Easy Sustainability Answers - Most Commented

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What are the most effective things I can do to reduce the amount of energy I use?

Sep 21, 2010
A new study from researchers at Columbia found that a lot of people are pretty confused about the actions they can take to save energy. When asked...
Posted In: energy, energy reduction, energy savings, light bulbs

What are the chemicals in cosmetics and beauty products? How safe is my nail polish?

Sep 8, 2010
There are hundreds of chemicals in beauty products--some of which are bad for you and bad for the environment....

Which is better for the environment, an e-reader or paper books?

Sep 7, 2010
Easy Answer: It depends on how much you read and where you get your paper books....
Posted In: Books, Environment, Kindle, sustainability

Is canning safe? How do I do it? We've got a step-by-step slideshow!

Sep 2, 2010
Maybe it's the bounty at our local farmers' markets, maybe it's the desire for a comfort-hobby. Whatever the reason, we and our friends over at NPR...
Posted In: canning, garden, gardening, jam, jarring, jars, putting food up, tomato sauce

Does wine packaging matter when it comes to the environment?

Sep 1, 2010
Easy Answer: Yes. Wine-in-the-box may be your best choice....
Posted In: carbon dioxide, champagne, cork, Environment, wine

What do you think: Is it OK for kids to capture fireflies and bugs to learn about nature?

Aug 31, 2010
When I was a kid I'd spend summer nights collecting fireflies. I wasn't interested in killing them--just capturing them and watching them flash in...
Posted In: Bugs, catching, conservation, fireflies, insects, nature, summer

Should cars get grades on fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions? Would a grade make you think differently about buying a new car?

Aug 30, 2010
Easy Answer: The EPA has proposed new labels for cars that include a letter grade for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions. The grading scale...
Posted In: Auto, automotive, CAFE standards, car, fuel efficiency, ghgs, greenhouse gases, labels, new labels

How can we repurpose dead malls and big box stores?

Aug 26, 2010
I did a story about Costco's decision to lease out space at a couple malls around the country. (Listen here.) It got me wondering about other, l...
Posted In: big box, Blockbuster, Costco, dead malls, empty, Malls, mixed used, repurposed, reuse, strip malls

What's the most environmentally friendly pet? What's the least environmentally friendly pet?

Aug 25, 2010
Easy Answer: If you consider energy consumption, the humble goldfish takes the top spot. Big dogs are the worst....
Posted In: dog, dogs, Environment, environmentally friendly, goldfish, pets

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