Archive for June, 2010

VIDEO: A Wake-Up Story

“A Wake-Up Story is a must-see video for every parent and anyone that cares about the health and development of children. Watch it. Share it. Join the movement. http://www.Awakeupstory.org”


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“Inspiration and genius – one and the same.”

~Victor Hugo

“Genius and Fair Trade chocolate – one and the same.”


Coco-Zen Fair Trade chocolates

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Stuff We Found Today – 06.23.10

Brian Williams slow jams w/ Jimmy Fallon on the Gulf oil spill

Family, Kids & Health Stuff

Food Stuff

Home Stuff

Beauty & Fashion Stuff

Tech & Science Stuff

Work & Business Stuff

Nature & Environment Stuff

Arts, Entertainment & Travel Stuff

Other Random Cool Stuff

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“What will the world be like in 60 years? Back in the 1950s, people speculated that by now we would be flying around in commuter-copters, striding rivers with man-made sea-legs, and living in climate-controlled bubble cities.

As visiting thinker Chris Luebkeman said to an audience at University of New South Wales, “the future is fundamentally fiction.” However, it’s still an interesting thing to consider, and here, delivering a lecture as part of the university’s BrainFood series, Dr. Luebkeman indulged in some fascinating speculation.”

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From Chocolate Ratings:

“These very large, thin-shelled, luscious truffles are infused with fresh strawberries and only available for a short time, so you may want to order some before you finish reading this review…”
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“Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

“Good chocolate is what happens when cocoa meets with Fair Trade.”


Coco-Zen Fair Trade chocolates

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Green Gadgets for a Green Father’s Day

Our friends over at Celebrate Green have some great ideas for Father’s Day presents that will help Dad go greener with his gadgets.


Thinking electronic gift for dad? Think green!

Dads tend to love electronic gadgets and on Father’s Day, who doesn’t want to give dad what he craves? The challenge is fulfilling dad’s wishes while staying aware of the environmental issues raised in the making, using and disposal of electronics.

The best gadget would use solar or human power, be made locally of recycled materials, come in no or minimal packaging (which is compostable), contain no harmful materials and would be fully recyclable when dad is done with it.

Dream on!

We have yet to reach electronics nirvana. But there are options that meet at least some eco-expectations. Choosing one of these is certainly better than ignoring the issue.

If given the choice between two items that perform in the way your dad wants, see if one of them is better on the green front.

Look for:

Products powered by the sun, gravity, human power or at the least, rechargeable batteries. Solar chargers are widely available as are items like cool, hand cranked flashlights and radios.

Products that are comparatively energy efficent. Computers, TVs and printers are some of the products that companies are working to make better in this department. Check out Energy Star labels where available.

Products made with fewer hazardous materials. All electronics contain hazardous materials (PCs, for example may contain lead, cadmium, mercury and flame retardants in plastic casings). This is why they should never be thrown in the trash. Look for electronics that meet European standards which, while not perfect are better.

Products containing recycled content. Moblie phones and computers are just two of the items available that use some percentage of recycled materials.

Another great idea is to upgrade what dad already has instead of buying a new unit. Adding a larger internal hard drive to his computer, paying for a professional “tune up” so the computer will run faster or purchasing extra memory for a camera are all eco-friendlier alternatives to buying new. And of course, buying the item used, but usable is another green option.

How about gifting dad with a surge protector that turns off power to idle devices eliminating electricity usage and saving money?

As a bonus gift for dad, whether buying electronics or not, offer to recycle any he’s ready to get rid of. Electronics make up 70 percent of all hazardous waste and very little of what could be recycled actually is.

So collect dad’s outdated gadgets, head to Earth 911 and find out how to recycle them close to home.

Enjoy a happy, green Father’s Day!

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at www.CelebrateGreen.net.

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