Earth911 News 2021-01-06

Food: Plant-Based Soups — Super for You & the Planet

By: Patti Roth on 5 January 2021, 10:00 am

Warm, rich, and hearty. Light and refreshing. Spicy and silken. The styles, flavors, and textures of soups are limitless. Even if you’re ditching dairy. Or blowing off beef.

Lucious plant-based soup recipes are plentiful, from traditional favorites to enticing exotics. Pull out your favorite pot. We’re dishing out meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free recipes.

Carrot Apple Coconut Soup

Source: Veecoco, which offers online vegan cooking classes.

Description: “Easy to prepare and perfect for a cozy winter day,” says Samuel Schanderl, Veecoco co-founder.

Yields: 3-4 portions


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Inspire: We Earthlings: Recycle a Six-Pack of Aluminum Cans

By: Earth911 on 5 January 2021, 9:55 am

When you recycle a six-pack of aluminum cans, you save the amount of energy equal to running a 14-watt CFL bulb for 120 hours.

Read to that light happily knowing that you did your bit for the planet.

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Home & Garden: How To Recycle Your Old Cookware

By: Trey Granger on 5 January 2021, 6:05 am

There are numerous reasons to dispose of old cookware. You may have upgraded to a new model, the cooking surface may have eroded over time, or perhaps you are merging kitchen supplies with a new roommate or partner. For some items, recycling your old cookware is an option, but there are a few variables to consider first.

Can Your Cookware Be Reused?

If you need to dispose of pots and pans, the first option to consider is reuse. Sites like Craigslist and Freecycle are good options for finding your cookware a new home, as are secondhand stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army. A few scratches or dings may matter to you, but that doesn’t make your pots and pans unusable.

Where Can You Recycle Your Cookware?

For pots and pans that have seen better days, recycling is an option, but likely not your curbside bin……….

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Business & Policy: Predicting Environmental Trends for 2021

By: Gemma Alexander on 4 January 2021, 10:05 am

For the past couple of years, Earth911 has made predictions about the biggest environmental trends in the New Year. Some of our predictions have been accurate. Beyond Meat stocks are up more than 80% over last year, while electric vehicle sales increased 91%. But as you might expect, each year the unexpected has led to some predictions falling short of the mark. The pandemic stalled planned new recycling capacity in the U.S……….

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Home & Garden: Recycling Mystery: Kitchen Sponges and Scouring Pads

By: Earth911 on 4 January 2021, 10:00 am

When you are stuck scrubbing a pan with baked-on grease, you know what a help sponges and scouring pads can be. There’s only so much elbow-grease a person can expend on a single pan.

Yet, the sponges and scouring pads you find in most stores pose a host of environmental problems — from manufacture to disposal. How can we use these kitchen workhorses without trashing the planet?  Luckily, there are lots of eco-friendly alternatives to typical kitchen sponges.

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The Problem With Kitchen Sponges

What’s so bad about regular kitchen sponges and those flat rectangular scrub pads? Quite a few things, actually.

Sponges Are Made From Plastic

The bright green and yellow sponges you see in your grocery store aisles………

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

By: Earth911 on 4 January 2021, 6:05 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.

We discuss a few of the organization’s projects, which include teaming with American Airlines and Twitter to offset travel emissions and helping prevent deforestation in Brazil by providing low-smoke cookstoves and building homes for………

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Inspire: Enter to Win Complete Home Gym by Donating to Charity

By: Earth911 on 2 January 2021, 9:50 am

If your New Year’s resolution is to get in better shape, get healthier, exercise more, or reduce stress, then a seriously stocked home gym may be something you need. Not only will staying at home be more responsible due to COVID-19, but it also decreases the amount of carbon dioxide and other Read more at Earth911

Home & Garden: Washing Cloth Face Masks: Are You Inhaling Toxic Laundry Product Fumes?

By: Sarah Lozanova on 1 January 2021, 10:05 am

The widespread use of face masks is an effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many people are now wearing cloth face masks daily. Thus, they require regular laundering. Be mindful of how you wash your face covering to promote optimum health and sustainability. Because masks cover the mouth and nose, it is essential to use natural laundry products that are free of toxins.

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Beware of Toxic Laundry Ingredients

Unfortunately, many laundry products contain synthetic fragrances, which can be toxic. Some people feel sick when inhaling scents, which can even cause headaches, shortness………

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Business & Policy: Earth911 Interview: Coastal Flooding in 2050 With Climate Scientist James Renwick

By: Earth911 on 1 January 2021, 10:00 am

Listen to “Earth911 Interview: Coastal Flooding In 2050 With Climate Scientist James Renwick” on Spreaker.

James Renwick, co-author of the upcoming 2021 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UNIPCC) report and head of the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, joins Earth911 to discuss the prospects for coastal flooding due to climate change. He shares troubling but important insights into how much seas have already risen since………

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Inspire: Earth911 Inspiration: Nothing Is Perfect and Everything Is Perfect

By: Earth911 on 1 January 2021, 9:55 am

Sustainability is a series of experiments. No one is perfect and too many people don’t try to help the Earth because they think they won’t make a difference. Author Alice Waters reminds us that every tree is beautiful and we can be, too, if we forget perfection and focus on living well: “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is still perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.”

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This poster was originally published on November 29, 2019.

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