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[1THING] Blog: Archive for the ‘Household’ Category

[ Mercury Guidelines For Pregnant Women Don’t Go Far Enough ]

(from The Oregonian)

If you’re expecting or breastfeeding, might want to lay off the tuna.

A new study found that almost 30 percent of pregnant women who eat a lot of fish had more mercury in their bodies than the level recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. About 60 percent had more than even the most conservative recommended levels. 

The Food and Drug Administration guidelines recommend that pregnant or breastfeeding women or those planning to conceive avoid high mercury level seafood like tilefish, shark, swordfish and king mackerel; however they do say that women should eat plenty of low mercury species like salmon, shrimp, pollock, tilapia, catfish, and cod. That list also includes canned light tuna, which the new study says is a significant source of mercury in women’s diets.  

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[ Portland aims to recycle 90% of all waste ]

(from KATU-2 News)

The City of Portland says it’s aiming for a 90% recycle rate by the year 2030.

But first, we need to figure out what goes where.

Bags of garbage that don’t belong there end up in recycling bins, and too many residents are still not separating out glass bottles. And cheese-baked pizza boxes? They go in the compost bin.

Regardless, officials think we can achieve the 90% goal with more thoughtful consumption and education about available programs.

Click here for more information about what goes where and how to recycle more of your household waste. 


[ Electric cars: the cheaper option in just 6 years ]

By 2022, electric vehicles (EVs) will be the less-expensive option for people buying new cars—so say the analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

While the low price of gas and the lack of style options currently hold EV sales at just about 1% of new cars sold, that’s predicted to change rapidly in the next decade. Rising environmental consciousness and more variety will likely drive demand, but experts say the tipping point will be when fuel prices start rising again in the next decade.  

Click here to read more about the future of electric vehicles.


[ Easy Ways To Cut Kitchen Food Waste ]

fruits and vegetables

(From Rodale’s Organic Life)

OK, so you know the best thing to do with your household waste is compost it. But that’s not always possible, so the next best thing? Cut down on waste as much as you can, which can be accomplished with simple changes such as:

  1. Use banana peels to make a great polish for silver and leather – simply blend them with enough water to make a paste.
  2. Use old, dried-out citrus to clean and sanitize cutting boards and sinks. Cut in quarter, dip in salt andstart scrubbing!
  3. Ditch paper towels for washable microfiber squares.
  4. Leftover milk that’s about to go? Freeze it in ice trays for individual use in coffee and smoothies.
  5. Put down the peeler. Many fruits and veggies don’t need peeling, just a good washing. You’ll preserve nutrients, too.

Click here for more “waste not” kitchen tips.


[ 5 Ways To Stop Using So Much Plastic ]

plastic-bottles-115082_1920(from Rodale’s Organic Life)

You want to use less plastic because you know what it does to the planet, not to mention effects it can have on your long term health. But cutting back can be harder than you think. Here’s some tips to help you get started backing off on the plastic stuff:

1) Expect some failure – You’re not going to be able to go entirely plastic-free in our society. Accept it and keep going.

2) Prioritize – ID the biggest plastic uses you have and start there, then move to the next. No straws. Then no plastic forks. Then no plastic bags for small purchases. See how easy?

3) Make It Yourself – Next time you pick up something that comes in plastic, think: “Could I make this?” It’s easier than you think to whip up body lotions, hair care products, and cleaning solutions.

4) Slow Down – Plastic supports a convenience lifestyle, and a wasteful one. Get up earlier and eat breakfast at home. Bring your lunch to work with (gasp!) real silverware.

5) Don’t Be A Jerk About It – Be non-judgemental about your choices and just enjoy it internally when you tell the clerk at the store you don’t need a bag for that greeting card.

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[ Did You Get Your TREEbate? ]

maple-leaf-888807_1280Every tree planted in Portland contributes to clean rivers and healthy watersheds. That’s why if you plant an eligible tree on a residential property between September 1 and April 30, Environmental Services will credit your city water/sewer utility bill for half the purchase price per tree up to $15 (small), $25 (medium) or $50 (large) depending on mature tree size and stormwater management potential.

Click here to find out more.