By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Apr 24, 2008 at 5:23 AM
If things look a little greener around here this April, there's a good reason. Our editorial staff is busy expanding the ideals of Earth Day into a month-long celebration of energy conservation, alternative transportation, recycling tips and about a million ways you can be a better friend to the planet. Welcome to Green Month, Milwaukee. -- This Web site, founded by Deborah Jones Barrow and produced by Hearst Magazines, is loaded with tips on all things "green." It's got ways to save money and reduce your carbon footprint as well recipes and tips for toxin-free cleaning. The "tip of the day" on Wednesday urged computer users concerned about possible links to cancer from electromagnetic fields to put a cactus next to the computer monitor. The site admits the science is unproven, but why not play it safe and enjoy a little nature while you work? --Drew Olson

The Slow Food Movement -- Simply put, this organization combats the fast food nation mentality. Founded in 1986 by Italy's Carlo Petrini in the Piedmontese city of Bra (no snickering, please), it's a food system -- and a way of living -- that is based on the principals of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability and social justice. It has since expanded globally to 122 countries, and in the U.S., the members of Slow Food USA work to promote local and traditional food products, lobby against the use of pesticides, teach gardening, promote taste education and educate consumers about the risks of fast food and monoculture. Whether you're a foodie, an eco-warrior or a health nut, this organization is a solid base for appreciating what's on your plate, where it comes from, and what it can do for your body. --Julie Lawrence

"Double your gas mileage" video on -- It's been said that necessity is the mother of invention, and with gas prices threatening to cross the $4 line, people are getting more desperate to save at the pump. This video is only a couple of minutes long, but it's packed with practical and creative ways to increase gas mileage. I did not try any of these things yet, so I can't endorse the suggestions. It did, however, get me to start thinking in the right direction. -- Molly Snyder Edler

Wood for Good Floor Cleaner from Method -- I'm basically addicted to Method products; they are all great. But, the brand's Wood for Good Floor Cleaner stands out for its non-toxic and biodegradable formula that doesn't smell or harm my wood floors. It makes me feel good about walking around the house barefoot. Another plus? The bottle's shower-nozzle spray actually works and doesn't splash all over. A bargain at $6. Find it here. --Jeff Sherman

Red Flower Icelandic Moonflower shampoo -- Yes, I realize that I've written an awful lot about soaps and shaving creams in this series (it surprises me, too). But I became smitten with a scent that I found in an upscale Scottsdale hotel last month. Upon further research, I found the Red Flower line of products is pretty green, too. All of the line is sold online or locally at Bay View's Future Green, and that includes body wash, shampoo, conditioners and candles. It's the shampoo, specifically the Icelandic Moonflower scent, that continues to blow me away. The company describes it as "the wet earth under a flowing Arctic river," whatever that means. I just call it a crisp, unisex scent that makes me want to wash and repeat. The brand doesn't test on animals, and its perfumes are certified organic. The company espouses local and sustainable production, and while not cheap, it's the best stuff I've smelled all year. --Andy Tarnoff

Snyder's of Hanover products -- All the focus on the Pennsylvania primary this week reminded me that it's been awhile since I sampled some of my favorite snacks. Snyder's of Hanover (Pa.) makes great pretzels in all kinds of varieties, especially honey mustard, but it also has a line of multigrain and organic treats, which fits our theme this week. --D.O. -- I don't know how I stumbled across this site, but I am glad I did. It probably doesn't have a real application for a middle-aged man, but I am fascinated with the concept. Take a picture with your phone. Send it to an e-mail address that you are given, and within moments the picture is displayed in an online gallery that is accessible to anyone. Like I said, I don't have much use for it, and it's not particularly "green," but the technology amazes me -- much like bright, shiny objects. --Kevin Brandt