Urban tumbleweeds

Urban Tumbleweed – a carelessly discarded plastic bag picked up by the wind and blown about city streets. They’re everywhere. They may be called “urban,” but these tumbleweeds can be seen in suburban, rural, mountain and aquatic environments. And unlike their namesake, these tumbleweeds don’t harmlessly biodegrade. Plastic bags are made from oil, a non-renewable…

Trash to treasure

According to the EPA, Americans produce hundreds of millions of tons of garbage destined for landfills every year. In addition to buying minimally packed goods and recycling, reusing potential household waste is an effective way to reduce the volume of garbage heading for landfills. Bottle caps: Paint them red and black for cool outdoor checkers…

Climate Change Denial

It happens after a big snowfall. It happens when the weather turns especially cold. It happens when fewer or weaker hurricanes make landfall in a season. More Americans do it now than even two years ago[1], while most of the rest of world does it less. What is this strange phenomenon? It is Climate Change…

Clean green, $ave green

Almost without exception, homemade cleaners are less expensive, better for home and environmental health, and often more effective than prepared cleaners. For about $10, a complete inventory of natural cleaning supplies can make the house shine without the toxins, like bleach and ammonia, found in common cleaners. Apple Cider Vinegar: Gently and beautifully cleans hardwood…

Where do batteries go when they die?

With the wide availability of rechargeable batteries, battery-free products and recyclers that accept batteries, it is possible to eliminate batteries from the waste stream, saving consumers money in the process. Bottom line, reducing battery use and recharging and recycling batteries makes good environmental and economic sense.