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If you drink carbonated beverages, which is better: a plastic bottle or an aluminum can? The answer is simple: aluminum. According to the EPA, aluminum cans are one of the most commonly recyclable materials on the market. In less than 60 days, a typical soda can goes from the supermarket to the recycling bin to the recycling facility and is back...Read more

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When staying at a hotel, you might wonder what happens to bars of soap that you barely use during your visit. Turns out more than 8,000 hotels and resorts participate in a program called Clean the World, which collects barely used soap bars and recycles them into new bars to help save lives all over the world. Hotel chains like Holiday Inn, the ...Read more

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When buying eggs, the best type of carton to choose is a cardboard-style box, not plastic or Styrofoam. And while cardboard is widely recycled, egg cartons made from paperboard actually are not accepted in most recycling programs, because paperboard is made from the weakest recycled fibers and is basically in its final usage. Instead of tossing ...Read more

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Almost every recycling program in the United States has this rule: Do not bag your recyclables. Plastic bags are the No. 1 contaminant in recycling collections and should be avoided at all costs. In fact, some recycling facilities have rules that if a bag full of recyclables comes to the facility, it is deemed "trash" and workers are barred from...Read more

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Did you know that just because packaging or a container has the three-arrow recyclable symbol on it doesn't necessarily mean it's actually recyclable? Depending on what your trash hauler's recycling program accepts, many items -- particularly different grades of plastic -- are not accepted. Check your waste hauler's website to find out exactly ...Read more

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You may have heard that honeybees -- which are important in the pollination of flowers that help keep our food supply fertile -- are dying. As more and more bees are disappearing and a clear cause is still unknown, there are small things you can do at home to help our bees. The easiest: Let your lawn grow with dandelions and clover flowers ...Read more

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Not only is microwave popcorn expensive (about 37 cents per serving), it also is wasteful and potentially dangerous: The nonstick coating inside the bag contains PFOA, a likely carcinogen, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Instead of microwave popcorn, buy popcorn kernels from the bulk bin at the supermarket. It's significantly ...Read more

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Around 40% of Americans enjoy a cup of hot tea every single day. You may wonder: Is it more energy-efficient to heat up water in a teakettle or in the microwave? The eco-easy answer is the microwave. According to Energy Star, a program of the Environmental Protection Agency, heating up a mug of water in the microwave to make tea can save up to ...Read more

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An arrangement of flowers as a gift is a nice thought, but you might wonder what you can do with it after the flowers have wilted. While they are mostly organic matter, most commercial flowers are treated with chemical pesticides/herbicides and even dyed. It's actually best to assume most conventional arrangements have been treated this way. ...Read more

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If you're planning a wedding, an anniversary or a birthday party where you anticipate a large group of friends and family will attend, instead of typical party favor gifts, why not gift living trees? The National Arbor Day Foundation has giftable tree saplings like redwoods, pines and spruces, all sold in bulk sets of 50 that can be individually...Read more

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An interesting study by the Institute of Lifecycle Analysis figured out how many times you need to reuse a reusable cup before it actually begins to save energy and resources in comparison to using throwaway paper cups. When comparing a typical paper coffee cup, they found a reusable ceramic mug would need to be used 39 times before you begin to...Read more

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Did you know laundry accounts for as much as 20% of the water used in your home? To save water, a few small habits can go a long way. The easiest is to only run your washing machine only when it contains a full load; if your favorite shirt is the only thing that needs a wash, just wear something else until you can gather a full load. When buying...Read more

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Birdhouses are an excellent way to help our feathered friends find shelter to raise their brood, but these houses need to be cleaned every year, since parasites and illness-causing bacteria can be living inside. Fall is an excellent time to do this. The first step is to remove the old nest inside the birdhouse (wearing rubber gloves); you can ...Read more

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Can you recycle old printed photographs with your scrap paper recycling? Yes and no. It all depends how the photo was printed. If it was done through old-fashioned chemical processing, then no. If it was printed using modern digital technology, yes. How do you find out? Simply tear it; if it the photograph rips with a very clean tear, it can be ...Read more

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With about 140 million tax returns processed by the IRS every year, it makes sense to go paperless when filing, to save trees. But going green with your taxes can save you money in the long run, too. According to CBS News, if you e-file your tax return, your error rate is just about 1%. If you file your taxes using paper files, the error rate ...Read more

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If you want to avoid disposable containers when you bring leftovers home from a restaurant, try transferring food into your own reusable container. Since most restaurants workers are unable to transfer food to your containers due to health code rules, doing it yourself is the norm. Some people even divide their dinner at the start to avoid ...Read more

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Here's one more reason why energy-efficient LED lightbulbs are just better: They won't mess with your thermostat. Older-style incandescent lightbulbs, halogen bulbs and even CFL lightbulbs emit heat when they are turned on. If you have a lamp with one of these bulbs near your thermostat, it will sense the heat and assume that's the temperature ...Read more

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It seems most holiday candy -- whether for Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween or Christmas -- is chocolate-based. If you find yourself with excess chocolate, you can extend the life of the candy by simply freezing it. Put the chocolates in an airtight container and place it in the freezer; they can last months. When you're ready to unthaw the ...Read more

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Try this trick at night to find out if your dog or cat has fleas. Fill a shallow baking dish with water and a few squirts of dishwashing soap, then place the tray near your dog's bed. Plug in an LED nightlight and focus the light so it's shining right onto the tray of soapy water. Then turn off the lights and let the fleas follow their natural ...Read more

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Do you want to save money on organic and healthy food products? When a new flavor or product just doesn't work at a regular retailer, the food manufacturer has to figure out what to do with the surplus. A growing number of "grocery outlet" stores are popping up to sell these items at ridiculously low prices. While the selection may be ...Read more

 

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