Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Bring Recycling With You!

Check out the iRecycle app from Earth 911 on iTunes. With this iPhone download you can just type in your location and what needs recycling and voila...the closest disposal locations are in your hot little hand!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


If you're into upcycling, then T.O.M.T. is definitely a site that you need to check out. From an ottoman made out of a garden hose to a lamp made out of an old Hoover vaccuum cleaner, you are sure to be amazed and the crazy yet elegant creations you'll find. Oh, and don't call it "recycling" - the good folks at T.O.M.T prefer to think of it as "refitting." And they aren't involved in "waste handling," but rather "object career counseling." Learn more and be amazed at the T.O.M.T web site!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Make Some Music

Don't worry! Thinking about the green-ness of your music does not mean you'll be stuck listening to earthy, hippie music all the time (unless of couse that's what you're into). A recent white paper by folks from Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University takes a look at the carbon footprint and energy usage of various music acquisition methods. Do you buy CDs at the music store, or do you download music? How you get your music may have ecological impacts that you've never really considered. Learn more by looking at The Energy and Climate Change Impacts of Different Music Delivery Methods!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Get to Know Your Farmer

Five Farms is a combination of audio stories and photographs produced by Wesley Horner Productions and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and distributed by Public Radio International. It shares the stories of five different farming families throughout the country in an effort to connect the food on our tables with the people who worked hard to grow it. Through a series of five one-hour radio documentaries and accompanying photos, you will get to know the individuals in each of these five families - hear about their stories, their struggles, and their triumphs - as they provide others with sustenance. I'm pleased to say that one of the families showcased is a hard-working couple in North Carolina - Eddie and Dorothy Wise from Wise Family Farm near Whitakers. Their farm is home to about 250 hogs raised from brith without hormones or antibiotics and even sold to a local pork processor. Their story is inspiring, as their journey to own their own farm was a long and hard one. Find out more about this amazing family and four others through Five Farms: Stories From American Farm Families.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Healthy Home Tips

If you've kept up with this blog, you already know that we're big fans of the Environmental Working Group and the wealth of information they offer consumers. Last month they began their Healthy Home Tips Series for Parents. You can sign up via e-mail to be alerted of the next installment of the Healthy Home Series, and you don't have to be a parent to benefit from the content. The series is check full of ways that you can ensure your home is as healthy as possible. The latest installment is all about personal care products and how you can be a better label decipherer. Click your way on over to a healthier home for you and your family!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Personalize Your Drink

Sure, your water bottle is BPA-free, but does it represent you as an individual? SIGG bottles now can be designed specifically for you! There are thousands of designs to choose from, but with seven special-edition designs you can actually add your own wording. Just go to Cafe Press to design your SIGG bottle. You can even preview just how it will look clipped to a backpack or sitting on your desk. Now you can cut down on disposable bottles AND be your own unique self while doing it!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Go Green Tube

Haven't you ever wished for an all green YouTube? Well, now you have it! Go Green Tube was launched just a year ago. It hosts videos with information on the environment, green technology, products and services. Find out how you can repurpose your old t-shirt into a sexy little number. Join a New Yorker on his fire escape to see how he's gardening organically in buckets. It's all at Go Green Tube!