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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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Going Green: It’s Hammock Day—Try an Upcycled Plastic Bag Hammock

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Today, July 22, marks National Hammock Day, a reminder in the midst of the dog days of summer to take some time to relax and enjoy.  There’s nothing like relaxing on a lazy summer day in a hammock you’ve made yourself by upcycling materials you have on hand! The most basic kind of hammock consists of mosquito netting or a sheet held up by two posts, often trees. You can... read more

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Going Green: Upcycling

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Different from recycling, upcycling seeks to turn used materials into something more valuable, and often beautiful.  Upcycling gives an item a better purpose.  It goes without saying that upcycling makes a positive impact on the environment.  By upcycling, you can remove items from the global waste stream and reuse materials without expending energy to break them down. At... read more

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Going Green: Cell Phone Recycling

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'Call Me, Beep Me, If You Wanna Recycle Me' ... July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, instituted to remind cell-phone users of cell-phone manners and how, when, and where it’s appropriate to use our cellular devices.  Cell phone etiquette, however, extends beyond polite use—it’s also important to consider how you dispose of your old cell phones and other... read more

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Going Green: B.Y.O. Reusable Bag!

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Did you know that, with one simple change to your routine, you can save the energy equivalent of 11 barrels of oil? Pacific Ocean garbage patch Are you wondering what this change is?  It’s simple—recycle or reuse plastic bags!  Even better, by using your own cloth or fabric bags when you shop, you can make a huge difference in your environmental impact.  If you... read more

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Going Green: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – Paper Edition

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Did you know that each person in the United States uses approximately 750 pounds of paper each year?  That’s the weight of an average grizzly bear!  But don’t you worry–there are many ways that you can reduce your paper consumption! One step that Southwest Airlines recently took to help reduce paper use was to introduce mobile boarding passes at all airports.  This... read more

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