Alexis Petru

Alexis Petru

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Alexis spends her spare time working on green home improvement projects and cooking locally and seasonally.


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chlorine pool alternatives, ozonators
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Feature from Alexis Petru
The chlorine in your pool can cause more serious damage than red eyes, dry skin and faded swimwear. According to the EPA, chlorine can irritate the respiratory system, especially in individuals that already suffer from allergies and asthma. And scientists ...

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List from Alexis Petru
Thinking about building a shed, studio or playhouse for the kids in your backyard? To get you inspired, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest outdoor structures made of recycled materials – from unwanted phone books and dilapidated fences to ...

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rainwater capture, rain barrels, water conservation
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Feature from Alexis Petru
Twelve years ago, Abe Connally left his 9 to 5 job with an advertising firm in Austin, Texas, and decided to pursue a simpler way of life, purchasing 20 acres of pristine desert in Brewster County, Texas, home to Big ...

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london olympics, olympic wastewater recycling
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Feature from Alexis Petru
You’ve heard of harvesting rainwater and recycling greywater, the used water from laundry, dishwashing and bathing, for watering your garden or refilling your toilet. But what about treating and reusing blackwater – the wastewater you flush down the toilet? The ...

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cooperative grocery store, food buying club, organic produce
Tips from Alexis Petru
Looking for a way to purchase fresh, locally grown food without having to make a trip to the farmers market? Then consider joining a food cooperative – either a retail store or a buying club – to start getting deals ...

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List from Alexis Petru
Whether you’re remodeling your house or updating your wardrobe, do-it-yourself projects can be good for the planet and your wallet, as well as quite personally rewarding. If you need help with a current project or are looking for fresh ideas, ...

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wine barrel, wine barrel recycling, wine barrel swing
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List from Alexis Petru
A typical oak wine barrel can only be used in production for about five years, according to sustainably-minded home furnishings company Native Trails. Rather than toss the old barrels in the landfills, many artists and companies have found new uses ...

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Feature from Alexis Petru
Recycling plastic bottle caps and lids can be tricky; because plastic bottles and containers are made from a different type of plastic than the kind used to make their caps and lids, some cities cannot accept them in their curbside ...

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Tips from Alexis Petru
While it’s great to recycle all those beer cans and tubs of spinach dip once the party is over, why not go further and try to reduce your barbecue waste at the source?

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Feature from Alexis Petru
Earth911 has brought you many stories about San Francisco’s successful composting program for food scraps and yard trimmings. But what happens after the materials are picked up at the curb? How are apple cores, chicken bones and fallen leaves turned ...

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Quick Bit from Alexis Petru
This weekend, thousands of artists, crafters, inventors and tinkerers will gather in the San Francisco Bay Area for the sixth annual Maker Faire, the world’s largest do-it-yourself festival that celebrates the spirit of creativity and invention. Organized by MAKE magazine, ...

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Tips from Alexis Petru
Have you mastered the basics of home composting and want to take your eco-friendly hobby to the next level? Here’s six tips to help you go beyond simply reducing your household’s waste and use composting to create a high-quality soil ...

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