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But How Much Waste Does GM Keep Out of Landfills?

Last month, we joined sister site Gas 2.0 in congratulating Ford Canada on reaching landfill-free status for all of its operations. That’s pretty impressive, right – all of the factories in one country sending nothing to landfills? While I’ve...

Posted October 17, 2014    

Dumpster Diving to Meet Living Building Challenge Requirements

All green building standards – whether LEED, Green Globes, or Living Building Challenge – either encourage or even require percentages of recycled material. You might find this element met in the building itself, or in fixtures and furnishings, but...

Posted October 16, 2014    

No Need to Waste Energy at Home: How to Improve Your Efficiency [INFOGRAPHIC]

Dreading the coming Winter, and those ugly heating bills that almost always accompany it? Yep, we hear you. On the upside, there are lots of things you can do to ensure that you don’t waste energy at home, and only pay for actual heating of your...

Posted October 12, 2014    

An Urban Building Built from Its Own Waste? The London Organic Skyscraper

The idea of feeding on one’s own waste is pretty gross, right? Actually, it’s pretty natural: wastes from all organisms break down organic compounds that, in turn, feed the soil, and the plants, from which our nourishment comes. The French...

Posted October 10, 2014    

One Billion Pounds of Electronic Waste: a Recycling Milestone for Best Buy

Electronic waste collection isn’t for sissies. The waste itself usually contains toxic compounds and requires special handling. That special handling cost money, so if you’re going to collect these materials, you’d better have a good idea of who’ll...

Posted September 27, 2014    

Composting: The Answer to Eliminating Invasive Plant Species from Lakes and Other Places?

As a native Southerner (and, more specifically, a Louisianian), I know a thing or two about invasive species: Spanish moss, kudzu, and nutria all figure into my memories of growing up. So far, methods to control these species and the damage they do...

Posted September 21, 2014    

How Do Single Stream Recycling Materials Get Separated? [VIDEO]

Image credit: erintongay via photopin ccYou don’t have to be really old to remember the days when “recycling” meant “separating your paper from your aluminum from your plastic.” When we lived in Las Vegas in the ’90s, our curbside service gave us...

Posted September 12, 2014    

Sweden Recycling 99% of its Garbage - Really? [VIDEO]

For years, I’ve told people that “reduce, reuse, recycle” is more than an alliterative phrase; it’s also a hierarchy for how to deal with waste. Repurposing, upcycling, and recycling are all great practices that we want to encourage… but, first, we...

Posted September 10, 2014    

Would a Shorter Work Week Lead to More Sustainable Lives? [VIDEO]

Image credit: ShutterstockI’m thinking about the connection between our working lives and our environmental impact (because that’s the kind of things I do when I relax!). We’ve touched on this concept before, but the TED talk below takes an even...

Posted September 2, 2014    

Renewable Natural Gas: Turning Waste into Energy [INFOGRAPHIC]

When I first saw the phrase “renewable natural gas” over at Sustainable America’s site, I thought “Hmmmm…. someone’s hired a PR firm.” OK, I suppose that fossil fuels are technically renewable… as long as you don’t mind waiting a few million years...

Posted September 1, 2014    

Disappointed with Gardening Ideas You Find Online? OpenFarm Wants to Change That

A sample OpenFarm guide Image credit: OpenFarm KickstarterI love to share gardening ideas I find, or have even tried, but I know that there will always be specifics of a planting situation for which I can’t account. Soil quality, rainfall, sunlight...

Posted August 30, 2014    

Small Living Spaces: Better for You and the Environment [INFOGRAPHIC]

While the “Great Recession” probably contributed greatly to the growth of the “tiny house” movement in recent years, there’s also plenty of evidence that bigger really isn’t better when it comes to living space. Sure, you can spread out and have...

Posted August 10, 2014