Recycle Used Blinds & Shades

Outstanding Women Honored for Contributions

Recycled Guitar String Jewelry

Running On Green

groovy mind

nature conserve

friendship bag

Spruce Up for Summer and Recycle Used Blinds & Shades
Blinds To Go Launches First of its Kind Recycling Program

If getting ready for summermeanssprucing-up around the house, and perhaps getting energy-efficient shades,do the right thing and recycle the old window treatments. It’s easy, thanks to a recently launched recycling program from Blinds to Go, the first manufacturer-supported initiative of its kind, specifically designed to keep window treatments out of landfills. No matter the manufacturer or type of window treatment, all 107 Blinds To Go stores in the US and Canada now serve as drop-off points for the discarded items.

The company sorts anddelivers the used window treatments to the appropriate local recycling company, or if the items are in good condition, they are donated to World Vision, a worldwide humanitarian organization dedicated to helping families in need.

According to a company spokesperson, the recycling program, which rolled out in April 2009, is already seeing a terrific response. The company reports that in some locations, nearly 50 window treatments per week are brought into stores for recycling.

Blinds To Go operates 107 stores in the US and Canada. To locate a store near you, please visit www.blindstogo.com.

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Outstanding Women Honored For Contributions In Conservation & Protection

Last month, The National Audubon Society honored six exceptional women with the Rachel Carson Award at its sixth annual Women in Conservation Luncheon. Now in its second century, the National Audubon Society is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon established the distinguished Rachel Carson Award in 2004 to honor visionary women whose dedication, talent and energy have advanced conservation and environmental education locally and on a global scale.

Named for Rachel Carson, whose landmark book Silent Spring opened the world’s eyes to the damage caused by the use of pesticides, Audubon established this distinguished award in 2004 to honor visionary women whose dedication, talent and energy have advanced conservation and environmental education locally and on a global scale. Previous honorees include Bette Midler, founder of the New York Restoration Project; Teresa Heinz Kerry, chair of the Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies; Majora Carter, Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable South Bronx and Laurie David, producer of “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Congratulations to the 2009 honorees:

  • Dr. Sylvia Earle – Oceanographer, author, lecturer and National Geographic Explorer
  • Sally Jewell – President and CEO, Recreational Equipment, Inc
  • Elizabeth C. Titus Putnam – President / Founder, Student Conservation Association
  • Elizabeth Colleton – NBC’s “Green is Universal”
  • Jane Evans – NBC’s “Green is Universal”
  • Susan Haspel – NBC’s “Green is Universal”

The emcee of the luncheon was Anne Thompson, Chief Environmental Affairs correspondent for NBC. Additional special guest included Carol Browner, Current head of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change and past Chair of the Audubon Society, with Alison Rockefeller, Founding Chair of the Rachel Carson Awards Council. Golden Globe nominee and star of “Raising the Bar” and “ER,” Gloria Reuben, was also in attendance.

For over 100 years, Audubon has been working to protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. Through the generosity and bravery of people over the years, the National Audubon Society has reached historical milestones that continue to be the foundation for the work they do today. To make a donation or for more information, visit www.Audubon.org.

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Wear Your Music
Recycled Guitar String Jewelry

Wear Your Music is offering fans of everyone from Avril Lavigne to Ziggy Marley a chance to take home a piece of rock and roll history, while supporting charities such as Unicef, Rock the Vote and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The New York-based group creates 100% eco-friendly jewelry that rocks—literally, turning used guitar strings from artists spanning the musical spectrum into stylish bracelets, which are sold with a certificate of authenticity. “These are strings that these musicians have used and would normally throw away,” said co-president and designer Hannah Garrison. “It’s great that we can recycle them and also offer people a chance to wear rock and roll on their wrists.” In addition, the fine silver used on each bracelet and the DVD case packaging for each bracelet is 100% recycled as well. Each bracelet comes with a certificate of authenticity. 100% of the profits are funneled back to each musician’s charity of choice, many of which are environmental non-profit groups.

The bangle-style bracelets, crafted from guitar strings donated by over 150 artists, include rock luminaries Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, and Pete Townshend, as well as members of Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, Metallica, Phish, The Allman Brothers Band, Death Cab for Cutie, and Social Distortion. The most recent donors include Marley, Jack Johnson, Carrie Underwood, Zakk Wylde, and Ani DiFranco.

“Supporting good causes and the environment have always been important, but even more so now,” says Garrison. To view complete lists of available bracelets and participating charities, visit: www.WearYourMusic.org.

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Running on Green
Eco-Friendly Sneakers

Eco-friendly meets high fashion for your feet. Here are just two samples of many companies that are offering earth-friendly yet stylish sneakers for the whole family. With every step you take you’ll be getting exercise to keep you healthy, looking oh-so fashion forward, and doing something good for our cherished planet.

Women’s Willow Lace Up by Keds
From Keds

Keds Green Label introduces the Willow lace up. An eco-friendly and fashion forward knock-out that is sustainable style at it's best. This women’s shoe features:

• Friendly organic cotton uppers for a healthier environment

• Recycled rubber to help reduce waste; Keds uses 20% recycled rubber in our outsoles

• Eye-catching colors made from non-toxic inks & dyes that help decrease the harmful impact to our atmosphere

• Nickel free eyelets, ISO-9001 certified factory and recycled insoles

• Shoe laces made from 100% recycled PET (water bottles)

$55. Check out the Green Line at Keds. Click here.

 

Men's Tuba – Hemp
From SimpleShoes.com

• Vegan shoe! No animal byproducts or even regular animal products

• Men’s certified organic cotton sneaker. Organic cotton comes from non-genetically modified seeds and is grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides

• The heel and toecap are made of recycled inner tubes we saved from a dump

• Recycled PET Laces. PET is made of recycled soda bottles

• Certified organic cotton linings. Organic cotton comes from non-genetically modified seeds and is grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides

• The “pedbed” (the cushiony and supportive stuff at the bottom of the shoe) is made of super soft and squishy polyurethane and recycled car tire

• Partially recycled shoe – the bottom of this shoe is made from a recycled car tire

• Water based glue is used to hold the shoe together, not petroleum based. Just another way to reduce our dependence on petroleum, and it also means no nasty smelling glue for the people who put your shoes together

• The foot form inserts are made of post consumer recycled paper

• Even our boxes are environmentally friendly – made of post-consumer recycled paper, soy based printing ink, natural latex and starch based glue

$70 for these manly comfy casuals at www.SimpleShoes.com.

 

Toddler's Skippies - Little Kid's
From SimpleShoes.com

• Vegan and veggie friendly; contains no animal products or byproducts.

• 100% certified organic stripe printed cotton uppers

• 100% certified organic cotton linings

• Recycled PET (that’s recycled plastic bottles) laces

• EVA pedbed covered with certified organic cotton

• Yes, the outsoles used to be a car tire

• Vulcanized rubber sidewalls, toecaps, and heelcaps

• 100% post-consumer paper pulp foot forms

• Ships to you in our totally state of the art/back-to-the-future post-consumer recycled box…

• Member of the ecoSNEAKS; part of the "Better" category

$42. Click here to learn more or make a purchase from www.SimpleShoes.com

Recycling Worn Sneakers: Each year, millions of pairs of athletic shoes find their final resting place in landfills across the globe. These sneakers contain valuable materials that could be re-used. In 1990, blending creative imagination, some ingenious engineering and a persistent pursuit of the principles of sustainability, Nike created the Reuse-A-Shoe program. Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program collects worn-out athletic shoes of any brand from special drop-off sites at Nike stores as well as special recycling programs and events nationwide and turns old athletic shoes into playground and athletic flooring. Since 1990, Nike’s program has recycled more than 21 million pairs of athletic shoes to create more than 265 sport surfaces providing safe playgrounds for kids as part of their Let Me Play global community investment program. For drop off sites in your area or to find out more about Nike’s recycling programs, visit www.nikebiz.com

You can also visit www.RecycledRunners.com. This site offers the web’s first recycling and donation directory to help runners find local and international shoe recycling programs.