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Cutting The Cord Without Blowing Up The Power Bill [INFOGRAPHIC]

I’ve been pushing the concept of “cutting the cord” at home: that is, getting rid of cable, and instead using an antenna and streaming device in conjunction with our wireless internet for our television entertainment. It would definitely save us...

Posted December 17, 2014    

Paper Recycling: All the Facts [Video]

OK, maybe not all the facts, but this new video from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries provides a lot of information about the impact of paper recycling. So, next time you’re tempted with the thought “Hey, it’s just a sheet of paper – I’ll...

Posted November 30, 2014    

Recycling Computers, Phones, and Televisions: You're Probably Not Doing It

Got old electronics sitting in the basement, a closet, or even a room you use? According to a new study from Staples, probably: while many of us sell them on eBay, donate or re-gift them, or even (gasp!) throw them away, most of us are hoarding...

Posted November 23, 2014    

The Dumpster Dive Cafe:: How One 'Chain' Feeds People with Waste Food

The idea of feeding people struggling to make ends meet through a “pay what you can” model isn’t new: St. Louis-based Panera Bread has opened several cafes around the US that operate on this model, and even tried doing it with one meal at all...

Posted November 16, 2014    

The Chicago Restaurant that Produces No Waste [VIDEO]

I know I’ve said this about other industries, but it is really hard to imagine a zero-waste restaurant. From food trimmings and packaging coming out of the kitchen to the paper napkins, cups, tray liners, etc., that one finds in the front of quick...

Posted November 15, 2014    

From Seat Coverings to Soccer Balls: Southwest Airlines' Massive Upcycling Program

What would you do with 43 acres of used leather? Hard to imagine, isn’t it… the temptation, of course, would be to get rid of it as quickly and easily as possible. But most used leather has a lot of life left in it, so with a little imagination and...

Posted November 14, 2014    

How Our Household Waste Explodes During the Holidays [INFOGRAPHIC]

Looking forward to the upcoming Winter holidays? I’m a Thanksgiving fan myself: nothing like sharing a big special meal with family and friends. Others, no doubt, look forward to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or New Year’s Eve and day. Each of...

Posted November 9, 2014    

Did the Great Recession Create Another Generation of Waste-Haters?

If you grew up with grandparents or other relatives that lived through the Great Depression, you likely know that “waste not”  played a big part in how they lived their lives. My paternal grandmother particularly not only had tactics for...

Posted November 2, 2014    

Wind Energy Jobs are Also Water Conservation Jobs [INFOGRAPHIC]

Think you’d like to work in the field of water conservation? Though you may be tempted to think that such gigs exist almost completely within the non-profit, academic, and government spheres, water gets used (and often reused) in all sorts of...

Posted November 1, 2014    

New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World

Just upgraded the office’s computers, and have a bunch of towers and monitors that you’d like to recycle. It’s tempting to get online and go with the cheapest e-waste recycling service you can find, right? The problem, of course, is that, unless you...

Posted October 30, 2014    

Lessons Learned from Limiting My Water Use: You Don't Waste What You Don't Have

I’m still thinking about my 4 Liters Challenge from a few weeks ago – it’s amazing how much we take a resource like water for granted! While a number of things I learned stand out, I constantly come back to turning on the water without even thinking...

Posted October 29, 2014    

The Many, Many Health Benefits of Water [INFOGRAPHIC]

Drinking water is good for you. Duh! Yes, we all know that water is vital to maintaining health, and even life itself; if asked to name the health benefits of water beyond “maintaining health and life itself,” though, most of us might find ourselves...

Posted October 25, 2014