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September 4, 2018 No Comments
How to Make the School Year More Environmentally Friendly

Lessons in Eco-Friendliness Can you believe it—the new school year is already upon us! For busy parents, the fall season usually brings with it a few extra expenses in the form of new clothes and school supplies for your kids. But as you head out to do your back-to-school shopping, it’s important to consider the […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Family, Food, How You Can Help, Reuse Recycle
August 16, 2018 9 Comments
The Roots of Something New: Packaging Made from Mushrooms!

Mycelium: A Biodegradable Replacement for Foam Packaging Have you heard of mycelium? If you’ve read our blog post mentioning mushroom dresses you might have. But now this eco-friendly material is being used in even more new ways! Ikea Is Replacing Their Polystyrene Packaging With Mushrooms! Sometimes we feel like polystyrene packaging is unavoidable on things […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Environment, Food, Reuse Recycle
August 14, 2018 6 Comments
What Happens When Almonds Come Out of Their Shells

How a Seed Is Putting Sustainability on the Menu Ahh, the almond…one of my favorite snacks! Almond kernels—or drupes—are healthy, flavorful, morsels nestled inside a hard shell that’s surrounded by an exterior hull. But did you know that, for every pound of almond kernels produced, there are more than two pounds of hulls and shells […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Food, Reuse Recycle
July 19, 2018 10 Comments
How to Give Broken Dinnerware a Beautiful Makeover

The Ancient Art of Kintsugi: a “Golden Rejoining” In Japanese, it means “Golden Rejoining,” and the ancient art of kintsugi is all about highlighting—rather than hiding—an object’s flaws. In the process, broken pots, vases, plates and bowls become beautiful instead of unsightly. This is a prominent theme in the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which is […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, DIY, repair, Reuse Recycle
June 21, 2018 4 Comments
4 Ways Your Clothing Leaves a Mark on the Planet

How Clothing Affects the Planet Did you know your clothing has a carbon footprint? It’s true. The carbon footprint of any given article of clothing is based on several factors—things like: The fiber clothing is made of The amount of water and other resources required to produce that fiber Processes like spinning, printing, dyeing and […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Environment, Reuse Recycle
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 6 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
April 24, 2018 10 Comments
The Best Thing You Can Do to Your Bathroom

All Thumbs I am not a very handy person. In fact, I am what you would call “all thumbs.” Even though there are entire cable channels devoted to remodeling and do-it-yourself projects, I still get nervous just looking at a box of tools. One-Tool Wonder With some friendly encouragement, I decided I was up to […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, DIY, repair, Reuse Recycle
April 10, 2018 9 Comments
How to Start a Recycling Program in Your Town

7 Tips to Get Your City Started   Every year, Americans throw away 22 million tons of perfectly recyclable goods and materials. According to TheRecyclingPartnership.org, this represents an economic loss of approximately $1.8 billion as well as a burden on the climate of about 50 million tons of greenhouse gases. But according to the 2016 annual […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Community Project, Eco-Friendly Cities, Reuse Recycle
April 5, 2018 8 Comments
Sleek or Trashy? Furniture Made from Discards

Creating Beauty and Function through Repurposed Materials Would you buy furniture created from old DVDs, cracked smartphone screens, used aluminum cans or plastic bottles? What about glassware, pillows or even wallets? Pentatonic is hoping you will. This furniture and homegoods company is “turning problems into opportunities; landfill into lifestyle; trash into treasure,” according to the […]

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