Recycling around the world varies drastically by country. Sadly, the United States doesn't measure up to the world's top recycling nations … not by a long shot. To encourage recycling, many states in the US have put 5-10 cent deposits on bottles or drink containers, and there are cities in the United States that recycle by requirement. However the country still has a very, very long way to go; only 32.5% of the total waste in the United States is recycled! This a very low number considering the large population. Perhaps the US could learn from the following countries who take recycling very seriously - so seriously that one has actually run out of garbage! In honor of America Recycles Day, which falls on November 15th, check out some super cool recycling ideas that have been put into practice by countries around the world. Click through for 7 recycling practices we should adopt from other countries! -By Nadia Carriere
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- Babble.com | Green – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 12:57 PM EST
Recycling around the world varies drastically by country. Sadly, the United States doesn't measure up to the world's top recycling nations … not by a long shot. To encourage recycling, many states in the US have put 5-10 cent deposits on bottles or drink containers, and there are cities in the United States that recycle by requirement. However the country still has a very, very long way to go; only 32.5% of the total waste in the United States is recycled! This a very low number considering the large population. Perhaps the US could learn from the following countries who take recycling very seriously - so seriously that one has actually run out of garbage! In honor of America Recycles Day, which falls on November 15th, check out some super cool recycling ideas that have been put into practice by countries around the world. Click through for 7 recycling practices we should adopt from other countries! -By Nadia CarriereRead More »from Recycling Around the World: 7 Practices We Should Adopt from Other Countries
It’s in your peanut butter, your chocolate, your cereal, and more than half of all packaged goods found at your local supermarket. It’s called palm oil and it's killing orangutans.Read More »from Are the Snacks We're Eating Killing Orangutans?
A new campaign by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), an environmental protection organization that campaigns for the world's rainforests, is shedding light on the extreme consequences caused by the production of Conflict Palm Oil, one of the leading causes of tropical deforestation in Southeast Asia.
The use of palm oil in the United States has grown nearly 500 percent over the past decade due largely in part to the fact that it lacks trans fat —an unhealthy fat which the FDA now requires companies to list on nutritional labels. Now that the FDA has proposed banning artificial trans fats in processed food due to heart disease risks, palm oil use may increase even more.
Thanks to the rise in use, palm oil plantations, mostly located in Malaysia and Indonesia, are rapidly replacing the rainforest habitat of the
- Babble.com | Green – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 12:53 PM EST
That may sound farfetched, but in reality our kids are growing up in a world where climate change has already begun to hammer our ecosystems and compromise our living conditions. On Friday, President Obama announced that he'd created a national network of emergency responders - a kind of A-Team of local officials in 21 states - to address "the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change… [including] severe heat waves, droughts, wildfires, storms, and floods." These climate impacts, he said, are very real, very costly (we tax payers have already absorbed tens of billions of dollars in recovery fees from extreme weather events), and will only intensify.
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- Martha Stewart | Green – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 10:45 AM EST
Try these tips on having a less-wasteful holiday party from Chef Akasha, the organic caterer to the stars.
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Use products from Recycline, which makes plastic plates from old yogurt containers, rather than go with the usual disposable dinnerware. And to discourage guests from leaving glasses everywhere, give everyone a stylish drinking glass as a party favor. You leave it, you lose it.
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Head to the farmers' market to pick up gourds, squashes, little apples and pears, whole nuts in their shells, and pomegranates. They look great on a table, and when the party's over, you can eat the centerpiece.
If You Always Prepare Too Much Food
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- I must admit, I sometimes have a hard time throwing things away. And in a small NYC apartment that's not a pretty sight. I've gotten better over the years but do still have trouble when it comes to deciding what to do with the girls' old clothes. While we give some things away to friends and charity (and keep a few sentimental pieces like home-from-the-hospital outfits, etc.), I'm often at a loss as to what to do with clothing that may have a stain or two or a small tear. Fortunately, I've come across some fun and inventive ways to breathe new life into your children's old clothes, whether it's doing-it-yourself or having a company do it for you. Click through for some of my very favorite ways to upcycle! -By Ellen Schmidt Read More »from 4 Clever and Fun Ways to Upcycle Baby's Clothing
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Hang this biodegradable garland -- made of stone-derived paper and nontoxic inks -- to get the party started.
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Kick up the creepy factor with this all-natural, food-grade (and washable) fake blood.
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Set the tone of your soiree by mailing invitations printed on recycled black paper.
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- Babble.com | Green – Thu, Oct 24, 2013 11:24 AM EDT
The German term kindergarten translates to "child-garden." It was coined in the early 19th century by education pioneer Friedrich Froebel, who thought of children as figurative flowers to be tended and nurtured. He also educated children in actual gardens, and believed that a connection to nature would help them develop their powers of observation. Now, two centuries later, the movement to integrate gardens and education is on the rise, propelled in large part by Alice Waters' Edible Schoolyard project in Berkeley, California. In the state of California alone there are now more than six thousand gardens at public and private schools; nationwide, there are tens of thousands. Waters describes food gardens as "interactive classrooms" that can improve virtually any area of learning: Kids can count beans and measure plant growth with math teachers, explore a living ecosystem in science class, draw vining snap peas with art instructors, and learn about the history of civilization as theyRead More »from Little Green Thumbs: 7 Ways Gardens Are Transforming American Schools
Fabien Cousteau prepares to live underwater for a monthJust when you think reality TV can't sink any lower, along comes Fabien Cousteau.Read More »from Cousteau Kin Set to Live Underwater for 31 Days
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"Mission 31" is more than "Big Brother," of course. Those living under water will conduct research on the effects of climate change on corals, sponges and sea life with scientific advice and mission support from Northeastern University's Urban Coastal Sustainability Initiative. Cousteau's team will also lead human physiological and psychological experiments to determine how long humans can live without the sun and also handle the effects of long-term high pressure.
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- Babble.com | Green – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:33 AM EDT
Watching your vegetable garden fade out as fall sets in can be depressing, even jarring-especially for kids. "Something is killing our garden," gasped Aria, Amanda's 5-year-old daughter, after she'd wandered into the backyard one recent morning.
"The sunflowers are keeling over! So is the corn! It's going yellow and shrivelly, Mama, is it sick?"
"What do I tell her?" Amanda asked after Aria's gloomy discovery.
"Tell her it's the cycle of life-that plants die and decompose, so they can feed the soil and help new plants grow," Jeanne offered. "Tell her that death is a new beginning."
The garden is a safe, quiet place where kids can begin to understand the full gamut of essential life skills - from basic stuff like time management to lessons about death, birth, bravery, connectedness, and how to slow down. Here are our top 7 life lessons from the garden:
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