Sustainable Living

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resource and his/her own resources.

5 Tips for Utilizing Fallen Leaves

Tue, 2013-11-12 10:43

It’s that time of the year again. Fall is upon us, and the leaves are changing into an array of beautiful colors. Trees that once seemed ordinary in appearance capture your attention with brilliant shades of red and yellow. They are pretty now, but it won’t be long before these vivid colors start to fade and fall to the ground. Wondering what you should do with the leaves in your yard? Here are some tips!

1.  Know Your Local Laws Relating to Yard Waste Disposal

What Not to Recycle on Halloween

Mon, 2013-10-28 14:52

Halloween is only a few days away. With that will undoubtedly come lots of candy – and lots of waste. That means it’s time to investigate what to do with Halloween leftovers. I started out looking for ways to recycle Halloween candy and found that there is a network of dental offices that buy back extra Halloween candy to send to U.S. troops through Operation Gratitude. I like the idea but wanted to go one step further and address the waste from all those wrappers!

Do You Have a Recycling Bias?

Wed, 2013-10-16 08:33

Around the world, more than two billion tons of trash is generated each year, with the United States throwing away more than any other country. Recent statistics from the EPA show that of the millions of tons of trash produced by Americans each year, only about 35% actually gets recycled. Further research by the EPA estimated that paper, plastic, and metals made up almost half of the waste generated in 2011. So why are recyclable products ending up in the trash?

5 Projects to Help You Green Your Halloween

Tue, 2013-10-15 09:46

Halloween is just around the corner so it’s time to get festive with fun DIY (do-it-yourself) decorating ideas. What better way to spice up your home for fall than by utilizing materials you already have--and maybe some that you were going to simply throw away! Not only will you be saving these products from ending up in the landfill, but you will also be saving yourself from purchasing new decorations made from plastic in a far-off factory, possibly under questionable labor conditions.

China's Green Fence: Impacts on U.S. Recycling

Fri, 2013-09-27 08:45

As the manufacturing sector of the Chinese economy increases, concerns about the environmental impacts of waste generation have led the Chinese government to enact the Green Fence Initiative. In an effort to reduce the amount of scrap waste (mainly plastic) imported from the United States that has led to worsening environmental conditions, Chinese officials have sought to implement waste management strategies through significant policy changes.

Sustainable Sites, Sustainable Trash?

Fri, 2013-07-26 09:00

If you’ve spent a day in the big city lately, you may have noticed a big change in the type of trash receptacles located around town. BigBelly Solar has redefined how we throw away trash by developing one of the coolest trash bins you will ever see. In 2003, BigBelly Solar jumped on the scene with its goal of transforming the way cities think about waste collection. The company wanted to offer a solution for the public space by leveraging renewable solar energy and information technology. With these goals in mind, the solar-powered trashcan emerged.

A "Core" Issue in the Big Apple

Thu, 2013-06-20 08:40

Mayor Bloomberg has announced that his administration will introduce a new composting program for New York City. The program is still in the pilot stage, but New York City officials hope to have a mandatory city-wide composting program in place by 2016.

Garbage To Green in 5 Steps

Wed, 2013-04-24 08:09

There are countless ways in which one can live a more sustainable lifestyle, and one of the simplest methods is available right in your own backyard. OK, it may not be there yet, but with a small investment, mostly in time and energy, you can turn a small section of your yard into an environmentally friendly recycling center that reduces waste and greenhouse gas emissions, saves money, and nurtures the garden. By managing the natural decomposition of organic materials, such as yard and food waste, you can produce compost to enrich the soil without chemically enhanced fertilizers.

Creative Reuse: A Dynamic Solution

Wed, 2013-04-10 08:38

I’m a big fan of multi-tasking. I like any method, tool, or solution that allows me to accomplish more than one thing at a time, without a downside. It’s one of the aspects of sustainability and conservation that appeals to me most - be healthier, save money, and protect the planet, all at the same time.

Creative reuse is one of my favorite sustainability initiatives. It takes reuse and recycling beyond the simple idea of diverting waste from a landfill and promotes artistic expression, environmental awareness, creativity, and community engagement.

World Water Day 2013

Mon, 2013-03-18 09:28

When given the opportunity to develop more sustainable practices in our business and personal lives, we jump at the bit. One way you can incorporate sustainable practices into your daily life is to celebrate World Water Day. Friday March 22, 2013 will mark the 20th anniversary of International World Water Day.

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