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Green Living Briefs

Poor Packaging

Each minute, one million plastic bottles are sold around the world, and most end up in the trash rather than being recycled.

Cork Rocks

Cork, which regenerates its bark after harvesting, is an eco-friendly fire retardant and acoustic insulator that also controls odor and humidity.

Smart Trash

Solar-powered trash cans with built-in Wi-Fi sensors are being installed in Baltimore to facilitate as-needed emptying of the cans.

Eco Jets

Europe’s EasyJet airline is working to get electric-powered planes into the sky with room for up to 220 passengers and a range of 335 miles.

Earth Christmas

Eco-strategies for trees, decorations and gifts mean we can extend our holiday good will to our beleaguered home planet as well.

Dumping Disincentive

Under pressure from the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, Citigroup is no longer financing mining projects that dump mine waste into the ocean.

Plastic Pushback

The Bahamas is joining such countries as Antigua, Belize, Kenya and the United Kingdom in moving to ban plastics linked to marine litter.

Teeny Town

By designing and building a $75,000 tiny modular home, the University of Southern Indiana wants to demonstrate how independent living can be made accessible for people of many ages and abilities.

Breathe Easier

Germany’s second-largest city is restricting diesel-powered vehicle from portions of two major streets, with exemptions for new, cleaner models.

Rebirthing Books

Rather than letting books collect dust at home, we can donate them to local, national and international efforts that redistribute them to readers and underfunded libraries worldwide.