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I can't compost. What should I do with my leftover coffee grounds?

Aug 25, 2010
In response to Wednesday's story on the problems with coffee cups and K-cups, listener Richard Johnston from New York, sent in this question:...
Posted In: coffee, coffee grounds, compost, Environment, environmentally friendly

How can I make my morning coffee more environmentally friendly? 5 tips.

Aug 24, 2010
I love my morning coffee. Love love. I also love my mid-morning coffee. And my afternoon time coffee. I'm in good company. The US consumes...
Posted In: brew, coffee, cup, Environment, joe, paper cups, recycle, sustainbility

Should you have to pay if you don't recycle?

Aug 23, 2010
**Easy Answer: Cleveland thinks so. **...
Posted In: recycle, recycling, RFID, technology, trash

I'm freaked out about bedbugs. Can I safely buy second hand furniture?

Aug 20, 2010
Easy Answer: You can. You just need to be diligent. And don't pick up that couch you find on the street....
Posted In: bed bugs, bedbugs, furniture, recycling, second hand

What are bedbugs? Is there a good way to kill them without using harsh chemicals?

Aug 19, 2010
Easy Answer: Bedbugs are vampires of the insect world. They feed on human blood. And there are ways to kill them without pesticides--but it might...
Posted In: bed bugs, bedbugs, chemicals, Environment, kill, pest, pest control, pesticide

Are wind turbines really that bad for birds?

Aug 17, 2010
Easy Answer: Yes. Somewhere between 58,000 and 440,000 birds each year die because of wind turbines....
Posted In: bird, birds, energy, Environment, wind, wind energy, wind turbines

The city of San Francisco has released a list of approved "green products". What's on it?

Aug 17, 2010
San Francisco has just released a list of products--from office supplies to hand sanitizers--that it considers good for the environment. The city...
Posted In: Environment, environmentally friendly, Food, green, green list, green products, list, San Francisco

I live in an apartment. Can I still compost?

Aug 12, 2010
Easy Answer: Yup. Especially if you're willing to make nice with worms....
Posted In: compost, recycle, waste, worms

If your community picked up your trash less often, would you create less trash?

Aug 11, 2010
Easy Answer: The city of Seattle might try to find out....
Posted In: collection, compost, recycle, recycling, Seattle, trash

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You hear it a lot: For the economy to get better, we all have to spend more. Consumer confidence, consumer spending, consumer interest, consumer debt.... it's the consumer economy. But didn't spending too much get us in trouble a few years ago? Can we afford the consumer economy? Marketplace explores how we consume, what we get from it, what it costs, and whether we can keep it up.