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How to commute by bike

Easy rider. Ever glance enviously at the cyclists whizzing past while you're stuck in traffic? Joining 'em is easy -- and it doesn't have to involve full-body spandex. The health benefits of biking to work are plenty, from helmet hair a svelte physique to breathing fewer air pollutants than those stuck in cars. Regular bikers live longer and are less likely to get depressed than non-bikers, boasts the Chelsea Green Guide on biking to work. And with fuel prices showing no sign of coming down, you can save serious bling on gas -- plus, there's that teeny detail of cutting …

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From Bums to Bros

Naked truth Bummed out by excess packaging, LUSHes from Stockholm to Seattle bared their souls -- and nearly everything else -- this week. We wouldn't mind being tied to some of those apron strings. (C'mon, you knew we'd butt in with an ass-inine crack.) Bowler'd over Whether ball cap, bucket, or beanie, these helmet hats will keep you looking hip while you bike around town -- at least until you reveal that helmet-hat hair. Pocket all three to cap and trade. Putting the "race" in "rat race" Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch him; he's a …

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Got sustainable style?

Fashion season is upon us, and sustainable style has hit the ground strutting

As expected, we see a lot of energy on the eco-fashion front. More shows, more events, and even more awards for eco-designers. The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation is giving out an award for sustainability and there's also London's RE:Fashion Award. Check out the highlighted events below the fold. I'll be at some of them and in some of them, but I have work to do in Mozambique smack-dab in the middle of the eco-fashion extravaganza, so unfortunately I'll have to miss a few. See any events that I may have missed? Include them in the comments section. Sept. 4: AVEDA …

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Like when hell freezes over, only the opposite

Why freezer burn matters, and how to avoid it

In Checkout Line, Lou Bendrick cooks up answers to reader questions about how to green their food choices and other diet-related quandaries. Lettuce know what food worries keep you up at night. Dear Lou, What's the deal with freezer burn, that white discoloration that occurs when something is left in the freezer too long? What is it exactly and is there any problem with eating food that has freezer burn? Ross Conrad Dear Ross, Because I know you are a beekeeper (author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture -- nothing gets by this intrepid reporter), I feel the …

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With berries and bread, you can make a delectable summer pudding

For years, I've drooled over photos of summer pudding -- a traditional British dessert that's the same deep blue and purple color as a serious bruise. Summer pudding features a little bread and a lot of berries, and Massachusetts, where I live, is known for its delicious late-summer harvests of raspberries, blueberries, etc. One of these summers, I've long thought to myself, Olde England and New England will intersect in my kitchen, resulting in a stunner of a summer pudding. Well, it's been a weird summer here in Massachusetts: lots of rain, lots of thunder and lightning (ask any dog!), …

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Who recharged the electric car?

Showcase offers electric vehicle test-drives at DNC; review of an eBox

In the midst of the mayhem that is the Democratic National Convention in Denver, 10 electric vehicles can be found zipping along the streets of Denver or idling at the corner of Speer and Champa. Boulder County, Colo. delegate Nate Vanderschaaf brought them to Denver as part of the Electric Vehicle Rolling Showcase -- a personal effort to leverage his position as a delegate to bring attention to (and free rides in) electric vehicles at the convention. eBox. Photo: Reuben Brandt The electric chariots include a Tesla Roadster, a Toyota RAV4 EV (as seen in the documentary Who Killed the …

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Upright primates on wheels

Cycling news from around the world

Recently, I came across a Time magazine article with the pithy title "Electric Bikes Sell as Gas Climbs." (Apparently, for the first time in my life, I'm helping to set a trend instead of being oblivious to it.) Here's a close-up of the bike being ridden in the article. It certainly looks cool. I have no idea how well it actually performs other than it takes the standard five hours to charge. From Time: ... sales [of electric bikes in general] are up about 50 percent so far this year over last. Amazon.com Inc. says sales of electric bikes surged …

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Game. Set. Green!

The 2008 U.S. Open goes green

The court is green, the ball is green, and now the tournament is green as well. United States Tennis Association officials announced Monday that they would implement "green initiatives" at the 2008 U.S. Open to make the tournament one of the first green sporting events in the tennis world. Partnering with NRDC, Evian, Lexus, IBM, and Constellation Energy, the USTA incorporated green initiatives such as: Louis Armstrong Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Photo: wallyg. Partnering with NRDC to distribute 100,000 wallet cards containing eco-tips on how to be more environmentally friendly. Partnering with Evian Natural …

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Yakety yak, will Brita take 'em back?

Campaign calls on Brita to recycle water filters

With so many tons of disposable plastic being sent to landfills these days, six ounces doesn't seem like a lot. Especially when you've bailed on bottled water in favor of a Brita pitcher and reusable bottle. But don't you still hate throwing out that filter every three months? Beth Terry does. She wrote in her blog Fake Plastic Fish about her frustration at being unable to recycle her Brita filter cartridges, and discovered she was far from alone. Terry then joined with other activists to start TakeBackTheFilter.org, a movement to pressure the Clorox Co., which owns Brita North America, to …

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Hydrogen, refueled

To solve global warming, we need to support every alternative transportation pathway

The following is a guest essay from Bob Rose, executive director of the U.S. Fuel Cell Council. This essay responds to Joseph Romm's Gristmill post, "Flush! Department of Energy flushes $15 million down the hydrogen toilet." ----- Joe Romm's recent post, "Flush!" disparages the Department of Energy's award of a number of projects aimed at improving hydrogen storage technology. Joe's animus towards hydrogen is well known, if regrettable. Rather than quarreling over a tiny fraction of the U.S. research budget, everyone who is serious about a solution to global warming ought to embrace this research, along with research into biofuels …

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