Saturday, March 16, 2013
Share your best tips and tricks for living the green life here in Matawan and Aberdeen.
We're looking for all the great ways Matawan and Aberdeen natives are working to preserve and protect the Earth. From composting to creative recycling, we want to hear what you do to minimize your carbon footprint, reduce waste, and just live a greener lifestyle. Tell us in the comments below or upload a picture! Looking for ways to go green? Check out all of our Patch green tips:
Friday, March 15, 2013
All the tools you need to start composting in Matawan and Aberdeen.
If composting is an activity on your list of ways to live greener, here's a how to get started in Matawan and Aberdeen. Emily Bishton, a designer of sustainable landscapes and an environmental educator for children and adults, says, "Home composting is a fun and easy way to make fabulous and free soil amendments to make all the plants in your garden healthier," Bishton says. "It also eliminates the carbon emissions that are needed to truck your food and yard waste to composting facilities, truck the finished compost back to a retail outlet, and then to your home.” Collecting Kitchen Compost Composting starts in the kitchen. First, you'll want to set up a system for catching compostable materials during your meal and snack clean up process…
Friday, March 8, 2013
Eating organic is good for your health and it's good for the planet. But sometimes, it can be hard to find. Here's where to get the best organic foods in and around Holmdel and Hazlet.
Did you know that eating conventional produce increases your risk of pesticide contamination by 30%? And chowing down on non-organic chicken and pork increases your risk of exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 33%? This is all according to a 2012 Annals of Internal Medicine report. If you're not already sold on the benefits of eating organic, consider this: organic foods may have more nutrients than their conventionally produced counterparts. Organic broccoli, for example, has higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin C than the traditionally produced variety, found a 2012 Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture study. There’s also evidence of more heart-healthy omega-3s in organic poultry and dairy. So eating organic is…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Here is the Matawan-Aberdeen guide to recycling all of your old things, from paper and glass to clothes and toys, plus some things you can do to benefit local schools and charities.
Need to find a new home for old computers, toys your kids have outgrown, or paint you're not going to use? Here is our guide to getting stuff out of your basement and into all the right places—that is, everywhere but the landfill. Find out how to recycle everything from cereal box tops to soda tabs in Matawan and Aberdeen. Cleaning out your closet gives you the opportunity to help others in need or maybe even make some extra cash. Here are a list of places to donate, sell or recycle unwanted items from your wardrobe. MONARC Thrift Shop Location: 154 Main Street, Matawan Phone Number: 732-290-7681 Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. About: The ARC of Monmouth County operates the MONARC Thrift …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Sealing windows and adding insulation to your home can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Time is money, the old adage goes, but so is a well-winterized house. Stopping air leakages can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. With the weather forecast to stay in the mid to low thirties in Matawan and Aberdeen this week, it might be time to consider closing up some air leaks around your home. Check out these three tips for getting started:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
If you're looking to live a greener lifestyle, check out these 20 tips to help you stick to your plan.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to be kinder to the planet and save some money, here are 20 ways to go green: TELL US: Will you use any of these tips to go green? Share your thoughts in the comments sections below.