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Tip #10: Electrify Your Reading Habits

by Emily Main Congratulations! You won the battle of the Blackberry. So what’s next on the wish list for the president who has introduced a country to weekly YouTube addresses and who’s trying to install the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer? Well, considering that you’re also an avid reader, we think you should buy a…

Tip #9: Turn Down the Thermostat, Mr. President!

by Wendy Gordon According to Sheryl Gay Stolberg of the New York Times, the capital “flew into a bit of a tizzy” when your first photographs in the Oval Office showed you jacket-free and not so buttoned-up as the last President. I was tweeting too but not from your casual style but for cranking up…

Tip # 8 for Mr. Obama: Orange is Greener When It’s Organic

by Wendy Gordon Breakfast, they say, is the most important meal of the day, and if yours is like most families’, it includes a glass of orange juice, a great source of Vitamin C. Few, or so we figured, have ever tipped back their glass of orange deliciousness and wondered about the other C, the…

Tip # 7: Be wise with paper

by Wendy Gordon Way to go, Mr. President! You had the beautiful commemorative invitations to the Inauguration printed on FSC certified and 100 percent recycled paper. You hadn’t taken office yet and already you were setting a great example of appreciation and respect for our planet’s natural resources. Processing paper from virgin timber is tough…

Tip #6 for Our 44th President: Listen to Your Mother-In-Law

by Emily Main Based on the interview he gave to 60 Minutes after he was elected, Obama doesn’t really need to be told this. Still, it’s great that his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, is moving in to the White House with the rest of the family, and he should take advantage of all she can offer.…

Tip #5: Deal With (Tire) Inflation

by Emily Main It’s always fun to Monday-morning-quarterback an inauguration, especially since they only come around every four years. I, personally, was a little disappointed that Obama didn’t trade the armored limousine for a super-compact Smart Car, at least on the parade route. How profound a statement would that have made for substantive change in…

Tip #4 for #44: Upgrade Your Kids’ Digs.

by Emily Main What do ten-year-old and seven-year-old girls want more than anything? Aside from meeting the Jonas Brothers, that is. If the Obama girls are anything like I was at their ages, they want cool bedrooms where they can hide from their parents, have private conversations without siblings listening in and host sleepovers for…

Tip #2 for the 44th Prez: Buy better mattresses.

by Emily Main How did you sleep last night? Probably not all that well, if you’re stuck sleeping on a lumpy hotel mattress for two weeks. Well, one would hope that the super-luxe Hay-Adams has non-lumpy mattresses, but nevertheless, there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep on your own mattress (in the Lincoln bedroom?) to…

Moving the Obamas

by Emily Main Ahh, moving. It’s about as pleasant as dental work, traffic jams or taking charge of a country that’s facing two wars and a tanking economy. Yes, Mr. Obama, it’s time to pack. And now that you’ve established who’s in charge of environmental and energy policy for the entire country, we thought we’d…

A New Life for Filters and Food Containers

by Emily Main Earlier this week, we posted a blog about a new water filter, ZeroWater, made by the only company in the U.S. currently recycling its filters. Well, a day later we found out that they’ll only hold that distinction until the end of the year. Come January, Brita will start recycling its filters…

ZeroWater Filter With Almost Zero Waste

by Mary Logan Barmeyer We’ve heard again and again that it’s time to kick the plastic water bottle habit and head back to the tap. Despite evidence that our tap water is highly regulated and just as safe as bottled, news about pharmaceuticals and chemicals in drinking water or pipes that may contain lead, or…

Recessions Are Good For “Free Trade”

by Emily Main No one can argue that a recession is a good thing, but recessions do force us to reevaluate where, and how, we spend our money–which is the first step on the path to greening your purchases. Do you really need a new pair of $200 boots, or could you just fix the…