Sunday, September 30, 2007

...green is good...

today i wandered around the hoboken art and music festival, dodging the fried-dough eating people and avoiding the crowds at the sand art booths while searching for the hob'art booth and the "green street" on newark and washington streets, a tiny oasis of environmental consciousness in the sea of consumption. (actually, i can't resist buying a little something: femi ford's poppies notecards & notebook and a reusableable hemp bag to benefit the quality of life coalition in hoboken.)

so, to support the coalition & raise more green awareness (hoboken sure needs it!), here are some help the environment tips for the week:

  • stop that extra sucking -- buy the gaiam smart power strip and conserve energy & money. even if your electronic devices are turned off, they continue to suck power from the socket plug, but the gaiman strip cuts power to everything!


  • no more virgins -- instead of buying virgin fiber paper towels, napkins or tissues, try 100% recycled ones & save tons o' trees. or better still, just stop buying paper products (like viva towels) to mop up messes and use regular washable towels & cloths.


  • be sappy -- buy 100% recycled (veggie ink too) sappycards to show you care.


  • love the locals -- find a farmers market near you and shop for local produce.

have a green tip? share it with us!

4 comments:

magda flores said...

I know, I know fried foods are bad for you. But I can't help but feel sad that you didn't have anything on a stick at this festival.

On a totally post related note, now. Great tips! Very helpful!

la francaise said...

magda, i was tempted by the sweet fried dough smells but then pulled over to the homemade granola table for a free sample. then i bought some local honey, yum!

glad the tips help. i'll keep posting new ones.

la francaise said...

scroll to the bottom of the screen for the reusablebags.com link. you can browse (& buy) great stuff (like the hemp bag i bought at the festival) or sturdy to go water containers (not made of plastic aka oil)! An imported, one-liter plastic water bottle uses 1/4-liter of oil (and that's just for the pumping, bottling, and shipping).

Kid Radical said...

Believe me I wanted something on a stick. But, I had to run home and watch the Mets get trounced instead! Bad decision.