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Disposable Dress Dissolves In Water: Dumbest Thing Ever? (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

After putting together a list of 37 ways to reuse old clothes, I'm a little appalled to find something like this -- people are making disposable dress...

6 Easier-Than-You-Think Green Steps That Sound Tough

planetgreen.discovery.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Going green isn't always easy. While there are lots of things -- turning down your thermostat, say, or unplugging your cell phone charger -- that you ...

Brewer To Turn Beer Waste Into Fuel For Its Trucks

Huffington Post | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Sierra Nevada Brewing, already one of the greenest breweries out there, just bought into a new way to turn waste into money. The brewer has worked out...

10 Disposable Things You Never Have to Buy Again

planetgreen.discovery.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

One of our favorite green philosophies goes something like, "Less stuff = more good." While that seems simple enough, cutting back on the amount of st...

Garbage-Powered Garbage Truck Debuts In UK

Discover Magazine | Rachel Cernansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Last week, SITA UK, a recycling and waste management company, and the Kirklees Metropolitan Council in Northern England unveiled a garbage truck that ...

Make Batteries Last Longer: 5 Tips To Get More Use

planetgreen.discovery.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

We use a lot of batteries. They don't create carbon emissions when inserted into a walkie-talkie or a digital camera. I'm sure parts of the battery's ...

1 Thing That Can Help You Save Water While Traveling

planetgreen.discovery.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

If you bring your own towel, you can wipe yourself off time and time again without disturbing the hotel's towels. This will save you from having to wr...

Miami Beach Eco-Sin: Patio Heaters At 65 Degrees

Treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In the UK, patio heaters are nowhere to be seen, and George Monbiot called for their ban three years ago. But on the sidewalks of Ocean Drive in Miami...

Would It Be More Efficient To Send Free Kindles To Paper Subscribers?

alleyinsider.com | Nicholas Carlson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Not that it's anything we think the New York Times Company should do, but we thought it was worth pointing out that it costs the Times about twice as ...

Utilities Try Tactics Like Frowny Faces To Encourage Less Waste

New York Times | LESLIE KAUFMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A frowny face is not what most electric customers expect to see on their utility statements, but Greg Dyer got one. He earned it, the utility said, ...

5 Ways To Stop Flushing So Much Water Away

Chelsea Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Here are 5 steps you can take to reduce your water usage (also excerpted from Water): 1. Remember the rhyme: "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it...

Toilet Poem Causes 20% Less Toilet Paper Use, Says Study

Metro.co.uk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Poetry in the loo can cut down on paper use too, says a Japanese group campaigning to save toilet paper as part of the country's battle against global...

Obama Cranks Up White House Thermostat: "You Could Grow Orchids In There"

Huffington Post | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Uh oh. Hey, remember all that fuss about how Obama was bucking tradition by not wearing his suit jacket in the Oval Office? And how it was going to ...

Compost in the City

Bridget Moloney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bridget Moloney

In L.A., it is illegal to compost things not generated on site. You would think it wouldn't matter, but people have been fined for it.

Is Bottled Water Really So Bad?

Treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Surely there are bigger culprits out there. The problem for bottled water is that it is so ubiquitous and generally an unnecessary luxury. With most o...

5 Kinds Of Treeless Paper

planetgreen.discovery.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Do you have any idea how much paper we still waste every year in the US, despite the fact that we're in the midst of this so-called digital revolution...

Delhi Latest To Ban Plastic Bags: Five Years In Prison For Waste?

Treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

New Delhi has banned the use of plastic bags in all shops, starting very soon. Notification has been sent out to all shopkeepers, and they are being g...

Cellular Blinds Save Energy From Seeping Out Of Your Windows And Wallet

planetgreen.discovery.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Windows can be problematic. Their presence may account for 25% of your heating or cooling bill. We can't just do away with windows. Our houses would b...

Drowning In Receipts? Help Might Be On The Way

blogs.discovery.com | Alyssa Danigelis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A startup called TransactionTree recently popped up, proposing a service for retailers that allows them to email an electronic copy of a receipt to c...

Smart Growth: Three Simple Steps to Help the Economy and the Planet

Bill Shireman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill Shireman

Taxes aren't just too high, they're too dumb. Whenever we put a tax on something, we get less of it. Yet, incomprehensibly, we continue to tax the things we want more of.

5 Steps To Reducing All The Wasteful Packaging In Your Life

ecomii | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

1. Evaluate a product's packaging using these simple questions -- Is it without packaging or minimally packaged? -- Is the packaging marked as contain...

Recycled Content Toilet Paper Saves Trees, Water And Landfill Space

The Good Human | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This is an easy one that you won't even have to suffer for! If every household in America switched out just ONE roll of regular TP for recycled TP, we...

Which Is Greener: Keeping Old Car Or Getting New Green One?

thedailygreen.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Dear EarthTalk: Is it better to drive an older, well-maintained car that gets about 25 miles per gallon, or to buy a new car that gets about 35 miles ...

7 Offensively Un-Green Products

TreeHugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

TreeHugger rounded up 7 products that are so environmentally-unfriendly it's mind-blowing. Here's a start: You know that the terroirists have won w...

Eco-Heroes In The Office Unite!

Wall Street Journal | ELIZABETH GARONE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Make it a daily habit. Start small. "The best way to start is to reduce all the waste that involves paper, plastic or petro," says Tim Sanders, author...