Wishing everyone a very happy new year and more greener choices for 2012…This post is long overdue…bad health dint let me post it earlier..I have something exciting to share…
My hubby bought us a pair of all steel and bamboo Klean Kanteen water bottles for our bdays :). I had Klean Kanteen on the list, but the cost made me look for other options.After a long and disappointing search for all steel and no plastic water bottle, we decided to buy Klean Kanteen bottles
I was excited…no styrofoam peanuts..yay!!!
Was a little disappointed to see my bottle wrapped in plastic 😦
But then the bag says 100% compsotable..I really hope it is!!
Arent the bottles amazing. They costed us $32 with taxes…(after we used an online $2 coupon)
I plan to reuse jute rice bags to make nice compact totes/bags for the bottles
I have had this peeve about wireless mouse and keyboard. All the battery it drains, made my green alarm go off on full blast! A few sniffs later, I came across Aramedia’s cordless mouse which does not need battries…read more here
An Eco-Friendly BatteryFREE Wireless Mouse For Laptop for $39.95. I am still worried about the plastic which went into making it, but it is a decent trade off compared to all the battery drain from using regular cordless mouse and keyboard
And then Logitech has its Solar powered keyboard..cool isnt it!
Quoting the Logitech site“over 15 billion batteries dumped into landfills in the USA alone, each and every year. Let’s face it, any number over zero is too many. All these batteries can potentially leak lead, cadmium, nickel hydride and other chemicals into our groundwater and contaminate our soil. This toxic brew not only renders the soil useless but will also foul our drinking supply. Part of the reason for so many batteries being discarded is that they simply cannot keep up with the demands of modern technology.
Logitech has introduced a new wireless solar powered keyboard that is designed to eliminate the need for batteries. It even works inside in a standard lighted room, so you don’t have to work only near a window or outside on a sunny day. With convenience like this, battery hassles will soon be a thing of the past.
Keeping with the eco-friendly theme, Logitech has used completely PVC-free construction methods and the packaging is fully recyclable. The design is intended to create a minimal footprint.”
I am very happy to see some progress! However, I do not recommend buying more plastic, it is always better to use anything until its lifetime. One of the sources for green hazard having ruled out, there are products which have been thought out a little further.
These are made of bamboo
There is a downside to using renewable materials as well, as I always say, using any resource in excess and over consumption is never earth friendly..:)..Be wise choose well and be a minimalist!..Frugality is definitely eco-freindly
I came across a Melbourne, Australia based company, called Ruba Designs
Ruba designs upcycles used car tires into amazing designer table mats, desk mats and coasters. If we were to ignore the enery and effort which goes into this process, and the consequent recycling process footprint, this is a cool concept…a lot better than directing used rubber tires into landfill and also reducing the need to chop trees, produce more cotton, bamboo, jute etc or produce more plastic for mats and coasters.
all images courtesy: Ruba
The Placemats and coasters, which won’t bend out of shape, are warm and inviting to touch, waterproof, heat resistant, dishwasher safe, and non-slip. They are available in 6 different designs to cater for different tastes. Also included in the collection are 4 styles of mouse pads and 3 styles of desk sets for the office. Ruba designers Sonia Attard and Lisa Vincitorio share their views in an interview on a fellow Green blog >>Link
If you are interested in updates about Ruba and its products…do click on their Facebook LIKE button :)..cheers to more such ventures..yay!!
As mentioned in my previous post, here is the guest post from Daniel, of Giveacar, UK.
Car donation: a great way to recycle your car
Recycling a car can be a difficult and daunting prospect. It’s not always easy to find someone who is willing to collect you vehicle and make sure it is thoroughly depolluted and reused. There are many people still out there who will simply harvest your cars easily resalable parts and leave the rest to rust.
If you’ve decided to purchase a more fuel efficient vehicle or have resolved to give up your car entirely for a greener mode of transport, car donation is one of the most environmentally friendly ways of getting rid of your old vehicle.
There are a wide range of car donation programs out there, supporting an array of different charitable causes. It is important to find one that will either scrap your vehicle in an environmentally friendly way or put it in to an auction to find a new owner. This ensures that the oldest cars, those with worst fuel consumption, are taken off the road, and newer ones are reused, reducing demand for new car production, which has a significant negative effect on the environment.
If you are in the UK, a great donation program to check out is Giveacar. They guarantee that at least 85% of the weight of your car will be recycled and reused. In addition, they only work with scrap yards that are affiliated to the UK Environment Agency, meaning that your car will be fully depolluted and not just left to drip its hazardous chemicals into the earth.
As well as the environmental benefits of their car scrappage scheme, Giveacar promise to donate at least $100 to the donors chosen charity for each car donated. They are partnered with a variety of different causes including several charities tackling the effects of climate change.
Only a year old, they have already recycled more than 3,000 cars and have raised more than $300,000 for good causes.
PS: pictures courtesy: Giveacar
Daniel from UK based company called Giveacar, a not-for-profit organisation, sent in a post to be featured on Green Crusader.
About the company:
Giveacar is into collection and recycling of unwanted cars, with the proceeds of each vehicle going to charity.
They have imported the idea of car donation from the US to the UK, and work with over 250 charities and have raised over £200,000 in the past year through car donation. The company works with scrapyards and salvage operators to ensure cars are sold for their maximum value – thus providing the maximum donation to charity.
Daniel says “Giveacar has had a really positive response, with the service providing a serious financial boost to charities in this current climate, and Reuters have made a news video on the positive effects of social enterprises such as Giveacar. (http://www.reuters.com/news/video/story?videoId=180720019). We are an environmentally friendly operation, recommended by Keep Britain Tidy and recently covered by the Ecologist:
Watch this space for the Guest post. 🙂