Rent Textbooks and Be Green at Chegg.com

Have you ever wondered if there was a better way to get textbooks than to buy them full price at the school book store? Have you ever thought about all the money that is wasted when you buy a new textbook? Or Have you wanted to get rid of those textbooks but didn’t know where to sell them? Have you ever thought about how many trees are consumed for textbooks?

Chegg.com can answer all these questions for you and more! Rent, Save, Sell and Help the Environment at Chegg.

Offering over one million textbooks, chegg is the leading online textbook rental service with their primary objective being Saving Students Money!

  • How Much Does It Cost? With Chegg there are no monthly subscription fees or hidden charges. Each textbook has a specific rental fee, which is dependent on the ISBN. Shipping and handling are dependent on the shipment method chosen. The average rental price on Chegg is 60% lower than the list price!
  • Can I Highlight or Write In The Textbook? Highlighting in the textbook is OK – to a certain extent. Writing in the book is not accepted. We ask that you are considerate while using the book. A book returned with every other line of every page highlighted is overdoing it.
  • Are There Any Late Fees? If your books are not postmarked by your rental due date, you will be charged a 25% late fee.
  • What Is The Defined Length of a Semester/Quarter/Summer Rental? The defined length of a semester rental is 125 days from the original order date. The defined length of a quarter rental is 85 days from the original order date. The defined length of a summer rental is 60 days from the original order date.

How is Chegg Green?

Renting textbooks is a great way to save money and reuse our natural resources. When we realized that 20 million trees a year are consumed for books – 4 million for textbooks alone – we decided it was time to give a little back to Mother Nature. That’s why we plant a tree for every book you rent, buy, sell or donate! Together we can make a difference, one book at a time.

Helping Hamsters Help You

In searching for new ways to generate power in an energy-efficient way, scientists should consider hiring hamsters to power homes and other buildings by the power created in their marathon-like endeavors of ‘running the wheel’!

Hamsters, and other rodents, have shown exceptional interest in running on wheels to help save our world and to create cleaner, more efficient energy to power homes. Here are some facts that rodents want you to know:

Fact #1: Hamsters prefer large wheels. According to Wikipedia, “Choice tests with Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) have shown that they prefer larger wheels; the animals chose a wheel diameter of 35 cm (14 in) over 23 cm (9 in), which itself was preferred over 17.5 cm (7 in).” Why not get the largest hamsters and the largest wheels and put them to work in the basements of our homes, generating energy?

Fact #2: Hamsters can run for a REALLY long time. Like other rodents, hamsters are extremely motivated to run in wheels. I’m not sure what the appeal is. Perhaps they have been watching ‘Rocky’ or ‘Chariots of Fire’ or they are trying to escape. But nevertheless, ‘it is not uncommon to record distances of 6 miles ran in one night. Other 24-h records include 26 mile for rats, 18.5 miles for wild mice, 11.5 miles for lemmings, (9.5 miles for laboratory mice, and 5 miles for gerbils.’ I guess the rats set the record, but they aren’t nearly as cute as hamsters, though I did have a pet albino rat named ‘Splinter’ growing up.

Fact #3: IT CAN BE DONE! Make Magazine made a generator from a mouse wheel – it’s enough to light an LED light – 2-3 volts. If the LED light uses 1 watt and you had, on average, 10 LED lights in your home, you would need only 10 hamsters to run in your home when you were there.

Fact #4: Hamsters need a home…and something to do. Its better than just hanging out in a cage, so put your hamsters to work and give them the exercise they need and the joy in knowing that they are contributing to a cleaner planet.

Fact #5: Hamsters don’t have to be the only one’s on a wheel. More and more ideas are out there about how human’s can generate energy to power their own products, like cellphone and iPods. According to the Washington Post:  “A new, knee-mounted device harvests energy from the end of a walker’s step, in the same way that hybrid-electric cars recycle power from braking. With a device on each leg, volunteers generated about 5 Watts of electricity, while using little additional energy. That’s enough power to run 10 cell phones at the same time, and twice the power needed for computers in developing regions.”

The Truth About Corn Plastic

Corn plastic sounds great, but recycling it is difficult, and incorrect handling may foul systems. In The Oregonian, I found an article on “New Plastic, Second Thoughts”. Its all about Corn Plastic and the problems it has caused with recycling.

“PLA, or corn plastic, is made with Midwestern corn, not Middle East oil. Its production releases fewer toxic substances than making petroleum plastic and uses less energy, spewing an estimated two-thirds less greenhouse gas. And corn plastic can be composted, incinerated or recycled, its manufacturer says, offering “the most alternatives” of any plastic to landfilling.

Even so, Oregon’s recycling pros are awfully down on it.

Why? Corn PLA, made mainly by Minnesota-based Natureworks, composts only in high-temperature commercial composting systems, not backyards. It’s difficult to distinguish from regular plastics in the recycling mix. And a small amount can foul recycling of conventional plastic, one of the biggest-payoff items for recyclers nationwide.”

Disadvantages:

  1. Recycling advocates say PLA water bottles sold at retail are most likely to contaminate recyclables.
  2. Like conventional plastic, it doesn’t break down quickly on land or in the ocean.
  3. It’s not likely to break down in a landfill. If it does, it could save space but produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
  4. Works at commercial-grade composting plants but fails to break down in a backyard compost pile.

Advantages:

  1. A 2006 NatureWorks-commissioned study for the German government showed recycling, not composting, is the greenest way to deal with PLA. But for everything but water pollution, the study indicated PLA retains environmental advantages over conventional plastics even if the PLA isn’t recycled.
  2. It’s made from plants that can be grown in 100 days. It comes from renewable resources.
  3. PLA’s least-controversial application is in cafeterias, convention centers and sports venues, where food-contaminated plastic cups, dishes and utensils are tossed in the garbage. Food-service operations can use corn PLA and other bioplastics, shipping their garbage to commercial-scale composters instead of trashing it.
  4. Produces no toxic compounds when burned, unlike many plastics.

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What are your thoughts on Corn Plastic/PLA?

3 Climate Friendly Food Tips

On my monthly visit to the local health food store I picked up the latest issue of Delicious Living and found an article on Take a Bite out of Global Warming by Anna Lappe. She makes a few convincing reasons why buying and supporting organic farms can make a huge difference in the fight against global warming. “The current food system, from seed to plate to landfill, is responsible for as much as one-third of the world’s human-made greenhouse-gas emissions. Livestock production alone, including factory farming and pasture-grazing animals, accounts for nearly one-fifth of all greenhouse-gas emissions — that’s more than transportation. Organic farms emit less than half the carbon dioxide of conventional farms and use up to one-third less fossil-fuel energy, in part because they’re not dependent on petroleum-based pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. In fact, long-term studies at the Rodale Institute indicate that if we transitioned just 10,000 medium-size farms to organic production, it would be the carbon-saving equivalent of taking one million cars off the road. Remember that the next time you’re waffling over whether to spend that extra dollar on organic apples.”

3 Climate Friendly Food Tips

1. Eat Real Food – Choose energy efficient items: fresh, whole foods with minimal or no packaging.

2. Enjoy Meatless Meals – Cut back on meat. Go meatless at least once a week. And, if you choose to eat meat and dairy, go for organic options from small-scale family farms.

3. Live La Vida Local – Minimize your footprint by buying from locally stocked supermarkets and farmers markets. Become a member of a community-supported agriculture program, csacenter.org, or by visiting a U-pick farm, localharvest.org.

8 Green Things You Can Do For Your Boss On Boss’s Day

Today, October 16, is Boss’s Day. Did you forget? Its not too late to do something nice for your boss today. Here are some Green ways to celebrate Boss’s Day:

1. Send an e-card – E-cards are very green, no trees are hurt by sending an e-card.

2. Homemade Cookies – Bake some yummy cookies with your favorite organic produce.

3. Organic Delivery Services – Have an organic delivery service bring your boss a scrumptous lunch. Soup peddler

4. A Potted Plant – Bring your boss a potted plant, something they can plant or keep in the pot in their house.

5. Give Money – In honor of you boss, give money to an eco-friendly cause.

6. Green Dimes – Sign your boss up for Green Dimes and help the environment with stopping the junk mail.

7. An Apple A Day – Bring your boss an organic apple and set it on his desk.

8. Korres Aromatic Soy Candle – Give your boss a hand-made aromatic soy candle by Korres, to keep his office smelling fresh and reminding him of you wih every sniff.

Earth Drive – The World’s First Recyclable USB Drive

ATP, a northern California memory manufacturer, has just launched the most “green” USB drive you’ve ever seen.

The EarthDrive is designed and built using the maximum amount of biodegradable materials resulting in a fully recyclable product. Not only is it recyclable, but also ATP has made an ongoing commitment to continue the planting of trees with a portion of the profits generated from the EarthDrive line of products.

The EarthDrive is a premier product that provides flash memory for the consumer market that maximizes our ability to recycle, re-use and restore our glorious planet. Being in line with our engaging array of consumer products that are attractive, powerful and easy to use, the Earthdrive includes the unique and exclusive ATP feature/ benefit package of being waterproof, dustproof, shock proof and ESD (electro-static discharge) proof.

The Most Eco Friendly MacBook Ever

Today at Apple’s “spotlight turns to notebooks” event, Steve Jobs and the apple company launched new innovations and a new macbook that they claim, “is the most eco-friendly MacBook ever in the history of human existence”.

The most significant eco-friendly innovation is the Precision aluminum unibody enclosure, which means that they can turn out a solid block of aluminum that isn’t wasteful and they can create one macbook, strong, solid, piece of equipment in one piece without putting lots of different pieces together.

Apple tells us that, “The new MacBook is built with significantly fewer parts. And the parts that remain are significantly greener. Take the unibody, the foundation of the notebook itself. It’s a single piece of solid, recyclable aluminum that replaces dozens of extraneous pieces once destined for landfill”.

The other listed items that make the Macbook an environmentally friendly computer are:

1. Arsenic free glass–Traditional LCD displays contain arsenice but apple products do not.

2. BFR free-Brominated flamer retardants in logic boards can be harmful to the environment and to people and Apple has said no to BFRs.

3. Mercury free

4. PVC free-Polyvinyl Chloride is dangerous to our health and the environment from the factory to our home.

5. 37% smaller packaging-Less packaging means less waste to be recycled or trashed

6. Epeat Gold Rating- “EPEAT is a system to help purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes”. The new Macbook has earned a Gold Rating, letting us know that they are striving for more environmentally friendly products and making electronics and computers less harmful to our world.

Check out Apple to learn more about the environment benefits of a Mac and check out TweakOSX if you want to know more about the new MacBook pros.

What do you think about Apple’s environmental considerations? Could they do more? Leave a comment below.

The Green Bible

Yesterday my hubby came home and told me that his professor came into class with a Green Bible. I hadn’t heard of the Green Bible and I was intrigued to find out more. So I checked out the website and here is some of what I found out.

What is the purpose behind the Green Bible?

The Green Bible will equip and encourage people to see God’s vision for creation and help them engage in the work of healing and sustaining it. With over 1,000 references to the earth in the Bible, compared to 490 references to heaven and 530 references to love, the Bible carries a powerful message for the earth. Green-Letter Edition: Verses and passages that speak to God’s care for creation highlighted in green.

What is the Green Bible Made of?

Recycled paper, using soy-based ink with a cotton/linen cover.

Other helpful Green Bible information:

The Green Bible is the definitive movement Bible that shows that God is green and how we can care for and protect God’s creation. It has a green Bible topical index, a personal green Bible trail study guide and an appendix with information on further reading, how to get involved, and practical steps to take.

So after checking out the website with my hubby, he decided to buy one. The price was much cheaper than I thought, selling for almost $20 at Amazon. I am excited to receive it and see what all the fuss is about. If you have recently bought one, please comment and let me know what you like or dislike about it.

Recycle and Fundraise

I recently visited an elementary school in my area, and was surprised because the first thing I saw was a recycling area designated for ink cartridges and cell phones. The school encourages parents and staff to recycle these two items.

In fact, the school benefits from the items donated! The school is later paid for the old cartridges and cell phones. The recycling center actually doubles as a fundraiser for the school. I thought this to be a very creative fundraising tactic as well as instilling the importance and benefits of recycling in young students.

I recommend contacting your local school district and finding out if they provide a drop off center for these cartridges or cell phones. If you are a parent of a student or involved in the education system it would be an admirable thing to head up. You would just need permission from the principal, a container to place the recyclables in and designate a person willing to collect and ship off the items or do it yourself.

If you have a group that could use extra funds or want to recycle on your own check out ecycle group. I checked out the price list (that they will reimburse) for cell phones and cartridges, the lowest I found was .05cents and the highest was $35! Recycling does pay. This organization allows any church, school, business or individual to recycle through them. There is a minimum requirement of 10 cell phones, 20 inkjet cartridges and 10 laser cartridges. The products have to be on the list, undamaged and not previously refilled.
Have you already started this fund raiser? If so, how much money have you raised??

5 Items Not to Recycle

Did you know that some of the items we are recycling, can not be recycled?  In an article by Lori Bongiorno from Yahoo Green, she lists the 5 items that if recycled you run the risk of your entire batch being shipped off to the nearest dump. The best thing you can do is educate yourself about local recycling rules.

In the meantime here’s the short list of common items that don’t belong in the recycling bin, no matter what your zip code:

  • Pizza boxes. The oil from pizza can contaminate cardboard boxes, making it impossible to process them into clean paper.
  • Napkins and paper towels. It’s not the paper goods themselves that present a problem, but the fact that they’re typically used to wipe up food, cleaning products, and other “hazardous waste.”
  • Sticky notes. Their size, color, and the adhesive strip make them a better bet for the trash bin.
  • Plastic caps. Curbside programs won’t recycle them, but Aveda collects them and turns them into packaging for new products.
  • Wet paper. Paper fibers that have been exposed to water are shorter and therefore less valuable to paper mills, making it unprofitable to collect and recycle.

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