A Special Note of THANKS! Working Together – Growing Together

The DURAFRESH™ Team at GLOBEcoMaine is very Thankful for our people and community, and we are committed to making a lasting difference in our back yard. We are Mainers, and we’re strong, in-part, because we stick together.  Our employees make our business work every day; the creators, doers, and dreamers…, and we are very thankful to have had such great energy join us along our journey.  We’re also very proud to be able to give back whenever we can as we grow… The support we’ve received from area businesses has been tremendous as well, and we return the favor every
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5 Ways to Go Green and Sustainable in the Kitchen

We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, standing in front of the open fridge, foraging for a snack, running the water and heating up the stove, congregating with the family and friends to review the events of the day – and cooking and eating too! All of that can add-up to impact resources consumed and/or waste generated. Since the kitchen is a focal-point in our lives, let’s strive to make the kitchen a more sustainable room, one that contributes more closely to the health of our families and the planet. Here are five things you can do to
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Retailer Spotlight: Hannaford Supermarkets

If you live in Maine you’ve spent a fair amount of time in Hannaford Supermarkets. You know from experience that Hannaford is a top-notch neighborhood grocer, but maybe it’s time to get to know the local chain a little better. Did you know it got its start as a pushcart produce vendor on the Portland waterfront in 1883?   The late 19th century was a time of industry and progress in the Port City and Hannaford was right there, growing with the city and providing hard-working people with fresh, local garden produce. Back then, all produce came from nearby farms,
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How do You Recycle THAT?

Ever since a haunting fourth-grade video about how fish, fowl & animals can get stuck in plastic like plastic six-pack soda rings, we’ve all been concerned about the environment. We make things out of more eco-responsible biodegradable materials and we recycle and encouraged our neighbors to do the same. This journey took us through college when recycling cans and bottles meant more money for beer, and to the dingy first apartments of our twenties when we had bins for every type of recycling, plus compost, and some of us spent weekends dumpster diving, upcycling things we couldn’t believe others would throw
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Repurposing Wood Pulp for Our Sustainable Future

Though DURAFRESH™ cloths are made from the same wood fiber filaments as disposable paper towels, the clever woven construction of DURAFRESH™ allows it to be exceptionally long lasting and reusable, all while rinsing much cleaner than traditional cloths and sponges.  One DURAFRESH™ cloth is designed to replace the cleaning capacity of 20 rolls of paper towels, significantly reducing waste while promoting a cleaner/healthier living environment, and saving home owners hard-earned dollars. The more we use DURAFRESH™ as the better performing and responsible alternative to paper towels, the longer we can rely on our forests for our ecosystem foundation. From generating oxygen,
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5 Fun Crafts to Make with Recycled Materials

Hey there, parents! Summer vacation is here. It’s exciting… and slightly terrifying. We all love our kiddos and can’t wait to see what wonderful messes they get into this summer. We love spending time outdoors, swimming, hiking, canoeing, camping and showing out kids the natural world. We love playing board games on rainy days, reading favorite books and going to matinees, catching fireflies, and spontaneous adventures. But there comes a day – that fateful day – sometime in July, when we hear the dreaded words, “I’m bored!”  Well, not to worry. We’ve got you covered. We rounded up some fun
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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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Make the Switch to a Clean, Green Home

If you’ve been thinking of giving your home cleaning routine a green overhaul, now is a great time to do it. Cleaning your home in safer, more sustainable ways can help protect you and the planet and save you money. It’s easy to get started and there’s really no downside – unless you just love spending a lot of money on brightly packaged chemicals. How to Get Rid of Toxic Cleaners Chances are your cleaning cabinet is full of toxic chemical products. You might be tempted to throw them all away, but before you do, realize that they won’t do the
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How to Start Composting

Composting is an excellent way to recover the nutrients in dead plant tissue to improve the vitality of new plants. Many homeowners choose to engage in composting because it can be a great way to reduce the amount of money spent on fertilizer. If you want to compost, start by understanding which materials are compostable. Next, you’ll need to decide where to compost. Inside or Out? Even if you don’t have space for an outdoor compost bin, you can still compost. Special containers for composting are available from hardware stores or other retailers. Watch what you put into your container,
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