Great Appliance Swap Out

Operation Splash Cleans Up Long Island's Shores

Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Wembe Introduces Assai Detox Blend

Honest Tea- Best of the Best in Greenopia’s Annual Green Beverage Guide

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Great Appliance Swap Out
Sears Helps NYS Residents Access Remaining Rebates on Energy Star® Qualified Appliances

Sears stores throughout the state of New York are helping residents access the remaining rebate funds still available for ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances. This is part of the state’s “Great Appliance Swap Out” rebate program, which initially launched in February 2010, and is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds run out.

Starting Friday, Feb. 25 through Thursday, March 3, Sears stores in the Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany and Yonkers area will offer additional savings on home appliances, including:

• 20% off all Kenmore appliances

• 5% off all branded appliances

• Free standard delivery and haul away on appliances over $399. Instant Savings. No Rebate. Plus, no interest if paid in full in 12 months. (Offer good through 3/3/11)

New York residents who replace an existing appliance with a new ENERGY STAR qualified appliance are eligible for rebates from $75 to $555. Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds run out. Furthermore, in New York, additional savings will be available for customers who recycle their old appliances.

• $75 for refrigerators ($105 for refrigerators with documented recycling)

• $75 for clothes washers ($100 for clothes washers with documented recycling)

• $50 for freezers ($75 for freezers with documented recycling)

• $500 package rebate for dishwashers when purchased as part of a three-appliance package consisting of an ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerator, dishwasher and clothes washer ($555 with documented recycling)

Sears stores throughout the state of New York (to locate the nearest Sears store, visit: The Sears Blue Appliance Crew can provide customers with the recycling documentation required in order to receive the additional state stimulus rebates, and through the Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program will help remove customers’ old appliances and dispose of them in a responsible manner. For full rebate updates and details, and to learn more about Sears’ online and in-store Appliance Research Centers, please visit



Operation Splash
Cleans Up Long Island’s Shores

On Saturday, March 12, from 9am – noon, Operation SPLASH. (Stop Littering Polluting and Save Harbors) will kick off the 2011 season with OpSPLASH 21, the largest clean-up of the year. In its 21st year, SPLASH volunteers will board boats and be ferried out to remote islands and marshes off the South Shore. Bags in hand, volunteers will be on the lookout for all sorts of trash and debris that they can find.

Last year, more than 150 people donated their morning for the clean-up. In just two hours, SPLASH volunteers picked up 25,000 pounds of trash. In addition to ordinary trash, volunteers picked up truck tires, a yoga mat, and a rowboat! This year Operation SPLASH. is looking to set a new record of 35,000 pounds of trash rescued from our waters.

Volunteers, must dress in warm layers, with waterproof boots, waterproof gloves and a hat. For safety reasons, no sneakers or shoes are permitted. In addition, volunteers should bring a change of clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen and any other essentials. Children must be at least 12 years old and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Assemble at the South end of Woodcleft Avenue in Freeport, at 9am on March 12.

Founded in Freeport, New York in 1990, Operation SPLASH is a 1,500 member, grassroots, all-volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of the waterways along the South Shore of Long Island. Throughout its 20 year history, SPLASH volunteers have removed 1,000,000 pounds of trash from the local waterways. The organization is currently working on other important projects designed to protect and preserve the fragile South Shore estuaries.

To register for OpSPLASH 21 or to arrange a presentation at your school, Scout group or civic organization, call (516) 378-4770 or email If the weather is questionable, check the SPLASH website at or call (516) 378-4770.



Captain Planet and the Planeteers Encourages Children of All Ages to Get Involved in Saving Our Planet

Move over Iron Man, Spider-Man and Batman, the world’s first environmentally-conscious superhero on the block plans to offer kids action-packed adventure and a chance to help save the environment. He's Captain Planet, the ever-changing eco-hero from within our Earth, who, with the help of five young people from around the globe called Planeteers, fights a never-ending battle against eco-villains out to destroy the world. Arriving just in time for this year’s Earth Day celebration, Shout! Factory, in association with Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), will unleash the long-awaited Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season One DVD set in stores nationwide on April 19, 2011. Passionate fans can pre-order this DVD set now.

Offering rich animation and engaging storytelling, season one of Captain Planet and the Planeteers is sparkled with all-star voice cast comprise of some of the biggest names in Hollywood and video games, including David Coburn (Captain Planet), James Coburn (Looten Plunder), LeVar Burton (Kwame), Joey Dedio (Wheeler), Whoopi Goldberg (Gaia), Janice Kawaye (Gi), Scott Menville (Mai-Ti), Frank Welker (Suchi), Meg Ryan (Dr. Blight), Martin Sheen (Sly Sludge), Kath Soucie (Linka), Dean Stockwell (Duke Nukem), Jeff Goldblum (Verminous Skum), Sting (Zarm), among others.

Poised to attract an audience of kids, as well as the parents and educators who grew up with the television series in the 1990s, each episode of Captain Planet and the Planeteers finds the Planeteers on a new quest. Whatever the problem, from garbage dumping to rainforest destruction, the Planeteers are ready to take action. With the aid of rings given to them by Gaia, the Spirit of Earth, they each control one special element of nature - Earth, wind, water, fire and heart. The Planeteers use their powers to take on environmental disasters created by the eco-villains. "You must have faith in yourselves," Gaia tells her newly recruited Planeteers. "You're fighting for the good of the whole world." When the situation becomes critical, they join their powers together to summon Captain Planet.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers work together to prevent the eco-villains from looting and polluting the Earth's resources. Once the problem is under control, Captain Planet returns to the Earth, leaving this message for Planeteers everywhere -- "The power is yours!" Each episode ends with a 30-second tag including tips on how people can be a part of the solution. This acclaimed animated series motivates today’s youth to get involved in saving our planet and explores the profound impact of environmental activism, and relating it to issues that face all of us today. Go Planet!

Executive producers of Captain Planet and the Planeteers are Andy Heyward, Robby London, Barbara Pyle and Nick Boxer. The series is directed by Will Meugniot. The idea for Captain Planet was originated by R.E. Turner.

Featuring all 26 action-packed episodes and a wealth of bonus content, this collectible 4-DVD box set boasts a specially designed eco-friendly packaging made of 100% recycled paper. It is priced to own at $29.93 SRP.



Pack Some Amazonian Antioxidant Punch in Your Bar Soap
Wembé Introduces Assai
Detox Blend

It seems everyone has heard the buzz about Assai (acai) berries. Since the Amazonian wonder fruit was dubbed the newest superfood, assai has been hitting supermarket and health store shelves in force. Why not get those antioxidants straight to where you need them most, your skin!

Wembé is proud to introduce the Assai Berry Antioxidant blend, the newest addition to its line of eco-lux soaps. The Brooklyn-based company produces all natural handmade products enriched with exotic, moisturizing and detoxifying ingredients to awaken the Amazonian soul of both men and women. Wembé was founded by a mother and son duo who spent years creating their brand of organic soaps comprised of only the purest ingredients extracted from natural resources of the rainforest. Paying homage to the Amazon with utmost respect to the environment, they named their brand after one of the most well-known exotic plants only found in the rainforest, the Wembé.

Sure to be a fast favorite of followers who have already fallen in love with the Paraguay-originated, Brooklyn-based brand’s other 16 blends of multi-tasking products that exfoliate as well as cleanse.

Assai (or Acai) berry, the fruit of a palm that grows in the Amazon rainforest, boasts an extremely high concentration of antioxidants. Combining this Amazonian treasure with mango, another powerful antioxidant fruit, Wembé created this eco-lux soap blend specifically for mature and damaged skins. Wembé’s new Assai Berry Antioxidant blend is the perfect addition to the line, whose mission is to share the natural ingredients and restorative qualities of the rainforest with people around the world.

All Wembé soaps are natural and organic, paraben-free, handmade without artificial coloring and never tested on animals. Soaps range in price from $7- $12.

The company is headquartered in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Wembé is available nationwide online at For more information about Wembé products, please visit



Honest Tea
Best of the Best in Greenopia’s Annual Green Beverage Guide

Experts on green living, Greenopia, earlier this month named Honest Tea as the top performer in their Annual Green Beverage Guide for the 3rd straight year stating “Honest Tea is the greenest beverage readily available in the marketplace today.”

Honest Tea shows how a large beverage company can be green. Not only is its production extremely efficient, it also offsets all its energy usage. Honest Tea has incorporated elements of green building design in its offices and uses organic, fair trade, and natural ingredients. It also tries to source ingredients domestically or locally whenever possible. With a deadline of Earth Day, Honest tea plans to convert all their varieties to be Fair Trade Certified™, ensuring that their tea gardens agree to use environmentally sustainable agriculture practices.

Honest Tea also uses lightweight plastic bottles free of hazardous chemicals. Their line of PET bottles are 22 percent lighter and are still recyclable, requiring less energy to produce and use less fuel to ship, saving natural resources.

Finally, and most impressively, Honest Tea reports the climatic impact of each stage of its production and transport for its ingredients and containers. Honest Tea is one of the few corporations who have made this effort in their environmental reporting. Check out Honest Tea’s other sustainability efforts at

Also receiving top honors is Santa Cruz Organic Sodas, made with USDA certified ingredients which are better for the environment and safe to consume. Santa Cruz Organic Soda also uses 100% renewable energy when producing its beverages and has an efficient production system. One other noteworthy thing about Santa Cruz Organic Soda is that is sources some of its ingredients locally, greatly reducing the transportation impacts of its supply chain.

How does your favorite brand rank on the Greenoptia Annual Green Beverage Guide? View the results by clicking here.