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Ask Eco Gal … Recycle Out-dated Electronic Items

Consumers take advantage of competitive pricing and close-out sales to upgrade their electronic items such as e-readers, cell phones, televisions, tablets and notebooks, but they may not stop to consider what becomes of their used electronics. The Illinois’ Electronic Recycling & Reuse Act (SB 2313) became effective Sept. 17, 2008. However, “Section 95. Landfill ban” […]

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Buy U.S.-made holiday gifts

As the U.S. economy continues to struggle, retailers hope that sales and discounts will end the holiday shopping season “in the black.” However, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other marketing gimmicks may not be enough if consumers continue to buy foreign-made products. Shoppers need to become label-readers. They should consider putting items “Made in China” […]

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Yellow Line Station in Evanston?

The second public meeting for the Yellow Line Station Engineering Feasibility Study was held at Saint Francis Hospital on Sept.15. Before the presentation, visitors could interact with City officials and representatives from its consultant PB Americas, Inc., and view posters illustrating the three station options-Ridge, Asbury and Dodge avenues- and other key components of the […]

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Ask Eco Gal – ‘Upcycle’ Accessories And Home Furnishings

 “Upcycling,” a new buzzword on the green-living scene, may be unfamiliar to some readers. It is “the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value,” according to About.com. The term was coined in the 2002 non-fiction book “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things” […]

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Ask Eco Gal … Tips For Greener Outdoor Living

Manufacturers are responding to consumer demand for eco-friendly products with a range of “green” items available for outdoor activities this summer. Grilling can be a weekly activity, and Mojobricks is a good example of green product development. A Chicago-based company started by Fred Grosse, Mojobricks offers a sustainable alterative to charcoal for grilling. Mr. Grosse […]