climate hacks Jun 27

Climate Hack: Food Waste Foul

This last year, most of us turned our homes into everything from offices to classrooms to gyms. And our kitchens are getting a lot more use, too. But have you ever noticed how much food you’re tossing...

  • climate hacks Apr 12

    Climate Hack: Hand Lotion Hitch

    We’re all washing our hands like crazy these days and when our hands get dry, we reach for the hand lotion. But so many lotions come in plastic bottles – and it’s no secret those bottles are bad for the planet. Johnson & Johnson says nearly 40% of Americans don’t recycle in the bathroom at all. Let’s reach for a...

  • climate hacks Apr 11

    Climate Hack: Snack Bag Situation

    Plastic snack bags are handy for taking food on the go. The problem is, they’re typically used just once before getting thrown out. In 2015 alone, we threw out more than 141 tons of plastic – including plastic snack bags. So let’s ditch those single-use bags and opt for something that can be used over and over again.

  • climate hack Mar 27

    Climate Hack: Dryer Sheet Dilemma

    Many of us toss them in the dryer with our clothes and don’t think twice about it. But what if we did stop to think about dryer sheets – and what they’re doing to our clothes, skin and the environment? Wool dryer balls are a great alternative. Using dryer balls can cut energy use by 25%. That can cut...

  • climate hacks Mar 23

    Climate Hack: Straw Setback

    500 million. That’s how many single-use plastic straws Americans use every day – enough to fill 127 school buses. But they’re recyclable right? Wrong. Plastic straws are something we can easily do without. Switching to a more Earth-friendly alternative doesn’t require us to make a big change in our lifestyle and will have a huge, positive imp...
  • climate hacks Mar 20

    Climate Hack: Doggy Don'ts

    Being a responsible pet owner means cleaning up after my pup’s stinky mess. Some days I use two or three of these bags between all of our walks. That means I use more than 1,000 plastic dog poop bags a year. But there’s a more planet-friendly option than using plastic bags that will sit in the dump for years before...

  • climate hacks Mar 20

    Climate Hack: Silverware Snag

    In the United States, 40 billion plastic utensils are thrown away every year. They can’t be recycled because they are too small and too lightweight for the recycling machines. So those 40 billion plastic forks, spoons and knives will sit in the landfill for 1,000 years while they break down. Instead of using that plastic silverware, let’s carry reu...
  • climate change Mar 6

    Climate Hack: The Thing About Floss

    Most floss is made out of nylon and coated in wax. Under the best conditions, a single piece of floss you use to get that corn out of your teeth takes about 80 years to break down. And get this – if we added up all floss used by Americans each year, it would be enough to circle the earth...

  • climate in crisis Mar 6

    Climate Hack: Chapstick Crunch

    More than a billion plastic Chapstick tubes get tossed into landfills each year. They can’t be recycled because the ingredient most lip balms are made from aren’t good for the environment. Let’s make a switch to refillable lip balm, or Chapstick that comes in a cardboard tube. Even if just some of us swapped, think about how much plastic we’d......
  • climate hack Mar 1

    Climate Hack: Cotton Round Conundrum

    Most of us have used them before and some of us might even have a jar on the bathroom counter. We’re talking about cotton rounds. But they don’t break down easily and we’re creating lots of waste every time we use them. If you make the switch to reusable rounds, you’d help keep at least 730 cotton rounds out of...

  • climate hacks Feb 27

    Climate Hack: Toothpaste Tube Trouble

    Have you ever stopped to think about the harm your toothpaste is doing to the planet? From the packaging to the harmful ingredients – none of it is good for Mother Earth. So what can we do? Stop buying toothpaste that comes in a plastic tube and look for the metal tube that can be recycled. Since a tube of...

  • climate hacks Feb 27

    Sustainable, Zero-Waste Lifestyle Shops in the Bay Area

    From plastic toothbrushes to cotton rounds to squeezing shampoo out of a plastic bottle. In her Climate Hack series, NBC Bay Area forecaster Vianey Arana is sharing ideas about small changes you make a big difference for our planet. She’s also put together a list of shops across the Bay Area, all about helping people live a sustainable or zero-wast...
  • climate in crisis Feb 25

    Where to Find Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Shops in Northern California

    To help stem climate change and keep our environment clean and safe, there are a number of eco-friendly shops in the Bay Area and Northern California that focus on reuse, recycling and zero waste.

  • climate hack Feb 21

    Climate Hack: Eco-Friendly Shampoo

    Did you know there’s a better, more eco-friendly way to purchase and use your shampoo? Rather than buying a shampoo in a plastic bottle, you can go to certain shops to refill a reusable container.

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