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Pine resin and alfalfa seeds are components of a Swedish chemical product that could enable lithium-ion batteries to be recharged for a millennium.

Greenwashing Conundrum

Plastic bags are being marketed as “biodegradable” or “oxodegradable” on scant evidence, says the Federal Trade Commission.

Water Cartons

To lower the high eco-costs of plastic water bottles, a Michigan company is boxing water in milk-type cartons.

Bamboo Bamboozle

Most so-called bamboo clothing is rayon, manufactured with harsh chemicals and unworthy of the “green” label.

USA Made

Products from clothing to food to appliances made in the U.S. are produced to higher standards. Plus buying them supports our economy and national security.

Household Hazards

At least 33 states are examining the toxic chemicals found in such products as toys, cans, bedding and baby shampoos.

Cell Bill

Charging cellphones for only two hours increases their battery life and can help save up to $100 a year in electricity costs.

New School Rules

Reusing supplies, quality buys at thrift stores and plastic-free lunch boxes keep back-to-school prep both inexpensive and ecologically sound.

Fume Free

We share practical ways to lower the volatile compounds inside vehicles that can make driving a literal headache.


With racks of rentable bikes in New York and growing numbers of bike pathways at campuses, life is getting easier for those on two wheels.
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