Archives - January 2009

Recycling Bins 34% More Effective When They Have...Holes!

Recycling bins in public places are starting to be more common, and they come in a variety of designs. Some are little bins hovering over trash cans that sometimes look more like cigarette bins, some look pretty much the same as a regular trash can...and some have small holes just the right size for recyclable items. Turns out, that last design will increase the rate of recycling by 34% - just through its shape. (Full Article) Posted: 1-31-09

Crops Absorb Livestock Antibiotics, Science Shows

For half a century, meat producers have fed antibiotics to farm animals to increase their growth and stave off infections. Now scientists have discovered that those drugs are sprouting up in unexpected places. Vegetables such as corn, potatoes and lettuce absorb antibiotics when grown in soil fertilized with livestock manure, according to tests conducted at the University of Minnesota. (Full Article) Posted: 1-11-09

Vegawatt Plugs in Grease-Fired Restaurant Generator

In a sign that waste may be a favored energy source this year, a small company on Monday said it has successfully plugged a vegetable oil generator into the electricity grid at a Boston-area restaurant. (Full Article) Posted: 1-5-09

If It's American Honey, It's Likely Not Organic

When it comes to sizing up the purity of the honey you buy, you're pretty much on your own. You may be paying more for honey labeled "certified organic" or feel reassured by the "USDA Grade A" seal, but the truth is, there are few federal standards for honey, no government certification and no consequences for making false claims. (Full Article) Posted: 1-5-09

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