Archive for February, 2011

The Green Scene With Rebekah Green

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Heidi Elnora is a dear friend of mine and the one-woman powerhouse behind Heidi Elnora Bridal Designs. She was a competing designer on Project Runway season 2. I loved what I saw in her work and her personality so much that I tracked her down as a personal stylist. We have since become great friends and share many parallel experiences while running our own companies and being green and resourceful in the process.

Duration : 9 min 5 sec


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Recycle Mother

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Kit Kat commercial

Written, Directed, Filmed and Edit by
Jasper 'Toeli' van den Elshout
Nout 'Noodles' van Kempen

Duration : 46 sec


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Plan Your Home Solar Power System & Install Photovoltaic Solar Panels

Monday, February 28th, 2011 It is necessary to determine the feasibility as well as viability of using house solar power earlier than going out and spending your hard-earned dollars on a home solar panel system.

Duration : 1 min 13 sec


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T. Boone Pickens Alternative Energy Plan

Monday, February 28th, 2011

An audience of almost 1000 area citizens gathered to hear T. Boone Pickens Alternative Energy platform in Rapid City, SD, August 20, 2008. Full length video of forum including introduction by Senator John Thune, a question and answer session and a press meeting afterwords. 1 hr. 14 min.

Duration : 1 hr 14 min 5 sec


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Anti-aging Skin Care Tips

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Many of the external causes of aging skin are determined by the health and lifestyle decisions you make every day. Anti-aging skin care supplements work in complete synchronization with the body, complementing and supplying the necessary anti-aging nutritive requirements that the skin needs to remove wastes and repair itself, allowing it to maintain its elasticity and reduce the possibility of premature aging. Anti-aging skin care products that focus on rejuvenating the skin often contain high intensity moisturizers. The reason is that skin loses its natural moisture with advancing age, causing it to wrinkle and develop blemishes. Such products may also contain anti-oxidants to counter the deterioration of skin cells. Many anti-aging skin care products aim to boost the skin’s production of collagen, which promotes its elasticity and gives it structure.

A good anti aging treatment regimen can make a huge difference in the appearance of aging facial skin. Skin aging is 90% of the time due to sun damage and 10% due to genetic factors. Exercise helps keep us from aging by keeping weight down, working the heart, toning muscles, and getting the blood flowing. People who exercise look younger and feel younger. It is a most beneficial habit to get into. Anti-aging skin care products tend to approach the issue of aging from various angles. The skin is obviously the primary focus, since dull, wrinkled skin is a dead giveaway. Natural anti-aging skin care products do not contain harmful chemical preservatives, mineral oils, fragrances or other synthetic additives. This makes them far more skin-friendly. Intrinsic or biological aging is due to genetic factors. The intrinsic factors are the slow down of skin turnover, decreased collagen and sebum production. Read more information about anti-aging skin care at anti-aging skin care.

Anti-aging Skin Care Tips and Facts:

- Washing of the face with soap cold water is inadmissible for any skin. To a normal skin in the mornings easy enough swill warm water.

- Cleanse your skin with medicated soap.

- Use light antiseptic anti aging cosmetic product for smooth function.

- Avoid taking oily stuff.

- You can use a mask of clay or mud. Use antibacterial cleansing lotion to avoid skin rashes.

- Using lipstick helps to protect your lips from harmful rays.

- Eat green vegetable, fruits and plenty of milk.

Carole Parker

Modern Lighting Goes Green

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Designer Tejo Remy is hot and so are his lighting designs. The Dutch designer, Droog, features many of Remy’s designs around the world, giving a modern lighting crowd an artful experience with illuminating excellence.  Always focused on the permeable boundaries of sustainable design, Remy proves that reclaimed and everyday materials can indeed delight us to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The famous Milk Bottle light, by Remy, invokes a simple sense of 50′s-era nostalgia.  This striking product can be manipulated into a variety of lighting solutions.  Capable of changing perspective wherever they are utilized, these lamps can both charm and inspire our personal living spaces.  The single Milk Bottle lamp hangs independently, casting a subtle glow.  The Droog Milk Bottle Chandelier is a collection of twelve individual bottle pendants, combined into one unusual light fixture.  The chandelier works best in spaces that echo its shape, mainly hallways, dining rooms or above kitchen islands.

A must for worldwide designers, this year’s “A Touch of Green”, held in Milan; found Remy’s functional and contemporary designs one of the most popular in lighting designs.  Founded in 1993, Droog’s has offered many innovative green design ideas, bringing displays of award winning design to the public through practical and simple solutions, finding the brightest and the best of designers, artists and engineers.

Soliciting only the best of new, young designers, another example of excellence is Droog’s Rody Graumans. Graumans’ 85 Chandelier has been highlighted in many museums, restaurants and commercial buildings and is included as a permanent collection piece at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  85 individual bulbs, using 15-watts each, drop from a jumbled bundle of black cords and sockets, creating a sensational array of beauty and light.  Only an artist as Graumans could transform such beauty from these materials, an ingenuity that Droog demands.

Another designer of Droog is Arian Brekveld who contributed to the lighting line with the Droog Soft Hanging Lamp.  With Brekveld’s striking background in environmental and industrial projects, this designer uses flexible PVC dip, turning a seemingly traditional lamp into a safe and soft modern object.  The lampshade has such a soft appearance making the hanging cord appear to be meshed as one.

Droog continues to light the way with the newest innovative green design ideas, remaining at the forefront of modern lighting design trends.  Recognizing that creative design enhances human experience, alters reactions and energizes performances, consumers have learned to count on Droog for their recognition of the mental or human side of sustainable design.

Patrick Mahoney

Monaco Goes Green Home & Away

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Monaco has launched a radical transport plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

One of the first acts Prince Albert took when succeeding to the throne upon his father’s death in April 2005 was to sign the Kyoto Protocol.

Along with the USA and Australia, Monaco was one of the few countries not to sign up to the treaty intended to cut greenhouses gasses.

Included in Prince Albert’s campaign was an expedition to the Arctic to see for himself how global warming has begun to melt the glaciers, and shortly after his return he started a foundation to study rising sea levels and how to address what he sees as environmental challenges.

A Monaco travel guide notes that given the Principality’s position in the Mediterranean, concern at rising sea levels should come as no surprise.

‘There are plans at an advanced stage to build an island off Monte Carlo, which will change the map of Monaco, and the district of Fontvieille is largely reclaimed from the sea.’

The island is expected to be complete in ten years time, and will include the first new hotels in Monaco for some time.

Recently Prince Albert spent time with Britain’s fellow royal and campaigner for the environment Prince Charles.

‘Most notable of all’, comment YourMonaco, ‘Prince Albert chose a mansion in the Kalorama district of Washington D.C. to serve as Monaco’s U.S. Embassy – Monaco’s first independent embassy outside of Europe. Up to now it hasn’t been necessary for Monaco to have her own representation in the U.S. – France has always looked after Monaco’s interests. But it serves as a useful base for him to entertain politicans on Capitol Hill and get his environment message across. Expect to see more of Prince Albert in America in the coming months and years!’.

Transport System

With Prince Albert punching above Monaco’s weight abroad, he has been no less active at home to prove his green credentials, and a radical plan has been introduced to cut carbon emissions, and to reduce the number of cars on the streets of Monte Carlo.

The domestic campaign began with the Monaco Yacht Show 2005, held each September, with the event successfully becoming carbon neutral. To encourage the thousands who commute to Monaco every day from neighbouring France and Italy the railway station is one of the best in Europe, with frequent services.

‘For those who work in Monte Carlo and travel in from Nice and her surrounding villages five days a week, it’s both cheaper and quicker to take the train – the trains are modern and comfortable and it’s rare for seats not to be available even during the rush hour’, claim the guide. ‘Once in Monaco the local transport service is equally quick and efficient. Virtually all routes are well planned and easy to understand, and the most you have to wait for a bus is ten minutes, often it’s just a couple of minutes.’

The routes are planned to incorporate tourist needs, with most passing by the Hotel de Paris in Casino Square and the Columbus in Fontvieille, two of the best known and popular hotels in Monaco. Fares have been reduced to one Euro, making public transport in Monaco among the lowest priced, comfortable and frequent in Europe.

With the overall aim to increase bus usage by 20 per cent, the Principality is also funding five new trains with a thirty per cent increase in train services, and in an innovative attempt to persuade commuters to leave their cars at home will provide free electric cycles at car park schemes.

‘The one time of year you might see fast cars being encouraged is of course in May for the Monaco Grand Prix’, conclude the guide, ‘But overall it’s Prince Albert who will be able to claim the winners rostrum among European leaders for the environment’.

Roger Munns

9 Golf Tips For Every Part of Your Game

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Are you looking for golf tips for every part of your golf game? If so, then you are in the right place. We are going to give you 3 golf tips on how to hit better drives, 3 golf tips on how to hit better irons and 3 golf tips on how to hit better chip shots.

3 Golf Tips on How to Hit Better Drives

Everyone is in love with the fact of trying to get as much distance as they can from their driver. Some players are even obsessed to the point, it hurts their scores. A test with tour players was done years ago on this subject. They had them hit their drive. If it was in the fairway, fine. If it was in the rough, they had them play that ball. In addition, they put in play another ball that was in the fairway but thirty yards behind their tee shot in the rough. Believe it or not, these players scored better from the fairway thirty yards behind the original ball in the rough! That proves how important hitting it in the fairway is for all of us. Here is how you can hit better drives:

1. Make sure your ball position is correct. Many amateurs play their driver to far forward in their stance in an attempt to help the ball in the air.

2. Use a full swing but only swing 80%. This means if a full swing is normally 100mph then you are looking to stay in balance and swing at 80mph.

3. Make sure that you have the correct shaft in your driver. Many players have pre-conceived ideas that they need to hit a certain flex shaft. I would make my decision more strictly based on the ball flight.

3 Golf Tips on How to Hit Better Irons

Many players do not believe that they can improve their iron play by slowing down and making sure they have the proper club in their hand. Remember the closer that you are able to hit your irons the shorter your putts will be and then you will look like a better putter! Improve how you hit your irons with these 3 tips:

1. As simple as it sounds most players do not know the average distance that they hit each golf club. The key word here is average. How long you hit your seven-iron one time (downhill and downwind) simply does not matter. I would rather brag about the low score I shot after the round than the long seven-iron that I hit on the eighth hole!

2. Take the time while you are on the golf course to find the yardage to the front and back of the green as well as the distance to the hole.

3. Choose the club that allows you to make a full swing. This takes away many variables that can go wrong during your swing.

3 Golf Tips on How to Improve Your Chip Shots

Improving your short game and your chip shots is the quickest way to lower your scores behind improving your putting. Many players do not practice it as much because it is not as glamorous as trying to bang out the long drives. Even the best players miss greens so if you cannot chip the ball around the green, you will not be able to ever score very well. The short game of golf is where you really need to practice, so check out the following 3 tips:

1. Any time that you can hit a low shit that runs the ball up to the hole as opposed to flying it all of the way there, do it. This gives you more room for error and percentage-wise you will get you closer to the hole for the next shot, unless you make the chip shot! Do not be scared to use an eight, seven or even a five iron to get the distance that you need.3

2. Hold your finish until the ball has stopped rolling. Use this time to monitor your balance and evaluate the shot.

3. Know without a doubt where you would like the ball to land. If you claim to have trouble visualizing shots then explain where you want to land it out loud. This will accomplish the same thing.

Implement these golf tips into your game and you will see your scores go down and you will have something to talk about in the locker room!

Maxx Johnson

I Am Dreaming of a Green Christmas…

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

by Rita for, December, 2008 – I am dreaming of a Green Christmas…as it’s very rare to experience a white Christmas in Spain.  However, green is in, and here are some tips to help make this an environmentally friendly festive season…

Christmas Tree

If you are aiming for an environmentally friendly Christmas, one of the first things you should do is decide NOT to have a Christmas tree.  It sounds drastic, but plastic trees are not biodegradable and real trees, while they originate from sustainable sources, are often treated with chemical pesticides, which are harmful to the environment.

First of all, question the reason why you want a Christmas tree.  Yes, it looks attractive and adds festive cheer, but it is also traditionally the place under which presents are kept.  If you are feeling the pressure from your family to put up a tree, try reassuring them that they will still get their presents, but this year you are going to think of a more original place to store them.  How about reverting the time-honored stocking? Or making a treasure hunt with clues, so that everyone has to find their gifts?

If you are determined to have a tree this year, then the best option really is a genuine one.  Although, do try and purchase it as locally as possible, so that it has not had to travel in a CO2-belching truck for miles on end (this rule should be applied to every purchase you make, from food to Christmas presents).  If you can get one with roots that are compatible with the soil in your back garden – even better – then you can re-plant it after Christmas (as long as you don’t leave it standing inside for longer than a week).

If you are a gardener, then after the festive season, you should consider using your Christmas tree to make compost; eventually it will decompose into a nutrient-rich mulch that you can use to feed other plants in your garden.

Tasty Decorations

The ultimate in recyclable decorations are edible ornaments.  Nothing goes to waste because you get to eat them after (or during) Christmas. Bake dough biscuits, which are sticky in texture, as opposed to crumbly, and make a small hole about one cm from the edge and thread a thin, colored ribbon through the hole.  you can then tie the ribbon so it forms a loop and hand the biscuit from the tree.  If you are worried about the biscuit drying out, simply wrap it in cling film before you thread the ribbon through.

Lighting Up

These days we should all be turning off the standby button on our electrical appliances at home. Household lighting accounts for approximately 15 percent of electricity used, and Christmas tree lights left on for 10 hours a day over the 12 days of Christmas produce enough carbon dioxide to blow up 12 balloons.  You can save money on electricity by cutting down on consumption at Christmas.  This does not mean giving up the fairy lights, but instead, choose LEDs (light-emitting diodes) as opposed to incandescent bulbs for adding that Christmas twinkle.  They are pricier, but they use between 80 to 90 percent less energy than conventional bulbs.  An added bonus is that LED’s stay cool to the touch and so are less of a fire hazard and also won’t burn your finger.

It’s a Wrap

Christmas is a time when paper is wasted in incredible amounts. According to an online article published in the in December 2006, 8,000 tons of paper are wasted each year, which is equivalent to 50,000 trees.  We agree that no one wants to receive their presents wrapped in old newspaper, but there are more creative means to disguise a gift without having to buy new wrapping.

Use paper shopping bags and decorate them with old video or cassette tape in place of ribbon, for a vintage look (you can curl the tape with scissors, as you would a ribbon).  Forage in your junk drawer and use old bits of string, shoe laces or anything you can find that’s long enough to tie round a box.

Give two presents in one, use a shawl, tablecloth or another item of clothing to wrap up other gifts.  The outer layer won’t be a surprise, but what’s inside will be, and you will get extra points for generosity (two gifts in one) and creativity! Another alternative is to buy recycled paper, which is available at the click of a button online – and you can also get the trimmings.

Here is another way to look at Christmas gifts: do your gifts have to be solid items that need wrapping? You can treat friends and family to virtual gifts vouchers or buy them downloads for music websites. A novel idea is to buy gifts fro those who are really in need. Visit and see their “Oxfam Unwrapped” page where you can buy really useful presents, in all shapes and sizes, for people in need all over the world. Items include bars of soap, bags of seeds, donkeys and training courses for farmers and fishermen.  This is an ingenious way to really make a difference.

Sending Christmas cards obviously uses a lot of paper.  In Britain, estimates say that 1.7 billion Christmas cards are sent each year; the equivalent of 200 000 trees! And of these, about one million Christmas cards are thrown away each year.  Needless to say, it is far better to recycle your cards, or choose to send an e-card or text message instead.  this is also cheaper.

Tasty Turkey

A huge amount of turkeys end up on the dining room table at Christmas: figures show that 10 million are consumed in the UK.  We recommend that you try and buy an organic turkey, which will have been raised in humane conditions and consequently, will be much tastier.  Shopping locally will cost less than buying from the supermarket, although, in Spain this might be more difficult given that turkey is not a traditional Spanish festive food.  Approach your local butcher early to improve your chances of getting a tasty turkey.  We hope these tips are useful and that you enjoy a GREEN FESTIVE CHRISTMAS :-)

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Turning Green as a Stay at Home Mom

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Being a stay at home mom means you’re there to set a great example for your children. Wouldn’t it be nice to show them how important you consider helping our planet to be?

Admittedly, being a stay at home mom can be pretty environmentally friendly in some ways. You don’t drive to work every day or to the daycare. But in other ways it isn’t always so good.

You may regularly use harsh chemicals to clean your home, for example. Not only are these really not so good for you or your family, they aren’t so good for the planet. It’s not the kind of pollution you’d notice right off hand, but it is there.

Consider replacing some of your household cleaning chemicals with more environmentally friendly alternatives. A vinegar and water mixture can be amazingly effective as a cleanser.

Another great example to set for your children is to start a garden. If you start a compost pile over time you won’t need to use so many chemical fertilizers. My family sometimes does the quick version of composting by taking fresh fruit and vegetable scraps and throwing them into the blender with some water. Pour it over the soil and it won’t take so long to break down as unblended scraps would. Very useful if you don’t have the space for a full compost heap like us.

A garden serves multiple purposes. You’re growing fresh food for your family and you have control over whether or not chemicals are used. Your children are learning where fruits and vegetables come from. They’re learning how to treat plants to make them grow. The exposure is likely to encourage them to eat their vegetables even if they’ve been reluctant in the past.

We live in a very disposable culture. Try not to fall for it. Fix broken items whenever reasonable. Mend clothing. Buy rechargeable batteries. Buy less stuff. Believe it or not, your children do not NEED every hot new toy that comes along.

As light bulbs go out replace them with more environmentally friendly ones. There are some great options out there that cost more initially but last longer and are more energy efficient.

Limit your children’s use of electronics as a whole, and turn the electronics off when not in use. I know how easy it is to leave the computer on all the time, but most computers can now cope quite well with being turned off regularly, and it saves electricity. Have the kids go outside and play more.

If at all reasonable, walk the kids to school rather than driving them. Weather and distance permitting, the walk to school is a great time to just talk with your children. And if the distance isn’t all that great, driving it is really not the best thing for your car.

Similarly, if it’s reasonable to walk to an errand, why not do so? I’ve been known to take a wagon down to the grocery store rather than drive there. Just chain it to the bike rack and go in. The wagon can carry small children and groceries.

If that’s not reasonable, try to combine errands as much as possible. It’s both more fuel efficient and less time consuming.

Make sure your home is properly insulated. This will help your energy bills in both summer and winter. Know when to open your blinds. On sunny winter days open blinds can help just a little with heating your house if the sunlight is aimed right at them. Close the blinds as the sun moves away to help keep the heat in.

There is much more you can do at home to be just a bit greener. As you work on being more environmentally conscious you may find it easier to tell yourself that you don’t need all the extras and even find that you don’t miss them so much. And if you bring your children into it they may appreciate it too.