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Landscaping for a Green Earth and Blue Oceans


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If you love your garden and want it to better serve you and Mother Nature, check out Douglas Kent & Associates, who specialize in designing “ecologically beautiful landscapes” all over California. A tremendous amount of harmful pollution begins in our own back yards, but with a bit of careful planning and playing in the dirt, your yard can become a statement on eco-friendly living.

Douglas Kent & Associates design, build, and oversee the creation of gardens that will reduce water run-off, fire hazards, and energy use – saving you money and keeping your family safe! They will probably suggest some native, edible plants to make maintenance easier and save your car a trip to the grocery store. Your yard will stand out on the block as beautiful, unique, and ethical.

More info @ www.anfractus.com

For a more do-it-yourself approach, visit the Surfrider Foundation. They are a client of Douglas Kent & Associates who provide comprehensive solutions for keeping the ocean blue – beginning at home. This is especially important if you live in a beach town! On their site you will find charts comparing costs and benefits of various options, diagrams of irrigation systems, and photos of yards done by none other than Douglas Kent & Associates.

Visit www.surfrider.org

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Back-to-School Smencils


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Gotta love gourmet scented pencils… really, what will they think of next? These classroom must-haves are new to the scene and make the grade by being made of only recycled newspaper. That means that instead of cutting down an average sized cedar tree for pencil pulp, 430 newspapers can be recycled. (Fun fact: recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times will save about 75,000 trees!)

Choose from ten scents: Bubble Gum, Cherry, Pineapple, Grape, Fruit Punch, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Orange, Watermelon and Rootbeer.

Sold in sets of 5 ($5) or 10 ($10) at www.smencils.com.

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friday’s mixed bag of green news


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  • Energy Geeks Compete for Coolest Solar Home – cnet
  • UK Readies Foot and Mouth Vaccine – reuters
  • A dangerous photo-op. Arctic Glacier Breaks, Ice Hits Tourist Boat – ap/livescience
  • This vindictive little move may have been a bit shortsighted. Comcast Turns Back on First Responders – breitbart
  • Tech Companies Tout Greener Credentials, But Significant Improvements Are Distant – enn
  • A little of the old ’cause and effect’. As British Taxes Hit Gas Guzzlers, Sale of Greener Cars Double – yahoo! news
  • Important stuff. The Right Way to Eat Corn on the Cob – Around or Across? – cs monitor
  • Extreme Weather Sure. Global Warming. Not So Fast – afp/breitbart
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