Environmentally Green

Word of Mouth
10:10 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Greening The O.R.

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Reduce, reuse, recycle? Not in the medical profession. While recycling has become the aspiration or even the norm in most areas of our daily lives, an operating room is the one place where recycling feels like a dangerous practice. Recent studies provide staggering statistics of the amount of waste produced by hospitals on a daily basis; one conservative estimate puts annual hospital waste at five point nine million tons, with operating rooms accounting for twenty to thirty percent of that total. In light of these numbers, there is a growing effort to bring sustainability into the health care sector while still maintaining the highest level of hygiene.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Alternatives To Toxic Cleaning Supplies

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I'm concerned about toxic ingredients in my cleaning supplies, especially now that I have young children. Where can I find safer alternatives?          -- Betsy E., Hartford, CT

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun April 21, 2013

'Greenwashing'

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I hear the term “greenwashing” a lot these days but am still not sure exactly what it means. Can you enlighten?-- Ruth Markell, Indianapolis, IN

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun February 10, 2013

The Greening of ... McDonald's?

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Has the McDonald’s restaurant chain made significant improvements in recent years with regard to the environment?                           -- Max Andria, Laval University, Quebec

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Saving Energy And Money With Home Automation

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EarthTalk
1:48 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Has Recycling Lived Up To Its Promises?

Recycling today is considered by many to be a huge success, though Americans could be recycling more than they do. Well managed recycling systems that focus on profitable resources like glass, paper and metals have had the most success.
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Dear EarthTalk: Has recycling lived up to its promise to reduce waste and pollution, save energy and provide jobs in our ailing economy?                                                 

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EarthTalk
1:33 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

A Greener, Healthier Laundry Room

Three steps to a healthier, greener laundry room: Use natural, nontoxic detergents free of harsh chemicals, dyes and perfumes; lose the fabric softener in favor of vinegar; and swap out your old equipment for EnergyStar rated appliances that are more energy-efficient and will save money over time.
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Dear EarthTalk: How can I have a greener, healthier laundry room?  

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EarthTalk
12:28 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Green Friendly "Bluesign" Clothing

Consumers can feel confident in buying clothing items with the Bluesign label that they are getting the most green, friendly, socially conscious garments on the market.
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Dear EarthTalk: What is the “Bluesign” standard for textiles? Which if any well known manufacturers are embracing it?                                                                                -- Karin Romano, Bristol, CT

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