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June 19, 2018 6 Comments
How a TV Show Is Helping to Save the Oceans

Blue Planet II and Its Impact on Behavior Today we take a happy look at all the love our oceans have been receiving lately thanks to something called the Blue Planet effect. What Is the Blue Planet Effect? Glad you asked. Sweeping the UK, the Blue Planet effect is the change in behavior by individuals, […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, How You Can Help, Plastic, Water
June 14, 2018 No Comments
California Is Going Solar! Will It Be Worth It?

Solar Panels Expected to Slash Bills and Reduce Air Pollution Last month, California became the first state in the U.S. to require that, beginning in 2020, new houses built there include solar panels. The new law would also apply to multifamily buildings of up to three stories. The thinking is that, over a three-year period, […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Eco-Friendly Cities, Energy, Environment
June 12, 2018 7 Comments
What Happens When You Pour Hot Liquid into a Glass?

How Bad Is It? Is it bad to pour hot liquid into a glass? According to John C. Mauro, Ph.D., a professor of materials science and engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, unless a glass is specifically made to withstand hot beverages, an effect known as thermal shock could cause it to break. While the […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Do This Not That, HGTV blog series, Water
June 7, 2018 1 Comment
National Geographic to Focus on Plastic Pollution

Planet or Plastic? The Choice Is Ours Who doesn’t love National Geographic? For many, the magazine served as our first guide into the big, wide world, offering tantalizing glimpses of amazing, far-away lands and the people who live there. Since 1905, the periodical could always be counted on to provide colorful, up-close perspectives and insights […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Environment, Plastic, Water
June 5, 2018 8 Comments
Could This Be the End of the Road for Plastic?

Using What You Got Irritated by the potholes that speckled the road near his home, Toby McCartney remembered how he had seen people fix potholes when he was in India. They used readily available plastic trash to fill in the holes and then melted it into place. The result was makeshift pothole filler. From Worthless […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Eco-Friendly Cities, Environment, Plastic
May 31, 2018 6 Comments
How to Turn the Concrete Jungle Green

Half a Million Plants Are Making a Difference in Mexico City! With 22 million people, Mexico City is one of the world’s most crowded metropolises. Known for its congested traffic and air pollution, now it’s also attracting attention for the Via Verde Project that’s giving concrete highway support pillars an amazing green makeover. Citizens of […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Eco-Friendly Cities, Environment
May 29, 2018 3 Comments
Helping the Black Bear Get to the Other Side

Wildlife Crossings Are Making a Difference! When you think about all the perils that can endanger animals in the wild, “shrinking habitat” may not immediately come to mind. But a phenomenon known as habitat fragmentation is seriously impacting animal populations worldwide. Habitat fragmentation occurs when manmade structures like roads, railroads, canals, even electric power lines […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Eco-Friendly Cities, Environment
May 24, 2018 9 Comments
Saving the Planet One Plastic Bottle at a Time

Norway Turns Plastic Bottles into Spending Money In addition to being one of the world’s happiest places, Norway is also a world leader when it comes to recycling plastic bottles. In fact, Norway recycles an amazing 96% of its plastic bottles while the United States recycles only 31%. What’s the secret to Norway’s successful recycling […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Do This Not That, Plastic, Water
May 22, 2018 14 Comments
How Often Do I Need to Clean My Reusable Water Bottle?

Metal, Glass or Plastic: How To Clean Any Water Bottle   While there’s no hard and fast answer to the question of how often to wash your water bottle, most manufacturers agree: Water bottles should be cleaned at least at the end of every day of use. Personally, washing my water bottle isn’t always high on […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Plastic, Reuse Recycle, Water
May 17, 2018 5 Comments
5 Tips for Getting the Best Price for Your Stuff

How to Turn Trash Into Profit I’m always amazed by the amount of “stuff” that I somehow accumulate. I don’t know about you, but for me, the struggle is real. For example, I often hang onto knickknacks and souvenirs, even toys from my childhood, long after their sentimental value has run its course. Do I […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, DIY, repair, Reuse Recycle