February 9, 2014
by Peggy
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Refuse It! Just Say No to Plastic Dry-Cleaning Bags

In 2005, not long after I had made a New Year’s resolution to stop accepting plastic shopping bags, I decided my family didn’t need plastic on any of our dry cleaning either. If you are keen to live more sustainably, … Continue reading

July 1, 2013
by Peggy
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Recognizing the Value of Reuse

I recently tuned into an EPA webinar about valuing “stuff,” featuring Madalyn Cioci of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The main point of her presentation was that for far too long, we have considered reuse simply a means to … Continue reading

February 24, 2013
by Peggy
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Water Bottle Rundown

I’ve been doing a lot of research recently on reusable water bottle options, and thought it was worthwhile sharing. Many of us have already adopted a reusable tumbler or water bottle that we bring along with us every day. So … Continue reading

December 11, 2012
by Peggy
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Book Recommendation: “Plastic Free, How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too”

I’ve just finished reading Beth Terry’s new book, an inspiring guide to rethinking our plastic-laden lives. Plastic is an amazing invention—-so light! so resilient! so malleable! But the fact is, we’ve gone way overboard with this material. I won’t argue … Continue reading

September 19, 2012
by Peggy
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PFCs Persist in Us

PFCs (perfluorinated compounds) have been described by Environmental Working Group as “…destined to supplant DDT, PCBs, dioxin and other chemicals as the most notorious, global chemical contaminants ever produced.” Given that, you might be surprised to learn that a 2004 … Continue reading

August 23, 2012
by Peggy
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Know Your Plastics: #1 PET

Plastic #1.  PET or PETE, sometimes now also rPET (containing some recycled content) is short for Polyethylene Terephthalate.  Most plastic soda and water bottles are made of PET, as are many food containers.  Although ten U.S. states have bottle deposit … Continue reading

August 10, 2012
by Peggy
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Party Kits for Elementary School Classrooms

If you have time to be in your children’s classrooms —especially during times of celebration–you quickly notice the huge disconnect between the green talk and the everyday walk at school.  Our children are often taught about doing what’s right for … Continue reading

July 23, 2012
by Peggy
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Forgot your Reusable?

In a brilliant 30 minute interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, Edward Humes, author of the new book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, expounds on America’s position as the leading producer of garbage in the world.  Toward the end … Continue reading

June 22, 2012
by Peggy
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Waste-free Events Going Strong this Summer

Summer’s here!  Exciting music festivals, rustic camping trips, and sunlit picnics are in many people’s plans. Something else is afoot, and we’re thrilled about it.  It’s the rise of the waste-free event.  We’ve all attended big events, so we know … Continue reading

April 19, 2012
by Peggy
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Best Containers for Reuse

We’ve posted a lot on the downside of plastic disposables, how they contribute to the glut of plastic waste in our waterways, oceans and landfills, how they harm wildlife, and how they can leach chemicals which may pose a health … Continue reading