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 why, I’d get […]

Drive green with 7 eco-conscious tips for fuel economy

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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 […]

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. 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

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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 […]

Composting Basics

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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 […]

The Green House: a new building revolution

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We only have one world to live in. Everywhere we go, people are more aware of their carbon footprint, choosing not to deplete natural resources without a thought about how they will be replenished. This awareness is leading to lifestyle changes that can be described as a new era in building the American dream. The era of […]

Stop Getting Junk Mail and Breath Easy

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The minute we stop getting junk mail, we pump more oxygen into our atmosphere. While some junk mail is made from recycled material, a substantial percentage of junk mail is made of paper that will almost always be discarded as soon as the mail reaches its target: you. Unwanted mail consumes live trees for no […]