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Boxing Day Greening-Up a Move Can Be Easy

ZippGo has launched a California concept poised to be picked up elsewhere as an alternative to traditional-style moving boxes. No one enjoys scrounging or purchasing and then assembling and taping cardboard boxes, only to discard them in a landfill afterward. A better solution is to rent task-designed plastic boxes made from recycled plastic that do the job more conveniently, effi- ciently and sustainably. Their service even delivers and picks them up. It’s a valuable green business opportunity in any economy.

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Pocket Calculator New Gadget Measures a Family’s Eco-Footprints

A brand-new online environmental tool from Low Impact Living, the Impact Calculator, measures the many footprints of a household’s lifestyle. With it, families can assess their specific carbon, energy, water, trash, waste-

water and stormwater-runoff amounts. Then, by entering the Zip code and home size, it encapsulates in one number the overall environmental footprint compared with a typical home in the region, suggests green home and lifestyle projects and saves a profile, along with project notes, for future reference.

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Find Out Hallmarks of a Smart Green Development

Anyone that has ever wondered whether a new com- munity development is environmentally friendly and should be supported will appreciate the hands-on intro- duction in A Citizen’s Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development, published by the National Resources Defense Council. NRDC experts developed the guide to help promote more widespread adoption of sustainable practices and create more inclusive, healthy and environmentally sound places.

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Book Battle Reading Going Digital

The number of Americans that pre- fer to read a book via an electronic reading device tripled in less than 12 months last year, but most still prefer to read a traditional, physical book. A survey of 1,000 American adults nationwide shows that 27 percent have now used a Kindle or similar product.

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