Saturday, April 30, 2011

Eco-Cleaning Tips


-- Positive Eco-News --

I was re-reading a selection from the book titled: Diet for a Poisoned Planet and found that furniture polish, which has all kinds of undesirable stuff in it that can be absorbed through the skin and lungs (for the pressure-spray varieties). 

One way to reduce the exposure is by spraying a semi-moist rag first – rather than aiming at the furniture and spraying a big fog of stuff out. So take a rag, let a few drops of water fall in the center of it wring it tightly to spread the water around… then spray the rag, holding the rag sort of cupped and out just far enough from the spritzer to get the optimum amount on it. This reduces a lot of the waste involved here and will make the can last longer – reducing your costs. But also, because it isn’t being sprayed into the air and on a hard surface, the spray is less likely to get in your lungs. Spraying the rag, also reduces direct skin contact during the application process. Buff your furniture with the rag, giving the rag a spray when necessary. Don’t just wipe, actually buff the surface – this will work the stuff into the grains of the wood. 

Alternative to the pressure-spray disposable cans one can buy in the supermarket – we can look at using mineral oil, lemon oil and orange oil instead – or mix pure olive oil with equal parts of vinegar. Use a spritzer type sprayer for this application such as those pump action ones you can find in kitchen departments for dispensing oil in cooking pots and baking wear. 

If the furniture is really dirty and needs a scrub down it is recommended to use a vegetable oil based soap. I inherited a wooden piece from my mother, a smoker, and used a light application of baking soda and vinegar to remove the odor, a degreaser where handling marks had built up and then a heavy application of furniture oil and lots of buffering using the recipe above. 

Coffee stains and some tobacco stains can be removed with toothpaste, scrub with a soft, damp cloth and rinse well – then apply the polish. Furniture that has a varnish will only need a light wipe with a damp cloth. If the cloth is wetted with hot vinegar-water, it will have better cleaning power. If you have raw wood furniture (no varnish or protective coating) be sure to dry the furniture after washing it, right way, let it air dry for a few minutes and then apply the polish.

All of these ideas apply to wood cupboards, wood doors and other wood surfaces such as flooring. 


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Friday, April 29, 2011

Reading, Writing & Libraries

 -- Quote of the Day --

I love reading, and there are times when life just gets so crazy that I have only a few precious moments snatched in the day for reading... The last two days however I was able to get a good reading fix in - lol - having just finished a book by  Thomas Block titled Skyfall and now reading one called The Camerons by Robert Crighten. Dave just finished a book by Dick Francis titled Longshot - and he's about to choose another  from our pile of un-read books. Anyway it has been wonderful to have had some time to just disappear in a book for hours at a time. And this is the reason behind the quote of the day:

"It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop."

~ Vita Sackville-West
 

 -- Conscious Living --

Speaking of reading... I want to share with you some interesting information I learned recently from an article by Ann Day in the Creston Valley Advance who was talking about ways their patrons have helped the library out:

According to Ann, some of their patrons have donated sculpture, and other art. And quite a number of their patrons will buy books they want to read and then donate them to the library when they are finished with them. 

Other library programs I’ve heard of are:

The Friend’s of the Library, which from what I understand is  a group of volunteers who work to enrich the library experience. 

The Library Wish List - where libraries create an ongoing list of books they would like to have on stock, and patrons choose which one they will purchase and donate to the library.




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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Eco-Events & Conscious Living Interview


-- Quote of the Day --

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be."

 ~ Groucho Marx 

 -- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Amy Tang and Eileen Oliva are the co-founders of a FREE online educational portal for finding purpose and awakening destiny: called Lights On. Since it’s launch in ’09 – this organization has grown to reach 85 countries – offering tips, hints and shortcuts designed to help individuals discover who they really are. This is one of the most difficult questions in life, discovering who we really are… and is one that is constantly changing due to circumstances and experiences in life. We can often become so lost in trying to fulfill the “shoulds” in life, or to just get by without attracting negative attention – and in doing so we can easily lose sight of ourselves. Some of us are so lost that we don’t even know where to start looking, or what questions we should ask… we’ll find out today.  

Drop into the chat room if you can while listening to the live episode, airing 10-11 AM (pacific), or access the archive later on at your convenience:



-- Conscious Living Events --

April 27-29:
Carpet America Recovery Effort Annual Conference
Location: Amelia Island, FL - USA

April 29:
Save the Frogs Day

April 29-May 2nd:
EcoLinks Conference
Entry Sign Up Deadline Approaches Soon:
Bicycle for Everyone's Earth Japan (http://www.beejapan.org/) is a group organizing a cycling event that travels across Japan with members from various countries including U.S.A., Canada and Brazil. The event was started in 1997 as a cross-Japan cycling tour to travel from Hokkaido (northern Japan) to Yakushima Island (southern Japan) by a group of English teachers who came to Japan under the JET Programme (Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme). *The tour runs from Aug-Oct annually.



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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Literacy


-- Quote of the Day --

 "What I like in a good author isn't what he says, but what he whispers."
 
                                  ~ Logan Pearsall Smith


-- Literacy in Middletown --


Today we are featuring Lora Wiedenheft, of ReadForYourFuture.blogspot.com - This site is owned by Lora and run with the help of Mechele, Sarah and Patti, the team takes turns publishing book reviews while Lora manages the author interviews… among other related posts – with a focus of “fighting childhood illiteracy one book at a time”.

Q: How did you first become aware of the unique literacy issues that your area faces?

A Lot of people including my parents migrated here to Middletown Ohio from Kentucky. With little or no education brought with them. So I think the problem has always been here. Our school district isn't very good here. The teachers are overwhelmed kids fall through the system. I felt I needed to help somehow.

Q: What called you to do something about this problem?

I am an avid YA reader. I was acquiring books as soon as they hit store shelves and reading them just as fast. Well I got overloaded with books. I took some and donated to the Middletown public library and what I found out was that the books I was taking in were being shared by 3 different libraries were sharing them so Middletown youth wasn't getting them. My daughter Jessica suggested the high school when I called them they were ecstatic about them. What I discovered was the school had not gotten any new books in 3 years because of funding. It started me on a mission to solve that problem.

Q: And this developed into the partnership you have with Mechele and Sarah on the Read For Your Future Blog?

I created the blog to bring awareness to the illiteracy problems in our youth today. When I started the blog it had nothing to do with the school issue. Mechele joined me as a reviewer and right hand gal. She's been there for me… always encouraging me. Sarah is my daughter and I am so proud of her she has taken to reviewing so quickly and she has a natural talent for it. Patti is my newest reviewer she is very good too and she is a quick reader and a godsend. I had to have a team since word has gotten out books are flooding in.

Q: No blog is published without having an intended audience to serve, how do you go about keeping fresh traffic heading to the blog?

I have YA book giveaways that change monthly. I join a lot of blog hops. 2 Months ago I started having popular author interviews. I try to watch the other reading blogs and go with the flow. I started it in May 2010 and so far I have had over 16,700 hits. I am averaging about 2000 hits per month. I'm very proud of that.

Q: Your blog sounds like a great way for authors to get some additional exposure as well... What are your guidelines for submissions?

I try to stick with YA books once in a while we will have an adult writer on there. I try to pick authors that have donated their books to use for review then given to the high school. I haven't really set up guidelines because the interview is a question and answer interview. They answer what I ask. I just want it kept clean it is a YA site.

Q: If there was one thing you would want our readers participate in, some call of action to help literacy organization - what would it be?

Donate either to your local high school – just call your local high school ask them if they can use your slightly used books! Or you can email me: readforyourfuture@gmail.com and request the address so that you can mail us your slightly used books. Our slogan is: “Determined to put books into the hands of teenagers!”


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Prize Winners & Living Fully Aware


-- Quote of the Day --

"What lies behind us and what lies before us 
Are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"



~R W Emerson


-- Prize Draw Winner Announcement --


Dave and I were thrilled to participate in this years Easter Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader Not a Writer blog, who has partnered with Once Upon a Twilight blog - and put a lot of work in to make this event happen. Over 200 blogs  were involved in the 6-day event ...and it is now time to announce the winners from our blog.

First, I've just got to express how cool it was to have more than 60 entries in this latest contest... and the winners in the random draw are (insert drum roll here) :)

#17, Chelsea  - and -  #25, Brittany

All entrants will receive a brief email expressing appreciation for their entries - and the winners will be asked to send their mailing address our way so that we can mail the bookmarks to them.  *Watch for more chances to win prizes on this blog in May.

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Guest: Karen Sherman – Topic: Living Fully Aware ...Live at: 10-11 AM (pacific), along with a chat room. Show will be archived for anyone to access at their convenience. 

Each person is entitled to have a fulfilled life, but most don’t experience this because of this cycle of continually reacting based on old patterns. Today's guest on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show is - Dr. Karen Sherman, a licensed psychologist in New York; she has been in private practice 25 years, focusing on relationships, particularly marriages, and helping people achieve their greatest potential. 

Access today's discussion via the hyper-links here, or look to the side-bar on this blog for a list of recently aired episodes. 

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

zero waste, a definition


 -- Quote of the Day --

"Strive not to be a success,
But rather to be of value."

~ Albert Einstein



-- Defining "Zero waste" --

The Zero Waste International Alliance has developed a peer-reviewed, internationally accepted definition of “Zero Wastewww.zwia.org:

"Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health. "

This includes phasing out organics from the landfill and sending them to the composting stream instead – organics can range from 50-80% of the materials found in a landfill, and can include things like soiled paper products as well as yard and kitchen waste. 

Increasing the efficiency and expanding the amount of materials accepted in the recycling system is another method employed in Zero Waste, along with special education and incentives  programs to encourage people to participate.

Take-back programs are another option, these exist through manufacturers or retailers. Increasing reuse potential is extremely effective through Reuse Centers at most landfill sites and a several online online sites like DiggersList.com, Free-Cycle.com sites, and classified ads - along with Trash-To-Treasure days, where residents leave stuff they no longer want on the curb with a sign on a specified day.

Community Repaint is a program I'd like to highlight today - based in the UK, this program allows for the collection of unwanted paint for redistribution to low income homes, businesses, community art and building projects. Because of this program's existence, in 2010 alone they were able to collect 316,641 Liters of paint, redistributing over 215,848 Liters back into the community. And this one program resulted in saving 561 tons of CO2 - the equivalent of taking 190 cars off the road. On the community level, this non-profit provided 132 volunteer opportunities and the chance of taking any one of the 112 training opportunities the program offered. Find the org at: CommunityRepaint.org.uk

Here in BC Canada we have a similar paint collection program administered through the Product Care Association: CSRD.Reuses.com  In BC, people can take their leftover paint and other household hazardous waste to over 100 collection depots, or pick up some free paint. Most communities will find these programs either through their local Reuse Center or through the local Bottle Depot.




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Friday, April 22, 2011

magnets, diapers & non-profits


-- Quote of the Day--

“…If someone wanted to start a project I think the best advice is to make connections and network… we would not have had the success that we have had if we did it on our own. We partnered with 10 other non-profits and Nelson Hues (publicity agent) and all kinds of other people. …Things almost always take longer than you think they will and …there will always be malfunctions, things will always go wrong. …but just get involved, do something physical and something that has a direct impact. ”

~ Alex Darrow – Picture the World Org. 

This quote you see here today was taken from an interview that aired back on March 8th this year on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio Show... The direct link below will take you to the full interview:





-- Positive Eco-News --

You know that I just love to feature interesting new recycling technology especially when it means that we can now recover a material that was inaccessible before. Today I'd like to share information about a rare earth metal known as Neodymium (Nd), which is used in the production of high-performance and permanent magnets. So now, using the technology developed by the Institute of Industrial Science (Tokyo, Japan) we will soon be able to recycle scrap magnets from a wide variety of devices.

-- Did You Know? --

...that reusable diapers (the washable kind) can result in a 40% reduction in this product's contribution to global warming? Reduction increases when high efficiency laundering methods are used.



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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Poetry, Volunteering & Green Resources


 -- Quote of the Day --

"To the world you may just be one person,
But to one person, you may just be the world."

~ Brandi Snyder


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Today's episode features Gail Small who will be joining us for a discussion on joyful living and volunteering. Gail is a Master Teacher, the author of 6 books, a speaker and more... Join us today at 10-11 AM  & drop in the live chat room if you can - Or you can access the archive of today's program later on at your convenience - via the link below:


 

-- Conscious Living Events --

Today!...
 
April 21:
Grand Forks Annual April Poetry Cafe
Time: from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Pacific)
Location: Grand Forks Library, 
Grand Forks BC - Canada
Info: Drop in to read your favorite poem, and share your  own poetry. 


And coming up...

April 22:
Plastics Lecture
Location: Paul Ecke Central Scool
Encinitas CA - USA
Info: 7 PM (pacific) - suggested donation of $5 raises funds for the AMRF (a non-profit org focusing on health of the ocean)


April 23:
Great Cloth Diaper Change 2011
Location: Around the Globe


-- Referral Corner --

* This section of our blog, formally known as Lillian's Recommended Resources, is set aside to offer information on companies and non-profits that may interest our readers. Today's recommendations are:

Caleat Industrial Ltd: Specializing in Light Emitting Diode production (LED) - including bars, lamps, spotlights, flexible light strips and others. 

California Climate Change Portal: According to their site "California produces roughly 1.4 percent of the world's, and 6.2 percent of the total U.S., greenhouse gases." The site offers information on up-to-date research regarding climate change.

* Don't forget to enter the Easter Hop Giveaway (Scroll down to find info on the contest)  29 entries so far! 
 
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A lovely day...


-- Quote of the Day -- 

 "Self-pity is our worst enemy,
and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything wise
in the world."

~ Helen Keller

 -- Chatter --

Wow! It has been an incredibly eventful April with something going on every single day - from interviews and media appearances, blog features, contests and all kinds of encouraging information released on our blog.... and still more to come before the month is out. The most recent interviews happened just yesterday with a guest on my radio show (Anjuelle Floyd), a featured guest on my blog (Stacy Juba) - I also was interviewed for 1.5 hours on a fantastic radio show (Online With Andrea)... and we joined a huge contest along with some 200 or more other blogs (Easter Hop GiveAway)... and that was just yesterday! lol - Today is a little lighter, so I'd like to take a quick moment to encourage you to scroll through the recent posts and visit the links on our sidebars here on this blog.

A mountain of dishes, a couple of restless dogs, a garden that needs tending and a yard that needs mowing - and a yearning to write, while looking at the long list of office-do's... I look out the office windows to see a pinkish glow rising from the mountain scapes in the distance and sip on the hot coffee, breathing in the aroma. It is going to be a lovely day. 



 * Don't forget to enter the Easter Hop Giveaway (Scroll down to find info on the contest)
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Radio interviews - today!

-- Radio --


Just a quick note to let you know that we are doing a World of Writing interview today at 10-11 Pacific AM - with Anjuelle Floyd on the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio show... Also later on today at  4:30-6:30 (pacific) I'll be appearing on the Online with Andrea Talk Radio show. You can access the live or archived episodes via the links below:




 * Don't forget to enter the Easter Hop Giveaway (see post below) 


Congratulations to the winner from Stacy Juba's blog: Mysteries, Murders & More blog contest - Janet - who will receive a copy of Jump Start for Writers today!




Easter Contest - and - World of Writing Interview


 -- Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop --

We are thrilled to participate in this years Easter Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader Not a Writer blog, who has partnered with Once Upon a Twilight blog to make this event happen. There are over 200 blogs involved in the 6-day event that you can visit to discover the prizes they are offering and how you can enter to win some of them.

*You can enter as many of the blogs' individual prize offerings as you want by leaving a comment on their blog - via this link:


Our contest details are: 

 Wednesday, April 20th to Monday, April 25th

We will be offering 2 sets of 8 bookmarks 
For 2 winners of the draw here on this blog
Enter by leaving a comment (include an email address)
 
These bookmarks are produced right here in the province of BC, Canada and are created using:

100% recycled content
100% all veggie ink (some soy inks have petroleum ingredients)

These durable bookmarks have nature photography backgrounds taken by award-winning photographer: Dave Brummet. He is also a graphic designer and his artistic touch is featured on the bookmarks as well - since he created them. 

Since we will be shipping these to the winner - we would prefer to have entries from individuals based in North America, but we'll honor all entries regardless of where they come from. 

Names will be entered in a random draw and the winner will be notified immediately - where upon they will be requested to email their mailing address to us... which will be used solely for the contest. 
So be sure to leave your email address here as well in your entry.


-- World of Writing Interview --

Stacy Juba is the author of the mystery novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim (Mainly Murder Press), as well as the patriotic children’s picture book The Flag Keeper. Her young adult paranormal thriller Dark Before Dawn will be released by Mainly Murder Press in January 2012. She is a former journalist with more than a dozen writing awards to her credit. You can read more about her work at http://stacyjuba.com/blog/

Q: How have your books gotten published? 

A: I wrote my first book, Face-Off, at age 16, entered it in the Avon Flare Young Adult Novel Competition for teenage authors, and to my delight, it won first prize and was published when I was 18, back in the early 1990s. Mainly Murder Press published my two new novels, the adult mysteries Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, and will publish my young adult paranormal thriller Dark Before Dawn in 2012. Initially, I submitted a few sample chapters of Twenty-Five Years Ago Today to Mainly Murder Press and they requested the rest of the manuscript. They offered me a contract for the book, and later we went through the same process for Sink or Swim and Dark Before Dawn. It took many years of persistence to find a publisher. I independently published the e-book versions of my mysteries, and I independently published my patriotic children's picture book The Flag Keeper.

Q: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I am a definite planner. I need to have most of the book fully outlined to ward off writer's block - I find the blank page nerve-wracking! My outlines have gotten longer and more detailed with each book. They used to be just a few pages of handwritten notes, but then I'd find myself doing a lot of rewrites after the first draft to flesh out characters and subplots. Now my outlines are about 20 typed pages, and I also do detailed character charts for the most important characters.
What has been the most surprising thing you learned from creating your books?
After I finish a book, I feel great relief, as well as a bit of sadness and uneasiness. After spending so much time with my characters, it's hard to start from scratch with brand new characters and a brand new book. The most surprising thing is how the next book always manages to fall into place. Even though the characters are strangers to me when I start out, after a couple of chapters they are like old friends.

Q: How many books/stories have you written?

I've been writing stories since third grade so there are too many to count. I wrote dozens of short stories and novellas when I was a child, and then in my late teens and early twenties, I wrote about a half-dozen young adult novels that weren't strong enough to be published, but were a good learning experience. So far, I have four novels, either published or under contract, and a published picture book, with more to come.

Q: Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer?

I strongly recommend joining a critique group or finding a couple of critique partners, either in-person or online. There are so many writers organizations and writers web sites out there, that it's easy to find other writers who are willing to exchange manuscripts. It might take a few tries to find partners that you click with, but once you do, their advice can be very helpful. Even published authors have editors, so it's important to get feedback. I also suggest that writers develop their editing skills, to help fine-tune their instincts for what needs to be cut and what needs fleshing out. This can be accomplished by doing critiques for other writers, taking a couple of writing classes, as well as reading books about writing and editing.

Q: Do you hear from your readers? / What do they say?

Yes, several readers have e-mailed me through my web site or "befriended" me through Goodreads. I love it when readers take the time to tell me that they enjoyed my book. Usually they say they liked the main character and found her realistic, or that they thought they'd figured out whodunit only to be surprised by the ending. After all that time spent writing books alone on my computer, it's wonderful to hear from readers that my story entertained them.


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Monday, April 18, 2011

World of Writing today

  -- Quote of the Day --


…A good play is liberating because it takes you out of your own voice - and forces you to speak in your character's voice. …There are two pleasure points in play-writing. One is the writing - and the other is sitting in the audience and watching the audience respond to what you’ve done. But in between these two pleasures, is some pretty nasty stuff (he laughs) called auditions, rehearsals, design meetings…” 

~ Gordon Osmond

Today's quote comes from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio interview that aired back on March 1st with Gordon:




 -- World of Writing Interview --
We have a World of Writing interview with children's author Bruce Lawley, his site is: www.animazings.com

Q: How have your books gotten published? What was your path to publication?

This is my first published book; I have self-published it. I chose this route as it was the only way I could guarantee its publication in the way I wanted. Rather than spend my time chasing ever-elusive publishers, I chose to put my effort into getting the book done. It was a steep learning curve but I can now confidently publish more books, without sacrificing control or profit.

Q: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I have a lot of writing quirks to be honest. These are the two of them. 1) I come up with the idea & title simultaneously… for me the two things are one and the same, without a title I don’t have a clear image of the finished product, the end goal I aiming at. Once I’ve got the title the story flows. 2) I write in rhyme more naturally than prose. It’s the rhythm and timing that interests me, how it sounds when read out loud.

Q: What has been the most surprising thing you learned from creating your books?

That a publisher is no longer necessary to bring your book into existence. Great if you can get one, but not the end of the world if you can’t. Obviously a publisher has a bigger marketing budget, more distribution channels at their disposal and the ability to get your book into bigger and better stores. All I’m saying is, if you’re tired of being told ‘no’ by publishers, you can do it yourself. The tools and the means are out there.

Q: How many books/stories have you written?

I have written a number of children’s stories, including the following two in The Animazings series, but this is the first one that’s been published. I have also written a few screenplays and short films.

Q: What business challenges have you faced as a writer?

Creating the book is only the beginning, the start of a long process. Getting people to know about its existence and convert this awareness into sales is the real challenge. Without a marketing budget and costly advertising campaigns to support it you have to rely on positive reviews, word of mouth and digital media to create buzz and excitement. Challenging stuff!

Q: Do you hear from your readers? What do they say?

Yes, I do. Fortunately most of the feedback has been extremely positive. A lot of the feedback comes from the kids themselves via their parents. Also I get to read reviews customers have placed on Amazon and other online retailers. It’s always a huge thrill to see a new review from a satisfied customer. The Animazings website also encourages feedback and pictures form readers.
 


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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Of Carpets and Gardens


-- Positive Eco-News --

I learned from the Recycling Product e-news bulletin that each year 6 billion pounds of carpet waste is sent to landfills across North America.   If properly recycled, carpet can be reused into composite lumber, roofing shingles, automotive parts, railroad ties and stepping stones. New carpet, even carpet remnants can be donated to numerous organizations such as Habitat to Humanity, or a local reuse center in your area. Chevrolet offered some ideas such as using carpet pieces to line garage walls, preventing car doors from getting scratched. The same idea can be applied to muffle the sound from washers and dryers. Some innovative people have used carpet remnants to protect tires from the sun and to insulate a compost pile. Some other ideas to consider might be to use pieces in entrance and carport or work area (i.e. by a work bench).  Stop weeds in garden paths and keep your feet clean by laying the carpet upside down in the pathway. Another option is to use a piece to line the trunk of the car, tool box and storage bins.  2E Reclamation Solutions - serving Canada -  www.2ereclamation.com - suggests that when purchasing new carpet to ask if it has recycled content in it. Their site tells us that this is very important since recycling 420 lbs of carpet saves the equivalent of 1 barrel of oil in energy. 

-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

Sunday Gardening is airing live at 10 - 11 AM (Pacific) today - our guest:  Daria Price Bowman will be dropping in to speak about gardening in small spaces, collaborative gardening, growing an extra row for the needy, composting, preserving what we grow and small-budget gardening... and more. Call in if you have questions or send questions our way via the message center via this link below:






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