Greening Your Garage Sale

Summer Coolers

Tom’s of Main® Launches New Toothpaste with Sheryl Crow Concert Partnership

Isla Urbana Revolutionizing Water Sustainability

Long Island’s Operation SPLASH Makes Trash Disappear Volunteers Needed!

DeLoach Vineyards Releases First Vintage From Organic And Biodynamic Certified Estate

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Greening Your Garage Sale

Garage sales and yard sales are a great (and green) way to relinquish items which we once held dear and for which we had great use, but no longer need. offers you these tips for hosting a green garage sale this summer:

Signs are important as they’ll inform those in your community about the date, time and location of your sale. Make your signs on repurposed paper, cardboard, or poster board—try a pizza box top, the side of an empty carton, or a brown paper bag.

Make sure you pack purchases in paper not plastic bags.

Be realistic and reasonable when setting prices—you’ll move more merchandise, find new homes for some of your most treasured items, and you’ll keep items out of the local landfill.

Remove batteries from old electronics. This will ensure that they are disposed of properly and not just discarded by the new owner.

Instead of the time-consuming task of tagging each item at your sale, create pay-one-price sections. If an item doesn’t sell at one price, you can move it to another area.

Consider involving the kids. Have them sell homemade lemonade or organic iced tea to thirsty browsers. (Serve in paper cups, not plastic or styrofoam).

Involve your neighbors! If you can get some of your neighbors to schedule a yard sale on the same day, your block can be a true destination for thrifty shoppers.



Summer Coolers
Celebrating National Iced Tea Month

It was a scorching hot summer day at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis and festival attendees were uninterested in the hot tea that Richard Blechynden was serving. Attempting to salvage the day, he poured his brewed tea over ice, and the quintessential English tradition of “taking tea” was forever changed. Crediting the “invention” of iced tea to Richard Blechynden is the subject of great debate, but all might agree that his efforts helped to popularize this most refreshing and delicious elixir.

It's cool, refreshing, good for you, and so popular that an entire month has been set aside to celebrate…summer is here and so is National Iced Tea Month. “June’s National Iced Tea Month is a good time to drink up the many benefits of tea," says Joe Simrany, President of the Tea Council of the USA. “It’s tasty, refreshing, has zero calories and is chock full of healthbenefits, so it’s a terrific beverage choice. With a multitude of research suggesting that the substances in tea may help the body maintain healthy cells and tissues, contribute to heart health and keep your weight in check, why would anyone choose to drink anything else?”

In the southern US they make sweet tea, in Thailand it is called cha yen, and in Austria the refreshing drink is called “ice” tea, rather than “iced” tea. No matter what you call it, iced tea is a satisfying and refreshing beverage enjoyed the world over.

When you home brew your iced tea you can customize it to your particular preference—some like it sweet, others unsweetened, some prefer fruit infusions like blood oranges or summer peaches, others prefer just a simple lemon wedge or sprig of mint as a garnish. If you don’t homebrew, RTD (ready to drink) teas are a convenient and delicious way to enjoy iced tea. A trip to the convenience store or local supermarket will reveal dozens of brands—each offering something to appeal to the varying tastes of today’s iced tea drinking consumer.

Iced tea fun facts:

  • The oldest known recipe for sweet ice tea was published in 1879 in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree. This recipe calls for green tea. In fact, most sweet tea consumed during this time period was green tea. However, during World War II, the major sources of green tea were cut off from the United States, leaving consumers with tea almost exclusively from British-controlled India.
  • Today, if you ask for an “Arnold Palmer” you will be served a mix of iced tea and lemonade. It is named after its creator, golf legend, Arnold Palmer.
  • “Texas tea” in the Beverly Hillbilly’s theme song refers to oil--nothing to do with tea at all.
  • In 2003 Georgia state representative John Noel tried to pass a house bill making it mandatory for all restaurants to serve sweet tea. Mr. Noel insists it was an April Fools' Day joke but admits he wouldn’t mind if it became law.
  • The famous “long island iced tea” drink doesn’t contain any tea.
  • It has been more than 100 years since Blechynden’s cool idea and iced tea remains one of the America’s most beloved beverages.



Tom’s of Main® Launches New Toothpaste with Sheryl Crow Concert Partnership

Tom’s of Maine plans to bring back the natural beauty of smiles with its new, natural whitening toothpaste Simply White, and a fun partnership with Sheryl Crow’s “100 Miles From Memphis” concert tour which kicked off earlier this month. The project involves greening the concert tour, beautification events in key markets, a live chat with Sheryl Crow and an exclusive free song download for fans while supplies last.

“We wanted to find a memorable way to introduce Simply White and celebrate natural beauty,” said Ellen Saksen, Oral Care Associate Brand Manager at Tom’s of Maine. “Sheryl Crow is an American icon who shares our passion for the environment and healthy living. As we take Simply White on tour, we hope people will join us on the ground to bring back natural beauty and think about ways they can take care of their own natural beauty.”

Now available nationwide, Simply White toothpaste is clinically proven to whiten teeth and contains no bleaching ingredients. It provides whitening, cavity protection and fresh breath all in one and combines naturally sourced silicas to gently remove surface stains. As with all Tom’s of Maine products, there are no artificial flavors or preservatives and no animal testing or animal ingredients.

Through support from Tom’s of Maine and Reverb, the music industry’s leading environmental organization, Sheryl Crow’s spring tour will feature sustainability changes such as biodiesel fuel, recycling bins at concert venues and a commitment to natural cleaning products, local and organic catering and reusable/biodegradable hospitality products, among other initiatives. At her tour venues, concertgoers can visit Tom’s of Maine at the on-site Eco-Village to learn more and to receive a free sample of Simply White toothpaste while supplies last.

Enjoy A Free Song Download

Fans who can’t join Tom’s of Maine and Sheryl Crow on the road can visit the Tom’s of Maine Facebook page for an exclusive free download of her live recording “Long Road Home – Live from the Pantages”, while supplies last.

Going Across Country:

Sheryl Crow Tour Schedule The “100 Miles From Memphis” tour, in partnership with Tom’s of Maine, includes the following summer dates. For ticket information visit

June 24th Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
June 25th Aspen, CO Aspen Music Festival
June 27th Beaver Creek, CO Vilar Performing Arts Center
June 29th Sioux City, IA Orpheum Theater
June 30th Joliet, IL Rialto Square Theater



Isla Urbana
Revolutionizing Water Sustainability

Isla Urbana (IU) is a Mexico City-based non-profit organization that was formed to provide a solution to the unsustainable water management in Mexico City through rainwater harvesting. The organization works in conjunction with the Temo Foundation, IU’s 501.c.3 U.S. based partner.

IU’s rainwater harvesting systems collect and purify rainwater, ensuring that families have economically sensible access to clean water and an increased quality of life. The systems are inexpensive, easy to install and provide families with nearly 50% of their water supply. IU strives to promote sustainability in every aspect of the project, as they use readily available materials from local stores and trains local personnel to construct and install the systems.

IU is planning its initial ‘Agua Vida’ fundraising campaign and event on June 16th at The Park in New York City. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to install a rainwater harvesting system for Ajusco Medio, a hospital located in Mexico City that is greatly affected by the city’s water crisis. Often, the hospital does not have enough water to clean newborns after birth. IU needs to raise $15,000 to fund the installment of a large cistern and rainwater harvesting system, which will have a purification system built specifically for the hospital’s needs.

Admittedly, IU is a young NGO with immense potential. In just over a year IU has installed over 226 rainwater harvesting systems, helping more than 1,500 individuals and harvesting approximately 1.1 million gallons of clean water. IU was also selected by the BBC as a finalist in the 2010 “BBC-Newsweek World Challenge”, a global competition to highlight NGOs that have shown amazing innovation at a grassroots level. Following is a link to a video that the BBC created on IU, for your reference:

With your help and support, IU can accomplish their mission of improving the lives of hundreds of people living in Mexico City, furthering our goal to provide a clean source of water with economical, environmental and social benefits. For more info, click here.



Long Island’s Operation SPLASH Makes Trash Disappear--
Volunteers Needed!

Extreme amounts of shoreline trash have been reported by residents of East Rockaway and Bay Park in Long Island. Coffee cups, water bottles, and assorted litter can also be seen all over Long Island’s south shore waterways. Many people think that litter in the Bay Park area is a result of careless boaters but that is not the case. Street litter from as far north as Garden City, NY washes into storm drains that empty, unfiltered, directly into south shore waterways.

The captains and crews of the Bay Park Chapter of Operation SPLASH (Stop Polluting Littering and Save Harbors) are ready to make that trash disappear. Once a week six SPLASH crews set out for a day on the water and garbage picking. “Our south shore bays are a treasure that must be preserved and improved.” Said Elliot Cohen, a SPLASH Captain from Woodmere. He continued, “Just today we saw three beautiful egrets that deserve a clean environment. When you see the number of bottles, tires, and plastic bags we collect, you know the cleanup boats are making a difference.”

The Bay Park Chapter of Operation SPLASH is seeking captains and crew members to help patrol the waters of East Rockaway and Bay Park. Carole Meyers, a three-year volunteer from East Rockaway remarked, “My husband and I want to help the environment and stop pollution. Our grandsons are both Boy Scouts and they clean the land so we wanted to do our part by cleaning the waters. When we finish, we have a good feeling of satisfaction.”

If you enjoy spending time on the water, like to make new friends and want to make real difference, volunteer for Operation SPLASH this season. To volunteer or join Operation SPLASH call (516) 378-4770. Visit for general information.

Founded in Freeport 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 almost 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.



DeLoach Vineyards Releases First Vintage From Organic And Biodynamic Certified Estate

DeLoach Vineyards, the pioneering Russian River Valley producer of award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel, earlier this month released the first estate vintage after receiving both Biodynamic and organic certification for its estate. DeLoach has released a 2010 Estate Collection Pinot Noir Rose from its estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley.

This past September, DeLoach Vineyards celebrated the first harvest after earning organic certification from the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in 2008 and receiving Biodynamic® certification from the prestigious Demeter USA, the only certification agent for Biodynamic farms in the United States, in February 2010. The release of this wine represents the culmination of a long and dedicated effort to become a more self-sustaining and environmentally friendly estate. In 2003 when the Boisset Family purchased the vineyards, they immediately began the conversion to organic and Biodynamic methods. This conversion necessitated a two-year series of crop rotations and the lands were left to lie fallow in order to restore a healthy balance to the soil. New vineyards were planted between 2006-2008, and have since been farmed according to Biodynamic principles.

Since the implementation of organic and Biodynamic farming methods, the estate at DeLoach has become a rich ecosystem, complete with sheep that graze the vegetation beneath the vines, kept bees that pollinate the half-acre CCOF and Demeter certified garden and cover crops. The resplendent and complex vitality that DeLoach has cultivated has allowed their eight clones of Pinot Noir to brilliantly express the unique combination of soil, climate, air, water, nutrients, and human attention that is specific to the estate.

While the 2010 vintage in the Russian River Valley presented many climatic challenges and yields were low, the quality of grapes harvested at DeLoach Vineyards remained impressive. The Estate Rose, which was harvested from the back Pinot Noir block of the estate, demonstrates the superior quality that DeLoach’s meticulous Biodynamic farming methods aim to achieve. Made in a deliberate rose style, the wine is light, fresh and fruity and is being sold at a suggested retail price of $20.

DeLoach Vineyards has been a pioneering producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley since 1975. DeLoach seeks to produce exceptional wines that spotlight the singular personality of the Russian River Valley, with its rare and bountiful convergence of the sea, the soil and the stars. The Boisset family of Burgundy purchased DeLoach in 2003, bringing the techniques and approaches of Burgundy to its winemaking in the Russian River Valley, which they believed to be California’s most expressive terroir for cultivating Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Under Boisset, DeLoach has grown its small-lot vineyard designate wine program, converted to organic and Biodynamic® farming practices, and implemented traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques such as open-top wood fermentors, native yeast fermentations, and hand punch-downs. Wine & Spirits magazine named DeLoach Vineyards a Top 100 Winery for the tenth time in the winery’s history in 2009. Located at 1791 Olivet Road in Santa Rosa, the DeLoach Vineyards tasting room, picnic area and organic garden are open to the public daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit