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A Jackson mother claims a Wingfield high school soccer coach had inappropriate contact with her 14-year-old daughter who plays soccer. She says she became concerned after seeing some of the texts the coachMore >>
The mom, who preferred to remain unidentified to protect her daughter, said the coach asked her daughter for her cell phone number. More >>
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An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate.More >>
An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate. Johnson discovered the posts last week, and she says what she read would make parents cringe.More >>
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Margaritaville's employees and the casinos supplier have known for some time the closure was a likely possibility, but still, they say, that doesn't make the reality of it any less difficult.More >>
Margaritaville's employees and the casinos supplier have known for some time the closure was a likely possibility, but still, they say, that doesn't make the reality of it any less difficult. A day after the shutdown they used words like "sad" and "devastating" to describe their feelings. Now they must wonder what comes next for them.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-09-17 00:19:28 GMT
This is a news release from the Mississippi Department of Justice Local contractor Mike Miller, 48, of Hattiesburg, pled guilty on September 15, 2014, to a kickback scheme which defrauded the U.S. DepartmentMore >>
Local contractor Mike Miller, 48, of Hattiesburg, pled guilty on September 15, 2014, to a kickback scheme which defrauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K.More >>
You already know to carry around a reusable tote. They're not only better for the earth, but also cuter to carry! But there are so many other small changes that can make a big difference in the amount of waste we create. Here, green lifestyle expert Sara Snow, author of Sara Snow's Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home, shares her five best tips for adhering to the adage "Waste not, want not."
Use Reusable Pouches
Plastic baggies are super-convenient -- and super-wasteful. But cute reusable baggies (such as Posh Pouches) are the equivalent of lunch bags for your leftovers. You buy them once and use them over and over.
"These are fully lined in a BPA-, lead- and phthalate-free lining that allows you to wash out PB&J spills, with a strong Velcro closure that will keep even the crumbliest cookies in place," says Snow. "Use them for snacks, lunches -- even makeup and art or craft supplies."
Buy in Bulk
Plastic, metal and paper packaging is a huge contributor to household waste. "Instead of buying another box of cereal, simply fill a reusable bag with the cereal of your choice from a bulk bin and slip that back into the original box," suggests Snow. "You can do the same for pasta, beans, rice, crackers, dried fruit, nuts, olive oil, vinegar and many other items." Bonus: You'll likely spend less money in the process!
Recharge Your Batteries
Nope, we're not talking about a day at the spa. Bottom line? Stop buying disposable batteries. "Batteries are a tricky little trash number because they're tough to recycle and not supposed to be tossed with your regular trash," says Snow. "A simple way to solve the dilemma is to invest in reusable, rechargeable batteries."
Go E for Everything
Paper bills, bank statements, greeting cards, business cards, magazines, newspapers, letters -- oh my! If it seems like you're perpetually recycling or throwing out paper, go paper-free, suggests Snow. With computers -- and maybe tablets or smartphones -- at your fingertips, sending your paperwork through cyberspace has never been easier or safer.
Share Your Treasure
Ever heard the expression, "One man's trash is another man's treasure"? Make sure you're sharing the wealth. "The next time you clean out your basement or attic, think twice before you declare something garbage; it takes just a little effort to drop those bags at Goodwill instead of in your garbage can," says Snow. "If you live in a neighborhood, try leaving it at the end of your driveway for a day or two. Most things will disappear overnight, off to a good home where someone has the skills and time to fix that broken wheel, mend the tear or replace the electronics."
Amy Levin-Epstein is a freelance writer who's been published in magazines like Glamour, Self and Prevention, on websites like AOL, Babble and Details.com and in newspapers like the New York Post and the Boston Globe. You can read more of her writing at AmyLevinEpstein.com. Her articles have previously appeared on Green Goes Simple.
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