This summer my family and I purchased a share in a CSA. Shared Bounty CSA, to be specific. The experience has been fabulous in more ways than I could have ever expected. In fact, I have multiple blog posts about them (and my culinary experiments from the summer) just waiting to be written. This week, though, I realized just how fortunate we have been to be part of the Shared Bounty family.
I'm not quite sure how I missed this tidbit of news, as it came out back in April.
Concord, Massachusetts, home to Walden Pond and the original concord grapevine, has banned the sale of bottled water starting in 2011. The measured will only allow the sale of refillable containers of water, which could still be sold and delivered in Concord.
The effort was lead by Jean Hill, an 80-something-year old activist. She lobbied neighbors and officials on the serious environmental consequences of plastic bottles filling landfills and creating more pollution.
The International Bottled Water Association released this statement about the ban. I didn't even KNOW there was an International Bottled Water Association! Their entire website made my blood boil. Additionally, Joe Doss, president of the IBWA said: "We obviously don’t think highly of the vote in Concord. Any efforts to discourage consumers from drinking water, whether tap water or bottled water, is not in the best interests of consumers. Bottled water is a very healthy, safe, convenient product that consumers use to stay hydrated." [source] Oh, okay, Mr. Doss. ... read more
While clicking through random postings to WordPress' green tag tonight I stumbled upon a brilliant idea by Shawn, a UCF student who has made the pledge to go paperless this semester--or as paperless as his circumstances will allow. As he points out, we have the technology now, so why wait for the world to catch up? I concur.
I'm going to make September as paperless as possible, and I challenge each of you to be keener and greener by doing the same.... read more
Even though our garden is small, sometimes it's a race against time to eat everything that we grow before it rots. We do try to freeze and can things (we canned our own marinara sauce with homegrown tomatoes for the first time this week -- but that's for another blog post!). If your looking for ways to use all of your homegrown fruits and veggies and try varieties that you don't grow yourself, try a Gardening Co-Op! Have a "gardening swap" party with your friends an neighbors.
I love to meet with local gardeners in our neighborhood at the end of the winter, and form a co-op. Each gardener can plan to grow different things, and then meet a few times a month to swap their fruits and veggies. This year we had raspberries galore...wouldn't it have been fun for us to share those raspberries and get some, say, blueberries in return? ... read more
There has been some discussion of using ‘Green” books like the kindle or using the local library. I have another perspective and that is the green book club. I think discussion with others is a great way to expand your knowledge of topics. To help people better understand or to just grow in appreciation for the environment I would suggest a book club. Instead of discussing the most recent fiction best seller why don’t we concentrate on sharing the knowledge of the world around us with our friends and neighbors and talk about a real life issue?
Nike Reuse-A-ShoeI was at the outlet mall this weekend and, while waiting for a friend to finish shopping at the Nike store, I perused their literature display. Now, I'm not going to pretend I am up-to-date on Nike's social practices, nor am I going to deny that their shoes work best for my proluxating feet when I work out. Social politics aside, what I saw in their literature case made me very proud to be a working out gal with Nikes on her feet.... read more
I'm going to Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts for dinner tonight and I'm pretty excited. Aside from their tasty beer, they serve food featuring local ingredients. Their menu changes seasonally. Looking at their menu right now, I'm thinking about linguini with Wellfleet clams or the local steak served with an onion marmalade made at a nearby farm.
Since childhood, one of my favorite activities has always been reading, and a quick glance around my house proves it. I'll be the first to admit it: I'm a book junkie. I have at least one book I'm currently reading in each room of my house, and my Sunday afternoon library trip is one of my favorite times of the week. The problem, though, is books are not the most green of habits, especially if you purchase your own books and only read them once. However, there are plenty of ways to be a greener reader. ... read more
Utilize your public library system. Publiclibraries.com can help you locate a library anywhere in the U.S. (including Presidential libraries) and also has a neat forum to give authors a chance to share their books with potential readers.
Donate to and purchase from local book fairs. Most of the larger ones in your area will be well advertised in local news media, but you can also find one here, if you're in the U.S. or Canada. Note that, due to the enormous task of sorting all the books before a sale, most fairs stop taking donations about a month ahead of time, so check before you donate.
Use websites developed for book sharing. There are dozens of them out there, but my favorite is bookcrossing.com. Used Books
Buy an ereader. The two most successful are the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook. While ereaders are a hefty investment up front (find them used and save some money--I got mine from craigslist), they have the potential to save you a lot of money over time, since you can get newspaper and magazine subscriptions on them (cheaper and greener than the paper versions) as well as purchasing books at a considerable discount. And most of the classics are free via sites like Project Gutenberg.
Download audiobooks. Personally, I like to actually READ a book, but I swear by audiobooks for car trips or the occasional workout.
Have a creative side? Get artsy with old books here.
We all know that standard bottles and cans are recyclable. Some items, on the other hand, are less obvious. Some items that you may think are recyclable are actually not. Some things need to be brought to a recycling center. Some things might be partially recyclable.
Here is your guide to those items. These can vary from city to city and it can also depend on whether or not your city has single-stream recycling, so if you are unsure or have any questions, contact your city’s recycling department. ... read more