According to EcoCycle.org, we use a mind-boggling 500 million straws each day. In fact, the straws and stirrers make up nearly 10 percent of all plastic products found in the environment, according to Better Alternatives Now, or BAN 2.0. And, as previously reported, those disposable plastic straws end up sitting at the bottom of landfills and polluting marine life where it will … [Read more...]
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Break out the tools and garden your way to a healthier mind, body and spirit. Gardeners have always known it, but now research proves that gardening is a great form of exercise. Include gardening as a major component of your workout schedule. You’ll work out all your major muscle groups when raking, digging and planting for an hour. You’ll stretch and strengthen muscles … [Read more...]
Hot summer days need plenty of frosty, cold drinks. Here’s an ice-cold refresher to help you dial down the sugar, boost up flavor and save some money. Icy Mint Lemonade Save some coins and make your own lemonade cooler at home with this refreshing recipe. Ingredients ½ cup sugar ½ cup fresh lemon juice ½ cup mint leaves 3 cups water Stir sugar … [Read more...]
Rainwater falling on our roofs, driveways, lawns and streets can pick up pollutants like litter, oil, fertilizers and pesticides before flowing into storm drains. Storm drains are directly connected to local lakes, rivers and streams, which means any pollution picked up in rainwater adds pollution to those bodies of water. For example, the rain that falls in north Minneapolis … [Read more...]
Summer is right around the corner and for downtown Minneapolis that means the start of The Commons 2018 summer season. Now in its second year, more than 500,000 guests are expected to gather for free community events and programming at the 4.2 acre green space, which is managed and programmed by Green Minneapolis. The 2017 season featured 68 events, including Northern … [Read more...]