post off: do you have a microwave?

According to Treehugger, Alice Waters doesn’t have a microwave. I don’t know if that’s shocking or not because we don’t, either. We donated our ancient college-years leftover when we moved more than two years ago, and we never got around to purchasing another. The only time I think one might come in handy is when my coffee goes cold. It wasn’t a matter of saving energy for us; it was just one less thing to have to move. What about you? Do you rely on a microwave, or could you live without it? –Mary T.

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Need an air purifier that’s stylish and has an energy-saving PSC motor? A water bottle that isn’t plastic? A gorgeous pendant light made from recycled washers? A colorful, adjustable hemp dog collar? You’ve come to the right place for all of it if you visit The Ultimate Green Store. The huge collection of green goods ranges from $6 cleaning products from Method to a $4100 settee made with renewable latex and organic cotton. If you want natural, biodegradable, sustainable products, you’ll find some for almost every area of your life here. That’s a lot of green! –Mary T.

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stylish, sustainable shopping with rume bags


I know reusable grocery bags are everywhere these days — we’ve even posted about some here on Shelterrific. That said, I couldn’t resist telling you about RuMe Bags. (The clever name is short for “ReUse Me.”) Not only are the colors and patterns perfect for spring, but the ingeniously designed, fair-trade totes have a flat bottom and square sides to help you fit everything in. (They really are roomy!) They have long handles to make throwing them over your shoulder that much easier, and they fold up flat to fit into your purse or back pocket. A set of three costs as little as $25 at delight.com. I’m definitely scoring a set. And if you want a Mini RuMe Bag (which is still quite roomy), they’re 25% off at the RuMe site with a minimum order of $10. –Erica P.

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post off: would you keep chickens?


I’ve been fascinated with the idea of “city chickens” for awhile — two or three in a backyard enclosure and all the eggs I need. (That’s the hope, anyway.) Now friends of mine in Cincinnati are going to actually give it a try this spring. It’s legal to keep a small amount of poultry within city limits in lots of places — The City Chicken is a good place to learn more, with a growing roundup of state-by-state laws. The topic also came up in the Treehugger forums, where one reader mentioned the fanciful and funky Eglu for all your backyard chicken needs. So who has city chickens? And who would try it? –Mary T.

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