Earth911 News 2021-01-13

Home & Garden: Maven Moment: Selling Door to Door

By: Joanna Lacey on 13 January 2021, 10:00 am

I remember when the Fuller Brush man used to visit Grandma Jennie. She bought all of her brooms and mops from him as well as dishcloths and linens. She liked to look at the samples he brought and browse the catalog for new products. The items he sold door to door were always of good quality and lasted a long time.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a lot of people sold products door to door. Before the days of the internet and online shopping, it appealed to many women who worked at home as housewives, who found it a convenient way to shop without leaving the house.

In addition to products from the Fuller Brush Company, people used to sell items like vacuum cleaners and encyclopedias door to door. My great aunt, for example, sold my parents our set of World Book Encyclopedias. And <a href=""………

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Eco Tech: Charge Your Electric Vehicle at Home — and on the Go

By: Sarah Lozanova on 13 January 2021, 6:10 am

If you don’t already own an electric vehicle (EV), you might soon. Most automakers are ramping up the development and production of electrified models, including SUVs and pick-up trucks. EV ownership is predicted to skyrocket in the next few years. Because these vehicles need to charge, it is important to figure out the best approach.

When considering an EV purchase, it is wise to consider how you will charge it. The length of time it takes to charge depends on the battery capacity and the speed of the charger. It takes longer to charge a car with a larger or more discharged battery — or from a slower charging device. The way that many EV owners charge their vehicles is similar to how they charged their cell phones before quick chargers became widespread. They give the EV a full charge overnight and top it off as needed throughout the day.


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Business & Policy: Earth911 Podcast: Global Thermostat’s Graciela Chichilnisky on Distributed Carbon Capture Economies

By: Earth911 on 13 January 2021, 6:05 am

Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky, co-founder and CEO of Global Thermostat, pioneered climate change policy and sustainable development planning, participating in the development of the Kyoto Protocol and as lead U.S. author for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports and guidelines. An economist and mathematician, she recognized early the looming climate impact of CO2 in the atmosphere and has been recognized by Time, The Washington Post, and other publications as a leader in environmental innovation. Dr. Chichilnisky talks with Earth911’s Mitch Ratcliffe about the economic and climate-saving potential of Global Thermostat’s carbon capture technology.

Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky, co-founder and CEO of World Thermostat……….

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Home & Garden: Recycling Mystery: Meat Packaging

By: Earth911 on 12 January 2021, 9:55 am

If you buy meat in a grocery store, it likely comes in a plastic foam tray, on top of a plastic pad, wrapped in plastic wrap. Meat packaging produces a lot of plastic waste. Can it be recycled? Not all of it, but here’s what you can do.

We know how you feel. Walking through the grocery store can be overwhelming when you are trying to make environmentally conscious choices. Aisle after aisle of plastic-wrapped items and boxes with plastic-wrapped treats inside abound. It can be hard to avoid excess plastic and non-recyclable packaging while picking the best product for your family and the environment.

There are some easy ways to reduce your waste when you shop, like bringing reusable shopping bags. However, it can be hard to know what to do with the packaging of some products you may buy regularly, like the tray of chicken or steak wrapped in clear plastic. Let’s look at the items that are typically used to package meat in the U.S.

What Is Meat Packaging………

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Living & Well Being: Relax to the Max with an At-Home Eco-Friendly Spa Day

By: Lauren Murphy on 12 January 2021, 6:10 am

Most of the U.S. is in for a bitingly cold winter, and there’s no doubt that your precious hair and skin are feeling the sting of the season. Low temperatures and high winds have an intensely drying effect and, right now, replenishment is crucial. Why not treat yourself to a luxurious spa day? An eco-friendly one, of course.

Note: This post contains affiliate links, which helps fund our Recycling Directory, the most comprehensive in North America.

Set the Mood

Before you pamper your body, pamper your senses and light a natural, scented candle like this calming lavender coconut wax one. Candles are typically made from paraffin wax, which is a derivative of oil and full of toxins. These candles generate soot and don’t burn as cleanly as nontoxic alternatives. With that in mind, stick to candles made………

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Eco-Watch: We Earthlings: Rising Sea Levels & Disappearing Beaches

By: Earth911 on 12 January 2021, 6:05 am

We can expect big changes in our coastlines as climate change causes sea levels to rise. Research predicts a loss of nearly half of the world’s sandy beaches by 2100. Let’s cut our greenhouse gas emissions so that future generations can enjoy the beaches.

Source: Disappearing beaches, by Sue Brooks, Nature Climate Change, March 2, 2020

Print or share We Earthling posters to inspire others with your stories.

This poster was originally published on March 10, 2020.

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HEALTH & BEAUTY: Boosting the Immune System During COVID-19 and Beyond

By: Sarah Lozanova on 11 January 2021, 10:00 am

The coronavirus has spread throughout the United States, and health professionals are providing numerous recommendations related to social distancing, hand hygiene, and wearing masks. There are currently no medications or treatments for COVID-19, but a couple of vaccines are becoming available.

Despite the coronavirus raging across the globe, one missing element from the mainstream media is how to boost the immune system, whose job is to protect us against harmful substances and germs. The better it can do its job, the healthier we will be. Let’s explore how to keep our immune systems healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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Home & Garden: Eco-Friendly Ways To De-Ice Your Sidewalk

By: Gemma Alexander on 11 January 2021, 6:10 am

When the snow starts falling, it’s tempting to retreat into the house and hibernate until spring. But no matter how tempting, it is unfortunately not possible. Even if we didn’t have to go to work, regulations in most communities hold individuals responsible for clearing the sidewalks in front of their homes.

There is a lot of conflicting advice about the best way to clear a sidewalk, and most of it doesn’t consider environmental impacts. But we do.

Know Your Conditions

The best way to clear snow depends on what kind of snow you have. You may only need a shovel for clearing dry, powdery snow, or you may need de-icer even if your snow doesn’t stick. Take snow advice with a grain of salt. Or avoid the salt because it can pollute your local water supply — but always do consider your own snow conditions.

Safety First


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BUSINESS: Earth911 Podcast: Jack Kerfoot on Beating Big Oil With Renewable Energy

By: Earth911 on 11 January 2021, 6:05 am

Earth911 talks with oil industry veteran and critic Jack Kerfoot, the author of Fueling America: An Insider’s Journey. He spent decades in the oil industry and argues that it is responsible for pollution and geopolitical issues that plague our planet and people. Approximately 3.7 million people die from chronic or acute pollution-related illnesses annually. Kerfoot contends that the U.S. and countries around the world can make a fast pivot to renewable energy while eliminating sources of conflict and illness globally.

High global demand for oil continues to drive a flood of cheap oil into the market from nations like China and Russia where oil is the main source of national income. He questions whether the needs that oil serves truly offset the social costs. Jack explains that in China, for example, air pollution is so bad that one cannot see their hand in front of their face on a smoggy day.


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Business & Policy: Earth911 Reader: 1.5° C Warming Is Inevitable and the World Appears Ready to Respond

By: Mitch Ratcliffe on 9 January 2021, 10:00 am

The Earth911 Reader consolidates useful news about science, business, sustainability, and recycling to save you time. This week, scientists warn that 1.5° C warming is inevitable, Trump’s efforts to auction oil-drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, progress in global plastic recycling policy, and much more.

1.5° C Warming Is Inevitable Despite the Paris Accord, Scientists Warn

An international team of scientists have analyzed recent climate trends and warn between 1.5° C and 2° C atmospheric warming is virtually certain to happen, according to a report in Nature Climate Change. The current Paris Accord CO2 targets are not aggressive enough to prevent reaching this critical tipping point. Andrew Dessler of Texas A&M University, one of the report coauthors, <a href=""………

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