Green Your Period

Close to 20 billion pads, tampons, and applicators enter North American landfills every year. The mind-boggling generation of waste is just one in a series of serious environmental impacts created by feminine hygiene products. Is it possible to green your period? Editor’s note: This post contains affiliate links, which helps…

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A Cool Use for Recycled Glass

Some outdoor areas are enjoying a little extra sparkle — with assistance from old beer bottles and other recyclables used as landscape glass. Bits of repurposed glass, in jewel-like nuggets, provide a decorative accent at the base of hedges, potted greens, and other types of landscaping. The repurposed glass is…

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Recycling Mystery: Latex Paint

Patti Toews knows a thing or two about paint. For the past 10 years, she has served as program director for San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority, which is at the forefront of an innovative latex paint take-back program that exists only in her county. “Latex paint is…

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What To Do With Autumn Leaves

Ah, fall. Back to school, sweater weather, and warm drinks. Those brightly colored leaves are beautiful on the trees, but they lose their appeal when they start falling to the ground. Now, last week’s kaleidoscope of natural color become this week’s tedious yard work. But even fallen leaves have value….

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Are Solar Panels Recyclable?

Solar power is now the fastest-growing energy source in the world. An estimated 500,000 solar panels were installed globally every day in 2015. The typical American home requires 28 to 34 solar panels to produce 100 percent of its energy consumption. As the solar energy industry grows, there is a…

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