Archive for April, 2010

Make Your Old House More Energy Efficient

Here are ten ways to make your old house greener from the Old House Web’s Matt Grocoff.

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How to Save the Planet

Thanks to filmmaker Jeff who sent me this film aimed at young people to conserve energy. Jeff, I think older people can learn from it, too.

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Paper Receipts

How do you feel about paper receipts? Go to this blog and vote if you feel strongly about them:

I recycle mine unless I need them for tax purposes.

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Happy Earth Day

I’ve been working this week and have not been able to celebrate Earth Day, but I really celebrate Earth Day everyday. I try to do as little harm as possible to the planet all the time.

I was an extra in a movie in Nashville this year, and I was disappointed at the amount of trash the set produced. I’m glad to read the following AP story:

Hollywood studios cut trash production

(AP) – 1 day ago

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood is producing less trash these days — 40 million pounds less.

The Solid Waste Task Force says major movie studios collectively diverted 66 percent of studio sets and other solid waste from landfills in an industrywide effort to be more environmentally friendly.

MPAA President Bob Pisano said Wednesday the joint effort by the Motion Picture Association of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has reached “an all-time high” in recycling and reusing since it began in the early 1990s.

Disney will donate of a portion of ticket sales for its new film “Oceans” to support coral reef conservation. Fox is marking Earth Day’s 40th anniversary and the DVD release of “Avatar” with a pledge to plant a million trees around the world by the end of 2010.

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Plastic Bag

This is absolutely brilliant. I was captivated from the first to the last minute of the short film. I feel guilty about using plastic bags for dog poop in my pet sitting business. Plastic bags do not go away just because someone put dog poop in it. I knew that. I was in denial.

I love the end of the film as I was reminded by the plastic bag of the main character in Simone de Beauvoir’s All Men Are Mortal.

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Gaylord Nelson

Here is a tribute to Gaylord Nelson, who founded the first Earth Day in 1970.

Thanks for the vision and the action to do something to save the Earth.

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Earth Day Tips from RecycleBank

RecycleBank is offering tips all month in celebration of the 40th annual Earth Day:

You’ll be more likely to recycle consistently if you set up a recycling area in your kitchen or utility room. Post a list nearby of the items that are accepted for recycling in your local community.

Reuse or recycle as many of your empty health and beauty product containers as you can. If you can’t reuse them at home, containers such as your empty vitamin or supplement bottles can be recycled with your home recycling. Other cosmetic and toiletry tubes, bottles, and jars (from any brand) can be taken back to retail stores including Origins and MAC.

Choose toilet paper made from 100% recycled fibers. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, if every household in the U.S. replaced one roll of virgin fiber toilet paper with 100% recycled ones, we’d save 423,900 trees.

When decorating your home, choose items made from reclaimed materials – for example, a recycled glass vase from RecycleBank rewards partner Uncommon Goods, a rug made from old cotton t-shirts, or a basket made from telephone wire. It saves resources and extends the useful life of the materials.

Find out how to recycle items that you can’t place in your curbside bin like batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and plastic bags. When in doubt, call your local solid waste management agency or go to

Leave grass clippings on the lawn after you mow rather than bagging and throwing them away. This saves energy and landfill space and the grass will decompose and return nutrients to the soil.

Got an old fur coat or hat in the attic that you inherited and never wear? Donate it to the Humane Society of the United States’ Coats for Cubs program so wildlife rehabilitators can reuse it as bedding for injured or orphaned wildlife.

After birthday and holiday celebrations, save gift bags and boxes, ribbons, and tissue paper to reuse.

Recycle plastic packing peanuts by saving them for the next time you send a package, taking them to any UPS Store location, or calling the Plastic Loose Fill Council’s 24-hour Peanut hotline (800-828-2214) to find other drop-off sites near you.

Invest in a set of rechargeable batteries and a charger for powering your digital camera, portable music player, remote control, and other gadgets. You’ll reduce waste, save resources like steel, and save money in the long run.

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