Thursday, May 5, 2011

Reuseable Bags

I have to admit that I often leave my reuseable bags at home. If I leave reuseable bags in my car, they migrate to the house and remain at the house. Sometimes, I make an unexpected trip to the grocery store and have to take home a plastic bag.

Here is a great article about reuseable bags from Mother Nature Network. Here are two interesting quotes from the article if you cannot read all of it:
A nonwoven polypropylene bag, for example, would have to be used just 11 times to make up for the negative effects of a plastic bag used one time, according to a British Environment Agency study that compared bags. A cotton bag, however, would have to be used 131 times.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

12,000 Bottle Boat

Watch how a renewable boat is constructed on National Geographic TV.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Here's an Opportunity to Shred Your Personal Documents

Keep Williamson Beautiful is sponsoring this event:
Saturday, April 16







Saturday, April 16, 2011

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Shredding & Collection Location:

420 Century Court, Franklin

(Century Court is located off Columbia Avenue, the second stop light
north of Mack Hatcher Bypass).


 Documents must be removed from wire binding, 3 ring binders and heavy clips/clamps.

• Hard bound documents should be no larger than one inch thick.
• Paper clips and staples are acceptable.

Please bring your documents in:
• paper bags or cardboard boxes that can be recycled
• reusable container that we will empty and return
• Canceled checks
• IRS forms
• Insurance papers
• Investment statements
• Paycheck stubs

Papers that do not contain a personal identification number will NOT be accepted such as newspaper, magazines and photos
No Commercial Documents Accepted

Be a Part of Earth Day in Nashville

Volunteer or attend Nashville's Earth Day celebration on April 23.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Clean Up Scheduled

I sponsored a clean up in my neighborhood this past weekend. We collected a small pile of rubbish and flood debris. Here is another clean up in my area if you have time this weekend:

Waterway Flood Recovery Project - Bellevue

9:00 am
River/ Trail Cleanup
We would love your help!
River/Trail Cleanup
Bring anything to help with cleanup:
Trashbags, shovels, canoes, waders, grabbers, clippers....anything!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cash for Gold: It's True

This week, my husband and I collected some old silver and gold jewelry that we no longer wore. Some pieces, like my childhood charm bracelets, had not been worn in over 40 years. We took them to a local buyer for gold. My husband's jaw literally dropped when we were offered hundreds of dollars for pieces of jewelry that we had mostly forgotten that we owned.

We paid our mortgage payment and a dentist bill with the money.

I never believed those TV ads promoting Cash for Gold. But it's true. And it is recycling! The gold and silver will be melted down and used again.

We used a local dealer in Bellevue, our home. If there is not a "gold recycle outlet" in your city, try a place like Birk's Gold Exchange, a Canadian company that buys gold.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Discarded Building Supplies

Dumped broken concrete and gravel
I live in an area that has been newly built over the past 20 years. If I bought a house today, I would not buy a new house. But in 1996, it was important to my husband to have a new house. Today we would buy a small house in town.

There are many disadvantages in buying new. Our contractor removed all the top soil, so we still have drainage problems because we could never get grass to grow. I've planted a lot of trees and shrubs to help the problem.

Unfortunately contractors dump unused building materials. Thus, we periodically find piles of broken concrete and left over gravel in our area.