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For the most sustainable cup of coffee in the morning, try to make these steps part of your morning routine. Choose a reusable metal mesh coffee filter, which can be rinsed and used over and over again. Brew exactly the right amount of coffee to minimize waste; if you have leftover coffee, let it cool down and feed it to plants instead of ...Read more

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Yes, old cardboard boxes can definitely be used as mulch in your garden; the key is to use the right kind of cardboard. Opt for boxes that don’t have any printing or slick coating on the outside. If there is some printing, black ink is OK, since most black inks are made from plant-based soybean oil. To use cardboard boxes, just flatten them ...Read more

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According to the Sierra Club, reusable rags or towels are definitely a much greener choice than paper towels, even after factoring in the water usage to wash and care for them. A study found that it took about 2.5 gallons of water to produce a half-pound of paper towels. Washing rags in a conventional washing machine required only half a gallon....Read more

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In 2022, global shipping contributed to nearly 3% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for nearly 700 million tons of carbon. While the majority of this is from commercial shipping operations, a lot of it is from purchases in which consumers had no idea they were buying something from another country. When shopping on popular ...Read more

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Yes, you should be washing your dog’s water and food bowl every day. Just like your own dishes, a dirty bowl can be a breeding ground for illness-causing microbes. So use very hot, soapy water and scrub with a sponge to get the bowl clean. It’s also a good idea to invest in a bowl made from a nonporous material like stainless steel to ...Read more

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To keep your home cool during the summer without turning on the AC, open the right windows in your home. There’s a strategic and smart way to do it. According to the Natural Resources Defense council, open low windows just a little bit on the windy side of the house and open the window wide on the opposite side. This will draw cool air through...Read more

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For many people, when doing a kitchen renovation, the dream is to have marble or granite countertops. But many exotic stones come from faraway places like Italy and South America, where these very heavy slabs have to be trucked, shipped and re-trucked. All this transportation burns up a tremendous amount of fossil fuel (not to mention the ...Read more

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If investing in a pricey dehumidifier to help remedy a damp room isn’t in the budget, try this simple idea to draw moisture out of a room: Use rock salt. The same de-icing salt used on driveways in the wintertime can help pull moisture out of the air. All you have to do is drill some holes into the bottom of a small bucket and fill it up with ...Read more

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Perhaps it was too good a thing to last forever: free online returns. In 2019, nearly 5 billion pounds of waste from online shopping returns went to landfills, and that number almost doubled to 9.5 billion pounds in 2022. Turns out the items you return are often landfilled by the sellers instead of repackaged for sale, because it’s simply ...Read more

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Plastic food-storage containers are a good reusable solution to keep leftovers fresh, but they're often susceptible to stains. Even with hand scrubbing in the sink or using a dishwasher, they can stay stained or retain an odor that seems impossible to remove. On a very hot, sun-intensive day, try using the sun’s rays to deodorize and brighten ...Read more

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When looking for a place to refill your water bottle, the cleanest and freshest-tasting water comes from a seemingly unlikely source: a soda fountain machine. Besides making sugary sodas, these machines have an industrial filter that catches everything down to trace pharmaceutical drugs that may linger in tap water, and the carbonization process...Read more

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If you have a traditional car that uses gasoline and you park in a garage attached to your home, there is one thing you should do to keep the air clean in your home: Minimize how long your car runs inside your garage. Even with the garage door open, running your car for just a minute can build up dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. And when you...Read more

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Maybe you've heard of reef-safe sunscreens that are free of chemicals that harm coral reefs, but are you also investing in aquatic-safe mosquito repellant? Many insect repellants contain the powerful chemical DEET as their active ingredient. If yours contains DEET, never go into oceans, lakes or streams, where the DEET will wash off and poison ...Read more

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The National Parks Conservation Association wants you to respect wildlife when visiting our national parks this summer. Many wild animals “crave the salt in people’s sweat,” so the NPCA advises taking special care of your sweat-soaked clothes, rather than leaving them out where animals can smell them. Wildlife like mountain goats will ...Read more

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How many recycling bins should you have at your home? According to Waste Management, most Americans keep a recycling bin only in the kitchen. But a significant amount of recyclable waste is also generated in the bathroom and home office. Keep three bins, and empty all of them into the largest recycling bin on collection day. The simple step of ...Read more

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Do you ever wonder why your trash hauler asks you to never bag your recyclables? Putting them in plastic bags would make them easier to haul to the recycling facility, right? In fact, no. Imagine thousands of bagged recyclables going to a recycling facility and the thin plastic bags clogging up the machinery. They get twisted in the gears, ...Read more

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You might wonder as you scoop another spoonful of vanilla into your bowl: Is the paperboard ice cream container recyclable? While many communities do accept milk and juice cartons, ice cream containers are a little different. They are coated in a “wet strength” material that’s difficult to separate from the paperboard in the recycling ...Read more

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It’s an extra step, but it’s worth it: Wash your clothing inside out. The appliance company Whirlpool says there are many benefits to washing your clothes this way. It reduces pilling on the fabric; it more effectively removes odors; it prevents colors from fading or bleeding; it protects decorative designs on clothes; and it reduces the ...Read more

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According to the Environmental Working Group, many spray sunscreens contain a cancer-causing chemical known as benzene. It’s alarming because spray sunscreens can be easily inhaled and absorbed into the skin. It’s best to look for SPF products that are benzene-free, which you’ll find mostly in sunscreen lotions. The organization recommends...Read more

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If you’re a lover of wine or you have access to a lot of natural wine corks, why not use them to help your houseplants thrive at home? Since natural cork is absorbent, you can mix it into the dirt to help retain water to hydrate your plant and aerate the soil. The key is to use natural cork, not plastic. Just break the corks into small pieces ...Read more

 

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