Sustainable Works

Green Living Workshop update week 11 2009

Sustainable Works Green Living Workshop

There are 7 workshops currently running. This post is specific to the following workshops:

Monday 12:30-1:30pm at Sony
Tuesdays 12-1pm at Bryan Cave
Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm at PS#1

To view other Workshops' posts click on the 'Sustainable Works' header above.


In the News
>>As the Economy Slumps, So Does Trash - Los Angeles Times January 25, 2009 article. Landfills receive less because people are buying less.

>>You Can Recycle That? - a great article on some of the newest processes to recycle materials.

>>US’s First Plasma Gasification Waste-to-Energy Plant Online by 2011 - learn about plasma gasification on Treehugger.

>>USA's Trashed TVs, Computer Monitors Can Make Toxic Mess - USA Today December 30, 2008 article

>>Following The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste - 60 Minutes November 9, 2008 segment that follows America's toxic electronic waste as it is illegally shipped to become China's dirty secret


>>How a Landfill Works. Description from the website How Stuff Works

Beyond a Linear Waste System

>>Learn more about Cradle to Cradle design by clicking the diagram.

Creative Reuse, Purchasing Recycled Content, and other Resources
>>Hair for Oil Spills Program - donate your hair clippings to make hairmats that can help with oil spill clean up.

>>Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide by Greenpeace - Recycled tissue products help protect ancient forest, clean water, and wildlife habitat. Via Greenpeace.

>>Free Cycle Los Angeles

>>Craig's List Free Stuff



>>CA Integrated Waste Management Board Recycled-Contenct Products Directory

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
>>Santa Monica Neighborhood HHW Collection Sites - a complete list of locations in Santa Monica where you can drop-off your electronics, lightbulbs, thermometers, batteries, paints and solvents, and oil and oil filters.

>>Los Angeles HHW and Electronic Waste Program - See a schedule of Collection Events or see a list of Permanent HHW Collection Centers.

>>e-Stewards - a group of recyclers leading North American electronics recyclers and asset managers who have been qualified as upholding the highest standard of environmental and social responsibility.

>>eWaste Center, Inc. - free pick up of e-waste in the Greater Los Angeles area if you have at least one computer monitor or one television to dispose.

>>Electronics Recycling at Best Buy - If you've purchases appliances or televisions from Best Buy they may come out and recycle them for you at no charge.

>> - Great web resource for picking out what kind of Composter works for you.

>> - LA County online resource. Follow links to find a composting workshop near you! DIY Worm Bin Instructions

Junk Mail Prevention sites
>>Climate Change Enclosed: Junk Mail's Impact on Global Warming - Greenhouse gases created each year by junk mail are the annual equivalent of more than nine million cars. The average car travels 12,000 miles per year -- as opposed to junk mail, which gets us nowhere. Read about how junk mail contributes to global warming in the report, Climate Change Enclosed via Forest Ethics.

>>Catalog Choice
- it'll get you on no-send lists and stops catalog spam.

>>DMA Choice
- lets you choose which Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine Offers and Other Mail Offers to receive.

- free, quick way to get your name off commercial mailing lists.

- opt out of pre-approved credit card and insurance offers online or by phone: 1-888-5-OPTOUT.

>>EcoLogical Mail Coalition
- helps businesses stop mail addressed to former employees.

>>Native Forest Network's Guide
- five easy steps to stop junk mail.

>>Green Dimes
online service ending junk mail

41 Pounds online service ending junk mail

Documentaries on WASTE
>>The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard
- From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. (from

>>Manufactured Landscapes
- a documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris.

Literature addressing
WASTE issues
>>Chapter 3 Waste Not
, - from the book Natural Capitalism.
Excerpt outlining all the resources that go into manufacturing a can of soda. p. 49-50

Cradle to Cradle - William McDonough's book, written with his colleague, the German chemist Michael Braungart, is a manifesto calling for the transformation of human industry through ecologically intelligent design.

Worms Eat My Garbage - by Mary Appelhof. How to set up and maintain a worm composting system.


At 9:10 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Save Trees? Save money and the Earth and be clean at the same time! Get serious and add Bathroom Bidet Sprayers to all your bathrooms. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: "if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off” Available at with these you won't even need toilet paper any more, just a towel to dry off! Don’t worry, you can still leave some out for guests and can even make it the soft stuff without felling guilty. It's cheap and can be installed without a plumber; and runs off the same water line to your toilet. You'll probably pay for it in a few months of toilet paper savings. And after using one of these you won't know how you lasted all those years with wadded up handfuls of toilet paper. As for water use a drought is always a concern and must be dealt with prudently but please remember that in the big picture the industrial water users always far exceed the water use of household users and in the case of toilet paper manufacture it is huge. The pollution and significant power use from that manufacturing process also contributes to global warming so switching to a hand bidet sprayer and lowering your toilet paper use is very green in multiple ways.


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