Archive for September, 2009

Now you can feel just a little bit better about going shopping…

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Today shoppers are starting to opt for the Green version of everything. It may be the trend, but it’s helping us all out nonetheless. Until now, it was a bit difficult to find exactly what you were looking for. Fortunately, it has become more common to find local stores that carry eco-friendly products and even easier to find great eco-stores online. What used to be frumpy and inconvenient has now become fashionable and simple to use. Some of the eco-stores carry a wide range of products that can help you to simplify your life. But be careful what you shop for, some stores might try to convince you that something is not damaging to the environment without really having any reason to say so. What does organic, all-natural, or eco-friendly mean? It means the products are less wasteful and less toxic than mainstream products.

From eco-friendly items such as make up and beauty products to large ticket items like water heaters, refrigerators and composters, we are able to compare prices, and potential environmental gains from the product’s use. For instance, when you use a Nature Mill composter it “recycles its weight in waste every 10 days, diverting over two tons of waste from landfills over its life. This reduces emissions of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas produced when organic matter decomposes in oxygen-starved landfills.”

Of course you can also find websites such as,, which will help you to completely overhaul your home from toilet paper to appliances. If you are looking for something more luxurious, check out Vivavi for some great pieces with intentional green design. Pristine planet offers links to a range of items from eco-friendly clothing to services for wedding and event planning. If you are looking for gift baskets, go ahead and check out Fresh Unlimited for organic fruit and gifts.

Whatever you may be looking for, somewhere out there has an eco-friendly way of doing it. It may take a few extra bucks or a few extra minutes, but it’s well worth it when it comes to saving the planet and being socially responsible.

Go Boxed instead of Bottled!

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Let’s drink out of something better! Bottled water has turned out to be a big mistake. It releases plastic toxins into the water, increases disposable waste and ironically the same as tap water. Let’s face it, bottled water only benefits on-the-go convince.

Thanks to a Grand Rapids based distribution company we can start going old school by drinking water out of milk cartons. What a concept! It’s what Boxed Water calls simple, sustainable and beautiful. So why is it better? The answer is because it makes sense.

Here’s how it works. Boxed Water saves space by shipping their boxes flat to a filler, which is more efficient compared to shipping empty plastic or glass bottles. The cartons are 85 percent renewable and do not release “plastic poisons” into the drinking water. Boxed water gives back to the resources they use by donating 20 percent of their profit to world water relief and reforestation foundations.

Boxed Water isn’t perfect, but its better! When you drink bottled water you’re taking a risk and damaging the earth, but with boxed water you’re helping the planet and the future of your health.

If we start drinking water that makes sense and is actually better, maybe Boxed Water will be the new bottled water trend!

For more information check out Boxed Water!

College Campuses Begin Sustainable Practices

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Have you ever thought about how much waste is produced from students who get take out from their cafeteria while at college? This is a regular occurrence for many because sometimes cafeterias are not open at convenient times for students or students have other activities to attend, thus a lot of trash from take out containers is produced and all of it ends up in the landfill.  Yet, now many college students will find a re-usable “to-go” food containers for them to use when they get take out from the cafeteria!

ARAMARK Higher Education is the mastermind behind these plans to make college campuses more sustainable. They have produced containers that are dishwasher-safe and can be washed with the other utensils that are used within a college cafeteria. This program has been introduced at many different universities throughout the United States including: Baylor University, University of Florida, University of North Caroline-Chapel Hill, Peace College, and Salem College.

Visit ARAMARK’s Higher Education website today and request that this program is implemented at your current, future, or previous educational institution today!

And be sure to check back to the Recycling For Charities home page this week, there will be podcasts regarding recycled products awaiting you!

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