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Ellen Hunter Gans

Ellen Hunter Gans has been writing for RecycleReminders since the blog’s inception. She is passionate about words, new media and, of course, recycling.

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Iowa is turning plastic bags into park benches

Iowa is turning plastic bags into park benches

| July 15, 2014

You’ve heard of from rags to riches, but what about from bags to benches? Plastic bags are a notorious bane of the environmental landscape, but they’re receiving exciting new life thanks to an innovative program in Iowa. Iowa isn’t typically considered a standout national leader when it comes to recycling. Iowans recycle 1.2 million tons […]

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Is this the future of delivery packaging?

Is this the future of delivery packaging?

| July 11, 2014

Bubble wrap. Packing peanuts. Inflatable plastic cushions. The items we order for shipping are rarely shipped alone, and the accompanying packaging materials are notoriously bad for the environment. As we rely more and more heavily on online shopping, we as a society place an even greater burden on the environment through wasteful packaging. One graduate […]

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Boston developing solar-powered benches

Boston developing solar-powered benches

| July 8, 2014

We don’t ask much of park benches—we just want a place to sit and rest and enjoy a nice day outside. But what if benches could provide more than a place to rest—a lot more? Cisco is funding the development and installation of “smart benches,” known as “soofas” throughout parks in the city of Boston. […]

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5 tips for a greener Fourth of July barbecue

5 tips for a greener Fourth of July barbecue

| July 2, 2014

Fourth of July is all about family, friends, food, fireworks, and fun. Of course, it’s also about honoring the United States. And what better way to say “Happy Birthday” to the good ol’ U.S. of A. than to take good care of it with an eco-friendly Fourth of July celebration? After all, what good is […]

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Picky eating leads to rich soil in New York

Picky eating leads to rich soil in New York

| June 30, 2014

Let’s face it: Kids can be awfully particular about what they eat—especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. That fact of life leads to an awful lot of produce winding up in the garbage can at schools across the nation. Sick of seeing apples going to waste, the Big Apple (where else?) is doing […]

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Helsinki recycling center employs robots

Helsinki recycling center employs robots

| June 26, 2014

In an industrial park near Helsinki Finland, there’s a new recycling center. Like other recycling centers, this one takes in tons of construction and demolition waste and sorts through it to separate wood, metal, and stone. The difference? The sorters are robots. That’s right: robots. It sounds like something straight out of a futuristic sci-fi […]

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San Francisco aims to be a recycling leader

San Francisco aims to be a recycling leader

| June 24, 2014

What will you be doing in the year 3014? (Hint: probably nothing, at least not in the conventional sense. Sorry. We’re all living longer these days, but 1,000 years is a stretch, even if you eat apples every day.) That water bottle you just threw away, however, will still be languishing in a landfill somewhere. […]

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Recycling in Switzerland is serious business

Recycling in Switzerland is serious business

| June 19, 2014

Switzerland is second only to Germany for recycling rates in the European Union. “We Swiss like it clean and appealing,” said the former director of the Office of Environment and Energy in the Swiss city of Basel. So clean and appealing, in fact, that a resident who dared drop off her recycling on the wrong […]

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Bonnaroo music festival aims for sustainability

Bonnaroo music festival aims for sustainability

| June 17, 2014

Held over four days in June, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival attracts up to 100,000 revelers to Manchester Tennessee each year. That many music fans in one place can generate a whole lot of garbage. That’s why Bonnaroo organizers are making a concerted effort to promote sustainability at this year’s festival. In order to […]

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An update on composting in the big apple

An update on composting in the big apple

| June 12, 2014

Every year, New York City residents send approximately 3.2 million tons of waste to landfills. That’s well over one-third of a ton of waste for every single man, woman, and child, every year. Transporting and managing that waste also costs the city $300 million dollars per year. If you’re reading this and thinking: “That’s too […]

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New technology extracts drinking water from manure

New technology extracts drinking water from manure

| June 10, 2014

We’ve written about a lot of innovative, creative recycling strategies over the life of this blog, but this one might take the cake. Or, should I say, the pie. The cow pie, to be precise. Have I piqued your curiosity? Good. East Lansing’s Michigan State University, long known as a leader in agricultural studies and […]

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