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Annie's Pizza Trivia - Round Two!

Annie's homegrown pizzaAnnie's homegrown pizzaThanks to Annie's Homegrown, we're going to be playing some fun pizza trivia this week to celebrate the new Annie's Organic Rising Crust Pizza.  Join us to win some great prizes from Annie's Homegrown! 

How do you play?

Answer the trivia questions below and email your answers to [email protected].  Participants with the correct answers will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of Annie's prizes!  Our first round of pizza trivia was on March 14, and our final round will be on March 22, 2012.  You may enter each series once.  The game ends on March 25th at midnight and winners will be announced on March 26th.  ... read more

Annie's Pizza Trivia - Round One!

Thanks to Annie's Homegrown, we're going to be playing some fun pizza trivia this week to celebrate the new Annie's Organic Rising Crust Pizza.  Join us to win some great prizes from Annie's Homegrown! 

How do you play?

Answer the trivia questions below and email your answers to [email protected].  Participants with the correct answers will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of Annie's prizes!  We also will have another series of trivia questions on March 19 and March 22, 2012.  You may enter each series once.  The game ends on March 25th at midnight and winners will be announced on March 26th.  ... read more

Keen For Green on the Bag The Box blog!

bag the box - malt o meal  

Check out my blog post over at Bag The Box:  10 Simple Ways to Green Your Kitchen.  And while you're over there, learn more about the Bag The Box campaign from Malt-O-Meal!  

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk's Sustainable Fish Exhibit

Recently while driving from NYC to Boston, we stopped in Norwalk, Connecticut to visit their Maritime Aquarium.   It turned out to be a great little aquarium, with lots of fish, a ray touch tank, a sustainable fish exhibit, and more.  Check out some photos of their sustainable fish exhibit with info from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Help Hell&Lula's Bus Run on Veggie Oil!

Hell&LulaHell&LulaIndie/electro band Hell&Lula not only makes awesomely danceable music; they care deeply about the environment, too.  They are currently running a PledgeMusic campaign to help their Cool Bus, a converted school bus, run on waste vegetable oil (WVO) from restaurants.  Check out their PledgeMusic page to donate some money and get cool stuff while you're at it!  ... read more

Green Your Kitchen & Save Money!

seventh generation paper towelsI love any way that I can make my home more eco-friendly and save money.  Luckily, when it comes to “greening” your kitchen, you’ll find that it’s also cheaper to make the transition.... read more

  1. Avoid using single-use food containers.Instead of putting leftovers in Saran-Wrap, foil, or Ziplocs, keep lots of reusable alternatives around the house.  Instead of Ziplocs and sandwich bags, I’m a fan of The Lucky Butterfly’s handmade cloth sandwich and snack bags.  For other food storage containers, opt for glass (like Pyrex), ceramic, or stainless steel.
     
  2. Make your own cleaners. You’ll save a ton of money, you can keep chemical use to a minimum, and you can reuse cleaning containers over and over again.  The Joy of Green Cleaning by Leslie Reichert is an excellent book with recipes on how to keep your kitchen sparkling using safe, eco-friendly ingredients.

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste

We all know the adage:  reduce, reuse, recycle.  I try to put "reduce" first whenever I can, and whatever I'm still stuck with, we'll reuse or upcycle, and then ultimately recycle.  

Here are ten super duper easy tips to help you reduce waste:... read more

  1. Remember your reusable shopping bags. We’ve all got tons of reusable shopping bags, but how frequently do we actually remember to bring them to the store?  I’ve gotten much better about remembering them lately and I do this by covering my bases.  I keep a few bags in my car, a few in my purse (ChicoBags fit everywhere!), a couple in the basket underneath our stroller, and some by both our front and back doors.   Don’t forget reusable produce bags – I like the produce sacks by Earthwise.  They’re mesh and take up little space.
     
  2. Drink tap water. No need for bottled water – most tap water in the U.S. is safe to drink.   There are lots of reusable water bottle options these days for when you’re on the go!   If your tap water has a funny taste, buy a good filter.  
     
  3. Cook at home and from scratch. We’re all busy and it’s hard to cook from scratch every night, but try picking a two or three days a week where this is something that you do.  Think about all the packaging when you buy premade food.  I love me some chicken tikka masala from Whole Foods Market’s prepared food section, but it still comes in a plastic tray which is also wrapped in plastic.  So wasteful!  

Environmental Business Cluster Upcoming Events

Our friends at the Environmental Business Cluster of San Jose, California are having some great events coming up over the next few months.  Check them out!

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02.28.2012 | EBC Cleantech Mixer
6:00pm – 8:00pm | @ Environmental Business Cluster, San Jose

Cost: Free

http://ebcmixerfeb.eventbrite.com/
Join us at the EBC for a happy hour mixer with your fellow cleantech enthusiasts. Meet EBC companies, network with other startups from around the Silicon Valley and mingle at our incubator. We'd love to meet you!

 

02.29.2012 | Visualize Your Prototype - Autodesk Workshop
9:00am – 4:00pm | @ Environmental Business Cluster, San Jose

Cost: Free

http://www.environmentalcluster.org/events/ev_2012Q1-VYP.html
The EBC and Autodesk invite entrepreneurs to a hands-on, two and a half hour workshop and an Open Lab (one-on-one help) to assist cleantech startups in getting your clean technology to market faster with a Digital Prototype. This Instructor led training, by a certified Autodesk Professional will cover how to: 1) Get a fast start in designing your product with your AutoCAD Inventor Professional software, 2)Easily create a photo-realistic rendering of your CAD model in Autodesk Showcase to help you market your product, 3)Learn Tips and Tricks from an expert in developing a Digital Prototype.


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Food Container Giveaway! Don't forget to enter!

Just a reminder!  Enter to a win a stainless steel food container with two compartments!   The giveaway ends on February 5.  

Click here to enter the giveaway: Tinted Stainless Steel Food Container with Divider from New Wave Enviro!  

Making your vino green-o!

eco-friendly wineEvery autumn, we spend the day at our favorite orchard and winery, Russell Orchards in Ipswich, Massachusetts.   We take a hayride pulled by a tractor that uses their own donut grease as fuel, pick wonderful apples, and taste wine.  We have a fabulous time whenever we go and we stock up on their homemade wine.  Most of their wines ciders are made from fruit that they grow right on the farm, making the wine a localvore’s dream.  

We love the experience of visiting the orchard, but more importantly, I love the idea of drinking locally made wine made of locally grown fruit.  It definitely helps to green the wine-drinking experience.... read more

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