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Tips for reducing food and packaging waste in your kitchen

(BPT) - Have you ever thought about how much food ends up being wasted? Expired yogurt cups, slimy salads, moldy leftovers - it all adds up. Experts estimate that more than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. - from farm to fork - is wasted. Imagine all the resources that went into growing, harvesting, processing, transporting, packaging, selling and serving that food. And then imagine throwing away almost half of it.

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Sunday 07/13/2014
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Updated: July 15, 2014 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Everyday choices can affect your family’s health as well as the environment.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
The best protection for trees? You
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s a game of hide and seek in the woods, a walk in the park on a sunny day, or a moonlit night around a campfire – the memories of summer  stay with us forever. Too often we can take for granted the beauty of our surroundings while enjoying the great outdoors, but everyone can play a part in protecting our natural resources.

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Does Your Garbage Want to Be Recycled?
Updated: July 12, 2014 - 1:32 am

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - Consumers are shown that their recyclable materials want to be something more. Promote recycling as a way to give garbage another life. Learn more at http://IWantToBeRecycled.org.

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Monday 07/07/2014
Recycled plastics: Great for outdoor clothing and gear, good for Mother Nature, too
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Warmer weather often leads people outdoors for camping, swimming, hiking, cycling or running - and to a renewed appreciation for our natural environment. One of the easiest ways to lighten our environmental footprint while enjoying the outdoors is to look for outdoor gear made with recycled plastics, including outdoor clothing.

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Tuesday 06/10/2014
Harvesting Cork Is as Natural as Shearing Sheep
Updated: June 11, 2014 - 1:42 am

(NewsUSA) - Natural cork is one of the planet's most versatile and useful materials. It is used to make everything from wine stoppers, to high-fashion items, to building materials. Natural cork can even be found as insulation on the space shuttle.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Entertaining outdoors? These tips can lighten your environmental footprint
Updated: June 07, 2014 - 1:35 am

(BPT) - From lunch on the porch to parties on the patio, warm weather brings you outdoors for entertaining with family and friends. But these get-togethers often create a lot of waste. Is there anything you can do to lighten your environmental footprint?

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Wednesday 05/14/2014
Green start-ups challenged to develop green business plans for chance to win $680,000
Posted: May 14, 2014

(BPT) - The fast-growing clean energy and technology market has the potential to make our economies more sustainable and future-proof. Today’s innovators have the ability to unlock a “green revolution” that builds resilience, creates value and grows prosperity.

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Thursday 04/17/2014
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Updated: April 24, 2014 - 1:34 am

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