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What to do if your office doesn't recycle

Many of us have been there. Staying late in the office, we've chatted with the cleanup crews emptying the office waste cans when the thought occurred to us: "Where do those recyclables really end up?" At one previous job it suddenly struck me that all waste--whether from blue recycling bins or tr...

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Tags: Building, Cooperaton, Office, Paper, Recycling, Team, Waste, Workplace

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

NYPD Green: Teaching Respect for the Environment, One Summons at a Time

On the New York City streets, polluters are learning to fear green-uniformed environmental protection police. It would make a great addition to the number of crime procedural TV shows set in the city: watch the officers crack down on undersize trout! Watch them in a sting operation on a supermark...

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Tags: City, Europe, Law, New york, Policy, Recycling, Trash, Urban

CFLs: Please use responsibly

So you've gotten used to heading straight towards compact fluorescents when you need to buy more light bulbs. But what do you do with them when they burn out? These bulbs may do their part to save energy during their useful life, but what about their end-of-life plan? CFLs need to be disposed of ...

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Tags: Energy, Lightbulb, Lighting, Mercury, Recycling

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

Wall-E and Recycled Art

This weekend I finally saw that movie allegory about consumption, Wall-E, and it has spurred me to write a post that's been kicking around for awhile: the unique beauty of recycled objects. In this blog we've mentioned art, clothing, and household articles made out of trash or repurposed material...

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Tags: Animation, Apocalypse, Consumption, Movie, Recycling, Waste

Living Green From 9-5

Contributing author Rebecca Goodstein is the Conservation Journeys Manager at The Nature Conservancy. Your office can be much more than a place where you work 8 hours a day. It can be where you try to save the world, where you work for "the man"? or, in some workplaces, where you surf the Intern...

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Tags: Green office, Green on a budget, Recycling, Saving money

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