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Plastic shopping bags and those little packing peanuts, aw, things I love and hate, or is it love to hate? Annoying or not, these items (sometimes) have a place in my world, and they just might have more life to give after I’m done with them. By the way, are you surprised that packing peanuts are considered a plastic? As all delightsome things must come to an...

My household, like many others, has its share of yogurt and other dairy containers relaxing in the refrigerator. Yet, my wife’s yogurt habit doesn’t mean the nearby landfill will be swamped with plastic containers of yesteryear. Yogurt containers can be more difficult to recycle than the easygoing plastics PETE and HDPE, which we discussed recently in...

It is “easy to be green” now more than ever, especially when planning holidays and vacations. With Spring Break and summer right around the corner, I have been thinking about preparing for greener, eco-friendly vacations. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some serious sunshine. The greenest type of vacation is always the staycation—your carbon footprint...

Electronic waste, or e-waste as most of us call it, is a threat to human and environmental health when not disposed of properly, but I’m happy to announce that Extra Space Storage is helping residents of California do the right thing by providing a free and convenient way to recycle their unwanted electronic items. Starting on March 9, residents of California...

Plastics may seem like a dull topic at first, but I found that when I started paying a little attention to those translucent nobodies, they were lifted out of the trash and back into the world as useful items, keeping people warm or providing a seat for the game. You may be familiar with the triangular recycling symbol composed of arrows on soda cans and other containers,...

If you exceed an airline’s limits for weight, size or quantity of bags, you could end up paying sky-high fees. Skip the fees by planning ahead, allowing you to fly the friendly skies and still have funds to spend on fun stuff, like riding a bike down a volcano in Maui. Yes, you can do that. Baggage weight and size limits vary among airlines, and may differ depending on whether you’re flying first class, business class or economy. Policies may also differ between domestic and international flights. Check the luggage policies...

Posted on Jan 5 2012 - 11:19am by Jessica Johnson
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Although winter is a season I enjoy very much, each year I am overwhelmed by the thought of “winterizing” my home.  I love curling up by the artificial fireplace as much as the next person, but there’s no doubt that the season change brings along extra work.  However, the sooner I get my house winter ready, the sooner I can start enjoying cold weather walks, hot baths, and testing out new flavors of coffee. Winter has already struck in the Northeast and for the rest of the nation its hard-hitting winds aren’t...

The term “going green” is no longer just a few trying to promote planet health but everyone.  People are doing more and more to help save the environment, companies have begun advertising toward keeping a greener earth, and recycling is hitting an all-time high.  For example, in Connecticut, 64 towns recycled more than 92 tons of “waste” in the 2010/2011 year.  But what if going green wasn’t just about the good of the environment?  As important as that is, sometimes going green is also...