Author Archives: Megan McLaughlin

O Recycled Tree

by Megan McLaughlin

Cutting down a tree, for many, is a Christmas tradition families could never live without. For others, plastic serves us well. But for those purists who need the thrill of hunting for the perfect, live tree, consider another option this year. Make this Christmas one Mother Nature will never forget and consider renting a recycled tree.

Yes, its several places around the country, and the world, people are renting live, potted trees, that can be returned at the end of the holiday season. EVERGROW Christmas Trees Company in British Columbia, Canada does just this. Their philosophy? "Cutting a tree down just for the Christmas season is a waste of a beautiful resource that is beneficial for the environment. Having an EVERGROW Christmas tree in your home will allow you to have a real tree while helping to reduce our impact on our environment." Most of us in the eco-concious community couldn't agree more.

A service such as this seems to be rare at the moment, but perhaps its popularity is growing. Here are a few other places that rent living trees:

The Original Living Christmas Tree Company
in Portland, OR
Adopt A Christmas Tree in San Deigo, CA
and Christmas Tree Man in the United Kingdom

If this rental service isn't available in your area, you can always purchase a potted pine tree from your local nursery, or a tree that comes with a root ball, so it can be re-planted at the end of the season.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Computers

by Megan McLaughlin

Its the holiday season and you're probably resting after a long weekend of shopping, right? Probably not the case for many of us, but in this time of buying and gift giving, you may want to consider giving the environment. If a new computer or other electronic device tops your holiday wish list, consider recycling your old devices if they are no longer in usable/"sellable" condition.

The EPA is out to educate the US on how to recycle electronics. Through awareness alone, we can begin to be more thoughtful when it comes to disposing of old, seemingly useless electronics. The EPA's "eCycling" page offers information and solutions to recycling electronics; what, where, when and how.
The Facts: "Because consumer electronics like personal computers, TV's, cellphones, and stereo equipment contain lead and a variety of other hazardous materials, eCycling, the recycling of electronic equipment, helps protect the environment. And because electronics are becoming obsolete at an ever faster rate, their volume is growing two to three times faster than any other type of waste. It is projected that 500 million personal computers have been taken out of service from 2000 and 2007."

Through the EPA's eCycling website, you can learn where to recycle your unwanted electronics. They also recommend donating, of course, because let's be one is going to buy your Nokia cell phone from 2002 off your eBay account. Instead of throwing old cellphones out, you can donate them or find a way to recycle them. And that is just one example!

For related information check out these links:

The right way to recycle batteries
Waste Management for a Modern World
Reducing consumer waste: It’s not just about the cans and bottles

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Solar Energy and the Job Market

by Megan McLaughlin

The economy has certainly seen better days and although jobs are few and far between, many companies have recently seen an increase in the availability of jobs. Solar Energy companies seem to be doing quite well as far as jobs are concerned. If you are looking to jump start or change your career and have been held back due to the state of the economy, perhaps you may be interested in looking into solar energy companies.

For example, one company in particular is boasting many wonderful jobs right now; SunPower. According to the history on their website, "SunPower has been developing world record-breaking solar technology since the 1970s." Today, they "continue to provide high-energy solar systems for the world’s business and technology leaders, governmental agencies, retailers and other entities, along with the highest-efficiency solar panels for international residential customers."

With job offerings across the country and around the world that include Accounting, Customer Service, Engineering, Marketing, Sales and so much more, SunPower is certainly holding up pretty well during this tough economic time. They also offer great benefits including health and employee solar purchase benefits. Not many companies offer that kind of incentive!

For more info about greening your future and your resume, check out this article: Green Your Resume or this one: The nitty gritty green job search
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Meet Schlumberger

by Megan McLaughlin

Schlumberger: "The leading oilfield services provider, trusted to deliver superior results and improved E&P performance for oil and gas companies around the world. Each day, in 80 countries, we help our customers find and produce oil and gas. Through our wellsite operations and in our research and engineering facilities, we are working to develop products, services and solutions that optimize customer performance in a safe and environmentally sound manner."

This month, Schlumberger will be attending the EnergiseYourFuture Youth Forum in Paris, France. "During EnergiseYourFuture, delegations of students, academics, young professionals, experts, think tanks and NGO’s from all five continents of the world will enjoy three levels of discussions: keynote plenary sessions for strategic thinking, workshops for a deep-dive into the overall themes and for generating new ideas and resolutions, and “Knowledge Cafés” for knowledge sharing and informal networking."

While at the event, Schlumberger will participate in debating 3 key themes;
A Reality Check on Tomorrow's Energy Landscape
An Ethical and Sustainable Energy Industry: Making it happen
Tomorrow's Leadership: Matching our Skills to the Challenges.

Schlumberger has been gathering ideas and submitted by their followers and blog-readers via this online survey. Today is the last day to submit your ideas! Submissions close tonight at 11:59pm EST. If your idea is chose, you will be recognized for your contributions and all selected participants have a chance to win an 8GB iPod touch!

Check out Schlumberger's blog and their survey page for the EnergiseYourFuture Youth Forum and give them some great ideas for a chance to gain recognition at a global forum. After the forum is over, you can continue to follow Schlumberger by reading their Community Blog.

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Keep it Simple

by Megan McLaughlin

Simple Shoes: "Shoes for a happy planet," is the slogan of this eco-friendly company. Simple Shoes finds sustainable ways to make "gazillions" of shoes.

Its been about 15 years since I've even thought about Simple Shoes. When I was younger, I begged for a pair of Simple clogs for some reason. Since then, this company has come a long way. Born in 1991, Simple Shoes was created as a response to the over-hyped sneakers that were gracing the shoe scene at the time. However, it wasn't until 2004 that this company decided to change themselves in hopes of changing the world. Since then, they have introduced several collections, like ecoSNEAKS and Green Toe. These collections are super eco-friendly, affordable and fashionable!

Simple Shoes is now committed to making products that are 100% sustainable, and they plan to keep it that way! They make shoes for men, women and kids and they also have a line of bags. So next time you are shopping around for a pair of comfy shoes, think Simple!

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Are You Green Certified?

by Megan McLaughlin

Just about everyone uses computers and a large percentage of those who do are definitely using the internet. Many people also have websites, whether for personal or business purposes, but not everyone has a Green Certified website! CO2Stats is out to change that.

Now that you're reading this, you may begin to notice this little bug on many of the web pages you usually browse. CO2Stats offers green site certification by calculating the combined electricity used by computers visiting a site, the servers providing it and the networks that connect them. CO2Stats then helps to make a site more energy efficient (and load faster), and purchases renewable energy to neutralize the carbon emissions due to generation of that electricity. Pretty cool, huh?

According to the CO2Stats site, "it is an easy-to-use service that makes your website carbon neutral and energy-efficient, and that provides certification that you have taken steps to make your site environmentally friendly." So if you haven't already found ways to make your website more eco-friendly, check out CO2Stats and get your site Green Certified! Its an interesting, fun way to care for the environment while bringing some green appeal to the web!

For more about websites and web design, check out these links:
How a Website Comes Together
90s Web Design

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Get Naked!

by Megan McLaughlin

You haven't lived until you try Naked Juice! It is delicious and its creators are committed to making the world a greener place!

"From fruit to blender to bottle to gulp, Naked Juice is dedicated to making it easy for you to contribute to a greener world." And just how are they doing this? They use recycled plastic bottles that can be recycled again and again. They also have big plans for the future...
By 2010, they are planning to reduce their oil consumption by 57,000 barrels a year, which, in turn, will cause them to use 48% less energy in the process!

Now for the best part - the juice: 100% all-natural, 100% juice made from the best fruits and vegetables, they never add sugar, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors! Each of their bottles contains over 3 servings of fruit and they are oh-so-delicious.

Do yourself a favor and give Naked Juice a try! You'll be helping Mother N. out as well! Look for these guys in your local grocer...

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(Pre) Winter Green

by Megan McLaughlin

For many of us across the U.S. and even in other parts of the world, it seems as though we have skipped right over fall and found ourselves in the middle of winter! The lack of an Indian summer has left many of us longing for warmth again already, but for others, it is a cue to start gearing up for the winter season. For plenty of people, winter means hibernation, and for sports enthusiasts, it means skiing, snowboarding and all sorts of outdoor, snowy activities. provides a very informative list of ways to think green when planning winter activities. As usual, the number 1 tip involves staying local! Transportation to and from winter sport destinations like ski areas can be very costly. If you are fortunate enough to live close to winter sport destinations, keep within the area. If you need to travel further to find what you're looking for, do it wisely!

The article also makes an interesting suggestion; consider the amount of carbon emissions expended to run a ski lift and to groom the would be greener to try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing! But if you just need the thrill of the slopes, be mindful of your actions and think green at all times!

No matter what you decide this winter, make sure you always consider what you can do to make your life a little greener.

Some people tend to spend more money in the winter. If that's you, check out this article: Winter Time Spending
Everyone hates being sick, especially during the cold winter months. Read this article about battling the "winter sickies."
And here are some interesting suggestions about snow removal!

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Fall for Eco-Friendly Fashion

by Megan McLaughlin

What do your clothes say about you? Are you always style-conscious and fashion-forward, or do you just grab the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning? Whatever your style method may be, this fall, consider adding some eco-friendly fashions to your wardrobe.

For women, She-Bible and Kelly B are great places to find, organic styles. Most of their fashions are made right here in the U.S. of A. and from 100% organic cotton and other natural fibers. And if you don’t already know about it, Etsy is a great place to find handmade, eco-friendly or vintage/recycled clothing, accessories and etc. Check out this neat scarf, for instance, from RagingWool on Etsy…

It is made of cashmere, from recycled sweaters and it is fab for fall (and winter, of course)!

US News had a great article about 5 Ways to Green Your Fall Clothes Shopping. Their #1 tip: “Fashion is cyclical, and that means that hand-me-downs are back in style.” This couldn’t be more true! Shop recycled/vintage and dig up some great finds by rummaging through your parents’ old threads. US News also suggests – try just not shopping at all, which is a great way to save money, too!

For more fall fashion tips, check out this article about dressing green. Or this article about being fashion forward in an eco-friendly way!

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Eco Tourism

by Megan McLaughlin

Fall is here and the summer season has left us for good. No more trips to the beach or summer BBQs by the pool. It is bitter sweet. The warm and inviting glow of summer ends, but as the crisp, clean colors and scents of fall usher in you are still longing for a weekend getaway or a pre-holiday season retreat. Plan a fall getaway in eco-friendly style.

A great place to start researching a wonderful trip is EcoTour, "your source for planning an eco holiday." Whether you're looking for a big vacation or a little 3-day weekend road trip, you can get some great ideas from EcoTour!

So what is Ecotourism? According to EcoTour, "The aim of our Ecotourism Resource Centre is to act as an informative guide for users about the concept of Ecotourism. In addition, useful resources have been provided to further increase understanding & provide guidance for ecotravel." For EcoTours, many activities include getting in touch with nature; hiking, biking, mountain climbing, camping. These are some eco-friendly ways to reduce your carbon footprint while taking a break from the everyday. Even if its just for a weekend or even a day, take a quick trip to immerse yourself in some of the beautiful fall foliage the earth has to offer!

Check out this site for some great, eco-friendly camping advice!
Take a look at this Experience blog about Five Ways to Travel Green
Or this one about a Greener Vacation

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