Posted on February 19, 2013 by Debra Atlas
I recently was interviewed by Diane Brandon, who hosts an online radio show on BlogTalkRadio. Ms. Brnadon asked some great questions, including what is an eco-innovation and what does the term “green” really encompass.
We discussed a wide variety of green products that I’ve tested and written about and the impact they have for consumers. It’s a delightful and informative program that can be really useful to help expand your knowledge about what really is and isn’t green and how to know the difference.
Click here to listen to the entire interview. Due to technical difficulties (telephone-related), after the introduction you’ll want to fast forward to around 5:45 minutes into it. Skype definitely saved the day!
Enjoy and let me hear from you afterwards!
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Posted on October 10, 2011 by Debra Atlas
Kids doing Reverse Trick-or-Treating will reach over 100,000 adults this year
Halloween’s a time for ghosts, goblins and the latest cartoon or sci-fi characters. And oh the candy!
This year is the fifth annual Reverse Trick-or-Treating on Halloween. Trick or Treaters around the country will be handing out Fair Trade chocolate to over 100,000 adults who normally would be handing goodies to them.
Filed under: Fun and Educational too, Making a Difference | Tagged: child slave labor, chocolate, cocoa industry, environmental, Equal Exchange, fair trade, GlobalExchange, Green America, Harkin-Engel Protocol, Hershey's, International Labor Rights Forum, Ivory Coast, pesticide, Reverse Trick-or-Treating, sustainable | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 9, 2011 by Debra Atlas
Amusement and theme parks are getting greener these days
As consumers demand for green products increases, businesses of all kinds are jumping on the green bandwagon. So to are theme parks across the U.S. and around the world.
Many modern parks are boasting eco-friendly and sustainable features that can make you feel good about enjoying yourself.
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Posted on September 4, 2011 by Debra Atlas
You may not know what a grommet is or even heard of one before. But you’ve seen one. It’s a ring of metal, plastic, or rubber that’s used to reinforce a hole or protect the sharp edges of one. You’ll recognize it as the eyelet on a shoe, or the metal ring at the top of a nice shower curtain.
There’s a different kind of grommet, one that’s helping to redefine online shopping.
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Posted on April 25, 2011 by Debra Atlas
Always looking for ways to encourage consumers to use snail mail, the USPS has issued some pretty nifty looking green-themed stamps.
These new “forever”stamps feature 16 ideas on how to live a more green lifestyle - ways we can easily help the health 0f the environment. All are pretty much commonsense suggestions like turn the thermostat down, use public transportation and turn off lights when not in use. Take a look and see how many of these ideas you already follow. Then see how to add some or all of the rest.
Going green isn’t hard. It’s just about changing old habits. And you can do that, can’t you?
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Posted on March 9, 2011 by Debra Atlas
Check out the wide variety of green fundraising ideas
Let’s face it -school fundraisers are a crucial lifeline to keep some of the “extras” alive and well.
Candy, gift-wrapping and magazine subscriptions are traditional fundraising choices. Yet there’s a wide variety of eco-friendly, creative, even yummy choices out there.
For details on some great green ideas for your next fundraising campaign, check out http://bit.ly/gaXTTP.
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Posted on November 5, 2010 by Debra Atlas
The BOXEL Pavilion is constructed from 2,000 beer crates
What do you do with old beer crates? Recycle them, of course.
German architecture students of the University of Applied Sciences in Detmold designed and constructed BOXEL, a pavilion made out of 2,000 beer crates that had been in use for over 10 years and had been donated by a local brewery for the project.
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Posted on September 27, 2010 by Debra Atlas
With the current economy and budget cuts, school fundraisers are fundamental – a lifeline keeping important activities afloat.
Candy, gift-wrapping and magazine subscriptions are generally top fundraising choices. Yet there are eco-friendly, creative, even yummy choices that could support schools being even more successful.
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Posted on August 23, 2010 by Debra Atlas
Ecogear's new eco-friendly line of rolling bags are designed to meet the needs of young kids
You’ve seen them all around airports – kids proudly pulling their own rolling carry-ons that come in all kinds of colors and patterns geared to appeal to the younger set.
When it comes to being eco-friendly, though, most of them miss the mark.
One company has taken this issue on, and done so with a style that even the youngest schoolchild will like. With its commitment to creating affordable, environmentally-friendly bags, Ecogear has created a new line of rolling bags called EcoZoo.
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Posted on August 2, 2010 by Debra Atlas
Nicole Beck's recycled fridge mosaic pays tribute to endangered wildlife in the Gulf
You never know what you’ll see on the streets of Chicago.
An exhibition called Fine Art Fridges, which consists of recycled refridgerators, is being sponsored by ComEd, Chicago’s utility provder around Chicago’s Magnificent Mile area. The total of nine reporposed fridges each have a special theme including Chicago arthitecture and an awesome vintage hot rod.
This unusual art show was created by ComEd to raise awareness of the utility’s Appliance Recycling Program, which gives $25 to customers when they recycle their old, secondary household refrigerators and freezers. The company estimates that 43,000 older units have been removed since the program began.
Artist Larry Grobe transformed a 1950's Philco fridge into an awesome 1928 Ford
The program runs through September 15th.
If you’re planning a trip to the Midwest anytime soon, this is definitely a must see.
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