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meet the new macs

October 16, 2008

Apple makes some advancements in sustainability with their new MacBook and MacBook Pro. Both MacBooks achieve EPEAT Gold status, which means that they met all of the 23 required criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria under their gold certification standards.

Below, some of the eco-friendly features of the new laptops.

MacBook and MacBook Pro 15″

  • Meet EPEAT Gold status
  • Arsenic free
  • Brominated fire retardant (BFR) free
  • Mercury free
  • PVC free
  • Recyclable
  • Energy efficient LED-backlit display
  • Meet Energy Star 4.0 requirements
  • Ship in a a 37% smaller packaging

Get all of the tech specs at Gizmodo.

hittin’ the books

August 26, 2008

If you’re a parent, you’re probably celebrating. A student, mourning the unofficial end of summer. It’s that time of year — Back to School. And just like other marketed “seasons,” there’s something to buy. School supplies, accessories, clothes, etc.

But instead of the conventional stuff that was available to me when I was a kid, there’s a whole range of eco-friendly options for back to school.

At the The Green Office, they make it easy to get back-to-school supplies with kits for both students and teachers. For example, for kids in 3rd to 5th grade, for $24.99 a kit would include:

  • 3 Repocket Recycled Pocket Folders
  • 1 Envirotech™ 100% Recycled Wirebound Notebook
  • 1 Earth Write® Pencil (12-pack), Made in USA from recycled newspaper
  • 1 Classic Colors Washable Waterbased (non-toxic) Markers
  • 1 Crayola Classic Colors Crayons, 16/box (non-toxic)
  • 1 Triggerwood Pen (plus refill)
  • 1 Foohy® Colored Pencils (non-toxic)
  • 1 Professional Watercolor Set with Brush, 8 Assorted Colors, Half Pans
  • 1 KleenEarth® Steel Children’s Safety Scissors
  • 1 Washable, Nontoxic, Removable, Restickable Glue Stick
  • 1 Pack of 7th Generation Facial Tissues

They also sell individual products, from recycled paper notebooks and printing paper to refillable pens and recycled content pencils.

Buy Green also has a range of eco-friendly office and back-to-school supplies.

Like this cool set of recycled newspaper pencils ($6.62 by O’BON)

Or this elephant dung paper notebook (that’s right! It’s by Ellie Poo, $9)

And this classic composition notebook of recycled paper ($2.79 by New Leaf)

Check out the back-to-school giveaway at Sustainable Is Good.
They’re giving away 2 bags from act2 GreenSmart that are made from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles. Note: You must be a student to enter. Entry deadline: September 2, 2008. Check out their site for details.

green screen

August 21, 2008

Here’s some more on the eco-electronics front — more specifically, computer components.

“The World’s Most Eco-friendly Monitor” [Product Reviews]
What: W2252TE LCD monitor by LG
Why: Reduced energy consumption (19.4 watts vs 44.6 with a Dell)

Zero Watt Sleep Mode Monitors [TechTree]
What: A line of monitors by Fujitsu
Why: In sleep mode, the monitor draws no electricity, unlike 1 to 6 watt use with standard monitors

Eco-friendly Storage Device [[re]Drive]
What: The [re]Drive external hard drive by SimpleTech (Fabrik)
Why: Energy efficient; eco-friendly components and packaging; powers on or off with your computer

Low Power Mini Computer
What: Eee box by ASUS
Why: Energy efficient; made with eco-friendly materials, conforming strictly to RoHS and WEEE standards

simple ways to reduce paper waste: part 2

July 22, 2008

Part 2 of 2
Read part 1 here

6. Drink from a reusable coffee cup
Save paper, save the water used to make the paper, and spare the dump another piece of rubbish. Pick your vessel!

“We are happy to serve you” ceramic mug

Sumo Emotions Cup [Uncommon Goods]

Oxo Good Grips Liquiseal Travel Mug

Photo Travel Mug - Silver 14oz

Customizable Photo Travel Mug – Silver 14oz [Kodak Gallery]

7. Use recycled paper products
Choose napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, and tissues made from paper, not from trees. Go with these brands that are both high quality and environmentally friendly:

AVOID: Bounty, Scott, Viva, Kleenex, Puffs, Charmin, Cottonelle (they’re all made from trees!)

Better yet, opt for cloth napkins at meals, dish towels to clean up spills, and handkerchiefs to wipe your nose. Keep rags handy to wipe up really nasty spills.

8. Make your own greeting cards and wrapping paper

  • Turn old cards into new cards here
  • Repurpose old magazines before you toss them in the recycling bin. I like to cut out images from magazines and glue them to a piece of card stock or on an old or ugly card I have lying around
  • Use a colorful page of the newspaper to wrap gifts
  • Wrap gifts in a nice piece of fabric like a scarf, furoshiki style
  • Reuse tissue paper from clothing shops or gifts you’ve received
  • Take care when you open gifts and reuse the paper later on

If you don’t have time to make your own, buy recycled. Here are some options:

Not sure if the card you want is recycled? Flip it over and take a look!

9. Use both sides

  • Making copies? Set the copy machine to print double sided. This can be done whether the original is 2-sided or not.
  • Finished with that printout? Flip it over and use it for note taking or doodling

10. Narrow the margins

The default setting for Microsoft Word margins is 1.25″. You can make them narrower by selecting “Page Setup” (usually found in the “File” menu) and changing them to .75″. Just think of all the paper you’ll save when you’re printing your novel or latest screenplay.

Join the Change the Margins campaign.

simple ways to reduce paper waste: part 1

July 22, 2008

Part 1 of 2

Junk mail, catalogs, bills, receipts, packaging, magazines, office paper, newspapers, wrapping paper, greeting cards, paper plates and cups, napkins, paper towel, toilet paper. The amount of paper in our lives is astounding. But there are so many easy ways to cut back on paper waste. You’ll not only saves trees, you’ll save water, money, and aggravation (especially when it comes to junk mail!).

1. Reduce junk mail and catalogs

  • Green Dimes: Their basic service is free, but you’ve got to opt out of each sender yourself. A $20 one-time fee gets you auto-opt out (including catalogs) and they’ll plant 5 trees, too. $36 gets you all the stuff $20 gets you plus some extra goodies like CFLs.
  • 41 pounds: That’s how much junk mail a person receives in a year. And it costs $41 for 5 years, with 1/3 of that going to the nonprofit of your choice. Like Green Dimes, they also let you opt out of catalogs
  • DMA (Direct Marketer’s Association): It just takes $1 (sent by snail mail) to get off of mailing lists you don’t want to be on. This is the service I used a few years ago and the only unwanted mail I get is from various charities I’ve given to since signing up.
  • Catalog Choice: It’s free to join and you can opt out or opt in to as many catalog mailing lists as you want (as long as they’re in their database, of course). You can check the status of your request (whether it’s been accepted or not) whenever you sign in.

2. Cancel the paper and read the news online

3. Get your bills delivered via email
Check your bills and you’ll probably see the option to have them sent by email, either as a checkbox directly on the bill (that you’ll send via snail mail for the last time, see below) or by logging into your account online.

4. Pay bills online
Stop writing checks, save a stamp, an envelope, and the paper it takes to make those checks. It’s so easy to set up, all you need is the payees address and your account info. But it varies from bank-to-bank so I won’t go into the process here.

5. Plan your online purchases
Reduce cardboard and packing material waste. When buying stuff online from one vendor, make sure you purchase in bulk and choose the option to send the stuff in one shipment.