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I came across such sentences in my textbook: THE YOUNG GREEN CONSUMER GUIDE. FROM FELT TIPS TO RUBBISH TIPS. DISCOVER HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE EARTH.
I feel puzzled about "felt tips" and "rubbish tips". What do they mean? What does"felt" here mean? Does"tip" here mean advice? Thanks for your replies!
 
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I feel puzzled about "felt tips" and "rubbish tips". What do they mean? What does"felt" here mean?

A "felt tip" is a felt tip (or felt-tipped) pen or marker, where the ink flows through a point made of felt, a kind of fibrous material.
A "rubbish tip" is a large open area of ground where rubbish (garbage, trash) is dumped/tipped.
As SoothingDave says, "rubbish tips" may be playing on the double meaning.

Below: felt tips and a rubbish tip.

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A "rubbish tip" is a large open area of ground where rubbish (garbage, trash) is dumped/tipped.

That's a new one for me. It's a garbage dump in AmE. (Or "landfill" in the euphemism.)
 

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That's a new one for me. It's a garbage dump in AmE. (Or "landfill" in the euphemism.)

I think "rubbish dump" might have gained some ground in recent years, but in Aust/NZ it's pretty much "rubbish tip" or just "the tip". Local councils do like the "landfill" option as well.
 

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Then is it suggesting that a felt-tip pen is not environmental-friendly, like rubbish tips?
 

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THE YOUNG GREEN CONSUMER GUIDE. FROM FELT TIPS TO RUBBISH TIPS. DISCOVER HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE THE EARTH.

This seems to be a headline or book title which suggests that the article/book covers many different topics, including felt tips and rubbish tips. It is not necessarily making a specific link between the two.
I do know that there is a marker called the Enviroliner that is said to be made from 90% recycled material, so perhaps this is discussed in the article/book.
 

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Then is it suggesting that a felt-tip pen is not environmental-friendly, like rubbish tips?

We don't know. You have to keep reading. I can't say from this sentence what felt tips have to do with "saving the earth."
 

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I always wondered why waste disposal had "tipping fees" and now I know. Thanks :)
 
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