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Event: Wasting Less Food Meet-Up

The first 2014 Zero Waste Sonoma County (ZWSC) meet-up will be held tomorrow eve, Wednesday, February 12 from 5:30-8:15pm at the Share Exchange in downtown Santa Rosa. All are welcome to attend but must register in advance. Sponsored by LITE Initiatives and the Share Exchange, the initial topic is Wasting Less Food – at restaurants and businesses as well as at home. The focus will be on buying less, consuming less, discarding less and reusing as much as possible. (Please… Read More »

What Is A Green Burial?

Clipped from The Green Burial Council (GBC) Green burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that furthers legitimate ecological aims such as the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. … The Council doesn’t think any end-of-life ritual, form of disposition, or mode of post-mortem preparation is “wrong.” We only want to ensure that services and products are available to people who… Read More »

Green Burial Resources

Green funerals and burials have fewer environmental impacts then regular  funerals and burials. This refers to a number of options: funeral activities and transportation, embalming, donation to science, cremation or ground burial, container – none, shroud, casket or urn of natural materials, concrete use in grave, grave marker choice… RESOURCES – These are simply resources not endorsements Home Funerals Final Passages, http://www.finalpassages.org/, based in Sebastopol, great resources and training for Green and Loving Family-Directed Home Funerals Home Funeral Directory, http://homefuneraldirectory.com/ Green… Read More »

Think Green This Valentine’s Day

A Snip from Michael Bloch, GreenLivingTips.com. For interesting  V-Day facts, please read the entire article. If Valentines Day is an important day for you or the one you love; then you can also show a bit of extra love for the environment by carefully considering what you buy. Here’s some ideas: – Cards made from recycled or tree-free paper (this will be indicated on the card) – Consider sending an e-card instead using one of the many quality services around. -… Read More »

Reuse Spotlight: Shade Umbrella Covers

The 4-year old garden umbrella sits sadly in the corner with a tattered canopy. Not wanting to toss the perfectly functional wood frame, this morn I researched replacement covers or canopies. Avoiding the “we sell everything” sites, I found four that sell replacement canopies as well as storage covers, frames, poles, ribs and in some cases cushions for a variety of outdoor furniture. I prefer local sites so was sure to note where these business are located. The Ben1cia company… Read More »

Event: Holiday GiftAway and Clothing Swap, 11/24

A Great Way To Get Rid Of Unwanted Goods And Get Gifts! LITE Initiatives, in cooperation with Sebastopol Grange #306 and Transition Sebastopol presents the 2nd annual Holiday GiftAway and Clothing Swap this Sunday, November 24, from 1-3pm at the Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Rd.,  one half mile east of Morris St on Hwy 12. Swaps are a fun, ecological way to get GIFTS and new-to-you goods while giving away unwanted items! Men, Women and Children’s clean and working reusables and household… Read More »

Sierra Nevada Brewing Receives First Zero Waste Platinum Certification

U.S. ZERO WASTE BUSINESS COUNCIL PRESENTS SIERRA NEVADA BREWING COMPANY WITH FIRST ZERO WASTE PLATINUM CERTIFICATION The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) announced today that it’s awarding Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. with the platinum zero waste certification plaque for its achievement in successfully diverting 99.8 percent of its waste from landfill, incineration and the environment. This is the first platinum certification that the USZWBC has given and the highest level possible. USZWBC audited the Zero Waste diversion processes at… Read More »

Class: Food From the Garden Year Round

Sponsored by Santa Rosa Parks, Recreation and Community Services August 24, 2013 – 9:00am – 12:00pm 2060 W. College Ave. Finley Community Center Fall & winter vegetables can give you the most production for the longest period with the least amount of effort! Learn about crop selection, timing,soil preparation, cover crops, crop rotations, and winter care for fruit trees and other perennials. Good soil care over winter can improve soil health significantly.  Tips on getting cool season crops established in late summer weather as… Read More »

Volunteers Needed For This Weekend’s Gravenstein Apple Fair

The Gravenstein Apple Fair is the main fundraiser for Sonoma County Farm Trails, a non-profit organization created to support sustainable agricultural diversity in Sonoma County. Held at Ragle Park in Sebastopol, we still need a few more volunteers for four hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers receive admission for both days, a parking pass, T-shirt, access to the volunteer snack area (provided by Whole Foods) and our gratitude! We hope you will join us! Check us out at gravensteinapplefair.com.

Forty Percent Of US Food Goes Uneaten

In “Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill”, the Natural Resources Defense Council reports that 40% of US food goes uneaten at a cost of $165 billion per year, not to mention that the land, water, chemicals and energy we use to produce and transport this food is also squandered. The 2012 report recommends: “The government conduct a comprehensive study of the food system waste and set national goals for… Read More »