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The Economy (and History) of Recycling

Every once in awhile I come across an article that answers a lot of lingering questions: Why do I feel like recycling is so important even though reducing is also key to helping the environment? Is the nation in danger of taking the path chosen by New York City a few years ago, and discontinuin...

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Tags: Economy, Homeless, Recycling, Scrap, Social justice, Trash
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The Great Twinkie Bailout

These days you hear a lot about bailouts, for good and for ill. What you may not have heard is that Interstate Bakeries, the maker of the immortal Twinkie, got their own bailout-- to the tune of $600 million dollars. Treehugger has the story from the New York Times. Apparently, the bakery couldn...

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Tags: Bailouts, Economy, Green jobs, Junk food, Twinkies
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Holiday shopping--just don't

Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Turn them away this year. By Dr. Juliet Schor, reprinted from the Los Angeles Times (edited from original) As if American consumers don't already have enough on their minds, we've just had Black Friday with Cyber Monday still to come, the nation's annual rituals ...

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Holiday spending, Shopping
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The Economic Crisis Diet

As you may have read in the recent post about the green economy, there is a growing movement dedicated to finding solutions that address the economic and environmental crises simultaneously. We recently came across this great blog post that proposed a number of actions you can take as an individu...

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Tags: Economy
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The Green Economy: Win-Win Rather Than Either/Or

In uncertain times we tend to be more conservative, harking back to earlier recessions for tried and true remedies, or speaking in terms of limitation and tightening our belts. While these approaches may be valuable to our country right now, it's nice to know that sometimes the government need ...

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Tags: Economy, Green jobs, History
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