Urban Outfitters is one of my son's favorite stores and if I were about 20 years younger it would be mine as well. The store offers a smattering of organic items. As we were cruising the online site yesterday, we discovered a new Ebay store affiliated with the retailer, Urban Renewal. Urban Renewal offers well-edited vintage finds that may be purchased through the Ebay bidding process. I have discovered that there are actually a number of online boutiques that specialize in vintage finds. A nice alternative for those who love fashion, but want to approach purchases in a more eco-friendly manner.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
- Find the points of entry and the ant trails (keep notes on where you commonly see ants)
- Apply barriers to those points (vinegar and water, petroleum jelly, boric acid, crushed mint/lavender leaves, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cinnamin, cloves)
- Clean up all traces of the trail with dishwashing liquid and hot water
- Use vinegar and water in your spring cleaning
- Seal tightly or refrigerate all sweet items (honey, syrup, cereal, candy, marshmallows)
- Find the colony and deal with the queen using this solution
Okay, so I am going to try these ideas, but if they don't work......I won't break out the Raid just yet, I will try those little ant bait traps, but if that doesn't work.......
I would appreciate any tips from anyone that would prevent me from resorting to the old school (70's/80's/90's) approach to death by toxins.
Grabbing African Americans by the Green Collar Great profiles of young African Americans engaging their communities on green issues from pathways out of poverty to greening their businesses.
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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Earth Day. I was too busy working like crazy to do anything special for this day, other than to go vegan for the day. I wanted to see the new movie "Earth", but had to work late and completely crashed after making dinner for three hours! That my friends is what it is like to be black and into green. Gotta balance the realities of everyday life with idealism. I did get a few Happy Earth Day messages and an actual e-card, from people familiar with my leanings. That was cool.
Can't wait for Earth Day to fall on a Friday. Three day weekend!!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
For some reason, I am addicted to Whole Foods, so I need to monitor my food budget carefully, shopping from a list, buying largest packaged items, food from the bulk bins, eating lots of bean based recipes, buying the 365 brands and planning my menu all keep me on track. I also buy shares from a CSA during the growing season, which saves a ton on produce. Fortunately, the store has also done a great job of educating clients on deals, budget friendly meals and offering coupons. Check out this section of their website for information on money saving meal plans.
Are you all about organic food and organic living? Do you want to just tell the world about your love for all things organic? Your day has FINALLY arrived!! The Organic Institute is sponsoring an "Organic Idols" contest in their search for spokesperson. The winner will go to Chicago to attend the Organic Trade Show in June, will be featured on Whole Food's Market website and will be part of the institute's marketing campaign. Wow! What a great opportunity to promote yourself, meet some great people and contribute to the good foods movement. Where do you signup? Click here.
My Volvo has way over 100,000 miles on it and may go anyday now.....to my son. I am committed to purchasing a hybrid as my next ride, so I try to keep abreast of the latest green car news. If you are in the market today or next year, check out the Yahoo! Green Cars Center. You will find information about various manufacturers, technology, calculators and communities to network with.
Is a hybrid on your wish list but not in your budget? Try this "secret" that I learned from Delores Pressley of Born Successful. Find a photo of the vehicle (bike, car, scooter) of your dreams, and be sure to get one in the color that you desire with all of the bells and whistles, post it in a place that you see everyday. Be sure to visualize yourself tooling about town on your ride. Before you know it, you will own it! I have heard sooo many stories like this, that I am now a believer. Now, where are my scissors?
Monday, April 13, 2009
(Image compliments of pbrian49 at Flicker)
In honor of Poetry Month, I am curious to know what is your favorite poem about the environment or nature? I am going to have to ponder on this one, though Ms. Maya's "And Still I Rise" and "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" come immediately to mind. They aren't directly environmental but more metaphorical. I would like to explore some of the nature inspired poetry written by my other favorite poets, Dunbar, Giovanni and Hughes. I am certain that Phyllis Wheatley also penned some beautiful selections.
Please share your favorites, including your own literary works of art.
"......I rise, I rise, I rise!"
Kimpton Hotels is opening a new eco-friendly, inclusive, pet-friendly hotel in Midtown Atlanta on April 29th. It is centrally located to many key attractions, on a bus line and affordably priced for a four star hotel, starting at $108 per night and for $1 more per day, you enjoy a continental breakfast! Check out this hotel chain's extensive green creds. Kimpton joins the ranks of a few other dark green venues in Atlanta, including, Emory Conference Center, W Atlanta - Perimeter and Stonehurst Place (a very expensive bed and breakfast).
Searching for an eco-friendly hotel that meets your travel needs is a lot of work, even with all of the conscious travel resources available (It ain't always easy being green). Don't have the time to search for or the funds to stay in an environmentally friendly lodging? Click here to learn how to green up your vacation or travel plans.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
This was my first Easter that I did'nt fill plastic eggs and hide them around the yard. Two reasons, one my baby is too old and too cool for that kind of "fun" and two, plastic eggs may contain BPA or PVC. So this Easter, I purchased organic and fair chocolates, with the exception of mandatory Cadbury Cream Filled chocolate eggs. I added fruits and veggies along with a locally made caramel dipped apple coated w/chocolate cookies and cream. Topped it all off with a nice check for his bank account....and it was all good. How do I know? I was the recipient of a big fat kiss and hug. God is good.
Okay, so you read the "Think Green for Spring" article in emPower News Magazine and are ready to do a little vintage shopping. "Where do I start?" you ask. Ahh, alas an answer for you. To get a feel for what styles that interest you and to reminisce a bit, check out the two vintage fashion guides pictured that I found at Anthropologie (I really should get a commission) last week. You can also ask your librarian to order for you.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Daang. This is some deep stuff here. Am I ready for this? I'm accustomed to working with kids and teens from a volunteer perspective. This spring, I am going to assist my friends Mike and Veronica on a urban gardening project at the Hitchcock Center for Women, a treatment facility for women in rehab. I will assist them in all aspects of the venture, from planning, planting, harvesting and marketing. I became familiar with the center at our Green Jobs Now day last fall. Two or three years ago, there existed a thriving garden planted by the women at the center that raised self esteem as well as money. For some reason, the garden was abandoned over the last two years, but Mike and Veronica have been charged with bringing it back to life. It will be a blessing to do my part in helping women to blossom into beautiful flowers. You know what they say "Educate a woman and you educate a nation". I will keep you posted on the progress of the project.
Here is another story highlighting the plight of our brothers and sisters in Africa as a result of climate change. In this situation a middle class farmer is struggling to keep his coffee farm as longer and wetter rainy seasons affect his crop. As a result many farmers in Uganda are retiring from that occupation. Not sure of your carbon shoe size? Use some of the calculator tools featured on this site and then go to Amandla! to purchase items to help you shrink your footprint, grow your savings and help out our neighbors across the Atlantic.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Attention black women! Breast cancer is not a white women's disease, as many people believe. In fact, black women tend to get a more aggressive form of the disease at younger ages and have higher mortality rates. You don't have to have a history of cancer in your family. You can get it if you don't wear deodorant or even if you don't wear underwire bras. If you work out like crazy. Early detection saves lives. Believe me I know. Please get an annual mammogram if you are 35 or older, there are many programs funded by various hospitals and breast cancer organizations that arrange for free testing. Just do it!
This article highlights right wingers concern's over Michelle Obama's influence on environmental policy. What has raised their hackles? The organic gardening and the non-toxic swingset. Woooo! Real scary stuff. Get a life people. But you know what they say. "Behind every great man...."
Friday, April 3, 2009
Need a more tailored approach to your green job search? Consider investing in a coaching session with Bright Green Talent, a green career search firm. $57 for a 30 minute session and $97 for an hour long session. If you have ever investigated career coaching services, you will know those prices are a bargain. Not sure about their success ratios, but at those prices, you just may land yourself a new great green career!
Okay ladies, having a hard time getting your men to reduce, reuse and recycle? Going green not manly enough? Well this week you have an unprecedented opportunity to green up your guy. How? Make sure he watches NBA basketball. Thanks to the efforts of the environmentally conscious guard, Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns, the NBA kicked off Green Week yesterday. The team hopes to set an example of eco-friendly living and working for its fans. Players from all teams will sport organic gear, use balls made with recycled materials and participate in tree planting and recycling events. The NBA even has a green oriented website. Click here to watch Steve Nash promote the benefits of having a green team. Be sure to share with your guy!
The bad news is that Atlanta was recently recognized as being one of the most wasteful American cities, the good news is that it has the highest percentage of citizens with plans to improve their eco-friendliness. Subscribing to Black and Into Green by email or RSS feed is a great way to start ATL! I will participate in a TalkBlack panel discussion in May, can't wait to meet you!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
This is an awesome plant (Lenten Rose or Hellebore) for many reasons, blooms late winter and early spring in Zone 5, deer and mammal resistant and has great foliage throughout the remaining garden season. Some varieties seed like crazy, so you can get some freebies, as they are expensive at the garden centers.
The lavender and golden flowers are early spring blooming crocuses. If you look closely at the green foliage, you will see a hyacinth bud ready to launch into spring, flouting its beauty and strong fragrance. This is called succession planting and works well for small spaces. I plant the hyacinth bulb between the cluster of crocus bulbs, so that when the first set of flowers fades, the second grouping is ready to takeover. Both bulbs are great because small mammals and deer avoid them.