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Can an app save the planet?

This startup's Earth Day launch has a massive goal: Cut carbon emissions globally. It has its work cut out for it.
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Banish fruit flies, naturally!

No one wants to see a little cloud of insects hovering around the kitchen, darting in and out of the garbage, or making merry in the compost. Yet, even in a clean house, fruit flies can start to multiply in the warmer months. More>>

13 unusual recyclables

Can I recycle this? It's a question that comes up often around the house. More>>

Deicing the safe way

With a cold, snowy winter lingering in many parts of the United States, many of you may be struggling with a perennial winter problem: an icy front walk.
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Growing a bee-friendly garden

Getting ready to pick up plants from the nursery this spring? Worried about bee deaths? You'd better think twice about the source of your plants. More>>

Who's the greenest floor of all?

Your choice of flooring isn't just an aesthetic decision, it's also an environmental one. More>>

Five big myths about green cars and gas mileage, debunked

In the interests of helping you actually save money by using less gasoline, here are five favorite myths about green vehicles. More>>

11 cool uses for jars

We all know that mason jars are super hip in home decor right now, but what about jars in general?
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10 tips to go green in the laundry room

The EPA estimates that if Americans went green in the laundry room, they'd save three trillion gallons of water annually, along with over $18 billion per year.
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Branding Bad: 10 Eco-marketing car labels that mean nothing

Pretty much every carmaker wants to brand itself green -- or at least fuel-efficient. More>>

How can you recycle your Christmas tree?

Before you settle for a Christmas tree collection service, consider one of these ways to repurpose and recycle your tree. More>>

Cadillac might take on Tesla in future with plug-in hybrid

CEO Dan Akerson told the Detroit News that General Motors will compete with Tesla Motors --"ultimately"-- through its Cadillac luxury brand. More>>

7 uses for candle stubs

What do you do with those little nubbins of wax that are too short to burn, but just large enough to make you feel guilty for tossing them? More>>

10 uses for milk cartons

You absolutely can recycle them, but did you know that there are also tons of other things you can do with them? More>>

Eco-friendly mold removal tips

Few things are quite as unpleasant as uncovering a patch of mold.
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Straight talk on meat and dairy in the compost

There are a lot of questions surrounding compost, what you can put in it, and what you shouldn't toss in the compost bin. More>>

Your guide to green lawn care

A lawn doesn't have to be an ecological disaster area with these tips. More>>

15 fantastic ways to repurpose your shoe boxes

We all have them and we all hold onto them for whatever reason. We know they have to be good for something! More>>

6 ways to repurpose a retired PC

You’ve unboxed your new computer and are a ready to enjoy the faster processor, better display, and shiny new keys – but what do you do with your old computer? Here are six uses for your old computer.
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More news about bee deaths, and it's not good

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been a looming issue in the news for years as bees die off in growing numbers for reasons that aren't always apparent.
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11 ways to keep your garbage down

If you pay for garbage service, getting that monthly bill can sting, especially with prices rising across the US in response to rising costs for handling fees. More>>

Bathroom cleaning ideas without air contaminants

These DIY cleansers are air-friendly and get the job done. More>>

When do electric-car tax credits expire?

By now, pretty much anyone who's thinking of buying a plug-in electric car knows the Federal government offers an income-tax credit to help reduce the effective cost. More>>

7 clever uses for old colanders

Colanders - also called strainers - offer especially excellent potential for creative repurposing. More>>

Summer, sensibly: Four 2013 convertibles with good gas mileage

It's now possible to have fun in the sun and get good gas mileage, with convertibles getting ever more frugal. More>>

May marks 100,000 plug-in electric cars sold in U.S.

Sometime in May, the 100,000th modern plug-in electric car was delivered to a buyer somewhere in the U.S. More>>

Obama administration to add 10,000 hybrids to government fleet

President Barack Obama may not achieve his goal of 1 million plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads by the end of 2015. But his administration continues to try to green the U.S. vehicle fleet. More>>

Americans are driving less, have been since 2005

There's a far more effective way of reducing pollution and dependency on oil than buying more efficient cars or going electric: Driving less. More>>

Tips for better green cleaning

Green cleaning is so popular. Every blogger is posting their "totally ah-may-zinggg" homemade cleaner recipe that involves three magical ingredients. More>>

12 uses for takeout containers

From gardening to household storage, plastic, paper, and Styrofoam takeout containers offer a myriad of household uses. More>>

Household uses for rubbing alcohol

Although it's not perfect for every cleaning job, rubbing alcohol is a fairly cheap and relatively environmentally-friendly solution to some tough cleaning challenges. More>>

Ten ways to upcycle an old T-shirt

T-shirts come and go. It's also pretty easy to acquire them without meaning to. More>>

10 clever uses for burned-out light bulbs

I'm slowly making the switch over to energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps (which last, I think, roughly 800 years), replacing each old incandescent bulb as it expires. More>>

What is the best way to e-cycle your electronics?

Most of us couldn't imagine living without our computers, iPods, cell phones and other electronic gadgets. But what happens to all the old electronics we no longer want? More>>

Conservation with kids

Check out these tips from eco-minded moms on encouraging conservation and reducing waste among the younger set. More>>

2013 green car buyers guide: Hybrids, diesels and plug-ins

With gas prices high and new fuel-economy standards in effect, automakers are rolling out new green cars of every type. Here are the ones you should be looking at. More>>

Create a soda bottle rainforest Video included

Here is a green science project idea that's sure to put your kid at the head of the class. It's a rainforest terrarium made from an old soda bottle. More>>

Green bling: DIY bottle cap charm bracelets Video included

These one-of-a-kind bottle cap charm bracelets are easy to make, totally green and very creative! More>>

Recycle those old crayons Video included

Making something new out of something old is a great way to teach your kids about the power of recycling. More>>

Farmers market secrets Video included

Farmers markets are booming this time of year. But before you head off to one there are three insider secrets you'll want to bring along. More>>

Beat the heat by keeping your home cool and green Video included

When the sticky-steamy days of summer heat up, it's such a relief to crank up the AC, but did you realize that half of all the energy that your home uses is tied to cooling it down? More>>

8 ways to make your home healthier

Your house's air quality and the products you use every day can all have an effect on your health and that of your family. Here's how to make your home a safer and healthier place to live. More>>

Possible dangers from bacteria in reusable grocery bags

Many consumers are switching over to reusable grocery bags. Unfortunately, there is a down side to using these bags instead of disposable grocery bags. More>>

Grill the green way this summer Video included

Summer time and grilling go hand in hand. And keeping things eco-friendly is easier now than ever before. Here are a few green tips to keep in mind this summer. More>>

So how many 2012 Model S electric cars can Tesla really sell?

The 2012 Tesla Model S electric car has launched, short drive reviews are coming in, and new owners are taking delivery every day. So what's next for Tesla? More>>

DIY beauty adventure: Oatmeal mask

Six easy steps to making your own face mask. The result? Softer, smoother skin that's no longer insatiably thirsty. And it's practically free! More>>

Eat green and gluten-free at The Happy Tart Video included

If gluten-free basically means wheat-free, then what's so green about that? To find the answer, Scott Meeks headed to The Happy Tart, a gluten-free bakery. More>>

Honda Fit EV has highest EPA efficiency rating of any car

The 2013 Honda Fit EV has earned the highest EPA efficiency rating granted to any vehicle offered in the U.S.: 118 miles-per-gallon-equivalent. More>>

Meet eco-artist Alison Sigethy Video included

Alison Sigethy is a new breed or artist, often referred to as an eco-artist. More>>

Electric car buying guide: Everything you need to know before you buy

Electric vehicles can be intimidating for first time buyers. To help, here is a handy Electric car buying guide to help you along the way. More>>

What’s my carbon footprint?

'Carbon footprint' has a simple definition, but for the everyday person, understanding its parts takes some digging. More>>

Fun Earth Day activities for kids

It's time to show your love for the planet!  Celebrate Earth Day with kid-friendly activities and crafts. More>>

What is Earth Day?

For over three decades, Earth Day has been gaining momentum in the environmental movement. Learn more about it here. More>>

What foods should you buy organic?

Karen Cicero asked two staff members at the Environmental Working Group what her organic must-buys should be -- and where she can save some money. More>>

Natural ways to eliminate litter box odor

There are effective ways to rid your home of lingering litter box odors -- without having to resort to using any harsh chemicals. More>>

How does composting work?

Composting may seem complicated but Deb Martin, co-author of The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, has some tips on using waste wisely. More>>

How to make eco-friendly Easter baskets Video included

Easter baskets are the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of spring, but if you're not careful, your cute little bunny bin could be anything but a friend to the environment. More>>

DIY skin care remedies

To keep your skin healthy and radiant, you may be tempted to visit the beauty aisle. But the quickest, most efficient skin care remedies are already in your kitchen. More>>

Give your office an eco-boost

Whether your take your coffee breaks in your living room or in the corporate kitchen, here are some steps to add eco-awareness to your professional life. More>>

Eco-friendly activities to beat the winter blues

Keep spirits up -- and the kids entertained -- with these simple, eco-oriented indoor activities. More>>

It’s never been easier to be green

Helping the planet doesn't have to mean making big changes. These seven no-fuss, nearly instant tweaks to your everyday life will help your family go green the easy way. More>>

Five best green gadgets for the home

Saving energy and water not only helps the planet, it helps your wallet. These easy-to-use gadgets will help you improve the energy-efficiency of your home with little expense. More>>

Future fashion: Eco-conscious style

The growing world of planet-friendly clothing will soon have your closet boasting some green along with your old duds. Here's what you need to know about eco-conscious style. More>>

3 days to a greener home

A greener household doesn't happen overnight, but it can happen over three days. Here are three easy green changes to make over 72 hours. More>>

Getting wise(r) about waste

There are so many small changes that can make a big difference in the amount of waste we create. Green lifestyle expert Sara Snow shares her five best tips for adhering to the adage "Waste not, want not." More>>

All natural flu and cold soothers Video included

Just about everyone seems to be carrying around cough drops and tissues these days. Here are a few homemade remedies that can help you soothe that cough.  More>>

Stay toasty and save energy this winter

You can't stop the cold, but you can stop spending so much on your winter energy bill. Try these small changes that will add up to big savings: More>>

Transform your trash

Jars, paper towel tubes, shoe boxes and detergent bottles are all contenders for a useful second act. More>>

Car market going electric

According to a recent study, sales of electric cars will skyrocket in the next five years. But in the overall scheme of the global car market, they will still be niche players. More>>

Google helping homeowners get solar power with $75 million investment

Google ads to its green image with a $75 million investment to help homeowners get hooked up to solar power. More>>

Everyday chores get greener

Ready to make some eco-friendly changes, but not sure where to begin? Start with the things you do each day: chores! More>>

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  • Make every day Earth Day... with a book!

    Make every day Earth Day... with a book!

    There are many books that celebrate the earth and show you how to keep the earth clean and healthy. If you want to learn more about Earth Day, check out these books at your local library or book store:
    There are many books that celebrate the earth and show you how to keep the earth clean and healthy. If you want to learn more about Earth Day, check out these books at your local library or book store:
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