Archive for May, 2010

Sustainable Living Group Helps the Lions Club Go Green

Since our launch in October, we at Sustainable Living Group have been working hard to make known our ethic on the environment via our eco-friendly products. However, in these efforts we have not forgotten the importance of giving back to our local community that has provided a foundation for our company.

Yesterday, Sustainable Living Group donated 110 of our sustainable and reusable bags to the De Anza Lions Club. Our bags will be used as goody bags for the charity golf tournament hosted by the De Anza Lions Club on Saturday, September 25. All proceeds from the tournament go to the De Anza Lions Charitities, Inc. who distributes the funds to charities such as Camp Costanoan, Canine Companions, Community Outreach for eyeglasses, NorCal Youth Leadership, and Social Advocates for Youth.

Add comment May 27th, 2010

A New Hope for Environmentally-Conscious Corporate Giants

A global survey conducted by Ernst & Young, “one of the world’s leading professional services organizations (ey.com),” revealed that 70% of the firms with revenue of $1 billion or more say they plan to augment spending on climate change initiatives in the next two years.

Almost half of the 300 corporate executives who responded to the survey claim that by 2012 their climate change investments will range from 0.5% to more than 5% of revenues. In the next twelve months, 82% of respondents plan to invest in energy efficiency while 92% say energy costs will be an important motivation over that period.

Matters of climate change and environmental effects were once handled by public relations; however, opportunities to make (and save) money through new eco-friendly technology and services (i.e. solar panels) have pushed these concerns to a more prevalent place in companies.

Add comment May 26th, 2010

E-Waste: The Fastest Growing Waste Product

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With only twenty years under my belt, even I am old enough to notice the exponential increase and dramatic development of technology in the last ten years. I remember the days of floppy disks, cassette tapes, and boom boxes; when cell phones were novelties and kids preferred the outdoors to video games and text messaging. A lot has changed since then.

Part of this change is evidenced through the waste we produce. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste is now the fastest-growing part of the municipal waste stream. What is e-waste? E-waste is the remnants of electronic products once it is no longer used; it ranges from computers to answering machines to VCRs. In 2007, 157 million computers, 20 million TVs, and 126 million cell phones were discarded. Moreover, about 80 to 85 percent of e-waste were disposed of–not recycled–largely to landfills.

With the rapidity of technology development, the life of an electronic product is short as it is often tossed aside in favor of the latest upgrade. With this in mind, it is even more imperative that we recycle our e-waste. 100% of the electronic product is recycled, including glass, plastic, and metal, leaving nothing behind to overflow our landfills.

So next time you get a new cell phone or finally get rid of your unreliable copy machine, make the right decision and take it to your local recycling center–it is a simple task that can make a world of a difference.

Add comment May 17th, 2010

Worst Oil Spill in History

Early Friday morning oil from the catastrophic explosion of a BP offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico reached the shoreline. The blast killed eleven workers, and since then has been leaking oil into the water at an alarming rate of about 210,000 gallons a day. By Father’s day the spill is expected to surpass the 11 million gallons spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989 in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

The oil is pouring from a blown-out undersea well which Engineers at BP have been struggling to plug. This spill occured in one of the richest aquatic life habitats, threatening many species as well as the seafood market and those whose jobs depend on it. Oil hitting the coastlines also poses a serious threat to human health.

An estimated $350 million has been spent so far by BP on clean-up; however, the final bill is expected to be in the tens of billions of dollars.

What can we do to help? Because dishwashing detergent is used to clean oil off of birds and animals, Dawn offers a $1 donation to the Marine Mammal Center and the International Bird Rescue Center for every bottle of Dawn purchased (must go online to activate this donation).

Find out other ways you can help to clean the Gulf Coast oil spill here.

Add comment May 10th, 2010


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