The Green and Not-So-Green of [white] Locs

On my 26th birthday, I took a long-time thought and turned it reality. I began the physical part of my locking journey.

This isn’t where I will get into the how or the why – if you’ve questions about either, you can ask – but it is where I will briefly dive into the learning of how to “green” it up.

I didn’t expect it, but the first thing I learned when I began locking my hair was that I was about to spend more time and product on and with my hair than I have in almost any other part of my life. My hair is curly, but it is not 4c curly (for those familiar with the chart, I was closer to a 2c/3a), and it certainly lost a bit of curl after years of extensive dying (which I was successful in reducing to twice a year before I finally stopped shortly before beginning this journey). That said, the state with which I took my very short mohawk to the loctician was not super conducive for quick locking as it was when I was a stubborn little girl who hated to have her hair brushed (and would later need chunks cut out as a consequence). As a result, I’ve been through jars of different types of waxes and gels and now carry two cans of sprays in my bathroom (to be fair, one belongs to my lover, who is also locking his hair – and doing so a bit more quickly, being African in descent).  I’ve never used this much product on my hair, but, even so, there are a few good things I’ve been able to do along the way:

I’ve stopped using rubber bands. I have a few left from some packaging I bought early on, but I’ve since decided to rely more on reusable clips than bands that seem to pop off after about a week anyway.

I’ve been able to continue to not need shampoo or conditioner. Actually, the only wash I’ve done in my hair has been with tea tree oil – I’m not even using baking soda anymore. As a result, my shower time is far shorter, though my hair is gaining some length again.

Excepting one of the hair sprays, I’m able to at least use natural products for my hair, so there’s not a lot of chemical by-product being dumped into a river anywhere.

Con: I am now using a blow-dryer on my hair. But I have ditched the straightener.

It isn’t as green as the short hair washed with baking soda was, but, with some learning on my end, it hasn’t been as anti-green as it seemed like it would be at the on-set. I’m hoping I’ll be able to do even less once the locks have taken to the root as well. I’ll be at six months as of Monday and I’m hoping, come June, I’ll have even more than the middle of the locks.



The Scarlet Diva

(Period joke.)

This one is for the menstruating ladies – a review promised about four years ago when I started my Diva adventure.

It hasn’t stopped.

I purchased the DC in hopes to get away from the constant flow of money from my pocket to all of the various companies established to benefit from my body’s divine reset each month. I was skeptical at first, and a bit nervous that this tiny silicon cone would indeed meet all of my needs.

It did and it has for the past four years and it has saved me so much money.

It has not, however, ended my use of panty-liners. They say the cup isn’t supposed to leak – for whatever reason, and I’ve tried both sizes – while I’m not getting full on trickles, there was still some spotting to be concerned with. Because I’m really into clean panties, I do still invest in a couple of panty liner purchases throughout the year, but because my first line of defense is the cup, I’m not using as many of these as if I were buying pads or tampons.

The other perks:

  1. It’s flexible and comfortable. Made out of silicon, once it is in place, it stays there and moves with whatever crazy thing my capoeira-yoga-aerial body is going to do until I’m ready to take it out. And I only notice it if something is wrong – that is, if I put it in wrong, I know immediately.
  2. It’s easy to keep and to keep clean. Again, silicon is a perk here – it can be boiled, rinsed cold, steamed, whatever, and I never have to worry about it losing its shape, melting, giving off bad chemicals into my body. It’s easy to clean and it lasts a long time – I recently bought my second one but that was personal preference to have a new, clearer cup (eventually, they yellow/brown just a tad).
  3. I can wear it twice as long as any tampon and be safe. No risk of TSS here and it can go all day with me – the cup carries an ounce and you actually rarely bleed that much over 12 hours, so I can put this in before work in the morning and not have to worry about where/how I’m going to clean it again until I’m home.

I love my diva cup. It really did revolutionize the whole period experience for me – I keep it on my person and as soon as I’m starting, pop it in and keep going about my day. I can sleep in it (I choose usually not to, personal preference), I can wear it all day, I can clean it in my sink, and I stay comfortable and without the need for tampons or pads any more. It was a quick $30 investment that I’ve made twice over four years and that’s my contribution to the feminine hygiene market.

Water, Water Everywhere

As simple as it sounds, a commitment to quenching one’s thirst strictly on water is, for some Westerners, particularly trying of the will. If sugary sodas are your preference, it can be more than a test of will but a combat against neurally-driven cravings – an addiction – as more research is beginning to support in the case of refined sugars.

The sustainability of adhering to water (to include tea and most coffee) in beverage choice goes beyond personal health – support can be seen environmentally and, a favourite, financially. Let’s dive into a quick scenario to look at a few costs of a popular habit:

  • A $2 8.3 oz of Red Bull contains 26 grams of sugar. That’s almost 7 whole sugar cubes. If a person reaches for a cup of tea each morning instead (we’ll even add in a cube of sugar for them, or, about 2.3 grams) each work morning (assume 5), they reduce yearly sugar intake by 6,185 grams (or, 6.1 kilograms – over 13 pounds) and save anywhere between about $520 and $600, depending on the exact cost of the drink (by the way, two cups of tea will get you the same amount of caffeine as on Red Bull). That was quick, but is a sugar and cost reduction the only benefit? I wouldn’t be writing if it were:
  • Environmentally, consider
    • a) how much aluminum production you’re reducing (although, golf clap to Red Bull because they at least make their cans from recycled materials),
    • b) how much sugar is not being refined for use in those 261 cans you’re not purchasing (13 pounds worth),
    • c) how many fewer shipments are being transported as a result of the drop in demand (okay, so maybe one less customer doesn’t stop the shipments, but imagine an entire family making this change – an entire street block? It has to start somewhere).
  • All of this if a person stopped buying one can each day/five cans a week. Take the numbers and replace with any of your favourite sodas and you can see a similar benefit. So, let’s apply.

On the first level of sustainability, simply substitute every packaged drink purchase with packaged water. While you’re still contributing to the plastic mess and the transportation costs associated in getting said plastic bottles from location to location, this is a huge boost to your personal sustainability as far as your mental and physical health is concerned. Chances are also pretty good you’re moving in a slightly positive direction in savings as well because, generally speaking, water is cheaper than most other on-the-go beverages. The substitution method also applies to buying jugs of water versus liters of soda as well.

To take this up a notch, invest in a few good reusable water bottles. I’d recommend doing your research here and consider your lifestyle needs – you may be surprised to find there are hundreds of types and brands and sizes of water bottle available (and let me say here, I don’t get any kickbacks for these, consider them honest reviews).

For every day use, I personally prefer a BPA-free .75 litre “Eddy” bottle with a flip nozzle by Camelbak – when the nozzle is flipped close, it doesn’t leak easily and it keeps the tip relatively safe from brushing against dirty surfaces. In general, Camelbak produces quality bottles, so I can be as rough with it in my bag or anywhere without concern of it splitting open. It’s also got a wide enough mouth that it is easy to clean and all of the parts of the top – from nipple to straw – come apart for thorough cleaning as well. I prefer the flip style because I’m honestly too lazy to care for unscrewing a cap – I’m constantly drinking and usually doing something with my hands, so a one-hand open is also great for me.

For sports or outdoor activities, I switch to my 25 ounce Aqua Vessel Tritan Filtration bottle, which is a lot to say it’s an EcoVessel bottle that filters my water. I use this for these particular activities because I often need to refill using public fountains or even bathrooms. I don’t use it as my daily bottle because I prefer the silicon nipple of my Camelbak to the hard plastic of my EcoVessel (currently having a 20% of sale with code “givelove20″ until Saturday), which also does have a greater tendency to leak, relatively speaking. I own about four other bottles, including one I never use to store water for drinking (it’s an aluminum bottle and tastes awful to drink from), but I won’t go into detail on those – every one has their preferences and, if this is a road you choose to move down, you’ll hear of many recommendations and find your own favourites.

Buying a water bottle (or three) is definitely its own investment upfront, but if you keep it on hand, you run out of the need to purchase disposable plastic bottles on the go, saving both money and the environment.

Finally, you can even go a step further in your sustainability here and eliminate the buying of water in containers altogether – drink from that beautiful tap too many Westerners take for granted. While drinking tap water straight is a non-issue for many, you can invest in water filters that will go as far as taking out the added fluoride if you happen to be in an area that still adds it into the water. More info on the ProPur tank I have later.

Offer your smile only genuinely [a brief, crafted thought]

For the mental/emotional/spiritual side of sustenance…

Sharkey Speaks

It is both possible and necessary to be successful and happy without wishing harm upon our adversaries, for this is an invitation to evil thought. Evil should never be allowed to feel so welcome in the house of our minds: this perpetuates and excuses evil unconsciously when it is later greeted. After all, our adversaries may later be our closest of kin, or, at least, our best teachers. Bless the universe for a lesson learned and share your higher energies with those you do love.


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Supporting Small Businesses

One of the talents I am well-known to possess is my ability to find just about anything, be it in information or, as I love to employ it, that one very special perfect gift.

My secret when it comes to unique goods for myself or others is in shunning the corporate. At the moment, I’m not going to use this as my platform to elaborate on the evils of big business in America (although they do exist and are some fiercely strong ones, too), but would rather focus on all the fantastic benefits of supporting small businesses and how exactly this is eco-friendly and how you can get started on breaking your wages from the hands of the big guys.

1. Supply – Demand: Demand less from the overstocked chains

The concept is simple. When we acquire a good through a local or other independent business (for the purposes of today, we are including both local businesses and those businesses that maintain an online inventory as well), we become one less consumer for a large retail brand. As more people pull out of the big market, the need to stock this product as heavily falls.
What does this have to do with the environment? Many of the goods sold in large chain retailers come from oversea manufacturers where emissions and other pollutant regulations are, for the most part, rather loose, if existent at all. The less we need them to create, the less that particular plant has to produce in waste; as well, the less that has to be shipped across seas in various forms of packaging and transportations. Even if you are ordering from an online independent seller in your country, the shipping across a country simply doesn’t compare to the waste of shipping across an ocean.

Imagine how much more green there could be if we knocked out the confidence of large retail chains to build so many and plan for so many consumers to park in their lots.

Imagine how much more green there could be if we knocked out the confidence of large retail chains to build so many and plan for so many consumers to park in their lots.

2. See it circle back into your community

A Civic Economics study in February 2013 found that for every one million dollars spent, 45% of a million in a local business found its way back into the local community, as compared to only 17% of every million spent in a large retail chain store. This is one of the things that makes the call to “buy black” so potentially powerful in the black community: imagine if nearly half of what you spend in a retailer came back to support your neighbours, retail areas, and, through local taxes, even your schools and services.

Even if that money doesn’t touch you directly – say, in the case you order from an independent seller located in Atlanta, while you live in DC – if you care at all about the human condition, knowing that money is likely going to benefit creative and conscious individuals more like you rather than individuals more like the 1%, in my humble opinion, has got to be satisfying. And here you may have die-hard “go locals” cry out for the environmental costs of mailing an item, but a) I promised making this easy and part of that is being realistic because b) you’re simply not going to find all that you might want or need, especially in the case of specialty items, locally.

Not sure off the top of your head how more money in your local community is good for the environment? Well, firstly, let’s remember this blog is about sustaining the earth and ourselves, which includes our neighbour. Secondly, to continue add41438944_026fac30c5_zressing this question more directly, consider places in your neighbourhood where there are some abandoned or less dapper looking storefronts – now imagine how these things might change if a local business needed to expand, get a new space, or had the money to fix up their current one. Cleaner and more functioning businesses often means things like more regular clean-up of sidewalks, building maintenance, and other administrative concerns the non-businessminded may not ever think about but still have a major impact on the environment, from mood to the actual ecosystem (one such improvement could be updating an appliance that uses less electricity or doesn’t require dangerous chemicals to operate).

Additionally, someone producing local goods may very likely be relying on other local sources to get the materials to do so – the overall local economy is thereby strengthened.

3. Support Innovation & Opportunities for Customization

This is half-personal bonus for you and half-potential victory for the environment. The personal bonus is that local and independent sellers – particularly those that make their own products, such as is often the case with those found at Etsy (more info below) – is there is a lot of room for you to have something tweaked in just the way you need it. Find a beautiful handmade leather journal to gift a friend but you want a wooden button instead of a cord? Never hurts to ask. Most sellers that create their own product, in my experience, enjoy the opportunity to do something differently than they have before – it may not have been something they imagined and the challenge could stretch their own abilities further.

This ties into the potential victory for the environment – as independent sellers get more wiggle room for experimentation and don’t have a board of members to report to, they can find new ways to craft a product or improve another. Because small businesses don’t have a great deal of excess money to throw on waste, they will also stay attuned to being sustainable in this way. It’s no guarantee, but the more supplied we keep creative minds and ideas, the better off our chances for new and better solutions, intentional or otherwise.

On-board? Here are some places to start:



First, let me be transparent – if you use the link provided above to create your account, you get a $5 credit instantly – and so do I. Even if this weren’t the case, however, Etsy is one of my favourite online forums where independent sellers can open their own shops to sell vintage and handmade almost anything, from jewelry to cell phone covers to furniture to stationery to cat clothes to terrariums – truly almost anything.


Fab is a marketplace much like Etsy but with a more modern, vivid look and less of a call for vintage seekers. Whereas any shop on Etsy has most control over its shipping and refund policies, Fab does lean towards standardization on the matter, so, a little like buying third-party through Amazon, you are working more with a middle-man here. It’s not my favourite, if I’m honest, but there’s good stuff to be found here and, hey, it isn’t Wal-Mart. You’ve also got to appreciate their organization of the website, unless you enjoy a good dig.


QuirkyShops is somewhere in between Fab’s modernism and Etsy’s support of independent shops in that it is a marketplace for independent sellers to congregate, but, like Fab, is more modern in offerings (again, if you want Vintage, Etsy is the place to go) and ultimately just more limited in selection.

SeekItLocal (Businesses and Services)

This site attempts to be something of a white pages for local businesses, although it doesn’t always hit the mark. Because it’s up to the business owner to be aware of this page, many local businesses may be left out. Still, if you’re trying to find something in your city, it’s worth a check. may be a better target.

Angie’s List (Services)

Not only does it, upon a quick glance, appear to have a more updated list of local businesses (I check it against my area), but it combines ranking elements of Yelp (which also helps to find some local businesses, especially when it comes to restaurants) to let prior customers give feedback on their experiences. This site does target services more explicitly.

If you’re dedicated to finding a local shop, outside of Google, Yelp, and word of mouth, my best recommendation is to get out and do some hunting. I’ve found many adorable boutiques and local coffee shops simply by accident. Areas to target in your city are “main streets” of the historic and arts districts (assuming you have them), areas near your Chinatown (if you have this) or other regional-based area, and small strip malls. Also keep an eye out for farmer’s markets, local outdoor events, and other local exchanges that may happen less frequently where vendors are likely to set up – it’s highly probable these people have a permanent location you can inquire about when you find them.

Task: Ranges from easy to requiring moderate effort, depending on the good and whether or not you’re willing to go the online route and ask mother earth to forgive your support of the postal system.

Fit into Budget: Varies, but I am generally able to find more typical items – such as books, candles, workout gear – cheaper than I would at big retail. As for specialty items, well, when it comes to gift-giving, I tend to stray from my cheap tendencies and quite extravagantly. It’s just my nature.

Less Than a Bag a Week

Incorporating vermiculture into my means of discarding items I otherwise have no use for has been a major game-changer in the amount of actual waste I send to the dump.

There are a ridiculous many articles on the webz you can consult for how to make your own vermicompost bins and how to do so in a way that allows you to easily harvest the black tea (which, admittedly, I am not doing). Mine is ridiculously simple – in fact, it’s almost literally just a bin of earth where my worms can live in all the gushy delights they devour for me even in this frigid winter. I just drilled some holes all the way around and filled with worms I acquired compliments of Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm and I keep them well-fed and occasionally watered. Voila.

That said, I did do the research to make sure I was feeding them the right things (no dairy, no citrus, no meats, balance of carbon-based materials with non-carbon), but other than the occasional stir-around and the discarding of said materials, the bin demands almost no real work from me. But, those benefits though…

Because I already avoid most packaged products, don’t do a lot of purchasing frequently outside of groceries, and recycled glass, paper, and cans, my waste production was already cut to about a bag of trash a week, including the kitty litter. However, I realized too much of this trash was stuff that didn’t need to be wasted on a bag – everything from banana peels to coffee grounds was not only unnecessarily going into the trash can, but also forcing me to take out less than absolutely filled trash bags, which is a waste in and of itself.

Once I figured out what could be devoured by a couple hundred little red worms, I bought a box of about 65 trash bags. I started my compost bin (actually, two of them – one for my classroom, one for home) a little less than a year ago. I have 23 bags left from that box. The probability of me consuming even 10 bags between now and March – especially considering that I’ll be abroad for a month – is slim to none.

I recommend this simple method to any person that cooks, brings home leftovers, or otherwise somehow brings edible things into their living quarters which are not always fully consumed.

Taken in August, when weather allowed my little garden to flourish. The blue bin you see in the corner is my vermiculture bin. There is a second container underneath it, awaiting me to make up my mind to try and harvest the black tea.
Taken in August, when weather allowed my little garden to flourish. The blue bin you see in the corner is my vermiculture bin. There is a second container underneath it, awaiting me to make up my mind to try and harvest the black tea.

Difficulty: It’s an easy fit into your lifestyle, especially if you can keep your bin outside (mine lives on my balcony, although it doesn’t attract bugs), and, after the investment in a storage bin and some worms, doesn’t cost much. Make sure you have a friend with a drill, though.

Budget Fit: 500 red wrigglers are $15.95 at Uncle Jim Worm’s Farm. I picked up my Sterilite 66-quart storage bin from Target for about $6. For literally less than $30, you could start vermicomposting. If you garden, you also cut out costs of buying fertilizer.

Benefit to the environment? According to the EPA, the “average” soloist (one person) produces about 1,679 pounds of trash each year; a 13-gallon trash bag is typically filled with 20-25 pounds of trash. That’s between roughly 65 and 80 bags a year for one person. If a person can cut that even by one-third, that’s still 500 pounds less trash being clogged into the pores of the earth. If you can get your neighbours on board, consider the additional benefits if one-third less trash has to be commuted to said metaphorical pore.

It’s the little things that, at the end of the day, aren’t so little as they may seem.

Brushing Off the Proverbial Dust

Well, I do believe I’ve neglected this blog long enough, although the cause never left my heart.

The great news is, I’ve only learned more and gotten better.

There’s really not so much bad news.

I took a few minutes to glance over some of my previous posts. A fair start, but there’s still so much to share that’s ridiculously easy to implement for your health and nature’s.

Just to warm up, however, I’ll recap a few things I previously touched on:

1. Baking soda, hair, and cleaning:

First of all, still relevant to everything, especially in combination with the magic of apple cider vinegar (otherwise known as “ACV”). I still use it to clean hard surfaces and add it to my whites in laundry as a softening agent (I’m told it doesn’t harm colours, but I just can’t bring myself to test it yet).

I do not use it in my hair anymore, though… I broke my vow to stop dying my hair and once I started again, I couldn’t stop. The damage could only be controlled, I felt, with more chemicals, so I ran to Organix and at least tried to be nice about it. Not a good fit into the budget, and not good for my hair, I know.  The bright side to this is that a) I have had less hair to wash as I’ve cycled through several short cuts again and b) I recently vowed again to stop dying my hair. The latter was inspired when, cutting my hair for a mohawk, my curly-headed lover pointed out my hair was straight at the root. This has not been the case in my short haired life and I realized what I was doing. As a result, I’ve been easing into shampooing only once a week (not jumping right into the baking soda again immediately) and trying not to hawk as much as I wanted to so I could avoid using paste. Even though Organix makes a friendly product, I’ve noticed my hair curls more when I get into the third day of laying off the shampoo.

I also finally concocted a bearable tooth paste formula, which I’ll be sharing later.

2. The Diva Cup

Although I still have it, I’m due for a new one soon simply because, even though there’s nothing wrong with mine, I just feel like I’d appreciate a new clean cup after several years of consistent use. It worked in eliminating tampons forever, but I didn’t find it as comfortable or necessary on my lighter days, so I haven’t completely abandoned panty-liners and light pads, although I use far less than I ever did.

3. Still all about that community thing, if not more than ever, and in other ways.

Plugging up in public spaces will always be a favourite of mine, although I admit to being less inclined to go out in the cold that plagues the northeast coast in the winter months.

One of the things I intend to speak a great deal about in a future post is supporting the community via small and local businesses. I never got around to talking about this one much although I did it before, but I’ve grown more adamant about it over the past years and can speak more to its necessity economically and environmentally.

4. Donate (or sell) all the schtuffs (and acquire it via similar means when possible)

There’s no reason to stop donating your unused items. Even if you have a problem with certain political views of major donor corporations like the Salvation Army, you can always find many local causes (schools, animal shelters, churches, neighbours) that would benefit from your donation and, in most cases, still be able to provide you with a tax write-off for your goods.

There’s also selling, such as on eBay or Craigslist. I’ve gotten pretty good at acquiring unique and useful items at a great price using these sites (in addition to other local or small businesses) and appreciate that I’m not contributing directly to a demand that leads to more production, packaging wastes, etc. But there will be more on this later as well.

– as a postscript to this follow up, I once said if I couldn’t make it or get it used, it had to be IKEA. I don’t own one first-hand IKEA piece, although my living room is packed with IKEA furniture. You can still appreciate big names without giving your money directly to them.

These were some of the ones that stuck out in my head.

Moving forward, in addition to those I’ve already alluded to, I’ll also be bringing some insight into simple vermicomposting, cooking, urban gardening, and other small moves, including those of what I’d call “personal sustainability” that you can incorporate easily to move toward a more natural lifestyle in benefit of both you, your neighbours, and the physical world.

In the meantime, you can check out what else I’ve been up to in my personal poetry/musings site at

Keep it simple.


Get politically active – on any level! + A brief on the Keystone XL Pipeline

Political activism can take place in many forms, on many levels, and I encourage you to do what you’re most comfortable with. Now, if that happens to be signing the occasional online petition, allow me to bring to your attention the following issue: the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal.

Yeah, you’ve probably heard a lot about this, but maybe not enough to really know what’s going on here. Let’s just hit the basics tonight and we’ll come back for a full-on review later. The Transcanada Keystone XL Pipeline Project What: A proposed project that would lay thousands of miles of new pipe from Alberta (Canada, eh?) through South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. It would be an extension (though not a small one by any stretch of the imagination) to a currently existing pipeline. Who: Transcanada is, as you guessed, a Canadian oil company. Their big dig right now is getting into the Alberta tar sands (we’ll address momentarily) where they have tapped into a bounty of potential oil. Why: Transcanada has a supply. The US has a demand. Transcanada likes to sell it as giving the US an opportunity to move away from less stable supplies (such as the Middle East) and rely on the “good neighbours next door” (which is still, technically, foreign). Transcanada has also framed it to look as though there will be loads and loads of money flowing into this project in the US… this portrayal has some truths but is actually very misleading. While there is a lot of money for this project from the Canadian side of things, much of this money has been spent or committed and not to production of materials from US factories, but from Canadian suppliers instead (well, duh, US). They also cite many job opportunities in the US, based on a study by their backers, the Perryman Group. Cornell recently did its own study to check these numbers and they didn’t find an agreement with the way PG framed things and found the jobs that the project could bring to be significantly lower than what was originally projected. Other questions answered: Tar sands. What’s the deal there? Tar sands are essentially large clumps formed by the natural mixing of sand, water, and a material known as bitumen. This tar-like substance can be turned into synthetic oil after much processing. It’s not a beautiful pure oil, but it arguably gets the job done. Tar sands can be exceedingly difficult to extract from the earth and there are currently two processes: the old fashioned rip-it-up mining and what is referred to as “in situ” production. “In Situ,” also sometimes referred to as “Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage” is pretty straightforward. Step one, drill a tunnel parallel to the surface of the earth. Drop down a few feet and drill a second tunnel just below it, running parallel also. Inject high pressure and high-temperatured steam and let the bitumen seep into the second tunnel, where it is collected. Tar sands are actually what makes this whole thing such a colossal issue compared to the size this issue could be. In order to move the bitumen through a pipeline, this thick goo has to be diluted and thinned (sometimes referred to as “dilBit”). The solution that is mixed with the bitumen is of a chemical make-up that seems to have very little research surrounding it. Environmentalists and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are arguing that this unknown solution may actually be quite corrosive, leading to potential spills and other threats to wildlife, the Ogallala Aquifer, and our communities. The aquifer supplies water for 8 states so any contamination would have serious consequences. More on the environmental side of things, the tar sands in question are below a boreal forest in Alberta and the pipeline construction would run over natural wildlife habitats and threaten wetlands in Oklahoma and Texas. Sooo, on top of the fact that we’re focusing energy on a non-renewable source, why would anybody want to this? There are some minor benefits to the communities that would see the pipeline and operation stations erected, but these are few and the actuality of the benefits is even less. The US Chamber of Commerce picked up on The Perryman Group’s projected numbers with an unprofessional type of haste and put its stamp of approval on the project without further consultation. I highly advise anyone that is still a skeptic refer back to that report by Cornell. Image Let them know you won’t have it!

Get back into the groove.. and keep it up with reminders

So, I first apologize for being MIA. I took some green time and avoided the computer world for a while to crank out a capstone paper regarding the XL Keystone Pipeline controversies, graduate, and move across the country (and, after having done that, let me just say there must be several hundred greener ways to do it than the way we did).

Before I throw myself in with a full length post, I decided to save some time and electric energy by not sitting in front of the computer debating what topic I wanted to write on, but to plan them out a few days in advance. Being organized in more than one aspect of life is just so efficient I’d say it’s green.

In the meantime, I do recommend an introduction to Recyclebank. I just came across it very recently myself but it has a nice concept based on a system of rewards (for even the smallest things, yes, you can finally be rewarded!) and a wealth of fun information. Check it out and feel free to drop any comments below.

Image (a shot to give you an idea of where I moved – be prepared for many soliloquies on the beauty of comprehensive public transit!)