Getting Creative in the Kitchen

Save GREEN by Being GREEN

Webisodes Aim to Get Elementary-Age Kids to Think About the Stuff in Their Lives

NOV. 15—America Recycles Day!

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Getting Creative in the Kitchen
Shop the Bulk Foods Aisle

Bulk is Green is an organization dedicated to helping consumers, food makers and grocers learn about the many environmental and economic benefits of bulk foods. Self-dispensing systems, whereby products are offered ‘loose’ and customers are encouraged to use simple packaging provided by the retailer, have the potential to contribute to significant reductions in retail packaging and also reductions in the food households throw away, as consumers buy as much or as little as they need.

Can buying bulk foods save you time and money? Take a look at this video from the Bulk is Green Council. CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO. See how you can make a big difference in your family’s food budget, and a big difference in the impact you make on the environment, by simply buying bulk foods whenever possible. www.bulkisgreen.org

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Save GREEN by Being GREEN
PayItGreen Survey 2010

Direct Deposit is good for your bottom line and the environment. Did you know…

• Each year, one U.S. employee (paid bi-monthy) using Direct Deposit for payroll saves one pound of paper, eliminate the release of four gallons of wastewater, eliminate the release of one pound of greenhouse gases (equivalent to: not driving four miles and half a square foot of forest preserved for 10 years) and saves a an employer $176.55.

• Each year, if every U.S. employee that had access to Direct Deposit (122.5 million) used it, the environment would save 11,082,971 pounds of paper, avoid the release of 105,709,380 gallons of wastewater, save 4,105,889 gallons of gas, avoid the release of 31,581,675 pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere (equivalent to: 112,329,703 miles not driven; 1,345,379 trees planted (and grown for 10 years) and 13,756,978 square feet of forest preserved)

There are also many financial advantages to direct deposit making this super-convenient service both ecologically and financially beneficial.

19 percent of US employees use split Direct Deposit and 73% of them use it to save every paycheck.

Americans who save using Direct Deposit save an average of 30 percent more (than those who save manually)

74 percent who save with Direct Deposit put funds into two accounts. 21 percent divide them up into three accounts. 5 percent deposit money into three or more accounts.

U.S. businesses have saved a total of $6.7 billion over the past 10 years by using Direct Deposit, an average annual savings of $605 million.

The PayItGreen Survey 2010 is based on data collected by Javelin Strategy & Research. The online survey polled 5,000 U.S. adults. The survey is weighted to be nationally representative of employment status (e.g. full-time, part-time, etc.), gender, race, ethnicity and income.

PayItGreen is a coalition led by NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association whose members are committed to educating consumers and businesses about the positive environmental impacts of choosing electronic payments, bills, and statements over paper. PayItGreen members are small-to-medium-sized businesses, large corporations, credit unions, banks of all sizes, regional payment associations, processors and other financial industry service providers and stakeholders. To learn more, visit www.payitgreen.org/business, www.nacha.org, www.electronicpayments.org, and www.payitgreen.org.

Source: NACHA (non profit electronic payment association representing 10,000+ financial institutions) and PayItGreen.org.

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WEBISODES AIM TO GET ELEMENTARY-AGE KIDS TO THINK ABOUT THE STUFF IN THEIR LIVES

WGBH and PBS KIDS have teamed up with Annie Leonard on LOOP SCOOPS—a new Web series that brings Story of Stuff’s “think responsibly about the stuff in your life” message to kids, families, and educators. Eight short animated videos show kids how to think more deeply and creatively about theworld they live in, and how to make choices based on what they discover. So as kids look upon objects and activities in their daily life, they will begin asking: Where does it come from? What it’s made of? What happens to it when it’s thrown away?

From the producers of ZOOM and FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman, LOOP SCOOPS launched earlier this month exclusively at www.pbskids.org/loopscoops. Aimed at 6-to-9 year olds, each of the eight SCOOPS tells the story of an everyday object—a juice box, a magazine, a handheld game device, a glass of orange juice, a pile of garbage, a pet frog released into a pond.

Says WGBH Senior Executive Producer Kate Taylor, “We are really excited that we could produce these videos with the guidance of Annie Leonard. We want to help kids build the mental muscle necessary to ask critical questions about the things they use in their daily lives. We believe that if kids gain an understanding of where the ‘every day stuff’ in their lives comes from and where it goes when they’re done with it, that this will lead them to make good choices that support environmental sustainability, both now and as they grow up."

Paul Siefken, Director of Children's Programming at PBS adds, “We’re very pleased to be offering LOOP SCOOPS to our elementary-age audience. We have wonderful content for math, science, engineering, literacy, and, with LOOP SCOOPS, we’re now building out our environmental sustainability content. We hope that kids and parents will have a chance to experience the videos together and that they will stimulate conversation.”

Adds Content Director Annie Leonard, “Over the years we have received a number of requests from teachers and parents to develop Story-of-Stuff like content for a younger audience. When I was approached by the WGBH children’s team, because of their reputation for producing fun, smart educational media for kids, I enthusiastically signed on as Content Director for LOOP SCOOPS.”

The LOOP SCOOPS are designed to grab kids’ attention and get them thinking more creatively about the world they live in and the choices they make. Educational resources surrounding these videos will give teachers a turn-key way of jumpstarting a conversation with their students, exploring sustainability, and promoting student inquiry. These resources—which include background materials, teaching tips and lesson plans—will be available at www.teachersdomain.org in late November and will serve as a much-needed contribution to sustainability education for elementary-age children.

Funding for the LOOP SCOOPS project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Assistance Agreement No. 83447601.

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NOV. 15—America Recycles Day!
Celebrate in Your Community

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to inform and educate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. Click here to find out more.

Nothing can be more daunting to would-be recyclers than trying to figure what can be recycled, when, where and how. Fortunately, with this handy widget, courtesy of our friends at Earth911, figuring out when, where and how to recycle in your community couldn’t be easier.

Click here to access this form

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AlleyO Designer Gourmet Cookies Made with Organic and All Natural Ingredients

They have been Rachael Ray’s Snack of the Day…they’ve been in the goodie bag for NY Fashion Week (yes, even models eat cookies)…and they have been at too many special events to list…We’re talking about Alley O’s gourmet cookies!

Allison Stephen-Oxner has created a fabulous line of cookies inspired by her grandmother's basic recipes and simple philosophy—make cookies made by hand, scoop them one by one, and use only the finest ingredients.

While going through chemo for breast cancer, Allison wanted to promote healthy living by eating responsibly. Armed with her grandmother's recipes, she found that baking eased her mind and body during her fight with cancer. Allison would bake so much that she found herself donating cookies to the church, friends, and neighbors. As a result, people spread the word and soon everyone from all different places wanted her fabulous cookies. Allison knew she truly had something special for the world; AlleyO Designer Gourmet Cookies became a reality.

Allison has put her heart into creating a cookie made with natural ingredients. She believes in eating healthy and organically. She wants to share with everyone the same cookies her grandmother made for her as a child growing up.

Alley O' specializes in creating fabulous homemade cookies made with organic and natural ingredients. They have a variety of cookies for everyone. Their signature cookies include:

Diamonds and Rubies: made with cranberries and white chocolate

Diva: made with milk chocolate, rolled oats, and oat bran

Jungle Chips: a perfect mixture of peanut butter, dark chocolate and white chocolate

Their specialty cookie line includes:

Sparkling Rainbow: inspired by cancer survivors, is an oat bran packed sugar cookie

Mother Nature: this is Grandma's original oatmeal raisin cookie recipe with a hint of cinnamon

Earth Cookie: a 58% cocoa dark chocolate chip cookie

And the newest additions include: Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin, Lime & Coconut, and Green Tea which uses organic rolled oats.

A big hit in this newsletter’s “test kitchen”, you can just taste the love baked into each cookie. To purchase or for more info, visit: www.alleyo.com.