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St. Patrick’s Day: “Green” Animals That Recycle

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, a holiday famous for parades, parties, and everything turning so green that it’s like looking at the world through night-vision goggles. But when we think “green” we sometimes think “eco,” so in honor of Green Day here are five of nature’s “greenest” animals, not in color but in habit.…

South African Students Turn Trash Into Living Walls

We received an email from Hannah Allderman, a 17-year old student in Cape Town, South Africa, who told us she is “mad about going green.” Hannah did a recycling project with a friend, Ellie Simpson, turning discarded plastic bottles into urban planters. “We got involved in the community, taught people about sustainable gardening, and made many…

Fresno: A City Serious About Recycling

Most cities recycle about 50 percent of their waste. In Fresno, California, it’s a stunning 73 percent. But the goal is much higher.

Tiny Libraries Give Readers a New Way to “Read Locally”

Libraries have always been based on the idea of “reuse and recycle”, but a community in Wisconsin took the idea to a whole new level — a tiny one!

Jane of the Jungle Gym Blogs Green Again

National Geographic Little Kids blogger Jane of the Jungle Gym occasionally blogs about being a green mom, and here are some recent green-themed posts: Paper Cuts: Jane discusses ways to green your kids’ doodling. Gray Matter: Jane tackles those pesky gray hairs and green ways to get rid of them. Bye-Bye Plastic Bottles: Jane discusses…

Compost Cab Helps City Dwellers Turn Garbage to Soil

If you live in a city, you might have a window box or a pot of tomatoes on your balcony. You might even be lucky enough to have a small backyard garden. But do you compost? Probably not: composting in a small space is tough, not to mention smelly. You could get a worm bin…

Review: Made by Hand by Mark Frauenfelder

I grew up watching my dad fix stuff. I still have a scar where my thumb meets my wrist from when he dropped a hammer on me (claw-down, naturally) while installing drywall in our living room. From changing the oil in the car to putting in a patio, I would help him with whatever project…

Dispatches from the Consumer Electronics Show: What Does Green Mean?

Top manufacturers of phones, televisions, computers, and gaming consoles have a ways to go before being “green,” according to a Greenpeace report discussed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. Of 18 companies ranked on their reduction of toxic chemicals, recycling programs, and energy-efficiency efforts, Nokia and Sony Ericsson rise to…

Q&A: NHL’s Matt Bradley on Playing for Team Earth

With Earth skating on thin ice due to climate change, some hockey players in the U.S. are taking steps to reduce waste and carbon dioxide emissions. Matt Bradley (left), a right-winger for the Washington Capitals in Washington, D.C., has encouraged his teammates to recycle and drink from reusable bottles. He’s also taken part in the…

How to Recycle Your E-Junk

Yesterday I opened an oft-ignored cabinet in my apartment and cringed: My personal junk graveyard was overflowing. Old remote controls, cell phone chargers, computer cords, and anything else I’d feel guilty about tossing in the trash were all tangled in a disorganized mess, waiting to be recycled. Of course, many of my fellow Americans don’t…

New Life for Faded Blues

National Geographic Kids magazine readers and website visitors set a Guinness World Record yesterday for contributing the most clothing ever for recycling—33,088 pairs of denim jeans. The project, in partnership with the Cotton: From Blue to Green denim drive, will transform cotton fiber in the jeans… … into home insulation. The insulation will in turn…

A Sustainable World: Inspiring People to Act

Thomas Culhane, Katey Walter, and Jon Waterman share their insights on co-existing with the planet at the National Geographic Explorers Symposium. Urban planner and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Thomas Culhane‘s nongovernmental organization Solar CITIES trains residents of Cairo’s poorest neighborhoods to build rooftop solar water heaters and other renewable energy, water, and waste management systems.…

Tip # 7: Be wise with paper

by Wendy Gordon Way to go, Mr. President! You had the beautiful commemorative invitations to the Inauguration printed on FSC certified and 100 percent recycled paper. You hadn’t taken office yet and already you were setting a great example of appreciation and respect for our planet’s natural resources. Processing paper from virgin timber is tough…

A New Life for Filters and Food Containers

by Emily Main Earlier this week, we posted a blog about a new water filter, ZeroWater, made by the only company in the U.S. currently recycling its filters. Well, a day later we found out that they’ll only hold that distinction until the end of the year. Come January, Brita will start recycling its filters…

Turning Trash into Treasure

By Wendy Gordon What if you could be rewarded for recycling? Just think about it: a frequent-flyer program for recyclers. Put your recyclablest in an electronically tagged bin for pickup by a truck, which weighs how much you are recycling–and transmits the data to a web site. By the time you’ve reentered your home, you…