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Mar 16, 2009

It's easier than ever to reuse and recycle all kinds of goods with help from online auctions, listings and local websites. And if you use ebay to buy and sell goodies, you can do something even better to help the environment this month. Now through April, NRDC is participating in ebay's Spotlight on the Environment campaign. You can give products a second life by bidding on items listed to benefit NRDC. Put "reduce, reuse, recycle" into practice by listing your items on eBay with 10-100% of the sale price going to NRDC or make an immediate donation via PayPal through Donate Now.


Browse and bid on items listed to benefit NRDC until the end of April. Check back for new listings. If you're an ebay seller, consider joing the cause by listing items on eBay and donating 10-100% of the sale price to NRDC.

  • Bid on items listed to benefit NRDC or make a donation now.
  • Reuse and recycle on ebay and you can shop without guilt. Browse items for sale that benefit NRDC.
    • Clean out your closets or part with a treasure to benefit NRDC. List items on eBay and donate 10-100% of the sale price to NRDC.
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    Posted: Mar 16, 2009 9:28am
    Jan 13, 2009

    If your recyling bin is stuffed with catalogs you never read, put an end to the pile with the free Catalog Choice service. Catalog Choice lets you select the catalogs you don't want to receive and sends your requests directly to the merchants.

    Over 53 million trees are consumed each year to produce paper catalogs. The production of all those catalogs results in 56 billion gallons of wastewater. And when all those catalogs are thrown out it's approximately 4.1 million tons of waste, equal to the annual waste of 2 million households. An emptier mailbox means less pollution, less waste and less of the emissions that cause global warming.

    Rather than spend a morning calling companies and asking to be removed from their mailing lists, go to and spend 10 minutes selecting the catalogs you don't want to receive. Catalog Choice will contact the merchants for you and they'll stop sending you catalogs you don't want!

    Catalog Choice will not sell, rent or otherwise share your contact details with anyone. NRDC and its partners in the Catalog Choice Task Force created Catalog Choice to reduce the number of repeat and unwanted catalog mailings and to promote the adoption of sustainable industry best practices. More than one million households have used Catalog Choice to stop unwanted catalogs, saving approximately 250,000 trees per year. Sign up now to reduce your load of unwanted catalogs.


    • Gather your catalogs and spend 10 minutes selecting them from the list online. Then tell your friends about this new service.
      • In 10 weeks, your mailbox will be free of unwanted catalogs.
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        Posted: Jan 13, 2009 2:31pm
        Jan 10, 2009

        This year, make a few resolutions that are easy to keep. Take a couple of these simple steps to be well, make smart choices and save a little money in 2009. And as always, now's the time to get rid of the old and make a fresh start. Find out which three things even the most avid environmentalist should throw in the trash.

        Be well! Walk or bike more. It's not only good for your health, it's good for everyone else's health by reducing pollution.

        Eat more locally grown food. Seasonal produce that hasn't flown half-way around the world will be fresher, tastier and cuts down on the pollution that causes global warming.

        Buy organic when you can particularly peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines and strawberries, which contain the most pesticides.

        Avoid fish high in mercury and choose fish that are sustainably caught to ensure a steady supply for years to come. Download NRDC's guide to eating fish safely and sustainably.

        Don't spray pesticides to control pest in your home. Stop pests at the source and user safer chemical treatments only when necessary. Find a Green Shield-certified pest control expert.

        Save! If you're still buying plastic bottles of water, buy a reusable bottle instead.

        Clean your home with natural products, just about anything can be cleaned with vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda.

        Take a couple simple steps to save a lot of energy in your home.

        Carry a reusable bag and refuse plastic bags, no more breaking, tearing or blowing in the wind. Some stores will give you a credit if you bring your own bag.

        Out with the old!
        There are a few old things that are simply too unhealthy or inefficient to continue using another year. Toss these now and replace with better alternatives:

        Incandescent light bulbs waste so much energy compared to compact fluorescent bulbs that you shouldn't wait until they burn out to replace them with CFLs. If everyone increased their energy efficiency, we wouldn't need to build more polluting power plants that cause global warming.

        Old refrigerators use much more energy than newer models. Today's Energy Star-qualified models use 40 percent less energy than the conventional models sold in 2001. Replacing an aging fridge could dramatically reduce your monthly electricity bill. Learn more.

        PVC is toxic to produce and unhealthy to have in your home. PVC often contains lead and products made of PVC release toxic chemicals in your home. Toss anything made of PVC -- check shower curtains, rain jackets and children's toys.

        Have a healthy, happy new year!
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