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Charleston Waterkeeper Says Water the Future


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Like a lot of you, the ample supply of local water has become threaded into my family life. We play in the marsh behind our house, swim at the beach, fish in the creeks, and surf in the ocean. We love it all, and I bet you do too. That’s why we all need to […]


Recycling Fail!


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I like to keep things positive around here, but sometimes it helps to point out mistakes rather than successes – we learn from our mistakes too, right? One of our first columns was Weekly Trashed, which was a photographic look at poor trash disposal activity. On a recent trip to a Mount Pleasant recycling drop […]


Chris Fisher on Eco-preneurship


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Check out this inspiring video featuring Chris Fisher of Fisher Recycling. He is a great example of someone turning their love for sustainable living into a thriving business that is helping us all.


How to Recycle Foam Packing Peanuts


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Foam packing peanuts have protected our shipped items since the seventies, but scientists are only now realizing their impact on the environment. That’s because these protectors of all things fragile are often made from polystyrene (plastic #6), a resin that does not biodegrade, is resistant to photolysis, and has become a chief component in the […]


Charleston County eWaste Recycling Day


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This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Charleston County Recycling will host an electronic recycling day at the Citadel Mall. Disposing of eWaste is an ever growing problem, and this is a great opportunity to act responsibly. They will accept almost anything: TVs, computers, camcorders, clocks, radios, microwaves, telephones…if it’s got a plug, bring […]


How Do I Love Vinegar? Let Me Count the Ways


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Our foray into cleaning with vinegar has been great, so I thought I’d share some of the cool things I’ve learned: Vinegar is as old as dirt. Not really, but vinegar has been a part of human life for 10,000 years. Hippocrates used apple cider vinegar for its many healing properties. 1 cup of vinegar, […]


Litter, Litter, Everywhere


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Last weekend I stopped and met the man who I’ve seen picking up litter around our neighborhood. Most Saturdays, Steve Carron walks and jogs outside for exercise. He couldn’t help but notice the forgotten items thrown carelessly by his feet. Steve simply began picking the litter up and carrying it home for proper disposal. He […]


The Human Powered Yard :: How to Replace Your Trimmer with 3 Simple Tools


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My goal to go emissions-free in my yard was put on hold this summer when I decided not to purchase that reel mower I had my eye on. I did, however, go through with my plans to seek an alternative to my loud, gas-fueled weed eater. It’s now August, so I’m calling it – my […]


Tomorrow is Your Chance to Say No to the Charleston County Incinerator


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Trying to reduce trash is a major goal in our house, and probably many of yours as well. So when I find a biodegradable item that is normally trash (think packaging), I feel better about throwing it away when I know it is returning to the earth by decomposing in a landfill.  But when trash […]


Finally, a Prius in the Driveway!


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When it comes to going green, our family’s mantra has always been “Do What We Can, When We Can.” To that end, a couple weeks ago the stars aligned and guided a 2008 Toyata Prius into our lives. We couldn’t be happier. Over the last few years, I’ve spoken with many Prius owners about the […]










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