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.

Why Recycling is Worth It

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Wed, 2014-07-30 11:27
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Knowing that I work in the field of sustainability, people often ask me questions about whether or not I recycle. My typical response is a fervent “Of course I recycle!” and a whole list of reasons why everyone else should too. For me, it’s what I write about and what I believe in (a practice what you preach kind of mentality). Each individual act makes a difference, and we all have a responsibility to make a difference by being good caretakers of the Earth.  Read more: Why Recycling is Worth It »

7 Ways Steel is Used in Everyday Life

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Wed, 2016-11-02 16:03
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Many things are evident that we use everyday - things like water, oxygen and air. These are the elements we just can't live without.

But what about something "unsexy" like steel?

How many people would put lowly steel into the category of a critical component of our daily lives?

It's fascinating to look at the different ways steel is used in just about every aspect of our lives including:  Read more: 7 Ways Steel is Used in Everyday Life »

Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

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Mon, 2017-01-16 15:03
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Now that Christmas is done, the takedown begins – many families begin the next day, while others wait until January 1st and beyond. But at some point, the live Christmas tree will wither, and the pine needles will scatter the floor. The ornaments and lights will be removed and packed away for following years, but what to do with the tree itself?

Recycling collections and drop-offs  Read more: Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree »

9 Great Reads About Sustainability

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Fri, 2018-04-20 14:31
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The weather is getting colder so why not utilize your extra time spent indoors enjoying one of these classic pieces of environmental literature. Go ahead and cozy up with one of the following great reads:

1) Silent Spring by Rachel Carson  Read more: 9 Great Reads About Sustainability »

Tips for Safe Recycling

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Wed, 2018-06-06 13:32
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Recycling has become a part of everyday life in many ways. It’s creating jobs, saving money, protecting the environment, and protecting our health. Even as recycling is made easier with curbside pickup programs and separate disposal bins in public locations, the decision of what to put where can still be somewhat complicated. Here are some tips for properly handling and sorting items to uphold standards of health and safety within the process.

Keep These Out of Trash and Recycle Bins  Read more: Tips for Safe Recycling »

Turning Trash Into Holiday Treasure

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:27
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Recycling is good for the planet and your budget! Instead of spending money on new Christmas ornaments this year, why not take some “trash” and turn it into holiday treasure? In Part 3 of my series, I’ll give you five decorative crafts you can use as ornaments on your tree.

Here are a few simple Christmas decorations you can make from things that you would otherwise add to your recycling bin or trash pile:  Read more: Turning Trash Into Holiday Treasure »

How to Safely Handle CFLs

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Wed, 2018-06-06 17:06
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Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are one of the most popular energy-saving options because they emit as much light as a traditional bulb but use less energy. As simple as it may be to change a light bulb, there are some safety precautions that must be adhered to in order for the CFL to be an effective, safe, environmentally friendly option. Here are a few things you need to know when switching to CFLs:

Burn Out  Read more: How to Safely Handle CFLs »

Upcycled Thanksgiving Wreaths

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Fri, 2018-04-20 11:27
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It’s the time of year when the heat starts to dissipate and the crisp morning air takes your breath away; the seasons change, and in come the warm colors of fall, defined by the orange and brown hues in nature. There is nothing more comforting to me than the vision of pumpkins and wreaths in all of the wonderful autumn colors adorning houses. Moving into a new apartment just before the seasons started to change, I began thinking about how I could create my own fall decorations to save money, reuse materials, and personalize my new living area.

What Not to Recycle on Halloween

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Fri, 2014-08-01 10:11
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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!  Read more: What Not to Recycle on Halloween »

5 Projects to Help You Green Your Halloween

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Tue, 2013-12-03 16:58
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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.  Read more: 5 Projects to Help You Green Your Halloween »