Monday, May 23, 2011

Save the Whales! . . . real opportunity

Mass Stranding! Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed around the clock to assist with a mass stranding of pilot whales! The whales initially stranded on Thursday, May 5th off Cudjoe Key in the Florida Keys. Two of the healthiest whales were successfully released on Saturday in about 600 feet of water and we continue to follow them via satellite tags, for more information click here. Two whales remain in critical condition and two are in guarded condition. Supplies and volunteers are needed to help! Please see below for our wish list and information on volunteering.

MMC’s Phone Number: 305-451-4774

See the website: for more info.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Keep Broward Beautiful- Beach Sweep

Agency: Keep Broward Beautiful (from the Volunteer Broward website)


Volunteers are needed to help remove litter from Hollywood North Beach Park. Recyclables collected will be separated and disposed of in the new recycling bins located along the beach area. Volunteers may also help promote the new beach recycling program to beach goers, and pass out educational material.

Volunteers must wear proper cleanup attire. T-shirts and shorts are acceptable. No flip flops. All volunteers must wear close-toed shoes. Volunteers wearing flip flops will not be allowed to participate. Minimum age to volunteer is eight (8), and an adult must accompany all minors. All volunteers must complete the Broward Workday Application before volunteering. Volunteers are recommended to wear a hat and sunscreen, and bring their own water. With the South Florida heat, a snack is also a good idea to bring.

Trash bags and gloves will be provided. A short safety meeting with cleanup directions will be given prior to the cleanup on the day of the event by staff. Look for the VOLUNTEERS banner at the sign-in table. Carpooling is highly recommended. Not only is it a good thing for the environment, but free parking at the beach is very limited.

If you have any additional questions regarding the Beach Sweep Program email or call the Litter Hotline at 954-474-1835.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Everything Shipshape at Drum Painting 2011

Had a blast at the drum painting. So many ideas, so little time. It is a lot of fun and a great way to express your "green" (in not artistic) side. Watch for this next May and come out to Port Everglades and join us.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Helping our enviroment, one movie at a time


"South Florida's Eco-Movie Group, developed and managed by the Broward County Environmental Education Council (EEC) and the Green League of Broward, is a collection of environmentally conscious individuals and organizations that meet once per month to share their passions by educating themselves on various environmental topics. We do this by taking advantage of one of America's favorite past time activities; dinner and a movie.

Thousands of hours of research and production have gone into some movies out there that have an extremely important message with a powerful impact. We take advantage of their hard work while also supporting their causes by creating a demand for their investments in our future.

This meet up group exists to promote awareness and to encourage ideas for our events; so please feel free to participate."
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Reusable Gift Bag

I found a really quick and simple pattern on for a reusable gift bag. It works up in no time.
Best of all, I used yarn donated to Trash 2 Treasure to make it.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Health Affairs Reducing the Staggering Costs of Environmental Disease in Children

Reducing the Staggering Costs of Environmental Disease in Children Estimated At $76.6 Billion in 2008

A 2002 analysis documented $54.9 billion in annual costs ofenvironmentally mediated diseases in U.S. children. However, few important changes in federal policy have been implemented to prevent exposures to toxic chemicals. This article updates and expands the previous analysis. It found that the costs of lead poisoning, prenatal methyl mercury exposure, childhood cancer, asthma, intellectual disability, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder were $76.6 billion in 2008. To prevent further increases in these costs, the authors maintain that efforts are needed to institute premarket testing of new chemicals; conduct toxicity testing on chemicals already in use; reduce lead-based paint hazards; and curb mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research. The peer-reviewed journal was founded in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education organization. Health Affairs explores health policy issues of current concern in both domestic and international spheres.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

What is

It's an online directory of eco-friendly businesses, organizations and events since 1998. Their motto is:"Buy Green, Sell Green, Be Green"

GreenPeople considers itself a "community service", their mission statement is:

1. To create a more compassionate world.
2. To practice honesty in business.
3. To help like-minded people meet, network, support and empower each other to help us reach our potential.
4. To make a fair profit.
5. To influence the socio-economic and political agenda calling for safety, fairness, justice, environmental protection, health care for all, accurate product labeling, and the removal corporate control from our society.

Trash to Treasure FL now has a listing. To check it out, see the link below.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Newspaper Dress and 17 More Utterly Unique Creations

The Newspaper Dress and 17 More Utterly Unique Creations

See the styles designer Gary Harvey showcased at the GreenShows during New York Fashion Week. Gloria Dawson / The Daily Green

For the second season of The GreenShows, models strutted down the runway showing off the best in sustainable, recycled and really awesome attire. This year the events were held at a new yet-to-be inhabited eco-friendly apartment building in New York City's East Village.

The GreenShows opened with a unique showcase of Gary Harvey's recycled couture. Newspapers and laundry bags rustled down the runway, along with old sweatshirts and baseball jackets repurposed into gowns.

The collection was designed to challenge people's perception of secondhand clothing. Gary, who was previously creative director of Levi Strauss and Dockers Europe, believes, "Too many garments end up in landfill sites. They are deemed aesthetically redundant and get discarded at the end of the season when there are often years of wear left." So, we say, long live the trench coat! Long live the baseball jacket! Long live whatever else Harvey uses to create his collections!>1=32060