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Get your FREE Clean Energy sticker !

July 10, 2009

This very cool sticker desinged by Shepard Fairey (the guy who designed the iconic Obama poster) can be yours….FREE!!  I just ordered mine.

 

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clean energy sticker

Green Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

June 19, 2009

It’s Friday morning and Father’s Day is Sunday.  That means you have a little over 48 hours to grab a gift for Dad.   Nothing could ever top the time I took my Dad to see Paul McCartney for Father’s Day but if you’ve waited to the last minute  this year, there’s still time to make a green choice that will put a smile on his face.  No matter if he’s a Danny Tanner, a Mr. Huxtable or a Papa Smurf, I’ve put together a guide to help you find the perfect gift for your Pops:

For the Eco-Casual Dad

Organic leisure shirt

  

simple shoes

 

 

 

Funky sneakers

 

For the Movie Buff Dad

 

An Inconvenient Truth

No movie viewing is complete without popcorn!  Try this one or Farmer Steve’s.

 

For the Meat Loving Dad

 

Yummy Annie’s Naturals BBQ Sauce

Help Dad learn to cook the organic way with this book

 

 For the Business Dad

Recycled Teak Wood Business Card Holder

 

The corporate treehugger necktie

 

For the Java Loving Dad

 

Coffee is always a sure bet with my Dad.  I like to head to my local coffee shop but you can get Fair Trade coffee here or check  to see if your grocery store carries Seattle’s Best Organic brews.

 

Reusable travel mug or ceramic cup (isn’t this so cool?!)

 

 For the Sports Nut Dad

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Golf club bottle opener made from reclaimed golf clubs

 

stadiumpen

 

 

Ballpark pen made from salvaged seats of many classic stadiums.  It’s Fenway Park all the way for me and my Dad.

 

So there you go- 12 unique ideas for Father’s Day.  If you need more ideas, check these out.  But what are you waiting for?  Now you only have 47 hours and 50 minutes to shop!

6/24: Creating a Green Home Workshop

June 17, 2009

ePlace Realty is putting on a free workshop called Creating a Green Home.  They’ll talk about :

  • How to make your existing home more energy efficient
  • Green materials that you might consider using for a renovation
  • Green building techniques and considerations.
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    Details:

    Wednesday June 24th, 6:00 – 7:30pm

    ePlace Realty

    830 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

    FREE

    Register here

    Happy Global Wind Day!

    June 15, 2009

    Today is Global Wind Day, the first global awareness campaign for the promotion of wind energy worldwide.  25 countries are involved in activities to address our global energy and climate crisis.  Our renewable energy sources are diminishing and the wind industry offers the best way to produce CO2-free electricity quickly and efficiently.

     
     

    Five facts to blow your mind

    1.  Wind power is part of the energy mix in 70 countries
    2. Wind power is clean, proven and available almost everywhere in the world
    3. Wind power can be up and running on a large scale, in a matter of months
    4. Wind power will save 10 billion tons of CO2 by 2020
    5. We need wind power technology to save us from climate change 

     

    What can you do?

    • Write a letter – write to your local Congressman.  Build Baby Build has a great primer on how to ask for their support for a national renewable portfolio standard (RPS).
      Today is Global Wind Day and I am asking for your support for a renewable electricity standard (RES) to ensure that a growing percentage of electricity is produced from clean, domestic, renewable sources, like wind power.  To create a long-term commitment to renewable energy, the U.S. needs to adopt a national RES that has strong near-term targets to promote the expansion of electricity generation from renewable resources.  A strong national RES would foster a sound investment climate for renewable energy manufacturers to invest billions of dollars in new facilities and employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in high-quality jobs. 

       

     

    So, go on and put your energy to good use and help save our climate!

    Green Steps Tip: Recycle

    June 11, 2009

    I know, recycling is not a new concept.  But, some of the best ways to incorporate environmentally friendly principles into your life way are the easiest and most simple!  My apartment building doesn’t offer a recycling program, but that doesn’t stop me.  I collect my recyclables and keep them in a classy cardboard box under my kitchen cart.   
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    When the box gets full, I bring my recyclables to my boyfriend’s house for his town’s curbside recycling program (but not before cashing in on the deposit for my Sam Lights!).

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    I think we all know that paper, aluminum and most plastics can be recycled but what about all that other common stuff?  

     

    • Plastic grocery bags:  Most local recycling programs won’t accept those plastic shopping bags because they will get stuck in the machinery.  Most major grocery chains now offer a special grocery bag recycling box.  Or, you can skip the bag collection altogether and use a reusable bag the next time you shop!

     

    • Electronics:  First, scour local websites for e-waste recycling days.   Also, many electronics manufacturers and retailers offer their own recycling program.  Staples accepts computers and printers regardless of if it was purchased there.  National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a great place to donate your old cell phones.  They distribute the old phones to victims of domestic violence to use in emergency situations.  Recycling and doing good is a double score.

     

    • Batteries: We’re talking about the “standard” single-use/alkaline/dry-cell battery.  Battery Solutions offers a home recycling kit that you fill with dead batteries and send back to them via pre-paid shipping.   Mailing away your batteries may not be the most convenient way for you to recycle but you can try the re-chargeable variety or search Earth911.com for local drop-off sites.

     

    •  Household cleaners:  These cannot be recycled!  It’s news to me too, but it makes sense.  There’s many toxic chemicals in our cleaners that it cannot be properly recycled.  Instead, you can bring your empty containers to your local household hazardous waste day.  I’m going to start by trying not to bring toxic chemicals into my home in the first place.  I need to stay away from things labelled “antibacterial,” as it likely contains the toxic pesticide triclosan (yikes).  The next time you need to clean up, look for products like Simple Green– or, consider the old stand-by: vinegar and baking soda (cheap, easy and fun to see the quick fizzing/cleaning action…hmm, does that make me a cleaning geek?).

     

    • Lightbulbs:  By now, we know to buy compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LED bulbs.  I just learned incandescent bulbs will be banned by Congress, starting in 2012, and completely phased out by 2014.  The best way to recycle the bulbs now is to package the lightbulbs in a box so they don’t break, leaking toxins.  Check Earth911.comon where to drop off lightbulbs.  My local Home Depot is the spot for me.

    There’s plenty of other stuff that can’t be put in your kitchen trash.  If you check out Earth911.organd plug in your zipcode, you’ll get a load of local resources on where to bring almost any other material to recycle (newly added widget below).  My boyfriend has empty paint cans he needs to get ride of and we learned of an upcoming local Hazardous Waste Drop Off day.  We’re going to make sure to keep the different types of paint seperated and keep the labels on to make it easier for recyclers to identify the paint without opening the cans. 

     

    As always, if you have large quantities of usable materials (like bolts of fabric, paints, tiles, office furniture, etc.), consider donating it to a local charity or a crafters/teachers exchange.  In the Boston area, Extras for Creative Learning is the best place to go for your recycled/upcycled craft resources!

    6/6: E-Waste Recycle Day

    June 5, 2009

    Old computer monitors taking over the guest bedroom?  Not sure what to do with that first digital camera you purchased in 1996?  Finally ready to upgrade to HDTV and ditch the bunny ears in preparation for the digital transition?  Bring ’em on down to the Bayside Expo Center on Saturday for the FREE electronics recycling day!

     

    This is a great deal for you and for the environment.  Last fall, I held a electronics recycling day fundraiser in my community and it proved to be extremely popular.  Thanks to CRT Recycling, folks were glad to know their tv’s and ovens were going to be properly disposed of.    At Saturday’s event, ALL equipment collected will be destroyed and recycled in North America in accordance with ALL local, state and federal guidelines, regulations and laws pertaining to the collection, transportation and recycling of electronics equipment.   Let’s save our landfills, one keyboard and retro pink Apple monitor at a time!   

    What you can bring:

    Computer Systems and Accessories

    • CRT Monitors
    • LCD Displays
    • CPUs
    • All-in-Ones
    • Laptops
    • Servers
    • Switches
    • Hubs
    • UPS Systems
    • Keyboards & Mice
    • Speakers
    • Hard Drives
    • Optical Drives
    • Wires and Cables

    Handheld Devices

    • Cell Phones
    • Pagers
    • PDAs
    • Two Way Radios
    Audio & Video Equipment

    • Televisions
    • DVDs
    • VCRs
    • Stereos
    • Camcorders
    • Cameras
    • Radios
    • Games Systems

    Office Equipment

    • Fax Machines
    • Photo Copiers
    • Printers Scanners
    • Scanners
    • Surge Protectors
    • Telephones
    • Typewriters

     

     

    Details:

    Saturday, June 6th, 9:00am – 2:00pm
    Bayside Expo Center
    200 Mount Vernon St. , Dorchester

    FREE

     

    It can be tough to resist an upgrade to the lastest gadget so when you shop next, consider this list from Greenpeace – the ‘Guide to Greener Electronics’ ranking top manufacturers in their toxic chemicals policies, recycling efforts and impact on climate change.  Go Nokia!

    Bright Lights, Big City

    June 1, 2009

    Nothing says summer like glowsticks!  During those camp-outs in the dark, those neon-colored sticks of fun were the best.  Seriously, can you wear a glow necklace without wearing a smile?  Nope.  Glowsticks = good times. 

    Sadly, I began to think about how massively environmentally un-friendly glowsticks have to be.  What are they filled with anyway?  That radioactive glow can’t be natural.  But, after some googling, I can safely say your summers are sure to glow…and in style!

    IKEA  has come up with a new line of solar-powered lighting.  Perfect for the patio, backyard, tent or even inside the house.  The LED lights consume 70% less energy and lasts 4 times longer than regular bulbs.  There’s no long cords to plug in; the lights have solar cells that transform sunlight into electricity Right now, it looks like they’re only available in store. 

    I can’t wait to pick up the Chinese lantern version or these or these!

    So, pick up a couple of these cute little lights to bring that big city glow into your own life.  And leave the radioactivity to these guys.