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Should We Ban Balloons?

By Larraine: For decades, balloons have been ringing in the New Year. Their round and heart shapes are found in many locations. Entertainers and festival organizers display them to draw crowds. Retailers showcase balloons to generate sales. Hospitals use them to offer “get well” wishes — universities to congratulate. Corporate …

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Zero-Waste Family Of Five — No Paper Towels

By Fredrica Syren: When people become parents, they tend start using more paper towels. They are convenient for spills, cleaning messy hands and faces, and wiping runny noses. When my oldest was 2 years old, we gave up paper towels. Yes, you read that right: I did the opposite. I …

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About Waste Management: What We Should Learn from Sweden

By Fredrica Syren: Sweden has had strict standards limiting emissions from waste since the 1980s. Most emissions have fallen by between 90 and 99 percent since then, thanks to ongoing technical development and better waste sorting. So How does Sweden do this? Compared to the U.S., Sweden is a very …

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Adidas Pledges to Use Only Recycled Plastics

By Larraine Roulston: Great news from Adidas! This year, the global sportswear manufacturer is moving towards eliminating all virgin plastic from its products entering its retail stores, warehouses, distribution centers and offices. The company has  pledged to use only recycled plasticsby 2024. Their commitment will prevent an estimated 40 tons …

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California’s Recycling Is Becoming Unsustainable

By Larraine Roulston:  Recycling has emerged as a bustling new industry investing in job opportunities that include collection, source separation, innovating products with recycled content, and providing continuous public education. By recycling, fewer resources are sent to landfills. As well as being more energy and water efficient, in comparison to …

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Retailers with the Best Recycling Programs

By Larraine Roulston: Recyclable items that are not part of municipal collection programs make recycling inconvenient for citizens. To address this issue, the following retailers have stepped up to make recycling their products, as well as those of their competitors, easier for customers. Apple, best known for its computers, has …

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Wasted—What Happens to Our Garbage in the Landfill?

ByFredrica Syren: We’re drowning in waste! Yes, you read that right. The fact is that, all over the world, we create more than 3.5 million tons of trash… every day! And, sadly, that number is growing. And it is 10 times greater than it was 10 years ago. I think …

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Plastic-Free July — Reducing our Reliance on Plastic

By Larraine Roulston: July has been declared “Plastic-Free Month.”Since the invention of plastic, we have been provided with many of its conveniences. During this decade, however, we have come to recognize its harmful consequences and are now striving to reduce the amount we use. Biodegradable plastics do not degrade, and …

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Home Bioreactor

By Kim Robson: Homebiogasis a brilliant off-grid system that generates clean energy without using any electricity and allows you to properly treat your household waste. The system produces as much as two to three hours of cooking gas every day by processing food scraps or animal waste. The Homebiogas bioreactor …

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