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The start of the school year often brings donation drives to give kids the essentials they need to excel at school. But the winter months are a critical time to donate things like binders, pencils, pens, folders and notebooks, too. The need for the right supplies persists nearly year-round, not just at the start of the school season. Local ...Read more

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Microwaves are a convenient and energy-efficient way to cook and heat up leftovers instead of using the oven. But when using a microwave, opt for only microwave-safe glass or ceramic containers, even if a plastic container is marked "microwave-safe." That marking on plastics means they can withstand heat up to a certain temperature; if you're ...Read more

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To prevent clogs and deodorize sink drains, look no further than a box of regular salt. Pour 1/2 cup salt (coarse salt works best) down the drain and then pour a tea kettle of very hot water after it. The salt will act as a corrosive to scrub the drain walls, and the hot water will help flush clogs down the drain while dissolving the salt. This ...Read more

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Whether you choose organic or conventional, when you buy produce from the supermarket, you still need to use common sense. Look for produce that is not bruised, moldy, slimy or sick-looking. Smell it: If it smells bad, leave it behind. Produce that has been misted with water from automatic sprayer systems can also be full of bacteria, especially...Read more

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The next time there's a big gathering or you're invited to a potluck party (and maybe you're not the best cook), offer to bring reusable dishes, cups and utensils. Bring them in durable bins and let everyone go waste-free for the fete. When the party's over, load the dirty dishes and utensils into the bins and run them through the dishwasher ...Read more

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It's important to keep the surfaces in your bathroom germ-free and as clean as possible, but there's no need to get expensive or chemical-laden cleaning products to do the job when two simple ingredients will work just fine: water and rubbing alcohol. Mix two parts 70% isopropyl alcohol and one part water in a reusable spray bottle, then spray ...Read more

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Bats are a critical part of keeping our ecosystems in check. According to a published study in the journal Science, bats eat so many insects that they save the U.S. agriculture industry more than $3 billion per year as natural pest control. Unfortunately, bats are at risk, but there are things you can do to help them survive. Start by ...Read more

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If you think donating your time to a charity means you need to physically be somewhere to help, think again. The rise in people working from home has also affected charities, which have come up with ways to let people donate time virtually or online. The Smithsonian, for example, has a digital volunteer program that lets people help transcribe ...Read more

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Here's something to give up cold turkey today: paper towels. We use 13 billion pounds of paper towels every year, with almost all of them ending up in landfills. You'd be surprised how easy it is to live without paper towels when you have an ample supply of dish towels ready to go for spills, cleaning and everyday use in the kitchen. If you're ...Read more

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This is a tip worth repeating: Invest in one reusable water bottle and use it over and over again. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates Americans buy so much single-use plastic bottled water that we could circle the planet five times every ... single ... week. And given the fact that refilling a bottle with filtered water from a tap ...Read more

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

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According to the Humane Society of the United States, more than 1,600 pets have died as a result of toxins from flea treatments, so finding natural ways to prevent and kill fleas is important. Prevention and common sense can go a long way. Vacuuming carpets, rugs and furniture where your pet lives and washing their bedding in hot water regularly...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 equates to 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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We've all done it: You drop someone off in front of a store so they can run and grab something quickly while you sit in the idling car. If the errand is less than 10 seconds, that's fine; any more than that, and the Environmental Defense Fund says you're wasting more fuel and money than if you just turned your engine off and then restarted it. ...Read more

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Now is a good time to take a look at the bottles of sunscreen you have saved up from those days of fun in the sun. Check the expiration date: If the sunscreen has expired, it's absolutely time to replace it. The active ingredients in sunscreen do expire, and using expired sunscreen is basically like putting on moisturizer; it offers almost no ...Read more

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Keeping houseplants happy and thriving in your home is an easy way to improve the indoor air quality. One simple way to water them is to use secondary water sources. About to pour half-drunk glasses of water down the drain after dinner? Give them to your plants instead. About to enjoy a hot bath, but you're waiting for the water to warm up? Fill...Read more

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Who knew? Baby oil (which is a mixture of mineral, aloe and other natural oils) can also be a gentle and effective cleaner for the bathroom. Dab some oil onto a cloth and use it to polish chrome fixtures like faucets and showerheads. Use the same cloth to remove soap scum and watermarks on glass shower doors; it will leave them sparkling clean, ...Read more

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Since travel creates one of the biggest carbon footprints a person can have, consider easy switches to help lighten the emissions caused by hopping on a plane can create. First, opt for coach class versus first class; a first-class seat has four times the carbon emissions of economy, since the seating takes up more room. Opt for newer aircraft, ...Read more

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Yes, when you travel by plane, the weight of what you bring onboard or check as luggage does have an impact on your carbon footprint. Packing lighter means it takes less fuel to carry your items, so make it a goal to limit yourself to carry-on bags only. When the plane has a lighter load, there is a significant reduction in overall fuel usage ...Read more

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While it isn't necessary to rinse out recyclable tin cans completely in order to recycle them, residual food inside the cans can be tempting to wildlife. One of the injuries wild animals like raccoons often get is sliced tongues when they lick the razor-sharp lids they find in the recycling bin. To prevent this, be diligent about rinsing out the...Read more

 

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