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.

Starbucks Recycles

As I was leaving Starbucks today after our Tuesday meeting, I was throwing my coffee cup away and saw a sign taped to the garbage can that read “Got Plastic or glass…. give it to us and we’ll Recycle it for you.” I was so excited because I often wonder why companies who are claiming to be green aren’t doing a better job at recycling. I don’t know if this is a store by store thing or if all Starbucks are following suit and recycling these products but even if its just one, I am sure more stores will follow.

Starbucks has made huge strides in the ways of green living. Here are just a few ways Starbucks works to be green.

Coffee Grounds – You can pick up a large bag of coffee grounds for your garden. Starbucks coffee grounds recycling program is a grass roots effort that was started by customers many years ago. Spent coffee grounds are complimentary upon request at Starbucks retail locations and are available year-round as they are generated. Grounds are packaged in reused coffee bags and sealed with the Starbucks coffee grounds as compost sticker.

Environment Commitment – Striving to buy, sell and use environmentally friendly products, Sustainable Packaging and Paper Initiatives, Recycling, Reusing and Waste Reduction Initiatives and greening their stores through design.

Check out your local Starbucks and if they haven’t started recycling their plastic and glass, ask them if they would think about doing that. If this small town can do it, any town can!

Share with me your thoughts on recycling, do you have any great ideas for companies and how they can implement recycling into their daily routines?

Decorating with Leaves


One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to decorate with the colorful leaves. You can do this really easily by dipping leaves into paraffin wax. This makes a very beautiful yet simple autumn touch to your home. Plus it is putting the fallen leaves to good use!

You will need to gather these materials: Paraffin wax, a pan (one that you don’t mind melting wax in), parchment paper, a tray to cool the leaves, a large bowl full of cool water.

Step 1: Gather the best pick of leaves you can find outside, you want them to be bright and in good shape. Make sure they are not torn or wilted. How many you gather is up to you.

Step 2: Arrange a tray lined with parchment paper in order to cool the leaves after they have been dipped. Then set up a large bowl filled with cool water.

Step 3: Melt the wax in the pan on low. Caution: paraffin wax is highly flammable.

Step 4: By the stem, submerge the leaf all the way into the wax. Immediately pull the leaf out, let any excess wax drip off into the pan. Then dip it into the bowl of cool water for about 5 seconds. This sets the wax. Let the water run off and then gently place the leaf onto the parchment paper. Then repeat.
They should last for at least a week, most likely longer.

Decorating ideas: If you have guests over for dinner they look really nice scattered throughout the dinner table and then add some candles to help them shine. This is a great idea for Thanksgiving dinner. Or you can place them on a mantle, on shelves or anywhere in your house or office that has room for them. You could also tie a clear string around the stem and hang them from an archway in your home. They should last for at least a week, most likely longer.

Green Question: I know that burning candles made from paraffin wax isn’t as safe for the environment as soy candles, but for this activity has anyone used a different kind of wax? Feel free to leave a comment.

Fall Weather’s Green Accessories

The rain is falling, the wind is blowing and the sky is gray. Its Fall, and let’s face it, riding your bike or taking walks, doesn’t seem that appealing. Wind blown, wet hair and soggy clothes isn’t that attractive when you’re on your way to work. But the environment is calling us, asking us to help and we want to help.

Here are some tips to get you out on the street again, walking, riding the bike and commuting:

Grab a New Stylish UmbrellaBrelli makes a 100% biodegradable umbrella. Made of bamboo, cotton and a clear canopy.

Slip on a Rain CapeBicycle clothing offers rain capes to protect you from the rain. Easy to slip on over whatever you are wearing. Sorry but they only come in the yellow on this site, but that will keep you safe when riding in the rainy weather.

Pull on the Rain Boots – Yes you can wear rubber boots to work, they come in so many fashionable colors and designs. Check out the fun designs at Kamik.com and when you are done with them they can be tossed in the recycle bin.

Put a new Messenger bag over your shoulder Passchal bags are made of recycled rubber and eco-friendly leather protecting your papers and personal items from the fowl weather.

If the above ideas dont get you back weathering the storm than try this Recycled Raincoat idea from artsandcrafts.today.com.

What Do You Think About Thrift Store Shopping?

I was reading an article from IsItNormal.com and was shocked at what I read. I feel that thrift store shopping doesn’t have to be for the poor but is many times for those who enjoy wearing more than just the normal every day duds that every single person you see is wearing. I agree with IsItNormal that its fun and is like treasure hunting. I have found the most amazing treasures, leather belts, leather purses, scarves and boots. All great quality and fun to wear.

I also was shocked that IsItNormals friends were making fun of him. True friends wouldn’t do that. Would they? Mine wouldn’t.

Reasons why you should re-think thrift shopping: Its Eco-friendly, environmentally friendly and budget friendly. By supporting thrift stores you are helping the environment by reducing the amount of clothing that ends up as waste in landfills, reducing the need for manufacturing new clothes, which also reduces the amount of carbon emissions used to truck those clothes allover the country. For statistics check out EIA.doa.gov/environment.html.

So all that to ask the question: What do you think about thrift store shopping? Is it only for the poor? Do you find that it can be fun or is it a bore?

Green Your Wrapping Paper & Save Money

Wrapping paper is expensive and quit frankly not that exciting. Why buy something you don’t need when, if you take a look around your house, you will find that there are tons of items you could use instead of wrapping paper. And what better way to be environmentally friendly than by reusing what you already have!

For something original and a great way to save money, try some of these ideas:

Recycle – When you receive a gift, save the bag, tissue or wrapping paper (if still in tact) and use another time.

Reuse – If you get the newspaper, use the funnies for a child’s present or even a page of black and white print with an interesting bow for an Over-the-Hill gift.

Reinvent – Child’s art from school can be used to wrap up gifts for grandmas or grandpas. They will love this!

Re-purpose – An old flowery skirt that you don’t wear anymore makes a lovely wrapping for a woman’s gift with a big ribbon bow.

Revamp -Brown paper bags from your last grocery trip can be used to paint or stamp on, making a great gift wrap when tied with newspaper twine or sting.

Revive – Old magazine pages, covered with great fashion ads, can be used to wrap up presents for a teen.

Rehash – Old music books make great gift wrap for the music lover in your life.

Please share your green ideas for wrapping paper.

BOXcycle – Recycling Boxes One Box at a Time

If you have moved or shipped items in the past, then you know how difficult it can be to find the right size box for shipping or the right amount of boxes you need for moving.

BOXcycle was created to make the environmentally superior option of reusing shipping and moving boxes practical, convenient, and worthwhile. With BoxCycle, buyers instantly see willing sellers in their area including sellers’ distance and approximate location, box inventory, and hours. Buyers reserve their boxes by arranging a pickup appointment and paying for their purchase online. BoxCycle not only makes the transaction simple, certain, and inexpensive, but also more convenient. By locating sellers close to them, buyers can pickup their boxes the same day without long drives or costs and delays of delivery.

To buy boxes, you put in your address and zip code and it can search within 1 mile to 100 miles. If no boxes are found in your area you can submit your name and email and they will email you when new boxes are listed in or near your area. If boxes are found, you place an order, select two preferred pick up times, the seller accepts and BOXcycle provides you with a pickup slip and sellers location and you go pick them up.

To sell boxes, you put in the quantity of the size of boxes you have and add it to the inventory. BOXcycle advertises, processes orders and collects payment and then they contact you to confirm availability and appointment time. After the transaction, BOXcycle remits your share of the proceeds. BOXcycle retains 50% of the list price and will issue checks once you are owed $25 or more.