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When it comes to wrapping up a package to send in the mail, you might wonder if there are greener options for packing tape. Traditional tape is plastic-based and not recyclable or biodegradable. A greener option is paper tape with an adhesive that's activated by water; this variety is common in mass retail shipping operations and can easily be ...Read more

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Unless you are absolutely, positively sure how to do it, let the pros change your car's motor oil. The waste oil from just one oil change, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate a whole lot of water. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates up to a million gallons of fresh water can be affected by just a single oil change. This dirty ...Read more

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A product's packaging may proclaim that it's "recyclable," but that doesn't make it Earth-friendly, and in actuality it may be next to impossible to recycle. The real question you should ask when you see a recycling symbol is: Is it easily recyclable? Items like aluminum, paperboard, glass and some plastics that are accepted in your curbside ...Read more

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One of the big benefits of making or using organic compost is that you really can't overuse it in your garden. Traditional fertilizers have to be carefully measured and applied to your lawn and garden because if they are overused, they can cause more harm than good. But with compost, you can be very liberal about piling it on top of the soil and...Read more

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Whether you compost at home or bring your compostables to a collection site, do one thing: Remove any produce stickers. Almost all stickers that have a bar code for scanning are made from plastic, and plastic does not break down into compost. You can remove the stickers when you first bring produce home, or do this: Buy fruits and vegetables ...Read more

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Many of us look for cans with no BPA lining when buying beans, soups and vegetables. But when it comes to tomatoes, even BPA-free cans can still have a chemical lining, since tomatoes are so acidic. When shopping for packaged tomatoes, look beyond cans for packaging called Tetra Paks, which are cardboard containers that are BPA-free and ...Read more

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When you buy a bottle of vitamins or new electronics, you'll typically find little packets labeled "Do Not Eat" inside. These are called silica packets, and inside them is a very porous natural mineral that absorbs moisture and helps preserve freshness. There's no need to throw away these packets; you can reuse them around your home to keep ...Read more

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If your home has a septic system, there is one thing you should never use to clean your toilets: chlorine bleach. While it may seem like a hygienic thing to use to prevent germs and bacteria from building up, bleach can do more harm than good to your septic system, because it kills all bacteria, including the beneficial bacteria that are ...Read more

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It's not news that drought-resistant plants like succulents are an excellent water-saving choice to grow around the house. But have you heard of drought-resistant trees? When planting a new tree, it often needs a tremendous amount of water to settle, grow and eventually become a beautiful specimen in your yard. If you live in a location where ...Read more

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There are myriad things you can toss into a compost bin, like vegetable trimmings, eggshells and even almost all nutshells. One big exception in the nutshell category: walnut shells. Turns out walnut shells can be lethal and toxic to plants because they contain high concentrations of juglone, a compound produced by some plants to stunt the ...Read more

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Pick one day a week to go completely unplugged, free of any digital devices. Years of studies have shown that being disconnected from your phone and computer screens is beneficial for overall well-being and happiness, but recent findings indicate that it also may help you sleep better. According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, ...Read more

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One popular activity during the summer months is camping, but according to the Sierra Club, you should do one thing to minimize your impact when you're in the woods: Look for well-established campsites that have durable surfaces like gravel or rock slabs to pitch your tent. Avoid the Instagram-worthy areas like meadows or along rivers and lakes....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 and want something new. One new type of sustainable furniture on the market is made of mango wood, from the fruit-bearing trees of the same name. Mango trees are fast-growing (they can reach 100 feet in height very quickly) and ...Read more

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Ever wonder what to do with old metal keys you no longer need? The good news is that they are 100% recyclable, since most household keys are composed of brass with a nickel coating. All you have to do is remove any plastic covers you might have on the keys and take them to any scrap metal or recycling facility in your community to deposit in the...Read more

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More than $32 billion worth of flower arrangements from over 15,000 local florists are sold every year in the form of congratulatory, thank you or holiday bouquets. With those sales come millions of glass and ceramic vases that end up stashed under the kitchen sink and thrown into Goodwill donation bins or the trash can once the flowers have ...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 non-chlorine chemicals like bromine to ...Read more

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The old-school thought on disposing of old prescription medication was to flush it down the toilet. But that method has been proven unsafe, as studies have shown that flushed drugs can pollute our waterways and even contaminate drinking water. Instead, many communities now have drop-off points where you can properly dispose of old medication. ...Read more

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Of the 6 million tons of trash that makes its way into the world's oceans every year, about 80% is plastic. The major threats to aquatic wildlife, including food packaging like six-pack rings, cling wrap and plastic sandwich bags, are often inadvertently dropped at the coasts by beachgoers. Even if they're deposited into a trash receptacle, a ...Read more

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If you're warming up by the outdoor fire pit, do this: Save the ashes. One cord of wood can produce about 50 pounds of ashes, and those ashes have a number of beneficial uses around your property. If you grow tomatoes, sprinkle ashes around your plants and rake them into the soil; tomato plants love the natural calcium in wood ashes, and they ...Read more

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You might have a small piece of clean aluminum foil and wonder: Can I recycle this, since aluminum foil is recyclable? There's a simple rule of thumb: If it's smaller than a credit card in size, the answer is no. This also includes bottle caps, paperclips and "recyclable" coffee pods (even if they have a recycling mark on them). These small ...Read more

 

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