Archives for July 2013

Ask Eco Ed: Is there a way to make a pool eco-friendly?

Dear Eco-Ed:

These past few weeks have been so hot, we are discussing installing an in-ground pool in our yard. I know that a pool can be quite an energy hog. Is there a way to make a pool eco-friendly? We stopped going to the municipal pool years ago, as there were always goose droppings in and around the area.
– Hot as Heck in Ridgewood

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Eco Ed on Eco Vacations [podcast]

Green Divas Radio features Eco Ed as "The Green Dude." Click the image to learn more about living plastic free.

Green Divas Radio features Eco Ed as “The Green Dude.” Click the image to learn more about living plastic fre

The warm weather has arrived. Time to use those saved up vacation days to travel.

Traveling is an easy way to increase your carbon footprint (bad news). But there are guilt free ways to make your vacation an eco vacation.

  • Stay local – save money on flights and spend the money locally. Indulge in activities you wouldn´t normally do. Go kayaking, rent a romantic cabin nearby, or take the kids fishing.
  • Take public transportation – It is easy to hop on the train to visit a major city. This reduces the amount of CO2 released and lets you gaze at the American landscape that is often ignored.
  • Volunteer – take the family out to a local organization and help them out. You may find yourself picking blueberries, beautifying parts of your town, or if you want to cool down cleaning up your local river.

Hear what Eco Ed has to say about Eco Vacations.

E-Waste: Where does your Ipad, Ipod, Kindle, or Laptop go?

Green Divas Radio features Eco Ed as "The Green Dude." Click the image to learn more about living plastic free.

Green Divas Radio features Eco Ed as “The Green Dude.” Click the image to learn more about living plastic free.

We are more connected than ever. You are sitting at a computer with an iPhone in your pocket, the Kindle is in your bag, along with an iPod to use when you go running. That is a lot of electronics.

Where do electronics go when you throw them out? Electronic waste, known as “E-waste”, refers to the disposal of electronics. It has become a global problem. Electronics require hazardous materials and rare metals.

Put in your iPhone headphones and find out what happens when you throw out your electronics.