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A recent study by The Giving Report found that social media was the best way to raise money for a charity. First-time donors are more likely to find charities and nonprofits to support in this way, and postings on Facebook and Instagram drive 57% of the total traffic to a charity's campaign pages. If you want to raise money for your favorite ...Read more

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Turns out the easiest method to make coffee at home is the greenest, too. If you're only making a cup of coffee for yourself, using instant instead of grinding and brewing your own java has the lowest amount of carbon emissions. In fact, it's one-third of the emissions versus making whole-bean coffee. The trick is to use instant coffee packaged ...Read more

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Flat, warm and stale beer should never be tossed down the drain. Just add unwanted beer to a bucket and place it on the ground outdoors. Mosquitoes are attracted to beer and they'll drown in the bucket. Also, if you have wooden outdoor furniture, use beer to bring dull wood back to life. Just pour it on and rub with a clean cloth. Finally, the ...Read more

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Yes, it's possible to buy local online, too. When shopping on community websites like Etsy, be careful not to buy things from sellers that are far away from you. The shipping charges and emissions to ship that handmade object can be considerable. Instead, use filters that let you shop by location, so you can narrow down your field ranging from ...Read more

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Want to save money on your next desktop or laptop computer? Look for refurbished models available directly from the manufacturer. At Apple, models that were demonstration units or returned under their return and refund policy are completely refurbished using new parts, thoroughly cleaned, given upgraded software and repackaged with new ...Read more

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While taking off for a tropical island for a last-minute getaway or grabbing a cheap ticket to spend the weekend across the country sounds exciting, long-distance travel is a nightmare in greenhouse gas emissions. Have you really discovered everything you can do right in your own state? You might be surprised at how many parks, hiking trails, ...Read more

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When you're planning a road trip, wouldn't you like to be as fuel-efficient as possible? Uphill drives burn more fuel, so it make sense to find the flattest route to get from Point A to Point B. While the website FlattestRoute.com is targeted to cyclists, it can also help motorists avoid mountains when driving. Just enter your starting point and...Read more

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If you're planning a trip and the final destination is less than 500 miles away, the greenest way to get there is by car. Mile for mile, flying by plane is far worse, considering the greenhouse gases, soot particles and other contaminants planes emit when in flight. Driving a car is especially better if you have a hybrid or electric car, and it'...Read more

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Did you know root vegetables are among the most sustainable vegetables you should incorporate into your diet? A study by the Journal of Cleaner Production found carrots, potatoes and onions to be among the lowest greenhouse gas-emitting crops of all fruits and vegetables. In addition to the health benefits, root vegetables also last a long time,...Read more

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Here's a produce item you can eat lots of and still be a conscious eater, too: mushrooms. Because mushrooms are a crop that can be grown nearly anywhere and also can be grown using byproducts from other crops, their environmental impact is very low. They're drought-tolerant as well, needing just 2 gallons of water to grow from start to finish. (...Read more

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It's time to eat more seaweed. The World Wildlife Fund named algae on their "Future 50 Foods" list because it's responsible for 50% of the oxygen production on Earth. It's also good for you -- it's loaded with minerals, antioxidants, protein, iodine and Vitamin C; wakame seaweed is even a source of the omega-3 fatty acid EPA. Because it's easy ...Read more

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Did you know some of the biggest culprits in contaminated loads of recyclable plastic are dirty peanut butter jars? Since the thick, sticky nut butter often completely coats the inside, it's important to clean the jar well to prevent it from being tossed into the landfill (along with the recyclables tainted by it). Just use a rubber spatula to ...Read more

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Did you know the No. 1 most returned item from online shopping is clothing? It's believed that 30%-40% of all clothing items purchased online are returned. It's easy to understand why: Size and fit are the top culprits. Enter AI technology, which allows you to virtually try on clothing using models of your body type, skin tone, height and more ...Read more

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Do you work or live near active construction? Construction sites, with all of that dust and debris flying around, actually contribute 14.5% of particulate matter in the air, according to a 2022 study by the American Lung Association. To protect yourself when there is active construction, be sure to keep doors and windows closed. Use an air ...Read more

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When choosing flowers to plant in your yard, there are benefits in choosing perennials vs. annual plants. The obvious is that annuals are short-lived plants and often only last for one season, while perennials thrive and come back year after year. But having plants that have a long life also means they have time to grow longer, healthier roots. ...Read more

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It's believed that nearly 30% of items purchased online are returned to the retailer. What you may not know is that about one-fourth of returned items are landfilled. This is because they are not suitable to be restocked, are damaged or simply cost too much to restock vs. being thrown out. That equals about 10 billion pounds of goods landfilled ...Read more

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Do you use teleconferencing software like Zoom for meetings? They are far more environmentally friendly than flying and traveling for in-person meetings, but you can also do one more thing to make them more sustainable: Turn off the camera. If you can do a teleconference without your camera on, it reduces your carbon footprint by a whopping 96%,...Read more

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Just how bad can single-use paper coffee cups be for the environment? Turns out, they can be pretty bad. These aren't just paper cups, they're paper cups lined with plastic. When these cups degrade, the plastic lining becomes microplastics that are released into our waterways. Not to mention nearly 6.5 million trees are cut down every year to ...Read more

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The Humane Society of the United States says prevention is the best way to make sure you don't lose a family pet like a cat or a dog. Start with an inexpensive microchip (your veterinarian or animal shelter can insert it) and register it for free on sites like FindPet.com or FreePetChipRegistry.com. Be sure the tag says "call my owner" with your...Read more

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Hot summer weather also means mosquitoes. Rather than using chemical sprays to keep pesky bugs away, reach for something in your medicine cabinet instead: mouthwash. Natural mouthwashes are usually made with food-grade alcohol and eucalyptus oil to freshen breath. By transferring this same mixture into a spray bottle, you can keep mosquitoes at ...Read more

 

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