Earth Presents Blog

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 29, 2011

Ever wonder what to do with your old meds? I know you know not to flush them down the toilet and into the rivers! Potomac Riverkeeper turned me on to this great event!

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Oct. 29th

Click on the link and find a local, participating facility!

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/

Pocket Meadow Farm

Hmm, I don't knit but this stuff makes me want to take up crocheting again. Check out the natural colours!

www.pocketmeadowfarm.net/merino.html

If you're like me, you might want to get knitting now. The holidays are just around the corner!

Someone wanna knit me this hat?! www.pocketmeadowfarm.net/happyhats.html

And you know where to go to find green gift wrap for that perfect gift!

Repower@Home

I recently hosted a Repower@Home event. It's basically a tupperware party for the Earth!

Repower@Home is a project of the Alliance for Climate Protection. Based on the fact that our homes consume 22% of the energy used in the U.S., and much of that energy is wasted, the events center around the home. It's a house party where you learn about all kinds of new, eco-friendly products for the home, get a breakdown or brush-up on energy conservation, find out about local resources, take a trivia quiz and commit to take a bunch or a few steps towards better energy efficiency!

The products introduced were cool new gadgets and major upgrades to old standards: a balloon for the fireplace and a jazzy new power strip where you can select what goes off, when and for how long. Our guest speakers were great and well prepared: the Field Organizer from the Alliance who ran the event, an energy audit company who audited our home, and cool real estate agent who started her own company, EcoFirst Realty. I didn't bomb the trivia quiz but I sure didn't ace it either! You need to think hard about those commitments you make, 'cause they call back after awhile to see what you've accomplished!

The pilot stage of the Repower@Home project is done. They held 60 house parties with over 700 homeowners and renters in attendance. There's a Strategy Conference Call this Monday to develop and expand this great project!

Look for Repower@Home in your part of the Earth and host a PARTY!

Last Minute Ideas for Gift Buying and Wrapping!

Tips for Gift Buying and Wrapping:

  1. I hate to shop. But like everyone else, I love a great bargain and find great joy in snagging that perfect gift for someone! I guess I have a love-hate relationship with shopping! What I really hate is malls and the crowds. So my hottest tip for gift buying is EcoMall. EcoMall is the oldest and largest environmental shopping center and Expo on the Internet. EcoMall currently has over 4,500 sites, including Earth Presents! You’re bound to find everything for everyone on your holiday list! Time Magazine calls EcoMall “a great place to browse, be entertained or just hang out.” Check it out: http://www.ecomall.com

  2. eco-artware.com is a fun on-line store with funky gifts. All the items are from recycled, reused and natural materials. http://www.eco-artware.com/

  3. What about a card that says: Pooh Happens! How cute is that? Check out Mr. Ellie Pooh's gift cards made from Elephant dung: http://www.mrelliepooh.com/index.html

  4. I bought a jazzy skirt made from old t-shirts at the San Fran Green Festival. If you're hip enough, think about a matching hat or top. They've got really pretty flower appliques in strategic places which add to the pissaz. Check out the "clothes with a history" at: http://www.elisabethan.com/home.html

  5. So now you're going to need to wrap all those great gift ideas. And what's wrong with a plug for my own?! It is estimated that 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags are thrown out during the winter holidays. Why not use our wrapping paper which is made from paper that is 100% recycled content, 100% post-consumer waste and processed chlorine-free. We use vegetable-based inks that make it 100% recyclable. No more bags of holiday wrapping paper into the garbage and on to landfills! Also, each winter holiday North America alone uses 38,000 miles of ribbon. That's enough to go around the world and tie a bow! Earth Presents' bows are also 100% post-consumer content, made from recycled plastic bottles!

Holiday Promotion

The Holidays are right around the corner! Place your gift wrap order by December 10, 2009 for any of our 100% recycled and recyclable Holiday Collection wrapping paper designs and get the matching bows for FREE (regular price $3/set). Just like our wrapping papers, our bows are 100% recycled and recyclable. The bows come in packs of two, one large (1.5"x4") and one small (7/8"x4") and they are shoe-lace tied. Please type "FREE BOWS" in the Order Comments box and they will arrive free of charge. Limit 3 per order. Happy Holidays!