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August 17, 2017 11 Comments
Scientists Find New Hope in a Pesky Worm

The Worm that Ate a Mountain of Plastic It sounds a little like the plot from an old horror movie—Monster Worms Devour Everything! Well, not quite everything. This worm actually prefers feasting on yummy beeswax to human flesh. You see, the larvae of the wax moth normally live on beeswax. This insatiable craving has made […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Environment, Plastic
August 15, 2017 12 Comments
9 More Reasons to Pass Up Paper

How Many Trees Must Die So Our Hands Can Get Dry? Did you know that every day more than 51,000 trees are cut down to support North America’s paper towel habit? Or that the paper industry in general consumes more water than any other single industry on Earth? Maybe you weren’t aware that 254 million […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Environment, How You Can Help, Kids, One Less
August 10, 2017 8 Comments
Getting Down and Dirty on the Playground

So Long, Playground Equipment! Hello, Dirt, Rocks and Sticks! Growing up, many of us have fond memories of endless summer days roaming around the wild places and vacant lots that often surrounded our homes. We made up games or dreamed up adventures that involved far-off lands, imaginary creatures and all the kids in the neighborhood. […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Community Project, Environment, Family, Kids
August 8, 2017 5 Comments
6 Reasons to Try Microfiber Made from Recycled Plastic

Mopping Up the Problem of Plastic From shoes to travel bags, skateboards to sunglasses, all kinds of useful things are now being created from recycled plastic. And that’s good, especially considering how big the problem of plastic pollution is. But exactly what kind of plastic is used to create these products? And how much good […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Environment, How You Can Help, Plastic, Reuse Recycle, Water
August 3, 2017 2 Comments
Save Money, Time and the Environment

Keeping Your Cool Looking for ways to survive the long, hot days of summer? In addition to drinking lots of fluid and staying in the shade, you can also ride the bus or train. What? How does taking advantage of public transit make a difference on a hot, sunny day? Well for starters, riding public […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Do This Not That, Eco-Friendly Cities, Energy, Environment, How You Can Help
August 1, 2017 2 Comments
How 10,000 Plastic Bottles Are Changing the World

Why Viral Plastic Bottles Are a Good Thing While the problem of plastic pollution appears to be growing—at least people are taking notice, thanks to the efforts of artists all over the planet. As we highlighted in a blog from last January, “3 Artists Use Trash to Create Awareness,” photographer-artist Benjamin Von Wong of San […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Environment, Plastic, Reuse Recycle
July 25, 2017 19 Comments
One Simple Solution Can Stop Plastic Pollution

19 Aquariums Launch a Campaign to Fight Plastic Did you know… More than 8 million tons of plastic enter our waterways each year. And as you know, this affects not only the environment but also the creatures that live it. Because of this staggering amount of plastic pollution, an organization called Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Do This Not That, Environment, How You Can Help, One Less, Plastic, Water
July 18, 2017 5 Comments
How Sweet Is That—Leather from a Fruit?

We’ve All Heard of Pleather, But Leather Made from Pineapples? You better believe it! Launched by the textile company Ananas Anam, pineapple leather or Piñatex is a biodegradable and sustainable alternative to leather that is made entirely from pineapple leaves. Piñatex was the brainchild of designer, founder and CEO of Ananas Anam, Dr. Carmen Hijosa. While […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Eco-Friendly Cities, Environment, Food, Reuse Recycle
July 11, 2017 9 Comments
Bee Helpful: 7 Things You Can Do for Pollinators

Helping the Bees to Find Their Way Summertime is a good time to remember our friends the pollinators. Hopefully they are hard at their important work this time of year, buzzing from here to there, fertilizing plants and making honey. We say “hopefully” because as we’ve reported in 2013 and again last year, bees in […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, DIY, Environment, Food, How You Can Help, Kids
July 4, 2017 9 Comments
9 Ways to Make Your Next Party More Earth-Friendly

Green Up Your Summer Celebrations Ahhh, summer . . . when the fresh air and sunshine make hosting holiday parties, birthday bashes and backyard barbecues even more appealing. But is it possible to throw a party that’s fun, creative and eco-friendly? Turns out, it is. Here are nine easy ways we’ve found to green up […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Environment, Family, Food, Plastic