Although its roots extend back to at least the 19th Century with the founding of the Sierra Club in San Francisco, the concept of a “green” (or ecological) movement began to take shape in America during the 1970s. Marvin Gaye’s classic “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” from the 1971 album What’s Going On would almost instantly become an anthem for this cause. In short order the … [Read more...]
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We’re all familiar with the issue of non-biodegradable plastic debris (shopping bags, soda bottles, fishing nets etc.) clogging up our waterways and making its way out to sea. But what you might not realize is that even if you are responsible about recycling and not littering, you may still be contributing to the ocean's plastic burden by virtue of the clothes on … [Read more...]
It might not feel like you alone can have an impact on the environment, but over time, small lifestyle changes can make a substantial difference. Over 75 percent of residential waste is recyclable, but most people only recycle 30 percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. While it may be unrealistic to produce zero waste at home, you can get closer to that … [Read more...]
Over 300 people showed up for the unveiling of the completed new ReUse Minnesota website on October 12. The website, that was three years in the making, was made possible thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The website launch party and membership celebration was held at Lake Monster Brewery, located at 550 Vandalia Street in St. Paul from 5-7 pm. … [Read more...]
It may seem like a small detail, but the way you light your home can have a big impact on the environment and your energy bills. Indeed, widespread use of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States, according to government findings. Add it up Using at least 75 percent less energy and lasting 25 times longer … [Read more...]