Simple tips to reduce single-use plastic

December 24, 2018 by  
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In recent years, it has become more and more clear that single-use plastics are having a devastating impact on the environment  — especially on the oceans. And, if we don’t start making some changes now, it won’t be long before there is more plastic in the ocean than fish. The solution to this growing problem is relatively simple — reduce the use of single-use plastics. But, the execution of this simple idea can be a bit more challenging. If you want to make 2019 the year that you quit using single-use plastics, here is how to go about it. Food and beverages The easiest and most obvious place to start is food. Stop and think for a minute how many single-use plastics are in your refrigerator and pantry right now. Chances are you have a tub of butter, a bottle of salad dressing or a package of sliced cheese. Or maybe you have a bag of apples that you picked from the produce section at the grocery store. The truth is, the vast majority of grocery items come wrapped in single-use plastic, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options. There are local grocers and farmer’s markets that allow you to fill reusable containers with dry goods, and you can bring reusable bags to just about any store and load them up with fruits and veggies instead of using the plastic bags they provide. Related: European parliament supports the ban of single-use plastics Also, look for items that are packaged in paper, glass or cardboard instead of plastic. You won’t be able to do this with every food item — we haven’t seen any milk in glass bottles lately. But, often, you can find the things that you normally buy in sustainable packaging . Now, let’s talk about beverages. This is a big one. How many to-go beverages do you buy in one week? From bottled water to iced coffees, millions of single-use plastic containers are tossed in the trash every single day because of what we drink. Many coffee shops will allow you to bring in your own reusable tumbler. And, instead of buying that next bottle of water, opt for a reusable bottle that you can fill up with filtered water at home. Household items When it comes to things around your house like soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, cosmetics, razors and toothbrushes, they all come in single-use plastic containers. Consider making your own soap, shampoo and laundry detergent, and replacing your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo , compostable option. Some cosmetics brands have a refill program, and razor refill companies are everywhere at the moment. The benefits of change When you start making a deliberate attempt to cut down single-use plastics, you will notice some big changes in your life. The biggest change will be that you will eat fewer amounts of processed food. More than half of the average American’s daily diet comes from processed foods, and a lot of that is in single-use plastic packaging. Not only will making this change reduce your use of plastic , but it will also result in a healthier diet. You will also find yourself saving some money. When you make your own soap and detergent and cut down on buying bottled water, you will end up saving cash in the long run.  Many coffee shops will give you a discount when you use a reusable mug, and making food from fresh ingredients instead of ordering takeout will be much easier on your pocketbook. Related: Study finds microplastics in sea turtles around the world  You will also become more organized because avoiding single-use plastic requires a plan. Adopting this lifestyle is not convenient, but when you make your own lunch for work instead of hitting a drive-thru or take a reusable bottle with you when you travel, you have to think ahead. Another bonus to cutting out single-use plastic is shopping locally. Hitting up local businesses, farmer’s markets and vintage shops will lead you to get to know the people that make the products you use, instead of buying packaged items that come from all over the world. You might consider growing your own produce in a veggie garden and experiment with fruits and veggies that are in season. Because you are focused on fresh food that isn’t wrapped in plastic, this new approach will make you more aware of the seasons and help you embrace the slow-food movement. Reducing your use of single-use plastic items takes a plan, and it takes time. It is not a convenient lifestyle, but a rewarding one. Not only will you have a new understanding of the work and resources that go into growing and harvesting your food and making the products you use everyday, but you will also reduce your waste . Via Matador Network Images via Shutterstock

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Earth911 Podcast, Oct. 8, 2018: Sustainability in Your Ear — Recleim Pioneers Refrigerator CFC Capture

October 8, 2018 by  
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Recleim, an Atlanta-based recycler, is the only company in the … The post Earth911 Podcast, Oct. 8, 2018: Sustainability in Your Ear — Recleim Pioneers Refrigerator CFC Capture appeared first on Earth911.com.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Eco-savvy hacks for cleaning your kitchen

April 28, 2015 by  
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Did you know that popping a tab of Alka-Seltzer into the back of your fridge will eliminate odors within 24 hours? Or that adding a packet of lemon-lime Kool-Aid to your dishwasher’s rinse cycle will get rid of stains and mineral deposits? This infographic has a ton of tricks and tips on how to clean and refresh your kitchen without the use of harmful chemical cleaners . Read on past the jump for the full image—your kitchen will thank you! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Eco-savvy hacks for cleaning your kitchen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alka-Seltzer , baking soda , cleaning hacks , Consolidated Foodservice , freezer , fridge , infographic , kitchen cleaning hacks , kitchen cleaning infographic , Kool-Aid , refrigerator , salt , stove , Tang , vinegar

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Awesome Clay Refrigerator Requires Zero Energy to Keep Food Cool

August 8, 2014 by  
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An Indian entrepreneur has created a refrigerator made entirely from clay that keeps food cool without using any electricity. Mansukhbhai Raghavbhai Prajapati, a Gujarat-based potter, makes his natural MittiCool refrigerator to provide an alternative for people in rural areas who can’t afford conventional refrigerators. Read the rest of Awesome Clay Refrigerator Requires Zero Energy to Keep Food Cool Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: affordable appliances , alternative home appliances , clay appliances , clay refrigerator , Green Appliances , green technology , Indian entrepreneur , low cost design , MittiCool refrigerator , zero-energy fridge

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GE’s New ‘Magnetocaloric’ Refrigerator Cools Food With Water And Magnets

February 13, 2014 by  
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GE just developed a brand new refrigerator that uses special magnetic materials to achieve temperatures cold enough to freeze water. The magnetic fridge is estimated to be 20% more efficient than current refrigeration technology, and it could be available by the end of the decade. Read the rest of GE’s New ‘Magnetocaloric’ Refrigerator Cools Food With Water And Magnets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fridge , general electric , magnetocaloric technology , prototype fridge , refridgeration , refridgeration technology        

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Why Your Makeup Bag May Need a Makeover

December 23, 2013 by  
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Just like you wouldn’t let old food sit in the refrigerator long past the expiration date, it’s also a good idea to throw out old cosmetics after a certain point.

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Shop Smarter to Save Money on Appliances

August 14, 2013 by  
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These days, there’s a lot more to buying appliances than just finding the latest style and color. As energy costs continue to rise, smart shoppers also think about long-term savings and have learned to look at more than just the …

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7 Summertime Remedies Sitting in Your Refrigerator

May 11, 2013 by  
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With summertime adventures often come scratches, bites, stings and other minor wounds from interactions with nature. While such things certainly shouldn’t deter kids—and parents—from playing outdoors, it’s often preferable to steer away from the medicine cabinet when looking for a cure. And luckily there’s a lot hanging out in your fridge that can help—from bananas for mosquito bites to honey for cuts and scrapes, read on to learn more surprising summer remedies you may well already have at home. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative remedies , cuts and scrapes , flu sorbet , fruit and vegetable medicine , mayonnaise hair , mosquito bites , natural cures , natural remedies , natural treatements , peaches nausea , potato insomnia        

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Yeti 150: Goal Zero Unveils A Plug-And-Play Solar Generator For Emergencies Or Off-Grid Adventures at CES 2013

January 10, 2013 by  
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Sustainable gadgets are making waves again at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Last year, Goal Zero wowed CES attendees with its Yeti 1250, a solar energy generator that’s robust enough to run your refrigerator while the power is out. This year, the company  unveiled the Yeti 150 , a portable, plug-and-play solar generator that still packs an impressive punch without the nasty exhaust fumes. Read the rest of Yeti 150: Goal Zero Unveils A Plug-And-Play Solar Generator For Emergencies Or Off-Grid Adventures at CES 2013 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “portable generator” , camping , ces , emergencies , emergency power , goal zero , green gadgets , renewable energy , solar generator , Solar Power , Yeti 150

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LIKE Architect’s LEDscape is an Interactive Maze of Glowing LED Bulbs in Lisbon

January 10, 2013 by  
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