Why is the U.S. so far behind most of the world in terms of public transportation? Here in Boston, a city with public transportation better than many other cities throughout the country, the MBTA is running extremely outdated subways and trains on many of their lines. And then you go to other parts of the country with little to no public transportation options at all.
82% of voters say that "the United States would benefit from an expanded and improved transportation system." [source] Meanwhile, only 5% of Americas live within walking distance of decent public transit. [source]
That is horrible. It's time that a huge change is made.... read more
Last weekend, we went to the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. (A very green zoo, btw, from their conservation efforts to many of the recycled items in their gift shops) Before you enter, there were some animal sculptures (pictured left) made of used containers from the nearby Sam Adams Brewery.
I thought it was an excellent and unique way of reusing something that would have otherwise been thrown away. It made me think of the "reduce, reuse, and recycle" adage, and how people are often good about recycling these days, but forget about reducing and reusing. And what better way to reuse something than to turn it into a cool piece of artwork?... read more
Head to Ghirardelli Square this weekend! It's the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival on September 11th and 12th. Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day (which I love) will be there, turning the fountain in Ghirardelli Square into a giant Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day SINK! Visitors will take a “bubble” out of the sink which will contain a Mrs. Meyer’s sample. For each bubble that is taken, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day will donate $2 to San Francisco’s Clean City Coalition!
It's refreshing to see handmade eco-friendly furniture in a day where flimsy, particle board furniture is the norm. I'm excited to be profiling Michael Amaral Furniture, a furniture designer and builder based out of Rhode Island.
Why it's Keen:
I'll let a picture of Michael's beautiful furniture speak for itself.
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