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Cookouts and Getaways: Sustainable Tips for Summer

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Cookouts and Getaways: Sustainable Tips for Summer

The grills are on, the days are hot, and the ocean, lake, and river dips... fully coveted.  It’s officially summer, and this summer, it’s time to Recover in the Wild. Whether you’re having a weekend beach cookout, a cool pre-work morning run, or a big Fourth of July backyard BBQ, Recover in the Wild isn’t just about getting out there- it’s about connecting our local and global outdoor adventures with choices and actions that leave the sources of our adventures and our communities better, rather than worse off.  That’s why this month’s Sustainability Tips are 8 quick and easy ways...

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Turn Possibilities into Realities

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Turn Possibilities into Realities

    April is a time of year when possibilities become realities. You can feel the days getting longer, and the breeze warmer.  Everywhere, you see new beginnings as life literally emerges from the dirt. It makes sense that April is a month with two holidays celebrating this natural inspiration with Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day on April 27. Ultimately, Earth Day and Arbor Day offer an opportunity to re-connect and learn more about the systems we live in, and how we can make a positive impact instead of a negative impact on the planet we call...

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How to start your own compost: Be the Impact.

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How to start your own compost: Be the Impact.

    In our last Recover Sustainability Tip, we gave you The Dirt on Composting.  Now that you know why starting your own compost is important, here’s how… it’s simple, clean, and non-odiferous if you do it right! First of all, there are two types of composting: hot and cold.  While hot composting is much faster and takes a little more work, both hot and cold composting consist of simply piling organic material interspersed with some soil.  This creates humus, which is the best nutrient-filled soil builder to put on your garden, lawn, and veggie pots. The Basics: What to...

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Get The Dirt On Composting!

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Get The Dirt On Composting!

Sustainability Tip: Get the Dirt on Composting! Whether you throw your food in the garbage or you throw it in the compost doesn’t matter... It’s just decomposing either way, right? WRONG.   The decomposition of food scraps in landfills creates methane gas, which can hold 25 times more heat than carbon dioxide.  So, what does that mean? Methane gas molecules are far more potent contributors to global climate change than carbon dioxide.  Landfills create approximately 50% methane and 50% carbon dioxide, while composting creates approximately 100% carbon dioxide. Food scraps are the number one material sent to our nation’s landfills,...

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The Process of Recycling Plastic Bottles

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The Process of Recycling Plastic Bottles

  To put things in perspective, there is a garbage patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that is estimated to be anywhere from 700,000 square kilometers (approximately the size of Texas) to 15,000,000 square kilometers (about 1.5 times the size of the United States).  Although the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” is the largest of its kind, it is not the only one, and all of these ocean garbage patches are made up of mostly plastics.       While it goes without saying that taking action to reduce plastic waste by creating such habits as using a reusable...

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