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Collin Dunn

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Should You Care About Green Design?

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2008 | 7:29 PM

Either through materials selection and use, manufacturing practices or finishing techniques (or a combination of the three...or any number of other, smaller -- but no less important -- considerations), green designers are creating beautiful, useful, functional artifacts that leave a smaller footprint on the earth. But doesn't...

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"Ethical" is About More than Politicians' Choices

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2008 | 4:28 PM

"Green" is a term that gets bandied about far too often these days; it's become very popular to brand yourself as such, and that's a double-edged sword: more general awareness is good, but watering down the term to encompass more than it should is not. As education...

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Your Utility Bills are Going Up. What are You Going to Do About it?

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2008 | 12:22 PM

Earlier this week I received a very polite letter from my local natural gas utility. It's message: Your rates are going to increase by 35-40 percent this fall. Sorry 'bout that.

While a bit unexpected, I can't say it's altogether unsurprising; energy rates are going up across...

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Another Kind of Greenwashing: Doing Green Laundry

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2008 | 2:12 PM

When it comes to clothing, 75% of the energy consumed during a garment's life cycle is used in the laundering process, so making your laundry greener and more efficient really can make a difference.

It all starts with the washing machine, and the best thing to do...

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Product Service Systems: One You Already Know and One You Need to Know About

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM

I'm a huge fan of the "Product Service System," better known to some as PSS. Though the name is easy to trip over, the concept is brilliant: rather than buying everything you need outright, you can essentially "lease" or "rent" a product, deriving benefit from its service but not retaining...

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"The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living"

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2008 | 3:19 PM

So said Socrates at his heresy trial, right before drinking the hemlock, and, while he may not have had green living and sustainability in mind, I think it's an apt philosophy for life the 21st century.

2008-08-01-socratesstatuephoto.jpgPhoto credit: gds @ flickr

The whole idea...

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An Underrated Green Consideration: Longevity

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2008 | 1:55 AM

There are tons of ways to embrace green these days; one of the often overlooked considerations is the longevity of our stuff. "Going green" or "being environmentally friendly" or any of the other common catchphrases for sustainable living is about much more than just ditching your old stuff for green...

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Does Recycling Really Do Any Good?

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2008 | 10:33 PM

The words "recycled" and "recyclable" often conjure up similar notions of relative greenness; the general idea is that, as long as you aren't pitching it directly in the trash, you're doing something good for the planet, right? Turns out, it isn't quite that simple. Here are some tips that help...

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Which Small Actions Make the Biggest Difference?

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2008 | 9:43 PM

As the notion of "going green" has continued to grow, the number of lifestyle choices and changes we can all make has grown with it (or maybe even a little faster). "Unplug your cell phone charger," you hear, or "eat less meat," all in the name of saving the planet,...

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Is Greener Packaging Worth a Little Spilled Milk?

(6) Comments | Posted July 3, 2008 | 12:44 PM

The Wal-Mart/Sam's Club empire made waves this week with the introduction of their new, square milk jug. Designed to improve space efficiency, reduce waste, and cut costs, the new jugs are a boon for sustainability and packaging innovation, but are proving tricky for some customers, who are having trouble...

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Is a Big Hunk of Steak Worth Almost 2,000 Gallons of Water?

(4) Comments | Posted June 26, 2008 | 10:30 PM

Summer is heating up, and all the pools, barbeques, lawn-watering and the like that put our water use under the microscope, even more than it is the rest of the year. But did you know that we all have a 'water-footprint'?

Quite similar in concept to the carbon...

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Using the Internet for Good with Downloadable Design

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2008 | 3:54 PM

Offering a synergy for design, global talent and local materials, downloadable design is a concept we greenies can really get behind. After all, we live in a download-happy, digital world, so there's no reason why we can't extend that beyond downloading pictures from our cameras and messages from our email,...

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Summer's Here: Dip Your Toe in the Car pool

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2008 | 1:22 PM

Depending on where you live, summer is here or just about here. And, unless you've been living under a rock, you know that gasoline is spendy -- over 4 bucks a gallon, on average -- and it's going to get more expensive as the summer wears...

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How to Think About Making Greener Food Choices

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2008 | 1:55 AM

When it comes to things you can do every day to help green the planet, food and what you eat is near the top of the TreeHugger list. It's something we all do, multiple times every single day, and so the choices we make individually and as a society at...

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