Monday, February 16, 2009

I Refuse To Believe that I am part of a Lost Generation

I ran across this video today while clicking links on youtube for some inspiration. This is more than I asked for, I'm stunned.

"This video was created for the AARP U@50 video contest and placed second. It is based on the Argentinian Political Advertisement "The Truth" by RECREAR" You can learn more about it here: "http://www.youtube.com/user/metroamv

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Day Eco-Do's and Eco-Dont's

Valentine's Day is tomorrow and as everyone knows, you'd better plan ahead, or make room in the doghouse!

Especially if your sweetheart, is an Eco-Convert!

There are a few gifts that aren't as sweet for us Eco-Converts. We're environmentalists now and while those bouquets of flowers and lovely embellished greeting cards used to work just fine, now we realize the damage they do to our environment AND our wallets!

So what ARE eco friendly alternatives to the usual cards, flowers, candy and jewelry?

Greeting cards: Cards that are made from virgin paper or even plastic with electronics. Why? Virgin paper comes directly from forests that are being depleated in masses and contribute to global warming and the anhilation of rare species of life. Also the plastic cards and those with music are using electronics that are derived from fossil fuels but are also mostly imported. Try making your own from recycled paper, you can even make a gift box from your cards. (see how to make them HERE)

Flowers: Long stem roses or bouquets of cut flowers. Why? Because even though you may think you're calling a local florist to deliver those flowers, most of the time they aren't local at all. Also, the flowers they have in local florists and stores are often flown over thousands of miles just to get there. Do you live in a climate where the flowers are blooming? That aughtta tell ya they aren't coming from a local florist. But if there are any florists that have a greenhouse in your area, they'll have them, usually on the roadside!

Candy: Candy is the ultimate flattery, "sweets for my sweets" right? But some people don't eat sweets like these, so it's just going to waste. So, consider if your sweetheart actually likes them before purchasing a big box. If the answer is yes, then go to a local candy shop where they are hand made and buy locally. Another tip: Make your own! How flattering to get a box of home made sweets?! Here's a great idea from TasteNC (get it, taste and see?) took me a moment too!

Jewelry: Most jewelers consider the gift of diamonds and gold "timeless" and a most endearing gift. (Who doesn't?) But you don't have to use those specific rocks and metals, you can make them out of macaroni (I love these the best-but it's better for the kids!) or go to Etsy.com and shop local. Just enter your zip code and see what's there! Not only will this help your community, your sweetheart will know you took more time to support their new eco-convertion! Personally, hemp jewelry is a great place to start.
So as you enjoy your sweetheart, however you may choose, remember this:
Love is FREE!
Happy Valentine's Day Fellow Eco-Converts!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The EC (eco-convert's) Car Debuts in Detroit!



Finally, Eco-Converts now have an electric concept car!

Ever since "Who Killed The Electric Car Trailer" film, I've wondered when the electric car would make a come back. Well, it looks like it has. The entire film can be viewed by clicking here.

This is the Toyota FT-EV Concept Car! Toyota's battery electric vehicle (BEV).

This is similar to the Toyota iQ, a microcar that is on sale in Japan and Europe. This version is white with gold and silver design accents and a flared front and rear. It has a lithium-ion battery, and will reach a top speed of 70 mph. (Just enough for a ticket eh?)

Are we beginning to see a wake-up call being answered by the auto industry with all those bail outs? Maybe? But just think how will Ford/GM catch up with advances of Toyota? The Chevy Volt is supposed to offer us an American alternative, but being manufactured in Aspern Austria has American's upset. May have to change it's name to the Chevy Re-Volt!?

As the economy drowns the good citizens of The United States of America with a STIMULUS plan (aka depression bill), it's hard to think about these advances igniting the market's fire once again.

It might just be easier to think about what color horse we want to pull the buggy? Maybe get some tricked out horse shoes and a matching bit! ;D

Well, keep your chin up! Maybe if we brought back all the production of these great vehicles into this country, we'd have a chance to swim!?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Lake Champlain Chocolates Give Away! Just In Time For Valentines Day! Hurry!


Because February is the "Love Month", Donna from Spatulas, Corkscrews and Suitcases has teamed up with Leann from Lake Champlain Chocolate Co and decided that The Grand Valentine Chocolate Heart would be the best giveaway ever, and just in time for Valentine's Day!

Just visit the link below and leave a comment to enter to Lake Champlain Chocolates Give Away! Thanks to http://tastenc.blogspot.com/ for the heads up!!!

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