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Make Halloween a Treat for the Planet

The Halloween industry brings in around $6 billion each year. With that amount of decorations, costumes, and candy consumption comes a hefty environmental impact. Americans have created a demand for about 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkin per year (our composter…

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Trees help fish keep their cool

Back when I graduated from college, I led tree-planting projects throughout the Cascade Foothills. Rain or shine, volunteers joined me every weekend to trudge through the woods, sometimes sinking up to their knees in mud or tripping over the roots…

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Greener Dog Grooming

Summers can be a blast for dogs – going to the park, hiking in the mountains and playing in the backyard. But, as we all know, an active dog can end up being a dirty and smelly dog. A cool…

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Out on the Town: Waste Less, Enjoy More

Usually on vacation, or when you’re out to eat with family and friends, the last thing on your mind is trash. You don’t think about what you’re disposing of when you go to a restaurant or the amount of waste…

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Hiring a Contractor to Help Around the House?

Are you thinking about hiring a mobile business or contractor to help around your home or yard this summer or fall? Maybe to spruce up the house with a new coat of paint, put in a concrete driveway, clean your…

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Biodegradable vs Compostable…What’s the Difference?

Trying to make the right environmental choice can be confusing. Some products tout themselves as green – but what’s really beneficial and what’s just marketing? Terms like compostable and biodegradable can be hard to navigate, because they’re often misused and…

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The Cure for Wasted Food

Last year I helped organize a campus-wide barbeque at my school, Washington State University. We hired vendors to bring food, but overestimated how much food to order. Even with thousands of students cycling through the food line, we still had…

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Kirkland Bicycle Makes Recycling Work

For small businesses, there are lots of things to juggle to be successful. Local business Kirkland Bicycle knows that – but has also made doing their part for the environment a priority. For Bike Month, we sat down with Joe…

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Staying Safe with Car Chemicals

Are you a DIY car mechanic? Take precautions to keep both yourself and the environment safe when changing your own motor oil and other automotive fluids. Prevent Spills & Leaks Check your vehicle for leaks regularly and fix them as…

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Storm Drains are for Stormwater Only

The number one cause of pollution in Washington waters is stormwater runoff. As rainwater flows into the nearest grated storm drain, it picks up pollutants such as fertilizers, dirt and leaves, pet waste, soaps, vehicle fluids, and litter. This now…