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Greening Skiing

A Skier at Stowe Mountain ResortA Skier at Stowe Mountain ResortWith the ski/snowboarding season in full swing and a fresh load of snow recently dumped on the northeast, many skiers and riders are already making the most of the great conditions. Unfortunately, however healthy the sport is for its enthusiasts, it creates an substantial environmental footprint.... read more

Know Your Recycling Terms

Recycling SymbolRecycling SymbolDespite its plain, gray cover, the Environotes memo pad still stood out among all the others on the shelf-- stood out because under the brand name, flanked by two green recycling symbols, were the words "Recycled Notebook: 100% Recycled Paper, 30% Post-Consumer Waste." This was clearly the notebook for me.

After I left the store, though, I wasn't so sure. What had I just bought? What was the difference between "recycled paper" and "post-consumer waste"? It's easy to be tricked or bewildered by recycling terms, but a little knowledge can go a long way towards making green choices.... read more

The iPad is Hot-- is it Green, Too?

iPadiPadA survey by research firm Nielsen suggests that Apple's iPad is the number one item kids aged 6 to 12 are wishing for this holiday. 31 percent of kids in this age group are wishing for the device, compared with 18 percent of kids 13 and older.

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Sunny Trash

Moving from Burlington, Vermont to Boston, Massachusetts meant a lot of change for me, the most immediately noticeable being more crowds, more tall buildings, and more startled close calls when trying to cross the busy streets. One small thing, though, was an abundance of these wherever I went:

Big Belly trash compactor They're Big Belly solar trash compactors, although being a simple country boy I didn't know this right away. Basically, they're public trash bins that compact the trash that the receive. They have a hatch on the front, a solar panel on top, and a few blinking lights to indicate readiness to receive trash.

The compactor collects all of its own energy for compaction, and it does so either rarely or silently; I've never heard one make any noise. The device was interesting, but at first I didn't understand what good it did-- after all, compacting the trash doesn't make any of it disappear.... read more

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