Archive for April, 2010

Target Opens Recycling Centers

Target has announced that all of its 1,740 stores in the U.S. will be opening recycling stations accepting aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers, plastic bags, MP3 players, cell phones, and ink cartridges.

This massive recycling initiative is part of Target’s sustainability program that has flourished within the last few months, pushing to use less energy and produce less waste both in their stores and in the supply chains. They also announced that Target will no longer sell farmed salmon—an industry that has been characterized by inhumanity and adverse environmental consequences.

Add comment April 27th, 2010

Sustainable Living Group is Green-Baggin’ it.

Lynn Ching (SLG, Inc.), Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto (Director of WVCS) and Quyen Huynh (SLG, Inc.)

In response to environmental-initiatives to reduce (and in some cases ban) the use of non-reusable bags, Sustainable Living Group has donated our reusable grocery bags to West Valley Community Service‘s food pantry. WWVC will be handing out three bags per household and require their clients to bring these or their own reusable bags to collect their goods.

Lyn Rogers and Loaves of Love and the Cupertino Rotary Club also donated reusable grocery bags to help kick-start WWVC’s new green bag policy.

1 comment April 22nd, 2010

Discovery of a 2nd Garbage Patch

Researchers have discovered a second garbage patch, composed of predominately plastic, spanning a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. Like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch discovered a decade ago, this Atlantic garbage patch is extremely harmful for the habitants of the ocean. According to Charles Moore, “Humanity’s plastic footprint is probably more dangerous than its carbon footprint.”

Researchers stress the importance of informing the public on the detrimental effects of insufficient disposal of plastic. The pieces of plastic are so small they are often mistaken for plankton and eaten by the fish, potentially endangering the consumers of these fish (yes, humans, too!). Mike Melia, an Associate Press Writer, explains our limited options in his article “A 2nd garbage patch: Plastic soup seen in Atlantic”:

“Since there is no realistic way of cleaning the oceans, advocates say the key is to keep more plastic out by raising awareness and, wherever possible, challenging a throwaway culture that uses non-biodegradable materials for disposable products.”

So what can we learn from this? Dispose of your plastic properly! Recycle! By recycling plastic, not only can we keep our oceans clean, but we are able to conserve our resources by making products like the Sustainable Living Group, Inc.’s Travel Blanket, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.

Add comment April 19th, 2010

The Green Festival: An Insider’s Perspective

As I walked into the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center, I didn’t know what to expect. I was a “Green Festival Virgin,” according to my boss. In my mind I pictured something like a farmer’s market, only bigger, but what I saw that day far exceeded my expectations.

Christine and me, the two interns, wearing Sustainable Living Group’s biodegradable ponchos.

Sporting one of Sustainable Living Group’s biodegradable ponchos, I roamed the aisles passing out coupons for our booth. There were aisles and aisles of booths ranging from demonstrations on yoga swings to organic clothing to hydroponic plants to the latest technology on energy conservation. What struck me most about the Green Festival was the interest that people took in every booth. Everyone was willing to listen to the health benefits of Indian tea or the advantages of solar panels on your house. I was stopped at least ten times by people genuinely interested in knowing about the technology behind my biodegradable poncho.

Sustainable Living Group, Inc.’s booth at the Green Festival.

The Green Festival is a culmination of ancient traditions (yoga, organic food, barefoot massages, to name a few) and the height of green technology (hybrid cars, solar panels, research on alternative energy sources). I was really taken aback by what I saw there. I never realized how many ways there are to be green. I saw books, clothing, beauty products, cleaning supplies, food, cars, and much more all focused on positively impacting our planet and reducing our carbon footprint.

Christine explaining how the ponchos biodegrade in the soil to a potential customer.

If I had to name one thing I took away from the Green Festival it would be this: the green movement is no longer a minority pipe dream—it is a necessary course of action that is continuing to grow and flourish as the public becomes more informed.

On another note, Yuri’s Night 2010 was a success. Check out Sustainable Living Group’s flag at Yuri’s Night:

1 comment April 15th, 2010

Chaboya Middle School

Chaboya Middle School in Evergreen is the first school in its district to incorporate a green program into the Earth Science curriculum. In support of the school’s efforts to inform our youth on saving the planet, Sustainable Living Group, Inc. is donating gift baskets with our eco-friendly products.

Sustainable Living Group, Inc.’s collaboration with Chaboya Middle School is just the beginning of our community outreach program. Through interaction with the community, we hope to inform the population on the green lifestyle and how individuals can make a positive impact on our planet.

Add comment April 5th, 2010


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