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It's not news that drought-resistant plants like succulents are an excellent water-saving choice to grow around the house. But have you heard of drought-resistant trees? When planting a new tree, it often needs a tremendous amount of water to settle, grow and eventually become a beautiful specimen in your yard. If you live in a location where ...Read more

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There are myriad things you can toss into a compost bin, like vegetable trimmings, eggshells and even almost all nutshells. One big exception in the nutshell category: walnut shells. Turns out walnut shells can be lethal and toxic to plants because they contain high concentrations of juglone, a compound produced by some plants to stunt the ...Read more

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Pick one day a week to go completely unplugged, free of any digital devices. Years of studies have shown that being disconnected from your phone and computer screens is beneficial for overall well-being and happiness, but recent findings indicate that it also may help you sleep better. According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, ...Read more

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One popular activity during the summer months is camping, but according to the Sierra Club, you should do one thing to minimize your impact when you're in the woods: Look for well-established campsites that have durable surfaces like gravel or rock slabs to pitch your tent. Avoid the Instagram-worthy areas like meadows or along rivers and lakes....Read more

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While antique and vintage furniture is the greenest way to furnish a home, sometimes you can't find the right piece and want something new. One new type of sustainable furniture on the market is made of mango wood, from the fruit-bearing trees of the same name. Mango trees are fast-growing (they can reach 100 feet in height very quickly) and ...Read more

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Ever wonder what to do with old metal keys you no longer need? The good news is that they are 100% recyclable, since most household keys are composed of brass with a nickel coating. All you have to do is remove any plastic covers you might have on the keys and take them to any scrap metal or recycling facility in your community to deposit in the...Read more

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More than $32 billion worth of flower arrangements from over 15,000 local florists are sold every year in the form of congratulatory, thank you or holiday bouquets. With those sales come millions of glass and ceramic vases that end up stashed under the kitchen sink and thrown into Goodwill donation bins or the trash can once the flowers have ...Read more

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Many of us love our family dog so much, we don't see it as a problem when they jump in the backyard pool to go for a swim. But the reality is your dog's ears, nose and eyes are more sensitive than yours, and the chlorine in the pool may actually harm them in the long run. To be on the safe side, look for non-chlorine chemicals like bromine to ...Read more

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The old-school thought on disposing of old prescription medication was to flush it down the toilet. But that method has been proven unsafe, as studies have shown that flushed drugs can pollute our waterways and even contaminate drinking water. Instead, many communities now have drop-off points where you can properly dispose of old medication. ...Read more

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Of the 6 million tons of trash that makes its way into the world's oceans every year, about 80% is plastic. The major threats to aquatic wildlife, including food packaging like six-pack rings, cling wrap and plastic sandwich bags, are often inadvertently dropped at the coasts by beachgoers. Even if they're deposited into a trash receptacle, a ...Read more

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If you're warming up by the outdoor fire pit, do this: Save the ashes. One cord of wood can produce about 50 pounds of ashes, and those ashes have a number of beneficial uses around your property. If you grow tomatoes, sprinkle ashes around your plants and rake them into the soil; tomato plants love the natural calcium in wood ashes, and they ...Read more

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You might have a small piece of clean aluminum foil and wonder: Can I recycle this, since aluminum foil is recyclable? There's a simple rule of thumb: If it's smaller than a credit card in size, the answer is no. This also includes bottle caps, paperclips and "recyclable" coffee pods (even if they have a recycling mark on them). These small ...Read more

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It's great that you use your reusable water or hot beverage bottle every day, but you still should do one thing: Wash it properly every day as well. Germs and bacteria love moist environments, so when a bottle stays wet and doesn't get washed, illness-causing spores can germinate and sprout. It's not enough to swirl hot water around a bottle to ...Read more

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Ever wonder what to do with flat, warm, leftover beer? Give your garden a good drink! The natural yeast in beer can help with plant growth. Simply pour leftover beer into a watering can and add regular water. Pour the mixture near the base of plants, and when you're done, cultivate the soil a little bit. You can also fill a small empty tuna fish...Read more

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When it comes to giving gifts, whether it's for a birthday or a housewarming, finding just the right thing can be a very daunting process. And with up to 1 in every 3 gifts being returned or, worse, thrown away by the recipient, gift-giving can be a waste-generating process as well. Rather than giving a physical gift, consider giving an ...Read more

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Leaving your home for several weeks or even months means you should take steps to reduce waste while you're away. This is a good time to unplug energy hogs like refrigerators and freezers; just be sure they are empty and leave the doors open so they dry out completely. Turn off the main water supply; it may not save you money, but it'll give you...Read more

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If it seems like your inkjet printer cartridges need to be replaced constantly, there are a few things you can do to extend their lives. First, check your printer settings to make sure you're not on the "best" setting. If quality doesn't matter for your printout, go for draft or "grayscale" mode; these settings use way less ink. Also, ignore ...Read more

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

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

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According to The Sierra Club, front-loading washing machines are far more energy- and water-efficient than top-loading models. In fact, front-loading machines use up to half the water and energy of older models, making them truly a greener alternative. But the environmental organization makes a point that if your current washing machine works, ...Read more

 

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