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What's Green with Betsy

Simple steps that make a difference.

What is Your Carbon Footprint?

I’m resurrecting some of my earlier posts which I want to call attention to. “What is your carbon footprint?” is one of them.

Is There Still A Quandary Over Plastic Bags?

As I finished up a telephone call in my car in the Stop and Shop parking lot the other day, I observed a young woman unload her cart, filled to the brim with groceries, all bagged, maybe even double bagged, in plastic. I was really taken aback! With that many groceries, wouldn’t larger paper ones be better if you didn’t have reusable ones?

The Safety of Plastic Dental Devices

A reader asked me about the safety of the plastic used in mouth guards, retainers and other dental devices.

It seems like dentists tell everyone to wear a mouth guard, even my 25-year-old son, because they grind their teeth, which is either a testament to our high stress society or a dentist up sell. I use one because I clench my teeth and it was affecting my bottom teeth. It helps, but I too get concerned about the safety of the material used.

Have You Made Any Eco-Friendly New Year's Resolutions?

The New Year is a time for starting fresh and making resolutions, some of which we keep and most of which we don’t. This year go beyond the “lose weight, exercise more” typical resolutions and add some “green” ones.

Benefits of Buying in Bulk

Bulk food buying is the hallmark of eco-conscious consumers. Buying in bulk [doesn't just mean buying huge quantities of items to save money, which makes sense for staples like toilet paper and paper towels if you have the space. It also means buying from those bulk bins you see in the grocery store. There are several advantages to doing so.

Bug Killing Cedar Oil

One of my pet loving readers recently told me about CedarCide all natural, organic pet animal products whose base is non-toxic cedar oil. She swears by their shampoo, which leaves her Great Dane’s coat shiny and smelling great.

Cedar oil, a proven insect repellant, has been around thousands of years. Cedar chests and closets have long been used for storage of winter clothes to protect them from moths and other bugs. Now, CedarCide offers products with the same bug killing ingredient.

Red Palm Oil

I use a variety of oils. Olive oil for salads, salad dressings and even washing my face like they do in Greece; grape seed oil for sautéing and roasting; coconut oil for cooking, baking, moisturizing and swishing; avocado oil for dressings and face washing. Depending on the recipe, pumpkin seed and walnut oils are delicious alternatives in salad dressings too. All are tasty and nutritious, but not the powerhouse of the oil I’ve recently discovered, red palm oil.

The Wonders of Coconut Oil

Have you discovered the wonders of coconut oil? For years, we’ve been told that coconut oil is bad for you, but the reality is coconut oil has just the right kinds of fats, the same medium-chain fatty acids found in mother’s milk and essential to optimum health and disease prevention. Coconut oil is in fact a miracle oil and one of the earliest oils used as a food and as a pharmaceutical. People who live in tropical climates with a coconut-based diet have fewer incidences of heart disease, cancer, digestive complaints and prostate problems.

Steroid-Free Chicken

On my restaurant menu the other night was this description for Five Spices Chicken:

“Roasted steroid and antibiotic free semi-boneless chicken......” 

Eco-Entrepeuneurs

There are lots of young eco-entrepreneurs who are starting all sorts of creative services, companies, and apps designed to help build the new sharing economy and benefit the environment at the same time. One of these companies is, RelayRides the nation's largest peer-to-peer car rental marketplace, a new concept in car rental.