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According to the Audubon Society, exterior lights turned on at night are light pollution to animals like migrating birds. The artificial light spatially disorients the birds and gives them a false horizon; birds often will fly toward backlit windows in order to correct their flight, ultimately ending in death. At least 100 million birds are ...Read more

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Of the 6 million tons of trash that ends up dumped in the world's oceans every year, about 80% is plastic. A major threat to aquatic wildlife, plastic food packaging --from six-pack rings to cling wrap to plastic sandwich bags -- is often left behind at beaches by beachgoers. Even if deposited into a trash receptacle, a strong gust of wind or an...Read more

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Many of us love our family dog so much, we don't see it as a problem when they jump in the backyard pool to go for a swim. But the reality is your dog's ears, nose and eyes are more sensitive than yours, and the chlorine in the pool may actually harm them in the long run. To be on the safe side, look for nonchlorine chemicals like bromine to ...Read more

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While antique and vintage furniture is the greenest way to furnish a home, sometimes you can't find the right piece. One type of sustainable wood furniture new to market is called mango wood, from the fruit-bearing trees of the same name. Mango trees are fast-growing (they can grow up to 100 feet in height quickly) and bear fruit for about 15 ...Read more

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Here's one simple step you should take the next time you do laundry: Use less detergent. Using more than the recommended amount of detergent doesn't get your clothes cleaner; instead, you're wasting product, which wastes money, and your clothes can be left sticky, stiff and less clean, because laundry detergent is super-concentrated and can ...Read more

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Do you have windows that birds tend to fly into? Sometimes our feathered friends see a reflection of nature on windows and are fooled by the illusion. New bird-safety reflection film can prevent this. It's a simple fix that you apply on the exterior of the window that does two things: It stops the reflection that causes birds to crash into your ...Read more

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This is a water-saving tip worth repeating: Use your dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand. By choosing to run full loads in your dishwasher (and by using an Energy Star-certified model), you can save around 7,000 gallons of water every year. Even if you have an older model that isn't Energy Star-certified, it's still more water-efficient...Read more

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The National Restaurant Association says American restaurants throw away 22 to 33 billion pounds of food every year. There are steps you can take to help reduce waste when you dine out. First, bring your own reusable takeout container with you; fill it with leftovers to enjoy at home. Omit anything you definitely will not eat when you order; ...Read more

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If you're thinking about moving or planning a place to vacation, choosing a city that's walkable is one of the greenest ways to make your move or visit eco-friendly. Turns out walking in your new destination has more benefits than just removing gas-guzzling rental cars from the equation. Walkable cities minimize land use and create a more ...Read more

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With nearly everything streaming now, the energy used to maintain servers and deliver data to your TV, phone or streaming device can be quite extensive. One easy way to help conserve energy is to think about what shows, movies or music you think you'll be watching or listening to over and over. For those types of media, download it vs. streaming...Read more

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, of the 47,000 hotels and motels in the United States, about $2,196 is spent per room each year on energy costs. That equals about 6% of all operating costs for a hotel. When staying at a hotel, follow the same mindful habits you do at home: When you leave a room or check out, turn off the ...Read more

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Did you know according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans spend more than $9 billion a year on electricity simply to dry our clothes? While hanging all our laundry to air-dry probably isn't realistic for most of us, we can make an effort to air-dry some items. Think about air-drying pieces that tend to shrink, like sweaters and...Read more

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If you think donating your time to a charity means you need to be physically present to help, think again. The rise in people working from home has led to charities coming up with ways to let people donate time virtually. The Smithsonian, for example, has a digital volunteer program that allows people to help transcribe documents and edit ...Read more

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If you love fresh oysters, you might think you can just toss the shells into the ocean or bay. But it's not that simple. Unclean oyster shells can spread harmful bacteria into the water. Plus, if the oyster shells aren't placed near active beds where living oysters are, the chances they'll be used are slim to none. There are active oyster shell ...Read more

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When treating yourself to a snack on the go, opt for food items that are minimally packaged. Avoid packaged foods that come with utensils, which usually means a lot of single-use plastic that ends up in the trash. Think ice cream served in a cone; a sandwich wrapped in waxed paper; a soft pretzel in a napkin; or, for a healthier option, choose ...Read more

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Did you know that most types of glitter have been banned in Europe as of October 2023? That's because glitter is a microplastic that is nonbiodegradable, a nuisance and -- let's face it -- unnecessary. While loose glitter in jars is easy enough to avoid, be sure to watch out for it in shimmery makeup, gift wrap and greeting cards. Even if it ...Read more

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We should all avoid products that contain microplastics to help lessen their presence in our water supply and aquatic environments. And while things like microfiber towels and fleece jackets are obvious sources, there are some not-so-obvious everyday items, too. Tea bags are often made with plastic, so try to move toward loose tea when you steep...Read more

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When it's time to empty your vacuum's collection bin, you might wonder: Is it compostable? That depends. If you have nylon carpet or rugs at home, then most likely it's not a good candidate for composting, because small fibers of synthetic material will end up in the mix with dust, dirt and debris. But if your vacuum was used over hardwood, ...Read more

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When you accidentally spill a glass of red wine on the carpet, there is no reason to toss out the rug or call a professional cleaner. Instead, do what 007 would do: Grab a martini. Red wine contains anthocyanins, which are the chemicals responsible for that deep red color. By dousing a red wine stain with something with a much higher alcohol ...Read more

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If it's a particularly freezing cold day, the worst place you can leave your dog is in your car. Even if you're just running into the store for a few minutes, a car is not an insulated choice to keep your pet warm; it's actually the opposite, acting like a refrigerator by holding IN the cold air, potentially making it colder inside than the ...Read more

 

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