Reclaimed Pet Bags and Dispensers for Disposing Pet Waste

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The Valparaiso city municipality has made an offer of free pet waste bag dispensers which can be collected from utilities office at Billings Street or from the city hall located in Lincoln-Way. These dispensers with biodegradable bags can be easily attached to a pet’s leash to be used when required and nearly 800 dispensers have been distributed till date.   This program has been initiated to … [Read more...]

Winter Energy Saving Tips

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While it might seem far, winter is fast approaching, and with it, the annual souring energy costs that can break the bank. Making some easy, inexpensive changes this winter can translate into big savings on winter bills. Below we’ve compiled five effective energy saving tips. Drafts created by openings can be responsible for wasting up to thirty percent of the total energy consumed in the … [Read more...]

Winter Energy Saving Tips

While it might seem far, winter is fast approaching, and with it, the annual souring energy costs that can break the bank. Making some easy, inexpensive changes this winter can translate into big savings on winter bills. Below we’ve compiled five effective energy saving tips.   Drafts created by openings can be responsible for wasting up to thirty percent of the total energy consumed … [Read more...]

Messenger Bags

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When I was younger, I had the type of parents who were always pushing me into work. While my friends were allowed to sleep in until they had to get up for school, I was always up before dawn riding around the neighborhood on my rusted hand me down bike with a bag full of newspapers. The newspapers were packed so tightly that they constantly threatened to break the already straining hem and spill … [Read more...]

Labor Day And Clean Energy!

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The first Monday in September marks Labor Day, an annual celebration dedicated to the social and economic impact workers have had in the United States. This year, there are more workers to celebrate as the market for clean energy jobs has dramatically increased. In just the second quarter of 2014 the sustainable energy sector created 12,500 new jobs, more than doubling the number added in the … [Read more...]

Economic Impact of Disposable Bags

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In the study of economics, negative externalities are representative of the fact that cost of a good to society is greater than the cost the consumer is paying for it. A primary example of a negative externality prevalent in society is smoking. Cigarettes cost a minimal amount to produce, and were originally extremely affordable. However, over time the government became aware of the significant … [Read more...]

Farmers Markets

Fresh Local Produce

Across the country, many breathe a sigh of relief as the oppressive, muggy heat of the summer begins to subside and give way to more temperate fall weather. Nature hikes and other outdoor activities become significantly more enjoyable, which can be an especially good idea to help work off the extra cookout weight that’s so easy to put on over the course of the summer months. Many nutrition experts … [Read more...]

Trash Arrives Before Humans Do

With the surge in green living, there has been a lot of discussion through the years surrounding the harmful effects of trash on the environment. Aesthetically, litter looks terrible as it blows around the landscape or floats in our waterways. Ecologically, the plastic material and the dyes used in it’s creation are both extremely harmful to the environment and marine life. But what about the … [Read more...]

Researchers are Turning Recycled Plastic Bags into a Usable Fuel Source

A group of scientists at the National Institute of Technology and the Centurion University of Technology and Management in Odisha, India have developed a process to transform recycled plastic bags into a usable fuel source. They are targeting low-density polyethylene plastics, or LDPE, for their high petrochemical content. Their process, thermo-catalytic degradation, causes the plastic to break … [Read more...]

Cotton and Its Many Uses

Cotton is considered the natural world’s wonder fiber. Material made from cotton is not only durable and versatile, but comfortable and beautiful as well. Cotton is sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable, making it a great fiber choice for environmentally-savvy consumers. Cotton has been in use for thousands of years. Cotton fabric remnants from as far back as 5000 BC have been found in Mexico … [Read more...]

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