6 April
Why should we be concerned about how we design things and the materials we use? (Idea Evolution)

30 March
Quote from "Story of Stuff"; In the words of Joseph Guth, a lawyer, biochemist, and the legal director of the Science and Environmental Health Network:
"Nothing is more important to human beings than an ecologically functioning, life sustaining biosphere on the Earth. It is the only habitable place we know of in a forbidding universe. We all depend on it to live and we are compelled to share it; it is our only home...The Earth's biosphere seems almost magically suited to humans beings and indeed it is, for we evolved through eons of intimate immersion within it. We cannot live long or well without a functioning biosphere, and so it is worth everything we have."

9 March
46 Ways to Give Experiences Instead of Stuff This Year

9 March
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"In 2008, a 20-minute animated movie entitled The Story of Stuff became a viral hit, shining a spotlight on the way Americans consume, and how their purchases affect the environment and society as a whole. Annie Leonard was the brains behind the initiative, and the fast-paced, fact-filled documentary served as a rally cry for people to understand the processes of how things are created and disposed. With her no-nonsense narration and illustrative animated images behind a white backdrop, The Story of Stuff gave a birds-eye view into the cycle of consumption in the US; from the major players, to what changes can be made to encourage a more sustainable lifestyle that requires fewer things."

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23 February
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Link to YouTube Video
Microfibers! Let's fix this huge problem

USA Companies that sell organic cotton clothing

16 February
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9 February
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  • "In the United States, 24 percent of bottled water sold is either Pepsi’s Aquafina (13 percent of the market) or Coke’s Dasani (11 percent of the market). Both brands are bottled, purified municipal water3."
  • "The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400."
  • "The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes2."
  • "Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38.3"
  • "Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year3."
  • More facts here from Ban the Bottle Best Alternatives to Plastic Water Bottles

2 February
  • Alternatives to plastic bags must be greener all the alternativ360 plastic bags2.jpges to plastic bags come with questions about their environmental impact
  • Natural and Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Plastic Bags Plastic has become such a part of our daily lives that it can be difficult to even think of trying to remove it completely, but there are some really compelling reasons to make the switch
  • All about bags! A scan of worldwide activities on plastic bags shows that the dominant trend world wide for a number of years has been to recycling and the use of product stewardship principles (the 3 Rs) to manage bags
  • The Essential Question is....What will YOU do?
  • The World Counts

26 January
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From GoodReads: "In her sweeping, groundbreaking book of the same name, Leonard tracks the life of the Stuff we use every day—where our cotton T-shirts, laptop computers, and aluminum cans come from, how they are produced, distributed, and consumed, and where they go when we throw them out. Like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, The Story of Stuff is a landmark book that will change the way people think—and the way they live. Leonard's message is startlingly clear: we have too much Stuff, and too much of it is toxic. Outlining the five stages of our consumption-driven economy;from extraction through production, distribution, consumption, and disposal;she vividly illuminates its frightening repercussions"

5 January