Landfills: Consequences and Solutions

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The word “landfill” conjures up images of huge piles of decaying waste that are slowly polluting the earth. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in the U.S. alone there are over 10,000 old municipal landfills as well as 3,091 active landfills. Landfills, which used to be known as “dumps”, are the oldest known form of waste treatment in the world.

Solar Panels 101

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Solar panels allow ordinary people to harness the nearly limitless power of the sun to power their lives in a clean way that does no damage to the planet. The more people who use solar panels to create electricity for their homes, offices, and even automobiles, the better it is for the planet.

What is Green Packaging?

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There are many millions of packaged items shipped throughout the world on a daily basis. Each and every one of these creates waste, and many conventional packing materials cannot be recycled. With the huge amount of companies transporting goods from factories to warehouses and then to retailers, as well as the huge amount of online orders placed daily, there is a hugely wasteful amount of plastics, Styrofoam, cardboard, and paper used in the process. Thankfully, sustainable packaging offers a solution to this problem.

23 Eco-Friendly Ways to Cool Your House and Your Person

 

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We’re in the middle of a heat wave here in many parts of the country, but cooling your home during the dog days of summer doesn’t need to mean switching on expensive air conditioning, worrying about energy bills, or stressing about the potential impact of your carbon footprint. Dependent on your climate, as much as 20-50 percent of your annual energy use can go to cooling your house. This can account for as much as 5-15 percent of your household carbon footprint.

Ocean Pollutants and Their Far-Reaching Effects

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When you think about the types of pollutants in the ocean, your first thought might be those of oil spills. But, unfortunately, there are many more types of pollution in the ocean. Pollution, no matter what form it is, can — and does — have adverse effects on ocean life, including sea creatures and plants. Also, once these pollution sources contaminate the water, they disrupt the delicate ecosystems for life.

40 Ways to Reduce Air Pollution and Your Carbon Footprint

carbon footprintWith the issues of air pollution and carbon footprints at the forefront of our minds nowadays, it is important to find effective ways that will enable you to reduce them. It is a fact that each time you mow the lawn, turn on a household appliance, or even turn on a light, you’re polluting the air around you.

Composting at Home

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Yard waste and food scraps make up as much as 30 percent of everything we discard via our household trash says the US Environmental Protection Agency.  That makes composting a worthy considerations both for your own personal outdoor space and for the environment.

How to be a Responsibly Green Boater

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As a leisure activity, boating is incredibly popular. Recreational use of man-powered boats, powerboats, and sailboats is attractive to individuals who enjoy the great outdoors. However, to be a responsibly green boater, it is necessary to follow sound boating practices.

13 Ways to Implement Water Conservation in Your Garden

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Homeowners want beautiful lawns and gardens. However, there is a global water shortage. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, although the earth is 71 percent water, only one percent of this is accessible for consumption. This means that the entire world depends on this one percent for drinking, cooking, bathing, and agriculture.

Top 15 Eco-Friendly Apps

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Recycling, reusing, reducing emissions… being “green” is so important in today’s day and age. If being “green” is your mission, achieving your goal has never been easier, thanks to eco-friendly apps – and not just a few apps, but tons of them.