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Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

So as I am sure you have seen in the news a mention of the Copenhagen you might not know what it means or what will be happening there. This is where the United Nations Conference Change will take place. What happens at this conference could very well change how businesses and homes run across the world.

Over ten years ago countries joined in on an international treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The goal was to confront any issues with global warming and temperature changes that are inevitable. Representatives from the 192 countries are meeting to work on a new treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol which will expire in 2012.

This Convention on Climate Change provides a setting to discuss potential legally binding means of addressing these issues. In reality, it is recognizing that we have one climate system and one environment. We all have to work for a solution. Together.


Purified Water Made From Ashes

Monday, December 14th, 2009

According to UNICEF’s numbers, 380,000 children in India will die in this year alone. Safe clean water is in dire shortage in India and other developing countries. Something that we American’s take for granted as we leave it running while we brush our teeth, but elsewhere in the world the water is making people sick. Diseases such as typhoid, cholera, jaundice and diarrhea will kill about 380,000 children in India alone this year. Thankfully, India’s Tata group is catering to the low income market. They have developed a water purifier that not only is cheap- but doesn’t need running water or electricity to work.

Aptly named the Tata Swach, (which is Hindi for clean) the machine stands about 2 feet tall, looks like a water cooler and is totally portable. Originally design for those affected by the tsunami, this device uses a filter made of paddy husk ash. This ash has long been known for its cleansing properties–poor villagers use it to clean their teeth. The use of the natural rice husk material is a key part of the process.


RFC featured in Oakland Press with Eastern Market Detroit

Friday, December 11th, 2009
Oakland Press, MI

Oakland Press, MI

Recycling for Charities, a Royal Oak-based nonprofit group, is urging everyone in the metro Detroit area to bring used electronics to Eastern Market in Detroit between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday December 12th and 19th 2009 . Alternatively donations can be made online 24/7/365 on their website at All donations are tax deductible.

The goal of the collection drive is to keep electronic waste out of landfills while simultaneously benefiting charities.


Wrapping and Reusing

Monday, November 30th, 2009

As the holiday craziness sets in, there is no reason why we have to continue to add to the growing pile of shredded printed paper and crumpled ribbons and bows. Sometimes it takes a little extra time, a little creativity and an open mind. If you are looking for a few ideas on how to wrap your gifts in a green and reusable way, you are just in luck- we always have ideas don’t we?!

Create a reusable collection that you can use next year (and the next).

Start using reusable gift bags. They might cost more the first year, but just think of how great it would be to never have to buy wrapping paper again? On top of that, you never need scissors, tape or the knowledge and savvy it takes to tie those crazy curling ribbons. One company specializing in these reusable bags,, offers whimsical prints that are chosen with re-purposing in mind. The Christmas prints can also be used for Valentines Day and the birthday bags are gender neutral and festive. The bags are fitted with a grosgrain ribbon for tying- these bags are pretty and practical.


NBC’s Third Annual “Green Week”

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

This week launches NBC’s third annual “Green Week”, which will feature environmentally friendly programming starting Sunday November 15th. Green Week will reinforce NBC’s environmental initiative “Green is Universal” by tuning their programming to deliver environmental initiatives within their plots.

This year NBC’s Green Week will be centered on their “Green Counts Here” campaign. This cross-platform initiative gives NBC Universal audiences to make sure that Green Week counts. NBC will give their audiences the opportunity to a make pledges that would result in them making small green changes to their everyday lives. The amount of these pledges will show consumers the collective impact people can have towards the environment when they chose to do so.


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