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December 16, 2010 / robertstockham

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December 11, 2010 / robertstockham

Send us your green tips:



Hello bloggers,

The Green Dream class has been working hard on coming up with new and innovative ways to go green every day. Our corporate responsibility team has come up with a great idea to make a new “Green Tip ofthe Week” every week. These small and efficient tips are easy ways for our class to implement their green lifestyles in their homes. The tips also extend to the family members of the students in our class, further expanding our green mission. Some of the recent tips we have implemented are, unplugging your phone chargers when you leave the house in the morning, using recyclable lunch containers, and setting your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and higher in the summer. Our corporate responsibility team looks forward to finding new tips every week to help our class along our green journey. If you have any tips four our class, we would love for you to post them on our blog. The Green Dream’s motto is, “it starts with one,” so we hope that you will take a stand and join our green mission and share any green tips you may have.

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December 7, 2010 / robertstockham

Applegate Meats: Natural and Organic

In this era of huge factory farms and serious food recalls, one can be scared of eating meat at all.  Not us!  Thanks to the great products of Applegate.  Applegate produces high quality meat products that come from respectful farming practices.  If you have ever seen images of some of the large scale farms’ practices, then you know how shocking they can be.  If not, then you are lucky.  Just know that the way many of the animals are treated before slaughter is downright cruel and horrifying.  It is not a wonder, then, that vegetarianism is on the rise.  But meat lovers rejoice!  Now you can enjoy your meat products without the guilt.  The goal of APplegate Farms is to change the way we look at eating meat.  You can still enjoy it, while being more mindful of the environment, the animals and your health.  From their website:

Our Mission: To change the way America eats meat

We always embrace three important principles:

Taste. Strive to make the best tasting products with no shortcuts and only natural ingredients.

Truth. Conduct our farming practices with integrity and treat our animals and land with respect.

Trust. Tell all of our story. Provide transparency into our industry and to our consumers.

Their products are delicious and better for you, so be sure to check them out!  Now you can have a hot dog and not wonder what is inside!


December 3, 2010 / robertstockham

What’s in your can?

This is a post from Great Lakes Green Pages.   Reprinted with permission.

While spending all that time sorting your recyclables and picking out the plastics, sometimes we forget the most obvious thing of all: the liner. Since we do not have curbside recycling, I have to transport all my recycling to the nearest drop off location. While I have made my peace with this, there is still something that nags at me. I have to bag my recycling, adding more plastic to the batch, and I worry what that does to the process.

Did you know that the plastic that makes up the lid to your plastic bottle and the bottle itself are different plastics? This means they cannot be recycled together, so I always take the lids off of my bottles. Same with glass jars and metal lids, etc. I have heard stories of cities that toss out bottles with lids rather than take the time to unscrew the caps. That make me wonder what happens when I drop off my recycling in a plastic bag. Also, while I stuff my bags full before putting them on the curb, my garbage is still more because of the plastic bag that I have to put it in. What’s a guy to do?

So I was thrilled while walking down the aisle of the local store (yes, it WAS a Wal Mart) and I found these bags by GoodSense. I used to buy them on the West Coast, but have never seen them in Cleveland before. They are made with 60% recycled plastic. That means less virgin plastic was manufactured for me to put garbage in. To top it off, these bags were comparably priced to many of the other brands on the shelf.

One of the big things that people often fail to consider when make their purchases is what the product is made of and what the packaging is made of. By buying products with recycled content you help to close the loop. What good is recycling, if no one is making anything out of all those plastics that are being lovingly sorted? And why isn’t every box made from recycled content? It isn’t like we need a brand new box made from tree fiber to hold something for a few months and then toss it. These great little bags come in a box made from 100% recycled paperboard. So by buying this product, you can basically reuse the plastic bottles and office paper that you recycle every day.

So if these bags are not available at your local store, ask the manager to stock them. They are manufactured by:
Webster Industries, Inc
A Division of Chelsea Industries, Inc
Good Sense Division, Dept RT20
PO Box 3119
Peabody, MA 01961-3119

Close the loop!