Celebrate Arbor Day – creative opportunities to help plant trees

Seventy percent of the Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests. Yet, According to the World Resources Institute, more than 80 percent of our world’s natural forests  have already been destroyed. Since rainforests generate rainfall in other drought-prone areas of the world, their destruction in areas of west Africa may have caused two decades of droughts in the interior of Africa, along with severe hardship and famine.

Want to help re-tree the planet? There are a few great ways to help.

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Pharmaceutical Take-back programs makes disposal safe and easy

Over 250 million pounds of unused dispensed medications are disposed of improperly every year

Approximately four billion prescriptions are dispensed outside of a hospital setting every year. The sheer volume increases when you figure in over-the-counter medications, supplements and pet medications.

A variety of pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, steroids and other toxic substances can now be found in the majority of our groundwater streams and in the drinking water of more than 40 million Americans. More than 250 million pounds of unused dispensed medications are disposed of improperly each year, says David Tusa, President and CEO of Sharps Compliance Inc.

Sharps, a leading medical waste management company, has created a nationwide, easy-access solution to capture the enormous volume of unused medications, used syringes and medical waste generated outside of hospital and large healthcare settings.

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US Post Office goes green with new stamps

Always looking for ways to encourage consumers to use snail mail, the USPS has issued some pretty nifty looking green-themed stamps.

These new “forever”stamps feature 16 ideas on how to live a more green lifestyle - ways we can easily help the health 0f the environment. All are pretty much commonsense suggestions like turn the thermostat down, use public transportation and turn off lights when not in use. Take  a look  and see how many of these ideas you already follow. Then see how to add some or all of the rest.

Going green isn’t hard. It’s just about changing old habits. And you can do that, can’t you?

Opt out of unwanted catalogs for Earth Day

Catalog Choice offers a way for consumers to opt out of unwanted direct mail

Each year, direct mail advertising – all those circulars, catalogs and coupon books that seem to show up out of nowhere – create ten billion pounds of solid waste.  According to the Environmental Defense Fund, that equals 80,000,000 trees and 33,000,000,000 pounds of CO2!

Catalog Choice, a leading non-profit mail preference service, is calling on consumers around the country this Earth Day to stop unwanted mail at its source.

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Green Products for Earth Day (Part 2)

Here are several more earth-friendly products that are in line with celebrating Earth Day.

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Green Products for Earth Day (Part 1)

Inspired in 1970 by a U.S. Senator galvanized by a horrific oil spill off California’s coast, a grassroots movement has grown into a global celebration.

April 22nd marks the 41st annual anniversary of Earth Day - a day set aside to celebrate and increase our awareness of what we can do to nurture our planet. What began as a national “teach in” has blossomed into an event filled day that brings people together to learn about progress, issues and technological breakthroughs that are wrapped around the environmental movement.

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Help arrives for oil-soaked penguins of Nightengale Island

Rescue teams are beginning to aid oil-soaked penguins of Nightengale Island

Three weeks after the freighter MS Olivia grounded and began spewing oil in territory of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic Ocean, rescue teams have now arrived to provide critical aid and cleaning operations for the large colony of northern rockhopper penguins that call that area their home.

After delays forced by bad weather and treacherous seas, teams from The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SACCOB) have been setting up the specialized equipment, materials and medical supplies necessary to help with feeding and cleaning the oil-soaked penguin population.  Member of the SACCOOB were impressed with the rescue efforts of islanders, praising them for their efforts under difficult conditions and with very limited resources.

For more on this crucial rescue operation of the penguins immortalized in the movie Happy Feet and how you can help, see http://bit.ly/eFVar6.

Retailers partner with TerraCycle to honor Earth Day with unique recycling programs

As the recycling trend grows, the need by manufacturers for recycled materials has grown exponentially. Sadly, a large percentage of difficult to recycle material winds up in our nation’s landfills, often due to little infrastructure or incentive by waste management companies to accept it.

New Jersey-based TerraCycle specializes in collecting and upcycling what’s often considered non-recyclable packaging and products, then turning it into useful, affordable, eco-friendly products.

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Illinois to test curbside e-waste pickup

The majority of cities across the U.S., though strangely not all, have curbside pick-up for recyclables. Some – including San Francisco, and Seattle - are now even experimenting by including  with compostables with their curbside recycling efforts.

Illinois is going one better, testing out a pilot program that focuses on curbside pickup of electronic waste products.

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Norway’s grandparents apologize for Canadian tar sand project

Norway's elders speak out against the extraction of oil from Canada's tar sands

On Wednesday, April 6th, the Edmonton Journal – Alberta, Canada’s largest daily newspaper – will print a letter from the Norwegian Grandparents Climate  Action  (Besteforeldreaksjonen) to the citizens of Canada.

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