Remember those yellow pages phone books sitting on top of your refrigerator, accumulating dust? You never pick them up anymore, you just search for what you’re looking for online don’t you? Well, National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out Site allows you to stop those yellow pages from showing up on your front step, thus curbing your paper use, saving trees, and helping out our environment. Simply type in your zip code, register on their site, and choose which yellow page directories you really need.
Also, don’t forget to recycle those outdated yellow pages! If your community has curb side pick up, you can probably put them out there, but be sure to check first. If your area doesn’t offer curb side pick up, visit your county’s solid waste department’s website to find a recycling center near by.
Sometime we might think of recycling paper as a real answer for our paper waste problems. It saves trees and that’s supposed to be a good thing right? So how many times can a piece of paper be recycled? Can paper be recycled infinitely? Continue reading →
Above: An organic photovoltaic device deposited on printer paper (~120 Âµm thick) that was pre-coated with 100 nm thick oCVD PEDOT electrodes. After multiple foldings the device maintains its initial performance.
MIT scientists created a printing technology that prints solar cells on paper. The inkjet-style printing is still in its embryonic stage and at this point these cells are under 2% efficient at converting sunlight into electricity, but think of the possibilities.
The scientists say the process is low-cost, low-temperature, low-energy-consumption and could pave the way for solar panels so lightweight they could be installed with a staple gun or could be integrated with other materials to boost energy efficiency.
Can you imagine recycling paper then putting solar cells so thin they could be printed on it? Continue reading →
As I wrote before The Source magazine (“The bible of Hip Hop music, culture and politics”) has put out a “green” issue that’s on stands now. I set out to find out what was so green about it. That involved me getting my hands dirty and actually buying the magazine.
That’s right I bought it and I think this was the first time in my life I ever did that. People always gave me their Source’s for free which was unintentionally eco conscious I guess. This green issue was of particular interest for me so here’s what I learned. Continue reading →
The Source has released their “Green Issue” this month with Method Man, Ghostface and Raekwon on the cover alternating with J. Cole.
I actually found out about this trough Majora Carter on Twitter who had this to say:
I’m still trying to figure out what “green” means in this instance other than the color scheme. No mention of anything dealing with the environment on the cover. Maybach’s and iPad’s aren’t very green. I haven’t heard back from The Source yet. I also haven’t bought The Source magazine this millennium. Continue reading →
There are lots of ways to save paper and we want to save paper because we want to save trees, right? That’s all fine and good I guess but what about printer ink? Less consumption is a good idea for the environment but saving money has a more immediate and observable reward. Let’s face it, these days saving a buck or two is a good idea. So the good folks at SPRANQ have made a font that is designed to help save printer ink, its good for the environment and it saves money. 3 birds, 1 stone!
The creative marketing and communications company came up with a font called Ecofont that could make “your ink cartridges (or toner)… last longer.” It works by removing parts of the letter using small circles that leaves each letter still readable while using up 20% less ink to print. The font shown above is Eco Sans Regular. Oh yeah, and it’s free to download here.