Miss America Pageant Goes Green

OpSPLASH20 Cleanup

Earth Friendly Products Launches Online Campaign To Make Homes Safer

When It Comes to Imaging Supplies, There is No Excuse for Being Halfway Green

A Healthier Option For Dining Out

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Miss America Pageant Goes Green

With the "Green Is Gorgeous" Interactive Eco-Contest

More than 20,000 people have already voted on which 2010 Miss America contestant best embodies “Green is Gorgeous” in the Interactive Eco-Contest hosted by the popular web TV portal “GreenTwithTamara.TV”

Nationally recognized eco TV host Tamara Henry (“Green T”) has interviewed all 53 eco-chic contestants about what “being green” means to them, and voters can check out the intriguing answers from just the representative from their state or view all 53 an the Interactive map. Voting continues until January 30 at www.GreenTwithTamara.TV. (The Miss America Pageant airs on TLC on January 30.)

GreenTwithTamara.TV is helping the Miss America Pageant make its first foray into green consciousness with the GreenTwithTamara.TV "Green is Gorgeous" interactive eco-contest. Henry launched the contest at the 20th Annual Environmental Media Association Awards at Paramount Studios wearing a Tony Bowls signature green evening gown for that event’s "green carpet.” GreenTwithTamara.TV will announce the winner from the site of the Miss America Pageantat Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

In conducting theinterviews for her contest, "Green T" was impressed with the commitment by the pageant contestants—and some of their more creative responses.

“The 2010 Miss America contestants have embraced their passion for green issues whether it be clean air, clean fuel, or clean water by personally taking their own steps to help conserve resources, recycle and reuse materials in their own lives,“ says Henry. “ I think people will find the interviews fun, creative, educational and inspiring!”

Green T’s “Green is Gorgeous” interactive eco-contest winner will receive a carefully chosen collection of eco-friendly fashions, gifts and other prizes. Included are eco-fashions from Betty Belts located in Ventura, CA; Mink Shoes of Beverly Hills; luxury holistic skin care products from Arcona in Santa Monica, CA; earth-themed earrings from CD Jewelry Art from Malibu; renowned Eco Chef Brian Au’s RAW Star Ceramic Knives and autographed copy of his eco green cuisine recipe book Raw in Ten Minutes: Sophie Uliano’s autographed copy of her books, Gorgeously Green and The Gorgeously Green Diet Book, a Jelfin gel-covered computer mouse and more.

GreenTwithTamara.TV is the web’s premiere portal for “Eco Conscious Entertainment." Launched in mid-2009, the site has already secured a steady following for its webisodes focusing on the latest green lifestyle and event coverage, celebrity interviews, eco-film premieres, featured eco-friendly businesses, green expos and more. www.GreenTwithTamara.TV.



Long Island’s OpSPLASH20 Cleanup on Saturday, March 13th

On Saturday, March 13, 2010 Operation S.P.L.A.S.H. (Stop Littering Polluting and Save Harbors) volunteers will board boats and head out to remote islands along the South Shore of Long Island for OpSPLASH20. For the 20th year, volunteers of all ages will donate their morning to help clean up the local bays.

Last year, a record-breaking 200 volunteers collected 31,300 pounds of shoreline trash in just under two hours. That is more than 15 tons of trash - enough trash to fill a barge 14 feet wide, 36 feet long and 8 feet deep. This year Operation S.P.L.A.S.H. is looking to set a new record of 300 volunteers and 20 tons of trash collected.

Volunteers, 18 years and older, must dress in warm layers, with waterproof boots, waterproof gloves and a hat. For safety reasons, no sneakers or shoes will be allowed on the marsh. In addition, volunteers should bring a change of clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and any other essential items. Children must be at least 12 years old to participate and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Founded in Freeport in 1990, Operation SPLASH is a 1,200 member, grassroots, all-volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of the waterways along the South Shore of Long Island. Throughout its 19 year history, SPLASH volunteers have rescued more than 375 tons 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 20 or to arrange a presentation at your school, Scout group or civic organization, call (516) 378-4770 or email OperationSPLASH@optonline.net. If the weather is questionable, check the S.P.L.A.S.H web site at www.operationsplash.org or call (516) 378-4770.



Earth Friendly Products Launches Online Campaign Encouraging Consumers to Make Homes Safer

Earth Friendly Products just launched its “Safeguard Your Home!” online campaign, a nationwide program to encourage consumers to rid their homes of toxic household cleaners. In an effort to increase awareness of keeping the home environment safe and healthy, the new campaign encourages consumers and homeowners to protect themselves from the dangers that toxic cleaners pose to the household and individual health.

“Share your new ideas about your dedication to switching to green products, and we will replace your cleaning products with samples of Earth Friendly Products that are safe and effective for families, pets and the environment,” said Van Vlahakis, CEO of Earth Friendly Products. “This campaign is a great way to share ideas and help improve consumer use of eco-friendly products by replacing toxic cleaning products with replacements that are better for the home, the environment and for people.”

To participate in the campaign, users can visit www.ecos.com or www.efpclean.com and click on the “Safeguard my home!” button. From there, users are encouraged to pledge, in 50 words or less, why using eco-friendly products in their home is important to them. All submissions will receive free Earth Friendly Product samples based on their submission.

Readers who would like more information about Earth Friendly Products should visit www.ecos.com.



When It Comes to Imaging Supplies, There is No Excuse for Being Halfway Green

“The time has come for businesses to start bringing their recycling program full circle,” explains Chuck Mache, CEO of American Toner Serv. “Day after day, I see office managers take the time to mail their empty toner cartridges back to the manufacturer for recycling, but the effort is consistently followed by a phone call to order a new cartridge. This is a misstep on the part of companies desiring to be fully green.”

Because of this common occurrence, and the lack of knowledge about the benefits of using recycled toner cartridges as a whole, the Northern California-based marketer of recycled, compatible toner cartridges, is working to green the office supply industry one recycled print cartridge at a time.

While returning a used cartridge to a manufacturer for recycling is an important step, following that action with the purchase of a recycled toner cartridge is the only way for a company to be completely green.

“Every compatible toner cartridge that American TonerServ sells keeps one half-pound of waste out of landfills,” says Mache. “The recovery and use of empty printer cartridges,” he explains, “reduces millions of cubic feet of material from waste disposal sites. In addition, each cartridge sold by American TonerServ is made out of approximately 97 percent recycled parts and winds up consuming 80 percent less energy than it would to manufacture a cartridge from scratch.”

“Companies need to commit to this environmental solution in its entirety. It can make a big impact on their recycling program, on the environment and on their budget,” says Mache.

By purchasing recycled toner cartridges you can help to keep 1.9 billion pounds of waste out of landfills annually while saving up to 50 percent on the cost of printing and imaging supplies annually. It is estimated that businesses spend up to 60 percent of their office supply budget on imaging supplies. To be able to significantly reduce this number while keeping waste out of landfills is a no-brainer.

Not only are recycled toner cartridges green and cost efficient, but they also maintain the same type of quality as brand new equipment maintains. The more businesses learn about the lower prices and smaller impact of recycled cartridges, the better off they will be.

“Once companies realize the oversight in their toner cartridge protocol, there will be less waste created and a great deal of money saved. It’s a win-win situation,” explains Mache.

Visit www.americantonerserv.com to see how easy it is to help save the planet while maintaining your bottom line.



A Healthier Option For
Dining Out

Applebee’s Launches “Unbelievably Great Tasting and Under 550 Calories” Menu

Great taste or lower calories? At Applebee’s, guests can have their ‘steak’ and eat it too. The world’s largest casual dining chain announces the launch of its groundbreaking menu featuring five unbelievably tasty entrees, all under 550 calories.

The “Unbelievably Great Tasting and Under 550 Calories” menu marks a first for casual dining chains, offering guests unexpected lower-calorie options like steak and potatoes or grilled shrimp and pasta with the same powerful flavors and generous portions guests count on at Applebee’s.

“We know our guests want choices, including lower-calorie entrees, but they still want meals full of flavor,” said Mike Archer, president of Applebee’s Services, Inc. “We’ve created a menu that doesn’t compromise. It has all of the taste with none of the trade-offs.”

In fact, a recent survey of casual dining users posed the question: What would you do if you were president of Applebee’s? One in four said they’d put lower-calorie options on the menu. “We’re listening,” said Archer.

In restaurants now, the Under 550 menu along with the company’s Weight Watchers selections demonstrates Applebee’s ongoing commitment to provide guests a variety of great-tasting choices when dining out. According to NPD Crest, the nation’s leading provider of retail market data, more Americans than ever before – 60 percent – are watching calories when they eat out. NPD also reports that one in four Americans say restaurants don’t meet their needs for better-for-you food options.

“We are the neighborhood grill and bar, so it’s important we have satisfying choices for everyone,” said Archer. “Whether you want a real burger or a steak without the extra calories, you’ll find it at Applebee’s.”

The new Under 550 menu is the brainchild of Applebee’s executive chefs Shannon Johnson and Jason C. Amell, who spent more than a year developing the menu line up. Working with professional nutritionists, they carefully crafted the lower-calorie recipes to be as satisfying to the palate as the rest of Applebee’s menu.

“We’ve set a new standard with this menu,” said Chef Johnson. “We use great ingredients, rich spices and innovative cooking techniques to create meals that, frankly, are surprising our guests. This is a menu that people will order on taste alone. The lower-calories? That’s a bonus.”

Unbelievably Great Tasting and Under 550 Calories items include Grilled Shrimp and Island Rice, Asian Crunch Salad, Grilled Dijon Chicken and Portobellos, Asiago Peppercorn Steak, and Spicy Shrimp Diavolo.

Additional information on Applebee’s and to find a location near you, visit the company’s web site at (www.applebees.com).