5 results for tag: living green


Let’s talk about microplastics

Your closet and dresser drawers are full of plastic - and not the kind from packaging, straws and shopping bags. Some of our favorite fabrics, whether it’s techy workout gear or your fleece winter pullover, can release upwards of 730,000 synthetic particles per wash. When these synthetic fibers end up in our waterways they become a form of microplastic pollution.Microplastics are exactly what they sound like: tiny pieces of plastic that result from the inevitable breakdown of the plastic products around us. As they get smaller and smaller, microplastics become harder to catch, clean up or keep out of our rivers, oceans and marine food webs. ...

How’s your Walktober?

Let’s face it: adopting new healthy habits can be challenging. Sometimes it takes a little nudge to turn good intentions into action. If you've been meaning to try walking to school, work or other activities, "Walktober" is a great time to start!Hundreds of schools across Oregon have walk-to-school community programs offering support, supervision, and maps for safe and reliable routes. See who's walking.For adults, check out the links to special walking events this month, as well as walking groups, assembled by Oregon Walks.If you need more incentive, check out these step-tracking apps that help you earn donations for your miles. ...

Protecting clean water at home

The choices you make in your yard can make a big difference to the health of local streams, wildlife and our drinking water. Before you think about spraying weed killer or reseeding your lawn this fall, consider these tips for a low-maintenance landscape.

Green tips: Is your fridge running? Better go catch it!

What’s white and stands in the corner? A naughty fridge.It’s amazing how many fridge jokes are out there when you need them.Here’s no joke: Your fridge is one of the biggest energy hogs in your home. A new fridge could be as much as 75% more efficient than an old clunker. But even the most efficient fridge uses more energy a year than the average citizen in Ghana. Or Yemen or many other nations. For real.So if your fridge is more than ten years old, a new one is likely to pay off in serious energy savings.You can find out just how much you'll save using this refrigerator calculator from Energy Star.Also check out the ...

Living Green: Weird but true germ facts

Blue Bell made national news in April 2015 when a listeria outbreak led them to recall all of their ice cream products. Meanwhile. people also got nasty food poisoning—bacterial illness—from a church picnic in Ohio, a sushi restaurant in California and a winery in Arizona.Thank goodness for powerful antibiotics! But if we’re going to keep antibiotics working, it’s worth giving a little shout-out to the freakishly adaptive nature of bacteria. Here’s why we have to use antibiotics with care:Bacteria reproduce incredibly fast. Some bacteria, like e. coli, can double in 20 minutes. That means not only rapid infestation, but also rapid ...