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Eco-Packaging Progress Report

Creative new options include carry-out containers made of wood pulp, baked-goods wrapping paper infused with antibacterial spices, and cardboard made of mushroom roots.

The Rise of Blue Zones in America

Blue Zone cities nationwide are making life for their citizens longer and better by encouraging healthy eating, regular exercise and activities that further connection.

Zero Waste Lifestyle

Light-years beyond the idea of basic decluttering is the concept of zero waste, which means adopting everyday strategies like halting junk mail and adopting gently used, pre-loved items in order to live lightly on the planet.

Waste No Water

As potable water gets scarcer worldwide, American communities are creatively exploring ways to encourage people to be always water wise.

Art that Inspires Action

By using marine debris, steel, twigs and even snow, artists are incorporating the natural world into their work while simultaneously sending out an SOS from the planet.

We Need Clean Waters

Efforts are underway around the country to make polluted waterways clean again and to instill local appreciation for their many helpful roles.

Livable Communities We Love

Across the country, cities from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to Portland are finding fresh new ways to create engaging street life for residents while eco-upgrading their green spaces, services and infrastructure.

Eco-Upgrades for America’s Landmarks

From the Grand Canyon to the Gateway Arch to the Empire State Building, America’s landmarks are making the old new again with Earth-friendly changes.

Healthy Climate, Healthy People

As the Earth slowly heats up, we’re being affected by rising allergens, disaster-related trauma and the increase in insects carrying dangerous diseases.

Healthy House

From using defrosting trays to doffing shoes at the door to placing plants in the loo, easy ways abound to make our home healthier for us and easier on our environment.

Frugal Foodie

The average family throws away a quarter of the food it buys, wasting an average of $2,200 a year, but with some simple strategies no scraps need go to waste.

City Homesteading

Across the country, people in communities of all sizes are crafting ways to grow food, build eco-homes and live in harmony with the environment and each other.

Kick the Plastic Habit

With the oceans predicted to contain more plastic than fish by 2050, we can join vital efforts underway at personal, local and global levels to reduce plastic use.

Go Eco Like Grandma

People are devising tech-savvy strategies to give new life to our grandmothers’ dictum “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.”

Pumped Up About Geothermal

People are finding that geothermal pumps, which draw on the below-ground temperature of 50 degrees to heat and cool buildings, make sense environmentally and economically.

Creating Community

With simple, clear steps and procedures, we can build bonds with our neighbors to create a better tomorrow together.

Solar Heats Up

Rapidly improving technology and sharply declining prices are making solar energy an ever more attractive option for homeowners.

Help for Injured Wildlife

Wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country are providing help to lost, injured or orphaned animals in need of care.

Healthy Eye-Catching Eco-Wear

Wrinkled cotton T-shirts used to define planet-friendly clothing, but today’s fashion designers are producing distinctive eco-lines that feel good and look great.

Green Car Buying Tips

To move stock and meet environmental goals, carmakers are offering great deals on eco-friendly cars; substantial subsidies and tax write-offs further sweeten the deal.

Herbs that Beat the Heat

Fragrant herbs that thrive in scorching days often come to us from South America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Eco Yards

In all climates and terrains, native plants offer more attractive, lower maintenance, planet-friendly alternatives to monoculture turf lawns.

Eco-Friendly Home Building

Smart energy technologies make our homes healthier, more comfortable and more affordable, all while helping our home planet.

Forever Green

The latest creative and Earth-friendly options include converting remains into tree planters, jewelry, ocean reefs and even vinyl records.

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