Minnesota recycling company now accepts used pizza boxes

For years, countless articles have been written and numerous conversations had examining the mystery of why pizza boxes aren’t recyclable. After all, they’re made of cardboard. But consumers keep being told that the oils from one of our nationally favorite foods contaminate this otherwise recyclable container, effecting the paper recycling process. No recycler will accept them.

Until now.

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Take anywhere solar chargers

The cost of solar panels has fallen 20 percent so far this year, according to a report from Navigant Consulting, making solar more affordable than ever for consumers.

More and more, our on-the-go lifestyles demand having solar power at our fingertips. FTL Solar has its finger on that button.

For more details, see http://bit.ly/qvXNfd.

A new green underground park for Manhattan

In  a city where real estate for parks is virtually non-existent, something special and unique is being considered in New York City – a subterranean park filled with greenery and natural light.

As a former New Yorker , I know that the city’s underground teams with scores of never completed or abandoned trolley and subway tunnels. Most New Yorkers aren’t aware of these tunnels. But three entrepreneurs are teaming up to turn one that lies under the Lower East Side into an urban wonder.

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Starbuck’s continuing search for “the” recyclable coffee cup

Starbucks is on a quest to find the perfect recyclable coffee cup

For those of you who are new(ish) to this blog, two years ago I wrote about a pilot program that Starbucks embarked on in New York City to recycle their coffee cups.  Last year, their shareholders nixed the opportunity to increase their recycling throughout all their stores nationwide.

The Seattle-based company has continued its efforts, however, to find the perfect recyclable coffee cup. But so far it’s proved to be an elusive treasure.

With a goal of introducing this innovation in 2015, the stumbling block remains the cups´ polyethylene liner. considered a contaminant by the waste industry in the paper recycling process.

Starbucks has initiated pilot projects to give their used coffee cups a second life

Starbucks isn’t alone in their quest. At their recently convened Coffee Summit at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),  a number of their competitors including McDonald’s were present, along with Action Carting Environmental Services Inc., the solid waste management company involved in Starbuck’s New York pilot recycling program.

“What is the silver bullet,” said Jim Hanna, Starbucks Director of Environmental Impact. ” What is the perfect material out there that we can make this cup out of that will make this cup recyclable?”

Not surprisingly, Starbucks quickly discovered that there is no quick, easy solution. So the coffee purveyor initiated a number of pilot programs as part of their quest to give used coffee cups a useful second life.

It’s a worthy goal. If the solution is found and its cost is within reach, this would mean the diversion of hundreds of tons of used coffee cups from landfills. As Americans continue their love affair with coffee – whether it’s driving out of their garage to go across town or walking down to the corner to get their caffeine “fix” – finding a real workable solution to this issue would make a real difference.

Natural but Effective Ways to Squash (and prevent) Bed Bug Problems

The idea of bed bugs in your home or hotel room strikes terror in the hearts and imaginations of many people. Yet it has become a reality in such diverse places as luxury hotels, well-known department stores, and in many homes.

Bed bugs were mentioned by such noted authors as Aristotle, Pliny, and others as far back as 400 BC in ancient Greece. Once thought to be a health scourge caused by lack of cleanliness, newer data shows a likely link to climate change, which along with the ban on the use of DDT, has created a direct increase in the volume of pests.

There is a proven natural remedy and prevention method.

To find out more about this, go to http://bit.ly/nGh8Rj.

Farm Sanctuary and the National Conference to End (the cruelty of) Factory Farming

Factory farms confine animals in cages so small they can't even turn around

For those who don’t know – and many consumers don’t – much of the meat products that Americans eat come from factory farms. These “factories” are places where an often staggering number of animals such as chickens and turkeys are forced to endure extremely cramped confined spaces their entire lives, often stacked on top of each other – tighter than shelving in a garage – with no room to move around or nest in, much less any dirt to peck at. And cows and pigs endure even worse, many never seeing grass in their lifetime.

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New dolphin species identified off Australia

Australian researcher identifies this new species of dolphin

Dolphins are for many a creature filled with mystery and a bit of whimsy. Whether you remember the now iconic Flipper or have actually had the thrill of swimming with dolphins, these highly intelligent marine mammals evoke a heart-felt response that’s part wonder and part joy.

An Australian researcher has successfully identified a new species of dolphin that makes its home off the coast of Australia.

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Online Retailer Delivers Customer Service

One of the many eco-friendly products carried by Greenfeet

Online retailers generally are not known for great customer service. Instead, they build their reputation on offering quality products and prompt delivery, and many carry a variety of eco-friendly or sustainable products.

One online retailer has figured out how to put all this together.

For details on how this award-winning online retailer is providing customers with excellent customer service that keeps them coming back, see http://bit.ly/oPPfO7.

Unique space-saving gadgets for our on-the-go lives

Double Shot is a French Press & double shot coffee mug all-in-one

Americans love their coffee. From Starbucks to Peet’s, the sheer number of coffee specialty places are astounding.

Americans use 23 billion coffee cups every year. The average office worker goes through around 500 disposable cups each year, but the large majority of “hot cups” aren’t made from recycled material, and they’re rarely recyclable. That means those billions of cups – with their synthetic, petroleum-based lining – end up in our landfills, to last for hundreds of years.

Planetary Design – an innovative Montana-based company that’s committed to preserving and perfecting the little things that make life more enjoyable – has created several high quality solutions.

For more on these sleek-looking and oh-so-useful products, see http://bit.ly/rhaFx9.

Even “natural” laundry can be toxic

The next time you walk down the laundry products aisle in your supermarket, notice the intense smells wafting your way. From the best known “tried and true” that we grew up with to the more recent “all natural” selections,  there’s so much heavy fragrance coming at you, it’s hard to miss.

But there’s more to it than just smell.

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