Are You Living With Household Hazardous Waste?

storing household hazardous waste

These products are called hazardous waste for a reason. Disposal can be tricky, so follow the rules.

Mention household hazardous waste, and most people think of it as a contemporary problem. It is, but the household hazardous waste disposal problem has roots centuries old. Contaminants and the rapid spread of bacteria became everyday urban problems by the seventeenth century.

Today, however, the problem of household hazardous waste has become more acute due to the artificially enhanced power of the chemical reactions roiling in our refuse. Dig through our garbage, and you discover myriad toxins, corrosives, flammables and combustibles mixing candidly with viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa.

Now you understand why we’re taking some time to talk about household hazardous waste disposal: the stuff is seriously nasty.

Safe methods of recycling hazardous waste reduce environmental pollution and its associated health hazards. Determining the proper procedure for disposal of household hazardous waste is, however, no easy task.

Remember, we are dealing with potentially or currently toxic material, some of which could explode or burst into flames. We can’t just toss such material into the regular trash; it should not be drained into the street or out in a field or down your sinks or flushed down the toilet, either. [Continue reading]

Green Tips: Try Wood Alternatives for Your Fireplace

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Make your fireplace eco-friendly by using products such as EcoBricks or installing an EcoFire Super-Grate. Homeowners with a fireplace have a unique set of concerns when it comes to greening up their home heating practices. Fireplace owners, here … [Continue reading]

Does Mountain Biking Harm Nature?

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There is little doubt that the popularity of mountain biking has increased in recent years. This is not without controversy—not long ago, there was discussion about allowing mountain biking in national parks where it had not been allowed … [Continue reading]

Recycle with Crafts by Making Juice Can Puppets

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Recycling doesn't always have to be about sorting and tossing into bins. Reuse is a popular form of recycling and it's so much more fun! Re-using recyclables to make crafts will get your children excited about eco-crafting. Juice Can Puppets are … [Continue reading]

A Gerbera Today May Keep The Doctor Away

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Our homes contain many irritants both seen and unseen, which contribute to poor indoor, air quality. Invaders such as molds, bacteria, pollen, dust, and pet dander seem to be the most prevalent culprits. Often contributing to the development of … [Continue reading]

Old Cell Phones: Recycle, Resell or Reuse

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Think back to when you bought your current mobile device. Did you recycle the old cell phone? If you're like most cell phone users, then you upgrade your mobile phone every 18-24 months. Because of this constant turnover, it's estimated that … [Continue reading]

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint by Riding the Bus

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To put yourself on the road to preserving the ecology and your own economy, it may pay to take the bus. Public transit and school buses replace a significant number of cars on the road, making them an environmentally sound transportation option. … [Continue reading]

How to Use Sustainable Building Materials

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Using sustainable building materials is an important step in creating an energy-efficient, eco-friendly building. It will lower your energy costs and save raw materials. Sustainable building materials are renewable, used, refurbished, recycled, or … [Continue reading]

Bike Commuting: Choosing The Best Bike

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For those of you considering bike commuting, the obvious, most important first step is actually getting a bike. But where to begin? How much to spend? What kind of bike is best? Before we can answer these questions you must first consider how far … [Continue reading]

Sustainable Living — Learning From My Past

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As a teenager growing up in the seventies, I lost count of the number of times I heard my parents say “ Go back into your room and turn out the lights.” Or “set the thermostat back to 68 degrees and put on a sweater if you’re cold.” When I would ask … [Continue reading]