The EPA Decides Not To Ban Pesticide Called Chlorpyrifos, Dispite Risk

The EPA Decides Not To Ban Pesticide Called Chlorpyrifos, Dispite Risk

The Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Yesterday, I was listening to public radio. They were talking about the recent decision by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) not to ban a pesticide known as Chlorpyrifos.  The chemical is sprayed on crops such as almonds, corn, and apples. Newly installed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, signed a new order that will allow the chemical to remain on the market for use in agriculture, despite findings that Chlorpyrifos is toxic to humans. Chlorpyrifos attacks the central nervous systems of insects and…

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Help plant trees by using Ecosia as your search engine

Help plant trees by using Ecosia as your search engine

Heard of Ecosia? I hadn’t. Until yesterday. Ecosia is a search engine that donates at least 80% of its profits to helping plant trees. Just like the other major search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.) Ecosia displays ads in the search results. The profits they make from these ads are used to fund their projects. Their projects include planting trees in Peru (South America), Burkina Faso (Africa), and Madagascar (Africa). By partnering with local populations in these places, Ecosia also helps…

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Dude, your bed is a car

Dude, your bed is a car

Swap and Shop We were introduced to the concept of online swap and shop through a website called Facebook. Some of you may have heard of it. Anyway the idea of using Facebook to swap and shop is a lot like Craigslist, except I trust the potential sellers a bit more when I can see who they are based on their profile. Mostly the swap and sell happens through Facebook groups set up by someone in a certain city or…

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day…Have Yourself a Beer

It’s St. Patrick’s Day…Have Yourself a Beer

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day I am writing this on Saint Patrick’s Day, but if you’re reading this and it’s not Saint Patrick’s day, just pretend that it is, and have a beer anyway. Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. One of the common traditions I have seen here in the United States, is to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day over a…

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It’s Trash Pickup Day, Wait…Where is all of our Trash?

It’s Trash Pickup Day, Wait…Where is all of our Trash?

A Strange Thing Happened Today. Every Tuesday morning before I leave for work, I wheel our trash bins out near the side of the road so the trash collection truck can take away our weekly garbage. This morning though was a morning like no other. As I was backing out of the driveway I realized I hadn’t put the trash by the side of the street. I quickly parked the car and hurried (in the 20 degree cold) to move…

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Understand What You Are Eating: Read the Ingredient List

Understand What You Are Eating: Read the Ingredient List

How It All Began (For Us) When we found out my wife (girlfriend at the time) Michelle, was pregnant with our first child, we knew a lot was going to change. At that time we were both  a month away from graduating college, and we were at the height of our wild days, but is was obvious that things as we knew them would be very different. As we started to prepare for the long haul and our future as…

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White Vinegar: The Safe Cleaner

White Vinegar: The Safe Cleaner

Because of the potentially harmful or deadly effects of chemicals found in many common household cleaners, you should switch to using this effective natural cleaner; a combination of water and vinegar. Not only will you be making your home a safer place, you can save money and reduce your packaging waste in the process. Many Common Household Cleaners Are Dangerous This list of common household cleaners either are, or contain harmful chemicals that can potentially be lethal. Ammonia: Inhalation irritates the…

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People and Parking Lots

People and Parking Lots

Here is something I don’t understand. Why people drive around in circles looking for parking spaces closest to the building when there are plenty of open parking spaces a couple hundred feet further away. Are people really against that much extra walking that they will waste time driving around front row parking, knowing (they have to) that they wont find a spot? In the winter or rain I won’t judge, but on a nice summer day I see the same…

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Reducing Your Plastic Waste

Reducing Your Plastic Waste

Plastic is everywhere. Take a quick look around and you will find countless things that are either completely or partially made using plastic. This is no surprise because plastics are relatively cheap and easy to manufacture, in addition to being versatile and impervious to liquids. The problem with all this plastic is that most of it is not biodegradable or it takes hundreds of years to degrade. Plastic Waste is Negatively Impacting the Environment You may have heard about the “islands”…

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