Author: robinshreeves

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Recycled Plastic: Boats, Greenhouses, and More

A couple of weeks ago, I ran the book fair at my boys’ school. This is the fifth year I’ve been in charge of the fair, and the fifth year that I’ve brought home the plastic table cloths that are part of the fair kit I’m sent. They are in perfectly good condition, and I […]

March 26th

Making the Most of Earth Hour 2009

Earth Hour is Saturday, March 28th. Are you participating? Are you planning? If you’ve already signed up for Earth Hour, you’ve got two things left to do. Prepare to power down and plan what you’ll be doing from 8:30 to 9:30 PM. Powering Down Earth Hour is about turning off the lights for one hour. […]

March 23rd

The Pain of Getting on the Train

Last year, I practically waxed poetic about my public transportation trip into Philadelphia for GreenFest Philly. Yesterday, I again took the same public transportation into the Philadelphia, this time for the Go Green Expo, and there is no waxing poetic. Just a bunch of frustration. I pulled into the parking lot of my local Patco […]

March 16th

Next Stop for Go Green Expo: Philadelphia

The producers of Go Green Expo have planned 4 expos across the country for this year. The first one already took place in LA back in Janurary. The next expo is planned for March 13-15 in Philadelphia. What’s the expo all about? Here’s what the event’s website has to say: A truly unique event from […]

February 26th

Captain Planet Returns Just in Time

Back in 1990, Ted Turner decided that TBS needed to create the world’s first eco-hero, and Captain Planet and the Planeteers were born. The cartoon ran for 6 seasons and has been largely unavailable since then. Until now. Even more so than in 1990, the world really needs an eco-hero now, and Captain Planet is […]

February 25th

Is Miracle, Safe Sanitizer Too Good to be True?

Did you know that by mixing tap water and table salt you can create a substance that degreases, kills bacteria, cleans and costs less than a penny a gallon? Too good to be true, right? But for decades, this method has been used in Russia and Japan, and it’s slowly gaining acceptance in the U.S. […]

February 24th

Idling: Why Do We Do It?

A recently passed New York City law cuts down the acceptable limit of vehicle idling time in school zones from 3 minutes to 1 minute. According to an AP report, the law also gives additional city agencies the ability to issue violations and creates a way for officials to track those violations. Idling in school […]

February 18th

Standardized Cell Phone Chargers are on Their Way

Get a new cell phone. Get a new cell phone charger. And probably a new car charger, too, right? It’s always seemed silly to me that all cell phones can’t use the same charger. Silly and wasteful. That may be changing. Bloomberg reports that mobile phone manufacturers and operators “will develop a standardized handset charger […]

February 17th

Is Climate Change Making Us Mental?

If you were to click on my bio here for Sustainablog, you’d see that I started down this green path because my son who was six at the time had read about global warming and gave us the “what for” over the SUV we owned. We joke now with him that he was the one […]

February 11th