Five Ways to Conserve Resources in the Summer

Summer’s almost here! That’s the good news. The bad news is that some summer habits are bad for the environment. Too many of us crank up the air conditioning too high or leave the hose or sprinkler running to excess. We’re also more likely to apply bug sprays, which aren’t good for our health. But we can modify our behavior to be better for the environment and healthier while maintaining a pleasant summer lifestyle. Here are four ways to make a difference this summer. Use Less Air Conditioning We wait all year to be warm, so why as soon as
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The Environmental Impact of Paper Towels

Paper towels might be the perfect metaphor for the wasteful, throw-away society America became in the 20th century. The harm done to the environment during their manufacture, and the amount of waste they produce, are scandals that are largely unrecognized by those who use them. Paper towels were invented by the Scott Paper Company in 1907. Details are sketchy, but it appears they may have been created as an expedient reuse of a rail car full of another paper product that didn’t meet specifications. Individual paper towels didn’t go into regular mass production until 1922, and it was 1931 before
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