Archive for July, 2007





Victoria’s Secret Revealed: She Wastes Energy


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I’m in some sort of green-shock after walking by a couple of Mount Pleasant Town Center stores this weekend whose doors were wide open. It was hot, and Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works were the only stores brazen enough to coax foot traffic off the sidewalk with energy-guzzling cold air. This marketing tactic […]


Weekly Trashed


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This week’s Trashed goes back to the basics – corrugated cardboard…and lots of it. There are some other gems in this photo too. Lots of unbroken down boxes (bad for the garbage men) made of cardboard (recyclable), a bag of yard waste (compostable), bubble wrap (reusable), plastic grocery bags (recyclable), and plastic food containers (recyclable). […]


Green Notes from the Road


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On my recent road trip, I spent some time in Northern Indiana. Amish communities dot every county, so examples of sustainability where everywhere. This time I really noticed all the recumbent bikes…they seemed to be everywhere. I also liked the road side pool/pond we drove by, complete with concrete deck, diving boards, and slides. Good […]


Roadtrip Recycling, Again


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I just got back from a week-long roadtrip to the Midwest, and I had my entire family on recycling watch. I blogged about recycling on the road last month when I drove to the Catskills, but this time I was traveling for an entire week with a family of four – yikes! I’m happy to […]


Which Plastic Cup is Recyclable?


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Actually, both of these cups are recyclable – sort of.  I took this photo because these cups appeared to be made of the same material, yet only The Moe’s cup had the three-arrowed recycling symbol on the bottom.  After emailing Berry Plastics, they ensured me that both cups were indeed polypropylene, A.K.A. plastic #5. Since […]


Still Avoiding Bottled Water


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It’s been 2.5 months now since I pledged to have a bottled water-free summer, and I have to tell you it’s been pretty easy so far. If I travel with my canteen-style water bottle, I never have a need to buy one. I just fill it up at a sink or drinking fountain, and I’m […]


Go Green Goes Facebook


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Just a quick note to let all you Facebook junkies know we have a Go Green Charleston Facebook Group setup. Take a second to join and spread the word to other locals in your network. We’ll be using this channel more in the future, but for now just spread the word!


Single-use Items – Add to the List


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We’re trying to come up with a comprehensive list of disposable items that are designed to be used only once. Often these items can be reused, but most often they go straight to the landfill after their brief blossom of convenience. Around our house, we’ve really been trying to fine tune our greenness and reduce […]


Watch Out for Recyclable Pots


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Hey, just a quick note that I stumbled upon a plant pot made of plastic #2 (the black one in the photo). This means it’s recyclable! Even though it’s nearly identical to the red one (a #5), it has one big difference – I can throw it in my blue bin! Unfortunately, I don’t know […]


Weekly Trashed on Flickr.com


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Maybe it was the holiday? Maybe people just blew up their trash? Maybe this column is working? Whatever the reason, I’m happy to report that there were no bad examples of trash disposal on my way in to work yesterday (though my wife said had I gone one street over, I would have seen something […]










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