Category Archives: Recycling and Waste

Green Fashion: What’s The Impact of Your Closet?

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From the resources and pesticides used in farming, to chemicals in fabrics, to waste from production, to the footprint of shipping and retailing, to final disposal, fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world behind oil…. Read more »

Ocean Trash: The World’s Largest Dumpster

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We all know that trash in our oceans is a problem, right? But did you know there is something YOU can do about it? Even if you don’t live by the… Read more »

Day 25: This Versus That: The Eco-Scoop on Garbage Disposals and Radiant Heat

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Earlier this month I answered your questions on dishwashers and water heaters. Today I’m tackling more questions from Everyday Earthiness readers to solve these everyday riddles: Garbage disposal or trash can? Garbage… Read more »

Day 24: Food Waste and the Planet: 6 Ways to Reduce Your “Foodprint”

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According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), every year about 1.3 billion tons of food produced for human consumption globally is lost or wasted. In… Read more »

Day 23: Curious About Compost: Composting Demystified

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For a long time, composting seemed like something that other people do. You know, environmentalists, not everyday people like you and me. Even when I moved into a house that came… Read more »

Day 15: Shopping for Trouble: The Environmental Impact of Plastic Bags

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The question around grocery bags used to be “paper or plastic?” One was bad because it caused clear-cutting and used enormous resources to make and the other was bad because it was, well,… Read more »

Day 13: Water the Essence of Life, Bottles the Essence of Death

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Sound harsh? Perhaps. But it’s also true. How? Plastic bottles are made from petroleum. The process of manufacturing and transporting them also uses water and energy and creates greenhouse gas emissions…. Read more »

Day 7: Get rid of junk mail, forever

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Want an easy way to reduce your impact on the planet? Get rid of junk mail. According to the non-profit organization 41pounds.org, the average American receives 41 pounds of junk mail… Read more »