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Americans generate way too much trash, but fully a quarter of it comes between Thanksgiving and New Years. In a period of just over a month, we buy more, give more, ship more, and eat more than we ordinarily do in three months. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Here’s the good news: it only takes a little time and thought for individual households to reduce their own trash. It takes barely more to make new habits that will continue for the rest of the year.
There are hundreds of millions of households in Read more >>
Flu season is here, along with reminders to get flu shots. Depending on the vaccine, it will protect against three of four strains of flu viruses.
Of the many different strains, scientists attempt to predict which ones will infect the most people. What if you or someone in your family get the flu anyway?
Even without the flu to worry about, you can still get colds. Many people have allergies or other serious respiratory conditions that make breathing difficult. Flu vaccines have no effect on dust mites, molds, and other irritants.
Once flu season is over, your need Read more >>
When I was in graduate school, I was heading towards a meeting. Near the building, I met up with a freshman member of the same group. I headed to the nearest door to take one flight of steps up to the meeting room. She said, “You’re going to make me climb all those steps? I’m an old woman.”
To avoid those steps, she would have had to walk another block to the main entrance, take the elevator from the first to the second floor, and then walk back that same block along the upstairs corridor. Look Read more >>
The good news about recycling is that rates of participation have increased over time. The bad news is that they are still not very high.
In 1960, the recycling participation rate was 6%. That’s the same year that Sam Yorty became mayor of Los Angeles having run on a platform of eliminating the requirement that households deal with separate collection companies for wet garbage, trash, and waste paper.
It’s also 10 years before the first Earth Day. Recycling was not an issue that anyone yet cared about. By the way, plastics made up less than 1% of Read more >>