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Making Earth Friendly Changes

Burlington, Vermont - March 20, 2008

Lawnmowers, laundry detergent, and buckets of dirt are currently on display inside Burlington's city hall, and several local groups hope that's enough to pique your curiosity. "We try to just have it be interactive where it's a fun place they can talk to their neighbors, share ideas, talk to the people at the tables and get inspired," said Marge Keough of the Chittenden Solid Waste District.

The Chittenden Solid Waste District and the Burlington Legacy Project are holding community sustainability fairs in towns throughout the county, hoping to encourage Vermonters to make some earth friendly lifestyle changes. "Compost is a big one. Compost is almost a third of the food waste, or the waste stream and it's easy to compost," said Keogh.

From recycling to carpooling to a change in shopping habits, exhibitors offered dozens of earth friendly suggestions-- including simple recipes for home-made, chemical free cleaning products."It's pretty basic. Baking soda, vinegar,are the most common ones, a little essential oils. We often say you need a little more elbow grease, but the products are improving continually," said Keogh.

A battery powered lawnmower garnered a lot of attention. The mower costs more than $300, but is guaranteed to save you cash in the long run. "It'll run for about an hour and costs about 10 cents to charge, so if you mow 25 times in a year that's $2.50 cents less than a gallon of gasoline," said Tom Hughes of Neuton Mowers. Organizers hope these earth friendly ideas, coupled with community events the one at city hall, will make a difference in the world, encouraging people to live life a little healthier, one suggestion at a time.

Keagan Harsha - WCAX News

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