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No More Plastic Water Bottles

Adele Israel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Adele Israel

I attempted to estimate the number of plastic bottles of water sold in Grand Junction in one week. But discount giants and other corporations hold on to sales figures tighter than oil companies hang on to fracking formulas.

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.

Why Won't Borders Donate Their Soon-To-Be-Trashed Books?

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Erik Ose

Current Waldenbooks employees have come forward to alert the public that the company plans to dispose of many unsold books in the cheapest, easiest, least responsible way possible - by trashing them.

The Pentagon's Black Hole

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

It's not that DOD is flunking audits. You flunk an audit when you track the money and find it was not spent as intended. DOD cannot track the money; the Department of Defense is unauditable.

Air Travel Made Greener: 4 Tips

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Though air travel is unavoidable at times, there are a few things responsible travelers can do to make flights greener.

My Blue Shield Experience Embodies Our Stupid and Wasteful Health Insurance System

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

Recognize this melody? If you're a Blue Shield of California member, you hear it pretty much every time you call and end up holding till an actual person answers. A few days ago I heard it for half an hour.

Meatless Monday: Leftovers, Encores, It's All Good

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Caribbean pigeon peas and rice, green beans with jalapeno and garlic, these are nothing the Pilgrims had on their table or even had in their minds at ...

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.

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.

The State of Energy Efficiency

James C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James C. Davis

We need to ask ourselves why the United States uses almost twice the energy that Japan does per $1,000 GDP. Or why do we spend more energy to produce a ton of cement than Canada, China or Mexico?

Potential E-Waste Nightmare: Microsoft Bans Nearly a Million Xbox Users

treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

After discovering nearly a million users had modified their consoles to play pirated games via the Xbox live service, Microsoft gave them the boot fro...

No Impact Week: Trash

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

As part of Trash Day for No Impact Week, (learn more here and sign up) we're taking a deeper look into trash, recycling and where it all goes after we...

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...