Thursday, January 18, 2018 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Did you know that Paper To-Go Cups are not easy or cheap to recycle, so many times they aren’t. The majority of these cups end up in landfills! The US alone tosses over 60 BILLION disposable cups each year! It’s a HUGE PROBLEM FOR MAMA EARTH!
You can do a really easy #1THING by saying ‘YES TO A REUSABLE CUP!’ I’ve been a reusable cup girlie for a few years when I get my coffee and other drinks. A bonus is several coffee places give a reusable cup discount, which seems small, but each visit adds up. You could Save on Green, and keep things more Green for Mama Earth! Each day you go ‘Disposable Cup Free’, you are helping the environment in which we all live in.
Click here to see why we must say ‘NO TO PAPER TO-GO-CUPS!’
Monday, January 8, 2018 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Make 2018 the year of Cool Green Grabs. Affordable & Cool Green Grabs that are an Awesome #1THING for You & Mama Earth!
The EcoTools short story: Sisters Jen and Stacey set out to create a brush collection that was not only environmentally friendly, but chic, high-quality, and affordable too. After sourcing recycled materials, renewable bamboo and better manufacturing processes, in 2007, EcoTools® was born. Look Beautiful. Live Beautifully.
I became a fan of EcoTools makeup brushes a few years ago. I grabbed them on a whim thinking they were a decent price, and if they are eco-friendly even better. I wasn’t expecting much, but I was surprised how well they work and hold up. I finally had to replace them after cleaning them several times, which should be done w/ any type of brush that touches your face on a daily basis. I ran across this set at Target over the weekend $12.99 plus tax makeup bag included. They are Awesome! Plus the entire set is Mama Earth friendly..
EcoTools celebrated their 10th Anniversary in 2017, and 2018 brings even more EcoTool goodies to you…
- Cruelty Free – PETA certified which means 100% cruelty free and vegan
- Recycled Materials- Belief in giving a new purpose to old things with products created from recycled aluminum and plastic
- Tree Free – Packaging is made of 100% Tree-Free Paper w/ 20% cotton & 80% Bamboo Fiber
- Recycled Bamboo -The Handles on their products are made of renewable bamboo, one of the fastest growing plants on the planet.
Click here to find out more about this Cool Green Grab for January 2018!
Thursday, December 28, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
How many Paper Towels do you use during a day? If you aren’t sure, usually means too many. I’m guilty of doing the same thing. I was thinking for 2018, maybe trying a #1THING of going Paper Towel-less could be cool. #1THING
Here are a few Paper (Towel) stats :
40% of U.S. landfill trash is paper products.
The paper industry is the third largest contributor to global warming.
The average American discards of 700 pounds or more of paper each year.
If every household in the U.S. used just one less 70-sheet roll of virgin fiber paper towels, that would save 544,000 trees each year. Change that to using three less rolls per U.S. household per year, and that would save 120,000 tons of waste and $4.1 million in landfill dumping fees.
Your typical paper towel is manufactured using chlorine, which releases carcinogenic dioxins and furans
Ways to stop / slow down the usages of Paper Towels:
- If you have to use them, go for paper towels made out of recycled material.
- Using cloth towels saves more energy and creates less greenhouse gases compared to paper towels.
- Compost Paper Towels that area unbleached and chlorine-free, they are safe to toss into your compost bin, not the trash.
Just a few of several ways to help slow down / stop paper towel use. I need to break the habit too! #1THING for Mama Earth during 2018!
Thursday, December 28, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
A Happier 2018 is Out w/ the Old, so you can get the New in. That’s the case for many, especially offices. If you’ve got old electronics you need to get rid of, recycling it is a great way to stop the clogging/ filling up and over of the landfills w/ this non-biodegradable waste. Stop the E-Waste! Here’s a company that is Green in ATX helping to make the tossing of E-Waste easy and eco-friendly at the same time. #1THING
How to recycle your Electronics
1. Call STS to schedule a Pick Up
2. Schedule a date and time for Pick Up
3. Proper Recycling Process of ALL equipment
4. Certificate of Destruction
What can I Recycle?
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Texas Disposal Systems has a special day set aside w/ the Garden-Ville Georgetown location where you can recycle your Christmas Tree for Free and get a bag of Free Mulch! Saturday, January 6th from 11am – 1pm. Look out for Majic 95.5 to Enjoy Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q while supplies last. Plus, Register to win tickets to the Price is Right Live.
250 W.L. Walden Dr., Georgetown, TX 78626 |
Ph: 512-930-8282 | MAP
- Exit Hwy 29 in Georgetown
- Go East on Hwy 29
- Turn left onto College Street
- Turn right onto W.L. Walden
If you do it outside of this special day & time, here’s the 411! Do 1THING to help Mama Earth by recycling your Tree for Free!
Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) is accepting Christmas trees for recycling free of charge this holiday season. TDS has been helping communities across Central Texas recycle their unflocked Christmas trees and organic holiday decorations in the greenest way possible for more than a decade. Beginning on December 26, residents can drop off their unflocked Christmas trees, holly, pumpkins, and other living decorations at the Christmas tree collection sites noted below. These living decorations will then be repurposed and made into nutrient-rich mulch and compost through the Texas Disposal Systems composting division. The finished composts and mulches will be available for purchase at Garden-Ville stores throughout Central Texas. More here..
Trees and decorations must be free of flocking, lights, ornaments, metal, and other non-living contaminants. A $45 contamination fee will be assessed for trees and decorations that have not been cleaned. When bringing loads for drop off, please ensure that materials are tied and secured, per Texas law.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Here’s the 1THING JANUARY 2018 FEATURED ORGANIZATION CHOSEN BY ENTERCOM AUSTIN!
Here’s an easy 1THING you can do more Hiking during 2018 which will help your health, and can also keep Mama Earth healthy. Thanks to the American Hiking Society. AHS supports First Day Hikes, January 1st, a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. Find out more here…and what AHS does throughout the year! Try doing 1THING to help out the ATX area, which is part of the Big World we all live and share. Mama Earth is extremely important! Let’s do what we can to make her healthier!
AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY:
Amercian Hiking Society was founded in 1976, and it’s the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, the natural areas surrounding them and the hiking experience. AHS is the national voice for hikers. Hitting a trail is good for your health, and connects you with the natural environment. AHS represents millions of hikers who believe the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a legacy worth leaving for future generations.
American Hiking Society is a supporter of First Hikes Day w/ the America’s State Parks. It’s held each year on New Year’s Day (1/1/18) with hundreds of free, guided hikes happening in all 50 states. Find out more about the AHS Mission, Core Values and First Hikes Day and other events AHS supports throughout the year.
AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY:
Mission: Protect the Places You Love to Hike
AHS champions conservation issues, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails.
AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY’S CORE VALUES:
The Intrinsic Value of Hiking:
Hiking has long been an important outdoor activity, whether as a means of exploration, exercise or reflection. The act of setting foot down a path through natural areas provides unparalleled opportunities to build the human spirit, improve physical fitness and increase environmental awareness. Hiking offers all Americans a healthy, enjoyable and relatively simple way to deepen their connections to nature, people and place.
Conservation through Recreation:
As a national conservation-based recreation organization, AHS work in partnership to build, maintain and protect hiking trails and their natural corridors. This allows current and future generations to experience the many joys and benefits of hiking and are inspired to protect this legacy.
AHS programs are built around the concept of fostering and supporting trail stewardship and the public lands through which they travel. AHS accomplish this by promoting a sense of responsibility and culture of service among their individual members and member organizations and in the hiking community at large.
AHS support construction and maintenance of trails that limit hikers’ impact on the land and require minimal attention to maintain the integrity and safety of the tread. They promote Leave No Trace ethics to ensure that natural ecosystems and trail environments remain viable and healthy.
Through adaptability, responsiveness and a commitment to continuous improvement, AHS will remain a dynamic and relevant national organization. Their work is results-oriented, partnership driven and integral to the viability, success and future of their constituents – the hiking community.
AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY ADVOCACY:
Since 1976, American Hiking Society has worked with Congress, federal agencies, and many recreation and conservation partners on policy issues and legislation to ensure funding for trails, preservation of natural areas, and protection of the hiking experience Click here
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
American Hiking Society are part of the First Day Hikes nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On January 1st, New Year’s Day hundreds of free, guided hikes happen in all 50 states. Kids and adults across American will participate, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Click here for more and to find a Hike closest to where you live.
National Trails Day on June 2, 2018! Another one of several successful events the American Hiking Society supports! Click here for lots more. https://americanhiking.org/
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Here’s a great suggestion for a #1THING you can do w/ your tree once the Holidays are over. Don’t throw it away; give it another life by recycling it!
Trees will be accepted free of cost at the locations listed below. However, a contamination fee will be added to any trees with tags, decorations, and/or plastic remaining.
Texas Disposal Systems
Tree will be accepted free of cost. However, a contamination fee will be added to any trees with tags, decorations, and/or plastic remaining.
- TDS Landfill: 3016 FM 1327, Creedmoor, Texas
- Eco Depot: 4001 RR 620 South, Bee Cave, Texas
Check back for more information on Texas Disposal Systems Holiday Tree Recycling event in January that will allow you to recycle your tree and get free mulch back in return. A recycling Win/Win for 2018
City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by leaving them at the curb on their regular collection day. All other residents can drop trees off at Zilker Park.
Zilker Park Drop-off:
- Click here for drop off dates, for volunteer 411, drop off site map, how to get free mulch and more!
Friday, December 8, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
You can Give Green to your kiddos w/ Eco-friendly Toys. Start them early helping and appreciating the world around them. There’s only 1 Mama Earth, and we need to take care of her. Here’s a list to check out. It’s #1Thing you can do.
Top 10 Toy Brands
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
1THING featured organization for the month of December is Pure Earth. Thanks to our sister cluster Entercom Seattle. Pure Earth helps bring attention to the growing problem of ‘Pollution’, and raises awareness and ways to help stop the waste. Here’s the breakdown of what we’re all up against, when it comes to ‘Pollution’ and how it’s harmful to our lives… literally….
What’s the Problem?
Toxic pollutants at contaminated sites affect the health of more than 200 million people worldwide. Women and children are especially at risk suffering neurological and immune system damage and an early death. The number of people affected is comparable to HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria combined. Plus, solving pollution problems usually promotes, rather than inhibits, economic growth. Yet, pollution is one of the most under-reported and underfunded problems in the world.
Why Support Pure Earth?
Pure Earth is an international non-profit organization dedicated to solving pollution problems in low- and middle-income countries, where human health is most affected by pollution. Pure Earth devises clean-up strategies, empowers local champions and secures support from national and international partnerships. Since its inception in 1999, Pure Earth has completed more than 80 clean-up projects in 20 countries. This has reduced exposure to toxins for local populations, especially children.
Pure Earth’s Current and Completed Projects
How can you help?
- Share Pure Earth’s posts on social media. Use Twitter @PureEarthNow, Facebook, and LinkedIn to raise the profile of toxic pollution, which disproportionately kills those in low and middle-income countries.
- Make a donation. Better yet, organize a group of coworkers to make donations. Ask your employer to match it.
- Join the Pure Earth Corps of volunteers. Work solo, with a group of colleagues or friends, adopt a project, and raise funds.
- Host a “Toxic Cocktail Party” educational event. Pure Earth does the work; you create the guest list. Artisanal “toxic” cocktails are created just for you!
- Stay informed. Read The Pollution Blog and sign up for Pure Earth’s Newsletter.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
It’s always great for Mama Earth if you can do #1THING. If you’re looking at your carpets, thinking they need a good cleaning for the holidays / New Year! Well, there is such a #1THING as Eco-Friendly carpet cleaning … ZEROREZ.
Patented Green Technology:
- Green Products – Zero soaps or detergents, safe for you, your pets and family.
- Electrolyzed Oxidative Water – Our patented system “Empowered Water” FDA Approved – EPA Registered – Leaves Zero dirt attracting residues behind. Carpets stay cleaner longer.
Zerorez carpet cleaning is effective cleaning with safe, non-toxic solutions. As a leader in green cleaning technology, their pre-spray is OMRI listed. OMRI stands for “Organic Materials Review Institute” and is the highest standard when it comes to anything organic. Not only is this pre-spray safe, it also contains no soaps, detergents, or surfactants in order to provide the highest standard: no residue carpet cleaning. The cleaning process is also Platinum rated by the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval program (CRI Platinum SOA).
Click here for lots more! It’s #1Thing that also makes ZEROREZ Green in ATX!