Posts tagged ‘go green’
Today was an exciting day off- and on-line. In celebration of Earth Day, many company’s changed their company logo. Which was your favorite?
Search Engine RoundTable
Yahoo (Original is in Flash)
Other’s that had Earth Day logos that I couldn’t get to upload during my mini-break in thesis writing include: MSN, the BBC and YouTube’s.
What ones have I missed and what ones are your favorites?
Join millions around the globe in celebrating Earth Day, this Tuesday, April 22, 2008. Here are some of the many ways you can join in the celebration:
1. I first want to congratulate you because the easiest way to celebrate Earth Day is to learn more about the earth and earth-related topics (recycling, global warming, agriculture, the ozone, water use, etc). You are already being proactive in this area by reading this blog post. =)
2. To learn more, plan a library day and check-out books about the earth.
3. Read about the history of Earth Day from the perspective of the founder of Earth Day, former Wisconsin Governor and Senator Gaylord Nelson.
4. Go through some serious ‘Spring Cleaning’ and donate games, clothes, books, movies, etc. to your local Goodwill.
5. Wear green or brown. If you dig this, more companies are created earth-friendly clothing, check out this brief article to find out what popular brands H & M, Victoria’s Secret, Lucky Brand Jeans and others are doing to get green.
6. Cook a special Earth Day dinner featuring organic foods.
7. Have an Earth Day Arts and Crafts Day. Kaboose lists some great earth-friendly arts and crafts activities that both you and your children/students will enjoy that use fun materials such as egg cartons, laundry soap containers, rocks, toothbrushes, coffee grounds and more!
8. Rent a movie that covers earth-related topics. This site lists environmental movies based on a subject search from Free Willy to to Banana Split, March of the Penguins, UnNatural Causes and more for every movie interest.
9. Plan an Earth Day Observance among friends or in your community. Charge $2-5 and donate the funds to a local earth-friendly charity.
10. Plant trees and do a dedication.
11. Build a birdhouse with your kids and/or family to encourage the local bird population, using various recycled pieces.
12. Review my post “Going Green,” which lists 40+ ways to go green in the kitchen, restroom, when cleaning, around the house, when shopping, eating, for activities and in entertainment, etc.
13. Leave your car at home and bike or walk to work. Or, plan a carpool.
14. Check out this Earth Day 2008 Calendar to see if there is an event being held in your area.
15. Change your avatar or icon on any of the social media: Twitter, Facebook, in comments, etc. to green.
16. Check out The Earthday Network for more information and opportunities to have your voice heard regarding the politics surrounding Earth Day issues.
17. Register your Earth Day event with the current list of over 12,000 and growing!
18. Share your message on Google’s interactive Earth Day map!
Add your own Suggestion in the comments! =)
Any Oprah fans in the atmosphere? On last Friday’s show, Oprah’s show featured: Going Green 101 where she shared many tips and insights on how individuals and families can join the fight to save our earth. Feeling inspired, I wanted to provide my own list of simple and easy ways to Go Green this upcoming year. Some of my favorites from Oprah’s show are also shared.
1. Turn your water off in between brushing your teeth.
2. Unplug straightener, shaver, blow dryer, etc. when not in use. When items are plugged in, they still use up to 40% power.
3. Buy a shower timer to conserve water.
4. Use tissue and toilet paper sparingly.
1. If you’re making a picnic, choose plastic over paper plates. They can be reused and recycled.
2. Buy energy saving appliances to help global warming. Look for the blue Energy Star label when purchasing or visit http://www.energystar.gov for more information.
3. Use reusable containers to put away leftover rather than plastics wrap or foil. Also, in the same line of thinking, use rags to clean up messes when possible to conserve paper towels.
1. Instead of adding yard waste or lawn clippings to landfills, use a mulching mower. Not only is it healthier for your yard, but its healthier for all of Earth.
3. Remember to inflate your tires about every two weeks. This allows your tires to last longer, meaning more rubber is conserved.
1. Turn lights on and off when entering and exiting rooms.
2. Caulk your windows to get the most out of your heating and air conditioning. This will save energy and money. Double bonus!
3. Use energy strips. This helps save power and cuts down on your energy bill. When something is off, but still plugged in, it still uses power.
4. Use GE energy smart light bulbs. According to Oprah.com, GE Energy Smart bulbs use 70 to 75 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last up to 10 times longer than most bulbs.
5. Donate books and magazines to public libraries.
6. Use rechargeable batteries instead of throwaway ones.
1. If you haven’t heard about the questions surrounding bottled water, go no further. Bottled water is more expensive…to our pocketbooks, bodies and our world. Save all three. Invest in a Nalgene water bottle or an aluminum water bottle that can be reused, is safer, cost effective, healthier and saves the earth.
2. Buy less packaged food. Read the labels and packaging to see if food is healthy for your body, but also take notice if wasteful materials are being used to sell the item.
2. Donate old clothes and items you no longer use to The Salvation Army or the Goodwill.
3. Do not throw away leather shoes. Leather takes 50 years to decompose. Donate them.
4. Resell or donate your old, used cellphone even! Lots of companies buy back phones, spruce ’em up and then resell them at lower rates. Green mobile is one such company.
5. Just say no…to receipts. When an ATM or a gas pump asks if you want a receipt, say no. This will save many precious trees.
1. Visit a landfill. As Oprah’s show told us, throwing something away, doesn’t mean that it goes away. It goes somewhere else.
2. Plant trees. The more CO2 we can create, the better.
3. Adopt a cause and become an activist. Green is the new pink everyone. Just check out Matt Damon’s favorite organization Greendimes, Stop Global Warming!, or Gwenyth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz’ organization ‘act green’ that works to reduce dependence on oil and for energy conservation.
4. Use newspapers as wrapping paper.
6. Take up Shard Art. Also known as Pique Assiette mosaic art. Use pieces of broken glass to create wonderful new pieces of art.
7. Visit and shop at your local farmer’s market.
1. Beg, borrow or buy Al Gore’s documentary: An Inconvenient Truth.
2. Read The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostige.
3. Watch the television series Planet Earth.
4. Attend a Drive-In movie, according to Eath911.org.
5. Carpool. This web service helps you connect with others looking to carpool in your area.
6. Catch Leonardo DiCaprio’s film The Eleventh Hour, about the growing dangers of global warming, set to come out soon!
And lastly, one way to recycle I would not recommend….using old condoms as hairbands. True story.
And on that note, hope this was enough to get motivated. Feel free to leave your favorite recycling tips below too!
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