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Regional Gleaning Resources

CropMobster Community Exchange, www.cropmobster.com, links communities and individuals in-need with local farmers, producers and food purveyors who need a hand or have excess food to sell or donate. Based in Sebastopol and currently focused on four Bay Area Counties – Sonoma, Marin, Alameda and San Francisco, listings include Deals, Donations, Gleanings, Wanted, Free, Events, Trade, Land and CrowdFund. Bay Area Food Banks, www.bayareahunger.org. A collaboration of seven local food banks – including the Redwood Food Bank, serving northern California counties.… Read More »

Wear No Evil

HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD WITH YOUR WARDROBE Book by Greta Eagan, Running Press, 2014, Reviewed by Joyce C., Hutchinson Public Library, July 2014 Have you ever wondered, “How can I inherently do good while looking good?” Wear No Evil has the answer, and is the timely handbook for navigating both fashion and ethics. It is the style guide with sustainability built in that we’ve all been waiting for. As a consumer, you regain your power with every purchase to… Read More »

Event: Waste Less Food Meet-Up, 5/14/14

Forty Percent of US Food Wasted! $165 Billion Annually; $2,275 Per Family. A 15% reduction in losses in the food supply could feed 25 million Americans annually. – NRDC 2012. Join us for the next Zero Waste Sonoma County (ZWSC) Waste Less Food  Meet-up,  Wednesday, May 14, 6-8pm at the Share Exchange in Santa Rosa. Panelists include: Jude Frates, Sustainability Consultant, Oliver’s Market and Community Market, Tim Page, FEED Sonoma, Annie Sherman, Sonoma County Green Business Program and former Whole… Read More »

Event: Waste 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 »

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 »

Bike Extravaganza, Saturday, July 13th, 10am-5pm

An All Day Event Of All Things Bicycle! West Santa Rosa. Meet professional racers;  Talk to bike builders;  See vintage bikes, race bikes, mountain bikes, electric assist bikes, recumbent bikes, art bikes… All ages welcome. Free to all. Community Bikes presents all aspects of bikes from racing bikes to art bikes to maintenance and education! Something for everyone! Come join us for exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, film, bike-art, frame builders, and celebration of bike culture! FREE to the public ~ all ages.… Read More »