Southeast Green - Business depends on the environment and the environment depends on business

Did you know that linoleum flooring is considered 'green' flooring, and they have begun making and selling it again because of that?  "Also....It is considered to be the first product name to become a generic term."  And even more interesting.... "Linoleum is used in break dancing as an alternative to cardboard as it provides a large slick and durable surface."

How do you responsibly dispose of prescriptions?

Have you ever thought about how to dispose of your prescriptions responsibly? Paula Collins shared with us, that although many of us are in the habit of flushing them down the toilet, think about what that really means. There is no municipal or home water filtration system that is going to filter out diluted drugs. If you have visited your local pharmacy lately and seen all the prescriptions they have waiting to go to customers it all of a sudden becomes a different conversation. Paula takes all her unused and out of date drugs back to the pharmacy of origination. They should dispose of them properly for you. If not, let us know.

Cloth Christmas Bags

All of our presents are wrapped in cloth xmas bags this year. I started this last year and reaped the benefits big time this year by saving money and time on wrapping. The bags I bought were no more expensive than paper gift bags, and I'll be using them for years to come. I highly recommend using cloth xmas bags.

Tomato Leek Provencal

Tomatoes and leeks can adapt to blend well with any mixture of your favorite fresh herbs. Serve this crowd pleaser in deep soup bowls, alongside warm crusty bread. This recipe comes to us from Wendy Rosenoff of


Serves 6

  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups onions, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup leeks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 3 cups tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup of any of the following fresh herbs, chopped and mixed together: parsley, chives, basil and/or cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

In a large pot over medium-low heat, bring broth to a simmer.

Add carrots, onions, leeks, celery, tomatoes, wine, bay leaves and thyme and stir to combine. Raise heat to high and bring to a boil.

When mixture boils, cover and turn heat down to simmer. Simmer broth and veggies in the covered pot for 30 minutes.

Add the crushed garlic and simmer for another 20 minutes.

Add chopped herbs, orange rind and lemon peel, uncover and simmer for another 25 minutes.


Turn off heat and cover. Allow Provencal to stand, covered, for 30 minutes before serving.

Better use of your Dryer

Throw a dry towel into the dryer with your wet clothes. “The dry towel helps absorb the moisture quickly and leads to shorter drying time and reduced use of energy.”

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