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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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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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Why Styrofoam Is So Bad for the Environment

By Kim Robson: Everyone knows that Styrofoam is bad for the planet, but do you know exactly why? Here’s a hint: it’s not just about biodegradability. Styrofoam has become such an accepted everyday product that people often don’t understand how Styrofoam harms the environment. Styrofoam is made from polystyrene, which …

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Things I Have Stopped Buying Since Going Zero Waste

By Fredrica Syren: Since going zero waste and learning to live a simpler life, my family and I have been enjoying the many benefits. Most important among these are reducing our environmental impact on the world, having more time, and experiencing better health. An extra bonus to our zero waste …

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Is Our Convenient Life Damaging the Planet?

By Fredrica Syren: One of my favorite things to do when shopping is to snoop and see what everyone else is buying. Lately it has made me sad to see that most shopping carts are filled with convenience items such as processed and prepared foods, and disposable goods. Companies and …

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Waste Less and … Recycle Less

By Fredrica Syren: When my family began our journey toward a zero waste life, we succeeded in reducing our waste; but, as a result, our recycling bin was fuller. We soon realized that reducing our waste and recycling more were good things; however, the next step en route to zero …

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Dumpster Divers Get Legal Protection

By Kim Robson:  The very serious topic of food waste has been covered here on Green-Mom many times, from the Inglorious Foods campaign in France, to the Hidden Harvest movement in California, to the Food Waste Challenge in New York City. Wasted food is a worldwide problem, and the global population is expected only to grow, adding to the challenge of global …

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Celebrate Waste Reduction Week

By Larraine Roulston : During the third week in October, on both sides of the Atlantic, recycling councils celebrate Waste Reduction Week (WRW). This year, October 17-23 marks the promotion of building environmental awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption. It is a week of information and events about how …

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Fighting Food Waste Worldwide

By Fredrica Syren: Did you know that almost 800 million people around the globe do not get enough food to eat, and that poor nutrition kills 3.5 million children each year? It’s shocking and even more frustrating if you add that about 40 percent of all food grown for humans …

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How to Move Without Waste

 By Larraine Roulston: Anyone who has moved knows that it can be a stressful time. Getting organized and beginning to pack as much as possible, as early as possible, can alleviate much of the anxiety. Thinking of ways to make your move waste-free will help save you money. The first …

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