Simple innovation uses dirt to bring clean water to rural villages in Africa

Access to clean water is something that many of us take for granted. But in rural villages in Africa and other developing countries, it’s a precious and rare commodity, the lack of which is the cause of disease and poverty.

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Green your kid’s lunch and cut waste too

Americans throw out 100 billion plastic bags each year. We use 60,000 of them every five seconds. Such widespread use causes the deaths of over 100,000 seabirds, dolphins, whales, and other sea animals each year. They mistake these bags for food, ingest them and die horribly or become entangled in the plastic and suffocate to death.

The average schookid’s lunch uses 4 plastic bags. Multiply that by 5 days a week and that’s a lot of plastic.

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Aveda’s Recycle Caps program makes #5 plastic recyclable

With curbside recycling in most area across the U.S., we’ve learned what we can recycle and which ones we can’t. The rigid polypropylene (known as #5) plastic –found in all sorts of containers – generally falls into that last category.

Because recyclers rarely accept this highly used plastic, the majority of it winds up in landfills.

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A green 2010-2011 (Part 2) – innovative packaging and supporting our schools

Now that we’re fully into 2011, there are a couple of green stories from 2010 to still take note of. Last year saw amazing innovations, particularly in green packaging and ways to support our public schools  Here then are my picks.

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Green for the new year – fundraising, packaging & schools (Part 1)

Green fundraising, eco-friendly innovative ways to package and ship fragile things and ways to support teachers and schools are important topics.  Here are my top picks.

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Best Buy creates “Future Proof” electronics buy back program

With all the advances in technology,that great laptop / tablet you got for Christmas will be obsolete within a year or less.

Best Buy has come up with a solution for those who just have to have the latest and greatest electronic “toys”.

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Shame on CNN and NPR

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) is expected to survive today's gunman's attack

With today’s shocking shooting of Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at an event outside a Tucson grocery store, it’s clear that some members of the national media would rather jump on a story than make sure they get their facts straight before causing what for many was grief and horror.

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IKEA will no longer carry incandescent light bulbs

As the phase out of incandescent bulbs begins, home furnishing giant  IKEA announced they will no longer carry the soon-to-be-outdated incandescent light bulbs in any of their U.S. stores, becoming the first US retailer to do so.

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Top green columns of 2010 (Part 1)

Now that 2011 has begun, I thought it would be useful to highlight some of the most memorable columns as a way to say goodbye to the old and ring in the new.

This is the first of a two-part homage to my top picks of 2010, with a few update

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