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8 Ways to Green Your Trash

Think back to what you learned in seventh-grade biology about the discovery process. The first step in the scientific method (trash is, after all, a very technical thing) is to ask questions about something you observe in your environment.

8 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint During the Shortest Month this Year

Between the cold, condensation and lack of daylight, February, the shortest of winter months, can sometimes feel like it will never end. And it may seem funny to talk global warming while it’s snowing, but mid-winter, when we are busy trying to keep warm and travel through difficult weather conditions is the perfect time to…

Plastic Recycling

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. This makes recycling plastic even more important. Curbside programs often make recycling plastic containers easier than other plastic products. You’ll likely be unable to recycle plastic bags, packaging and…

Shopper’s Guide to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Resolving to save money? And the planet? Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs promise a win-win: according to the industry and U.S. government’s Energy Star program, which promotes CFL bulbs and other substitutes for energy-hogging incandescents, a CFL uses 75 percent less energy than its incandescent counterpart, lasts up to 10 times longer and prevents more than 450…

Refillable vs disposable pens

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. These disposable pens ultimately wind up in landfills and in waterways. Being made of plastic,…

Common Recycling Symbols

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. So which symbols mean what? The following recycling symbols are the most commonly used in the…

Get ready for the cold

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home. With rising fuel costs and increasing concerns about our planet’s health, maybe this is the perfect year to asess your home’s energy efficiency. And, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, you can…

Food and Sustainability

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? Learn more at SmartLivingProject.org

Going Green at Work: Top Tips

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

Plug-In To eCycling with US EPA is a partnership between EPA and consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and service providers that offer you more opportunities to donate or recycle – to “eCycle” – your used electronics.