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100 Things You Never Need To Buy

How often do people act on the first of the infamous 3 Rs? “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Reducing means refusing to buy that thing in the first place and this list is a growing testimony to how possible it is to eliminate certain things from your everyday purchases, if you’re willing to try. Why do it? […]

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Stop Junk Mail With PaperKarma

By Liesl Clark According to some estimates, the average US household receives 850 unsolicited pieces of mail each year. Well we’re way over that average, I believe. And I’ve tried for years to reduce it. Here’s a picture of one month’s-worth of junk mail sitting on my desk: Enter PaperKarma. As a Buddhist, I admit […]

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How Toxic Is Your Garden Hose?

By Liesl Clark One of the cheapest, happiest forms of warm weather play for children is a garden hose with a sprinkler hooked up to it. For our children, it means hours of joyous play. The challenge for us is the knowledge that most hoses are made of toxic chemicals and hence are full of […]

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Kick the Can (Habit) And Slow Cook Your Beans

By Mr. Everest In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I cooked up some black beans today. The house smelled wonderful as the beans cooked in the slow cooker with garlic and onions. For the past 3 years, we’ve gone plastic-free in the culinary arts so that means no canned food. Most cans have bisphenol A (BPA) […]

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Plastic Bag Pollution On My Birthday

By Finn Clark Today is my birthday and I’m turning 10. I decided to do a good deed on my birthday, since I’ve been around for 10 years now. It’s a tradition in my family: On each of our birthdays we choose how we give back to our Earth in thanks for the nurturing planet […]

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DIY Reusable Freezer Bags

By Liesl Clark Ziploc bags lie firmly in the categories of reusable and washable in our household. They’re treated just like a glass jar or container, are washed after each use, hung to dry, and reused over and over again until they no longer work and are recycled with other plastic bags. You can make […]

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Reducing Waste on Earth Day One School at a Time

By Liesl Clark Schools love Earth Day because it’s a kid-friendly time of year to educate and celebrate Mother Earth while taking stock on how we’re measuring up with our waste footprint. Trash Backwards took the opportunity to audit 2 schools’ waste this week, and the impact of the exercise has huge potential. But it’s […]

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Bike-spiration: The Self-Powered Transportation Revolution

By Liesl Clark Boulder, Colorado has figured it out and so has Boston, MA. People can put money in a meter and rent a bike to get around the city rather then use any other form of fuel or electric-powered transportation. Boulder’s program, if you become a member, allows you to rent in 15 other […]

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How I kicked the Plastic Food Container Habit

By Liesl Clark After picking up several hundred pounds of plastic off our beaches, it was tough to return home and find the same stuff in my home, especially in the cupboards holding our food. We decided to go cold turkey and threw all our kitchen cupboard plastics out. I Freecycled our tupperware and all […]

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DIY Dishwasher Rinse Agent

By Liesl Clark Want to save some money and do the right thing for the environment at the same time? Stop buying those dishwasher rinse agents that are supposed to keep your dishes shiny and residue-free. First, if you have residue on your dishes and glassware, cut the amount of detergent you use by half. […]

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