Saturday, September 29, 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

Your Ecological Footprint

If everyone lived like me we would need 7.2 planets the size of the earth to live on

Thursday, September 27, 2007


site states that it is "Informing and challenging the world about energy solutions"

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Bag Washer accesory

I thought this was kind of a clever invention, though it seems like it takes up a lot of space in the dishwasher...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

battery recycling

We really should all be using rechargeable batteries by now, but if you have any leftover standard batteries that are dying out, recyle them. Here's a link to a program in California:

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Green Light Magazine

online subscriptions are free, and are in a magazine reader format that works great and doesn't use any paper products at all!

The only lame part is the stupid pop-up ad that comes up on every single page.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Organic products

From the website "The average adult uses 9 personal care products daily exposing them to 126 chemicals every day"

personal observation: doesn't everything on the planet have chemicals in it, and aren't chemicals naturally occuring?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Reware Store

Go here to find solar backpacks by Juice Bag ($$$) and other fun environmentally-friendly items

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Mercury Remover for Florescent light bulbs

photo from Heather Walton/Scottsdale Republic

Here's a story about a mercury remover...

The standard fluorescent lamp contains approximately 20 milligrams of mercury. While there are no known health hazards from exposure to lamps that are intact, improper disposal of fluorescent lamps can contaminate the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that over 800 million lamps are produced each year to replace 800 million lamps that are then disposed. Since 1 gram of mercury is enough to contaminate a 2-acre pond, there is enough mercury in those lamps to contaminate 20 million acres of water.

Mercury Vapor Lamp Compactor

Monday, September 10, 2007

Awesome Lamp

I really love the design of this light, it doesn't look like it's in production, so you can't purchase it. I emailed the designer, who has a portfolio on coroflot where you can see more images of this thing, but he hasn't replied.

I also love the idea of the LED lights. I wonder why there is a push for these florecent lights to replace incandecent light bulbs, whe the florescents are coated with mercury. THe push to switch is completely ignoring the fact that there is a huge percentage of our population who doean't pay attention at all to details and who will throw these things in the regular trash instead of recycling them properly. This push will poison us all.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Re-useable Sandwich Bag

not that all sandwich bags aren't re-useable...but this one might make it easier for you to not throw it away.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Too much harvest?

If you grow fruits or veggies, and have too much of a good thing, donate your leftovers!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Bag Re-Use

There have been a lot of articles and attempted laws surrounding this issue lately.

The City of SF is trying to enforce a law that you must BYO Bag.

"As originally written, the legislation would have affected only grocery stores doing more than $2 million in sales a year.The law, if passed, would make San Francisco the first U.S. city to require merchants to offer customers only bags made of recyclable paper, plastic that can be turned into compost or sturdy cloth or plastic that can be reused."

They have also tried to tax people for using new bags

"It could cost grocery shoppers 17 cents a bag if they want paper or plastic in San Francisco, one of the first U.S. cities to attempt a grocery bag fee aimed at helping the environment.
City officials are considering a proposal that would put a tax on supermarket bags, and it's likely that many stores would try to pass the extra cost on to consumers. The measure is primarily being pushed by environmentalists who view plastic grocery bags as a menace, not as a modern marvel of convenience. "

The BiteHow 'bout neither. We use shopping bags for a few hours, but they can take lifetimes to decompose. New foldable nylon versions make it easy to BYOB wherever you go-whether it's clothes shopping, grocery shopping, or a drugstore impulse buy.
The Benefits
Oil and tree savings. In the United States, 12 million barrels of oil and 14 million trees go to producing plastic and paper bags each year.
Discounts. Stores like Safeway and Whole Foods offer a five-penny discount if you bring your own.
Being a role model. Other shoppers'll watch and learn.
Safety for sea creatures. Plastic bags are the fifth most commonly found item in coastal cleanups.
Personally SpeakingJen's brought her own since the days when loading up a canvas bag at the store wasn't so popular. She still gets weird looks from other shoppers, but that's for other reasons...
Wanna Try?
ACME Bags Workhorse - superlight nylon bags that fold into a tiny attached pouch, in four colors ($10).
Ecobags Organic Cotton String Shopping Bag - these simple bags fit in your purse or pocket. Also: reusable produce bags ($3-$7).
Posch - stylish bags created from vintage sheets and pillowcases ($40).
Biter Bag - our very own bags, made from recycled plastic bottles ($20).
"I'm Not a Plastic Bag" Bag - this bag spells it out for those who are slow on the uptake ($15).
If you must use a plastic bag, reuse it as long as you can, then tie it into knots before you toss it to keep it from ballooning up into the air and ending up as litter.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


some of the items on the design blog will help you live more this herb saver available through sur la table... though at the time of this post, it was posted as 14.95 and comes up as 29.95 when you order it.

Saturday, September 1, 2007