Earth911 News 2020-11-20

Inspire: Which Approach to Minimalism Is Right for You?

By: Jenna Cyprus on 20 November 2020, 10:05 am

Minimalism, reducing one’s consumption to the essentials, is one way to reduce your resources consumption and limit your consumer spending. By reducing what you buy, what you consume, and what you ultimately throw away, you’ll waste fewer resources, reduce energy expenditure and carbon emissions, and adopt a less environmentally impactful lifestyle.

Of course, there’s a wrinkle in this strategy; most of us like to indulge ourselves in certain ways that violate the minimalistic approach. We can unconsciously look to splurge after creating environmental improvements. For example, you might bike to work on a regular basis, but you love to drive your car on the weekends. Or you may typically buy groceries from local farmers’ markets but eat at chain restaurants or buy imported groceries once in a while for convenience or a change of pace.


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Events & Entertainement: Earth911 Interview: Sustainability & Music, a Conversation With Space of Never Not Nothing

By: Lyrec Cano on 20 November 2020, 10:00 am

Earth911 talks with Space, keyboardist and guitarist of Never Not Nothing, (“NNN”) a rising British duo that takes sustainability seriously. Space discusses the band’s philosophy of positive nihilism and how they contribute to sustainable culture through direct donations and support for green music festivals.

The band, originally named Black Futures, recently changed its name in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Space and his bandmate, Vibes (percussion, which is an understatement), write “party music for the end of the world.” They believe that people can look directly into the face of climate catastrophe and find ways to build a better, sustainable world. Check out their latest video about their 2020 tour, which was pursued across parts of the world by COVID-19.

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Inspire: Earth911 Inspiration: When the Last Tree Has Died

By: Earth911 on 20 November 2020, 9:55 am

Today’s inspiration is a proverb attributed to the Cree, a Native American tribe from what is now Canada: “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”

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By: Gemma Alexander on 19 November 2020, 10:00 am

A time-honored autumn pastime for locavores that neatly fits into the trending cottagecore aesthetic, mushroom hunting encourages people to experience the natural world and eat healthy, local food. As wilderness hobbies go, foraging is generally simple and safe. But you there are a few things you need to know before you go if you want to release your inner hobbit responsibly.

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Events & Entertainement: 7 Ways to Plan Thanksgiving Dinner Without Waste

By: Elizabeth Weiss on 19 November 2020, 6:10 am

Thanksgiving is a time to indulge, but there is no need for excess. You can have a delicious, sustainable holiday without filling trash bag after trash bag throughout the day. Reduce waste from a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner with careful planning and precycling.

1. Make Lists

Create detailed shopping lists for your holiday prep. Itemize what you will need from each market, grocery, or other store so you can be mindful of where, how, and when you shop. Shop locally for sustainable goods — including your turkey! — and try to get your errands completed on one trip to cut down on CO2 emissions from travel.

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Inspire: Earth911 Quiz #61: Those Darned Satellite Dishes

By: Earth911 on 19 November 2020, 6:00 am

Removal and recycling of satellite dish systems has fallen on the subscribers, who get little support from subscription TV companies. As a result of lack of information, many satellite TV dishes end up in area landfills.

Are satellite TV dishes recyclable or not? Depending on who you ask, the proper method of disposal or recycling for a satellite TV dishes can be as clear as … well, a fuzzy TV signal.

Earth911 Quiz #61: Those Darned Satellite Dishes

Television satellite dishes are commonplace across the globe. The paid TV services are only beginning to address the waste created by these systems when they reach end of life. In this Earth911 Quiz, you’ll be tested on the scope of the satellite dish recovery problem and implications for consumers who want to responsibly dispose of their paid TV equipment.


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GETTING INVOLVED: Earth911 Podcast: Talking Carbon Offsets With Cool Effect’s Blake Lawrence

By: Earth911 on 18 November 2020, 10:00 am

Carbon emissions continue to accumulate, affecting the world’s weather patterns and accelerating climate change. Earth911 talks with Cool Effect’s Blake Lawrence about how you can offset your carbon emissions. Cool Effect is a nonprofit that seeks out the highest quality carbon reduction projects across the world and helps them sell their carbon credits to individuals, organizations, nonprofits, and anyone who wants to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Home & Garden: DIY Thanksgiving Decor Made by Upcycling

By: Wendy Gabriel on 18 November 2020, 6:10 am

If you’re looking to reduce waste and save some money on your Thanksgiving decor, what better way to pull it off than by decorating with trash? To help you deck your halls the eco way, Earth911 rounded up these five creative decor ideas made from waste items and a few natural materials you probably already have around your house.

1. Simple Thanksgiving Candleholders

This easy-to-assemble candleholder idea makes a beautiful Thanksgiving mantle arrangement.

1. To start, gather all the clear glass bottles you have in the recycling bin, take off the labels, and be sure they are clean and dry. I find that a great way to remove any stubborn label adhesive is to make a paste of soap, baking soda, and warm water. Rub your paste onto the stubborn spot and rinse with warm water. It’s worked for me on the toughest of adhesives.

2. Next, fill your jars with dried beans, rice, and spices from your cupboard, or small pine cones, rocks, or acorns from your yard.


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Home & Garden: Maven Moment: What To Do With Leftover Yarn?

By: Joanna Lacey on 18 November 2020, 6:01 am

My Aunt Connie loved to knit. She made countless hats, scarves, afghans, and baby sweaters over the years, and they were all so beautiful. She used a lot of yarn, and always purchased all of the yarn for a project before she started knitting. Connie wanted the yarn to be of one dye lot to ensure that the finished item had no unexpected variations in color.

Aunt Connie was very good at judging how much yarn she needed for her projects. But the yarn came coiled in skeins of a certain size; she invariably had some left over when the item was completed. So, what can you do with the leftover yarn? She sure wasn’t going to throw it away!

By the time I began to learn how to crochet, my aunt had accumulated a lot of leftover yarn. So I had a really good idea: Crochet a Read more at Earth911

Eco Tech: Too Good To Go Fights New York Food Waste

By: Sarah Lozanova on 17 November 2020, 10:00 am

Too Good To Go, the Danish app that fights food waste in Europe, recently launched in New York and Boston. This innovative interface connects restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores with consumers to sell surplus food at a discount.

The organization’s goal is “to inspire and empower everyone to fight food waste,” and the app has already saved over 50 million meals across 15 countries since 2016. Too Good To Go says it creates a win-win solution for businesses and individuals. Its growing community is nearly 27 million-strong.

Individuals use the app to reserve a “surprise bag” of food from local retailers and restaurants. Items may include an assortment of unsold meals, baked goods, or groceries. The food is typically available for pickup only during a finite window of time later in the day, when potential waste is identified. Too Good To Go provides a simple, everyday action people………

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