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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 »

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 »

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 »

My Favorite Recycling Center: The Legacy

Whenever I am in south Sebastopol, I take few minutes to see what’s happening at The Legacy. A volunteer based arts and crafts reuse center in the Southpoint Shopping Center near McDonald’s, they accept and resell fabric – by the pound!, as well as sewing notions, yarn, hobby supplies and books. Kid friendly, it is a great way to introduce children to low cost do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. My idea of heaven! It’s also a great spot for presents – for yourself… Read More »

Disposable Reading Pleasures, Part I

Paper makes up 17.3% of California’s and 16.3% of Sonoma County’s discard stream. Much of it is single use reading materials – newspapers, magazines and books. We all take this mountain of short-term gratification for granted – but it doesn’t have to be so… mountainous. With a little effort we all can substantially reduce the impact of our reading pleasure – without reading less! Obviously the more readers per copy benefits the environment – but not the publishing industry. If… Read More »

Eyeglass Reuse – Santa Rosa

First, ask your eye care provider if they take part in an eyeglass reuse and recycling program. If the answer is no, ask why. There is no reason why undamaged eyeglasses should end up in the trash! If need be, you can mail them to Lions In Sight, 1404 Lemon St, Vallejo, CA 94590. The list below was snipped from our fabulous Sonoma County Recycling Guide which is located in the AT&T Yellow Pages under “R” and at www.recyclenow.org: Santa Rosa G&G Supermarkets,… Read More »

Non-Toxic Refillable Whiteboard Markers

I just purchased a set of AusPen refillable whiteboard markers. The fact that I bought anything new is news – since that is such a rare occasion. But marker pens? Yes, I am quite tired of messing with old, almost dead markers and was delighted to find some that are affordable, non-toxic, refillable, made from recycled aluminum and recyclable!!! We used them last week at the Environmental Center on the big whiteboard and they performed very well. Almost odorless, there… Read More »

Tomorrow is National Regifting Day!

In honor of office holiday parties, tomorrow, the Thursday before Christmas, is National Regifting Day. Money Management International (MMI) suggests that you turn your gift exchange into a regifting party. “In case you are hesitant to break tradition, you can rest assured that the majority (60%) of people think that regifting is becoming more accepted; the top two reasons are to save some green.”… Read More »

Wrapping For The Earth

A torturous form of delayed gratification, wrapped gifts cultivate excitement and wonder. Yet nowadays gift wrap can be quite pricey and is often made with non-recyclable plasticized or metallic paper. Careful unwrapping and reuse helps but ultimately it ends up in the landfill. If it is placed in the recycling it must be sorted out at the recycling center. I imagine the paper sorters dread Christmas. Can you imagine miles and miles of smushed wrapping paper mixed with plastic bags, rubber bands and tape?… Read More »