Drive green with 7 eco-conscious tips for fuel economy

eco-friendly driving tips

Thanks in no small part to the horror of rising fuel prices, gas-guzzling Americans have been forced to cut back on gas consumption. Some tried car-pooling, discovered public transportation or gained new skills for alternative transportation like motorcycles and scooters. Others learned the value of proper car maintenance. It’s true! Preventative maintenance for your vehicle […]

Are You Ready to Ban Plastic Bags?

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A plastic bag can sit in a landfill, or even the ocean bottom, for centuries, perhaps breaking into smaller and smaller pieces, but never disappearing entirely. There is no debate: plastic shopping bags are bad for the environment. The question is what can we do about it?

Plastic Recycling By The Numbers

plastic-recycling

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. The only constant is the sorting system — the plastic recycling numbers that identify […]

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 miles. I’ll be carrying 30 pounds of gear […]

Eco-Friendly Ideas for Recycled Insulation Materials in Your Home

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Have you ever given much thought to your home insulation materials? Is your insulation eco-friendly? If not, perhaps it’s time to consider using recycled insulation materials. Energy prices rarely fall over the long term, and very few of us have the option to continuously heat or cool our homes with free sources of energy. Insulating […]

Offset Your Carbon Footprint

know your carbon footprint

What’s your carbon footprint? Do you know? Should you know? And how do you go about figuring it out? Let’s start with the basics. Carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused directly and indirectly by an individual, organization, event, product, nation or the world. It’s often measured in tons of CO2. Some […]

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 Americans have more than 500 million old cell phones sitting in drawers, storage boxes […]

Environmental Impact of Overnight Shipping and Greener Delivery Options

Green shipping choices

It’s midnight when you realize that you forgot to mail the present for dear aunt Sally’s 75th birthday. If you get it to the post office by 9 a.m. you could send it overnight delivery and no one will be the wiser. But, is overnight shipping really the best idea for the environment? It doesn’t […]

Various Uses of Recycled Rubber In and Around Your Home

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Recycled rubber is an eco-friendly, durable option for all kinds of applications around the home. Some uses for recycled rubber around your home or business include flooring, playgrounds and gardens. And, that’s just the beginning.

Composting Basics

basic composting tips

Composting is simple enough that almost any household can do it. Use these basic composting tips to get started. Composting is one of those simple solutions that just about every homeowner in America can implement. Take those kitchen scraps and yard trimmings and turn them into a useful soil additive. Yard trimmings and food residuals […]