What Are Corn Starch Biocompostables aka PLA Plastics?

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Biocompostable plastics are made from renewable, biodegradable corn starch.

Traditional plastic is made from petroleum products. The production of petroleum-based plastics involves all kinds of chemicals, some of which have raised health concerns among consumers. The other problem is that these type of plastics do not biodegrade and they are made with a non-renewable resource: petroleum. There are just lots of environmental and health concerns associated with conventional plastics.

Thankfully, plastics technology has come a long way. There are now biocompostable plastics made from renewable, biodegradable corn starch. In fact, you’ve probably already seen them. Have you ever used a plastic cup and noticed the text made from corn? Then, you’ve used corn start biocompostables! [Continue reading]

6 Resources for Green Gift Ideas For The Holiday Season

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It’s that time again, the holiday season is upon us and thoughts of gift giving have invaded your ever-waking moment. Where does one go to obtain green gift ideas or buy green gifts for our friends and loved ones? A variety of things must first be … [Continue reading]

Green Tips for Cars: Lighten Your Load

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Looking for ways to save gas and increase your fuel economy? Then it's time to Lighten Your Load. Clear your car of extra baggage and you can improve your fuel economy by two percent for every 100 pounds. Are you still carrying around that … [Continue reading]

Green Dry Cleaners: 3 Environmentally Friendly Dry Cleaning Alternatives

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Dry-clean-only clothes are often a necessity for those who work in professional environments. Unfortunately, dry cleaning clothes has all sorts of nasty side effects. The whole system uses toxic chemicals that can wreak havoc on the environment and … [Continue reading]

Plastic Recycling By The Numbers

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Plastic recycling, the process of recovering plastic and reprocessing it to create new products, can vary greatly from state to state. Who collects the old plastic and what can be recycled is determined by each city or county on an individual basis. … [Continue reading]

Adventure Cycling: Training for a Long Bike Trip

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If you are just getting started in Adventure Cycling, the first thing to consider is your training needs. How far do you want to go and how many days do you have to travel? I am currently planning a four day Bicycle Touring trip of about 220 … [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]

Guerrilla Gardening is Taking Root Worldwide

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Guerrilla gardening is essentially the act of engaging in planned or random acts of gardening, without permission, on other people's property. This organic anarchy is spreading throughout the world, virtually unrestrained. The exact motives of the … [Continue reading]

Simple Lighting Switches for Electricity Savings

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As the seasons change again, do you find yourself eying rising utility costs and wondering how to save money on electricity. Saving electricity doesn’t just make good environmental sense, it's also good for your bank account. Even small changes in … [Continue reading]

Do You Know Your Water Footprint?

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—Most people have heard of their carbon footprint but have you heard of your water footprint? On one hand, the United States has an abundance of water, almost 8 percent of the world’s freshwater resources, but only 4.5 percent of the world’s … [Continue reading]