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1/4/2011
Turn low value plastic trash into valuable building blocks with a $300 homemade press. Free plans for a hand operated press are available. A mechanized version could be made by converting a log splitter.
7/17/2009
Trash Track, an MIT research project, aims to highlight consumers’ waste habits by electronically tracking trash from homes to landfills.
11/15/2011
Turtle Plastics Modular Matting is now available in 14 colors.
10/7/2009
Before buying a toy, the first consideration should be its health. We’ve seen a lot of recent news about unhealthy plastics and paints in inexpensive children’s toys. Making sure any toy you select is healthy should be your number one priority.
9/11/2009
Seattle voters rejected a proposal to pay 20 cents per plastic bag at the register.
7/21/2010
The Environmental Protection Agency has added short-chain chlorinated paraffins, found in paint, adhesives and plastics, to its short list of dangerous chemicals.
8/18/2010
When Woods End Labs recently tested biodegradable plastics and found that most aren't compostable under home compost conditions, one reader (known as Eco-Oxo) wrote that Oxo biodegradable bags aren't designed to biodegrade under compost conditions. Woods End Labs is following up, taking the reader's suggestion and testing Oxo under the conditions Eco-Oxo recommends. This is Part 1 of the new test, where you can follow along and see how Oxo fares under different conditions. 
11/5/2012
Method’s plastic bottle demonstrates in the extreme that ocean-plastic recycling is possible.
2/27/2009
Recycle those old plastic grocery bags into something useful with these cool crochet instructions.
6/7/2011
A new study has found that biodegradable plastic's rapid rate of decomposition could cause the release of methane, a greenhouse gas. The study's authors suggest that petroleum-based products might be preferable. We need better alternatives than that.
9/26/2012
Boulder Food Rescue is a non-profit what is helping to redefine food waste in America.
6/14/2011
While garden hoses may leach some chemicals into the water flowing through them, there’s little reason to think it’s a serious health issue.
3/3/2011
Think you're safe because you're buying BPA-free plastic? A study has found endocrine-disrupting chemicals in 70 percent of plastic products--even those without BPA.
5/26/2010
A team of mountaineers have set out for Mount Everest's "death zone" to pick up trash which has resurfaced as an effect of climate change.
8/24/2010
The United States stands virtually alone in the world in not ratifying treaty on electronic waste. The dumping of electronic waste is a huge hazardous waste problem in the developing world, contaminating water supplies and land with toxic heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs and acids, and putting some of the world’s poorest populations at great risk.
4/27/2010
Should we be building more garbage incinerators in the United States? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.
10/15/2010
Filtering tap water instead of buying plastic bottles helps my family’s carbon footprint—and bottom line.
8/1/2008
Although many of us enjoy the free plastic bags we get from grocery stores, they may be costing us money and damage to the environment. Find out more about this growing problem and review the results of a recent poll.
10/4/2013
These DIY garden lights reuse plastic bottles and provide soft, natural lighting for evenings spent outdoors.
6/2/2014
Description of how to unroll and fasten edges of biodegradable plastic mulch without using tractors or mulch-laying equipment. Discussion of different types of biodegradable plastic, and how to store them.
2/21/2011
An unpublished British study says that plastic bags are a greener option than paper or cloth--but only if you don't make the most of your reusable bags.
4/23/2009
On Earth Day 2009, the Plastic Bag Reduction Act was introduced to the House of Representatives, proposing a five cent tax on single-use bags. We want to know, would you vote yes for the tax?
6/4/2010
Save energy and resources and reduce waste when traveling by dumping all your trash in one receptical.
7/21/2011
The Rhombin, a desktop organizer made from a plant-based plastic (bioplastic), merges sustainability with convenience and cutting-edge design.
8/25/2010
The Bag Monster Tour kicked off in San Francisco on Aug. 12 with 70 “Bag Monsters” taking to the streets. These “Monsters” — ordinary volunteers dressed in hundreds of plastic bags — were informing Californians about the dangerously large amount of single-use plastic bags being used every year throughout the United States. Andy Keller, Bag Monster’s founder, hopes that the tour and subsequent demonstrations will lead to a national ban on plastic bags.
8/29/2012
Tackling the old wives tale I heard recently down at the hardware store how a penny inserted into the flesh of a tomato plant stalk will help that plant fight off or maybe prevent a blight attack along with data on trying to trap a wild rabbit.
5/27/2011
Cut old milk jugs into the shape of your choice, rough them up with sandpaper and string them together to make surprisingly pretty window shades that offer privacy while letting the sun shine in.
12/13/2011
Forget the time and money that goes into conventional giftwrap. Use these inspirational ideas to wrap lovely gifts with materials otherwise bound for the recycling bin.
7/29/2011
From a home built into a cliff to a home built out from laundry soap boxes, these homes prove how fun and satisfying it is to push the conventional edge. It's your house. Create whatever you want.
10/27/2008
Check out Annie B. Bond's list of 11 easy tips for making your kitchen more healthy and safe, from Care2.
3/18/2011
Get your garden ready for spring by making this sturdy, comfortable outdoor bench from recycled-plastic lumber and an old truck tire inner tube.
1/16/2012
A "how to" for building a hoop-style greenhouse using PVC pipe and plastic sheeting.
1/13/2011
Simran Sethi discusses how to green your bathroom in easy ways: through your choice of toilet paper, shower curtain, and towels.


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