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Six Items You Didn’t Think to Recycle

We all know to recycle soda bottles, aluminum cans, paper, cardboard, and milk jugs. But what do you do if you want to go the extra mile to keep your junk out of a landfill? We’ve compiled a list of six common items that aren’t commonly recycled.
  1. Aerosol cans: These can be recycled when empty, but check with your local authority first (DO NOT CRUSH or pierce—they can explode).
  2. Cat Litter: Cat litter can be added to the compost heap—however, it is best to bury or dispose of any cat feces first, to avoid the risk of spreading parasites. You can now buy cat litter made from recycled paper, hemp, and mineral sources—for example.
  3. Motor Oil: You can often take engine oil to a recycling center, service station, or quick-lube shop. See www.recycleoil.org or www.earth911.org for recycling locations throughout the country. Emptying used oil into  drains or into landfills can cause real harm to the environment; just one gallon of used oil can contaminate 740,000 gallons of water.
  4. Soap: You can buy soap presses that make new bars, and even chop them up to make a liquid soap.
  5. Computers: Many recycling projects and commercial companies will take computers, monitors, and associated hardware. They can wipe hard drives with special software and resell equipment to low-income groups, etc. Even broken equipment can be taken apart for components. Many computer components contain dangerous chemicals which can leech into groundwater.
  6. You: Increasingly, more and more people want to leave the world without causing unnecessary pollution. You can now ask for a cardboard coffin, a woolen shroud, or even an ecopod. See www.greenburialcouncil.org


Why Modern Wheat Is Making Us Sick

Why is modern wheat making us sick?  That’s the question posed by author Eli Rogosa in her new book Restoring Heritage Grains.Wheat is the most widely grown crop on our planet, yet industrial breeders have transformed this ancient staff of life into a commodity of yield and profit—witness the increase in gluten intolerance and ‘wheat […] Read More

A Dictionary to Survive the Future

When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. In it, Fleming examined the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations—ecological, […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

Plants & Pests: Will Bonsall’s Advice on “Wee Beasties” in the Garden

“From a plant’s point of view there is little difference between a cutworm, a woodchuck, a blight spore, and, for that matter, us.”“These are all things that in one way or another prey upon it. It is an inevitable constraint of all living things: We escape one peril only to ultimately succumb to another,” so […] Read More

To Create Climate-Secure Foodscapes, Think Like a Plant

The techniques and prophetic vision for achieving food security in the face of climate change contained in Gary Paul Nabhan’s Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land may well need to be implemented across most of North America over the next half-century, and are already applicable in most of the semiarid West, Great Plains, and […] Read More
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