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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    

Food Waste Facts in the UK [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that this past Thursday, October 16, was World Food Day? Yeah, I missed it, too… And while this may strike you as just another opportunity for people to share pictures of their meals, and promote their particular food ideology, the main...

Posted October 23, 2014    

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