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The Re-Use Revolution

Plastics Peril Drives New Strategies by Yvette C. Hammett Daily news footage and photos capture the damage plastic is doing to the planet’s oceans: turtles ensnared in plastic nets, whales with guts full of plastics and aerial views of the burgeoning island of floating detritus known as the Pacific Garbage …

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Beyond Sustainability

Regenerative Agriculture Takes Aim at Climate Change by Yvette C. Hammett Most people have never heard of regenerative agriculture, but there’s plenty of talk about it in the scientific and farming communities, along with a growing consensus that regeneration is a desirable step beyond sustainability. Those that are laser-focused on …

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Eco-Friendly Outdoor Eating

Save Resources, Reduce Food Waste and More Midsummer is prime time for outdoor family meals, barbecues and picnics. Selecting the healthiest food, along with eco-friendly materials in preparing for the fun feasts, can fulfill a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle and conserve resources at the same time. • Green America recommends …

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Help for Home Gardeners

Extension Agents at Your Service by Yvette C. Hammett Many home gardeners readily list flies, wasps and beetles among the “pests” in their gardens. However, many of these are actually pollinators that help boost production of fruits and vegetables; others are beneficial insects that keep the real plant-killers at bay. …

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Plants Talk: Discover Their Secret Language

by April Thompson While flowers are known to lean toward light, a growing body of research is demonstrating plants also respond to sounds and scents—and then herald the news to their neighbors. Far from being passive life forms, members of the plant kingdom are adept at interacting with their environments …

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Power Switch:Taking a Home Off the Grid

by Jim Motavalli Jesse Stafford and Alyssa Craft quit their jobs in 2015, bought five acres of remote land far away from utilities and began building their 36-foot-by-36-foot timber frame home from scratch. Next up was a septic system, then a clean water source and, of course, alternative energy. Their …

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Native Intelligence: Planting an Eco-Friendly Yard

by Avery Mack Maintaining a grassy yard or ornamental shrubs can be time consuming and less than eco-friendly. That’s why conservation-minded gardeners are turning to lush, native landscaping as an aesthetically pleasing alternative to spartan, water-free xeriscaping. Native plants not only save water, they enhance local ecosystems by providing food …

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Investing for Good: How to Align Money With Values

by April Thompson How we spend our money is important, but how and where we save it matters just as much. Today’s financial marketplace offers diverse options for values-based investing and banking, regardless of interests or assets. Sustainable, responsible and impact investing is rapidly expanding. Professionally managed assets in the …

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Seeking Sanctuary: How to Reduce Electromagnetic Radiation at Home

by Emily Courtney Americans are attached to their gadgets, and the tech industry is all too happy to deliver the latest innovations to consumers that clamor for convenience, connection and unlimited mobility. Meanwhile, telecom companies are busy installing fifth-generation (5G) infrastructure designed to take the nation’s communications revolution to a …

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