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Entries in Little Green Tip (2)

Wednesday
May272009

Solar Car Kit Giveaway - Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Can be FUN!

Image by theresangooi via Photobucket

Last week I was invited to sit in on a call with folks from ShrinkYourFoot.org and explore ways to reduce my carbon footprint.

What is my Carbon Footprint?


Each of us product a certain amount of greenhouse gas through the things we do and the products we use. The footprint is and how much it contributes to global warming.
On ShrinkYourFoot.org you can use the Carbon Calculator to see what affect you are having on the Earth.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint can be Fun!


On the call I learned how to make a solar oven and all I can say is we are definitely doing that this summer. I will start with cookies but my goal is to cook chicken breasts and see how long it takes. Anything to no turn on my oven, or stand in front of the hot grill when it’s 90 degrees outside!

A solar oven is just one way learning is fun. The ShrinkYourFoot.org site has lots of cool activities that will engage you and your kids and are great tools help your family learn more about reducing your carbon footprint. For example, one activity shows tips for cutting back your carbon footprint as you travel.

Not only that, you can shop for carbon credits so as you work to reduce, you can purchase credits that will offset what you produce!

Win a Solar Car Kit!


One lucky reader will win a cool solar car kit….not for you to drive, but Barbie and Ken can take a spin. This is a great activity to show kids the power of solar energy and it’s importance in our future.

How to Enter: (be sure to leave a separate comment for each with your email or twitter ID so I can reach you if you win!)

Visit ShrinkYourFoot.org and play one of the games then leave me a comment and tell me which one you played.

Extra entries:
Tweet this giveaway
Email this giveaway to 5 of your friends and cc me (scarytwins at yahoo)
Subscribe to this blog (and leave me your email)

Contest open to US residents in the 48 contiguous states and ends June 9, 2009 at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen using Random.org and notified via email or Twitter and will have 3 days to claim the prize.

Dreaming of solar baked cookies,

Janine

Product supplied by

Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Sunday
Aug032008

Don't Trash those Broken Crayons

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
I recently found out about a crayon recycling program called Crazy Crayons.
But...
How many broken crayons have
I tossed into the trash?
Hundreds? At least.



This program takes old and broken crayons, with the wrappers still on, and recycles them into mixed-color crazy crayons.

One woman, LuAnn Foty, is to thank for developing this program and "saving over 34,000 lbs of unwanted crayons" according to the website. And, buying Crazy Crayons helps the program continue, and make great gifts!

Lil Green tip: shipping one large box uses less material and will cost less than shipping lots of smaller boxes.

Ship crayons to:
CRAYON RECYCLING PROGRAM
LAF Lines, Ltd.
721 Village Road
Pelican Lake, WI 54463

I'm already thinking this would make a great school, scouting, or family recycling project. It's easy. It's little. But it will make a big difference.

Janine