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Living Green

Eco-friendly practices to prep your home and garden for spring and summer

Depending on which part of the world you live in, you're either basking in spring's sunshine or desperately awaiting the onset of warmer weather. Hopefully, you're in the former, not the latter. Whenever it hits your neck of the woods, springtime usually gives us the inclination to tackle a few cleaning projects. With the proper products and tools and some time cleared...

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Sustainability in the Playground

When people hear the words “recycled” and “playground” in one sentence, the first thought that comes to mind is an old tire tied to a tree branch. Others may think of old playground sets being recycled or reused. While not completely wrong, the two ideas presented are just “the tip of the iceberg”, so to speak, in terms of recycling. Many don’t even realize that a lot of park and playground equipment...

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Passive vs Active: Which is better for a greener household?

There are two universal truths to being green: one, it can greatly reduce the adverse effects of today’s lifestyle to the environment and two, it can also significantly cut energy bills. That’s why more businesses and households today are inclined to increase their sustainability efforts. Green living is a broad term. Some define it as having a greenhouse and compost in their yards while others think...

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On the home front: Is your furniture making you sick?

The moment we leave home, we subject ourselves to a bombardment of different hazards, chemicals and irritants. We can never be certain what we have come into contact with when we are in the office, driving or shopping. We wash our hands frequently and concern ourselves with the minutia of what we may have been exposed to in the workplace and other areas that we deem to be ‘high risk’ for harmful chemicals...

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Rent Green will electric and hybrid car rentals take-off

While most of the country is mired in snow and sleet, our minds can't help but jump ahead to spring and summer, when Americans will hit the road to do some family travel. It can cost a family a small fortune to drive, however, especially as gas prices climb the closer we get to Memorial Day. And 2013 looks like it might even get worse. In an analysis on state-by-state gas prices, USA Today wrote...

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5 Tips for Making Your Packaging Operations Greener

While product packaging has been around for centuries, today’s manufacturer faces unique challenges as the quest to go "green" to save the environment becomes imperative rather than optional. Here are 5 tips to make your packaging operations greener. You'll not only save money, but you’ll also please your environmentally savvy consumers, too – and that bodes well for public relations and for your bottom line:...

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What Makes an Eco-Friendly Traveler?

Rarely do we devalue the merits of travel; it broadens the mind, sharpens the senses and diversifies the palate. But of course, getting from A to B and back doesn’t come without some advisable precautions – particularly when it comes to the environment. Since long distance travel can be an inherently wasteful process, we should all put a bit of effort into preventing its strain on Mother Nature. Here’s the good news:...

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Mobile Technology and the Environment are these renewability efforts enough

Chances are good you've owned your fair share of cell phones over the past decade. How did you dispose of them? Did you simply throw them away? That could be an issue, as recent numbers show that of the 2.1 billion mobile phones and tablets in the world, less than 10 percent are recycled or renewed in some fashion. And that poses problems for the environment. According to ewasteguide.info, the chemicals...

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Solar powered toy uses flexible solar cell to teach kids about renewable energy

A Silicon Valley start-up, ToyLabs, Inc. has developed the first toy motor car powered by a flexible polycrystalline silicon solar cell. ToyLabs developed the Volta Racer as a fun way to teach kids the fundamental principles and concepts behind solar energy and mechanical engineering. The Volta Racer is packaged with all the prefabricated components necessary for the child to build their own little solar...

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How to make your carbon footprint smaller at home – and save a bundle

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you’ll have heard the phrase ‘carbon footprint’ bandied around a lot by politicians, councils, and even your family and friends. What exactly does this mean though and, perhaps more importantly, why should you care about it? Carbon footprint explained. Simply put, a carbon footprint is the volume of carbon dioxide, or CO2, that a person uses...

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