“Talk about a trailblazer: Bon Ami had a green product long before “green” was a product
category. How so? For one thing, it’s been in business for nearly 125 years, surviving
the Great Depression, the chemical revolution and numerous household cleaning fads.
For another thing, the little cleanser with the iconic chick on its label has kept it clean
from the beginning, literally, with products free of phosphates, chlorine and other harsh
chemicals. Recently Bon Ami updated its brand for a new generation of conscientious
consumers, launching six new products and a new website.”
Archive for March, 2011
“Talk about a trailblazer: Bon Ami had a green product long before “green” was a product
“Google is never one to be left behind in the cold, especially when it comes to innovative green transportation initiatives. The search engine powerhouse has been dabbling in everything from a network of human-powered monorails to self-driving robot cars, but it’s their latest idea that’s really got us excited. Last week, Google added plug-in vehicle charging station locations to its ever-popular U.S. mapping service, Google Maps. Google has teamed up with the U.S. government’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to display chargers listed on its GeoEVSE Forum. So where’s the closest charger in your ‘hood?”
Google Maps Now Indicates Electric Vehicle Charging Stations via Diane Pham – Inhabitat
“Green Car Journal’s annual Green Car Vision Award was presented to Ford at the Washington Auto Show. Honoring the Ford Focus Electric vehicle that will come to market late in 2011, the Green Car Vision Award celebrates an industry-leading, environmentally focused vehicle that is in its early stages of commercialization or in demonstration programs, but not yet on sale.”
“Leonard Adler, Founder of Green Jobs Network (and publisher of blog) will be presenting a session on “Tips for Your Green Job Search” at the upcoming San Francisco Green Festival. This session will take place on April 9 at 4:00 pm in the Green Business Pavilion and additional information is available here.”
“SAN FRANCISCO – The largest sustainability event in the world celebrates 10 years this year. The founders of Green Festival expect approximately 30,000 to 40,000 attendees at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center April 9 – 10. This one-of-a-kind weekend experience offers the opportunity for community members to meet their favorite authors, actors and community leaders as well as shop more than 300 eco-friendly exhibitors.
All this while being able to participate in educational workshops; enjoy live music, sample local vegetarian cuisine; organic chocolates, wine and beer.
There are ten stages and pavilions feature more than 125 inspirational and educational speakers including: Amy Goodman, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, John Perkins, Dr. Sharif Abdullah, Zoe Weil, Favianna Rodriguez and Mark Hertsgaard, to name a few.”
“There’s more to the recent political assault on the EPA than meets the eye — it goes beyond the ‘big government’ rhetoric, and beyond political opportunism (though there’s plenty of that indeed). But the entire debacle reveals something more fundamentally disturbing — a wrench in our democratic process, which allows the interests of the rich to essentially overrule the American public’s right to clean air, clean water, to lead healthy lives. And there are a few seemingly unrelated reasons I’d argue this is happening: skyrocketing income inequality, a scattered green movement, and a decline in political support for working class families.”
With EPA & Labor Unions Under Fire, So is US Democracy via Brian Merchant – TreeHugger
Pocket Disc Joins The "11 in 11" Campaign With Shoe Drive to Benefit Soles4Souls® Inc. at San Francisco Green Festival
Green Festival attendees are invited to recycle their ‘gently worn’ shoes in an effort to help distribute 11 million shoes in 2011 to people in need
San Francisco, CA – March 10, 2011 – Green Festival Exhibitor Pocket Disc will be hosting a charity shoe drive for nonprofit Soles4Souls throughout the San Francisco Green Festival, April 9th and 10th at the SF Concourse Exhibition Center.
Pocket Disc asks that attendees, speakers, and other exhibitors bring ‘gently worn’ shoes to their booth #837 in the Green Kids’ area to donate to the shoe drive. The first 1000 people who bring a pair of shoes to donate along with $1 to pay for their shipping, will get a Pocket Disc for half price.
As 250,000 individuals have discovered over the past number of years, Pocket Discs are hand-woven indoor/outdoor discs. These beautiful works of hand-made, fair-trade art fly all over family rooms, festivals, classrooms, tailgates and just about everywhere else one could imagine. Fully collapsible upon contact, they are very easy and safe to catch.
Commonly, these vibrant, fun pieces encourage even the least experienced Frisbee player to give the game a try. Their soft nature also makes them perfect for indoor play when kids are pent up on a rainy day and equally great for picnics, festivals and other places where an errant throw might result in injury.
The Pocket Discs come “pre-loaded” on the website PocketDisc.com with 20+ games and 54+ clever uses. One of the best things about a Pocket Disc is all the new games and uses it inspires. Pocket Disc encourages customers and fans to add their newly discovered games to the list.
Pocket Disc will be exhibiting in Booth #837 in the Green Kids’ Section at San Francisco Green Festival. A project of Green America and Global Exchange, two leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to environmental and social justice for more than 27 years, Green Festival inspires and promotes the connection between change and sustainable progress for people, communities and businesses. Festivities include presentations by more than 125 renowned authors, leaders and visionaries, informative how-to workshops, cutting-edge films, enriching kid’s activities, organic beer and wine, delicious organic vegan and vegetarian cuisine, diverse live music and an amazing marketplace of more than 350 green local and national businesses and organizations.
Soles4Souls Inc. has committed to collect and distribute 11 million shoes in 2011 to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters through its “11 IN 11″ campaign. The shoe charity gives away one pair of shoes to a person in need every 7 seconds. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 12 million pairs of shoes because of the generosity and commitment of people and organizations like Pocket Disc and Green Festival.
“With the earthquakes in countries like Haiti and Chile, on top of the enormous needs elsewhere, we can use the estimated 1.5 billion shoes taking up space in the closets of ordinary people to change the world one pair at a time,” said Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls, Wayne Elsey.
For more information, contact:
Elizabeth Kirk, Soles4Souls, 615-391-5723, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Groft, PocketDisc.com 301-512-6424, Patrick@PocketDisc.com
As a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation, Pocket Disc.com now employs over 350 Mayan Indians in Guatemala. Additionally, Pocket Disc teamed up with MayanFamilies.org to fund a project to install water filtration systems into 20 villages. Good for 2 years, these systems eradicate Girardia and other water bourn illnesses. Pocket Disc is pioneering low impact merchandising by minimizing packaging material, using nearly no paper in the office, and encouraging “e-delivery” of its invoices, catalogs, price sheets and other material that traditionally would be printed. Additionally, PocketDisc.com sponsor the first ever Pocket Disc ENO River Cleanup day in Hillsborough, NC last summer where teams scoured 2 miles of the river. Pocket Disc is thrilled to team up with Soles4Souls to help get shoes to the many needy people of the world.
About Green Festival
A project of Green America and Global Exchange, two leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to environmental and social justice for more than 27 years, Green Festival inspires and promotes the connection between change and sustainable progress for people, communities and businesses. Green Festival’s interactive marketplace and learning environment provides solutions to help make healthier lives – socially, economically and environmentally.
About Soles4Souls® & Clothes4Souls®
Soles4Souls collects, recycles and reuses shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and closets from individuals. We distribute usable shoes to people in need around the world (we recycle less than 2% of donated footwear). Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 13 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently distributing one pair every 7 seconds). The shoes have been distributed in 125 countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and the United States.Clothes4Souls, a new division of Soles4Souls, provides hope for hurting people through the gift of new clothing from manufacturers, designers, and retailers. Those who graciously give (rather than destroy) unused inventory are assured their donations are distributed to people around the world living in desperate need.Donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit www.giveshoes.org http://www.giveshoes.org or www.clothes4souls.orghttp://www.clothes4souls.org for more information.
“Are cell phones having an impact on our brains?
The answer just got a little clearer when a February study in the Journal of the American Medical Association asserted unequivocally that, yes, cell phones change brain activity.
“This study shows that the human brain is sensitive to electromagnetic radiation coming out of cell phones,” study author Nora Volkow told The Wall Street Journal. “Our finding does not tell us if this is harmful or not.” Like a similar study backed by the World Health Organization last May, Volkow’s study concluded it will take more research to ascertain just how harmful. Regardless, since four in five American adults already own one, it’s urgent that we take precautions with cell phones.”
“On this 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day let’s all remember the integral, essential and driving role played by women from the early days of the environmental movement to the present and consider why women will necessarily be leading the way down the path towards a more social and ecological sustainable future.”
Women Have Been At The Heart Of Environmentalism For 50 Years via Jaymi Heimbuch – Treehugger