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December 20, 2007

Give away something you don’t need

Filed under: environment,Good News,Life Online,technology,tikkun olam,tzedakah — howdoyoujew @ 15:16

If you get a new cellphone this holiday season, why not donate your old one to Secure the Call Foundation? They’ll pay for shipping your old phone to them and turn it into a 911-only emergency phone for people in need. Simple and effective way to 1) help someone in need and 2) keep old but functional cellphones from ending up in a landfill.

November 21, 2007

Yay! Another easy way to reduce waste

Filed under: environment,Good News,technology,tikkun olam — howdoyoujew @ 14:27

Catalog Choice is an awesome site where you can sign up to opt out of getting all those junk catalogs you don’t need in your snail mail. This is very much on my mind, as we just got TWO copies of the Uno Alla Volta catalog the other day, and even one of them is too many. I’ve signed up, and I’ll fill out the details as soon as I get home and fish those puppies out of the recycling bin.
(thanks to MH)

July 5, 2007

Why I’m never buying bottled water again, and why you shouldn’t either

Filed under: Commentary,environment,Health,News — howdoyoujew @ 09:47

Since I’ve been following No Impact Man for a while, I was primed for this, but there were still some severely sobering facts in this that managed to stun me. Take some time to read and react to The Truth About Bottled Water.


Except for this: Bottled water is often simply an indulgence, and despite the stories we tell ourselves, it is not a benign indulgence. We’re moving 1 billion bottles of water around a week in ships, trains, and trucks in the United States alone. That’s a weekly convoy equivalent to 37,800 18-wheelers delivering water. (Water weighs 81/3 pounds a gallon. It’s so heavy you can’t fill an 18-wheeler with bottled water–you have to leave empty space.)

Meanwhile, one out of six people in the world has no dependable, safe drinking water. The global economy has contrived to deny the most fundamental element of life to 1 billion people, while delivering to us an array of water “varieties” from around the globe, not one of which we actually need…

…And in Fiji, a state-of-the-art factory spins out more than a million bottles a day of the hippest bottled water on the U.S. market today, while more than half the people in Fiji do not have safe, reliable drinking water. Which means it is easier for the typical American in Beverly Hills or Baltimore to get a drink of safe, pure, refreshing Fiji water than it is for most people in Fiji…

…And for this healthy convenience, we’re paying what amounts to an unbelievable premium. You can buy a half- liter Evian for $1.35–17 ounces of water imported from France for pocket change. That water seems cheap, but only because we aren’t paying attention.

In San Francisco, the municipal water comes from inside Yosemite National Park. It’s so good the EPA doesn’t require San Francisco to filter it. If you bought and drank a bottle of Evian, you could refill that bottle once a day for 10 years, 5 months, and 21 days with San Francisco tap water before that water would cost $1.35. Put another way, if the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000…

via MH, BB, and MeFi.

May 8, 2007

Having an impact.

Filed under: Commentary,environment,Good News,Health — howdoyoujew @ 12:54

I’ve been following No-Impact Man for a couple of months, and it’s made me think a lot about my own impact on the planet. I do more than many people, but not as much as I could; I’m working on it, one day at a time.

Then today, in a comment on a post at Good Experience, I was introduced to TerraCycle, my new favorite company in the whole wide world – specifically their Bottle Brigade project. And in poking around their site a bit more, I discovered that they have been Sued By Scotts.

Please take a moment to check out who they are and what they do, contribute if you can, and think about what you can do to reduce your own impact on the environment.

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