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green tip: getting rid of old electronics


e_waste_1.jpgElectronic waste has become the fastest growing waste stream in the world, with millions of tons of televisions, radios, computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices disposed of each year.  Of those, less than 20% are recycled, and the rest end up in landfills.  Because these devices are so full of toxic materials, it’s important to reuse, recycle, and properly dispose of these items.  Fortunately, there are many options now available (and most free of charge):

  • AT&T Reuse and Recycle Program will recycle your old cell phones, PDAs, batteries, and accessories (regardless of manufacturer or carrier).  You can drop off your items at any one of their 2000+ participating stores, or download a postage-paid mailing label and mail it in directly.
  • e_waste_2.jpgBest Buy Recycling offers recycling programs in all their US stores for televisions, DVD players, computer monitors, and more (up to 2 items per day).  You can also trade in your unwanted devices for Best Buy gift cards.
  • LG Electronics offers a free mail-in recycling program for old cell phones (any make or model)and free take back and recycling of any LG, Zenith, or Goldstar device (including televisions, monitors, audio equipment, and so on).  Just drop off items (up to 5) at any of these locations. (Update: Link removed)
  • Staples EcoEasy offers free in-store recycling of cell phones, small hand held electronics, and Dell products.  Other brands require a $10 fee per item.  Eligible toner cartridges are available for $3 rebates.
  • US Postal Service offers free mail-in recycling of inkjet cartridges, PDAs, Blackberries, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players.  Just pick up postage-paid Mail Back envelopes located in the Post Office lobbies (no limit).

For a more extensive list of companies offering recycling and take back programs, visit the EPA eCycling website.  If you’re looking for programs offered in your area, check out My Green Electronics, Call 2 Recycle, and Earth 911.

(Update: links removed)

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Friday, November 13, 2009

eco-friendly reusable Christmas tree


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Is it too early to start planning for Christmas?  Not if you’re thinking long-term.  These folding, reusable Christmas trees and ornaments are made in Finland from sustainably harvested FSC certified wood.  Designed and created by Anne Paso and her company,  Lovi, these items can ensure your home exudes a classy Christmas vibe for years to come.

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Lovi will plant 5 trees for every large Christmas tree sold.  You’ll find these exquisitely designed products @ matteriashop.com

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Cadillac Converj Electric Car Gets Go Ahead


For those of us who love everything about the Prius – sans the dowdy styling (and yes, it was named one of the “50 Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Years” by BusinessWeek) – there’s a bright spot on the horizon.

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According to a recent article in The Detroit News, GM’s Cadillac Converj extended-range electric concept has gotten the official “go ahead” from the company’s decision-makers. Debuted earlier this year at the Motor City’s annual auto show, the sleek coupe features design that’s likely to appeal to style-driven environmentalists more so than GM’s upcoming Chevy Volt.  And as a Cadillac, it can bring in a few extra dollars too.  The coupe, whose production date has yet to be determined, will join the ranks beside Cadillac’s Escalade Hybrid model, the only other alternative-powered vehicle currently in the lineup.

(Update: Link removed)

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Healthy Highways – A Traveler’s Guide to Healthy Eating


There are travel guides to help you find green hotels and now Nikki and David Goldbeck have written a traveler’s guide so that you may find organic, green or natural food restaurants and stores along the highways of your vacation.

hhighways_1.jpgHealthy Highways is the second edition of the Goldbeck’s book.  It contains 2,800 eateries and natural food stores throughout the USA.  This handy little book also includes a map of each state, directions to each site, what the eatery provides in the way of food and its hours of operation – all in a 470-page book.  The book is 8”x 5 ¾ “so it is easily carried in a handbag, glove compartment or car door storage bin.

We have not had a chance to use this book while traveling, but think it will be a helpful tool when we take the family on the road.  The more we learn about conventional farming and industrial food processing (more…)

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