• climate hacks Apr 17

    #HeyVNA Climate Hacks

    So you’ve heard of a life hack, right? How about a climate hack? NBC Bay Area forecaster Vianey Arana has some ideas about how you can make small changes that will help you avoid feeding into the problem.

  • climate hacks Apr 17

    Climate Hack: Dish Sponge Disaster

    You’ve probably never thought about it. But those sponges we use to wash the dishes are dirtying our planet. We go through an average of two a month. And when we throw out old sponges, it takes them hundreds of years to break down. But there’s something you can use instead that will have you throwing out half as many...

  • climate hacks Apr 12

    Climate Hack: Plastic Bag Problem

    Most of us use them when we go to the grocery store. We’re talking about plastic bags. Whether it’s the produce bags or the plastic bags you get at the checkout stand – those plastic bags are used for an average of 12 minutes. What’s worse is most plastic bags, including those produce bags can’t be recycled because of how...

  • 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 impact on the planet...

  • 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 reusable utensils...

  • 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 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

    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-waste...

  • 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 20

    Climate Hack: Hair Tie Headaches

    More than 20,000 pounds of elastic end up in landfills each day and it takes years to break down. A lot of that comes from those elastic hair ties. But there’s something you can use instead that’s sturdier in your hair and better for the environment. 

  • climate in crisis Feb 13

    Climate Hack: Coffee Pod Catastrophe

    Single-use coffee pods are great when you want to brew just one cup of joe. But they’re not so planet friendly. Worldwide, more than 120,000 are made every minute. Each of those pods takes 500+ years to break down. Switching to refillable coffee pods can help keep more than 56 billion single-use pods out of the landfill each year.

  • climate in crisis Feb 13

    Climate Hack: Paper Towel Mess

    Sometimes, life gets messy. And when we go to clean things up most of us grab the roll of paper towels. But when we do that, we’re killing thousands of trees. There’s a simple swap you can make the next time you go to clean up a mess that will help save those trees!

  • climate in crisis Feb 13

    Climate Hack: Dirty Dishes, Dirty Planet

    When we go to do the dishes, most of us reach for dish soap in those plastic bottles. And when the bottles are empty, pieces of them end up in the ocean instead of getting recycled. Switching to bars of dish soap can help eliminate plastic waste, keeping our oceans a bit cleaner.

  • climate hacks Feb 2

    Climate Hack: Trash Bags Are Trashing the Planet

    We use plastic trash bags to collect garbage and make sure it doesn’t end up in the streets. But those bags are actually hurting our wildlife. There’s a change we can all make that will help. We’ll explain the benefits of switching to compostable trash bags.

  • climate hacks Feb 2

    Climate Hack: Coffee Cup Crisis

    Sixteen billion disposable coffee cups are used each year. Most of them can’t even be recycled. There’s a change you can make when you pour a cup of joe that won’t cost you anything and will help reduce our carbon footprint.

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