• Consumers buy more automatic-drip coffeemakers than any other small kitchen appliance, so it's no wonder they use about $400 million worth of electricity just brewing coffee every year. To make an energy-efficient but still high-voltage cup of java, start with the pot:

    Bodum French press. Bodum Chambord's elegant but inexpensive model (pictured left) makes delicious coffee; the Columbia design contains the coffee in a thermal carafe to keep the beverage warm without the need for an electric hot plate.

    Chemex manual drip coffeepots. This hourglass-shaped flask can use recycled paper filters. Make as little as one cup of coffee, or as many as ten.

    Chef's Choice electric French press plus. This environmentally-friendly technology combines the French press and an energy-saving electric kettle in one pot.

    One-cup coffeemakers. These efficient pots can brew coffee in less than a minute, eliminating the need to prepare a whole pot. Check the housewares section of Target,

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  • Ten-year-old business owner

    By Lori Bongiorno
    More from The Conscious Consumer blog

    Cecilia Cassini is definitely not your average 10-year-old child. The fifth grader recently founded her own fashion line and is making a profit from selling her unique handmade clothing for kids and teens at Los Angeles boutiques. She's also been filling special orders that are coming in from around the world, according to her mother Michelle Cassini.

    Cassini has been dubbed "America's youngest fashion designer," but that's only part of her story. She's a kid with a huge social conscience and a desire to give back. Many of her dresses, for example, are made from old repurposed clothing that she scores from the closets of her older sister, mom, and friends instead of buying new fabrics.

    This not only saves her money on materials, but also is better for the planet. Her mother thinks that her dresses are popular in places like Germany, Italy, and France because they are made from recycled materials.

    The young fashion

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  • Want to lose weight? Eat potatoes

    By Marie Oser, ecomii
    More from ecomii Healthy Living blog

    (Photo: Joseph A. Garcia)(Photo: Joseph A. Garcia)What's the most popular vegetable in America? If you guessed potato, you are right! Plant foods, the exclusive source of dietary fiber, also provide us with precious vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And since potatoes are grown throughout the year, they're also a fresh, seasonal and sustainable option for your winter meals.

    Unfortunately, potatoes have often been denounced as fattening, and the anti-carb craze of recent years has only added to that undeserved perception.

    Weight control is rapidly becoming the major health issue of the 21st century. More than a third of adults in the U.S. are overweight and obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. We know that potatoes are great tasting, inexpensive, and nutritious, but how does this versatile vegetable become part of the solution?

    Medical and nutrition experts have long advocated the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Potatoes are root

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  • By Dan Shapley, The Daily Green

    More from The Daily Green News blog

    It's a fact of the grocery store that the most healthy food often has the least marketing muscle behind it. The best sources of fiber and vitamins are fresh vegetables and fruit, and yet it's the processed, packaged junk food fortified with vitamin and fiber powder that screams for attention. The Center for Science in the Public Interest recently published a comprehensive report on the subject, a persuasive indictment delicately called "Food Labeling Chaos."

    "Consumers need honest labeling so they can spend their food dollars wisely and avoid diet-related disease," said CSPI senior staff attorney Ilene Ringel Heller, co-author of the report. "Companies should market their foods without resorting to the deceit and dishonesty that's so common today. And, if they don't, the FDA should make them."

    You can often decipher the truth amid the lies and misdirection by carefully reading food labels.

    We take a

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  • In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day coming up this April 22nd, we had a chat with Stefanie Iris Weiss about her new book Eco Sex: Go Green Between the Sheets and Make Your Love Life Sustainable.

    How does going green improve your sex life?

    If your sex life has gone stale, greening it up instantly relights the spark. Green is healthy, and being healthy automatically grants you a superior sex life. You'll have more stamina, a heightened libido, a slim, sexy body. What could be better?

    How can you make dating more green?

    When prepping for a date, use paraben-free products made from USDA-certified organic ingredients, or even better, go DIY and make your own. When it comes to the traditional dinner date, choose restaurants that serve locally grown, organic, sustainable and fair-trade food. Try a vegan or vegetarian restaurant or a homemade feast of raw or vegan food to seduce your lover. And when you're on your way to meet your date, opt for public transportation, bike, or walk to your rendezvous point. Leave the car at home - you can find a new version of the back seat if you get that far.

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  • What should you NOT do on Earth Day?

    You've probably already seen hundreds of tips on what you should do - and maybe they're now a big mish-mash in your brain. Here are ten things you SHOULDN'T do.

    1) Don't drive like a teenager, speeding up and slowing down and weaving in and out of traffic. Such aggressive driving can lower fuel efficiency by 33%. Accelerate gently and stay with the traffic to save gas and money.

    2) Don't use cleansers and personal care products that contain triclosan or other antibacterial agents. Public health officials worry that antibacterials (in cleansers, window cleaners, and soaps are causing us to become resistant to antibiotics. Use simple soap (like Dr. Bronner's castile soap) and hot water for cleaning, and body soaps and lotions that do not say "antibacterial" or "fights germs" on the label.

    3) Don't go shopping without a list! According to the U,S. Department of Agriculture, people waste about 30% of their household food budgets buying

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  • Be kind to your skin while you're being kind to the environment.
    - Rachel Grumman, BettyConfidential.com

    To celebrate Earth Month, this article is the first in a series of six eco-friendly pieces that will run in BettyConfidential.

    Sure, you recycle the newspaper and don't leave your computer running all night long, but you can go one step further in helping the environment by using eco-friendly skincare products that will beautify you naturally without hurting the planet. Going green never looked so good. Even celebs like Gisele Bundchen are getting into the act!

    1. Exfoliant

    Zia Natural Skincare Skin Basics Bamboo Exfoliant ($20.79, drugstore.com). This organic exfoliant gently removes dead skin cells with bamboo extract, soybean oil, and rice bran oil, and has yucca extra to add hydration. The result? Baby smooth skin, naturally. What's more, Zia's packaging is created with windmill power and printed with soy ink.

    2. Eye Cream

    Jason Ester-C

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  • As a longtime The Daily Green blogger, on the occasion of the publication of my second book, The Conscious Kitchen, I'm using my "Ask An Organic Mom" space for the next 8 weeks give or take to invite you to join me on the Conscious Kitchen Challenge.

    What does it mean to have a Conscious Kitchen? It's a little different for every person, but at its heart, it means knowing where your food comes from, what it is, and how good it is (or isn't) for you and for the environment. It also encompasses the energy it takes to cook, what you're cooking on and storing food in, and even how you clean up and handle waste.

    We all know we need to be eating better foods local, organic, local and organic, humanely raised meat, wild and well-caught fish, packaged foods containing five pronounceable ingredients or less but they're not always so easy to find. Or it's not always so easy to motivate to find them. Think of this like you think of New Year's resolutions. Choose your own personal goal

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  • The Daily Green's senior editor, Dan Shapley, asked Roger Doiron, a 2009 Heart of Green Award winner and founder of Kitchen Gardeners International, some questions about gardening for beginners and gardening for politicians. Doiron and Kitchen Gardeners International were a big part of the movement that convinced Michelle Obama to plant that organic garden at the White House. So he knows a thing or two about not only gardening, but also politics and inspiration.

    Meet all the 2009 Heart of Green winners

    Here's what he had to say:

    Michelle Obama planted the White House garden, as you and KGI had pushed for. What do you think the biggest successes have been to come out of that project?

    I am very impressed with how the First Lady and Chef Sam Kass have used the garden as a platform for creating a national dialogue about food, health and the well-being of our children and the planet we all call home. The White House garden has been the backdrop for prime-time TV shows like the Biggest

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