“Someday, people like me will go to jail.”

November 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

“Theft is a crime, and theft of our children’s future [will] someday be a crime”

It may seem like old news, but this TED talk by former Interface CEO Ray Anderson has lasting meaning that continues to increase exponentially, year after year. Even after his death this August, Anderson’s legacy of sustainable production lives on. « Read the rest of this entry »

I’m Dreaming of a…Green Thanksgiving?

November 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

Deep Frying Turkey

Deep Frying a Turkey - NOT RECOMMENDED!

Want to make your Thanksgiving more sustainable? Check out these tips:

1. Turn your fryer oil into fuel. Deep frying some potatoes, a dessert, or your turkey? (Note: Turkey deep frying not recommended due to safety concerns.) Turn that leftover frying oil into biodiesel fuel, or send it off to someone who can and will. It’s happening all over the world – from Tucson to the United Arab Emirates – so join in the revolution as soon as you can! The town of Great Neck in Long Island, New York, is actually sponsoring a local pick up drive. Not sure how to have it picked up in your neck of the woods? Check this site out to find out. « Read the rest of this entry »

Coca-Cola – Going Green?

November 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Everyone knows Coca-Cola‘s slogans, and there’s a new one at least every year. One of the slogans they have this year, however, isn’t entirely about selling their products. “Live Positively” is a campaign focused about creating sustainability for our planet, with Coke‘s help. It includes “Arctic Home,” which turns attention to the Polar Bears that Coke has been using in their advertisements for years. They point out the many dangers that face these endangered creatures, especially the retreating sea-ice on which they live. They are investing in the World Wildlife Fund‘s $10 Million initiative to provide a “safety net” zone for these bears. Coke has already pledged $2 Million to the project, as well as promising to match up to $1 Million in consumer donations. The site also includes features to track polar bears and to learn more about them, as well as to choose your own “parcel” of the ice to put your donation towards. « Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips to Keep Your Dorm Room Green While You’re at Home

November 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Hey College students!

Before ya’ll head home for the holidays, here are a few tips to make sure your dorm room is staying as green as possible:

1. Unplug everything. Unplug your lamps, space heaters, fans microwaves, refrigerators (take everything out first, of course), and all of your alarm clocks, radios, TV‘s, computers, charging devices, etc. Even though you might not be using them, they’ll still be using up energy for the week you’re gone.

2. Open your blinds or curtains. Let some natural sunlight keep your room warmer for when you return.

3. Make sure your windows are totally shut. Any little cracks or space in or between the walls or windows could let the heat and or air conditioning out, and causing more energy to be used to keep your unoccupied room at whatever temperature it is set to.

4. Turn of the water.If your dorm room has running water or other utilities, make sure your faucets, etc. are all closed up as not waste resources because of leaks.

5. This should seem obvious, but, SHUT OFF YOUR LIGHTS. Way too many people forget to do this, and then waste days worth of electricity lighting a room that no one will set foot in.

Water Bottles – Proving a Point

November 18, 2011 § 1 Comment

Just a quick post before I board my plane home for the holidays! Of course, expect to see some Thanksgiving sustainability tips to be posted soon.

But on to my main point. For the month before I went completely water bottle free, I kept a bin in my room and put in it every water bottle that I finished while I was in there.

Before I go on to make my point, I want to show you what this looks like, because pictures really are worth a thousand words:

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5 Recycling Tips

November 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

5 Quick Tips to Weaving Recycling Into Your Life:

  1. Get informed. Find out the regulations for your county or town. Are you single stream or dual stream? When does recycling get picked up? Can all plastics be recycled? Knowledge is power, so make yourself a powerhouse for recycling.
  2. Start small. Why not start with one item – water bottles, or soda cans perhaps? Then, once you’ve made that a routine, build up to more recyclables.

    Plastic bottles in the back of a pickup truck,...

    You don't have to start with all of this!

  3. Tell your friends and family. If they’re doing it, you’ll be more likely to do it too. It’ll just start feeling natural.
  4. Make it fun. Compete with your friends, start a school wide competition, or save your bottles and cans to make cool art like this.
  5. Profit from it. Bring your bottles and cans to your local recycling center or supermarket and return them for a 5 cent deposit refund. The cash will add up, and who doesn’t love some extra cash?

Cool Uses of Water Bottles!

November 16, 2011 § 1 Comment

Sticking with the water bottle theme from this week’s posts, here are some awesome tips for using those extra water bottles you have lying around.

http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2010/03/5-creative-uses-soda-bottles

http://stegisblog.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/13/#comment-4

http://www.wisebread.com/the-many-uses-for-empty-plastic-bottles

Enjoy!!

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