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  • 3 Myths About Recycling Plastic Bottles

    Fri 7:00am By Sarah Lozanova
    Every year, Americans dispose of billions of plastic bottles each year. On the surface, plastic bottle recycling in the United States looks like an excellent way to reduce waste and prevent the extraction of virgin materials. Curbside recycling programs span…
  • Trash vs. Garbage: Is There a Difference?

    Thu 7:00am By Haley Shapley
    I’m guessing that if someone asks you to take out the trash, your reaction would probably be the same as if they asked you to take out the garbage. You might defer at first (using the ol’ “I’ll do it later, honey!” excuse), but eventually, you’d…
  • Bathroom Products: Recycle This, Not That

    Wed 7:00am By Haley Shapley
    While nearly 70 percent of Americans say they consistently recycle, only about 20 percent report consistently recycling in the bathroom. A big reason for that is simply not being sure just what can and can’t go in the recycling bin. Knowledge is power, so…
  • 5 Ways to Create a Waste-Free Grocery Shopping Trip

    Tue 2:12pm By Madeleine Somerville
    If you’d like to reduce the amount of waste coming out of your home, the easiest way to accomplish this is to limit the amount you bring in. Sound easy? It is! It just takes a little planning in advance. Since food waste — packaging, wrapping, etc.…
  • How to Convince Non-Recyclers to Ditch the Trash Bag

    Mon 7:00am By Madeleine Somerville
    Taking steps toward a more environmentally friendly lifestyle can often be just as frustrating as it is exciting. Exciting, of course, because it’s empowering to challenge yourself to reduce waste, conserve energy and consciously create a sustainable life.…
  • 14 Smart Ways to Repurpose Food Packaging

    Jan 13, 2017, 7:00 am By Patti Roth
    Just a second — before tossing an empty Froot Loops box, butter tub or soda bottle into the recycling bin, determine if it offers redeemable qualities. Pantry staples and take-out orders yield lots of disposables, but some are deliciously versatile…
  • Is Michigan’s Ban on Plastic Bag Bans Bad News for Waterways?

    Jan 12, 2017, 7:00 am By Sarah Lozanova
    In 2016, a wave of plastic bag bans took effect across the country. In New York City, the city council approved a 5-cent fee, and the Massachusetts State Senate approved a 10-cent fee for paper bags and a ban on plastic bags. In California, voters saved a…
  • 3 Big Reasons “Wish-cycling” Is Always a Bad Idea

    Jan 11, 2017, 7:00 am By Madeleine Somerville
    We’ve all been there. You’re standing in front of the recycling bin with something in your hand — perhaps a beverage cap, crinkly cellophane wrapping, the tinfoil lid from a sour cream container or a pizza box. You’re not entirely sure whether you can…
  • 2 New National Monuments Preserve America’s West

    Jan 10, 2017, 7:00 am By Lauren Murphy
    In his last weeks in office, President Barack Obama designated two national monuments in an effort to conserve environmentally and culturally significant natural areas. The monuments are situated in Nevada and Utah and make up more than 1.6 million acres of…
  • Department of Defense Seeks Biodegradable Bullets

    Jan 9, 2017, 9:31 am By Haley Shapley
    Calling all engineers: The Department of Defense is on the lookout for a new bullet that will sprout seeds, instead of waste, after it’s shot. In a call for proposals, the DoD says that the U.S. Army uses “hundreds of thousands of training rounds”…
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