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Soapnuts: The nut that gets your clothes clean

Happily, there are many greener ways to wash your clothes thes days, which are an improvement on the fragrance-, dye- and phosphate-filled potions of yore. Many of these newer, eco-friendlier products come in plastic bottles, however, and are made out of ingredient lists longer than you may be co...

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Tags: Cleaning, Laundry, Packaging, Product, Recycling
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Peanut Hotline...For Packing, Not Contaminants

Peanuts are in the news these days, but we're talking about the kind that come in boxes. Hopefully you're not buying the bad, non-biodegradable kind, but what do you do when they come in something you've ordered? If you can't reuse the peanuts yourself, call the Peanut Hotline at 800-828-2214 to...

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Tags: Packaging, Packing, Peanut, Styrofoam
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Reusable Moving Bins: Save a Tree When You're on the Move

See this New York Times article, Moving Day Without All the Waste, about using rented, reusable bins to schlep belongings across town. The bins are sometimes even cheaper than buying cardboard boxes, but they are best for short-distance moves. As someone notes in the video, if a network like Uhau...

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Tags: Moving, Packaging, Waste
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Energy Bars: Scam or Fallback Plan?

Some people think energy bars are a scam—another one of those foods that we’ve been convinced are good for us but actually aren’t as nutritious as the real thing. To me and to many others, however, they are sometimes the lesser of two evils when faced with junk food. These bars almost seem like v...

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Tags: Diet, Energy bar, Green diet, Nutrition, Packaging, Processed food
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The No-Plastic Holiday Challenge

While most of us have a vague sense that plastic is part of almost every aspect of our lives, Beth Terry measures every ounce that passes through her household. She keeps a graph of her personal plastic waste output at the top of her blog, Fake Plastic Fish. Reading about the creative ways she fi...

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Tags: Gifts, Packaging, Plastic, Reduce waste, Wrapping
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