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Is Chewing Gum Harmful to the Environment?

A Sticky Problem An infographic from our friends at CustomMade Is Chewing Gum Harmful to the Environment? Click to Enlarge Image Not-So-Green Gum: Is Chewing Sustainably a Reality?Infographic by CustomMade

Improving Environmental Quality One Diaper at a Time

Bottom Line: EarthBaby is a local compostable diaper service committed to reducing the environmental impact of children by eliminating disposable diapers and wipes from landfills.

E-Waste Reduction for a Healthier Environment

Bottom Line: GreenCitizen is a company committed to creating a cleaner environment by addressing the growing electronic waste crisis.

Protect the Beach, Unite a Community

Bottom Line: Pacifica Beach Coalition is an organization dedicated to preserving the ocean, coastal habitat and wildlife, and ending litter, through advocacy, education, community building, and citizen action.

Reduce Food Waste and Help the Hungry

Bottom Line: Peninsula Food Runner is an organization dedicated to repressing hunger by reducing the waste of food in the San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. It is a free service provided by volunteers to pick up unwanted food. Presently they are delivering 15,000 meals to those in need every week. Peninsula Food Runner will

What Can You and Your Grocery Store Do to be More Sustainable?

How do the decisions made by grocers impact the overall sustainability of your food choices? What can we do to increase the sustainability of our day-to-day grocery shopping? Typically when one walks into a grocery store, they don’t truly think about how much is really being wasted. From bags, to boxes, to plastic, it’s all an extremely unnatural resource that could be avoided. Just like the new grocery store in Texas, “in.gredients” has gone to extreme measures to help sustain our environment by offering no packaging, using real food, and being the first “no waste grocery store in the United States.” Here are some other helpful tips that you can take with you next time you enter a grocery store, in means to be more protective over the sustainability of our planet.

Help Make San Mateo County Schools Zero-Waste

Bottom Line: Follow the lead of Atherton’s Laurel School and start reducing waste in the cafeteria while making conservation an every-day practice.

Zero Waste School

In 2007, Sustainable San Mateo County and The City of Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commission recognized Atherton’s Laurel School for their efforts in reducing school waste. With the help of Allied Waste’s Composting for Business program, Laurel School’s Zero Waste efforts have saved more than 11 tons of garbage since 2005. By bringing recycling and composting practices to the school’s cafeteria, the zero waste program makes responsible environmental action part of the students’ daily routine.

Save Ink, Save the Planet: Use Ecofont

Bottom Line: Use this font for all your reports, charts, and other word processing needs. It uses 20% less ink, saves you money, and generates less waste from printer cartridges.


The prints we make for our ‘daily use’ not only use paper, but also ink. Plastic printer cartridges, if not recycled, generate waste and fill our landfills. With millions upon millions of printers in the world, imagine the impact of reducing, if only by a little, the amount of ink used in our printing process.

Electronics Recycling Made Easy

Electronic equipment, such as computers, printers, or TV’s, should not be sent to the landfill. There are a number of resources available to local residents and businesses to help with quick and easy recycling of these items.

Electronics RecyclingAged or obsolete electronics should not be thrown away along with your normal garbage. Most electronics contain hazardous substances such as mercury or other heavy metals like lead or arsenic. These compounds, if introduced to municipal waste streams, can cause contamination of groundwater and soils. For more information on the hazards of electronic equipment, go to the EPA’s website.

Stop Junk Mail – Save a Tree

Bottom Line: City governments make it easy for residents and businesses to stop the flow of junk mail to our mailboxes.

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Junk Mail is a big problem. We all get it, and 9 times out of 10, that piece of junk mail goes right to the recycle bin. Every year about 42 billion pieces of unsolicited mail are sent to unwilling recipients in the US. This plethora of unwanted mail has immense costs. It robs our forests of over 100 million trees every year. Then it costs us $320 million annually nationwide to dispose of it all. According to San Francisco Department of the Environment’s calculations, it costs each American about 234 minutes a year to sort through the junk.

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