Monthly Archives: August 2009

On Target: Eco-Friendly

by Megan McLaughlin

We're all familiar with Target's bright red bulls eye symbol, but does everyone know about Target's push to be a bit more Eco-friendly. Now, everyone's favorite, trendy, cost-effective and convenient department store is offering an array of Eco-friendly products. Still affordable and smarter than ever, Target has been turning very greener every chance it gets.

Online shopping is super quick and easy at Target.com and this is the best place to see all of the Eco-friendly products they offer. Target's Eco-friendly page breaks items down into categories like "Home Essentials," "Kitchen + Dining," and "Apparel + Gear." Under Home Essentials, for example, you will find many bedding sets, pillowcases and other bedroom/bathroom needs made from natural materials, bamboo and 100% organic cotton.

From baby clothes to water filters and cookware products, reusable bags and home decor made from recycled materials, Target is offering some great, green solutions that won't break the bank. Next time you go to make a purchase from a department store, consider what you can do for the environment by choosing to shop at Target. You can go green and save: stay on Target!

For more tips about shopping and saving the Eco-friendly way, check out these links:

Green is your style

Labeling the Grocery Store
My Reusable Bag Payday

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Learning Green Lessons

by Megan McLaughlin

Summer is wrapping up quickly and you may not have given school a single thought yet! However, now is the time to get ready to hit the books again and, this year, you should consider trying it the green way! There are tons of school supplies that are better for the environment and you don't even have to special order or scour the earth to find them. Most of these supplies can be found right in your usual stores...you just need to know what to look for!

According to an article on Care2.com called Green Pencils and Pens, "Every year Americans discard 1.6 million pens. Placed end to end, they would stretch 151 miles—equivalent to crossing the state of Rhode Island almost four times!" Another article on Care2.com, Best Cool Green School Supplies, offers great solutions to the anti-green school supply issue. Here are some tips to remember when shopping for school or office supplies this fall:

- If you're looking for pencils, find some that are made from recycled materials
- Buy paperclips that are made from recycled steel
- Find a staple-free stapler (so cool)!
- Buy cardboard notebooks and recycled paper
- Stop using paper bags for your lunch!

If you're still wondering how you can start off the school year on a green foot, check out some of these blog articles on Experience.com:

Be a back-to-school green machine
Work Green
And when you're done with your supplies, check this out: Winter Break Can Be Green

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Volt for Prez

by Megan McLaughlin

The green wave of change is still hitting the car industry hard and its really starting to pay off. If you haven't already heard of the Chevy Volt, it is Chevy's electric solution that is expected to get 230 miles per gallon! Tree huggers everywhere are bracing themselves - is it too good to be true? It is way too good and it is very true!

According to Chevy's website, "The Extended-Range Electric Vehicle that is redefining the automotive world is no longer a rumor! In fact, its propulsion system is so revolutionary, its unlike any other vehicle or electric car that's ever been introduced." The Chevy volt uses NO gas, therefore, it produces NO emissions.

Expected to launch in 2010, this revolutionary vehicle will only need one electrical charge per day, which is expected to cost only $.75 - $2.50 for the average household. This year, the Volt has already been recognized and awarded by many critics. The Green Car Journal gave the Volt it's "Green Car Vision Award" at the Washington Auto Show for "a bold and far-reaching approach that promises to bring an exceptionally fuel efficient model to consumers at reasonable cost."

To read more about GM, the Volt and Electric Cars, check out these links:

GM Knows Green...
Green Technology Series

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Got a Clunker? Want Cash?

by Megan McLaughlin

If you haven't already heard of Cash For Clunkers, listen up! As detailed by Wikipedia, "The Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), colloquially known as "Cash for Clunkers," is a U.S. federal scrappage program intended to provide economic incentives to U.S. residents to purchase a new, more fuel efficient vehicle when trading in a less fuel efficient vehicle. The program was designed to provide stimulus to the economy by boosting auto sales, while putting safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles on the roadways."

Although the program ran out of funding rather quickly, last Thursday it won an extension when the Senate voted in favor of providing an additional $2 billion with the hopes of boosting the tiring auto industry. According to The Washington Post, "[the program] offers vouchers worth up to $4,500 for drivers trading in their gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient vehicles."

Not everyone is pleased with Cash for Clunkers, but the program's popularity speaks for itself. Its a multiple-edged sword; it encourages American's to buy new cars, which will ultimately spur the economy. It offers citizens a chance to purchase a car at a lower rate, which, in these tough economic times, can be very helpful to some people. Most importantly, it takes unsafe cars off the road and replaces them with vehicles that are better for the environment!

Check out these links to read more about buying cars and doing your part for the environment!
Get rid of your clunker
Save Gas By Car-Sharing
Car Buying 101

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Roses are Red, Money is Green…

by Megan McLaughlin

...so why not do something to make banking clean? Banking and managing credit cards can all be done from the internet - completely paperless! Banks and credit card companies are now, more than ever, offering "paperless" statements and banking. Here are a few ways to do your part when managing your finances.

Many banks offer paperless statements and online bill paying; you just receive an email notification instead of a paper statement in the mail and you can write checks electronically. These methods are faster and so much easier for you, too! All of your information is at your fingertips and following the activity on your account is always just a click away.

Paperless, online banking is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the headache of waiting for a paper bill in the mail! Planet Green is encouraging people to think of it this way; "Every time you receive a paper bill in the mail, the paper for the bill has to be created, the ink for the printers has to be expended, the paper bill must be placed in a paper envelope and delivered to a mail center by truck or plane, then brought to your doorstep..." See how many instances of environmental damage you can avoid just by making online banking easier for yourself anyway?!

Get some more ideas for going paperless with this article: "Ditching paper..."
Or check out this article about making money during and after college: "Avoiding the Poor College Student Cliche"

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Final Weekend For FREE Tours

Greenhaven is open foeco master suite at Greenhavenr FREE tours until August 9th. Don’t miss this opportunity to tour Cobb County’s greenest green house. This custom-built green home was built by Pace Homebuilders and it is open for tours Thursdays – Sundays.

Lots of people have visited the home to find ways to live greener lives. Last weekend was packed. Be sure to come out this weekend and meet the Designers and hear about their Eco-Friendly home design services. Be sure to look for Richard Feis, the Builder while you are on-site and ask about Sustainable Home Design and Building.

Show Home Hours:

Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1:30 – 5 p.m.