Thu, 25 November 2010
More Hip Than Hippie #276 - eBooks vs Books: Who's Greener?
A new study finds that e-readers could have a major impact on improving the sustainability and environmental impact on the publishing industry.
According to Amazon, sales of eBooks have outnumbered sales of hardcover books for the first time ever. Will e-readers spell the end of books as we know them? The Hipsters read between the lines to find the greenest way to turn the pages. Also, Val blows out the candles and Dori has a barrel of fun!Beer and Chocolate:
Beer: In the foothills above Chico lies the sleepy town of Magalia, home of Feather River Brewing Co. Their Dark Canyon Ale is a pleasing brew that would probably pair well with a hearty meal.
Chocolate: Round 2 of that Kallari Chocolate from Amy in San Diego. The 70% Single Source Organic Ecuador delighted Dori, while Val sent it to the Hall of Fame!Hip News and Finds
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Go for a spin! Now that you've turned on the heat, it's time to reverse your ceiling fan. The blades should be revolving in a clockwise direction to push the air up against the ceilings and down the walls. A ceiling fan can help lower energy consumption in the winter by up to 10%; just don't run it when no one's in the room!eBooks vs Books: Who's Greener?
From Listener Jenn in North Carolina:
"I'm finally looking to join the 21st century and get an e-reader. Is one model greener than the other? I know the claim out there that reading virtual books will offset the carbon footprint of reading actual books over the lifespan or your Kindle (or Nook, or iPad), but is there one out there that is made more responsibly than the others?"
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Wed, 10 November 2010
More Hip Than Hippie #275 - Zero Waste Holidays
Zero Waste Home blogger Bea Johnson shares her ideas for simplifying the holiday season.
Each year, at least 25% more waste is generated during the holiday season than any other time. Stop the madness! Our bonne amie Bea has some tips to help curtail the clutter and trim the trash. Also, Val is caught cupping with the president of Thanksgiving Coffee!Beer and Chocolate:
Beer: Healdsburg sits in the heart of CA's wine country, but Ricardo's Red Rocket Ale from Bear Republic Brewery makes a good argument for planting hops instead of vines! It's "aggressively hopped", much to our delight.
Chocolate: Our new Favorite Listener, Amy in San Diego, sent us Kallari Chocolate's 75% Single Source Organic Ecuador. It's a riot of rich flavors in a smooth, creamy bar. Did we mention their good planet-saving karma? Hall of Fame!Hip News and Finds
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Chalk it up! You love to buy fresh produce, but sometimes forget it's in the fridge crisper, right? Try affixing a chalk board or white board to the door of the fridge, then keep a list of the goodies as you load them inside. When you use up that celery or spinach, erase it from the list. No more veggie mush in the produce drawer!Zero Waste Holidays
Each year, at least 25% more waste is generated during the holiday season than any other time. Who better to offer tips on trimming the trash than our waste-busting French friend, Bea Johnson? She's gearing up for the holidays with her mantra in mind: Keep It Simple. From food to gifts to decor, let's rethink our rituals!
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Thu, 4 November 2010
More Hip Than Hippie #274 - SOS (Save Our Stuff!)
Save money by extending the life of things you already own.
We're all trying to economize these days. Frugalistas know that it's better to use up what you have than to blow big bucks replacing it. The Hipsters share some tips on making your stuff last longer. Also, Val prods Dori to put out for NaNoWriMo!Beer and Chocolate:
Beer: From Chico air and soil springs an organic brew beyond compare. Sierra Nevada Brewery's Estate Homegrown Ale is everything we love about beer, in a big-ass bottle. Find some, bite your way through the wax, enjoy!
Chocolate: Pairing nicely with our beer was a bar of Chocolate Santander Columbian Single Origin. At 65% cocao, this dark chocolate would be great to shave over cheesecake or another rich dessert. Thanks again Chris!Hip News and Finds
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Bake it easy! Cranking out cupcakes? Instead of expensive paper liners, pour the batter into squares of parchment paper. Costs less, no mess, and all the calories disappear! (OK, we made up that last part.)SOS (Save Our Stuff!)
We're all trying to economize these days. One way to keep from spending too much money is to extend the life of things you already own. The Hipsters found some spiffy tips for saving stuff like clothing, food, wine, car tires, razor blades, even your Christmas tree!
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