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Do You Know About the Swedish Dishcloth?

While the sorts of environmental problems that can best be solved by “green” consumerism are admittedly small, they do add up if a lot of us do them together. One of my guiltiest pleasures is my love of paper towels. They clean up everything and you can just get rid of them- you can even compost them. But despite all the rationalizations, the numbers speak for themselves: In the US alone, we use 13 BILLION pounds of paper towels, or 45 pounds per person per year. And while I can’t find any numbers on sponges, they usually stay wet for long periods of time and can harbor all sorts of bacteria. In fact, the kitchen sponge may be the dirtiest thing in your entire house!

The Swedish Dishcloth has the amazing ability to (mostly) replace both products and change your life.

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Will Sell-By Dates Soon Be a Thing of the Past?

Ah, sell-by dates, those little stamps that are supposed to reassure us that the foods we buy aren’t spoiled. Most of us check them regualrly, if not obsessively, and trust that if we stay within their parameters, we can avoid making ourselves sick.

But according to NPR, two of the leading food industry groups would like to see them expire.

Why?

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Teachers! Check Out the New Green Design Lab Website

gdl_blogThe Solar One Education team is excited to launch our new, enhanced website, thegreendesignlab.org!

The new website is easy to navigate and offers new features for registering for our Professional Development Workshops, the Green Design Lab Energy Challenge, and a host of resources for our Sustainable Schools Network members!

Since its inception 6 years ago, the Green Design Lab has grown to reach teachers and students in over 400 schools. During this time, Solar One Educators have provided professional development training for teachers on our hands-on curriculum, in-class programming for students, and support for energy reduction and school sustainability projects. With the development and growth of the Green Design Lab Sustainable Schools Network (SSN), Solar One Educators have reached teachers across the United States.

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The Junk Food Backlash

junkfoodsFor those of us who grew up in the 20th century, food can mean something quite different that ever before in human history. By the 1950s, cooking (and most domestic tasks) was a chore to be dispensed with as soon as possible, and advertisements extolled the virtues of technological solutions to the problems and annoyances of human life.

And where there’s technology to exploit and problems to overcome, can big business be far behind?

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Tiny Pieces of Plastic in the Hudson, in its Fishes and Probably in You

plasticmicrobeadsSometimes the things we humans do are so mind-bogglingly short sighted, it makes you question whether we really could have evolved by natural selection. Case in point: The 62,000 tiny pieces of plastic per square kilometer that are floating in the Hudson River, getting mixed up with fish food and potentially slowly, slowly making its way up the food chain into our own bodies.

Most people are aware that plastics in oceans are a big problem, and you may also have heard about the microbead problem in the Great Lakes. But the Hudson is not immune either.

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World’s Largest Indoor Vertical Farm Coming to Newark, NJ

newarkverticalfarmMany people may believe that New Jersey’s nickname, “the Garden State,” is nothing but a joke. Though the exact provenance of the nickname is unknown, New Jersey largely deserves it: The state boasts more than 700,000 acres of farmland, and is a big producer of cranberries, blueberries and of course, tomatoes.

Despite that, many neighborhoods in the states largest city, Newark, don’t get to share in that bounty. But now they may not have to.

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