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Going Green: Test Your Biofuel IQ

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As you may have seen last week, Southwest recently announced our agreement to purchase biofuel from Red Rock Biofuels, which creates renewable jet fuel using forest residue.  Southwest agreed to purchase about three million gallons of fuel per year, which will be used at our Bay Area operations. We wanted to share a little more about this green alternative, so we put together... read more

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Going Green: Reuse and Recycle

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The United States generates 26 billion pounds of apparel, textiles, and footwear each year, 85 percent of which ends up in landfills.  As colder weather approaches and we get our fall clothing ready, we often discover old or unworn clothes we no longer need.  Rather than tossing these garments out, consider reusing or recycling them in some way. Here are some steps to take... read more

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Going Green: Electric Cars

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Southwest LUVs to be Green, and we are always looking for ways to inform and help our Employees and Customers go Green in their daily lives. Electric cars have become an increasingly popular mode of transportation due to the low cost to operate, as well as their lower air pollution levels, which is a great example of going Green to save Green!  In fact, the United States has... read more

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Going Green: Reduce Your Plastic Footprint

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Did you know that in the United States 38 billion waters bottles are thrown away each year?  That’s a lot of plastic—more than $1 billion worth! At Southwest Airlines, we try to recycle and reduce our waste, which often saves costs too.  Here are some tips to help reduce your plastic footprint: Invest in a reusable water bottle and skip the bottled water.  Not... read more

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Going Green: Dig Your Green Thumbs into a Vegetable Garden

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Now that Labor Day has passed and fall is coming, it’s a great time to take advantage of the cooler weather and add to your vegetable garden. The plants that will thrive best depend on where you live, so be sure to do some research—Organicgardening.com has a great list of items by region to plant. Here are some tips to get the most out of your garden: Create a good... read more

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Going Green: Green Your Football Season

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Are you ready for some football?  I know I sure am! One of my favorite things about fall—besides cooler weather—is football season, because I LUV cheering on my favorite teams to victory each week (the Green Bay Packers and the University of Georgia Bulldogs)! Here are a few tips to use that will help you score a GREEN touchdown this football season: Throw a flag when... read more

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Going Green: Five Surprising Recyclable Items

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At Southwest Airlines, we have established an onboard co-mingled recycling program that we are proud to report has diverted more than 12,500 tons of paper, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard from landfills into recycling facilities since August 2008.  That’s the weight of nearly 300 Boeing 737-700 aircraft! When they’re not on our canyon blue planes, many of our Customers... read more

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Going Green: What Exactly Does this Label Mean?

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Happy Green Tuesday! If you’re anything like me, you spend plenty of time looking at labels on food and products when making purchasing decisions to best fit your budget and needs.  But have you wondered what exactly the labels mean? Well, here’s a chance to get those answers and perhaps clear up questions about the labels on our food and other items. Energy Star ... read more

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Going Green: Green Your Back-to-School Routine

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It’s that time of year again already!  Store aisles are lined with school supplies, the air is (slowly) getting crisper, and it’s almost time for kids to head back to school. Getting ready for a new school year is a perfect time to adopt new habits for yourself and your family.  Here are some tips to earn your family a Green star for back-to-school prep. Be sparing.... read more

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Going Green: Five Ways to Green Your Camping Trip

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Take full advantage of the outdoors these final weeks of summer and plan a camping trip with family or friends.  There is no better way to get in touch with nature and save some green.  Camping fees are generally inexpensive, as are the activities that go along with camping, such as hiking, bird watching, fishing, and, of course, picnicking! Make sure to treat parks,... read more

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