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    By Hope Katz Gibbs
    March 26, 1999

     
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    Ecology-minded? Want to find out how to make a compost pile in your backyard or where to buy an affordable box of phosphate-free laundry detergent? Beware; many Web sites in the field are geared toward ecologists, not laypeople. There are sites that offer the average Joe Earth-conscious ideas – but their New Age flair can also be a little offputting. Try to stay grounded.

    ECOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS
    http://www.ecology.com
    Visit Uzbekistan, get informed about the American buffalo and take a cybertrip to Holland to look at how the Dutch grow tulips via this four-color glossy webzine. The photography is magnificent, the monthly articles interesting and the Ecology Club discussion forum is quite insightful.

    ECOMART
    http://www.ecomart.com
    Want to shop smart? Link to EcoMart, a paper-free catalog that lists companies selling environmentally correct goods. Offerings include dozens of products from yoga mats to all-natural shampoos.

    MOTHER EARTH INDEX
    http://www.geocities.com/~tree-leaves/earth/
    This good eco-source provides details on how to live an environmentally conscious lifestyle. There's data on animal rights, free-range farming, and how to "monitor the earth's immune system" by tracking storms. An Action Alert Page notes current ecotrouble.

    ALTERNATIVES FOR SIMPLE LIVING
    http://www.simpleliving.org
    To calm your hectic life down a bit, log onto Alternatives for Simple Living, a non-profit organization that "equips people of faith to challenge consumerism, live justly and celebrate responsibly." Links include an online catalog, free resources, and inspirational quotes.

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