We have been very busy re-launching the Natural Collection website (including the UK's first ever 'Eco Gift' List' service) but are always happy to make time to participate in this wonderful green blog event.
So, without further ado...
Julie from Pines Above Snow brings us a review of an insightful new book, Shaggy Muses, about the relationships between five renowned women writers and the dogs that comforted, protected, entertained, and inspired them.
Mike presents The 82 Most Fuel Efficient Cars in 2008 which looks at the most fuel efficient new vehicles in 2008 according to the EPA.
DWSUWF gives us a post titled Red Wind. The Santa Ana wind driving the Southern California fires has eased, offering hope that the fires can be soon contained. Photos in the slideshow are from the Flickr group Southern California Fires - 2007. Our thoughts are with friends, firefighters and bloggers living, breathing and feeling the fire from way too close.
David from Good Human offers up 35 Low-Cost Ways to Green Your Lifestyle
Liz Seymour has an essay on the idea of a "gift economy" as opposed to the current "exchange economy", and the gift economy in action through the Really Really Free Market Movement.
Cindy Wang pens a letter to Amazon asking them to 'please stop shipping me 10x the packaging than my order?'
LifeGoggles flagged up the new production from CNN: Planet in Peril
TriplePundit tells us that 'For most of this year, Congress has been debating what to include in the 2007 Farm Bill, but there is still time for you to contact your legislators and have an influence'.
Ali Kriscenski over at Inhabitat talks about 'ASAP House: House About Saving a Planet'. Telling it like it is right from the start, the ASAP House is a House About Saving a Planet with a prefab design for zero-energy living. The cost-effective package includes geothermal heating and cooling, active and passive solar systems and generous square footage to bring modern, environmentally friendly modular living to the Northeast United States (prefab’s not just for SoCal anymore!).
Amanda over at Enviroblog discusses Coal, Power and Poison in South Carolina - a pair of news stories that elucidate the connection between coal-fired electricity, fish, and extremely high mercury levels in locals.
Preston at JetsonGreen brings us a post titled 'ZeroHouse, an Off-Grid, Modern Green Dream'
Sally over at VeggieRevolution tells us that 'The United States is the biggest importer of primates in the world - 20,000 per year! We have enough primates bred in captivity to fill that demand by research labs, but instead we import wild-caught ones from tropical countries around the world. Why? Sally Kneidel at Veggie Revolution has the story, and lots of sources for further reading this week.'
Beth Terry at FakePlasticFish talks about 'Learning to share (and borrow)'. One of the best ways to reduce our consumption, plastic and otherwise, is through borrowing and sharing items that we don't need access to on a regular basis, rather than owning.
Kevin over at More4Kids brings us a post on Green Parenting: Raising Environmentally Aware Kids
Leon Gettler presents The business of climate change: 'Climate change will affect businesses enormously. But it's not just about risk mitigation. Climate change also opens new opportunities to develop new markets and strategies.'
Stephanie brings us a post about Making Christmas Green and as she mentions recycled wrapping paper may we take this opportunity to mention our fabulous recycled gift wrapping paper and gorgeous recycled Christmas cards.
MC over at the NotQuiteCrunchyParent tells us that 'as battles rage in Congress to beef up consumer safety testing parents can't look to the government for help in providing safe toys but kids are surprisingly the best allies.'
Jennifer Derrick tells us that frugality and the environment often go hand in hand in her post 10 Frugal Moves That Improve the Environment.
The Riversider presents the Riverworks Debate at Ribble Forum.
and finally, GP at EtchedByStone brings us mention of 'Eco friendly gear for the long distance runner'. On that note you might find our amazing smell busters for shoes and water bottles with filters interesting.
Thanks for reading. Have a good week.