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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 »

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 »

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 »

Is Your Life Too Plastic? Bag It Movie Review and Much More

The film  Bag It changed my life and watching it will change yours. It takes the plastic issue to another level – even for those of us who have studied it in depth. A well made and funny documentary, it starts with personal bag use it and evolves into a very thorough discussion of the impact of all plastics – in nature, in our lives, in our bodies and in our children’s bodies. At least 50 experts are interviewed. In… 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 »

American Idol Pulls Plug On Plastic Pollution PSA

UNDER PRESSURE FROM SPONSOR, AMERICAN IDOL PULLS PLUG ON PLASTIC PSA, Forbes Magazine, 11/8/11, Forbes reports that 11 contestants of American Idol Season 10 want you to REFUSE disposable plastic. A big time Idol sponsor – possibly Coca Cola, is objecting to the YouTube PSA. The two minute  short film created by Producer/Director Kate Miller with Mirror Films has a bit of song, a bit of humor and a big request for action – they are trying to raise $50,000. The… Read More »

Disposable Reading Pleasures, Part 2 – Magazines

Though I get a lot of pleasure from my big time reading habit, I seriously object to the large amount of waste the publishing industry and their advertisers create. Imagine if every periodical carried the following footer: “Please share and recycle!” and utilized recycled content paper and low impact inks. In particular, the magazine industry really gets my ire up. My 88-year old mom’s ever growing subscription list currently includes more than15 glossies – ladies magazines, health guides and cooking journals… 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 »