in the Day After Thanksgiving Grease Recycling Day on November 23rd. We want your turkey grease & I […]

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An Invitation for This Day – Will You Join Me?

November 6, 2012

This is an important day for our country – everybody at least agrees about that. When my daughter sent this to me on this morning of the election, sharing it seemed like the perfect thing to do. I read it sometimes when I do public speaking. It inspires me greatly & hope it lands somewhere […]

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Meet One Wild & Crazy Guy – of the Green Kind

October 16, 2012

I am rarely at a loss for words but when it comes to describing Doug Fine it occurs to me wild and crazy green guy doesn’t even cut it. I first met Doug about two years ago. He was introduced to me by Colleen Crowninshield, Manager of the Tucson Clean Cities program at Pima Association of […]

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Are You Up for a Rideshare Challenge?

September 5, 2012

I genuinely enjoy spreading the good green word about programs that are just that – good and green. And if they offer something exciting to engage us, all the better. Read on, feel free to share & you or someone you know might just win a Kindle… Given that gas prices are rising again, doesn’t […]

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Consumers Really Can Save the World – ask Jacquie

August 8, 2012

In terms of green marketing and the green message, Jacquie Ottman has it going on on so many levels it would be hard to capture the essence of Jacquie. She consults with Fortune 500 companies, is known as the green marketing guru & most importantly, she walks the walk AND makes sense.  After I read this blog,  I called Jacquie to ask […]

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Mrs. Green’s Top 10 Reasons to Staycation!

August 7, 2012

Top Ten Reasons to Consider a Staycation

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Meet Leyda – She’s Changing the World

July 23, 2012

Do you ever feel as though you can’t save the world but you would like to make a difference in some way?  Meet my friend Leyda. Leyda has been my friend for over 25 years. I went to the movies with her the other day and she shared a story with me. It was out […]

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One Little Tip to Help You with Paper Recycling

July 18, 2012

Do you find yourself throwing things in the trash that might otherwise be recycled because the recycling bin is just too far away? I admit to having done that in the past and it was bugging me. Here’s a solution that works for me &  a picture of the “cute” recycling bin that sits under my desk […]

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Girl Talk on Green Talk Radio?

July 16, 2012

I just returned from what amounted to 48+ hours in what I am sure is close to heaven on earth. I went with a group of women from an amazing networking group I am blessed to be a part of called Women at The Top. Yes, it was at Miraval. Yes, Miraval is one of the most […]

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You & Your Sunscreen – Your New Best Friend

July 13, 2012

With record-breaking temperatures all around ths country this hot summer, people are heading for the beaches, their swimming pools & running through backyard water hoses – anything to cool off. So Mrs. Green has to ask: how are you doing on wearing your sunscreen & choosing it wisely?  It really matters that you wear it & it REALLY matters that […]

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Good-bye Fritos, Hello Dark Chocolate! Road Trip Tips

July 12, 2012

I don’t know about you but road trips & travel have been synonymous with eating really bad junk food for my family and me. Fritos, Cheetos, candy of all kind, soda, things we NEVER have at home nor would we think about eating on any given day. But road trip?  Bring it on!  Except for an […]

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Green “Smell Be Gone”

July 11, 2012

Let’s be honest. We’ve all had that experience in our own bathrooms & worse yet, in friend’s homes where our bathroom use left a less than pleasant odor.  Nothing to be ashamed of – “it” happens. I used to just spray away from whatever was available.  No problem.  And then Mrs. Green began to evolve, […]

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Getting You Excited about Clean Air

June 28, 2012

Since my partnership with Pima Association of Governments (PAG) began, I have honestly been most excited about what I am learning. I had no idea of the magnitude and scope of what they do. I have also been excited about sharing things in any way I can because if I am excited, I can hopefully get […]

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How Green is Your Barbecuing?

June 27, 2012

Fourth of July is one of the biggest barbecuing days of the year.  I honestly don’t think I know of anyone who doesn’t have plans because – hey – this is America & it’s what we do on 4th of July – right? How green is your barbecuing? Please read below about some simple tips to […]

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Feelin’ The Green Play!

June 22, 2012

It just has to be okay once in a while to simply write about feeling loved & appreciated.  To be totally pithy, what the world really does need now is love, sweet, green love!  Thus my decision to post in its entirety this email from my dear friend Cathy Rankin. She is not only a dear friend […]

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Ever Heard of Kill-a-Watt Meter?

June 21, 2012

I can’t imagine anyone who writes a newsletter who isn’t thrilled to get feedback. It’s wonderful if the feedback is good but I am happy to hear from people who disagree with something I have written. It’s how I learn & grow. So you can imagine my delight to learn that my friend Bruce Plenk not […]

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Why Clean Air Starts with You (and Me!)

June 19, 2012

In my journey as Mrs. Green, I have learned so much about so many things. Most recently, I have been educating myself about the important work of Pima Association of Governments (PAG.) Without going into too much detail, they are a regional planning organization whose divisions include transportation, energy & sustainable environment.  Translation?  They work to […]

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You Wouldn’t, Would You? A Yard Sale Tale

June 11, 2012

This blog is about what you would do with all the stuff left after a yard sale. As inconceivable as it might be to me, there are people who take what they have left over the dump! Yes, I mean it. They take perfectly good clothing, books, furniture, linens, and other household items and dump them in the […]

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Award Winning Solar Program: TEP

June 4, 2012

There really is always something to celebrate.  Imagine my delight when I read this press release this a.m. about TEP’s award winning community solar efforts. TEP is honest about their challenges when it comes to renewables. What they do impacts our air, our water, our environment. And they try to do it better every day in […]

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Sustainable You?

June 2, 2012

How are you doing with sustaining you?  I get an A+ today. Did a great show with Chris Jordan – maybe even life changing.  ( Then went to an almost three-hour lunch with a wonderful, amazing girlfriend at a locally owned restaurant. Topics of discussion included saving the planet, this crazy world of ours, our […]

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Honest Mrs. Green Frustration

June 1, 2012

People in social media always caution not to complain or sound whiny. I agree.  But what about the platform for sharing  an honest, from the heart, deeply felt frustration?  I am going to go with my gut here and give myself permission.  People have choices and I can’t make (nor would I want to) anybody read […]

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What is the Ozone Anyway?

May 24, 2012

I think we have all been guilty of throwing around terms thinking we know what they mean but might stumble a bit if required to articulate.  Case in point: ozone, the ozone layer, ozone alert.  Fear not – after reading this not only will you know the answer to all of the above, you will […]

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Endocrine Disruptors – One Reader’s Response

May 21, 2012

I can’t imagine anyone who writes newsletters who isn’t thrilled or, at the very least, appreciative when a reader cares enough to gather their thoughts to put together an extremely intelligent, passionate,  contemplative response. What better way for me to reciprocate than by sharing it with all of you.  This was written in response to my […]

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Good Green Government? Food for Thought

May 8, 2012

Mr. Green gets irritated at times when people are quick to criticize and, yes, even blame that amorphous thing we call “the government” for all known things.  He is right. There are millions of people who work hard to make things happen for us on a daily  basis nationwide.  Many of the things they do […]

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Organic IS Affordable – One Reader’s View

April 30, 2012

Hard to describe just how  affirming it is to get a truly contemplative email from someone about my newsletter.  I invite you to read the email below in response to my last one. Touche, Deborah, and you are spot on! “Dear Mrs. Green, It breaks my heart when people support the misinformed viewpoint that organic is “more expensive” than conventional.  […]

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A Family Story – Of the Green Kind

April 14, 2012

How great is it to have the love, support and inspiration from your husband, your daughters, your grandchildren and other family members for your chosen path in life?  Even if that path is to be a green radio talk show hostess? When I set out on the path to becoming Mrs. Green, at 57 years young I […]

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Green (EV) Drag Racing – Could I Make This Up?

April 11, 2012

When I got a call from Sheila Kressler-Crowley from Bookmans Entertainment Exchange about an “EV Drag Race” I admit I said “a WHAT? What the heck is that?” She proceeded to tell me that there was such a thing as an electric vehicle drag race and that Bob Oldfather, Mr. Let’s Do Something New himself, was […]

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Got Biking on Your Brain This Earth Month?

April 3, 2012

It never ceases to amaze me how many people I see riding bikes all over my city – Tucson, Arizona. If biking was rated the same as skiing,  (black, blue & green), I would weigh in on the very light green side of things in terms of biking ability. I like things like bike paths […]

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Earth Month Ideas – Week One

April 2, 2012

Oh the places we’ll go in Earth Month. Imagine a world where every day is Earth Day & because of what we all start this month in the year 2012, we will help BE the change on the planet we wish to see all year long.  I rarely suggest copying anything but in this case,  […]

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March 22, 2012

Sustainability is an inside job.

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What’s Gotten Into Your Head?

March 21, 2012

It’s always fun and quite the challenge to think up catchy titles that will do just that: catch your attention. It’s not an ego, build my blog numbers kind of thing. It’s an urgency that comes from deep inside me about something I believe is important to share with you, remind you of, make you […]

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Sustainability is an Inside Job

March 20, 2012

If you are a regular visitor to and active part of Mrs. Green’s world, you might wonder why my constant references to Miraval? You might even wonder if I write about them so much because they are a sponsor. But then again, you might just thoroughly  enjoy what I do write about them and leave it […]

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A Healthier McRib? Kinder Kisses? The Kabosh on Keystone?

February 16, 2012

Your voice matters. Our voices are being heard. We are making a difference.

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Sustainable You – A Subscriber Speaks!

February 15, 2012

I don’t care who you are, everyone likes feedback when they put their thoughts and ideas out there for all the world to see. I can assure you I do.  I was thrilled to get two emails almost immediately after my last newsletter came out today & I wanted to share one with you. I felt […]

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Six Best Foods for Thought – Literally

February 15, 2012

Eating vegetables, fruits, fish, whole grains, nuts and olive oil good for your brain

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New Unisource HQ & Redevelopment

January 4, 2012

Downtown Tucson has been an ongoing saga of one bad news story after another. Until recently, you just didn’t want to go down there except for a few wonderful places like the Children’s Museum Tucson, the Temple of Music & Art (Arizona Theatre Company)  and a few good restaurants that made it worth the trip. […]

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RISE to the Occasion

January 3, 2012

The New Year always brings about an enthusiasm for doing the right thing – whether it be exercising more regularly, eating right, reading more or acquiring more sustainable habits! (At least I hope that made the cut!) Given that lots of people I know received some kind of electronic device for Christmas this year, I’d […]

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Pesky Plastic Bottle Post

December 18, 2011

I’ve said it before and will say it again. Feedback from members of the Mrs. Green tribe sustain me, inspire me, motivate me, give me hope. Knowing that I am making any difference at all in terms of preservation of the planet & having an environmental impact keeps the wheels on my green bus going […]

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Green Christmas Giving: Part Two

December 15, 2011

Thought I would share with you the letter Rod wrote to his entire extended family about the well project in Africa.  Still pretty incredible, wonderful & awesome that the inspiration came from a ninth grader. “I have a Christmas gift idea for all of us. Last week Jordan did an English class persuasive speech on […]

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How a Ninth Grader is Changing the World

December 14, 2011

When I received this Facebook post several days ago, it knocked my socks off, touched my heart & inspired me deeply. It gave me hope for the world & for humanity. Small steps, big impact? Green giving? The power of one? It’s all of it and it’s really all great.  On a selfish level, it […]

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Your Skin: A Toxic Toilet Bowl or Healthy Heaven?

October 14, 2011

Does your skin have that healthy glow?  Did you ever stop and think it might be from some awful, waxy, petroleum by-product in your foundation?  I know that may sound just a tad too dramatic but attention grabbing is my true purpose.  Our skin is our biggest organ. Whatever we put on it goes in […]

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Forks Over Knives – A Must See For Your Good Health!

October 13, 2011

I have never shared my praise for a movie  like I have Forks Over Knives.  I am on a mission.  I gave a copy of the DVD to my friend Myron one day. He watched it, returned it the next day and said “I immediately ordered SEVEN (7) copies for my friends after I watched it.”  […]

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How Green is Your Bookstore?

October 12, 2011

I was involved in a conversation the other day when someone mentioned they were going to Barnes & Noble to look for a particular book. I instantly asked them if they had considered checking with our locally owned used bookstore, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.  “No, I hadn’t thought of that but I will check them out.”  […]

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The Green Talk Radio Tribe & Talking Trash

October 11, 2011

There are times when a Facebook post just doesn’t cut it.  Hope people opt in to read this because it is emails like these that are the wind beneath my wings, my inspiration, green fuel for my fire, what sustains me and yada yada.  Sarah is what I call a “super greenie.”  When I get a high-five […]

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Green Change to Be? It’s Up to Me

October 11, 2011

There are days when I think “so many changes, so little time.” I get a tad overwhelmed about what I should be doing next to make my world and me healthier.  Bite sized chunks are always good when in that mode.  So yesterday I took a bite.  I signed up for something that our local […]

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How Eco Green is Your Carpet Cleaning?

September 15, 2011

As much as I like to focus on the positive, let’s face it – we have more toxins assaulting our systems than we may ever know. They are everywhere and on almost everything and they are probably off-gasing as I write this. Our furniture, carpets, drapes, towels, clothing, sheets, flowers, cleaning products, personal hygiene products – you […]

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Is Your Green Light Bulb On?

September 7, 2011

I realize that some of the challenges I put out there might seem daunting. Like giving up your plastic bags. (But I use them for my pets…) Or taking your own to go containers to a restaurant. (But I always forget…) Meatless Mondays – say what? But this one is so easy!  Switch to CFL […]

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Miraval's Environmental Statement
The Great Green Spa: Destination Miraval

August 30, 2011

Skeptics might comment that of course I write nice things about Miraval – they are one of my partners. Well, those skeptics don’t get it and certainly don’t get me because I only write what I authentically feel inside. So moving right along. Yes, I put up lovely posts about Miraval and how I start to relax […]

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Will I Ever Be a Vegan?

August 17, 2011

I have said over and over again “I will never go completely vegan.” After all this time on the planet, I should know better. Never say never. After seeing Forks Over Knives & Food Inc. reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma, and viewing & reading countless hours of other illuminating, life altering movies, books & articles, I can see where […]

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Green Sun RISE-ING?

August 16, 2011

I tend to forget that blogs don’t have to be long. I read Seth Godin’s every day and sometimes he writes five sentences.  But I digress. More frequent short blogs in my future (and hopefully yours.) Recurring thought: do people really just walk out their door and dump their printer, computer, laptop, cell phone, name-your-favorite electronic device […]

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Green Food for the Mind

August 15, 2011

Just as we have to feed our bodies with healthy, nutritional food on a regular basis, ever think about how to feed your mind with daily good, green food for thought? So many choices, never enough time. So I have narrowed it down to three major Mrs. Green picks of daily publications I respect for lots of […]

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Good Green Worlds Collide & You Can Benefit!

July 20, 2011

I love it when members of the Mrs. Green tribe reach out to ask me questions about our partners. In this case, I heard from several people inquiring as to whether or not I knew about a partnership between Goodwill Industries and Tucson Electric Power Company re: really inexpensive CFLs. Thanks to Kelly Hanson from […]

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Green Your 4th of July and Save some Green!

June 28, 2011

In addition to the fire safety issues we all need to be mindful of this 4th of July, please read this press release from the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality.  Beth makes some really great points on ways to help the planet and your purse or wallet!  Be the change and get some too! […]

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What the Frack? Part Two

June 21, 2011

I have to admit I was a bit surprised when I got the notice about the contentious hearings on fracking last week. Would swear on a stack of bibles that I didn’t know that when I wrote my last newsletter.  I have been reading about and doing research on fracking for months trying to make up my […]

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The Big Green Printer Circle & The Case for Not Dumping!

June 20, 2011

Just had to share this “eco-friendly” true story. When my favorite printer broke LAST February, as in 2010, I was beside myself. My old printer buddy had held me in good stead for many years & I don’t like learning about new machines. Driving toward home with the old, un-fixable  printer in tow, a thought […]

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How Green Is Your Hair Care?

June 17, 2011

This is one I can’t stop writing about and for good reason – I live more and more consciously because I want to live long!  My choice for hair color & hair products is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon called VerVe. I like it there, I like the friendly relaxed atmosphere, I love the convenience. But […]

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Golden Eagle – Just Getting Golder!

May 30, 2011

First of all, I am about 99.9% sure golder is not a word. But I love alliteration and it sounds better than “just getting more gold.” Secondly, this blog is not about the bird. It’s about an amazing company called Golden Eagle Distributors.  They are a locally owned family business and happen to distribute Budweiser beer.  […]

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Tales of the Cocktail – with a Twist of Green

May 26, 2011

When my friend Norma sent me the following, I can’t explain my reaction – joy & excitement quickly followed by angst & frustration. I never want to become the green shrew but it’s getting to the point where big events almost make me sick.  No matter how great the cause (and in some cases it is […]

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Reading – Sustainability for the Soul

May 25, 2011

I don’t know about you but most people I know are busy people and probably all of us would like to read more – for pleasure, for learning, for growing, for visiting places we might actually never get to see and for fun! I know I would like to read much more about things other than […]

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To Meat or Not To Meat? A Subject for Green Talk Radio?

May 17, 2011

Can’t believe the comments still coming in about eating meat, cruelty free, vegan. And I welcome every single one of them. Makes me THINK! I know that doing a THREE hour radio show on this subject would not be nearly enough time. Here is one of the latest: “I read your newest email newsletter and […]

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The Meat Conversation Continues

May 14, 2011

You never have to worry about my only sharing the glowing emails. I don’t write blogs to get praise (even though nice words are ALWAYS appreciated & valued). I read every word that people write to me and listen to anyone who calls in to my green talk radio show. So here’s an email from […]

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Mrs. Green & The Meat Conversation

May 13, 2011

I can honestly say I have never had as much reaction to a newsletter than I did to this last one about meat, cruelty free meat & my own personal eating challenges as I go forward. I would like to not only continue to conversation but honor some people who really put their heart and […]

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Eat Local, America!

May 3, 2011

I received a press release from my friend Coley Ward at our local Food Co-op. I honestly don’t know how to paraphrase it, shorten it, or Mrs. Green-ize it so why not do the old cut & paste?  I hope you read it and more importantly, I hope you find a Food Co-op near you so you […]

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Green “Chocolate” for Your Mother?

May 3, 2011

Even though I know my kids will probably read this, I want to do the disclaimer that this is NOT a hint for my Mother’s Day present.  In fact, I have requested that they not do anything other than call me and let me cry on the phone because we won’t all be together. What this […]

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Can Your Electric Company Be Eco-Friendly?

May 2, 2011

It’s always kind of surprising to me when people take a shot at the local power company (Tucson Electric Power Company) and sometimes at me for having them as a sponsor.  Since I am feeling a little testy today, there are times when I want to say “Really? So what else do you think they could […]

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Top Twelve Foods To Buy Organic

April 29, 2011

The dirty dozen — top 12 most contaminated fruits & veggies: Celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries (domestic), nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, cherries, kale, potatoes, imported grapes (in order.)  The number one reason to choose organic is to avoid pesticides. These foods were identified by the Environmental Working Group as the top twelve most contaminated fruits and veggies. Please visit […]

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How Well Is Your Home?

April 27, 2011

When I got this email from my friend Scott from Legendary World, I immediately thought: guest blog.  It’s just reassuring to know when dots connect in Mrs. Green’s World and this is a great example of just how it happens.  Scott, thanks for sharing and WellHome, thanks for doing such great things for the planet. […]

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This Carnivore’s Dilemma

April 27, 2011

As more and more disturbing information comes my way regarding the meat industry, I find myself eating less and less meat. Pictures literally flash in my head from videos that have been sent to me & I simply put things back. It’s not that I think there is anything wrong with eating meat. For health […]

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Would Even CONSIDER Throwing Your Computer Away?

April 18, 2011

This is another one of those “I just had to get it out” kind of blogs.  And it’s a true story based on actual people and events: Jason Tankersley (The Fairfax Companies), Ruben Vejar, (RISE Equipment & Recycling) and good old Mrs. Green. At the ribbon cutting last week for the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of […]

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Shred-a-thon 2011 – Earth Month Activity

April 12, 2011

Here’s yet another thing I love about being Mrs. Green, about sharing innovative, sustainable ideas on green talk radio and about spreading the good, green word in general.  There’s always something wonderful, fun or funny to share.  Case in point, the email I just received from my friend Robin from the Department of Environmental Quality. Don’t […]

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The Transparency of Green Talk Radio & Mrs. Green’s Hair Salon

April 11, 2011

All I know is that when I decided to become Mrs. Green, I had this internal steering device become activated in me. It was like a little green angel sitting on my shoulder telling me I had to be careful.  I had to really pick my partners & always choose ones that were in integrity […]

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The Ongoing Green Conundrum of the Techno Kind

April 8, 2011

Even though I was duped by an article on the site about McDonalds, they have lots of great “stuff” going on. This article by Justmeans staff writer, Daniel McDonell, strongly reinforces  my ongoing belief that the answers to energy efficiency, water conservation and balancing  the world’s demand for technological innovation is complicated. Still no silver bullet and this […]

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Green Built Should be Better Built

April 5, 2011

I wrote my last newsletter about my frustration with why green building is really better building and should be the standard.  You can always read my newsletters on my website or maybe even consider subscribing. The content of this one received quite a few reactions but this one from my friend Cathy Rankin took the […]

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Living with Hank – The Green Kind Of Course!

April 3, 2011

The following is an email from someone I really respect for many reasons.  His name is Hank and he is just the kind of guy who walks the walk with total integrity. He also wears green shirts alot and is one of the most loyal listeners to Mrs. Green’s World – my green talk radio […]

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Is Your Electric Company Up on the Roof?

March 31, 2011

I know this may sound weird but my electric company is as green as any electric company can be given the current reality. Everybody wants their electricity and the juice has to come from somewhere.  In addition to supporting the mission and vision of Mrs. Green, Tucson Electric Power Company has more green initiatives going […]

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Do Employees Care If You Are Green or Not?

March 30, 2011

I love reading things like the following sent to me by my good friend and co-planet preserver, Cindy Windy: New research finds working for an environmentally-friendly company is more important to employees than working for a financially successful one. Of course I do!  Please note that the article does say they ” analyzed 113 companies from the S&P 250 […]

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Mrs. Green & Bookmans

March 29, 2011

One of my never ending challenges is there is so much to write about, so much to share, so much to learn in Mrs. Green’s World. And I think I  get “hits” on threads that I want to cover. This week the thread seems to be why you should support locally owned businesses no matter […]

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Green Talk Radio, Green Dry Cleaning & Philanthropy

March 28, 2011

Short but sweet.  No surprise how much I love being Mrs. Green on green talk radio.  Also no news about how many amazing, wonderful people I have met from around the country on this journey – making a sustainable difference in their corner of the world every day. Top of my list today: Patricia & […]

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Oh The Places You Go with Green Talk Radio!

March 22, 2011

Again, truth be told, I think I could blog until I the cows come home (which would be a really long time since I live in Tucson.) It really is like an internal volcano to me at times and the words and thoughts  just have to come out of me.  Latest eruption? Jason Tankersley  and The […]

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How Green Did Life Really Used to Be?

March 21, 2011

Thanks to my pals Bonnie & Chris for sharing this.  So much of the Mrs. Green journey did begin back in the good old days. We wasted nothing, played outside til dark instead of playing video games, really did have only one T.V., wore lots of hand me downs & thought I had a pretty […]

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Gotta Love That Natural Papa – Save on Green!

March 19, 2011

I have always believed in passing on good content when I see it.  I love to read Natural Papa’s blog and love to pass it on to you when there’s something great to share.  For your green continuing education and reading  pleasure: Natural parenting and fatherhood from the perspective of a treehugging dirt worshipper Two […]

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Linen Closet Bliss or Bugs in the Bedding?

March 17, 2011

Since my last newsletter was about unhealthy building syndrome & what to do about it, imagine my delight when I opened my “Natural Papa” blog this morning to find yet another informative write-up about allergens & dust mites in the linen closet. It’s a great blog with essential humor included throughout for your sustainable reading […]

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How Well Is Your Home?

March 14, 2011

Bear with me. Mrs. Green’s World is having a contest (does one HAVE a contest?) called “Who’s The Greenest of Them All.” I promote it on green talk radio, all the members of the Mrs. Green team are on board & are personally spreading the word, friends and family of nominees are spreading the word.  And that’s […]

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Should the Feds Help Out with Solar? Look At China

March 7, 2011

Thanks to my buddy Steve Marten who sent me this clip from the Wall Street Journal about solar manufacturing in the US vs. China.  Gave me that green schizophrenia. Yes, we need more solar. Yes, we need to accelerate the entire process from fossil fuel to using the sun. Would not taxing our solar manufacturers […]

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There’s No Down Side to Green Talk Radio

March 6, 2011

Someone commented to me the other day that what I do doesn’t seem like work because I love it so much. For the most part, that’s the truth. Being Mrs. Green on green talk radio has opened my world beyond anything I could have ever imagined.  It sustains me. I get to meet people like […]

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S’well Week for Mrs. Green

March 3, 2011

Here I sit at 10:00 on a Thursday night reflecting on a truly great, green week. How did I love it? Let me count the ways: Mrs. Green selected as the color for S’well water bottle. Given that each member of the Mrs. Green team received one for Christmas, begs the question if they now must […]

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Living Sustainably – Green Cookware

February 28, 2011

Mr. Green bought some new pans a couple of weeks ago. When I was taking the labels off to wash them, of course I noticed the green, healthy earth label. “Healthy Earth for the Caring Cook” is what caught my eye. They state that their cookware is PFOA free (that is a good thing). They use […]

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Green Talk Radio & Ben’s Bells – Really?

February 26, 2011

So why my interest, as  a green talk radio show host, in an organiztion founded out of tragedy? Why is the Mrs. Green team gathering the tribe at the Ben’s Bells project  to paint bells this afternoon?  The easy answer is because Jeannette, Dean & Matthew Mare turned horrible tragedy into something so wonderful, awesome and so […]

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The Gift of Sustainable Change

February 14, 2011

I am reading a wonderful book by Marianne Williamson called The Gift of Change. I guess I think almost everything I read these days I connect to sustainability & living a greener life in my every day choices.  And, after all, isn’t everything a choice? And isn’t change a gift? Here’s a quote:  “Humanity is […]

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Trending: Eva Longoria, Kristen Bell, Peace on Earth?

February 1, 2011

This is one of those blogs that just has to get out of my head.  My friend Cindy told me about checking for “trending” on Yahoo when I was talking to her about blogging today.  I checked it 10 times through-out the day.  I am not going to tell you that for 6 of those […]

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Does Helping the Planet Hurt the Poor? The Sustainability Conundrum

January 25, 2011

 Imagine my consternation when I picked up the week-end WSL and read that headline. Both Peter Singer (a “NO” if we make sacrifices) and Bjorn Lomborg (a “YES” if we listen to green extremists) make compelling arguments both ways. Regardless, it points out the many complexities of what we face as a planet. Concerns over […]

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Beauty Without the Ugly Chemical Beast

January 24, 2011

Just so you know, that was the headline in an article I read this morning written by Kristen Cook from the Arizona Daily Star on 1/20/11. Even though learning about safe cosmetics was THE single most significant component in the making of Mrs. Green, this illuminating, informative coverage of the dangers in our skin care & beauty products […]

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Life As Mrs. Green

January 20, 2011

I got an email yesterday that just kind of stayed with me all day and again today.  It reminded me once again why I love being Mrs. Green.  It’s all about the great, caring, giving, honest, authentic people I get to meet and spend time with. Of course not all of them are but yes – the […]

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Are Your Kisses Sustainable? I Think Not

January 17, 2011

Sometimes committing to sustainability can be a pain and a sacrifice. I am almost sorry that I read the guest blog below because I love Hershey’s Kisses.  Now? Not so much. I will look at them in the store from this point on and they won’t make it into my home until things change. The […]

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Getting Down & Dirty with Recyled Paper

January 10, 2011

If you really care about where your recycled paper goes and wonder how important it is, some great info in today’s Wall Street Journal.  It’s great for many reasons. The article clearly demonstrates the need for materials required to make toilet paper, hand towels and paper napkins. But it also demonstrates what one company, SCA, is […]

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What If Justin Bieber Took on The Planet?

January 6, 2011

I am not joking. What if  every time Justin Bieber got up on stage he would proudly tout a stainless steel or aluminum reusable bottle in his hand? What if he told his young audience “Don’t let your parents give you water from a plastic bottle?”  What if he came out with an apple in his […]

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What Does A Sustainable Community Look Like?

January 5, 2011

I am not sure I know the answer to that but I can tell you what it feels like to be a part of one. I went to a ribbon cutting/grand opening celebration tonight for Habitat for Humanity’s Habistore.  They moved to a new location and they literally had to move thousands of pounds of […]

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How Green is Your Travel?

January 5, 2011

In keeping with my 2011 “living consciously in all areas of my life,” travel comes up. The biggest challenge for our family for road trip travel is to prepare healthy meals along the way. It’s not easy to find a healthy place to eat when travelling on Interstates or through small towns. Fast food is […]

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How Green is Your Bank?

January 4, 2011

Is your bank eco-friendly? Do they have an environmental corporate philosophy that is easy to research? Are they considered leaders in sustainablity?  People have challenged me during my journey as Mrs. Green about being a loyal Wells Fargo customer. Why not a community bank? If you take a look at Wells Fargo’s commitment to the […]

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Happy Sustainable New Year

January 2, 2011

No time like the present to start the new year off right.  I would love to share my three New Year’s Resolutions with you – short, sweet and hopefully very achievable. Mrs. Green’s New Year’s resolutions: #1. To live more and more consciously in every area of my life because to me that is what […]

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How Green is Your Fireplace?

November 29, 2010

It’s getting chilly everywhere and I was getting ready to burn our first fire in our fireplace tonight. But alas! I am Mrs. Green and just how green is it? Is this sustainability is action? Eco-friendly?  Enter (miraculously) Beth Gorman’s press release from the Department of Environmental Quality. This applies to all of us – wherever […]

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Recycled Rides? Sustainability In Action

November 23, 2010

When I got the following press release from my friend Kim, I really kind of flipped – this is the real deal. First of all, someone not only thought up the concept of recycling rides , Mike Quinn took action and now it is a national program. He dared to dream & then he dared […]

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Eco-friendly Life Choices = More Sustainable Life

November 18, 2010

No secret that I eat, sleep, drink and dream ways to leave less and less of a carbon foot print every day. I gave a presentation to a big Rotary Club in my town yesterday & going over some the basics helped me remember some good practices & converted some of them. I truly believe that. […]

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Environmental Impact – Clean Energy Style

November 9, 2010

I love it when good programs making a difference for the planet get recognized for not only their sustainable impact but for all of their hard work.  One of Mrs. Green’s partners, Pima Association of Governments Clean Cities,  just hit the mark & received major kudos for all of their tireless efforts.  My big green […]

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BP Oil “Spill?” – I Think Not

November 2, 2010

I honestly never thought of how inappropriate the word “spill” was when the BP oil disaster hit the news.  It was never really a spill – it was an explosion, people were killed and oil gushed out like a life threatening hemorrage.  What a great euphemisim for something so horrible.  So the light bulb finally […]

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Sustainability of the Mind Kind

October 20, 2010

I have been known to rant – in my newsletter, on Facebook, when I do public speaking. Some might call it passion.  So when I read Seth Godin’s blog today and his rant, I felt compelled to simply cut and paste because I couldn’t have said it better myself.  To me, sustainability begins with living […]

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The Gates Foundation & Monsanto? Now What?

October 11, 2010

That pesky topic of GMOs just won’t go away. I am perplexed about the entire issue of the harmful effect of genetically modified food on humans. But I am not at all perplexed about Monsanto.  They are bullies, they have driven small farmers out of business in droves and their tactics are appalling. When I […]

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Green Plumbing – a Sustainable Choice

October 10, 2010

Anyone who is a follower of Mrs. Green is aware of my obsession with high efficiency toilets and saving water in general. I refer to John Smith from the Arizona Green Plumbers frequently for lots of reasons – including what a great guy he is.  So you can imagine my delight when I received the following […]

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Green Thinking – From Someone Who Does

October 7, 2010

In my last newsletter I simply asked people to think and to challenge me and to question what they read, what they buy, what they hear about sustainability because it’s really important.  I will do the “I am not an expert” disclaimer one more time and I am sticking to that.  I want to thank […]

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The True Green Circle of Sustainability

September 27, 2010

Don’t you sometimes wonder about an item you read about in the paper or heard on the news and say to yourself  “I wonder what happened with that?”  Well, this is one of those. Brief refresher. Mrs. Green’s World held a website contest asking people to nominate the greenest person they knew.  The results were actually […]

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No Green Eggs and Maybe Even No Ham

September 3, 2010

I admit I am really upset. Not only are our eggs being poisoned, our chickens being abused, and the FDA rarely doing much about it, greed continues to rule in the case of chronic offender Jack DeCoster. And, oh, he abuses pigs too – so no ham either.  Are you interested in more eco-friendly, fair […]

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Eco-friendly Skincare?

August 29, 2010

WARNING: This is a long blog. I hope you care enough about yourself and your family to read it til the end. Comments welcomed! There are some days when my head spins trying to figure out the real deal on a myriad of issues.  As I have stated before, I am not a scientist nor […]

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The Sustainable Grandma

August 11, 2010

I was really touched by the number of comments I received about my last newsletter.  Thought I would post the basics for your reading pleasure AND to add the wonderful  comment from Amy K about her adorable, prescious Eloise. It was about our vacation last week with our grandchildren and our activites. Excerpts: Here are […]

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Back to School Means Back to Back Packs!

August 10, 2010

And here are some guidelines for that ever important bag:

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Back to School Tips

August 6, 2010

Back to school time! Can it REALLY be here already? School supplies shopping with your kids can be challenging, so make it as fun & as green as you can!

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Have Water Will Travel!

August 5, 2010

On the journey to being green, there are a few hurdles to get past- like how to keep those stainless steel water bottles from getting too hot in the car?!

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The Eco-friendly Truth About Refueling After Dark

July 29, 2010

I love it when people care enough to educate me and hopefully members of the Mrs. Green community about issues I talk about whether it be on the radio or in the written word.  So thanks to Beth Gorman from the Department of Environmental Quality for the following information.  Beth is an amazing person and […]

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Safe Costmetics and Why You Should Care

July 24, 2010

I am always thrilled to hear from people who are a part of Mrs. Green’s world.  When I received the following email  from Monet, I asker her if I could quote her.  “Quote away!” and so I shall.  Folks, this not just about safe, eco-friendly cosmetics. I believe it’s about saving lives and I believe […]

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Sustainability in Action: Chapman Tucson

July 12, 2010

My intention in writing this blog and probably every other one I have written is to simply encourage & invite people to ALWAYS live consciously – what you eat, how much electricity you use, what you put on your skin, what kind of car you drive – it all matters. Where to begin about this […]

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Reverse Osmosis – Yay or Nay?

June 29, 2010

Disclaimer:  I am  NOT a scientist. I do as much research on any given topic I write about as time permits.  So I love it when people who read my newsletter and who have researched a particular subject care enough to share. My last newsletter referenced reverse osomis. Not a good choice according to the […]

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Sustainable Networking – How Fun!

June 23, 2010

I really enjoy sharing stories about connecting the green dots. Here’s another one. Last week my printer broke. Loved that printer. And is there ever a good time for your printer to break? Enter the green stainability network:  In short, took the printer to a trusted locally owned business, Sasiadeks, for an assessment – fix or […]

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Mrs. Green as the Sustainability Alarm Clock

June 22, 2010

Ever wonder why I get manic about my facebook numbers? And why I stay up at times until 3:00 a.m. going down the research rabbit hole? Or why I write about things like I Love Blue Sea,  Function, my Honda Insight  and constantly remind people about supporting locally owned businesses?  And why I write a […]

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Green Travel? There’s an “App” for that!

June 19, 2010

My friend Scott, owner of Legendary World, is truly an Apple, iPhone, iPad  addict.  He starts to become increasingly obssessed with getting the newest gizmo the closer it gets to release date (clearly hyperbole on my part!) Since we are good friends and constantly make jokes about “there’s an app for that” for just about anything […]

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Honda = Sustainability from the Inside Out

June 16, 2010

Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t fake passion or enthusiasm or excitement.  I either have it or I don’t and am about as transparent as plastic wrap (bad analogy, I know.) So, I am excited about my Honda Insight. I am passionate about preservation of the planet, and am proud of my partnership […]

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The Gulf Oil Spill

June 5, 2010

I am getting ready to leave for Hawaii in about 2 hours.  I am up at 3:30  a.m. because I had a nightmare about the oil spill.  I grew up swimming in the ocean off the coast of New Jersey and to this day, I love to go back to visit.  There always seems to […]

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Cradle to Cradle – The Ultimate in Sustainability

June 3, 2010

I admit that three years ago I had no clue what cradle to cradle meant.  Simply put, it is used to describe products that don’t end up “in the grave” but continue to be recycled in some form or fashion.  Taking a look at what purchases you make to see if they ARE cradle to […]

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A Gift That Keeps on Giving (A Sustainable Gift?)

June 2, 2010

Several weeks ago, my doorbell rang and there was Jeanette Packard from Ben’s Bells presenting me with a bell. To understand it, take the time out of your life to visit www.bensbellsorg.  The bell was awarded to me from my friend Larry Finuf from Wells Fargo. It was for Celebrate Kindness Day 2010.  The little […]

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One Person’s Call to Action: Recycle

May 31, 2010

Sustainability is a word that is probably over-used, misunderstood and even at times abused.  At the end of the day, whether you know exactly what it means or not, it call comes down to being responsible in all of our actions – and I mean all. Below is an example of one person who is […]

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The Oil Spill & New Energy Policies

May 29, 2010

When my newsletter about the oil spill came out yesterday, I received a very thoughtful & respectful reminder that I had missed an opporunity and indeed I had.  Phillip Greene, author of the book Running on Empty  reminded me of what is ostensibly THE single most important lesson we have the opportunity to learn from […]

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My Function Drink Story

May 20, 2010

Last week while I was in LA, I met with a young man named Josh Simon.  He is the co-founder of a company called Function Drinks ( I met with him because I drink one Function Light Weight every day (a basic Function Freak) and I thank my friend Kimberly Clements every day for giving me […]

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Eco Travel – Is There Such a Thing?

May 6, 2010

I wish I could articulate how many changes I have made in my life and we have made in our home since the birth of Mrs. Green.  And did I mention the wonderful people I have met?  It’s all good and it’s all true.  But there are certain things I still struggle with – like […]

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Your Deodorant – Stinky or Sustainable?

May 4, 2010

The Daily Green has got to be one of my most favorite daily newsletters. Hot topics, timely topics, fun topics – it has it all.  Today’s edition prompted me to write about deodorants! How many people really stop and think that what they are putting on every day to smell good may be really bad […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle AND Rap!

April 30, 2010

I am quite certain people don’t sit around wondering what makes Mrs. Green tick. At least I hope they don’t.  And truth be told, I am not at all sure about just what that is either. But I can give you two great examples of what it’s like to be a part of a vibrant, […]

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Women in Sustainability – A Global View

April 27, 2010

When my friend Scott sent me the link below about women who changed the environmental movement forever, I had to pause for a moment – just a moment.  Like who?  Yes, most of us have heard of Jane Goodall – at least I hope so. And even though we might not recognize the name, many people […]

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Mrs. Green’s FIRST guest blog!

April 22, 2010

I remember when Jacki from Bookmans (a sponsor) asked me if she could use some of my articles as a guest blog.  I was flattered and thrilled.  So why not pass that thrill on and invite some people to do the same on Mrs. Green’s blog?  And so I did!  Meet Martin Reed and his […]

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Wells Fargo – making the good “green” news – again!

April 17, 2010

I am a self-professed fan of Wells Fargo and have been a customer for over 35 years – when it was called something like the First National Bank of Arizona (before acquistion and merger fever).  The reason why is a personal one – one of their officers took a chance on me when I really […]

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Mrs. Green Takes the Make-up Plunge

April 15, 2010

 Men – bear with me as I write a mostly chic blog.  But also please note that I see more and more men in my salon.  Granted, they are not getting their make-up done. The point of this blog, and hopefully all of my blogs, is to raise awareness about what’s healthy for all of us […]

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Bash or Celebrate – You Get to Decide

April 14, 2010

I am admittedly a cup half full person.  No news there.  On any given day I believe we can look for what’s wrong with the world and find lots or look for what’s right with the world and find even more.  Case in point: Verdant Earth Technologies.  You can’t see much on their website yet because […]

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Three Short Green Stories Doing Three Little Things

April 12, 2010

First little green story:  Mr. Green discovers ants in the drive-way – lots of them. He goes to the store to do what he has always done – buy poison to kill them. He literally has an aha moment, puts the poison back on the shelf and comes home. He lets me know and asks […]

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Can Walmart and Small Mart Coexist?

April 7, 2010

Short answer?  They have to. Backstory: Albe Zakes from TerraCycle contacted me the other day.  He was a show guest on Mrs. Green a long time ago.  The TerraCycle story is a great one – young minds creating something from worm poop and making a successful business out it.  He wanted me to help spread […]

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Where is your Ike’s?

April 1, 2010

For years I have been meeting people at Starbucks for both business and pleasure. Then I heard a guy named Michael Shuman speak.  Michael wrote The Small-Mart Revolution. It’s about how local businesses are beating the global competition.  Not only was he armed with facts, research and great stories, he busted myths like there was no […]

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One Person Making a Difference

April 1, 2010

I was thrilled last week when I got to meet with some of the Chapman Tucson management team to talk about going green from the inside out.  What did they want to do about recycling? Did they care about sustainability? What were their ideas about creating awareness on energy savings?  The outcome was better than […]

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Healthy Disagreement – with Civility

March 25, 2010

When I received this email last night, I was honestly thrilled on so many levels it’s challenging to articulate.  First of all, she is RIGHT!  I did misspeak on my radio show.  How respectful and true the comment/feedback was.  It brought to mind what one of my guests, Mayor Dixon from Greensboro, Kansas, said on […]

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Help Me Out Here

March 24, 2010

I was delighted when the April issue of National Geographic arrived today – a special issue – Water: Our Thirsty World.  I am admittedly boardline obsessed with what I believe to be our world’s most precious resource.  I was further thrilled when I read the Editor’s note about the National Geographic Society recently naming  its […]

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Isn’t the Green Life Grand?

March 13, 2010

I love living in Mrs. Green’s world.  Just call me corny (now there’s an old-fashioned word) but I really do love living in Mrs. Green’s world.  Last night I had the joy of attending the Authors Dinner at the Tucson Festival of Books – thanks to Bookmans.  We were blessed to mingle with some of […]

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Get Going – Get Green

March 11, 2010

Received a great response to my March 5th newsletter re: get going, get green, get out of the house and do something!  Lee Allen writes: Five days, 500 miles, $500 dollars.  Allow yourself that amount of time and money and drive a 500 mile triangle…which direction is not important, but keep the daily trek to […]

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Coke Adds Life? The On-going Green Conundrum

March 11, 2010

My friend John (from the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce) turned me on to a great daily publication: SmartBrief On Sustainability.  Lots of good, green stuff. But, alas!  The green conundrum continues. On 3/10/10, I read the following: A new generation of vending machines is ditching hydrofluorocarbons — potent greenhouse gases long used as […]

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Really Great News for Tucson – Biodiesel Facility Opens!

March 11, 2010

It’s hard to keep up on all the exciting things happening on the sustainability front in Tucson.  The latest is the opening of a biodiesel manufacturing and refinining facility in Tucson. The following is an excerpt from the Pima Association of Governments Quarterly Newsletter.  The owners of EDG are true visionaries and are doing great things […]

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If You Are Going to Rock Today – Make it Green

March 8, 2010

Got up this morning ready to rock.  Did some meditation, listened to the rain and gave thanks for my family, for the rain, for shelter, for warmth, for clean water, stretched and then got ready to blog.  Why?  Because there is always so much to share. So I read Seth Godin’s Blog and once again, felt […]

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What If?

March 6, 2010

  What if more businesses decided to create more trade situations?  Example: Bookmans in Mesa, Arizona.  Not only do they have a cafe with great food (Mrs. Green has not tested it yet but stay tuned) and fair trade coffee, they accept trade-ins for food and drinks.  I think they may be the first cafe […]

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