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Why Solar Power Is Cheaper than You Think

By Nick Tedesco: The word is beginning to get out about solar power. Residential solar power finally makes economic sense for many American homeowners. Unfortunately, this fact remains largely unknown. Ironically, this is due in large part to some of the biggest and most successful solar companies. More on that …

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Just Say No To Disposable Chop Sticks

By Kim Robson: As ubiquitous now as plastic utensils, disposable chopsticks have increased dramatically in use in North America and Europe in recent years as the popularity of Asian food grows. They’re most widely used in Japan, where 24 billion pairs – around 200 pairs per person per year – …

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Young Activist To Clean Up Pacific Ocean Plastic Belt      

By Fredrica Syren: I have written many articles here about why plastic is so bad for our environment and how millions of tons of plastic waste is literally floating around in the Pacific Ocean, which has become the the world’s largest plastic dump. Known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it’s responsible for killing …

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Recycling Textiles for a Sustainable Future

By Fredrica Syren: I think it’s safe to say that, when I get dressed in the morning or when I buy new clothes, I don’t think too much about what effect these clothes have on the environment. Don’t get me wrong: I really try to buy as many organic and …

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Tapping Towards Solutions–Water Preservation

By Larraine Roulston: Having enough water to meet our daily needs is something most people take for granted. From protecting our local groundwater to protecting the oceans, we must embrace water with gratitude and work hard to develop a set of moral principles concerning our essential resource. The average Canadian uses …

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Survey Points to Less of Honeybee Loss  

By Fredrica Syren: While attacked by parasites, diseases, pesticides and other environmental issues, nearly one out of four (or 23 percent) American honeybee colonies died this winter according to a survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The surprise is that it’s actually better than previous years when an average …

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Sustainable Hemp

By Kim Robson: Hemp, which contains little or no THC, is a variety of plant in the same species as marijuana (cannabis). Industrially, it can be refined into products such as foods, oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper and fuel. Before “reefer madness” anti-drug policies took hold in the …

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White House Installs Solar Panels in a Symbolic Gesture

By Fredrica Syren: Last week President Barack Obama, a big supporter of solar technology and renewable energy, unveiled new solar panels on The White House. It’s a symbolic gesture of the President’s climate action plan, but also a way to demonstrate that solar energy is possible for any situation or house, even in …

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Proposed FDA Regulations Could End Organic Farming

By Kim Robson: Back in 2010, Congress empowered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate farms. Recently, the FDA announced proposed new rules to better ensure food safety for the public. The new rules would affect all farms, but organic farming would be the most greatly affected. Time-honored …

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Zero Waste … Greenest Restaurant In the Midwest

By Larraine Roulston: When customers stop by Sandwich Me In, a small Chicago restaurant, they leave not only satisfied but also energized, having enjoyed locally produced, fresh, healthy food. And they are pleased that their dining experience created zero waste. In May 2012, owner and head chef Justin Vrany opened …

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