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Recycling scrap metal is good for the environment, but it can reap you some cash, too. There are scrap metal yards all over the country that pay cash for metals ranging from aluminum to steel to copper, all at different prices. Besides the obvious sources of scrap metal, there are also overlooked sources like damaged gutters, broken lawnmowers, ...Read more

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The National Audubon Society wants to make it easy to help you identify native plants for your ZIP code that birds will absolutely love. It’s part of a campaign to get 1 million native plants for birds planted in the United States. All you have to do is visit Audubon.org and enter your ZIP code; the database will suggest trees, shrubs and ...Read more

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When decorating the outside of your house for the holidays, avoid artificial garlands or wreaths and fake sprigs of red berries. If it looks real to you, it’s also going to look very real to wildlife who think the fake berries and evergreens are a source of food and shelter. A bird could easily ingest small pieces of your decor and suffer ...Read more

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If you use a blender on a regular basis, it’s important to know how to properly clean it. When using a blender for making plant-based smoothies, frozen drinks and batter without any animal ingredients, it’s fine to use water and a little dishwashing soap to clean it. Just fill halfway with water, add a few drops of soap, run it on low speed,...Read more

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Many of us soak our cookware in water for several hours or overnight to loosen baked-on food to make clean up easier. While that does work to loosen grime, it also can warp the pan over time, making it defective and difficult to use. To protect your cookware investment, allow your frying pan to cool to room temperature, then immerse it in water ...Read more

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Yes, it's possible to save a dying houseplant with a few easy tricks. If you've underwatered the plant (the soil feels like a brick), submerge it in a sink and let it absorb water from the bottom up; watering from the top allows the water to pour down the sides of the soil block and not end up where it's needed. Cut off the dead leaves and stems...Read more

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It's not hard to maintain a lush, green lawn without the aid of chemical herbicides or fertilizers. One of the easiest ways to remove and prevent invasive weeds like dandelions is to use a chemical-free alternative called corn gluten. Not only does it kill weed seeds, but it's also so safe that after application, pets and people can play on the ...Read more

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According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the biggest culprits of water pollution is water runoff from homes. How does it happen? Impervious surfaces like cement direct excess water onto roads and into rivers, and the runoff picks up toxic chemicals, dirt, trash and disease along the way. Choose wood decking over concrete, ...Read more

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It's common knowledge that the cold water setting on your washing machine is a smart choice to help decrease wear and tear on your laundry, reduce the shedding of microplastics from garments made from synthetic materials, and to save energy, too. But there are times when choosing a warm or hot setting makes sense. When it comes to towels and ...Read more

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When temperatures dip below freezing, your car uses extra fuel to function, losing around 10% of its fuel efficiency in comparison to the warmer spring and summer seasons. To improve efficiency when winter weather is at its coldest, try parking your car in a more sheltered place, like a garage, to keep the engine warmer when not in use. And when...Read more

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Do you take vitamins and supplements that come packaged in small glass bottles? Often these bottles are in colors like dark brown or blue, which help protect the contents of the bottle from the deteriorating effects of ultraviolet light. These bottles also are recyclable in your curbside recycling bin, if they meet one additional requirement: ...Read more

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You may wonder what's the harm in leaving a banana peel, orange peel or apple core in the woods or on the side of the road. It's all-natural and biodegradable, so it'll easily break down and be gone in a few days, right? Wrong. Because the environment these food scraps are being left in isn't ideal for breaking them down, it can take up to two ...Read more

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Carrying less on the plane with you is an easy way to cut back your CO2 emissions. A 2018 study by Finnair Airlines found that if every passenger who flew on their plans reduced their luggage weight by a single kilogram (2.2 pounds), the amount of fuel saved would equal "20 flights between Helsinki and Tokyo." And if the amount went up to 5 ...Read more

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To cut back on food waste at home, try doing a "family-style" dinner where you and your guests serve yourselves in the kitchen and bring your plate of food to the table. When we plate food at the dining table, we tend to overindulge and leave food on the plate. That food ends up in the trash instead of being saved for leftovers. With nearly 1.3 ...Read more

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While many personal care products like shampoo, conditioner and body lotion come packaged in plastic containers that are easily recyclable (usually marked with a No. 1 or 2 on the bottom), the pumps that come with them are not. While the plastic pump may look and feel like the same type of plastic as the bottle, it's actually made from a variety...Read more

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One of the most powerful spices that can be used for purposes other than cooking is cinnamon. To remove odors from the air in your home, boil a few sticks of cinnamon in water and let them simmer for about 30 minutes. The active ingredient in cinnamon -- cinnamaldehyde, which gives the spice its flavor and scent -- attaches to odor molecules in ...Read more

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When you need a bandage to cover a cut, scrape or wound, look for eco-friendly alternatives to traditional ones. Conventional bandages are made with plastic, synthetic fibers, PVC and other materials that are not biodegradable or compostable. The good news is there are greener choices in the marketplace now that are made with biodegradable ...Read more

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Turns out those plastic "pods" for washing machines and dishwashers are not good for the environment. When water comes in contacts with pods, the plastic dissolves to release the detergent inside, and then the dissolved plastic goes down the drain. While a good percentage of that plastic does get captured by wastewater treatment plants, a lot of...Read more

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With colder temperatures around the corner, many of us will turn to firewood to keep our homes warm during the winter months. One way to make your firewood choice more sustainable and better for your home is to source wood that's local. If you purchase firewood that was logged even as close by as 50 miles away, you risk bringing in invasive ...Read more

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It turns out that, yes, using a dishwasher is far more water-efficient than washing by hand. Washing by hand for just a few minutes uses about 24 gallons of water versus the average of just 4 gallons a dishwasher uses. That's around 20 gallons of water wasted every time you wash by hand, which means switching to a dishwasher can save you around ...Read more

 

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