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Eco-Friendly Gold Extraction: How Cornstarch is Revolutionizing the Mining World

Is there an eco-friendly way to extract gold?

Mining gold often comes at the expense of the environment. The use of cornstarch, however, could change all that, making the process much greener and less expensive.

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Five Steps to a Greener Home

5 steps to a greener home

Guest post by Lauren Brombert They don’t make noise.  They don’t need much attention.  Your basic household products seem harmless enough.  But hiding in the kitchen, bathroom, broom closet and garage are cleansers whose ingredients have been linked to cancer, neurological diseases, reproductive and immune system problems, autism and asthma. The average American family spends $600 per year on 40 pounds of chemicals masquerading as cleansers, disinfectants, cosmetics and bath products. You flush them down your toilet, spray them on counters, sprinkle them in the bathtub, mop them on the floor, pour them down drains, squirt them on dishes, and, worst of all, put them on your body. Aside from the potential dangers to you, your children and your pets, …

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Earth Hour – Going Beyond the Hour

Earth Hour reaches beyond a single hour

Earth Hour – it’s about more than just one hour This coming Saturday, March 26 at 8:30PM marks the fifth annual Earth Hour event where people and organization across the globe are encouraged to turn off their lights for one symbolic hour of unity and awareness about climate change and creating a sustainable future. Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million people and more than 2000 businesses took a unified stand against climate change by turning off their lights for one hour. Does simply turning off your lights for an hour once a year really make a difference in combating climate change and creating a sustainable future? In and of itself, no, of course it doesn’t. …

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Energy Saving Tips For Going Green

Energy saving tips for going green at home

Guest Post by Christopher What does it mean to go green? Well, essentially, it means doing what you can to conserve water and energy and protect the planet. Those who are really adamant about going green do things like use wind power and solar power to run their homes and use compost heaps and recycled materials to help minimize waste. You can also do your part by taking baby steps in the right direction, if that’s a bit too extreme for you. For example, consider some of these facts: In the USA alone, people use about one million dollars worth of energy every single minute of the day. Over 25% of home heating costs occur because the home doesn’t have …

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10 World Famous Trees

Lone Cypress

We love trees – here are some of the world’s most famous We don’t often think of trees as famous.  Every now and then, one rises above it’s brothers and sisters with a unique distinction.  Either due to celebrity connections, unique life or even a trip to outer space, these trees are famous.  You might even recognize a few of them. Thanks to the folks at Treehugger that put in some major effort in originally assembling this group.

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EarthTalk: Non-Animal Tested Cleaning Products

The Leaping Bunny logo is now displayed on the packaging of more than 300 cosmetics and household products for sale across the U.S

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I am very interested in purchasing household cleaners whose ingredients and final product are not tested on animals. Where do I look? – Debbie Reek, via e-mail According to most animal advocates, the fact that manufacturers of household cleaners still use animals to test the toxicity of their products is not only inhumane—why should innocent animals have to suffer and die so we can get our floors a little cleaner?—but also illogical, as modern lab tests not involving living creatures can discern more practical information faster and for less money. Another problem with animal testing is that its findings don’t …

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Green Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Green gifts for Mom are best!

All a mom wants for Mother’s day is some peace, love and time with her kids.  The typical gifts of flowers, dinner out, chocolates, bath products, cleaning coupons or a day at the spa sure are nice though!  There are some extremely easy ways to “green up” these easy gift ideas to make every hippie mama feel like a spoiled queen on her big day. Flowers from the heart Instead of a bouquet of flowers from a florist, why not a handpicked arrangement of wildflowers?  Even small kids can get in on the action and feel included in mommy’s special gift from the heart.  If you’re still stuck in a blanket of snow like me, try planted herbs that can …

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