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Reuse or Recycle? Try Freecycling

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan Merritt

Unfortunately, there is more to sustainable living than just recycling. Recycling is good, but it is even better not to use disposable goods if possible.

Don't Have a Cow

Elihu Dietz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elihu Dietz

Meat is wasteful: it takes 10,000 pounds of grain to produce 1000 pounds of meat. But is abstaining from eating meat really the solution?

Report: Health Care System Wastes Up to $850 Billion Annually

Politics Daily | David Sessions | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

According to a report by Thomson Reuters, the American health care system wastes between $505 billion and $850 billion every year, which is up to a th...

Newtown Wastewater Treatment Plant, A Smelly and Unique Stop-Off In Greenpoint During Open House New York

Katharine Jose | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

By 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, all the free tours of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant were full. The tall chain-link fence gate was o...

Trashgate: Borders Dumping Books, Stop the Waste

Mary Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mary Hall

I am distressed to learn that Borders books may be dumping books when closing its Waldenbooks Specialty Retail group.

Life Cycle: Styrofoam: Mark of the Plastic Beast

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Life Cycle is a series of posts that looks at the life and death of everyday things. Your Styrofoam lunch container of Mooshu pork is labeled with...

Life Cycle: The Birth and Death of Your Bootleg DVDs

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Your cinematic experience leaves its mark not only on your heart, but on the planet.

Chewable Pampers: SNL's Disposable Diaper Suggestion

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

EcoWonk caught the environmental "message" in this week's Saturday Night Live "Chewable Pampers" sketch: To date, disposable diaper manufacturers o...

Britain Dumping Toxic Waste

Times London | Ben Webster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Britain was accused yesterday of dumping toxic household and industrial waste in developing countries on two continents in breach of an international ...

The Undoing of Gen. T. Michael Moseley: A Cautionary Tale About the Military/Industrial Complex

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

This tale recounts the interwoven fate of an Air Force Chief of Staff, potentially disastrous handling of nuclear weapons, and a financial advising company with more than 300,000 military personnel as investors.

The Garbage Nightmare

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bernie Bulkin

We have to minimize, recycle, reuse and think of waste as food. We have to stop thinking about cradle to grave and start thinking about cradle to cradle.

Man Modifies Pickup Truck To Run On Wood And Waste

KPTV Portland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

From the first time he saw Emmett "Doc" Brown fire up the Mr. Fusion home energy reactor in the "Back to the Future" movies, Dave Nichols has always w...

How to Be a Greener Pet Owner

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Here are four tips about how to reduce Fido's and Fluffy's environmental pawprints.

USB Hub With On/Off Switches: Green Or Waste?

treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Treehugger spotted this gadget, which seems ideal for the multi-gadget family: A "4-port USB hub from Buffalo that lets you turn on or off just the ga...

Will Zoe Loefgrin Vote $108 Billion For European Banks While California Goes Bankrupt?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

How will Loefgin justify giving $108 billion in loan guarantees to European banks while her own state goes bankrupt? How will anybody?

High School Student Discovers Plastic-Eating Microbe

Mother Nature Network | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Daniel had a thought it seems even the most esteemed microbiology PhD's hadn't considered. Plastic, one of the most indestructible of manufactured mat...

Greener Shaving Now! Do Away With Disposables (VIDEO)

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

How green is your grooming routine? Shaving is one place where a lot of Americans end up wasting a lot of water -- and other stuff. Grist's Umbra say...

College Students Get Trashed -- Er, Get Energy From Trash

treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The project just completed is known as EcoLine and uses purified methane gas from a nearby landfill. Nothing particularly new in that, but the big dea...

Square Toilet Paper Begs You Not To Waste It

treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Ban reduced the amount of paper that rolls off the tube by making it square instead of round, so that what you take is what you really need. According...

Save 60 Gallons Of Water In One Day

planetgreen.discovery.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

You can save 60 gallons of water today without spending any money (I'm going to assume you own some of the things that I mention, like a 1000 sq ft ga...

A Drop In The Bucket: Sensors Reduce Golf Course Water Use

nytimes.com | LARRY DORMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

"We were a very efficient operation to start with," said Shawn Emerson, the superintendent at Desert Mountain Golf Club, a complex of six courses with...

Cool Reuse: Cardboard Packaging Transforms Into Hangar

treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Packaging is a tough one. You can often reduce the amount used, but you still need something to protect what you're shipping. One solution is to make ...

Waste Into Fuel: The Coolest Green Fuels

Huffington Post | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

We have an oil dependency. We create too much waste. Wouldn't it be swell if we could kill two birds with one stone here? Here are some of the cooles...

Water Footprint: How Much Water Your Stuff Takes

Huffington Post | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

We've all heard about carbon footprints. We know that the stuff we buy and use leaves a long trail of... stuff. A T-shirt involved growing cotton, whi...

Jeez, This Place Is A Dump (PHOTO)

Getty Images | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 12: Trucks dump garbage into a pit at Sunset Scavenger May 12, 2009 in San Francisco, California. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom...