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Bad to the Last Drop

This is a very thoughtful editorial written two years ago in the NY Times by Tom Standage, author of The History of the World In Six Glasses. Bad to the Last Drop August 1, 2005 IT'S summertime, and odds are that at some point during your day you'll reach for a nice cold bottle of water. But be...

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You’ll never look at bottled water the same again

Message in a Bottle Americans spent more money last year on bottled water than on ipods or movie tickets: $15 Billion. A journey into the economics--and psychology--of an unlikely business boom. And what it says about our culture of indulgence. Fast Company From: Issue 117 | July 2007 | Page 1...

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Garrison Keillor on bottled water

I am sorry, Evian and San Pellegrino and Dasani and all the other bottled waters out there - Aqua Velva, Wells Fargo, Muddy Waters, Joan Rivers, Jerry Springer, whatever - but the current campaign against paying good money for bottled water when tap water is perfectly good (and very likely purer)...

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Getting ready to rake up the leaves?

A Few Simple Steps for Composting Washington Post Eviana Hartman Sunday, September 30, 2007; N06 Fallen leaves may be a nuisance to collect, but they're far too valuable to throw away. With the arrival of autumn, go green by composting, nature's way of recycling nutrients. In composting, a p...

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What does my address have to do with this shirt I’m buying?

Have you noticed that different stores ask for your address, phone number, email address, and/or zip code when you are checking out? Don't give it to that store unless you want mail from them to start showing up. A simple "no thank you" in response is all that salesperson needs to hear (don't lec...

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Another way to opt out of credit and insurance offers

In my search to figure out why the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies are requesting your Social Security Number, I found optoutprescreen.com. This website allows you to remove your name permanently from the lists Equifax, Experian, Innovis, and TransUnion provide to businesses that send preappr...

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A corporate Do Not Mail Registry?

So today I came upon something I'd like to share with a big disclaimer of I'm not sure how well it's going to work: a corporate Do Not Mail Registry. DirectMail.com, one of those big direct mail companies, has set up a Do Not Mail Registry. Here's what they have to say about it: "As one of the ...

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Do I have to register that new product I purchased?

Product registration cards and consumer surveys Be aware that warranty or "product registration" cards have less to do with warranties than they do with mailing lists. These cards often ask you about your hobbies, the number of people in your household, your income, and other information the com...

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As if you didn’t hate junk mail enough…

A man without junk mail is like a fish without a bicycle… or so the old saying goes. I imagine just about everyone who reads this loves to get holiday cards, birthday salutations, and friendly notes in their mail. I think I speak for all of us when I say that one more credit card application or o...

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Let’s get rid of that junk mail!

So you took the pledge to Junk Your Junk Mail at c3.newdream.org but now you're trying to figure out how to actually get rid of all that mail? There are two ways you can go about getting rid of your junk mail:1. You can pay a service such as 41pounds.org to help get rid of 80 to 95 percent of th...

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