As many people know, reuse is a step up from recycling. In fact, reuse is the middle-man between reduce and recycle, and some would be surprised at how many opportunities for reuse there really are – once you start looking for them.
Q: Are magazines able to be put into blue bags? What is the recycling process for magazines?
We use cardboard boxes to ship millions of items from candy to diamonds. Right now 400 million tons of paper and cardboard is being manufactured worldwide.
We've been having problems with vampires lately. Not the vampires that suck blood but vampires who suck electrical energy.
We receive this question a lot via our website and via email, especially from college students who are staying in Muncie during the school year.
It's a new year which means it's time to make New Year's resolutions. Most people go to the gym or start a diet, but why not make one of your resolutions to recycle more and save energy? You might also save money as well!
Thanksgiving is over, which means Christmas is right around the corner. It's time to get the wrapping paper out to wrap gifts, and time to mail out your Christmas cards to your loved ones.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner which means spending time with your family and having a great meal, but when you are finished with your meal what will you do with the leftover food, cans, and plastic containers that your food came in.
Have you ever wondered what you could do with your left over food scraps or yard waste? Did you ever think you could use this material to make your soil and plants healthier?
When you think of tires you think about them being used on automobiles and other transportational machines, but most people don't think about what other items are made from used tires in their afterlife.
In the U.S. we toss more than 100 million cellphones in the trash every year, which is a huge waste of materials that could be recycled. There is also over 112,000 computers discarded every single day in the U.S. That's 41.1 million desktops and laptops per year.
We have been using batteries for many decades to power our household items and portable devices such has phones, home and portable game devices, and now even cars.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the old steel from bridges and buildings? Companies send their old steel to be recycled and to be processed into new items that we use everyday.
Every day millions of people across the United States use plastic to eat with, drink with, and sit on, and when people throw plastic away it goes to landfills to rot.
Did you know that glass is 100% recyclable and that it also can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality? Did you also know that over one ton of natural resources is saved for every ton of glass recycled?
By this time, if you are the least bit interested in gardening or the “green” movement, you have most likely read a “Composting 101” article, blog, info graphic, etc. You may even started a pile in your backyard, ...
NPR recently did a great story about helping consumers know which light bulb is the best for you and the environment. We would like to follow up with something that is also very important for citizens to know, which is "What do you do with a light bulb once it no longer works?"
Why does it all even matter? We’ve all been there for the probing questions that follow habitual green activities or beliefs.
Larraine Roulston writes children’s books and once volunteered with a puppet show.
Get out the packing boxes and old newspaper - it's time to clean up your holidays!
With the start of a new year comes hope and change and most importantly, opportunity.
As you get ready to undeck the halls, here are a few helpful tips to guarantee your Christmas tree doesn't end up in a landfill.
Regardless of what you put in your oven or your mouth, cooking is usually a holiday staple. But along with cooking, waste isn't usually far behind.
Marcal Manufacturing LLC, which makes 100% recycled tissue products, is offering free lesson plans to help teach students about recycling.
We wouldn't be doing our jobs if we didn't share some handy tips for reducing, reusing and recycling over the holiday season. Here are some of our favorites:
Still haven’t found the perfect present for those hard-to-shop-for recipients? We have compiled 10 must-have gifts for every person on your list.
The average, unweatherized U.S. home leaks air at a rate equivalent to a 4-square-foot hole in the wall, according to the " Solar Living Sourcebook" by John Schaeffer.
Many see printers as bad guys who produce paper-based documents as an energy hogging, landfill-clogging, waste-producing industry that needs to be replaced by cleaner, more efficient electronic media.
The holiday season is officially in full-swing, and Thanksgiving marks the beginning of big family dinners, extensive gift shopping and elaborate decorations.
As November kicks off, football season is in full swing as NFL stadiums average nearly 100,000 fans at each game.
Now that Halloween is over and you're ready to move onto the next holiday, consider yourself prepared to answer the question: What will you do with your costume, decor and more anyway?
Halloween, All Hallow's Eve, Samhain - whatever you may call the 31st day of October, the traditions of both tricks (and treats) enchant imaginations around the world on this haunted evening.
Do you find yourself checking the green labels on products before purchasing them?
Although many of us prefer to live and work in large spaces where we can spread out and have some "breathing room," with today's fast-paced and often cramped lifestyle, sometimes that's just not a possibility.
You may already be aware of the heavy metals inside batteries, but an entirely different concern is present when shipping them for recycling.
Ever Wonder Why There are no string or tags? Our unique pillow-style tea bag is the result of our commitment to doing what’s best for the environment.
Whether it’s a bottle of baby aspirin in a cabinet above your kitchen sink or a shelf of prescriptions on the bathroom shelf, medication is a common household item.
Going back to school is an exciting time because everything's new — teachers, fellow students, supplies.
Don’t be fooled: Even if Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” has been playing nonstop lately, the beginning of another school year is quickly approaching.
Want to save about 3,000 gallons of water per year? It's as easy as turning off the tap when you brush your teeth or shave.
The CAR Allowance Rebate System (CARS) is a $1 billion government program that helps consumers buy or lease a more environmentally-friendly vehicle from a participating dealer when they trade in a less fuel-efficient car or truck.
8 Ways to Make the Case
With the American Clean Energy and Security Act making its way to the Senate after a narrow victory in the House, the fate of our relationship with carbon dioxide may soon be decided.
Life doesn’t stop and neither do we. There’s always work, school, traveling, errands, sports practices etc. that keep us on the go.
It’s that time of the year again, when most people are feeling the rising temperatures as summer comes crashing in.
You may have seen a public service announcement on your TV featuring a wistful dealer of street drugs telling how the easy availability to drugs in family medicine cabinets is hurting his business.
In cities across the country, people are converting small plots of land into 1/4 acres or more of urban plenty.
You’ve got a sweet tooth you need to satisfy, but did you know that most of our favorite candies are wrapped in what has somehow become the unwanted stepchildren of waste management?
Want the freshest, most affordable, organic vegetables possible with absolutely no food miles? Make like the Obamas and grow your own.
While you may have spent the last decade or so composting the scraps from your organic produce, riding your bike to work and debating whether to install solar panels or a green roof, mom might still need a little coaxing to go green.
Meditation and relaxation encourage a balanced life and allow you to center yourself amidst everyday chaos.
Individuals and families living on tight budgets may not have the option of reaching for that Fair Trade coffee bean package or the pure organic produce.
“Lemon juice is the strongest food acid in our kitchens, strong enough to make life unbearable for most bacteria,” says Robert Wolke.
Only if you're an awkward, slobbery teenager. Instead, get lucky for a full hour tomorrow starting at 8:30 pm.
Instructions: With an adult's help, remove the lid of the egg carton and cut the bottom in half. Trim away excess.
Here's help in judging "green" claims on cleaning product packages.
Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of the Green Generation Campaign! This two-year initiative will culminate with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010.
Maybe, since the number of trees that go to making receipts is just plain criminal. Hold up on requesting a receipt at the ATM, gas pump, checkout stand, and anywhere else where you have the choice, ski mask or not.
More than half of U.S. adults have made changes in their lives they believe will help sustain the environment.
Think back to what you learned in seventh grade biology about the discovery process.
Between the cold, condensation and lack of daylight, February, the shortest of winter months, can sometimes feel like it will never end.
Plastic recycling affects a range of products, from drink containers to shopping bags to pipes. Plastic is almost always the product of petroleum, a non-renewable resource.
Resolving to save money? And the planet? Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs promise a win-win:
Once a pen has finished its serviceable life, or lost - which is most often the case, it doesn't simply disappear into thin air, although it may seem that way the rate they seem to vanish when you need one.
Recycling saves trees and conserves energy, but how do you know if you're doing your part? Manufacturers have created various symbols to let consumers know if a product is made from recycled materials or can be recycled after use.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home.
Food is such a large portion of what we consume every day. Do you ever think about how the food choices you make can influence the world and your health?
For many people, a computer is the central tool at work. Optimizing the energy settings for computers and other devices can be more than a modest energy saver.
Plug-In To eCycling with US EPA is a partnership between EPA and consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and service providers that offers you more opportunities to donate or recycle - to "eCycle" - your used electronics.
Finding ways to step lighter on the planet can open up new vistas—not to mention save you money. Try any of our suggestions and you might even be able to take one or two more trips this year.
Your home should be comfortable, nurturing and aesthetically pleasing.
The best way to increase your home's value is to add features that will enhance its appearance and function, without breaking your bank.