Time to Shop at Your Local Farmer’s/Grower’s Market

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Spring has sprung! And that means that you won’t have to buy veggies that were grown thousands of miles of away anymore. (At least for a few months, that is)….Yes, that’s right, it’s time to check out you local farmer’s market and support local farmers! In our globalized economy, it’s easy to forget that there are folks who may live right next door to you who are trying to make a living by selling the “fruits” of their labor. (Lame pun intended)….So, I’ll be headed to my favorite local grower’s market this weekend (Chispas Farm, New Mexico!) to buy the veggies I need for the week and chat with some friends and neighbors. How about you? If you’d like to read more on the benefits of buying local from your very own grower’s market, check out this post from the Gristmill.


Getting Married? Check Out an Eco-Friendly Recycled Gold Ring!

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Talk about a niche market! GreenKarat is an on-line store that sells eco-friendly jewelry made from recylced gold and diamonds. I wish I had known about these guys a couple years ago when I got hitched. Of course, my ring was pretty damn cheap and only “plated” gold. Ok, sorry, enough about me, let’s get back to the issue at hand. Yes, so here’s GreenKarat’s pitch, in their own words:

Our greater goal at greenKarat is to end destructive gold and diamond mining. We do not, however, strive to force that change through radical activism. While activist organizations play a critically important role in educating and motivating consumers, we believe that widespread and permanent change will ultimately occur through the voice of consumer buying decisions. Our mission is to provide an ecologically and socially responsible jewelry alternative to those who seek change. We want to help you, in some small way, become part of the permanent solution. Together we can make a difference.

Sounds pretty cool, huh? So tell your friends and neighbors who are getting married or engaged (or remarried, re-engaged, etc.) or folks who just want cool eco-friendly jewelry about this business. After all, it’s still gold, and that what the ladies (and gents) want, right?


Portraits of Practical Environmentalists

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I just came across this great article that profiles four kinds of careers that focus on helping the environment. If you’ve got a young friend or a teenage daughter or son who is interested in working to protect the environment, these real-life examples of practical environmentalists may get them interested in one of these professions.

The article looks at Bern Johnson, the executive director of Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (E-LAW), Tim Maze, an environmental educator, Galen Burrell, a sustainable design engineer, and Giorgio Zoia, who works for the gas, power, and renewables division of BP, an energy company. The article proves that you can have a satisfying (and well paying!) career helping the environment.


Got Dung?

The University of Alberta (Canada that is. Our northern neighbor. You know, Rush, beer, hockey. Never heard of it? Got an atlas? Ok, go north of Idaho. Ok, there it is. Got it? Good…) recently performed a study on composting cow manure and got some interesting results.

University of Alberta researcher Gurpreet Singh said he unearthed scientific evidence that composting, rather than the normal farm practice of stockpiling dung, produces a third less greenhouse gases and could reduce Canada’s carbon emissions by as much as 1.6 billion kilograms annually.

Unfortunately, the article goes on to say that composting on the farm can get expensive, which may deter many farmers. Tax incentives anyone?


Mad Show’s Eco Events

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Mad Show is for folks who are:

“after quality clothing, beauty products, food or drink, a holiday or something special for the home or garden…

“Mad” stands for “Make a Difference” – and all products promoted by Mad* are from organic, fairtrade or sustainable resources. So you can rest easy, knowing that you can make a difference – without sacrificing quality, simply by the way you spend.”

Mad Show will be hosting some unique events in London this year. Save the dates: June 2nd, 3rd and 4th