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Did you know it takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down? Some great tips here to help alleviate the issue.

Plastic is a huge problem. Please consider and share these tips.

Every bit of plastic ever created still exists. It’s toxic and never goes away. So the less we can use, the better. Single-use, disposable plastic is presenting the biggest problem for our environment. Here are 10 easy ways to make a big difference: 1. Cloth Grocery Bags or Baskets Plastic …
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Check out these 7 highly recognizable fast food chains that have committed to a more sustainable business practice!
Who's hungry?

Eating fast food is often the last thing on an eco-conscious mind, but sometimes it's necessary. Fortunately, many of the famous chains are taking strides to go green.
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The Household Hazardous Waste Facility will be OPEN on July 3rd during regular collection hours (Noon - 7:00 p.m.). See you then!
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This might spark some creativity!!

Valentine’s Day has become overrun with consumerism. Nearly disposable gifts ...
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I am so ready...

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Don't flush 'em!!
Chisago County offers FREE medication disposal at the Government Center in Center City, the North Branch Police Department, and the Sheriff's Office in Rush City.

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Congratulations to our own Lisa Thibodeau! She was awarded the Mike Hanan Solid Waste Administrator of the Year Award from the MN Solid Waste Administrators Association.
WAY TO GO LISA!!!

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A lofty goal or completely attainable? The resources are in place to accomplish this highly sought-after "Zero Waste" event.
(Zero Waste = 90% of waste is either recycled or composted.)

The NFL hopes Feb. 4th's football game will be the nation's first zero-waste Super Bowl and U.S. Bank will be the first zero-waste stadium. Star Tribune

From blinking cups to orphaned purses, league and stadium officials shoot for zero waste.
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Bubble Wrap: ReUse it or Recycle it with your plastic bags!
(It also makes a great stress reliever for those who like to pop the little cells... Just sayin'...)

There are many things bubble wrap can do before being recycled. Learn what bubble wrap is, how it can be recycled, and smart tips for how to reuse bubble wrap before getting rid of it.
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We got paint! Yes we do! We got paint... Do you need any?

Tag someone who has a project coming up and let them know we'll be open Saturday from 9:00 - 1:00 for reuse shopping!

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Now that you've dug out from Monday's storm, it's time to dig out those old batteries and light bulbs that need recycling!
The Household Hazardous Waste Facility will be open this Saturday from 9:00 - 1:00 for your drop offs... See you then!

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This is extremely cool!

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WEEKLY ACTION → Give Light

Designer Alice Min Soo Chun was inspired by origami to create a solar lantern that could be folded flat. So far, they’ve delivered 14...,000 lights to Puerto Rico, and plan to deliver more thanks to some help from a crowdfunding campaign: http://bit.ly/2CaFxjX

Read more about the creation: http://bit.ly/2ENZqyn

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Fascinating discoveries about our unassuming little friend, the mushroom...

From oil spills, to plastic pollution to pandemic disease, mushrooms have a solution for just about every man-made problem:

In the midst of global warming, global desertification, deoxygenating oceans and Earth’s sixth mass extinction crisis, mycologist Paul Stamets gives us six reasons to hold out hope, and they all involve mushrooms. In a still-relevant 2008 Ted Talk, he says mushrooms contain the solution to just ab...
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Check out this new take on the dreaded plastic 6-pack ring!

Most of these plastic six-pack rings end up in our oceans and pose a serious threat to wildlife. Together with Saltwater Brewery, a small craft beer brand in...
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There is new research surfacing about the potential hazards of LED lights; studies suggest that endocrine disruption and even blindness may be a side effect of the "blue" light they provide.
When purchasing LEDs, look for bulbs with a CRI (color rendering index) of 97. This is as close as LEDs get to natural daylight, which has a CRI of 100.

LED lights are making us blind and wreaking havoc on our endocrine systems, peer-reviewed studies show… Leading photobiologist recommends switching back to sunlight, candles and incandescent bulbs One of the world’s top photobiologists has been trying to warn the public for years about the dange...
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This article brings up some interesting points... Do we really need all of these things?

Learning to live without these unsustainable and/or unhealthy items is easier than you think. Tips and inspiration, here.
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