Green Tip #119: Reusing Cloth


I recently had to finally give in and admit that this once well made tea towel really was no longer useful to dry dishes on account of the holes and threads. However instead of throwing it out, I gave it to Sustainable PF who will use it in the basement to clean up all sorts of dirty messes. I always chuckle to myself when I see rags for sale in a store, why spend money on that when old tea towels and t-shirts and even holey (but clean!) underwear are just as good but don't cost a thing?! Check out…

Green Tip #118: Use Plants For Clean Air


Just over the weekend we put our first plant in our sun room. I grew up with lots of plants in the house, especially in our bay window. However I did not grow up with cats, who tend to like to eat plants! So Sustainable PF installed a hook and that is where the beautiful plant I received for my birthday this year now hangs. The cats stare at it but I really don't think there is any way they can get at it! House plants are a great, inexpensive and green way to purify the air in your home, especially in…

Green Tip #117: Keep the Oven Door Closed


We will be doing the last of our oven cooking for a while over the next couple of weeks as temperatures start to heat up with spring in full and summer seemingly not far behind (over 20 degrees Celsius with the humidity today!). I recently learned a great tip that I will be employing from now on with the oven and that is to always keep the door shut. Although I was aware of course that heat escapes when you open the oven door I had no idea it could be in the order of 25-75 degrees Celsius lost every…

Sustainable Wedding Planning Part 6: Rings


Sustainable Wedding: Rings I always knew that once I was married, I would wear a wedding band (which I have realized is not a given assumption these days). Sustainable PF felt the same way although we knew our bands would look quite different. Mine had to be quite slender since I have long skinny fingers and a thick band would have looked ridiculous. Sustainable PF on the other hand has what I would call normal sized man hands so required a band of a medium width. Moreover my ring had to be yellow gold to match my engagement ring whereas…

Green Tip #116: Load the Dishwasher Intelligently


Prior to buy our home I had bought a house, my first, just prior to meeting Mrs. SPF.  While I could afford the home ownership costs, the house had 4 bedrooms and a separate den I didn't have use for.  The den had a 3 piece bathroom attached to it so this was a great opportunity to rent it out to a university student for a cool $425 a month.  The only inconvenience was that we shared the laundry, and unfortunately, the kitchen.  My first tenant was a slob and didn't care about anyone's belongings other than her own.  That…

Green Tip #115: Choose a Safe Kettle


As you know I love a good cup of tea. Recently I bought a new kettle. The old one, which still works perfectly fine, is made of plastic and that just started to really worry me-I use non-plastic containers whenever I can to store my food and beverages, why was I using a plastic receptacle to heat water? I keep reading about how heating plastic is bad, so this plastic kettle no longer made sense to me. I got the new kettle on sale and the fact that it is made of stainless steel makes me feel better as I…