I am off to the seaside today. While I am gone taking lovely photos to share, hop on over to ThisNext and see this eco-friendly and sophisticated cotton lunch bag. Feel good about carrying your lunch! (via WhoaItsMe)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Last week was composting, and otherwise reducing your contributions to the landfill. Though I did not create a new post this week for it, I did follow the challenge by continuing to compost and recycle. We took our twice yearly trip to the dump (we do not have municipal trash pickup) and got rid of the things we could not compost, upcycle, recycle, freecycle, or otherwise use or donate. How did you do with the challenge? If you need composting tips, you can read my older posts here and here.
This week's challenge comes from one of our new bloggy friends, Millenniumhealth, at ... well ... Millenniumhealth. It's an easy activity and once again shows us that small actions matter ... especially when we all do them. Here it is:
This week, put your computer to sleep or set it to hibernate when it's not in use. If you need help in doing this, check out these sites:
Use Standby and Hibernate
Manually Put Your Computer Into Hibernation
Typically, if you're already doing the first part of the challenge, I ask you to write about it on your blog. This week, however, we're going to do something different. If you are already in the habit of putting your computer to sleep or turning it off when you're not using it, look around your home and identify one other "sneaky" area that uses electricity. Come back here and, in the comments section, tell us what it is and how you'll either eliminate it or reduce it.
Visit the new forum for CTWW at Blog Catalog, set up by Tony Beach.
And, I am adding the CTWW Honor Society to this post as well:
Weekly Honor Society:
Tony Beach and at http://entrepreneursocialnetwork.blogspot.com/2009/08/smallfootprints.html and at http://www.retaggr.com/Page/TwitterOnlineSystem
Sharon Hightower and at http://www.jewelrytreschic.etsy.com and at http://artisanjewelrydesigners.ning.com/profile/SharonHightower
Cindygeenotes at http://dragyourfeet.wordpress.com/2009/08/20/small-footprint-gentle-hand/
The Wayland Springs Cook at http://waylandcook.blogspot.com/2009/08/compost-for-change-world-wednesday.html and at http://waylandcook.blogspot.com/2009/08/honor-soceity-for-cange-world.html
The Dafthermit at http://dafthermit.ning.com/ and at http://theblackbuscompany.blogspot.com/2009/08/change-world-wednesdays-by-our-friend.html
Connie Mishali at http://seewhykinsman.blogspot.com/2009/08/change-world-challenge.html
TC at http://livesmartbook.blogspot.com/2009/08/recycling-made-easy-with-earth911com.html and at the BlogCatalog Group he started here: http://www.blogcatalog.com/group/change-the-world
Green Gal at http://greenbeangal.blogspot.com/
Brian at http://the-new-author.blogspot.com/
Harmony at http://harmonytravel.blogspot.com/2009/08/welcome-to-my-world.html
S. Engelmohr at http://sengelmohr.blogspot.com/2009/08/recycled-items-in-your-home.html and from last week's challenge: http://sengelmohr.blogspot.com/2009/08/change-world-wednesday-this-week-i-want.html
Joe Todd at http://www.myqualitytime.net/2009/08/change-world-wednesday-time-to-start.html (I also hear that Joe put CTWW on his facebook page so if you're a facebook member, look him up there).
Annie Kelley at http://akannie.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/august-20-2009/
Elizabeth Barrette at http://gaiatribe.geekuniversalis.com/2009/08/20/how-to-shrink-your-garbage/
Eemilla at http://eemilla.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/clean-and-green/ (for last week's challenge).
Sober White Women at http://thoughtsofasoberwhitewomen.blogspot.com/
Dora Renee' Wilkerson at http://y2k-hippie.blogspot.com/
EcoGrrl at http://ecogrrlnetwork.blogspot.com/
Ken at http://www.thegreenapartmentblog.com/apartment-recycling/
Harripao at http://blogodril.blogspot.com/2009/08/change-world-wednesday-and-karinda.html
Kate at http://holdfastseeker.blogspot.com/2009/08/one-thing-for-planet-compost.html
Rewinn at http://rewinn.blogspot.com/2009/08/carbon-neutral-book-shipping.html
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
"Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a clothing swap and series of
The Swap When you attend the swap bring at least one bag of your unwanted clothing and a small donation (each swap varies depending on available funding). Every swap begins with a giant collective pile of clothing, the unwanted clothing of all who attend. Everyone is welcome to dive in and find their next new/used items from the pile. Take as little or as much clothing from this pile as you like, it's all free"
Doesn't that sound like a wonderful way to share the spirit of giving (and receiving), and to promote recycling and upcycling? I would love to see one of these in my area, and one of the wonderful aspects of this organization is that the opportunity exists for anyone to produce an event in their city. Ashland, Oregon anyone?
Hop on over and take a look...
Monday, August 10, 2009
In doing so, it puts helping people together with those who are in need of help. Here is what the founder, Jade, says in her About section:
"Craft Hope is a faith-based, love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those less fortunate. It is our hope to combine our love for crafting and desire to help others into a project to make a difference around the world."
This is similar to my goal with my sister blog, Sharing Our Gifts. I have not been as faithful in developing that blog as I would like to be, but finding Craft Hope has helped kick my thoughts about it back into gear. Meanwhile, I think I am going to join in on the Craft Hope current project to make a sock monkey for the Little Heroes Preschool Burn Camp in Sacramento, California. The camp is by the Firefighters Burn Institute in Sacramento, and runs from September 25-27, 2009. I encourage you to join me in this September Hoarders Unite Challenge and do the same.
So, the link above to "sock monkey" will take you to a place to learn how to make a sock monkey, and to purchase a sock monkey kit if you (like me) have never made one. Even more exciting, a message on the Craft Hope Nest Bulletin Board from Tamara at sockmonkey.net states that she will give a discount on sock monkey kits to any person purchasing specifically to make a monkey for this project. If you don't need a kit or a discount, sockmonkey.net is just a fun place to visit for free pattern ideas and monkey inspiration.
The deadline to get your sock monkey in for this project is September 18. If you're interested, visit Craft Hope and get started!