Archive for the 'Living in a Green Home' Category
Walmart Christmas or a Best Buy Christmas?

Best Buy has an electronics recycle program that includes the ability to drop off old electronics at all of their 1100 stores.  Wal-Mart does not.  Wal-Mart sells many more electronics than Best Buy – – – but maybe they shouldn’t!  Think about buying your electronic from Best Buy this holiday season to support their electronics recycling program.

Oh, and click on this link.  It explains more, and has a series of flashmob videos.  It’s kind of fun.

Use Less Plastic (is that direct enough?)

Came across this article on cnn.com that linked me to the Mother Nature Network.  The article gives you helpful tips on how to reduce our plastic usage.  According to the article, only 7% of plastic makes it to the recycling bin, and even that plastic can only be down-cycled, not up-cycled or even even-cycled.  I didn’t realize that!

I think all of the suggestions are doable for me except that I don’t like powered laundry detergent…I wonder if there’s a non-plastic and non-powder alternative I could try!  How about reading the list and trying to adopt two new practices…how about it?

 

Another Green Tactic: Legalize Marijuana?

This article caught my eye on Treehugger.com.  Illegal marijuana production accounts for about 1% of the electricity usage in the United States.  If we legalized marijuana, we could grow it outdoors instead of in safe houses.  I’m not taking a side, pro or con, I’m just reporting the facts….

Dialing all Honey Bees….

Looks like there is evidence that cell phone signals are contributing to the bees’ demise.  This could have huge implications.  Read about it here from Inhabitat.

Maybe I’ll move to Italy!

Italy has made a move to ban plastic bags, read about it here.  That’s a great step forward, but we can each individually stop using plastic bags ourselves without the government banning them.

Make a New Years resolution to stop using plastic bags!

Website Updated – finally!

Hey folks, we finally updated the Gallery on our website to include the professional photographs of the house taken by famed Dallas architectural photographer, Charles Smith.  His work is fantastic!  We’ve used his images of the house in multiple publications, so these may not be new to you.  But with these new photos added (thanks, Budi!) we feel like the website if finally done, done, done (as I’m fond of saying).  We even added the USGBC LEED for Homes Platinum Certification logo on the landing page!  Check it out here.

Paper or Plastic? No thanks, I brought my own!

That could be the newest common phrase in large parts of LA County after the biggest ban on plastic bags was passed this week (read about it here).  Also, the use of paper bags now requires a charge of 10 cents per bag.

How to say it one more time?  Bring your own reusable bags!

Oh, and sorry for the rude image, but I thought it was funny.

Take It Back – Make It Green

Haven’t posted in a while, but this website caught my eye.  It’s a report card on electronics companies who do or do not do recycling of eWaste well. 

I’m happy to report that Dell (a proud Texas company) leads the pack (albeit with a B rating).  Unfortunately, there are a lot of companies way, way behind Dell.

Note the section at top called “Get Involved” and one at the bottom called “What You Can Do”!

Environmental Waste In My Mailbox

While I’m sure the folks at Red Plum are nice people, I don’t look at their stuff.  But I still receive that weekly (or more often?) set of loose newsprint advertisements and coupons.  I found the website to request to be removed from the mailing list (and it comes with the requisite, “wait 6-8 weeks for you to be removed” disclaimer).  If you want to be removed from the Red Plum advertisements, click here and follow the instructions.

Beautiful Recycling

I wonder if we made the recycle bins or their storage area as beautiful as this one – would more people recycle?