{Eco Inspirations} 3 steps to a greener life


There are hundreds, if not thousands of things  you can do to live a greener lifestyle. Here are a few that are fairly easy to implememt and have a big impact on simplifying and greening your life. 1) Stop  consuming commercial/mass products. All of those bottles of shower and sink cleaners; shampoos, cosmetics and fragrances […]

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{Eco Inspirations} Minnesota’s Message in a Bottleâ„¢

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been known to drive for many miles with a banana peel on the floor of my car or a plastic bottle in the cup holder, just so I could compost or recycle it at home. I admit, I’m a bit of a greenie. My husband, not so much. […]

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{Eco-Inspirations} A Raw Labor Day

Labor Day is a holiday that holds great meaning for many United Stationers. For those with 9-5 jobs, it’s an extra day off. For others it’s a time to reflect on their roles within the workplace. And yet for most it’s the official summer send off. But no matter how you may be celebrating today […]

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{Eco-Inspirations} Cascade Couriers


When you live in a very small county (just over 160,000 people) in a very rural area surrounded by mountains on one side and a desert on the other, you don’t expect much in terms of “going green.” However, I’m thrilled that every year, Deschutes County, Oregon gets greener and greener. One of the businesses […]

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{Eco-Inspirations} The Encyclopedia of Country Living

Encyclopedia of Country Living

One summer ago in the 1990’s, I was bored and pawing through the book shelves at my parents house when I found a strange encyclopedia — it was  thick and cumbersome, forlorn and dog-eared.  My teenage self first stalled from opening the book thinking “Why would I read something during summer vacation!” But it was […]

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{Eco-Inspirations} – Making a Difference in Detroit

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In Detroit, Michigan, Cass Community Social Services is making a difference by recycling old tires into floor mats.  Not only are they repurposing trash from the streets of Detroit, but they are also giving a second chance to the homeless in the area. Director, Faith Fowler, describes the recycling program: We pick up illegally dumped […]

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[Eco-Inspiration] San Francisco’s Parklets

San Francisco has started a trend that’s sweeping across the nation! And I’m not talking about trolleys or flowers in your hair. The city has been busy transforming parallel parking spots into pedestrian oases used for lounging, loitering and lolly-gagging. This eclectic seaside city is making the most of its characteristic neighborhoods by installing mini parks into vacant […]

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How Green is the Summer Olympics 2012 in London?

London Olympics 2012

The Games of the XXX Olympiad – 2012 Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. With the recent flak about American athletes wearing apparel made in China and not made in America, I got curious about the event. (A statement was released by United States […]

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{Eco-Inspirations} Homegirl cafe

A few weeks ago I was walking through the Pasadena farmers market and ordered some delicious tacos from the “Homegirl” cafe booth. The “Homegirl” cafe is an organization that train women, who are at risk or have been involved in gangs, to work in the restaurant business and learn how to grow organic food in […]

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