A Sustainable Sweetheart Celebration

heartsBy Kathryn Cooke, Pollution Prevention Specialist, San Mateo County Environmental Health

Like most couples, my fiancé always celebrated Valentine’s Day by presenting me with sweet smelling lilies and roses, a card filled with kind words, and a variety of pink and red balloons. The aroma of flowers would fill the air with the smell of love and the balloons were a cheerful and festive decoration to wake up to in the morning and to come home to in the evening. Continue reading

2016 Pollution Solution Resolutions

Make 2016 a year where your resolutions will help protect the environment, your wallet, and even your health! There are many green resolutions to choose from, but here are five suggestions that can have a big impact if you commit to them throughout the upcoming year.

1. “Make It a Habit and Grab It” – Still kicking yourself for buying a bag for 25 cents while shopping? Start saving money and a lot of trees by committing to putting your reusable bags by the front door, or in your car after each shopping trip. Don’t have enough bags? Email us with your mailing address at pollutionprevention@smcgov.org and we’ll mail you one!

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Glisten Your Holiday Green

make your holidays a little greener

Make your holidays a little greener.

Spice up your holiday season with some sustainability cheer this year! From eco-friendly gift wrapping to environmentally conscious decoration tips, read on for how to minimize your environmental impact while making the most out of your holiday with family and friends.

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Halloween Green Tips

Pumpkin LargeHalloween is just around the corner and Environmental Health would like to offer some recommendations on how to keep your Halloween safe and pollution free for all.

Below are some tips to have an eco-conscious Halloween celebration.

  • Decorations – Make your own! Be as creative as you can. It’s not too late to make some Halloween decorations from materials in and around your house. Some ideas include:
    • Use the netting in orange bags for spider webs
    • Turn boxes into tombstones.
    • Use old sheets to make a ghost.
    • Stuff old clothes with newspaper to make a scarecrow. Even better, dig out last year’s decorations and just spruce them up with natural items such as leaves and pumpkins.

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