FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (WCCO) — Besides being fun, the State Fair can be educational, and offer ways to save you money. And one thing people can learn about is how to lead more sustainable lives while improving the environment.

Chris Stanford was out at the Eco Experience Tuesday morning to talk with Joel Chirhart of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency about how we can make smarter choices when it comes to water.

Chirhart talked about changes you can make to your toilet, how to find leaks in your home, and about bugs that live in nearby streams and what they can tell you about the water in your stream. It’s all available to peruse at Eco Experience.

There are also concerns about how many plastic bottles we use in Minnesota. The state fair has a dramatic exhibit, pointing out that we recycle only about 25 percent of those bottles.

Stanford talked with Wayne Gjerde about Bottle Buyology, recycling and Minnesota jobs.

Gjerde talked about how people are in shock that we make 1.5 billion bottles and recycle only 25 percent.

Bottle Buyology is a tunnel you can walk through at the Eco Experience.

The Eco Experience building is located in the Progress Center on Randall Avenue, and is open daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.


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