Monday, February 22, 2010

Stay Away From Styrofoam....................

Styrofoam - It's not biodegradable.

There has also been concern about the trace presence of Styrofoam's production chemicals remaining in the final product which can be toxic. (i.e., benzene is carcinogenic). There's more info on that on the EPA website.

Additionally, some scientists believe that producing styrofoam can emits ozone into the air at unsafe levels.

The most horrifying thing about Styrofoam? It does not biodegrade. The California Coastal Commission says that it's a huge component in marine debris. It is also bouyant, so they can just float around waterways indefinitely. A hideous, unneccessary, and perpetual eyesore that is terrible for our environment.

Most people don't know this, but Styrofoam actually IS recyclable. Curbside recycling usually won't take it, so you'll have to find local places to drop it off. Check out the search database at to find a recycling center near you that will take Styrofoam. Search by its generic name "polystyrene."

Friday, February 19, 2010

Sun Chips.............

SunChipshas announced the company will begin selling their snacks in compostable packaging. The new bag will be comprised of a plastic made from renewable, plant based materials (PLA) and you'll be able to compost it in your home compost pile—after you eat the chips, of course.

Given that composting is largely on the rise, and is becoming more and more commonplace in the US, the promise of a fully compostable bag is compelling indeed.

The bags are made from polyastic acid, or PLA, a unique polymer. According to the press release from SunChips:

PLA is made from lactic acid. Lactic acid is made from dextrose by fermentation. Dextrose is made from starch and starch is made from carbon dioxide and water. Because it’s made with plants that grow annually instead of petroleum (which takes millions of years to form) the impact on greenhouse gases is much lower.

The studies done on the new bags indicate that they'll compost in both aerobic and anaerobic conditions in 12-16 weeks at temperatures over 55 degrees F. Of course, independent studies remain to be be done on the bags since they won't be available on the market for another year, we have to take these findings at face value, for now. So do these bags truly biodegrade readily in your backyard compost? Pure PLA is indeed is compostable, and some types really will break down in your yard. (Other "biodegradable" plastics only break down into miniscule particles that make their way into soil but are never fully reabsorbed back into nature.) However, UV stabilizers could be added to the inks which could interfere with microbial processes, and if the bags are made from genetically-modified (GM) plants, then they may not be perfectly sutainable.

Still, this marks a huge step in the greening of product packaging. After all, how many other compostable chip bags do you know of out there?

For more info about the bag, which is made by
Ingeo NatureWorks, check out theSunChips website.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Disney Give A Day Get A Day.......

We just wanted to let everyone know that we have completed our Give A Day Get A Day Disney opportunity. We volunteered at an Animal Rescue and boy were we surprised at what we had to do. We thought we would muck some stalls, or help abandoned and hurt animals. We ended up shoveling a compost pile that was over 30 cubic feet for almost 5 hours. We certainly were dirty and tired when we were finished, but we will be going back. We did have a few minutes of fun learning how to catch chickens and feeding the goats.

Sun Chips...............

Companies that Care is what we will be focusing on for the rest of February.

Using solar power. Seems obvious, doesn't it? We make SunChips® snacks, after all.

So we've started using solar energy instead of fossil fuel to help make SunChips® in

our plant in Modesto, California. And although Modesto is only one of the eight plants

we use to make SunChips® snacks, for us it's a small step in the right direction.

Today, 33% of every 10 1/2 oz. size SunChips® bag is made with renewable, plant

based materials. This is our first step to reduce the amount of non–renewable materials

we use for packaging.

Sun Chips.......

We are going to be focusing on this company for the next few posts...

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Presidents' Day!!!

Presidents' Day, originally known as Washington's Birthday, falls on the third Monday of February. This year Presidents' Day falls on February 15, 2010.

fficially, the holiday is still recognized by the U.S. government as “Washington’s Birthday.” It says so on the government website’s list of official holidays.

The site says:

Washington’s Birthday is a federal holiday observed the third Monday of February to honor George Washington, the first President of the United States. This date is commonly called Presidents’ Day and many groups honor the legacy of past presidents on this date.

Here’s a brief history of the day:

--Feb. 22, Washington’s actual birthday, became a U.S. government holiday in 1885.

--In the early 1950s, there was a movement led by a coalition of travel organizaitons to create three-day weekends by moving the celebration of some holidays to Mondays.

One of the suggestions was to create a Presidents’ Day between Washington’s and Lincoln’s Feb. 12 birthday. Lincoln’s was a holiday in some states but was never made a federal holiday though it was a holiday in some states. A few states tried the new arrangement but it was not universally adopted across the country. Also in the early 1950s, there was a proposal to make March 4--the original presidential inauguration day--a day to honor all presidents.

--In 1971, some holidays moved to Mondays under a U.S. law that created three-day weekends for federal employees. States, however, were not required to honor them.

Today, there is no unanimous name for this holiday, always on the third Monday in February, be--and, in fact, even when it is called Presidents’ Day, sometimes the apostrophe is missing and sometimes it is between the last two letters. (2010 The Washington Post Company)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!!!!

Born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky.

The 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led his country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery. Before his election in 1860 as the first Republican president, Lincoln had been a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, a member of the United States House of Representatives, and twice an unsuccessful candidate for election to the U.S. Senate.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts......

Pick up A Game that is fun for all ages.

Pick up a Potted Plants


Bake some Heart shaped cakes or cupcakes.

Make A Home Made Card.

No matter what remember to show everyone that you care with a smile, a hug, or just something as simple as a look.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's Day Tip #11.............

Key Chain Plants..............

These little key chains are all the rage in Japan, the living land of micro-mini, super-kawaii things. The plants grow in their individual arboretums until they get too large, at which point they can be transplanted into bigger pots. Now why didn’t we think of that? 1,000 yen, or about $10

Real, Live Lucky Bamboo inside the keychain - The Bamboo can be taken out from the keychain and put into gardening pots to be grown. -
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Friday, February 5, 2010

Valentine's Day Tip # 10......

Adopt A Star..........

Name A Star is a wonderful, timeless gift. Everyone loves having a star named† after them. It's a meaningful and symbolic gift – perfect for Valentine's Day!!!

Shining Star Friends

Now every little boy or girl that receives this doll will get to name their very own star.Available in a variety of animal friends!

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Two Gifts at Once
For those who enjoy giving so much that they want to give two gifts at the same time, International Star Registry and Russ Berrie bring to the world Shining Stars Friends. These Plush Stuffed Animals are so adorable and cute and fun that no kid will ever want to put a Shining Stars Friend down. To make the gift even more amazing each Shining Stars Friend comes with a certificate to name your very own star. The collection of cute, cozy Shining Stars Friends includes plush dogs, cats, dragons, pandas, owls and many more. There are over 55 different creatures to collect! Great gift for both kids and collectors of Russ Berrie Animals.


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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Valentine's Day Tip # 9......................

This tip is great as a gift for kids, from parents, friends, or teachers to name a few.

Rainbow Heart Shaped Crayons...............

1. Gathered up broken crayons, picked off all the wrappers.

2. Then sorted the crayons into two bowls: blues, greens, purples, pinks and reds, yellows, oranges, browns.

3. Chop up the crayons into pea sized pieces, then put them into mini heart shaped muffin tins.

Instructions said to bake in the oven at 150 degrees for 15 minutes, but the lowest my oven goes is 170 degrees and I ended up turning it up to 220 anyway to get it melting. So cook it in the oven until all the wax melts and then take it out.

Let it harden and pop them out of the tins and voila! Big crayon blocks with beautiful swirls and blobs of colors. Keeping the pieces pea sized meant that you could actually get a solid color to color with, which was nice, although it was fun to draw and experiment with turning the crayons as you wrote.They looked like beautiful little jewels or soaps. Think of all the possibly designs and uses for these crayons.

Valentine's Day Tip # 8..........

This is Our Special Tip...............

We have decided to show everyone we love by making them Heart Shaped Muffins in a reusable dish. We purchased a cute heart shaped muffin tin and will be making a variety of muffins including banana, chocolate chip, blueberry, and corn to name a few. Instead of simply buying a gift we are giving everyone something that we made to show them how much we love them. You can make brownies, cookies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, etc. The great thing about this is there is something for everyone whether they need sugar free, gluten free, low fat, etc.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Valentine's Day Tip # 7.........

Recycled Pop Art Daisy Bouquet

Size: 6" tall

Colors: Bright colors from assorted, recycled soda cans: yellow, green, red, grape and orange

Price: $24 for a bouquet of six

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Six More Weeks of Winter...............

Phil emerged to see his shadow before chilly revelers in Pennsylvania, meaning winter will last another six weeks.

German tradition holds that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas— winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Groundhog Day.................

Groundhog Day is celebrated in the USA on February 2nd. Each year on this day in burrow at Gobblers Knob , Pennsylvania, people from all over the USA watch Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog as he emerges from his burrow.

On Groundhog Day, Phil the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter's hibernation. If he sees his shadow, he is thought to return to his hole (some people think this is an omen of six more weeks of bad winter weather). If he doesn't see his shadow (i.e., if it is cloudy), he is thought to stay above ground (some people think of this as a sign of mild weather to come)