Category Archives: recycling

November
7 - 2008
October
31 - 2008
October
29 - 2008
October
22 - 2008
September
3 - 2008
August
28 - 2008

Green convention mania: Is sustainability sustainable?

It’s almost over — the Democratic National Convention in Denver, my home town. I’ve been quiet this week about the hubbub because I haven’t wanted to deal with traffic, thousands of people, etc. I would have liked to visit some of the information booths, but I was too slow to get on the green blogging bandwagon. I am incredibly curious what the aftereffects of this “green convention” will be. The convention planners have provided a list here of actions they are taking to be extra green. It includes this nod to the long term:

August
6 - 2008
July
31 - 2008
July
24 - 2008

Cutting junk mail

As far in the past as last Christmas, I had a subscription to GreenDimes on my wish list. GreenDimes is a company that lets you sign up, either for free or for a fee, depending on the services you want to receive, to eliminate your junk mail. With GreenDimes, you start out by choosing the service level you’re interested in. The free service says it will handle some of your basic junk mail, if you’re willing to do the legwork yourself. I was interested in the premium service, which costs a one-time fee of $20. For that $20, the company does several things:

July
18 - 2008
July
11 - 2008

Friday wrap-up: Angel Food, gift cards

Angel Food – $30 for $60 of food I saw this site mentioned in a couple of places this week — the Angel Food Ministries provide a way for consumers to purchase a monthly “menu” of about $65 worth of food for $30. It is first-quality food distributed at local locations, and for those in need, the program accepts food stamps. The list I saw for our state includes a lot of meat, which makes it unsuitable for vegetarians; but for meat-eaters, it could be stretched a long way. They also offer supplemental menus for purchasers to get a special deal on meat or vegetables in addition to the regular menu. It looks like a lifesaver for families in need — or just in need of stretching their dollars. Recycle gift cards

July
10 - 2008
July
1 - 2008

Re-using household items

In the process of trying to reduce our garbage, I’ve come across several items that I needed and wanted to not buy — and conversely, several items I hated to throw away but couldn’t easily recycle. By reusing these items, necessity meets utility. Quite some time ago, when I started cleaning everything with baking soda instead of scouring powder, I wanted a convenient container – like the one scouring powder comes in. I found an old plastic peanut butter jar in my laundry room, used a nail to punch a bunch of holes in the lid, and voila – my baking soda shaker makes cleaning the bathroom a tiny bit easier.

June
27 - 2008

Friday wrap-up: Hacking Craigslist, ceiling fans, efficient cars, boob-powered iPods

Get Rich Slowly this week posted a terrific tip to subscribe to a search on Craigslist. Mwah ha ha, when the right Kromski Prelude spinning wheel comes along, I will be all over it! It is ceiling fan season — and The Simple Dollar posted a simple list of ways to get your ceiling fan to work for you (and reduce energy use/costs in the meantime).

June
27 - 2008

Composter giveaway; what to compost

Green Daily is giving away a $300-value composter package for those who comment with what they would compost by July 2. It’s a random drawing, so I am generously decreasing my own chances by letting all of you in on it! Good luck! Also, our neighborhood newsletter arrived yesterday with a slightly wackadoodle article about composting. She had a good basic how-to, but she mentioned that she composts shrimp shells and fish waste (she must be quite a seafood aficionado in landlocked Denver). I wasn’t so sure about that, but here are two university references, one that says “fish-waste composting is a little trickier than the backyard variety,” and one that offers a whole publication about how to do it. As for the shrimp shells, this list includes them among 163 things that can be composted. Another site notes that the smell could attract animals … that’s what I would […]

June
13 - 2008
June
6 - 2008

Answers – Anniversary Questions – Part 1

I got so many great questions from readers for my one-year anniversary last week – not to mention all the sweet comments. Thank YOU all for reading and making this blog so much fun. Your being here helps motivate me to keep on keepin’ on — even though things feel a little dark at times in terms of our environmental/economic future. Now for the questions – and my best shot at some answers for you. Here are the first three! More to follow on Tuesday.

May
30 - 2008

Friday wrap-up:

I’ve written before about the many joys of baking soda, but there’s an entire book out there dedicated to “Resourceful and Ingenious Uses of Baking Soda.” It’s free online, so feel free to check it out. (via The Simple Dollar) Verda Vivo posted “50 ways to help the planet” today. I noted that I have switched to cotton swabs with a paper core (one of the items) — which, I believe, are compostable. A few other comments on the list:

May
29 - 2008

90% reduction update

Organic Needle reminded me to do an update on our performance during the Riot for Austerity, which I started 10 months ago. This is the 90 percent challenge that I’ve mentioned on this blog — with the goal of cutting consumption by 90 percent from U.S. average consumption. Here’s the update on what I did and how it turned out:

May
28 - 2008