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Sopping Up An Oil Slick With Castaway Hair

Workers in the Gulf of Mexico are using oil containment booms to sop up oil and protect coastlines from the approaching slick. Commercial booms are usually made of plastic. But an alternative source for the booms is found on the floor of salons across the country. As...

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De-Clutter Your Life: Find Out Where and What to Recycle

Ah, stuff. We need it, we want it, we love it. Until we hate it, get bored with it, or wear it out (unless you're a hoarder and you just keep everything). Sure, some of it winds up in the green bin or goes to Goodwill. But chances are, you're sending a lot of things...

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The Accidental Conservationist

Lisa Gautier’s environmentalist career didn’t begin with a treetop hunger strike or a bracing voyage on a Greenpeace boat. It began with an old rug. “I bought a new rug and I didn’t know what to do with the old one,” says the 36-year-old San Franciscan. So Gautier...

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Startup Leftovers Piling Up

The deluge of closures and cutbacks at tech startups is creating at least one beneficial side effect. Charity workers who distribute furniture and gadgetry that companies leave behind are finding themselves with plenty of stock. That's how it seems at...

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