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Southeast Louisiana Turns to Greener, Grocery Bag Options

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.08.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Unless they're recycled or sent to landfill, plastic bags slowly degrade outdoors, often reaching the ocean and interfering with life there. So how are local stores and shoppers dealing with grocery bags today?

Survey Says... Convenience Is the Name of the Recycling Game

Mattias Wallander | Posted 05.29.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

While we're out improving access to textile recycling in communities across the country, we are sometimes confronted with the notion that thrift stores and charities already collect most unwanted clothing. The facts don't support that line of thinking.

Why Ban Textiles From Landfills?

Mattias Wallander | Posted 04.30.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

We need to change our mindset and accept that recyclables encompass far more than just the bottles and cans we are so accustomed to tossing in the trusty blue bin.

Green Jobs Are a Must for a Strong Economy

Mattias Wallander | Posted 01.30.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

I expect that in order to move the recycling needle significantly forward we need our legislators to step up to the plate and actually ban the disposal of materials that can and therefore should be recycled 100 percent.

Brazil's Garbage Becomes an Olympic Challenge

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 10.09.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

With the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics putting the world's 5th largest economy in the global spotlight waste collection and disposal is a problem the land of the samba can't dance around.

In Alaska, a Dirty Fight Over Clean Water

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 09.12.2011 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

A small island fishing community 800 air miles southwest of Anchorage has found itself in a monster of a fight with federal enforcers based more than 4,100 miles away in Washington, D.C.

lucy walker trash

Posted 09.04.2011 | Green

Director Lucy Walker spent months filming the stories of garbage pickers working at Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho, one of the world's largest landf...

Rural America and Discarded Clothes

Mattias Wallander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mattias Wallander

21% of Americans live in rural areas. This huge subset of the American population lacks something that most city-dwellers take for granted: easy access to recycling programs.

Cleaning House the Old-Fashioned Way

Michael McGown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael McGown

There are great cleaning products available today that don't need any more water than what is available from your own tap.

The Business of Water, the Business of Trash

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

CNBC has created two environmentally relevant docu-reports covering the worldwide water shortage and trash/landfill problems that are so good you won't mind missing everything else.

Burt's Bees Are Busy on the Sustainability Front

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with www.thegreengrok.com.A report from the headquarters of Burt's Bees. If you think about it, Burt's Bees -- maker of lip balms, skin cr...

Despite Recession, Textile Consumption Up, Recycling Down

Mattias Wallander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mattias Wallander

The economy has taken a hit, but that doesn't seem to have stopped Americans from buying new clothes in high volume. In fact, the culture of consumption is still going strong, with Americans hungrier than ever for textiles.

Waste Land -- Recycling as an Artistic Statement

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The inspiration for the movie Waste Land was in part sparked by a visit to New York City's mammoth Fresh Kills, formerly the world's largest landfill.

Eco Etiquette: Help Tame My Trash!

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. I'm watching my husband s...

Europe Burns Trash For Cleaner Energy, U.S. Lags

The New York Times | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Denmark now regards garbage as a clean alternative fuel rather than a smelly, unsightly problem. Across Europe, there are about 400 plants, with Denma...

Proper Waste Disposal (PHOTOS): How To Recycle Those Trickier Items

Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

While recycling statistics show the U.S. making little strides every year, there are certain items that still fall in the "what the hell am I supposed...

Food Waste: What Is The Environmental Toll Of Discarded Food In America?

Scientific American | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Food waste is a huge issue in America, especially in light of the growing divide between the profligate rich and the hungry poor. According to the U....

U-Haul Launches Reuse Center For Left-Behind Items

Planet Green | Jaymi Heimbuch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

When people move their possessions out of a self-storage unit, they often leave behind a whole lot of things that they don't really need or want to ta...

Algae Could Be the Key to Ultra-Thin Biodegradable Batteries

Inhabitat | Ariel Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Algae is often touted as the next big thing in biofuels, but the slimy stuff could also be the key to paper-thin biodegradable batteries according to ...

Trash Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Looking to lower your impact on the planet? Look no further than your trash bin. We Americans produce a lot of trash -- by some estimates about 250 million tons of the stuff per year.

Restaurant Composts Food Waste (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

I started composting at home almost 2 years ago. My plan was to build a few vegetable garden beds, start growing some of my own food, and go from ther...

How to Green Your 2010

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Whether you call them resolutions, goals, or lifestyle changes, here are four key measures you can take to make 2010 easier on the planet.

Eco Etiquette: Is Recycling Bad For The Environment?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

I have been hearing reports that recycling is bad. That the costs of shipping, mostly the carbon emissions from them, counteract any benefit from recy...

Less Waste: Magazine Uses Dissolving Plastic Packaging

Creative Review | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Newsstand copies of the November issue of CR come in a revolutionary new bag that simply dissolves in hot water. No waste. No landfill....

Save Cash by Going Green: 4 Tips

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Going green doesn't just save the outside world. It also can preserve the hard-earned money in your bank account.