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The Alternative Consumer is essential reading for busy folks looking to cultivate a greener, more sustainable lifestyle. With a daily mix of eco news, product reviews and editorial, their take on the environment is fun, fresh and friendly.

Website: http://www.alternativeconsumer.com


Maureen O’Connor, publisher & founder

Simple Tips for a Green Thanksgiving
November 23, 2009 09:50 AM - Rose, The Alternative Consumer

As "Turkey Day" fast approaches, Rose from the Alternative Consumer offers up a list of easy tips for greening your fall feast.

Newest Source of Biofuel: Fungus
December 5, 2008 10:00 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Researchers claim that the fungus, Gliocladium roseum, has the ability to produce a plethora of unique combinations of hydrogen and carbon molecules unlike any organism in the world, and the product is remarkably similar to the diesel we use to fuel our cars. And, according to a recently published issue of Microbiology, scientists are currently working to develop its fuel producing potential. So, someday, we might be filling up our cars tanks with hydrocarbons derived from fungus instead of fossil fuel!

10 Green Ways to Save Some Green $$
November 10, 2008 08:33 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Given the current dire economic picture we thought we’d list a few ways folks can save some cash while making the planet a little greener.

EcoDrive: Driving Green
October 28, 2008 10:48 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

The transport sector is the one of the leading contributors of carbon dioxide emissions, second only to energy consumption. As eco-conscious consumers, we try and do our part in keeping our carbon footprints low. We opt for hybrids over SUV’s, we form carpools, and, if you’re like me, are frequent riders of public transportation.

swift wind turbine - quiet rooftop windpower
October 27, 2008 10:35 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Scottish company, Renewable Devices designs and distributes what they say is “the quietest rooftop wind turbine currently available.” The small footprint, Swift Wind Turbine, is designed for both commercial and residential use.

Planet Earth Monoply, eco style - a review
October 23, 2008 11:01 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Within minutes of receiving the game, the boys started setting up. Sometimes I think they enjoy setting up as much as playing! Two of our favorite things have been combined in this board game: Monopoly + the Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth series. We’ve been playing Monopoly for years and have been watching the Planet Earth dvd’s for about a year now, so it’s nice to have the two combined.

Air breeze - the latest in off-grid wind power
September 29, 2008 11:30 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Small wind leader, Southwest Windpower, has introduced its new, small wind turbine, Air Breeze, as its successor to its successful Air-X product.

5 ways to ride wave power
September 17, 2008 09:05 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

let’s go green - all under one green roof
July 11, 2008 11:08 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

What I like about online shop, Let’s Go Green is the fact that you can garner a lot of green for your home with one quick visit. You’ll find quality items for your kitchen, bath, office and garden — all reasonably priced.

2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid – Road Test
July 9, 2008 09:24 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Prius schmius. Sometimes, you just require a larger vehicle. When the need arises, don’t hesitate to check into the new ’09 Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The small SUV, slightly prettier sister to Ford’s Escape Hybrid, is likely coming soon to a dealership near you, with a redesigned powertrain to boot.

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