Florence Has Washed Away A Mountain of Toxic Coal Ash, Likely Into NC Rivers

September 17, 2018 at 1:08 pm




At least one of Duke Energy’s giant coal-ash piles has collapsed, displacing 2000 cubic meters of ash containing arsenic, lead and mercury, likely into North Carolina’s drinking water.

39,000 tons of coal ash spilled from a coal ash pond in Eden, NC, in 2014, contaminating 70 miles of the Dan River. Credit: Waterkeeper Alliance

The Ocean Cleanup Has Begun, Aims to Cut Great Pacific Patch 90% by 2040

September 11, 2018 at 12:29 am




The nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup just launched a giant floating plastic trap, which they hope will cut the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in half in 5 years

Indian Students Mail 20,000 Plastic Food Wrappers Back to Manufacturers

August 18, 2018 at 4:37 pm





With no good option for disposing of non-recyclable plastic food wrappers, Indian students have decided to send it back and let the manufacturers figure it out.

Why Europe’s Natural Swimming Pool Trend is Coming to America

August 12, 2018 at 3:38 pm




Natural pools use plants instead of chlorine to keep water clean. They’re way better for your health and the environment, and more fun to swim in!

Portable Wind/Water Turbine Charges Your Smartphone In the Wilderness and On the Go

August 6, 2018 at 10:23 pm





This wind/water turbine can keep all your electronic devices charged while you hike, backpack, kayak, bicycle or camp. Perfect for charging overnight, in shady places or cloudy weather, when solar chargers don’t work.

Tropical Paradise Turned Into a Dump, As Waves of Plastic Continue to Roll In

August 5, 2018 at 2:21 am




Plastic emergency in the Dominican Republic highlights urgency of phasing out single-use plastic

UK Cuts Plastic Bag Consumption 90 Percent, Number of Bags in Ocean by Half

August 4, 2018 at 10:31 pm




England’s 5-cent tax has cut plastic bag consumption by 90 percent and the number of plastic bags in surrounding seas by half.

Want a Sustainable, Soft, Grass-Like Lawn? Plant This

August 3, 2018 at 12:52 am




Clover is softer and more sustainable than grass. It fixes the soil, attracts beneficial pollinators and wildlife, and requires no water, fertilizer, herbicide or mowing! Plus, it’s edible!

Reduce Food Waste By Shopping at Salvage Stores

July 30, 2018 at 7:06 pm

Reduce food waste and fatten your wallet by shopping at salvage grocery stores


Nearly half of the food produced in this country is wasted. A good chunk of that waste happens at the grocery store when food is approaching it’s expiration date or cosmetically imperfect.

Up to 40 percent of produce is wasted before it even reaches the store because it’s not “pretty” enough, according to the Ugly Food and Veg Campaign.

Enter “discount” or “salvage” grocery stores. Like TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshalls are to the mall, “outlet” grocery stores are to regular grocery stores. They buy up what doesn’t sell and sell it at deep discounts, typically 50 to 75 percent off, or more.

Credit: Corinne Gompf via Mother Earth News

Items sold at salvage grocery stores include:

  • Food that is near or past its expiration
  • Items in dented or torn packaging
  • Items in seasonal or otherwise-dated packaging
  • Store closeouts
  • Manufacturer overstock
  • Salvage from truck wrecks

The one downside of a salvage grocery store is it’s not a one-stop-shop. Unlike a conventional grocery store, which stocks the same items each week, salvage stores won’t have everything on your grocery list and their inventory is constantly changing.

You might find a great deal on grass-fed butter one week, and organic blueberries or super cheap kombucha the next, but don’t expect to ever find the same thing twice.

If you have a salvage grocery store nearby — check this directory to find out — it could save you a ton of money to stop on your way to the regular grocery store.

Salvage grocery stores are inspected and regulated by the government just like regular grocery stores. As long as you follow a few rules of thumb, the food is just as safe:

  1. Frozen foods are still safe after their expiration date as long as they’ve been kept frozen.
  2. Sell-by, use-by, and best-buy dates all mean different things. Educate yourself on the difference here.
  3. Never buy expired baby formula and baby food. It’s the only food product that the federal government requires dating on.
  4. Avoid expired over-the-counter drugs. They may lose their potency or undergo an adverse chemical change after expiration.
  5. Dented cans aren’t always safe to buy. A small dent is fine, but cans with big dents or any dent along the top or side seam could be a botulism risk.

Disposable Plastic will Soon Disappear from Disney’s Magical Kingdom

July 28, 2018 at 1:33 pm




Disney bans plastic straws, stirrers, cups and more