Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN. The North Brooklyn Gardening Club - launched by Town Square Inc. - just had its first meeting and will be dedicated to nurturing budding plant and flower enthusiasts as well as a place for experienced gardeners and designers to share their knowledge. Whether your garden is big, small, or simply a window box, and whether you know a lot, a little, or nothing about gardening and flowers, all are welcome.
Future events may include garden tours, seed and plant swaps, a fall harvest contest.
Friday, May 14, 2010
"We're trying to get to a place where all the materials we use are either recycled from other waste (like RPET, a fiber spun from recycled plastic bottles) or made out of existing materials that are sitting there doing nothing or on deck for the trash dump. We've come up with a new quest that is truly looking for mileage: go find premium materials that already exist so we don't light the fires of manufacturing to create new ones. This ultimately keeps us (and you) treading lighter on our precious resources. While the creation of materials has its impact, it doesn't do anyone any good if what was created just winds up in the dump, especially if it's not recyclable.
So here's our deal: we're currently combing through textiles and fabrics that some factories aren't using. The materials we choose are only of the finest quality. Then we apply a healthy dose of love, sewing them into something that looks good, and that people should use every day, instead of churning through disposable bags that serve no one in the long run."
Thursday, May 13, 2010
So NY based drug store chain Duane Reade has wised up to demand for better options. We recently spotted some eco-friendly products at the store like method laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, recycled tp, ecostore brand lotions, organic cotton tampons, recycled aluminum foil (which we ALL should be using) and organic snacks. So while we of course think it's best to either make your own cleaning solutions or to refill your shampoo and lotion at the 4th St Co-op, it's still nice to know that when you're in a bind, you can get something that won't pollute the river when you rinse it down the drain!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Why should we care?
- Replacing 60-watt bulbs (when they run out we suggest) with LEDs will help eliminate 5.6 million tons of carbon emissions annually.
- The new lamp will give the same soft white light and similar shape they are accustomed to with an incandescent bulb.
- Latest technology will deliver up to 80% energy savings and could save households $120 per bulb in electricity costs
- An LED Bulb can last 15-20 years based on average use (4-8 hrs per day)
click here to watch the video.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Lead Poisoning - A Stubborn Nemisis [NY Times]
Trial of Officer Accused of Assaulting Cyclist to Begin Today [NY 1]
Population Boom Clogs Staten Island Roads [Staten Island Advance]
More Than 200,000 a Day Now Cycling [NY Times]
Alewife Herring Found in Bronx River [Daily News]
Borough President Calls DOT Commissioner a Bike "Zealot" [Daily News]
Spending Freeze Deals Another Blow to Ailing Roads and Bridges (Gotham Gazette]
PlaNYC at Three: Time to Include the Neighborhoods [Gotham Gazette]
Plan to Make 34th Street More Pedestrian Friendly [NY Times)
Flip the 'Switch' [Game- Gotham Gazette]
An Index of Open Space [Report- New Yorkers for Parks]
PlaNYC 2030 Progress Report [Report-PlaNYC 2030]
Gillibrand Wants More Grocery Stores [Crain's]
New Laws Would Expand City’s Recycling Program [NYT]