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Austin’s Dare To Go Zero: Dramatic Results: Episode 4

This is the fifth in a series of blogs highlighting the unique waste-reducing reality TV series produced by this earth-friendly Texas city.

With one episode to go, it’s game-on for the two remaining families.

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With last week’s Blue Team elimination shocker, two families are left to battle for the biggest “reducer” title. But even in defeat, Blue Team member Elise Barnes said the experience was worth every minute. “This family made some good changes. We set out to learn and have fun doing it. And we did that,” she said.

Now, it’s coming down to the wire and the tension is mounting. So, the remaining Black and Green Teams get crazy creative. Highlights include: making the most of leftover everything (including soap); feeding “Mikey” the Big Green Composting Machine; and getting artsy for the Dare.

Zero waste – amazing, and in just 4 short weeks. Recycling is a big deal according to the Clean Air Council, which states Americans alone “throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times.” Of course that’s nothing compared to our obsession with plastic shopping bags. Although reusable bags are finding new popularity, about 1 billion plastic ones still create 300,000 tons of yearly landfill waste. (And remember, individually, these things weigh next to nothing!)

The good news? Recycling numbers are improving. According to the EPA, “In 2009, Americans generated about 243 million tons of trash and recycled and composted 82 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 33.8 percent recycling rate.”

As a nation, we are improving, even if we have a long way to go.

As for the two remaining Dare To Go Zero families who reached zero waste this week – can they continue this trend?

Tune in next Friday for the inspiring results.

About molly wright

Freelance writer, loving and living green. Blogger for Greenopolis.com Websites: http://greenupforlife.wordpress.com and nvoke.us

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