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Trash or Treat? Six Ways To Have a Trash-Free Halloween

Posted On October 26, 2012 by

Ghosts, goblins and ghouls—there’s no doubt about it, Halloween is a spooky time. But if there’s one thing scarier than skeletons in the trees, it’s trash on the street—trash that can wash into storm drains and travel all the way to the ocean. From candy wrappers to decorations and costumes, it’s easy to make a ton of trash around Halloween. That’s why we’re giving you five easy ways to reduce your family’s waste this year:

1. Reuse a pillowcase instead of buying a plastic candy container. Or, if you can’t bear the thought of venturing out without a smiling pumpkin, cut the top off of a milk jug and give it a Jack-o-lantern grin with permanent markers, and then recycle that container after you’ve collected your trick-or-treat goodies.

2. Why waste money on a costume you’re only going to wear once? Use items lying around the house to create your own ocean-themed costume. When people ask you about your outfit, give your favorite ocean animal a voice and tell them how they can help stop ocean trash. You can use one of these ideas, or come up with your own!  Continue reading »

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Tips for Greening Your Printer

Posted On September 21, 2012 by

Credit: innovate360 flickr stream

This one goes out to everyone who has sat though class or a meeting straining your eyes to read a document on a tiny phone screen because you didn’t want to waste paper printing it out. We admire your dedication to our environment! But the truth is, no matter how diligent you are about limiting your printer use, there will be times when you need a paper copy. So how do you make sure your printer is as low-impact as possible?

1. Set up your printer to print double-sided by default.

Every printer and computer will be a little different, so you may need to consult the manual or do a simple Google search for how to set up duplex printing on your printer model. Here is a guide that should work for most printers on a Windows operating system.

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Cleanups: Going after Clean Water Hook, Line and Sinker

Posted On September 12, 2012 by

Fishing is fine on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Credit: Catherine Fox

Fishing. It’s a cherished pastime that takes us away from the daily grind and instantly sets the mind at ease. “When the fish are biting, no problem in the world is big enough to be remembered,” said writer Orlando A. Battista.

Whether you love fishing or just enjoy the thrill of walking along a clean beach and watching wildlife, it’s important to understand that lost tackle can have serious consequences if we don’t clean it up.

Fishing gear lost in the water may not seem like a big deal compared with other types of trash, but when left behind inadvertently by fishermen whose lines break or snag, it’s a definite hazard:

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