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Rebekah Green – 3 Great Green Giveaways

UPDATE:  It’s official…congratulations to our 3 lucky ladies:  Janet F. of NJ, Belinda M. of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Amber G. of Illinois.  Thanks to everyone for entering, and don’t forget, you have to be in it to win it.  Stay tuned for our next Great Green Giveaway.  (original post follows.)

Add a little sparkle to your holidays.  We’re thrilled to feature Rebekah Green as our generous sponsor of this Great Green Giveaway. Rebekah’s new line of chic earrings are handcrafted, and made from recycled gold and fair trade gemstones — (ref our review).


Three lucky winners will be able to choose from an array of hip styles from her eco fabulous stud earring collection.  (Retail value, $20-45.00 plus free worldwide shipping.)

Here’s how to enter:

  • checkout her unique collections @
  • Then leave a comment on this post telling us why you think “buying green” makes a difference.
  • Follow her on Twitter or friend on Facebook.  Leave a comment to let us know, and receive an extra entry.
  • Add the following address to your email address book: m at AlternativeConsumer dot com.

Three lucky winners will be selected in our Random Drawing, and notified by email. Contest ends Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 11:59p (EST). Winners have 24 hours to claim their prize, or offer is null and void. Winners’ names will also be included on this post. Giveaway includes free shipping, anywhere in the world!

*One entry per person.

  • If you have your own blog, you can post about the giveaway with a link back to this giveaway post. To make sure we know, you can come back and leave a comment with a link to your blog post.
  • If you Twitter, you can tweet about the giveaway (once per day), and be sure to refer to @altCon, and leave a comment linking to the status.
  • You can also receive additional entries 3 more ways: subscribe to our RSS feed, follow us on Twitter or friend us on FaceBook. (If you’re already a subscriber, just enter a comment to let us know.)

A little background about this ethical, socially responsible company, here.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Who Owns the Arctic?

This book review is part of the Green Books Campaign, whereby 100 bloggers are reviewing 100 great books printed in an environmentally friendly way.  This campaign is organized by Eco-Libris, a green company working to green up the book industry by promoting the adoption of green practices, balancing out books by planting trees, and supporting green books. A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on the Eco-Libris website. So readers, feel free to jump in and let us know what you think about these green books, or any others.  My book review of Who Owns the Arctic? follows…

Several sovereign nations want the riches that lie beneath the Arctic’s diminishing ice – but does anyone really own it?  That question, posed by author Michael Byers, is both challenging and complex.  aawhownsarcticbk.jpgHaving led two projects for ArcticNet, a Canadian government-funded research consortium: the first on the Northwest Passage, the second on competing claims to oil and gas reserves below the Arctic Ocean, Byers brings an expert’s perspective to the analysis born of both eyewitness accounts and first hand experiences from the tip of the iceberg, as well as exhaustive research.  Besides authoring War Law and Intent for a Nation, Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia.

The book and issue, which on the surface may appear to be a boring academic exercise, turns out to be a fascinating read that outlines the history and issues surrounding Arctic ownership.  Canada, USA, Russia, Norway and Denmark all have land bordering these remote, icy waters — what criteria determines the fate of not only these countries, but also, perhaps our entire ecosystem?  There’s a lot at stake, and the laws governing the area seem as fluid and slippery as the ice melting.

In the end, Byers proposes a collaborative approach to answering this burning question. And, surprisingly, poses another, “more important question” instead:  “Are we, as a country, (Canada), up to the task?”  It is a complicated issue and in a world where these decisions are often influenced by giant energy companies and other special interests – – I ask, are we all, up to the task? Byers’ work is a compelling read on an intriguing and vital issue.  Grab a copy here and pass along to friends.  Or ask your public library for a copy.

green foot note:  “this book is printed on forest-friendly paper” by Douglas & McIntyre Publishers.

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A Green Thanksgiving

In my family, Thanksgiving was always the most stressful of holidays.  Would there be enough food? Would so-and-so come?  Would the house be clean enough?  Rarely among those concerns was, how sustainable is this holiday?  Well, times they are a changing and this Thanksgiving we’ll have a local turkey, relatives arriving via carpools and organic wine.  You can join the green Thanksgiving festivities with these easy tips.

The Food
Really, Thanksgiving is all about the food, but you don’t have to skimp on the stuffing to make this Thanksgiving more sustainable than last. Most families will not be convinced to give up the turkey this Thanksgiving. If you can go vegetarian or turkey free, more power to you; if not here are some alternatives:


  • Make a shopping list before you go out.  Trying to think on the fly will cause unnecessary purchases.  Making the list well in advance will allow you to look for the best local options, rather than making frantic last minute decisions.  Try to minimize car mileage by planning your route precisely.
  • Buy local and/or organic.  Thanksgiving is all about using your local resources to make delicious food.  Get your turkey from you local farmer’s market or local producers. You can look for a turkey provider near you, here.

It’s not just about the turkey!


  • Take the 100-Mile Thanksgiving Challenge, and keep all your Thanksgiving foods close to home. If you’re in Albany, Seattle, Washington, Kansas City, Flagstaff, or Montgomery, The Daily Green has prepared 100 Mile Challenge recipes to use.
  • Drink green.  Only buy wines with real cork stoppers, rather than plastic.  Trees are not cut down for cork, and it is a crucial part of the forestry industry.  Look for organic wines and liquors, and freshen tap water with a filter and some lemons.
  • As the food coma starts to set in, think about your leftovers before you take that oh so alluring nap.
  • Avoid plastic wrap. Most plastic wraps contain PVC which quickly winds up in landfills and has been linked to harmful environmental consequences.  Use aluminum foil or, even better, send family home with glass or ceramic storage containers that they can return to you after.  (The really conscientious may bring their own reusable leftover container, just in case…)
  • Keep your hands dry!  A new study from the University of Bonn in Germany found that your dishwasher uses less soap, half the energy and 1/6 of the water you might during hand washing.  Air dry the dishes rather than heat drying them.
  • Donate your fat.   If you’re in Texas, call up Plano and see if they’re still collecting turkey fat and turning it into biofuel.
  • Donate leftover food to a shelter or food bank.

The Family
Thanksgiving is also about getting connected with family. For some, it’s the one time in the year where everyone is in the same room. Go green together!

  • Know your guests.  Does Aunt Susan only eat white meat?  Is Danny a vegetarian?   Knowing who’s coming and what they’re expecting will help you shop efficiently and maximize your green options for each person.
  • Pick a location that’s easy for everyone to get to.  The less air travel the better, and if you do fly consider carbon-reducing efforts to make up for it.
  • Carpool.  Pick each other up on the way.
  • Try to avoid sitting around the television on Thanksgiving Day.   Many towns have live parades, and your childrens’ school friends might be playing in football games in the area.  If you have diehard fans in the mix, make sure they’re all watching the same television, and aren’t scattered throughout the house.  Take the football out of the closet and see if anyone’s apt to want to throw the ball around, or organize an informal game of touch.

The Decorations
autumn_lily_flowers.jpgHome made decorations can be both fun and green.

  • Send online invitations or organic ones.
  • Thanksgiving is an earthy time. Use your creativity with sticks, stones, leaves, flowers and branches from your backyard or neighborhood.
  • If you can’t get sticks or don’t want to get crafty, look for organic floral arrangements at your local farmers market or online.
  • Use non-toxic cleaners to get that mom-level-clean before she actually shows up.
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handmade certified organic cotton quilt


Handcrafted, nicely designed and made of 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, this work of art caught my eye.  It measures 72″ x 54″ and features: vines/leaf design throughout, reversible with black and white leaf pattern on the back, and hand finished binding.

$250 @ marymcnultydesign on etsy

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