May 20, 2012
I’ve been racking my brain all week trying to come up with a topic for The Once A Week Page and here it is, the end of the week, and I have nothing. So what am I going to do? I’m going to cheat.
Instead of giving you a helpful suggestion for something you can do to live a more sustainable life I’m going to post photos I’ve taken. Some are of my work, some from my own garden, and some from a recent trip. Since these are all photos I’ve taken myself I ask that you let me know if you use them for more than just personal use. Thank you.
I took this at the Na’ Aina Kai Botanical Gardens in Kauai, Hawaii. I love the texture of the leaf and the way the leaf comes together in the middle.
So as to not bore you I am going to limit my posting of photos. But I did have fun sharing my photo adventures so perhaps I’ll do this again in the future.
May 11, 2012
This topic isn’t exactly the kind of thing I usually write about but I was so impressed by the concept I couldn’t resist.
A new smart phone app called cause.it lets businesses, people and non-profits come together in a unique way.
Here is how it works. Businesses partner with non-profits. People volunteer for these non-profits and in exchange get discounts to use at the businesses the non-profits are partnered with.
Right now cause.it is only available in a few cities but the company is growing quickly.
There is a very good video on the web site that explains things in full detail.
May 4, 2012
As with produce and meat there is a lot of jargon that gets thrown around when it comes to seafood.
Just this past Earth Day Whole Foods stopped selling red-rated fish. What is red-rated fish you ask?
Whole Foods has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Blue Ocean Institute. These two institutions have created a color-coded sustainability rating system to tell you how sustainably certain kinds of seafood are harvested. Green is best, then yellow, and last red. Whole Foods is no longer selling any red-rated seafood.
If, like me, you could eat sushi day and night (which I did for a week in Tokyo once) go to The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s sushi guide. And you can download a sushi specific green, yellow, red pocket guide for the next time you are at your favorite sushi place. Go here and look for the link on the bottom right.
April 12, 2012
You take your old phone to a kiosk which will visually or electronically inspect it and decide what its value is. You can then get cash or store credit for a new phone.
You can find a location here.
April 4, 2012
Have stuff to compost but no actual place to compost? Go to FindAComposter.com, enter your location and compost centers will magically appear on your computer screen.
As for keeping the stuff to compost until you get to the compost site you have a couple of options. As we don’t have much counter or under the sink space I put it in a plastic bag in the freezer. But if you have a bigger kitchen there are all kinds of small, kitchen top and under the counter compost pails with charcoal and other kinds of filters that work well.
March 28, 2012
Okay, so that title doesn’t REALLY make sense, but hopefully it caught your attention.
Since it is the end of March and getting close to tax day, I’m sure many of us are thinking about IRAs and SEPs and college funds.
This year you might think about investing in a “green” fund. There are several companies out there that have IRAs, mutual funds, money markets, college funds, etc, that invest in companies engaging in sustainable practices.
You have to do your research, just like with any investment, but many of these will give you just as good a return on your money as investing in non-sustainable companies. And these will give you a warm fuzzy feeling with your dividend.
Some companies that have sustainable investment options are:
March 23, 2012
For this week’s Once A Week Page there is one really simple thing you can do. Go to Just Label It, fill out the info on the right hand side of the page and click send message.
There is a pre-written message that will get sent to the FDA asking that they comply with the legal petition which has been filed requesting the FDA label genetically engineered food.
That’s all you have to do. Easy peasy.
March 15, 2012
Designed by co-founders Andy Ross and Eytan Oren InBloom is a location based app that makes it easier to find the food and products a sustainable minded person would be looking for.
With InBloom you can find everything from Farmers Markets to biodesiel filling stations; CSA’s to retail stores powered by sustainable energy. You can also customize the app for your own preferences; ecofriendly, vegan, organic etc.
The app has launched in New York City’s five boroughs with 500 listings and soon Andy and Eytan will be launching InBloom in Austin with an additional 250 listings. After Austin InBloom will spread to Los Angeles, San Fransisco and Chicago.
You can find the link to download the app at their web site.
For more information about the InBloom app email email@example.com
March 7, 2012
I’ve been waiting for Wednesday to post about this for The Once A Week Page since I read about these trees in Urban Farm Magazine. I just think they are so amazing.
These apple trees are perfect for a small urban yard; or anyone who wants an attractive fruit tree. They come in 5 gallon containers, grow to a maximum of ten feet high and about two feet wide. According to the people at Green Leaf Nursery, who grow the trees, you can usually keep the tree in its original container for a year or two before you need to pot it up to a seven gallon container if you don’t want to put it in the ground.
February 29, 2012
For this week’s Once A Week Post I decided to post links to information about Farmers Markets in some of the world’s biggest, most densely populated cities. Shopping from a Farmers Market that is close to you is an easy way to get local, organic produce.
Please note, the method I used to select the cities was in no way scientific. Some had large populations, some had dense populations and some were just in interesting areas. There were cities I wanted to include but didn’t because I couldn’t find information about any Farmers Markets there. These were mostly foreign cities so if you know of a Farmers Market in, say, Cairo or Shanghai let me know.
In my experience the growers themselves are often at the market and willing to answer questions not only about their own growing practices but also about gardening techniques. So if you want to know why your cucumbers aren’t producing ask a grower.
At the Borough Hall green market in Brooklyn there is a wonderful grower. Stand with Borough Hall at your back and look to the first vendor on your right. He is probably 80 years old and has been growing for about 65 of them. He is a wealth of information.
Delhi, India According to Fodor’s the Sarojini Nagar Market is a great place for produce and is open until 8 at night.
Lagos, Nigeria Scroll about half way down the page to read about the Oke Arin Market
Los Angeles, US
Manila, Philippines Supposedly many of the vendors here are “middle men” and not the actual growers. But if the produce is fresh and locally grown my thinking is it should be on the list.
New York, US
3/1 addition: There is a great post on Dirt n Kids about the benefits of shopping at Farmers Markets.