Thursday, October 18, 2007

iMac in tangerine

This week we will sadly have to say goodbye to our tangerine iMac. You can see from the dust, it's been in the attic for some time. They were so exciting back then (1999?) weren't they... I think I still have a postcard of all the candy colored computers arranged like just that - candy.

We will be recycling a total of 5 gianormous computer monitors, a scanner, a printer and a cell phone to California Recycles on Saturday at the Culver City Methodist Church. Knowing we were going to eventually do this, we have been collecting old computer hardware from family and friends knowing that if we don't take them, they will be sent to a landfill. California Recycles, will take them all apart and melt them down to be reused again.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

catalogs cancelled

Called West Elm, JCrew, and FLOR today and kindly cancelled my catalogs. As the lady was typing, she recited my reason for cancelling - "shops online and going green :)"


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Dwell Mag

The newest issue of Dwell is big, beefy, and all about green! Glad to see that "Sustainability is here to stay!"


Our New Prius!

Our new 2008 Toyota Prius Hybrid! Our lease was finally up on our other car making it the perfect oppportunity to green forward. We are getting about 39 mpg. Not bad compared to the 21 mpg on our other car. We were surprised that there were no deals to really negotiate at Toyota because the cars are flying off the lot. I've been hearing that a fully electric car you can plug into a regular household outlet will be out in 12-18 months!? That would be excellent!

Update: Despite the fact that we were still 2 bars until an empty tank of gas and that if you do run empty, a full battery will keep you going another 25 miles, we filled up for the first time this weekend anyway. It's been 3 weeks and we're at 43 mpg. Not bad at all :)


Drought Tolerant Garden

The native side of Santa Monica College's comparison of native and traditional gardens. I love the trees and shrubs, the pot submerged underground, the creekbed for urban runoff and gravel surface to let rainwater return back down to the groundwater supply. Find out more about it here.


Thursday, October 04, 2007

LA Green Drinks 2nd Anniversary

Can you believe it's already October! Tonight we are trying our hardest to make it to LA Green Drinks in Culver City because it is their 2nd year anniversary. Barent Roth who was our Sustainable Works instructor started the L.A. chapter of this organization as a casual way to network and talk about green issues. We attended our first Green Drinks in at the Good Luck Bar in Silverlake a few weeks back and were impressed by how many great professionals we met who were passionate about the eco movement. There were about 20-25 people. The Culver City location, which is the original location, gets about 50 people attending, but I suspect there will be more tonight!


All Shades of Green and Ecoland

A new shop in Silverlake opened last week called All Shades of Green. I stopped by and picked up this comfy organic cotton ladies tank top by Ecoland. Their cotton is SKAL certified and the top manufactured in a sweatshop free factory. I was a little bummed about the excessive packaging, but it is made of 100% recycled paper and soy based inks.