Archive for February 2011

Recycling At Its Finest

I don’t know much about dumpster diving but it sounds like recycling at it’s finest. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hippie or anything, and as far as used food goes I draw the line. But when walking the dogs on trash pick-up days, occasionally something will catch my eye. What’s in that open box? And take a peek. Or, when I pass a piece of furniture I wonder what the history is behind it. It’s sad to see these things going to a landfill and hopefully someone will pick it up and value it in a new home.

Even if the landfills aren’t on your radar, I bet the green in your wallet is.

In a pile of books being cleaned out of an apartment building, a man found an autographed script of John Ford’s 1935 academy award winning movie “The Informer” which was appraised on the Antiques Roadshow at $4,000 to $5,000.

Or, how about the woman that found a precious 1885 Zuni pot on the side of the road. Even kinda beat up it’s valued at $15,000 to $25,000.

It gets better. A carpenter saw that Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall mansion was destined for demolition and smartly salvaged some precious relics. Value? $80,000 to $100,000.

Now, will you see my legs hanging out of a dumpster any time soon? Probably not. But during my evening walks you bet I’ll be keeping an eye out for the original 1959 Barbie. I hear she was recently auctioned off at $27,450.

Share

Bea My Valentine

I can hear you guys now. “Valentine’s is just a made up holiday.” I must say the history of Saint Valentine’s Day is murky indeed, and dates it back a lot further than I thought – to  270 AD. At any rate it evolved into a day that is meant to celebrate love and affection.

Give chocolate and give the landfill a rest.

The gift of chocolates probably won’t end up in the landfill, but here’s an easy idea for a greener Valentine’s day. According to the Greeting Card Association, we send an estimated one billion Valentine’s cards each year. Just think of it. By doing something amazingly simple as sending an e-card or a greeting on recycled paper, together we could make a huge difference. Be a Saint this Valentine’s Day and think green instead of red.

Share

Blizzards (not the Dairy Queen kind)

You may be thinking to yourself during these recent snow events and record cold temps we’ve been having – “global warming? No way.”

Not so fast. The way I understand it, Michio Kaku, author of “Physics of the Future” explains what’s happening. In a nutshell, as global warming creates more heat it causes more moist air which causes more precipitation. This means more random fluxuations in the weather. In turn, record amounts of snow and storms.

Blizzards. Brought to you by Mother Nature, not the Dairy Queen.

Here’s one simple way to help decrease our contribution of global warming. Move your thermostat down 2° in winter and up 2° in summer. With this one simple adjustment you could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. So even if it’s hard to imagine global warming is real in these arctic-like temperatures, let’s help Mother Nature out anyway. Maybe she’ll take it easier on us in the future.

Share