Sunday, December 20, 2009


I recently got one of these reusable coffee cups as a gift. It's great! I use it everyday. It's very easy to clean, lightweight and not to expensive...

Plus, you look kool when your holding it! It also makes a great last minute holiday gift. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Our Choice

I just finished reading Al Gore's new book Our Choice. Everyone on this planet should read it. Stop assuming someone else is going to make the difference!! Al lays everything out on the table. He tells us what's going on and what needs to happen to make a change. I highly recommend this book. But I also recommend educating yourself with what you can do to keep this earth a better place to live on.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Buy the Local Beer!!

If your a beer drinker buying local has so many benefits. Buying local can help keep your money circulating through your hometown. It also helps the local brewing company and their business. Sure, you can easily buy a Miller Lite or Bud Lite but you know what those taste like. Why not buy something local? There are so many great beers out there. If your out with friends try to make it a goal to try something new and local.

The beer pictured is great. Oberon is a beer brewed in Kalamazoo Michigan. It goes great with everything and you won't have to pay and arm and a leg for a six pack.

Happy beer drinking.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Idling your car. What the hell is that?

Idling is when a driver leaves the car running while parked. Everyday this happens all to often. Yes, there are times when your car will be running while you are stopped. Maybe at a traffic light or stop sign. But most times idling is unnecessary. Here are some great tips from the EDF, Enviromental Defense Fund that can help and really open your eyes.

Four ways to be idle-free

-Turn off you ignition if you're waiting more than 10 seconds - Contrary to popular belief, restarting your car does not burn more fuel than leaving it idling. In fact, idling for just 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine.

-Warm up your engine by driving it, not by idling - Today's electronic engines do not need to warm up, even in winter. The best way to warm the engine is by easing into your drive and avoiding excessive engine revving. After just a few seconds, your vehicle is safe to drive! The vehicle's engine warms twice as quickly when driven.

-Warm up the cabin interior by driving, not idling - Easing into your drive is also the best way to get your vehicle’s heating system delivering warmer air faster. Sitting in an idling car means you are breathing in more of the dirty exhaust that leaks into the car cabin. Any warmth you may get from a car heater is not worth the damage to your health. If parked and waiting, it is healthier to get out of your car and go inside a store or building.

-Protect your car engine by idling less - Frequent restarts are no longer hard on a car’s engine and battery. The added wear (which amounts to no more than $10 a year) is much less costly than the cost of fuel saved (which can add up to $70-650 a year, depending on fuel prices, idling habits and vehicle type). Idling actually increases overall engine wear by causing the car to operate for longer than necessary.

Reasons to stop idling

A simple turn of your key can keep the air cleaner and save money and fuel. Every time you turn off your car engine in place of idling, you'll:

-Make the air healthier by cutting down on hazardous pollution in your town or community.

-Help the environment. For every 10 minutes your engine is off, you'll prevent one pound of carbon dioxide from being released (carbon dioxide is the primary contributor to global warming).
-Keep money in your wallet and save fuel. Save between 1/5 to 7/10 of a gallon of fuel for every hour of not idling.

What harm does idling do?

There are three main problems with idling:

First, idling pollutes the air and harms health. Idling tailpipes spew out the same pollutants that form unhealthy smog and soot as those from moving cars. Nitrogen oxide, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds are the main health-harming pollutants in vehicle emissions. Diesel engines emit more than 40 hazardous air pollutants.

These pollutants have been linked to serious human illnesses, including:
-heart disease,
-chronic bronchitis and

Children, the elderly and those with asthma and other chronic health problems are especially vulnerable to the health dangers of exhaust.

Pollution from idling contributes to global warming. Idling cars and trucks emit carbon dioxide (CO2), a main heat-trapping gas. In New York City alone, idling cars and trucks each year produce 130,000 tons of carbon dioxide, a new EDF report shows (see Idling Gets You Nowhere [PDF]). To offset this amount of global warming pollution, we would need to plant an area the size of Manhattan with trees every single year.

Idling wastes fuel and money. An idling car uses between 1/5 to 7/10 of a gallon of fuel an hour. An idling diesel truck burn approximately one gallon of fuel an hour. With average U.S. prices for diesel fuel topping $2 a gallon (as of 2/2/09), that's about $2 burned.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Clothing optional #2

There's another great clothing company out there called Zu Boutique The lead singer of AFI, Davey Havok is the founder. Out of our deep love of music, movies, vegans, heathens, and anything else our self-indulgent hearts desire, we bring our shirts to those who share our passions." The t-shirts are great and there's some beautiful jewelry by Rusty Pistachio For each style of t-shirt made there are only 100 made. Each shirt is numbered 0-99. Get one before they sell out!!....

Here's a great live video of AFI two months ago. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Don't forget about your workplace

Especially in these times money CAN be everything. As humans we are meant to make choices to stay alive. When I was growing up I always made the choice to never turn off a light in my parents house when I was finished using it. At the time it never mattered to me. I wasn't paying the bills, I didn't understand that it was bumping up my parents electric bill day by day!

Now that I have a place and pay the bills I realize that the more I keeps things on and plugged in the higher my electric bill will be. Simple physics! Once you have to put down the cash all of a sudden turning off the lights matters. But what about the way you think at work? Let me guess, since you have nothing to do with paying that electric bill you don't think twice about turning off the lights, or unplugging the coffee pot when it's not in use. Everybody does this. How much paper do you print off at work because YOU don't have to pay for it? A lot. How much useless crap gets printed out at your workplace that is so unnecessary? Again, a lot.

Here is some information in an article IBM put out about how to make an office more green.

Save money on energy costs

Studies show that office equipment can account for 40% of the total electricity costs of an office building. One way to achieve the goal of a green office is a printer management program that outlines procedures for managing networked printers on a daily basis, saving you an average of 31% of that electricity cost, which translates into less replacement needs.

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Don't think just because your at an office you can leave the lights on in the break room and it won't matter, it does. It's still electricity used that doesn't need to be on. Paper printed for dumb shit is stupid. Don't do it just because you can. It matters.

Here are some more paper based statistics from

  • 12,500 sheets of paper can be made from 1 tree **
  • 210 billion sheets of paper are consumed by faxing in US companies every year. **
  • 10,000 sheets of paper per year are used by a single US office worker **
  • 95% of this paper will eventually be thrown away unrecycled. **
  • 4 trees per year are cut down to feed the fax requirements of an average US company. **
  • 17 million trees per year are cut down to supply fax paper for the US as a whole **

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Clothing Optional!

What a wonderful company this is. TOMS is a company that puts others in need first. TOMS decided to sell some groovy looking shoes....but that's not the best part. For every pair you purchase a child in need receives a pair. It's brilliant! And so simple. The shoes range from $40 - $65.

TOMS decided to go with shoes because walking is the primary mode of transportation in these developing countries. There are many benefits coming out of this company. You buy someone in need a great pair of shoes. You get a really cool looking pair of shoes. TOMS also has many vegan shoe options which I'm a fan of!

TOMS is a great gift! I have a pair and I've gotten family and friends pairs.

This is a wonderful way to look cool and help this world take a step forward.


In the past I have tried to blog but never really had a purpose. I think I have one now....

My goal is to help you make some changes in your life that can help the world and others. I understand that's very broad. We will go one post at a time and see what changes can be made.

Thanks for following!