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What’s the Hex Code for Green?

By Dana J. Robinson, NBC Universal

If you don’t know what a hex code is, don’t sweat it – there are plenty of other ways for you to go green online! There are tons of ways to be proactive about saving the environment conveniently located on the web, which means you don’t have to leave the house to participate. (Added bonus: you’re also reducing your carbon footprint by not driving anywhere…win/win!)

My Baby Treehttp://www.mybabytree.org

The Indonesian rain forests are disappearing at an alarming rate, thanks to factors such as the country’s massive rubber and palm oil industries. According to the site, forest the size of 6 football fields is destroyed illegally. People and animals, both in Borneo and around the world, need these forests in order to thrive. For a small donation, you can pay for a new tree to be planted…but it doesn’t end there! You get to watch your tree grow up right before your eyes (and from the comfort of that sofa you’re probably still on… ahem!)

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Green Screens Recycling Event Coming to NYC, Volunteers Needed

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On America Recycles Day, help clean up NYC and make electronics waste history!

NBC Universal and the City of New York are teaming up to create “Green
Screens
“, a FREE two-day Electronics Recycling Collection in all five
boroughs!

Saturday and Sunday, November 15 – 16 from 8 am to 2 pm, bring your unwanted computers, TVs, cell phones, radios,
cameras, VCRs and other electronics for drop off at any of the locations
listed after the jump.

We need YOU! Please volunteer to help make this event a success.

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Green Stocking Stuffers: From Small Green Companies

Whose eyes don’t light up at the sight of a stuffed stocking on Christmas morning? So this year, why not power that delight with green, eco-friendly gifts that are sure to bring smiles of glee. There are many small green items from small eco-business that need our support this holiday season. I’ll play Santa and suggest my Green stocking stuffer list for all ages:

Pharmacopia: Lavender Hand Cream (all natural and organic) with yummy shea butter. The 1.7 oz size fits perfectly in your purse, desk, backpack or car so you can re-apply throughout the day.

To-Go Ware: Organic Bamboo Utensil Set, a fork, knife, spoon and chop sticks wrapped in a holder that ties closed, travels easily, and is a genius way to avoid using plastic utensils when eating on the run.

Ecolips: Tis the season to protect your pucker…Ecolips provides a wide variety of certified organic lip balm. Try their new Pure & Simple line, a 99% organic lip balm that is completely edible in Grape, Coconut and Kiwi-Strawberry. Plus cool accessories such as an Eco Clip (a carabiner clip), an Eco Leash (a neoprene balm holder), an Eco Key Ring (a rubber overcap with key ring) and an Eco Lanyard (a lip balm necklace).

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Text for Trees!

Green is Universal is proud to announce that this year’s broadcast of the Christmas in Rockefeller Center special will include a tree planting promotion in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant up to 1 million trees.

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Throughout the month of December, viewers can text the word “TREE” to 46833. For every text message we receive, the Arbor Day Foundation, through the help of their sponsors, will plant a tree in our nation’s depleted forests – up to 1 million trees.

Don’t have a cell phone? Don’t want to text? No problem! Simply go to arborday.org/nbc to send an e-card to your friends. Every e-card sent will add to our total. Help us reach our 1 million tree goal and spread the message!

To learn more about the energy saving practices Tishman Speyer has put into place to “green” the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, read this blog.

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Eco-Holiday Prep: Supporting Small Green Businesses

GE-lights.jpgAs discussed in “Buycotting the Holidays“, this holiday you have the choice to support economically-challenged green small businesses as you prepare for the holidays. With predictions of a poor retail season, small companies who have devoted themselves to being
environmentally friendly are at great risk. Show them your green and buy your holiday
preparations here this season:

1. Solar Powered Light Emitting Diodes (LED) Holiday String Lights: Light your home this year with self-sustained, energy-conserving, environmentally-friendly Ecolites from Eco Geek Living, Inc.. The lights recharge during the daylight hours and automatically turn on at night while using as little as 1/50th the amount of energy traditional light bulbs.

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Green Holiday Gifts for Babies, Kids and Teens: All from Small Eco-Businesses

span class=”mt-enclosure mt-enclosure-image” style=”display: inline;”>monkey toy.jpgAs a savvy auntie, I feel especially qualified to cover this topic. Never a mom but nine times an aunt and even more times a FONM (friend of a New Mom), I’ve shopped for babies, kids and teens more often than I can remember. I know how hard it is to find just the right thing – not too scratchy, not too babyish, “in-the-know” and trendy but not trying too hard…So I’ve decided that this holiday season, the right thing is the green thing. Bringing kids up to be eco-friendly is a gift they will appreciate forever as you introduce them to the more natural, more sustainable things in life. Here are a few great green gifts to start them on a greener path (all from small eco-companies who need our green during this tough retail season).

Babies and Kids personal care kits:

California Baby: Green moms love these safe, non-toxic, personal care baby soaps, creams, lotions and bubble baths. Baby gift sets can be completely customized and come with a non-toxic bath toy and product samples.

Burt’s Bees kits: Try the Baby Bee Getting Started Kit…all SLS and paraban-free creams and lotions made with soothing buttermilk and coconut oils.

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10 Easy Tips to Green Your Holidays

By Debbie Levin

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Did you know that Americans increase their garbage by 25% from
Thanksgiving to New Years?  That’s a lot of garbage — more than 25
million tons of extra waste, according to the EPA.  But the good news
is that there are some simple things we can all do to limit our impact
and reduce our overall consumption.

Here’s what you need to know to go greener this holiday season:

  1. Use Recycled Wrapping Paper – Wrapping paper and
    shopping bags account for 4 million tons of trash annually in the U.S.
    Most wrapping paper isn’t recyclable because it’s made out of materials
    that are dyed and laminated, contains non-paper additives such as gold
    and silver coloring, and usually is taped.  You can get recycled
    wrapping paper from companies such as Fish Lips and Earth Love’n Paper.  Or get creative — make fabric gift bags, or visit eartheasy.com for other alternatives.
  2. Recycle Your Tree – Over 33 million Christmas
    trees are purchased in North America every year and most of those end
    up in a landfill or rotting somewhere.  Find out where to recycle your
    tree by visiting earth911.com. In the top right of the page, enter your location; the site will give you local recycling facilities.
  3. Buy Recyclable Christmas Cards – There are 2.65
    billion holiday cards sold each year in the U.S. If they are shiny, or
    contain glitter or other materials, they aren’t recyclable. So buy and
    send cards that are made from recycled materials. And, after the
    holiday, recycle the non-shiny cards you received.  Another option:
    Send out e-cards rather than real ones.

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Green Screens End of Week Update

By Susanne Sonderhoff, Marketing Manager, HP Social, Environmental Responsibility

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone in New York and around the country that has come out during Earth Week 2008 to responsibly dispose of their old electronics. While there are many industries that have a very obvious impact on the environment, technology is not typically the first that comes to mind since the production and use of technology products doesn’t directly involve carving holes into the earth,
felling trees, or using up excessive amounts of water. So why are tech companies
taking environmental issues so seriously?

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Green Screens Sunday Update

By Dan Estabrook, GreenDimes.com

I spent yesterday beginning the process of “greening” the NBC Universal Corporate Mailroom at 30 Rockefeller Plaza by eliminating the company’s junk mail. If you don’t know about GreenDimes, we are the trusted leaders in eliminating junk mail for consumers. When you purchase our full service reduction service, we also plant 5 trees to help offset the waste even more. You can find out more at www.greendimes.com.

GreenDimes is working with NBC Universal during Earth Week to promote junk mail elimination. If you visit the NBC Experience Store, you will find a kiosk where you can order our service. The windows at Rockefeller Center are decorated with junk mail exhibits and it was amazing to see the GreenDimes logo in the middle of it all. The whole display is eye-catching and very cool.

I arrived to the mailroom to find 17 boxes filled to the brim with junk sent to NBC over three days last week. I expected volumes, but I was shocked to find over 1,000 pounds of junk mail. Over an average week, that works out to just over 2,100 pounds (assuming not so much comes in on weekends). Per day, it equals 300 pounds (as much as the average household receives in one year, based on our data). That’s three entire trees!

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St. Jude’s Ranch Recycled Card Program

cardpic2.JPGEver wonder what to do with all those beautiful cards you received in holiday seasons past?

If you’re anything like me, you save them with the highest hopes of making something, like a beautiful decoupage box that you can give to an unsuspecting friend whose card is the center piece for your design. But in reality, they stay in a box that gathers dust until the next holiday season where you plop some more cards on the pile!

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is here to help. Their Recycled Card Program accepts all occasion cards for a limited time through out the year.

The children participate in making the new cards by removing the fronts and attaching new backs. The result is a beautiful new card made by the children and volunteers that St. Jude can then in their online shop. And for a limited time, as a special thank you to their customers, all recycled card orders will be shipped free.

For more info, go to http://www.stjudesranch.org/help_card.php.

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