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Share your ideas, tips, and suggestions on small ways each of us can add to our everyday lives in order to help our environment and slow down the rate of global warming. One person can do so much!
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Aug. 2nd, 2010 @ 08:37 pm Paint the Sky Yellow - Environment and Art Website
Current Mood: complacentcomplacent

The website is dedicated to the environment, where I discuss current issues/events that are seriously affecting the environment, including, but not limited to, various ways to reduce carbon emissions, how we and animals are faring with climate change, and wildlife preservation. I created it because we have the availability needed to make a difference in the world for the better, so people can take action. Our destructive habits could be turned eco-friendly and the website is here for people to become aware. I also showcase up-and-coming artists who use their talent to send eco-friendly messages. From soda can flowers to greeting cards, I feature people who are reusing/recycling to reduce the impact we make on the environment.

http://www.katyasarria.wordpress.com -- The intersection of arts and the environment(:

Check it out! And tell your friends? Just a suggestion, heh(:

I'm currently looking for people to help with the blog, as in you'll be part of the staff. You'll be contributing to the weekly articles, helping to advertise the website, create layout designs, and/or more. You'll be in the website sidebar, listed as an author, designer, editor, or anything that applies. I'm looking for someone who can put a considerate amount of time into this project.

Email me at katyasarria@gmail.com if you're interested. Thanks
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Apr. 20th, 2009 @ 01:06 pm Got Yogurt Cups?
Current Location: Ionia, MI
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
If you have a cupboard full of Stonyfield yogurt cups and like me, you have been waiting for a local recycling center to accept #5 plastics, there is another solution.  I found this message on the Stonyfield company website:

If you are out of ways to reuse your Stonyfield Farm yogurt cups, and if #5 plastic recycling isn’t available in your area, you can send your CLEAN Stonyfield Farm cups to us, and we’ll be sure they’ll get recycled. Send them to: Stonyfield Farm, 10 Burton Drive, Londonderry, NH 03053

Stonyfield yogurt cups are then used by Preserve to make toothbrushes and razor handles.

I think I have over 100 cups sitting around and although I have used some as seed starting cups in the Spring, my consumption of soy yogurt has far outpaced my gardening lifestyle!

Perhaps you already knew this and if you did, shame on you for not sharing!  Earth Day is only a few days away so take this week to share with others in the group how your lifestyle has changed recently, if it all, and also what changes you aim to make in 2009.  Your tip just might help someone else out!  Take care, all.

EDIT: Preserve also has a recycling program in which they accept #5 plastics, Preserve toothbrushes and razors and Brita filters.  Go here: http://www.preserveproducts.com/recycling/index.html for more information.

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Jan. 26th, 2009 @ 07:24 pm The Journey

There has been much in the news lately about government action in terms of reducing greenhouse gases, which is certainly nice to finally hear but we still bear the task of changing our evil ways as well...what have you done lately to switch up your lifestyle?  The year is early so share all those wonderful ideas and questions with a post!

Here's what I have done since Jan. 1:
1.  Canceled satellite TV service and now only turn on one TV set every 3-5 days to watch a DVD for a few hours.
2.  Signed up for a CSA (community supported agriculture) vegetable garden so I can eat local organic produce May-Oct.
3.  Replaced incandescent lights in garage with cold weather CFL's.  (some CFL's don't work well in extremely cold temps!)

There may be other things or not but these are the choices that stick out the most.  I hope you will share your journey here so we can all learn from each other.  Have a good week and do what you can!

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House Sparrow King
Jan. 1st, 2009 @ 12:29 pm Go Extra Green in 2009!
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Happy New Year!

Cheers to another year of hope and change among friends.  January is often a month associated with cleaning up the body, soul, and also, the house.  If you are looking for ways to recycle items in your home that might be considered waste, go to Earth911.com and type in the type of item and zip code to search for the nearest drop-off facility.

We had 2 CFL's (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) that had lasted a whopping 5 years in our kitchen that finally burned out last week and I was amazed to find a recycling facility within a few miles of our rural Michigan home.  For those who haven't made the switch yet, they use less electricity but contain mercury, so be careful not to break them and try your best to find a place to recycle them when their life is over.

Also, if you have incandescent Christmas light strands that you would like to recycle, I would like to recommend the Christmas light recycling program at Holiday LEDs.com.  The company is based in Jackson, MI and sells LED Christmas lights.  If you send in any amount of old incandescent strands as instructed on their website, you will earn a 15% discount off anything in their catalogue.

For more information and articles on greening the holidays in general, Earth911.com has a good page to peruse for ecological ideas including what to do with that Christmas tree now that the holidays are over.

Anyone have any other sites they would like to recommend to the group?  Please post and let everyone know what you are doing to clean up in 2009.  Best to all!

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Nov. 16th, 2008 @ 01:32 pm Green efforts by the president elect

This morning I read this.

Politics aside, I think it's great he was reviewing documents and the like electronically.  Yay for saving paper!  I hope they do allow him to continue at least those measures while in office.

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Nov. 5th, 2008 @ 09:46 am Holiday LEDs
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
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My cousin tipped me off to a Michigan company,  http://www.holidayleds.com/, that sells LED Christmas light strands and according to their website, they offer a light recycling program for old incandescent strands.  You can find out more about that program here: http://www.holidayleds.com/holidayledscom_christmas_light_recycling_program.  They seem to have a decent selection of lights and reasonable prices in comparison with the last link that I shared.  In addition, the site includes what they term "an energy scrooge calculator" for folks to calculate their savings based on how long the lights are kept on and the wattage of the LED lights being used.  I think I'm going to check them out seeing as how Jackson, MI is practically in my backyard and I see that their green office policies are posted on the website.  Nice!  Plus, I have to get rid of my old strands somehow, so I'm excited about that recycling program!
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Nov. 2nd, 2008 @ 05:50 pm 'Tis the Season
Current Location: 48846
Current Mood: creativecreative
As we rapidly approach the most glutinous time of the year, I invite everyone to share their ideas for a greener holiday season.  What have you done in the past that really works to save money, time, electricity, or other resources?  What will you do differently this year, if anything?  How do you handle gift-giving in an eco-friendly manner?

I will humbly begin with a few examples of  my own.  Last year, I chose not to decorate my home at all.  No lights=no extra electricity and I didn't do a tree.  I was busy and didn't miss all the extra work.  This year I might buy a local tree and I am thinking about purchasing LED Christmas lights from http://www.environmentallights.com.  Last year, I made soy candles to give as gifts to my family and friends.  It ended up being just as expensive as buying gifts, so this year I might just buy gifts instead because I know a lot of people out of work who would benefit more from a gift of food or toiletries.

Please share your wisdom and creativity with the group.  We need you and thank you for contributing what you have this year!
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Oct. 12th, 2008 @ 01:52 pm (no subject)
Hello, I've been watching this community on and off for a bit, first time posting though! My big "green" effort at the moment is to stop using plastic bags. I've bought fabric bags for groceries, and I'm going to buy lunchboxes for myself and my fiancé.

I wondered, however, what you guys would suggest as an alternative to plastic for garbage bags? I don't think that fabric bags would be that great since they'd sort of soak up the juice from the food thrown out - for various reasons composting isn't an option at the moment, but it will be in the future. But you can't compost everything.

Also, we normally keep our plastic grocery bags for the droppings when we clean the cat's litterbox...

Any suggestions?
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eternal sunshine
Sep. 7th, 2008 @ 11:32 am COyou2 Saving the planet one breath at a time
This site looks interesting, it's talking about personal carbon capture and storage as a strategy to prevent climate change:

"The COyou2 patented technology works by filtering the air you breathe out, capturing the carbon in a convenient lightweight backpack.

As you breathe out into the tube, the carbon dioxide passes through a solution of ammonium nitrate and the reaction allows the carbon to be isolated. The carbon is then stored in exchangeable inner bags that can then be sequestered in any nearby location including your own backyard."

I've just ordered a catalogue, it's definitely worth checking out, after all, every little thing makes a difference. I never thought about human beings as being responsible for major carbon emissions, but I'm always looking for ways to lessen my carbon footprint.

What do you guys think?
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Jul. 18th, 2008 @ 02:01 pm Ozone Action Days & Public Transit
Free Bus Rides
All day today, the Rapid bus transit system in Grand Rapids, MI will be offering free bus rides to all passengers on all fixed routes because of a declared Ozone Action Day.  I just learned about this and thought it prudent to pass it on.  Are other cities offering this service too?  Let us all know so others can take advantage of it.

Info: http://www.ridetherapid.org/newsInfo/OzoneAction/

x-posted to my LJ and miprogressives
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