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OOho Pods Reduce Plastic Bottle Usage

A London-based start-up wants to replace plastic water and soda bottles with these edible (and biodegradable) “Ooho” pods made from seaweed. Credit: Skipping Rocks Lab.

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine

As more people become aware of the extent of plastic waste clogging […]

Recycling Textiles: Why and How


Abby Overton

In the U.S., we generated 16 million tons of textile waste in 2015, up 69% from 2000. Once in landfills, natural fibers can take hundreds of years to decompose. They can release methane and CO₂ gas into the atmosphere. Synthetic textiles like polyester are designed not to decompose. In the […]

A Clear-Eyed Look At Glass Recycling

What really happens to that bottle, anyway?

Image: Flickr

Michele Morris

Glass has long been a darling of folks who think of themselves as champions of “green” values like waste and toxics reduction (or elimination!), sustainable energy use, and all-around miniaturization of our planetary footprint. But when it comes to single-use packaging like wine […]

The Plastics Problem – are solutions in sight?

Founders Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre. Photos courtesy of Ecovative Design.

George Harvey

Vermont Public Radio (VPR) recently ran two stories that both speak to the same problem but from very different points of view. They point to both a problem and a solution.

The first one I […]

UVM Medical Center’s New Solar Array

George Harvey

UVM Medical Center on Holly Court in Williston, Vermont, has a new solar array on the facility’s roof. It has an impressive peak capacity of 198 kilowatts. An aerial photograph taken from directly above it shows clearly the striking fact that very nearly all of the roof was used […]

Sustainability at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Photo: Ken Gallager, Wikimedia Commons.

George Harvey

The sustainability program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH goes back to 1996, when the staff started taking a hard look at waste management. Waste is a particularly difficult problem for medical […]

Can the Healthcare Sector Match Big Tech in Going 100 Percent Renewable?

Danny Kennedy

It seems as though every month for years, some company in the digital set has committed to, or better yet, achieved 100% renewable power supply. Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon all have pledged to go 100% ー and some have made it, at least with their energy-intensive data centers. Even data center company, […]

Where’s Winter?

By Erin Rounds, Billyfish Books, 34 pages, $7.99 (Kindle edition), $9.99 (paperback) or $15.99 (hardbound)

Book review by N.R. Mallery

Where’s Winter? is a little book that packs a big message. Every parent, grandparent, and child should know about Erin Rounds’ inspiring new book.

Where’s Winter? […]

Museums in our Region Support Solar and Sustainability

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is thrilled to be partnering with ReVision Energy and the town of Dover to house part of a 318-panel rooftop solar array at the museum and pool, which share a common electricity meter. Image: ©

Jessie Haas

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover, along with […]

Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences Goes Solar

Executive Director of VINS, Charlie Rattigan and the 86-kW DC roof-top solar system that is expected to produce 111,000kWh of electricity per year. Image: Norwich Solar Technologies.

Steve Snyder

Ever since his arrival at The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) four years ago, Executive Director, Charlie Rattigan, and the Board of Directors have […]