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Why Climate Change Matters to Women

March 17th, 2010

Solutions to climate change are usually discussed in terms of what\’s best for business or politics. But what about what\’s best for those who have the most to lose as climate change worsens: namely, women, especially those living in the poorest regions of the world? A new report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Women\’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) says that “women are disproportionately vulnerable to environmental changes.” The statistics speak for themselves: * Women and children are 14 times more likely to die than men during... Read More

Tax Credits Can Help You Save Money and Shift Green

March 17th, 2010

Buying energy-efficient home energy systems, appliances, and cars can save you loads of money by reducing your energy consumption. But the upfront cost of investing in efficient technologies can make ditching your old energy guzzlers for new energy sippers seem prohibitive. Federal and state tax credits help defray your purchase costs. Here\’s how: Federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credits Home Renovations: You can earn up to 30% in federal tax credits on the first $1,500 you spend on improving the energy efficiency of your home. These credits apply only to existing home renovations and not... Read More

How “Organic” Is Organic Dry Cleaning?

March 17th, 2010

Are “organic” dry cleaners popping up in your neighborhood? Are they legit, or another greenwashing scam? Here\’s the low-down: What Makes A Dry Cleaner Green? It\’s not PERC. Just because a dry cleaner claims to be “organic” doesn\’t mean it\’s free of toxic chemicals. That\’s because, scientifically speaking, any chemical is considered to be organic if it contains carbon. So even cleaners that use a solvent like perchloroethylene (PERC), which has been classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a probable human carcinogen, can... Read More

She shifted $1,000 of her budget to eco-friendly goods…and chickens!

March 17th, 2010

If you’re looking for ways to live a greener life, take some pointers from Fran Martin. Fran is the newest member of the One in a Million campaign, a feat she achieved by switching more than $1,000 of her household budget to products and services that offer the greatest environmental benefit. The campaign doesn’t ask people to spend MORE money. Instead, it encourages consumers to throw their marketplace clout behind non-toxic, eco-friendly alternatives that often end up saving people more money in the long run. Who is Fran? Fran, who is married, 67, and the mother of grown children, has lived... Read More

House Cleaning? Use a Fly Swatter, Not a Sledge Hammer

March 17th, 2010

The way we\’re being told to clean our homes these days, you\’d think we were all living in breeding grounds for small pox, typhoid fever, leprosy, or some other awful disease that practically kills on contact. We\’re not. We ARE living in a world that we share with billions of “germs,” most of which are perfectly harmless. In fact, many doctors believe that living with germs keeps us healthier by helping us build up a resistance to their ill effects. This perspective seems to be routinely ignored by the cleaning products industry. A report by Women\’s Voices... Read More

Want to save energy? Cuddle up under eco-friendly bedding & blankets

March 17th, 2010

Outside, the temperatures are dropping. Inside, what do you do? Turn up the heat — or stock up on cozy blankets and bedding, especially if they\’re made from natural fibers like organic cotton, wool, and hemp? What makes these materials more environmentally friendly? Natural fibers breathe more easily than synthetic fabrics, wicking away moisture if you sweat, and creating a layer of insulation when you generate your own body heat. Plus, organic and natural comforters and quilts do not contain \’finishing\’ chemicals like formaldehyde, a toxin that can irritate the skin,... Read More

Workplace Heists

March 15th, 2010

Seated in the courtyard of a sports bar during a playoff game in the home city of one of the teams, it was an energetic crowd that Sunday. While we\’d come for a quick bite to eat, we caught a glimpse of a play now and then as home-team enthusiasts roared their approval during the first half. When a man sat down next to us with two friends, ordered a pitcher of beer and maneuvered around to glimpse the game, we barely noticed. But when he hassled the waitress every few minutes trying to intimidate her into getting him a table closer to the TV where none existed, his rudeness and her apparent... Read More

If your girth is increasing while your happiness is decreasing…

March 15th, 2010

If your girth is increasing while your happiness is decreasing; if you feel like you are about to explode and/or implode, then read this! Here follows an email I received from one of my readers (a.k.a. Tushkateers*) that I am sure we can relate to. A valuable lesson that will help you permanently lose weight! Dear Janice (a.k.a. Our Lady of Weight Loss) ~ I have zero will power. I can\’t stick to anything. I am tired of all this weight I have on my hips, thighs and belly. I just don\’t know how to get rid of it. I keep eating too much all of the time! Help!!! ~ Jennifer V. Dear Jennifer... Read More

Women and Negotiation: We Don\’t Like it, We\’re not Very Good at It, so Let\’s Improve

March 15th, 2010

First, let\’s start with some facts from Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever about women and negotiation: The Million Dollar Difference. “Women who consistently negotiate their salary increases earn at least $1 million more during their careers than women who don\’t.” Ouch! “Going to the dentist” is how women described the process of negotiation, while men picked “winning a ballgame.” We avoid negotiation four times as often as men. First salary. A woman who fails to negotiate at the very beginning of her career will be down by $500,000 in lifetime earnings by the time... Read More

How to Relieve Tax Time Stress

March 15th, 2010

Nothing I have to share is going to make your date with Uncle Sam on April 15th pleasurable. There is something about preparing for one\’s taxes that is the emotional equivalent of being called to the principal\’s office when you are in grammar school. (I presume you let a pro do the actual return.) Let\’s take some of the sting out of the process. If you have all of your receipts and papers organized, the process is reduced to a few hours of mechanical arithmetic. Let\’s get started with these easy to follow steps. You will find detailed instructions in all of my One... Read More