Biodegradable vs Compostable…What’s the Difference?

Trying to make the right environmental choice can be confusing. Some products tout themselves as green – but what’s really beneficial and what’s just marketing? Terms like compostable and biodegradable can be hard to navigate, because they’re often misused and…

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The Cure for Wasted Food

Last year I helped organize a campus-wide barbeque at my school, Washington State University. We hired vendors to bring food, but overestimated how much food to order. Even with thousands of students cycling through the food line, we still had…

Kirkland Bicycle Makes Recycling Work

For small businesses, there are lots of things to juggle to be successful. Local business Kirkland Bicycle knows that – but has also made doing their part for the environment a priority. For Bike Month, we sat down with Joe…

Staying Safe with Car Chemicals

Are you a DIY car mechanic? Take precautions to keep both yourself and the environment safe when changing your own motor oil and other automotive fluids. Prevent Spills & Leaks Check your vehicle for leaks regularly and fix them as…

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Storm Drains are for Stormwater Only

The number one cause of pollution in Washington waters is stormwater runoff. As rainwater flows into the nearest grated storm drain, it picks up pollutants such as fertilizers, dirt and leaves, pet waste, soaps, vehicle fluids, and litter. This now…

Schools can be teaching kids the 3 R’s

Juanita High School students have recently learned that with minimal effort, they have reduced their lunchroom waste by half! The school initiated their lunchroom sorting system in spring of 2015. With ongoing education, the students have learned that food, paper…

Safe Spring Cleaning

Does your list of spring cleaning projects include clearing out your garage or under your sink? If so, you will probably find leftover or unused containers of hazardous products – things like oil-based paints and thinners, solvents, pesticides, vehicle fluids…

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Guide to Choosing a Green Landscaper

Are you looking to hire a landscaper for your yard? To help you choose a green landscaper, it’s worth asking possible companies a few questions first to be sure they’ll use sustainable landscaping practices to protect the environment and save…

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Solarize Spotlight: Stan

Stan Hungerford’s household is one of forty-one that installed solar in 2015 through the Solarize Kirkland program. Here’s his solar story, in his own words (edited for brevity): A Long Interest in Efficiency Having worked as a Chemical/Industrial Engineer and…