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Reduce Plastic Pollution and Go Green In July

Art display of polar bear shows that we need to reduce plastic pollution

As we move closer to recognizing and practicing this year’s Plastic Free July, I’ll share a few thoughts about ways we reduce plastic pollution here in The O Household.   Almost two years ago, as we learned more about low-to-zero waste practices, we came to understand just how much plastic pollution we were creating, especially…

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Five Easy Eco-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

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Celebrate Earth Day by making small yet impactful eco-conscious changes to your lifestyle. Here are five easy eco-friendly ways you can say thanks to Mother Earth this year. This year, Mr. O and I are celebrating Earth Day by joining a local litter clean-up team for a few hours of road-side trash collection and afterwards…

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Green Living Hacks…Recycle Your Old Cell Phone

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About 130 million mobile phones are retired every year, resulting in more than 65,000 tons of waste―including potentially hazardous materials, such as lead and mercury. Recycle yours with Call2Recycle.org (log on to find a drop-off location near you) or programs like cellphonesforsoldiers.com, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and…

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Water, Water, Everywhere…

In the U.S., a seemingly endless supply of clean, running water has led to a mental disconnect between us and our water supply. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated August National Water Quality Month. The month is to remind everyone how each action can impact the nation’s waterways and water supply. As of right now,…

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Great News For The African Elephant Population!

At the end of May 2015, The Chinese government announced that it will “eventually” shut down its legal domestic ivory market. The move, which surprised conservationists, could provide a major boost in efforts to stop the mass killing of elephants for their ivory. Read the rest of the story from Mongabay Environmental News…

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Spring Cleaning Checklist No. 3

One man’s trash…. Did you go all-out cleaning this Spring and now have a pile of unwanted things? Before you throw something away, consider whether or not someone else might need it. Either donate to a charitable organization like Goodwill or The Salvation Army, or post it on a web site designed to connect people…

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Spring Cleaning Checklist No. 2

Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health. Believe it or not, the EPA’s standards for tap water are more stringent than the FDA’s standards…

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