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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...]

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...]

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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...]

The Psychology of Reusable Shopping Bags

Does grocery shopping with a reusable shopping bag make consumers choose different food items than those who opt for single use paper and plastic bags? Do they choose foods that are better quality and more eco-friendly? Researchers at Harvard Business School analyzed two years worth of purchases at a large chain grocery store in California to determine whether consumer buying patterns were … [Read more...]

Oahu’s Plastic Bag Ban Will Experience a Delay

Hawaii legislators have already passed a bill that will ban all non-biodegradable plastic bags from retail locations. The ban starts in July of 2015, and will become a permanent fixture on Oahu’s environmental efforts. However, the Honolulu City Council is looking to pass another bill that looks to outlaw all plastic bags across the region, including those that are biodegradable. The reasoning … [Read more...]

Chicago Joins List of Bag Ban Cities

At the end of April, Chicago became the latest city to approve a plastic bag ban, with an overwhelming majority vote of 36 to 10. They are joining many cities across the nation that have bag bans in place, including cities in Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Rhode Island, Washington, Hawaii and the … [Read more...]

The Best Green Apps

As part of the widespread going green movement, many companies have put out smartphone apps that encourage users to live life in a much more eco-friendly manner. These apps make going green much easier for everyone who wants to reduce their carbon footprint. An eco-app will help you choose the most environmentally friendly products, manage your energy use, save money and reduce carbon emissions on … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Your Overall Kitchen Waste

A large percentage of the average person’s waste comes from the kitchen, including food, packaging and water. Reduce your kitchen waste using these simple steps and you’ll be sure to see a difference in no time. The first place to start reducing your kitchen waste is while shopping for groceries. Always take your own reusable grocery bags to the store to reduce the demand for plastic bags. Buy … [Read more...]

Maximize Your Recycling Efforts

In regards to recycling, every little bit helps. Taking the time to sort out your garbage or to reuse old products is a great first step in recycling properly. Here are a few more ideas to increase your recycling efforts. Make it a point to buy recycled goods. Many manufacturers are producing goods from recycled materials. Recycled items you can purchase include paper products, clothing, … [Read more...]

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