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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Applause for 5 Gyres...Food for Thought

The following was written by Stiv Wilson at the '5 Gyres' blog and really spoke to my heart:  "What, I ask, is our legacy? Or better, when will we band together not as just a people but a species and demand that our legacy is one worth having? Already, your children will never, ever walk on a beach anywhere in the world without plastic -- are we really so foolish to give up such incredible beauty for the sake of a to-go cup? I think not. And so we sail on."

 The value of the things we are losing are so much greater than the value of what we are destroying them with.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Last year, I started a TerraCycle program at our Elementary School.  In case you haven't heard of TerraCycle, they take your trash and upcycle it into cool new stuff....find out more here: .

Well now I have a reason to love them EVEN MORE....because they have a new CHEESE BRIGADE!!!!!!!!

We all know about America's obsession with cheese...and along with that cheese comes a lot of plastic.  So until a more environmentally-friendly packaging comes along, it's great that the packaging no longer has to sit in a landfill or pollute our Earth!

So if you are saving your trash for me, start adding your cheese wrappers, please!!!!!!

And if you eat a lot of cheese, consider finding a TerraCycle Brigade or starting one of your own!

SAY CHEESE!!!!!! :)

Christmas Light Recycling at Home Depot

Hi, all!
In case you have some of those old incandescent light strings hanging around, you can drop them off at Home Depot for recycling now through Nov. 14th.  In return, you will get a $3 coupon for new LED lights for each string you turn in, up to 5 strings.  So you could get $15 toward new energy-efficient lights and your old ones will be recycled!  Hurry in!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Story of Electronics - Pass It On

You've probably heard of Annie Leonard and 'The Story of Stuff' here comes the latest story:  The Story of Electronics.  Good info. and I'm trying to spread the word since they want 1/4 million people to watch it by Black Friday.  If you can help out, click below to watch and let me know what you think!  Have a Great Day!!! :) Kate
"This morning, we released our newest Story of Stuff Project movie - The Story of Electronics - a look at the 'design for the dump' mentality so prevalent in the electronics industry. 
This movie couldn't come at a better time:  this November, Americans are expected to spend over $8.5 billion on consumer electronics, motivated by enticements to buy gizmos we don't really need or to replace gadgets that are still working with slightly newer versions. 
The thing is, making all these devices takes an enormous SoElectronics_Still018_GreenChallenge environmental and public health toll: mining the metals trashes communities from Congo to Indonesia; assembling them uses huge amounts of water and energy and exposes workers to a host of toxic chemicals; and getting rid of them when we're on to the next, newer, better model creates mountains of e-waste. 
The good news is that while the production, consumption and disposal of short-lived, toxics laden electronics are a really big problem, the solution is pretty simple: Make 'em Safe, Make 'em Last, and Take 'em Back
We're releasing The Story of Electronics today to send a clear message to the electronics industry:  it's time to send that design for the dump mentality to the dump where it belongs and start making less toxic, longer lasting and more easily recyclable products. 
Our goal is to get a quarter of a million people to watch The Story of Electronics by Black Friday, just over two weeks from now. 
You can help us reach this goal by:
Every time we release one of our movies, we're floored by the way our community jumps in to spread the message. We know this time will be no different. 
So, thank you, and we hope you enjoy  The Story of Electronics!
Annie, Michael, Allison, Christina and Renee
The Story of Stuff Project Team"

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hello, Again!

It feels like a REALLY long time since I've written an entry!
It was a fun summer (and a bit more!)!
I'm going to be back in blogging mode now, so stay tuned.
Hope all is well! :)