There are lots of waste concerns when shipping or receiving packages: learn how to reduce your footprint here.
Trash generated from events can have a big impact: here are some tips to keep the rubbish under control.
One kid decided that he would become an activist to save the oceans. He’s enlisted other kids to clean California’s beaches as a way to make a difference.
With more than one billion people around the earth celebrating Earth Day this week, you might be looking for something new to do to show your interest in saving the planet. Compiled below are six great ideas that just might inspire you.
It wasn’t until recently that American business started discovering that what’s good for the planet is also good for the bottom line. In fact, the link between green and profit is still pretty hidden, especially from consumers. It shouldn’t be: thus the national television rollout of So Right So Smart. The award-winning feature revolves around
Aquafina, Dasani, and Poland Spring are names on the water bottle that have come to evoke images of pristine waterfalls, swift cool streams, and shimmering, unspoiled mountain lakes. As well they should. These three carefully selected names are among the largest selling brands of bottled water in the United States. They play a vital role
By collecting most of the hot, soapy water that flows off of you during a ten-minute shower, Orbital Systems’ new closed-loop shower promises to reduce your water use by up to 90%, all while reducing the energy it takes to keep that water warm- by as much as 80%! All of which begs the question:
Going green is a much talked about topic. All kinds of rumors and false ideas are circulating about the environment and the actions we can take to help it. Here are 5 green myths debunked. 1. Going Green is More Expensive Many are under the impression that everything green is expensive. It is quite the
In Florida, as in many places, recycling is not mandatory. Many things in life are not financially profitable, however that doesn’t mean they are not the correct thing to do. Recycling typically falls into this category. We have found a way to correct this social issue and others at the same time. We offer free
Take just a few moments to sign the NRDC petition asking President Obama to push for critical ocean protections during the Rio+20 summit. And the next time you get ready to toss a plastic bottle in the trash, or drive your car when it would be just as easy to walk or bike,…
As thousands of people try to “go green” in an attempt to help the environment and our natural resources, there are various ways to help out that you may not have considered yet. No matter where you are, there are always things you can add into your daily routine in order to help a little
There are some materials that we have a habit of taking for granted. They are everywhere, but no one wants them until they have a very specific need. Cardboard is a perfect example of this. It is versatile, and we need it for boxes when we move and sometimes to line a floor in a
This is an interesting guest post offer I received that I thought was worth a share. Check it out and take some of these steps this year (or all of them!) to recycle some of your Christmas gear! by Plastic Place Christmas is just around the corner, and with it comes a lot of…
Reduce, reuse, recycle — the three R’s that all environmentally friendly people live by and the principles that we are first taught in kindergarten as children. But while few of us have lived by them, many are now making the move toward finally protecting the planet in any little way they can. You might not
Most people don’t have much money at this point in time but that’s ok, by spending a small amount more or even the same amount, we can all benefit by saving energy and in turn reducing our electric bills. Solar panels are expensive, the majority of people won’t be able to afford them, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reduce their electric bill by helping them implement energy saving habits like turning off lights!
Forewarning: this may start out dismal, but stick with me!
We’ve found ourselves somehow in mid-October, and whatever your feelings are on that (be it terror that Christmas is approximately only 60 some days away or pure exuberance that Halloween is now just around the corner), when it comes to our planet and food, we’re unfortunately about to see a double amount of waste during the upcoming months.
Let’s start with pumpkins. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), we Americans have created a demand for approximately 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins per year. Pumpkins with which we will, for the most part, use for carving and traditional fall décor, after which point, we will toss them in the trash to be tossed into the local landfill.
I have spent hours researching how to turn my community green. I suppose I’m a little too anxious to create change. I went directly for who I should contact locally for changing laws and such. Again, I was reminded that all things take time. One of the first things pretty much every site said about community change was that you should form a group. And it’s true, there is great strength in numbers, so here’s how to go about it.
A green planet is a planet that is going to last longer and remain healthier because it involves recycling, reusing, and reducing to create a safer, happier and healthier environment. Many art projects are now taking on a green or eco-friendly focus because people want to place more emphasis on being sustainable and environmentally aware.
Most of us have plenty of old stuff at home we no longer use or need because the household utilities are no longer functional, clothes are old-fashioned and gadgets have just got boring (and you are planning newer and better replacements)
Would you like to unclutter or simplify your lifestyle? So before heading towards the green trash bin, take a look at these websites and find a new life for your old stuff.
Here’s some top green living stories from the past week or so (other than our own). Enjoy!
A new friend recently shared this recycling infographic, thinking it might be a good fit for Planetsave — didn’t take long for me to say, “great idea!” All kinds of useful or just plain interesting info on recycling, recycled product, and related info here. One of the most interesting points, in my opinion, is how much Japan composts, but there’s a lot more info that sort of blows me away as well. Enjoy! (& share the infographic with your friends.)
In an effort to be more green, many of us have started toting reusable plastic or aluminum water bottles around with us instead of buying bottled water on the go. Choosing reusable items over products that have to be recycled is one of the best things we can do for our planet. Recycling is good but not having to recycle at all is even better.
Each year on the Saturday before or on June 21, tens of thousand line up along a two miles stretch just north of Seattle’s Lake UNion (the famed Fremont neighborhood) to witness a celebration of all things summer (under sprinkling, over-cast skies), ecological, alternative, creative and just plain freaky…oh, and naked (sometimes painted) people on bicycles!
In 2009, U.S. EPA reported that furniture accounted for 9.8 million tons (4.1%) of household waste. Furniture is the number one least-recycled item in a household, and it was only up until 2008 that there was a recovery (materials used for recycling) greater than 0.05% since the 1960s — 0.1%. And by 2015, it is estimated that we will spend $121.7 billion to re-furbish our homes with new furniture. As we are increasingly persuaded by TV shows to remodel our homes and to replace old furniture, we are also adding more to the landfill in record numbers.
Individuals that physically interact with their outdoors environment tend to be passionate about preserving it. Hikers, conservationists, fishermen, hunters, rock climbers, and surfers are passionate about keeping their outdoor playgrounds free of pollution.
If you are stay at home Dad and don’t like to carry a diaper bag with Zebras, Pooh-bear or Disney babies then Passchal has the bag for you. Passchal has come up with a Eco-friendly luxury bags made from discarded tractor tire inner tubes.
Here’s a good reminder to reuse, recycle, upcycle, or donate your old clothes instead of throwing them away. This little infographic was created by USAgain using EPA data.
It is the fundamental structural element of all living things. It is a key component of many energy sources, and, it is a crucial player in our planet’s climate system. The natural cycling of this element — Carbon (C) — between earth, atmosphere and ocean maintains the habitable conditions that all Life depends upon. Much
OK, one more wrap-up this week. And perhaps our last weekly wrap-up, period. As I am thinking I will switch to daily wrap-ups instead. (Let me know if you have any objection.) As the title says, this wrap-up is of good or cool green living stories. Biking Biking is one of the greenest things you
A new book published by Oxford University Press by University of East Anglia scientists Tim Lenton and Andrew Watson proposes that future humans must recycle 100 percent of everything we want to use and that we must be fuelled by sustainable energy sources. The book, entitled Revolutions that Made the Earth, is the culmination of
Drinking recycled water has never been an environmentally friendly solution that many have looked upon with relish; where the water has been is almost always enough of a detractor for the majority of those surveyed. Nevertheless, the Australian Government National Water Commission has funded a study conducted by researchers at Australia’s CSIRO Land and Water
On America Recycles Day (Nov. 15), green rewards program RecycleBank pledged to educate consumers about recycling right. Now, RecycleBank is using its “Learn & Earn” digital platform to educate consumers on recycling polyethylene terephthalate (or PET) bottles. Don’t get offended if you are a super greeny and already know all about recycling, because you must know
TerraCycle’s recycling campaigns are so easy to participate in that nearly any company with any sense (and the opportunity) can get on board and get some good green PR for doing so. While I wouldn’t give most of the cheese companies below much green credit, it is at least good that they joined TerraCycle’s new
It seems we always take the most basic things for granted. With regards to adequate water, air, and soil (things we assume will always be there) we are gradually becoming more mindful of them, and their limits. But how many of us are worried about phosphorus (P) running out? Well, lately, more and more agricultural
A couple months ago I wrote about a cool bicycle composting service in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here’s a similar bike composting and recycling service in Philadelphia, the Pedal Co-Op. “Motivated by their love of bike culture and the environment, this enterprising group has built a cooperative business around transporting other businesses’ compost and recycling,” Rory Woods
President Bill Clinton got into the topic of trash at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative recently. It is an important topic. We create tremendous amounts of waste these days, and much of it could be used in a constructive way, rather than polluting our planet. While some companies are trying to be greener and minimize
What are the greenest cell phone companies in the world. Dan Harding of CalFinder Home Solar Power tells us n this great guest post.
Starbucks invites you to join a live online conversation about the company’s efforts to make its cups recyclable. [social_buttons] Imagine… you’re in a Starbucks enjoying your double tall, soy latte and chatting with a close friend. You finish your beverage, and get up to throw away your soiled paper cup. But there is no recycling
You have a chance to help create the perfect, sustainable coffee cup and win a piece of $20,000 through the Betacup Challenge. [social_buttons] Most of us enjoy a cup of java in the morning. And if you are anything like me, you typically get your coffee on the go. I make an effort to bring
[social_buttons] Green Cities California (GCC) announced today the release of its Master Environmental Assessment (MEA) on Single Use and Reusable Bags. The MEA, commissioned by GCC and developed by ICF International’s Sacramento office, summarizes existing studies on the environmental impacts of single use plastic, paper, compostable and reusable bags, as well as the impacts of
A volunteer poses with the bottles and cans collected at a Massachusetts watershed cleanup. [social_buttons] A month after the governor of Delaware proposed dumping the state’s beverage container refund law in favor of a new tax for community recycling, in-state and national environmental groups have come out against the recommendation. Delaware is one of 11
[social_buttons] As the product stewardship movement gains steam, attention is turning to the issue of unsafe disposal of residue or unwanted consumer pharmaceuticals. The widespread detection of pharmaceutical residues in public waters and fish has raised biologists’ concerns. In Minnesota, the popularity of public-sponsored take-back days and a coming legislative proposal in the 2010 session
A new Minnesota stakeholder report identifies 38 solid waste reform recommendations that could dramatically reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. [social_buttons] A report submitted December 31 to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) outlines 38 ways the state could achieve a 20-year reduction of 52.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions through changes
[social_buttons] The beverage container industry continues to fight state and national container legislation despite evidence that such laws could contribute significantly to greenhouse gas reduction while providing energy, recycling and litter control benefits. The industry says community recycling programs, which put the cost burden on communities rather than container manufacturers, are a superior system for
[social_buttons] Although images of giant coal-fired smokestacks and automobile tailpipes characterize greenhouse gas scenarios, a new report proposes a different way of thinking about it – product policy. Products and packaging contribute 44% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and reduction plans are more likely to succeed if extended producer responsibility (EPR) is made a cornerstone
[social_buttons] Oregon this summer became the first state to enact in law a product stewardship law for the collection of leftover consumer paint. The pilot program, which expires in 2014, involves a consumer fee that a nonprofit organization established by paint producers uses to pay for the collection and proper disposal or reuse of the
[social_buttons] As the Internet becomes the resource more Americans turn to for phone numbers, lawmakers are beginning to examine the proliferation of unwanted phone books — and their environmental impact. A Minnesota legislator, Rep. Paul Gardner, has introduced state legislation to allow consumers to opt-out of receiving the paper directories, but is taking a wait-and-see
London’s mayor announced a new 2 million tree plan to help fight climate change and keep Londoners cool. The plan is designed to counteract the “urban heat island effect” in which urban areas absorb and release more heat than surrounding areas, due to having more pavement, traffic and power demand.