Many things that end up on the curb each week aren't thrown out because they're broken or even obsolete — they're just not useful to their owner anymore and they take up too much space. Five years ago, a man by the name of Deron Beal set out to make us think twice about the value of the stuff we no longer use, through a network of community message boards called Freecycle.
April 21, 2008
The Austin, Texas, headquarters of Dell computer manufacturer is now fully powered by renewable energy sources. Dell recently announced the completed changeover to power from wind and landfill gas for its 2.1 million square foot headquarters. The company joined forces with TXU Energy Wind Power and renewable waste expert company Waste Management for the green reincarnation—publicly billed by Dell as part of its efforts to be carbon neutral at its owned and leased plants.
April 3, 2008
Staples has announced that all 1,400 of its copy and print centers are now using entirely post-consumer waste recycled paper. The office supply chain currently offers both 100 and 50 percent recycled paper in its copy centers, all of which carries Forest Stewardship Council certification.
March 11, 2008
Priced at around $29 per unit, the EcoStrip plugs into your computer's USB port and automatically switches off power flow to all devices when the computer is shut down. Even though its price is about double that of most surge protectors, the EcoStrip will easily pay for itself within a year, since many computer configurations waste more than $70 a year when they're out of use.
January 28, 2008
One year ago, community leaders in Grassy Narrows, Ontario, declared a moratorium on industrial development and clearcut logging, citing the disruption it causes to their traditional way of life. Grassy Narrows is composed of several indigenous tribes who have long fought to protect the environmental sanctity of an area that is prime real estate for logging and paper mills. A year later, despite failing to achieve what was promised to be a "win-win" solution with the Canadian government, OfficeMax continues to log and sell paper in violation of the moratorium.
January 10, 2008