Ask G

Plastic rubbish

Ask G: Are there biodegradable plastics?

Thursday, 18 September 2008

The huge floating patch of debris in the North Pacific Gyre - also known as the 'great pacific garbage patch', the 'plastic soup' or the 'pacific trash vortex' - has been getting a bit of press lately.

paint

Ask G: What house paints are safe to use?

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Paints and architectural coatings have the potential to pollute both your home and the broader environment. Oil-based paints contain solvents, such as turpsand other volatile organic compounds, and require them for cleaning up brushes and paint rollers.

Farmers Markets

Ask G: What is the 100-mile diet?

Thursday, 18 September 2008

The reaction to this profligate globalism is the 'locavore' movement, also known as the 100-mile diet. This is a consumer backlash that began in California and encourages people to eat food exclusively from a 100 mile (160 km) radius of their home.

packaging beans

Ask G: Can I compost packaging beans?

Sunday, 14 September 2008

A friend of mind told me that the 'spongy beads' commonly used as a filler for packaging are actually made from potato peelings and are therefore fully biodegradable and can even be used in compost. Is this true?

Backyard pool

Ask G: How Do You Fill in a Swimming Pool?

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Water is a precious commodity, and one way to make sure it's not wasted is to get rid of your backyard pool

newspapers

Ask G: Are newspapers suitable to turn into mulch?

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Old newspapers and junk mail can be recycled, but you might be able to use them in the garden too.

broken light bulb

Ask G: What's the best way to dispose of light bulbs?

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Incandescent bulbs will be phased out starting November 2008, which means a whole lot of light bulbs will need to be tossed. But there's also CFLs and halogens to worry about.

Going green at work

Ask G: How to be green at work

Thursday, 21 August 2008

We try so hard to be green when it comes to the comforts of our own abode, but the workplace is a different story.

What do we do with plastic bags so they don't fly away?

Ask G: What to do with plastic bags

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

We all know the problems with plastic bags, but what can we do with the ones floating around our house?

No junk mail

Ask G: How do we stop junk mail when you have the "No Junk Mail" sign?

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

My wife and I were wondering how to stop unsolicited advertising material being put into our mailbox. We have a very visible "no junk mail" sticker on the letterbox and every day receive 6+ advertising leaflets. How do we stop the waste?

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