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WARM UP TO THIS CAUSE

The T-shirt tells the story. It's part of the World Wildlife Fund's campaign to spread the word about global warming. The organic-cotton T-shirt is yours for a $50 donation to WWF's global warming Web site at www.worldwildlife.org/globalwarming, or call toll-free 1-800-225-5993.

A Web site to help you turn green

Speaking of things green, Home Depot has opened a micro Web site, www.homedepot.com/ecooptions. There are sections for each of the five categories in Home Depot's Eco Options line of "green" products: clean air, energy efficiency, healthy home, sustainable forestry and water conservation. There's an interactive home efficiency audit; calculators to determine energy savings; online workshops; and videos of product demonstrations.

Big wipes for wipeouts

Little wet wipes are fine for little spills, but whose life is limited to minor disasters? Just in time for back to school - and hurricane season - come Wet Ones Big Ones, a full 7.5 by 8.6 inches. Good for wiping hands and faces and cleaning up spills at school, at home, in the car, at the beach. A resealable package of 35 starts at $2.77.

Skip these dollar store offerings

What not to buy in a dollar store? Here's the inside scoop: vitamins, electrical products, toys for kids under 3, soundalike brand names, and soft vinyl lunch boxes. Reasons why: fake labels, leaky batteries, small parts, lead content. Get the details in Shopsmart, the hip spin-off magazine from Consumer Reports.

Guess who drives sales of hybrids

Who buys hybrid cars? Maybe not who you think, according to autobytel.com, a car information and buying Web site. Forty percent of hybrid owners are Republicans, 36 percent Democrats. Thirty-one percent live in the Northeast, 21 percent in the Midwest, 16 percent on the Pacific Coast. Fifty-seven percent are older than age 45. Forty-nine percent have no college degree, and 35 percent make less than $40,000 a year.

Compiled by Homes and Garden editor Judy Stark from staff and wire reports

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