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5 Business Behaviors the Negatively Impact Our Planet

How business can become more environmentally sustainable

By Donald Parfew Being green has never been so important. With the planet in a state of decline we need to do all we can to help alleviate the problem. It isn’t just individuals needing to subscribe to this mentality either. Businesses need to get on board and contribute by operating in a greener fashion. Only with all of us pulling together will we make a difference. Waste According to DEFRA the average UK commercial and industrial waste total is in decline, which is good news. However, more still needs to be done. Many companies recycle and reuse a lot of what they generate from providing their products or services but it’s the little things that can make the difference. Implementing …

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Recycle, Reduce, Reuse — Driving Clean & Living Green

Reduce, reuse, and recycle: three steps to a cleaner and greener world

Guest post by Brad Long Three years ago, Americans tossed out 250 million tons of trash. One third of it was composted and recycled and the rest was left to rot in landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Drastic changes need to be made and habits need to be broken for this problem to be solved, but as one person you can only do so much. Part of living a sustainable and green lifestyle is knowing what you can do and doing it. Here are five ways to incorporate planet-saving activities into your life: Green Gardening Growing a garden keeps you from having to pay extra for organic products at the grocery store. Plus, it’s fun. Avoid using chemicals …

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5 Tips for Greening Your Trade Show Experience

Leave the schwag alone! Reduce your trade show footprint

At some point in our careers, most of us have the opportunity (if not the desire) to attend a convention or trade show. These events can be learning experiences, but the truth is what results from trade shows is mostly garbage. The convention and trade show industry is second only to construction in the amount of waste produced. Industry research done for Smash Hit Displays says that 60,000,000 people attend trade shows, industry events or consumer shows every year. Each person at one of these shows produce an estimated 20 pounds of waste, totaling over 1 billion pounds of waste!  So what can you do the next time you’re sent off to attend the latest industry or trade show to lessen …

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EarthTalk: Vampire Loads and TV Set Top Boxes

Set top boxes are one of the biggest energy vampires in the home

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that cable and other pay TV boxes that sit atop television sets consume massive amounts of energy, in part because they are always on, even when the TV is off?  — Sam Winston, Metarie, LA We hear a lot about how much energy modern day flat screen TV sets consume, but the innocuous set-top boxes that drive them, along with their built-in digital video recorders, may be even more to blame. A recent analysis conducted by the consulting firm Ecos on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that “the average new cable high-definition digital …

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Blade Tailpipe Emissions Filter: Stick This On Your Tailpipe! (And It Will Smoke a Lot Less!)

The blade tailpipe emissions filter reduces particulate pollution and CO2 emissions

So you can’t afford to go out and buy one of the new eco-friendly electric cars, and biking just isn’t cutting it? Well, this new gadget might be just the answer for you. It’s called Blade,  from EcoOptimized, and it’s a relatively inexpensive way to decrease carbon dioxide emissions on your existing car. How does it work? The device attaches to your car’s exhaust pipe (you’ll need to pay someone to install it) and acts as a filtration system for all the junk that comes out of your car. Manufacturers claim that it will drastically reduce particle emissions which cause smoke and soot that can damage your health and the environment. Up to a 12 percent decrease in carbon dioxide emission …

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Are Your Computer Habits Bad for the Environment?

Minimize the impact of your electronics

Everybody has a computer today. They’re like wristwatches or televisions. But how much does your computer use contribute to greenhouse gasses and their global warming effect? You might be surprised! Conservative estimates rank computer usage right up there with the airline industry for its harmful effect on the atmosphere, making it responsible for up to 2% of the total problem. To put your mind at ease, that doesn’t mean your household PC is all that nasty. That figure includes all the industrial server farms, government supercomputers, and college networks. Unfortunately, there are a lot more of them than you might think. Even your average grocery store has a server room somewhere in it to run the “back office” (accounts receivable …

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New Cardboard Packaging Saves Material

Universal Packaging System

Is there anything worse for an environmentalist than to receive a package and find enormous waste in packing?  First you cut through the tape, open the thick cardboard box, and find crumpled paper in the best circumstances and styrofoam peanuts in the worst circumstances. What are you supposed to do with that packaging besides send it to some unsuspecting sucker that you ship something to?  Not that reusing is a bad option, but wouldn’t it be better to not have it at all?  Yes.  Remember the order: reduce, reuse, recycle.  When possible, reduce or remove the consumption altogether. This new cardboard packaging conforms to virtually any shape to reduce or eliminate the filler inside.  As Inhabitat reports, this could really …

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21 Ways to Winterize Today

It’s that time of year.  The temperature is dropping and I woke up to snow flying through the air.  Although Halloween isn’t typically thought of as a winter prep day, I am taking some steps to tighten up my home right before carving some pumpkins. These tips are from various sources and will help almost any homeowner save on utility bills and carbon emissions this winter.

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New Styrofoam Packing Option

At Hippie Magazine, we like to report on the coolest green innovations, not just green news.  Have you ever received a package in the mail or brought home something from the store and been shocked to find a a box full of styrofoam?  It’s not easy to dispose of and can take up an entire garbage bag.  Not to mention, you know it is just going to sit in a landfill for decades if not centuries. Very few companies opt to offer biodegradable packing material such as that made from cornstarch (they decompose in water) or recycled crinkle paper.  So we’re left with horrible chemicals that last forever.  A completely unnecessary evil.

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Preserve: Recycling Product and Packaging

Preserve Packaging

Preserve products help make recycling easy with innovative packaging

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