Maureen Wise

Maureen Wise

Green and parenting freelancer

Writer and higher ed sustainability coordinator. Expertise in water quality, green lifestyle and eco-parenting.

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Hand Dryers Vs. Paper Towels | eHow

People often wonder whether drying hands with a paper towel or an air dryer is more environmentally friendly. Studies have shown that the air dryer wins in terms of being green, but what about being sanitary? Washing and drying our hands is something we all do many times a day,...

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Recycling PET Plastic & HDPE Plastic | eHow

Americans use a lot of plastic. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 32 million tons of plastic waste were generated in 2011. This plastic makes up nearly 13 percent of our total household waste, but only 9 percent of that total plastic was recycled in 2012. Polyethylene plastics...

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How to Clean a Beach | eHow

Oceans and lakes are the end of watersheds -- areas surrounding any body of water divided by hills. They therefore collect all of the trash that flows from the rivers feeding them, as well as any trash left behind on beaches or within their own water. Trash is a growing...

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The Effects of Not Recycling | eHow

According to the US EPA, Americans produced over 251 million tons of trash in 2012. Of that, 164 tons went to landfills and 87 tons were recovered and either recycled or composted. But what if we didn't recycle, and those 87 tons were landfilled instead? We'd have landfills with diminishing...

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How Does Recycling Influence Air Pollution? | eHow

Americans recycle a lot. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 87 million tons of recycling or composting were diverted from landfills in 2012 alone. Recycling has a positive impact on waste disposal and also reduces the amount of energy needed to create new products. Recycling also influences air pollution...

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How to Renew a 12 Volt Battery | eHow

Batteries are an important and portable source of power. They provide energy for tools, transportation, children's toys and so much more. Vehicles are generally powered by a 12-volt lead acid battery to start the engine. You can extend and renew the life of your car battery in a number of...

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How Does an Anemometer Work? | eHow

Wind power professionals, meteorologists, physicists, farmers and even NASA scientists use anemometers to measure wind speed and direction. Anemometers come in many different forms, from simple to high-tech, with varying uses and degrees of accuracy....


Difference Between Different Composts | eHow

Food scraps and yard or garden waste make up to 20 to 30 percent of trash that ends up in the landfill, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Composting is a way to sustainably get rid of this waste, keeping it out of landfills while enriching vegetable and flower gardens at the same time.

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How to Recycle Plastic Hangers | eHow

There are two types of plastic hangers: the tube kind that are completely plastic and are used mostly in home closets, and the type utilized at retail stores that are made of both plastic and metal. Consumers often find that they either break a hanger or simply don't want the...

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Is Foam Board Recyclable? | eHow

Foam board -- also called foam core or gator board -- is a lightweight mounting material usually made of a layer of polystyrene foam sandwiched between two pieces of thick paper or cardboard. Polystyrene foam is rarely recycled in community recycling programs, but with some legwork, you can do it!...

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How to Recycle Medicine Bottles From the Drugstore | eHow

If you take daily medication, those orange prescription bottles can pile up quickly. There are many options for recycling your pill containers -- and any other plastics -- depending on where you live and how programs in your community recycle polypropylene....

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How Do Fossil Fuels Impact the Environment? | eHow

Our modern world runs on ancient materials called fossil fuels. The United States primarily uses coal to create electricity. Petroleum fuels our vehicles in the form of gasoline and natural gas heats our food as well as our homes. The extraction, transport, storage and energy generation from these fuels can...

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Types of Rocks Used in Building Materials | eHow

History proves that stone or rock was one of the first building materials, dating back to Egyptian pyramids and prehistoric structures. According to the Dry Stone Conservancy, limestone was a widely utilized building material in American colonial times. Stone structures are fireproof, insect-proof and often will withstand earthquakes, making rock......

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How to Recycle Old Watches | eHow

Whether broken or fallen out of fashion -- and whether digital, analog, plastic, high-tech or name-brand -- old watches are waste items that are not easily recycled with your average curbside pickup service. With some legwork, however, you can find a way to give your timepiece a second life....

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Different Bodies of Water for Kids | eHow

With over 70 percent of the Earth covered with water, it's important to know about the many types of water bodies found on the planet. From a tiny, bubbling stream to the vast, deep ocean, water is everywhere and each type of water body has different features and sizes....