Getting started

More and more people are looking to make their home environment "green" to keep their family healthy and safe, but don't know how to get started. Shelly Brown (above), the founder of - a new Web site featuring earth-friendly products - says it's easy to turn your home into a nontoxic environment without having to get rid of everything you already have. With, Ms. Brown brings together a wide range of organic products from well-known manufacturers and makes them available for purchase online in one place at affordable prices. If you want to shop locally, the site can give you ideas for products to look for.

Mowing lawns

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Nothing says green like a freshly mowed lawn, but cutting the lawn usually means using up more fossil fuels to get things nice and trim. That may change now that a company has launched an all-electric riding lawn mower, which delivers as much drive and cutting power as a conventional gas-powered riding mower without the emissions, oil, belts or noise associated with gasoline-powered mowers.

The Ariens Co. is the first company to offer a riding electric mower in conjunction with a mass channel retail chain and it will sell for $3,299.

Cool book

John & Danita Thomas have discovered ways for parents to make "safe" versions of popular toys using common kitchen ingredients. The couple have created more than 1,000 safe, enviromentally friendly recipes for duplicating toys like Silly Putty and Chia Pets by recycling.

The couple have written a book, "The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions," which has sold more than 4 million copies and garnered 4 Parents' Choice Awards. You can learn more about their ideas at this Web site:

Green travel

TripAdvisor recently announced the results of its environmentally-friendly travel survey. The survey found 76 percent of travelers sometimes incorporate green choices in their travel plans, and 27 percent of respondents intentionally made environmentally-friendly travel choices.

The survey found that 52 percent regularly find it challenging to make "green" choices.

into their travel plans and 44 percent of travelers find that environmentally-friendly options are not readily available when traveling.

In the past 12 months, 77 percent of respondents participated in a hotel's linen and towel re-use program, 45 percent walked, biked, or took public transportation as much as possible during a trip to be greener, and 17 percent took their eco-friendly actions to the skies and paid more for a direct flight to reduce carbon emissions.

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