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Small Australian Town Banned Bottled Water

In 1998, Americans drank about 4 billion gallons of bottled water.  Can you guess how many gallons of bottled water Americans chugged in 2008?  8.6 billion gallons.

In recent years, there's been a bit of a bottled water backlash, and rightfully so when you consider the waste builds up from these bottles.  In 2009, the first community in the world stepped forward and banned the sale of bottled water.
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A Green Glossary

There are a lot of buzzwords when it comes to the environment these days.  For some of the stuff, it's hard to figure out what it all means.  What is carbon offsetting really?  What are photovoltaic panels?  Why am I seeing products boasting that they're BPA-free and PVC-free?

Here's a list of some of the green terms you might be hearing these days, from A to Z.  Well, actually, it's from A to X, because I couldn't think of anything for Y and Z!... read more

Do electric cars really help the environment? Are they 'green'?

Are hybrid and electric vehicles batteries a Green alternative or add hazardous chemicals to our landfills?

Visiting the West-Coast Green conference in San Francisco this past week confirmed the feel-good and coolness of electric vehicles. Photo from hybridcars.com: Photo from hybridcars.comPhoto from hybridcars.com: Photo from hybridcars.com

I would definitely be a happy camper if I win the electric bike or electric tricycle raffle!... read more

Stop Junk Mail!

It's time to put an end to junk mail.  Some not-so-fun facts about junk mail:

- It destroys about 100 million trees
- It uses more energy than 3 million cars from the production and disposal
- It largely goes unopened.  Studies have shown that 44% of bulk mail remains unopened
- According to a 2002 survey, only 1.9% of junk mail recipients “really appreciate” them
- Less than 36% of junk mail gets recycled

Now that I've disgusted you with all of those facts about junk mail, what can you do to stop receiving them?... read more

Ten Things that are NOT Typically Recyclable

Ten Things that are NOT Typically RecyclableThere are a lot of things out there that you might think of as being something that you can recycle at home, but they actually are not.  By putting things in the recycle bin that are generally not recyclable, you are doing more harm than good.

One thing to keep in mind is that this can vary from city to city.  Some cities might take some of these things, but many may not, so check with your local municipality's DPW.   Earth911 has a search feature so you can find out where you can recycle some of these items if your city doesn't take them.   

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Homebrewing is Keen & Green!

Like beer?  Like experimenting in the kitchen?  How about giving homebrewing a try?  The reasons why homebrewing versus buying beer at the liquor store is better for the environment are numerous, especially if you make a few extra efforts!

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Can You Recycle Milk and Juice Cartons?

How many of you throw your empty milk and juice cartons into the recycle bin?Recycling Milk Containers

*raises hand*

Oops.  Apparently, milk and juice cartons are not always recyclable.  Some towns will take the cartons, some won't.

But WHY?

Milk and juice cartons are difficult to recycle, because many have a wax lining or a plastic coating.  Some recycling centers are equipped to recycle them, but some aren't.  Call your city to see if they do recycle cartons.... read more

Where Do Our Recyclable Electronics Go? The Electronic Wasteland!

Okay - I admit it - I am just 1 year into my Blackberry contract and I am already lusting for a new one.   My Bad!  What about the environmental impact for tossing away my cell phone as 100 million people in the U.S. do each year?

No worries - I'll recycle and feel totally guilt free as I stroll into my neighborhood Sprint store and toss down my plastic.   My Good?  My Bad? It all depends.

Recycling is a great mechanism to make ourselves feel good about all the waste we produce. But what happens to the electronics we recycle?  According to a 60 Minutes expose that was rerun this past Sunday, it is often not what you think.

Recycled Electronics

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Trader Joe's Fruit and Vegetable Packaging: I've got a bone to pick!

I love Trader Joe's.   I love their cereals, I love their cheeses, I love the shampoo, I love their friendly cashiers, and I love their prices.  But one thing I don't like is their produce.  With the exception of bananas, I try to avoid buying produce there.  Their prices aren't great when it comes to produce, and I find that their quality is hit or miss.  Don't even get me started on the disappointing strawberries I recently purchased and ultimately fed to Karl, our pet iguana.

But the worst part is the over packaging.  You want to buy pears?  Well, your only choice is to buy a pack of four.  And they're shrink-wrapped.  And they're sitting on a little Styrofoam plate.  And one of them looks bruised.... read more

Disposing of Batteries

Disposing of BatteriesHow do you dispose of single-use batteries?  Do you recycle them?  Throw them in the trash? ... read more

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