Archive for December, 2009

Blueprints without All That Paper

Monday, December 21st, 2009

It may not be the first thing on your mind when you wake up in the morning, but lets take a second to think about the amount of paper that is being used everyday. OK, time is up. Hopefully you came to the same conclusion that I did and that is there is a lot of paper that is being used everyday. Obviously that is the case whether it is news papers, magazines, product packaging or even toilet paper. So what is the big deal? Well as I am sure all of you know paper comes from trees and with the overwhelming use of it, deforestation has become a growing concern for us and our environment. I know, I know, but we need paper it is a commodity for everyday life. Of course we need paper, but that doesn’t mean there are not any alternative sources which can help prevent deforestation.

I am willing to bet when we took that second to think about the amount of paper being used, that blue prints were not something that jumped out. Truth be told, blueprints account for an overwhelming use of paper. In fact 42,000 trees are killed each year just to print off blueprints. That is enough paper if laid end to end to form a road from Washington D.C. to New York.


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.


Poo Poo Paper – Environmentally Friendly Gifts

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Trying to find the perfect gift for someone for the holidays? Were you thinking that maybe a nice stationary set or photo album would be a great idea? Take a moment and look into Yes, it sounds disgusting; and to be perfectly honest, it is a bit disgusting. These paper products are actually handmade from recycled elephant dung. However, with a motto like “We take the Ooo of out Poo,” it’s a bit easier to believe that it’s not as bad as it sounds.

With a process that includes multiple rinses, a boiling stage and adding natural fibers from banana trees and pineapples, the poopoopaper is made thick and strong. The mixture is then laid out flat on mesh-bottomed tray into small cakes or “wafers”. The tray is then leaned up against a tree angled toward the sun. No drying process is used saving energy and resources. They also carry cow dung products as well.


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.


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