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Applying the three R’s to your kids’ Halloween costumes

Applying the three R’s to your kids’ Halloween costumes

| October 28, 2014

If you’re a forward-thinking, highly-organized parent, you’ve likely already crafted the perfect Halloween costumes for your kids. But, if you’re like some of us and have been so busy that you only just noticed that November is nary a week away, you may be looking for some help in the costume department. The best costumes are both […]

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Seattle to enforce mandatory composting

Seattle to enforce mandatory composting

| October 2, 2014

Seattle is known as a pioneer when it comes to sustainability efforts. And yet, they’re having a hard time motivating citizens to compost their household food scraps. Their solution? Give people a choice: keep compostable food scraps out of the garbage, or be hit where it hurts—in the pocket book. Per a brand new policy, […]

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Introducing: Team Compost and the Food Scrap Friends!

Introducing: Team Compost and the Food Scrap Friends!

| September 30, 2014

You may have seen our coverage of organic waste recycling initiatives across the country. These efforts to raise awareness of the need for food recycling are paying off as more and more people embrace composting. At RecycleReminders, we are very excited to introduce our own composting awareness campaign: Team Compost. Food waste makes up nearly one third […]

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Innovative venture brings vegetable oil recycling to Brazil

Innovative venture brings vegetable oil recycling to Brazil

| September 25, 2014

Today’s post starts with a Portuguese lesson. (We thought you needed a little shot of culture.) Recolher is a verb that means: “To collect.” Oleo means “Oil.” Combine those two words, and what do you get? Recoleo. That’s the name of an innovative venture that aims to collect vegetable oil from homes and businesses in […]

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Nanotech “lily pads” are a new way to purify water

Nanotech “lily pads” are a new way to purify water

| September 23, 2014

If Mark Owen’s invention becomes as ubiquitous as he hopes, there will be some very confused frogs in our lakes, ponds, and rivers. Mark Owen developed the LilyPad water purifier. At a full meter in diameter and coated in white plastic, the LilyPad water purifier doesn’t look like any lily pad I’ve seen—nor does it […]

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What happens to aluminum cans?

What happens to aluminum cans?

| September 17, 2014

For many of us, we can’t get through the day without that 2:00 p.m. shot of caffeine via a can of soda. (Not to mention the 3:00 shot of caffeine. And the 3:30 shot of caffeine…and the 4:00…) Needless to say, those cans add up quickly. It’s fairly commonplace to recycle aluminum cans, but what […]

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California legislature passes plastic bag ban

California legislature passes plastic bag ban

| September 9, 2014

After months—make that years—of rumblings, it’s official: California’s legislature has passed a bill that bans single-use plastic bags throughout the entire state. Individual municipalities throughout the state (and around the country) have already implemented bag bans on single-use plastic bags, but if California governor Jerry Brown signs the bill, it will be the first time […]

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Denver Arts and Venues commits to composting

Denver Arts and Venues commits to composting

| September 2, 2014

It’s official: Composting is the new black. There is a reason we’ve repeatedly written about composting initiatives over the last few months. That’s because the composting movement is rapidly gaining momentum, with more and more people, businesses, and municipalities getting on board. The latest story comes from none other than the mile-high city. Denver’s “Arts […]

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New self-dimming light bulb conserves energy

New self-dimming light bulb conserves energy

| August 28, 2014

Now here’s a bright idea: A light bulb that dims itself, thereby conserving energy and helping keep electric bills under control. Until now, homeowners had to install special dimmer switches in order to be able to control the brightness of lights. Romantic dinner? Turn ’em down low. Performing surgery in your kitchen? Leave ’em blazing. […]

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Nest collaborates on smart fan

Nest collaborates on smart fan

| August 25, 2014

Don’t you hate when you have to turn your fan up or down to make it warmer or cooler in the room? It’s the WORST. Okay, that was a joke. Adjusting your fan speed is probably the easiest thing you’ll do in your day. And yet, like everything else, it’s becoming automated. And, hey—if automation means […]

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Tires become sandals in latest recycling trend

Tires become sandals in latest recycling trend

| August 21, 2014

One and a half billion tires get discarded every year. We’re having a hard time wrapping our heads around that number. Especially since tires aren’t exactly like bottle caps—they take up serious space. We’re not the only ones who are a little put off by the idea of 1.5 billion tires ending up in landfills […]

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