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Researchers at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi recently conducted a study to figure out the absolute greenest way to produce a cup of coffee at home. They found that brewing coffee through a traditional coffee maker with a disposable paper filter has the highest carbon footprint, due to the waste of the filter, the energy to heat up the ...Read more

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With spring around the corner and the harsh winter months behind us, many of us have bags of unused de-icing salt sitting in the garage. Left unattended through the spring, summer and fall months, the salt can clump and become useless by the time winter rolls around again. The simple solution? Toss charcoal briquettes into the bag and tightly ...Read more

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Do you wear disposable contact lenses? Yes, those one-a-day-style contact lenses are problematic for the environment. It's believed as many as 20% of wearers flush their old lenses down the toilet, which means they end up in wastewater treatment centers and eventually break down into microplastics in natural waterways. Instead, dispose of your ...Read more

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Cast iron is an excellent choice to cook with because it is incredibly durable, naturally nonstick and free of any questionable chemicals like PTFE and PFOA, which are found in many nonstick pans today. If you're in the market for a cast-iron skillet, however, avoid the temptation to buy a "pre-seasoned" one. Pre-seasoned means the pan has been ...Read more

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I may be the season for snow on the ground, but now is a good time to start saving items we normally discard to use for our spring gardens. Save worn T-shirts and pantyhose, and cut them into strips to tie plants to support stakes. Cardboard egg cartons can be filled with potting soil to start seedlings; when ready to transplant, simply tear and...Read more

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It seems logical that a resale shop like the Salvation Army Store or Goodwill would want any extra wire hangers from the dry cleaner that you have in your home, since those stores sell a lot of used clothes. But they don't want your hangers unless you have lightly used clothes hanging on them to donate as well. Instead, take your wire hangers ...Read more

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Do the math: There are nearly 250 million cars on the road in the United States, and all of that windshield washer fluid adds up. Turns out the majority of these fluids are made of methanol, which is so toxic that just 2 tablespoons can kill a child if ingested. With so many cars spraying to clean their windshields, the accumulation of droplets ...Read more

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With nearly anything available to purchase online and have shipped to your home, you might want to reconsider ordering items that come packaged in dry ice. While fresh-churned ice creams, seafood and other items that need to stay frozen when shipped are tempting, the disposal of dry ice -- solidified carbon dioxide -- is problematic. Pouring it ...Read more

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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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