A fun Blog to share fun and easy ways to be green!
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Jay Leno 4/22: "In Pennsylvania, Hillary and Obama celebrated Earth Day by throwing dirt at each other."
Conan O´Brien 4/23: "Yesterday was Earth Day. Politicians all across America did something to mark Earth Day. For instance, President Bush was photographed with a shovel, and former President Clinton was photographed with a hoe."
Jimmy Kimmel 4/23: "I am still hung over from Earth Day. I ate way too much earth."
Monday, April 28, 2008
The bottles in question are made from a hard plastic polycarbonate containing bisphenol A (BPA), a suspected hormone disrupter. Studies have shown that polycarbonate bottles can leach BPA, and extremely worn and scratched bottles pose the biggest concerns.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
It's "a nod to the efforts of countries worldwide to increase the effectiveness and availability of renewable energy sources," says Phil Jackson (the Hasbro executive, not the basketball coach).
So Rich Uncle Pennybags doesn't need water anymore, huh? Says the chair of the Atlantic Canada Water Works Association, "It just goes to show you that people take us for granted." He'll feel better once he lands on Free Parking.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 3:19 AM
By JOE BLUNDO
Friday, April 18, 2008
The "Have We Met Before?" campaign dispenses bits of information from the NRC including: "Recycling could save 95 percent of the energy used to make this can," and "on average, aluminum cans produced in the U.S. contain 40-percent to 50-percent recycled content."
The campaign will be featured on approximately 500 million Pepsi cans and 250 million Diet Pepsi cans distributed monthly across the U.S.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Incentives Offered to Encourage Reduction of Delegate Carbon Footprints, Foster Friendly Competition Among State Delegations
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sonoco, the South Carolina packaging giant that created the Pringles pop-top canister, has developed something similar for the breakfast table.
The canister has no liner bag and takes up less space than the standard sharp-edged cereal box. Plus, the new canisters are made with 50 percent of material previously used by consumers.
Target stores recently started offering oblong canisters of their house brand of cereal, Archer Farms. Target brags on its Web site that the “bag-free container features an easy-flow spout and snap-shut lid that is reclosable” — welcome words to those who’ve tried to rip open a paper liner and ended up with a cereal tsunami.
Target and canister maker Sonoco Products Co. kept their lids shut Tuesday. Efforts to get more details were unsuccessful.
Sonoco is slated to unveil the new cereal canister formally today at its annual shareholders meeting in Hartsville.
Monday, April 14, 2008
After the bags are mailed in, readers receive a coupon in the mail to receive a free Retote.
This is a one-of-a-kind promotion that lets everyone who gets the magazine take part in an environmental program, said Newsweek President Greg Osberg. Its a clever use of the magazine and clever use by a marketer. Readers and Target shoppers will recycle their shopping bags and, in return, get a practical bag that can be used all the time.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
To that end, Office Depot will launch a new brand on Earth Day (April 22) called "Office Depot Green" that will specialize in green products. And the company will explain why its products are green too, i.e. provide information on recycling, reuseability, etc. The company will also set up programs for small businesses that will explain strategies and tips for energy efficiency and other topics. Designer Kelly LaPlante will set up a site later this year that will rate the greenness of building materials.
The company is also taking a number of steps to reduce its carbon footprint. It is building a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified building in Austin, Texas. (Making a new building LEED-certified only adds about two percent to the overall costs, according to developers who specialize in building them.) It is also swapping in high-output fluorescents with regular bulbs and testing out low-emission vehicles for deliveries.
After 20 years, 8 months and 21 days entombed each page is legible. Even the small print could be read revealing the following:
Col. Oliver North’s testimony to Congress per the Iran-Contra affair
Dow Jones lost 7.17 points closing at 2429.53
Pork Belly options were selling at 0.02 per pound
Gold sold for $450.30 per troy oz.
Most unbelievable, crude Oil was $20.00 / barrel
Not only a great history lesson, but a reminder that things don't "biodegrade" in the landfill.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
This gentleman (I´m giving him the benefit of the doubt) in Muncie, Ind., did just that -- he spoke up in the nick of time. As a result, he´ll have an interesting story to tell his drinking buddies for years to come.
So will the truck driver, who piped up with this memorable quote: "I´m glad it turned out the way it did. We didn´t have a body that was dead. We had a body that was talking."
We are not making this up: Mattel is planning a new line of accessories for girls made from scrap fabric and trimmings left over from the sewing of Barbie doll fashions. The "playful and on-trend" Barbie BCause collection -- including handbags, hats, pillows, and diaries, "each featuring its own unique variations and kitschy patchwork details" -- will be sold exclusively at Toys"R"Us.
Says a Mattel marketer, "Barbie BCause is for eco-conscious girls who believe that being environmentally friendly is the right thing to do, and we are thrilled to give extra meaning and extra style to what was once just extra Barbie doll fabric." The press release is dated April 1, but Mattel folks confirm that Barbie BCause is not a joke.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
About 80% of the surprisingly large proceeds are being donated to charity.
At this point you would be forgiven for asking, "who chucks their choppers?" One might think that if there is a problem of some sort, you would see a dentist for a fix-up instead of just tossing the teeth in the trash. It's not that simple. "People on average get new dentures every three years, because the condition of their teeth changes," according to the 63-year-old Miyoshi.
The AF&PA previously established a 55-percent recovery goal by 2012, but now has raised that bar to 60 percent by the same year.
The latest numbers were unveiled April 1 in New York City during the industry´s 131st Annual Paper Week conference.
"Industry is demonstrating a real commitment to environmental sustainability by continuing to set and achieve aggressive paper recovery goals," said Donna Harman, president and CEO of the AF&PA trade group.
The country recovered 53.4 percent for recycling in 2006, and the jump to 56 percent was aided by two factors. More than 1 million more tons of paper were recovered in 2007, but the overall supply of paper used in the United States fell by about 4 million tons year-to-year.
For more information, go For more information, go here.