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Recycling Water: A Lesson from Singapore

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732 Water shortage is a major environmental issues throughout the world. Despite international treaties that are meant to distribute a fair share of water among neighboring nations many politicians and environmen...

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Tags: Asia, Conservation, Rainwater, Recycle, Reuse

National Zero Waste Week

The UK site My Zero Waste has declared National Zero Waste Week--how can it be different than every other week? We in the US struggle with reducing waste just as much as our neighbors across the pond, and like them we can follow some simple tips for reducing waste. Pack a zero waste lunch. Bring...

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Tags: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

Car Wash Techniques to Help the Environment

Though nature has been providing its own waterworks this year, one of the suburban signs of summer is the dedicated car owner, lovingly scrubbing his or her vehicle in the driveway. The sight has always seemed quaint and sort of nice to me, the way any instance of someone taking care of the mater...

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Tags: Car, Cleaner, Conserve, Maintenance, Recipe, Recycle, Reduce, Resource, Reuse, Soap, Stuff, Transportation, Water

Deconstructing Building Deconstruction

"Demolish" an old restaurant for $50-70,000, and all you're left with is a bunch of junk that's headed to the landfill. "Deconstruct" the same old restaurant for the same price tag, and the result is a bunch of useful materials that can be used to construct a new business--in this case, a new Sa...

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Tags: Building, Business, Home, Landfill, Recycle

Greening Your Whiteboard and Post-Its

Two nearly ubiquitous products in the modern office are sticky notes (often known as their brand name, Post-Its), and white boards. Here are some tips for eco-friendlier office supplies. Whiteboards This week I discovered a new favorite green cleaning product: A-Ben-A-Qui universal cleaner. Our...

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Tags: Notes, Office supply, Paper, Postit, Recycle, Sticky, Writing

Should your city enact a fine for not recycling properly?

Treehugger has been following San Francisco's move to reprimand those who don't recycle--with a stiff fine. City officials are now about to make recycling and composting mandatory for each and every San Franciscan. And if they don't comply? They can say hello to a $500 fine—it's the first time i...

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Tags: Fine, Law, Policy, Recycle, Trash, Waste

Why We Have a Coke and a Smile

An article in Civil Eats today brought up a subject I've been trying to avoid: soda addiction. It's a subject covered in this blog before: why is it so hard to kick the soda habit? In my own case, soda addiction is something I really do struggle with. Since dietary restrictions keep me from drink...

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Tags: Beverage, Consumer, Consumption, Diet, Health, Recycle, Soda

Submit Your Trash (and Art, Crafts, Video) to the Smart Art Competition

Have you been privately honing your DIY skills on items from your trash...egg crates, bottles, phone books? Do you look at a bunch of yogurt containers and see a lamp? Now is the time to share your talents with the world. Enter the Adventure Ecology and Sculpt the Future Foundation’s SMART ART ‘...

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Tags: Art, Contest, Craft, Diy, Recycle, Reuse

Half-Full or Half-Empty, Halving Your Lifstyle Could Be a Good Thing

I came across this cool thing called "The Half Plan" in the context of some solar lighting research. A plan that helps you "cut your energy use, energy cost, and C02 Emissions in half" sounds like a triple-win scenario. The site gives details about cost investment for each project, estimating tha...

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Tags: Diet, Energy, Goal, Green lifestyle, Half, Home, Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

The Key is to Reduce

One of the ideas we stress here at The Center for the New American Dream is being a responsible consumer - someone who thinks critically about the full impact of what they are purchasing. The drawing above illustrates this principle by actually ranking the three R's - reduce, reuse, and recycle. ...

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Tags: Consumption, Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

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