Eco Minute

Producer and Host

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series since 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failures and she continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive.

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Eco Minute
2:25 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Eco Minute August 18, 2014

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Do you have a piece of furniture that has seen better days?  Instead of trashing it, why not give it a facelift?  Refurbishing is not only a cost-effective means of reusing existing furniture, but it also reduces energy usage and provides many environmental benefits. There are numerous websites where you can get great suggestions on ways to refurbish old furniture. 

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Eco Minute
2:21 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Eco Minute August 15, 2014

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Are you wondering what to do with all those things you can’t recycle like yogurt containers and egg cartons?  Why not consider donating them to your local elementary school for their art program or a local child care center.  These places go through a lot of resources every day and they can reuse a lot of our so called trash to make treasures and memories our children bring home. 

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Eco Minute
2:19 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Eco Minute August 14, 2014

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Regular incandescent light bulbs are inefficient, with 90% of their energy going to generate heat not light.  Changing out just one frequently used incandescent bulb for a compact fluorescent bulb can save an average of $30 or more in electricity costs over its lifetime and prevent more than 450 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Eco Minute
2:17 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Eco Minute August 13, 2014

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Use cloth rather than paper for cleaning and drying your hands.  Before you grab for that paper towel to wipe up a spill or dry your hands stop and consider using a cloth towel or rag.  Rather than throw away old ragged towels and cloth diapers that are no longer needed I keep some in a kitchen drawer and use them for mopping up spills. 

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Eco Minute
2:14 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Eco Minute August 12, 2014

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Depending on where you live, anywhere from 30 - 70% of residential water is used for outdoor use, such as lawn and landscape irrigation. This is the EM and I’m ES.  According to the EPA, some experts estimate that more than 50 percent of commercial and residential irrigation water use goes to waste due to evaporation, wind, improper system design, or overwatering. 

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Eco Minute
2:12 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Eco Minute August 11, 2014

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New is not always better.  This is the EM and I’m Chasidy Hobbs.  Thrift stores, consignment stores and yard sales are a great way to save money and the environment. It takes approximately 135 gallons of water to produce a pound of new cotton. Cotton fields account for 1/10 of global pesticide use which is leading to adaptation of super bugs resistant to these chemicals, not to mention herbicide resistant crops.

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Eco Minute
2:09 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Eco Minute August 8, 2014

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What do you carry with you?  Here are some suggestions.  This is the EM and I’m ES.  It’s easy to cut down on disposables if you plan ahead.  In your car you should keep reusable bags so you don’t have to take plastic bags when you shop.  After you unload them, hang them on the front door to remind you to bring them back to the car. 

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Eco Minute
2:07 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Eco Minute August 7, 2014

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Need your caffeine fix on your way to work?  Do you go through the drive through window to get your morning coffee?  See if your local coffee shop will let you use your own traveling cup, many will.  According to published studies Americans use more than 16 billion disposable coffee cups every year. Most cups only use a small percentage of recyclable material and are NOT recyclable themselves due to plastic content used to protect the cup from liquid leakage. 

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Eco Minute
11:39 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Eco Minute August 6, 2014

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Eco Minute
11:37 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Eco Minute August 5, 2014

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