Around The Greenosphere: Weekly Link Roundup

by SusanC



                               

Here are some favorite posts from elsewhere that had us thinking this week, to help start your weekend a bit greener.

Monday Doreen at Mom Goes Green posted on ridding our respective mailboxes of copious amounts of junk mail, and her post features multiple organizations who will help you do that easily and affordably.

Tuesday EcoGeek published an article on a new and unusual use for cocunut husks.

Is this really practical on a large scale? For those of us living in parts of the world where coconuts are limited to the grocery store, it’s hard to imagine. But in more equatorially located countries, coconuts are everywhere. What’s more, in places like Ghana coconut husks tend to get piled up around villages in mounds (pictured above), collect water and subsequently invite malaria-spreading mosquitoes to breed inside. So hopefully a market for husk-based material would help do away with these mounds.

Tuesday Ecoble posted a list of the Greatest Green Cell Phones for 2009. How green can a cell phone really be? Go find out!

Wednesday Traveling The Green Way posted an interesting article on Continental Airlines testing a second-generation biofuel on of its 737s.

Around the world, airlines are testing different types of biofuel as sustainable alternatives to the Jet-A1 (kerosene) fuel used by commercial aviation. The Houston test flight is the first to take place in North America and the first to use a twin-engine aircraft.

Thursday Amy at Crunchy Domestic Goddess posted a great information-laden piece on reusable water bottles, and why you should have one, or twenty. I’m a loyal Sigg gal myself, but there are plenty of options, and each one is better than buying a plastic water bottle, ever.

Friday Green Daily is talking about New York’s new plans for a “green metro card,” part of their overall plan to green their daily transit system from the inside out.

As part of a proposal to get mass transit a bit earth-friendlier, commuters could be given the option to donate money to green-ify the transit system. Details are still being figured out but a report has outlined eco-forward ideas like green certifications for new transit buildings, lighter subway cars that use less power, and involving the MTA in offshore wind farms to supplement its power usage.

Bonus! links of week:

Green & Save has a handy carbon calculator, so you can get an idea of you and your family’s carbon footprint.

Tees For Change is offering all 5 Minutes for Going Green readers a 15% coupon good on any order on their site through January 15th, 2009. Just use the coupon code MINUTES at check-out. Why do I love Tees For Change, and why should you?

All our tees are fair trade and made under sweatshop-free conditions from 100% organic cotton in the United States or 70% bamboo/30% organic cotton in Turkey. The cotton is cultivated without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, which is good for the environment and for the workers who grow and manufacture the shirts. Naturally sustainable bamboo is fast-growing and, because of its natural antibacterial properties, it needs no pesticides and is 100% biodegradeable.

Happy! Weekend, all.

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1 Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) January 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Great roundup! Thanks.

2 Suzanne October 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Very nice site. Thank you!

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