Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cape Cod Chronicle Column 2/3/11

A fond farewell and great big


for their tireless, cheerful and efficient operation
of the Chatham Transfer Station Gift Shop
all these years.

Happy well-earned "retirement," Bob and Jeanne.
We'll miss you!

Anyone interested in taking over at the Gift Shop? We sure could use your help!
More info: Jeff Bremner, 508-945-0156

Save the Date!
ChathamRecycles' 2nd Annual Book & Media Swap,
Saturday, March 12, 10am - 2pm
Chatham Community Center
Watch for more info.
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Cape Cod Chronicle Column 1/20/11

11 for '11!

Think about what you use every single day for: morning shower, making coffee, work commute, drive to lunch, watching TV, doing laundry, etc. It all adds up. Now think about how much time, money and resources you’d save if you just used a little bit less each day. Some things to consider in 2011:
1. Turn the thermostat down a few degrees
2. Using cold water can save 90 percent of your washing machine’s power utilization.
3. Use products made from recycled content to cut down on your use of virgin materials.
4. Shorten your shower one minute and save 150 gallons of water per month.
5. Use Less Paper. If you have to print, print on both sides and recycle it when you can.
6. Use Less Packaging. Try buying from bulk bins and recycle your packaging.
7. Use Fewer Hazardous Materials. Always read labels, and try using natural pesticides and making your own cleaning products.
8. Use Less Gas. Slow down! 55 mph can give you 21 percent better mileage than 65 mph. Buy gas early in the morning or late at night to get more for your money.
9. Use Less Tech. Electronics drain electricity, use non-renewable metals and contain toxic chemicals. Use fewer electronics, turn off or "sleep" when not in use, and properly dispose of used ones.
10. Create Less Trash. The average American throws away 90,000 pounds of trash in his or her lifetime. Use reusables and recyclables whenever possible!
11. Use Fewer Disposables. They may be convenient, but not for Mother Earth. Again, reusables and/or recyclables!

11 for '11! Every little bit helps!
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Cape Cod Chronicle Column 1/6/11

Happy Green Year!

Cape Cod Chronicle Column 12/30/10

"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be
his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations
whose words of thanks will not be heard."

— Gaylord Nelson
former governor of Wisconsin, co-founder of Earth Day

Cape Cod Chronicle Column 12/9/10


Forgive us our yuletide e-editing, and now let’s sit back and enjoy these tasty holiday morsels...

Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper
Most mass-produced wrapping paper ends up in the trash. Instead, get creative! Consider reusable gift bags, newspaper, maps, magazines, comics, children’s art, old greeting cards or even fabric (new scarf, dish towel, bandana, etc.). If every family wrapped just three gifts this way, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.  If you must buy gift-wrap, look for recycled - and ideally recyclable - paper. Avoid foil-wrap as it isn't recyclable at all. Use little or no tape if possible.

Energy-Saving Holiday Lights
A no-brainer - Less energy, lower bills!

Include Organic and Local Foods in Your Holiday Feast
Check it out!

Get a Pesticide-Free Tree
Some  Christmas tree growers use 40 different pesticides, as well as chemical colorants. There are now a number of tree-farms that sell pesticide-free trees, so ask your local Christmas tree seller, or find an organic tree farm near you:

Recycle Your Christmas Tree
The real vs. artificial debate continues, both having their pros and cons. Some people put their live tree, roots and all, in a pot to replant outside after Christmas. Sadly, each year, 10 million Christmas trees end up in the trash, and there is no ‘pro’ in that. Take your tree to Chatham's Transfer Station for recycling into mulch or wood chips.

(multiple sources, including the Sierra Club)

                                                  Happy Holidays to All
                                           And one more important message....

                         WELCOME BACK, JEFF!  WE MISSED YOU!
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