08/17/14

Life Without Wastebaskets: Month Four

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I am now into four months of my “one mason jar a month” and I am holding steady. The only thing that chaged was the was the style of jar…but this, like the last three months, is a two-quart mason jar. The good news behind the change in jars is that I have finally found [...more ...]

07/02/14

“Gasless On Greenwood”(2014 Greenwood Car Show)

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Here, here for this year’s “Gasless on Greenwood”, the annual Seattle Electric Vehicle Association display at Seattle’s Greenwood Car Show!!! Once again, our stalwart band of electron-powered car enthusiasts took the prize for the largest car club in attendance, with 41 electric vehicles of all shapes and sizes! Everything from detailed home convsersions to the [...more ...]

06/29/14

Life Without Waste Baskets Part Three: Active Discard

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“Refuse. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Rot“- Bea Johnson, The Zero Waste Home “If it weren’t for plastic packaging, I’d be zero-waste” -David Keenan,  Seattle Musician (from a Facebook Post) ***********************************************************************************e Bea Johnson’s “Five R’s” is how she maintains zero waste. David Keenan’s sentiment epxressed in a post to my Facebook site,  is also true So how [...more ...]

06/27/14

Life Without Waste Baskets Part Two: Terracycling

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  In my quest to produce only one mason jar a month of garbage, recycling is a must. It is also  in which something the City of Seattle has been a pioneer: we were one of the first major US cities to have curbside recycling and later were one of the first to adopt single-stream [...more ...]

06/11/14

Life Without Wastebaskets Part One: One Mason Jar A Month Or Bust!

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  As many of my regular readers know, I have been on a multi-year quest to get to zero waste. So far, it has been a fascinating journey of triumph and failure and a lot of learning about just how insidious our consumer culture is. It is SO darned difficult to get away from excess [...more ...]

05/24/14

2013 Successes & Break-Evens

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I am happy to report my water usage was more effcinent, and my electricty use somewhat down. A reminder to those who live outside Washington State RE electricty:  our state’s electricity is 94.7 renewably made from hydro-electric, solar and wind. The other is nuclear and natural gas. Beacause of this, I bought two solar panels [...more ...]

05/24/14

Deb’s Carbon Output 2013. Very Disappointing.

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This year sucked due to  to excessive air travel back and forth to CA to deal with problem after problem with my 81 year old mother.   I also had to deal with selling off her car, a house and other time-sucking, CO2 spewing activities.  I guess the upshot is good: there is one less [...more ...]

04/23/14

I Am LEAF! See Me Climb MOUNTAINS!

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On Monday, April 21, I took my new LEAF for its second* mini-road trip: up Snoqulamie Pass to the Summit! Whee! We left home with 100% charge/90 mile range.  Drove to Bellevue’s Mercer Canal Building, (16 miles)  where there is A Charge Point DC Charger. Well: there is, but it isn’t working. Pfffft. So I charged [...more ...]

03/14/14

Putting A Lid On It (Plastic Bottle Cap Recycling)

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What do you do with all those annoying small, hard-plastic bottle lids and caps that regular recycling won’t take? YOU TAKE THEM TO AN AVEDA STORE! Yep, you read right! The company has worked hard with its packagers and supplier to find a source that recycles the bottle,caps into caps for their own lotions and [...more ...]

01/14/14

A Tale of Two Test Drives

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Today I had a chance to drive both a 2012 Mitsubishi i-Miev and a 2011 Nissan LEAF   belonging to two  friends. This meant I could *really* take ‘em out and drive along, with no dealers breathing down my back. Lovely! While I would need much more time to give detailed reports, here are the sentences that [...more ...]

11/14/13

If These Were YOUR Children, Would You Want Them To Live Like This?

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    Trash as far as the eye can see: Worldwide waste production could increase 3X by 2100 by  Michael Richard Graham (from www.treehugger.com) “We can’t keep doing ‘business as usual’ We produce a lot of trash. While many make efforts to reduce what they send to the landfill, and useful materials are more recycled now than ever [...more ...]

09/27/13

Get Ready For The Sustainable Ballard Fest!

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It’s the Tenth Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival!  Yes, folks, my own little neighborhood in little ole Seattle has a whole Sustainable organization, helping to educate and support neighbors going green! From their website: “Family-friendly, FREE, and full of surprises, the Sustainable Ballard Festival is celebrating its 10th year in a big way! Test ride an [...more ...]

08/24/13

Zipping Towards Zero Waste: Small Appliances

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Zero-waste lifestyle advocate Bea Johnson of the Zero Waste Home tells us that part of her journey into living a zero waste lifestyle is reducing the number of items she actually needs and uses especially in the kitchen. In a recent blog post, she asked her readers what essential kitchen items they live without and [...more ...]

08/12/13

Fall 2013: Harvest #1

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Well…I should really say BIG harvest #1…I have been nibbling since early July  as things ripened. A tomato here, a cucumber there…you know.  It’s really hard to leave those tantalizing bright red strawberries alone when sitting on the front steps waiting for my ride. And it is not really fall-it’s early August, which is technically [...more ...]

08/02/13

Gotham Greens: Hope For Rooftop Gardens

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So many people think that it is impossible to raise vegetables in the city effectively in their own back yards, let alone on a commercial scale. But the folks at Gotham Greens are proving otherwise. Centered in Brooklyn, Gotham Greens realized that while arable land in dense cities may be scarce, the availability of unused roof top space [...more ...]

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