A necessity for work: A cellphone

I need a cellphone for my new job so I chose an Elm phone by Sony from the GreenHeart line. It’s “made from recycled plastic, stores the manual inside the phone (to save paper), and is constructed without toxic chemicals. But with the Elm, ain’t sacrificing style and function for sustainability: It includes a 5 megapixel camera, is email-and Facebook-ready.”

I just love its sort of vintage wireless phone look, its user-friendliness and its girly pearly rose color. The font is pink on sleek black. I can also twitter, hahah. It doesn’t feel like I haven’t had a phone in 4 years㋡

(Sony Elm phone, P8890- at Vertext, Robinsons Ilocos Norte) The Elm discovered via www.treehugger.com

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Ilocano antiquities

Dadapilan, sugar cane press

I am attracted to anything old, but I don’t go to the extent of collecting stuff for the home. LOL, in fact, the tagline right there in the blog header should be changed to “Home is where the hardware is… ” just like how Jojami, my tweetheart, always tweets when she’s home. *inserts* My tagline used to be “Home is where the heart is.” My home is small and I still have to build something I can call our very own house.

For those of you who are interested in collecting old wood, you have to visit this place in San Nicolas.  Old posts and planks and stuff from the past like the items in the photos are on display at the curb.

For those who are still planning to build something, maybe you can check them out before ordering new wood. Besides helping protect the environment, restoring old wood or recycling them for other purposes will absolutely give your housing projects an edgier look. Think shabby chic.

Arado and capiz window panes

Location: Brgy. 1-San Francisco, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
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Get into the Envirosax habit: Say no to single-use plastic bags with élan

Lightweight, super strong (holds up to 44lbs), durable, fully washable and fade resistant, Envirosax, the original designer reusable bag, is available at Red Dot boutique in Laoag for only 395 php.

Unrolled, the chic eco-bag measures 19.5″ x 16.5″, yet folds to a mere 4″ x 1.5″ pouch. A built-in snap button holds the pouch for an easier upkeep. Just toss it into your purse, or put it in your pocket, and you’re ready to go shopping. As a matter of fact, it offers versatile functionality.

There are many designs and colors to choose from. Get your environment message across in a fun and  fashionable way.

Photographed by Blauearth. Red Dot boutique, F.R. Castro St, Laoag City, Ilocs Norte, Philippines

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Know the facts about plastic bags

  • Somewhere between 500 million and a trillion plastics bags are consumed worldwide each year.
  • Less than 1% of bags are recycled. It costs more to recycle a bag than produce one. It costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32.
  • Plastic bags photodegrade, which means they breakdown into smaller, more toxic petro-polymers, which eventually contaminate soils and waterways.
  • When ingested, these microscopic particles can become catastrophic to wildlife. Nearly 200 different species of sea life including dolphins, whales, seals and turtles die due to plastic bags. Birds, as well.
  • By using a cloth bag, we can save 6 bags a week. That’s 24 bags a month. That’s 288 bags a year. That’s 22,176 bags in an average lifetime.
  • If just 1 out of 5 people did this, we would save 1,330,560,000,000 bags over our lifetime.
  • Bangladesh has banned plastic bags.
  • China has banned free plastic bags.
  • Ireland took the lead in Europe, taxing plastic bags in 2002, and have now reduced plastic bag consumption by 90%.
  • More countries have also banned, or are moving towards banning the plastic bag.
  • Reducing plastic bags will reduce foreign oil dependency.
  • China will save 37 million barrels of oil each year due to their ban of free plastic bags.
Read more on the data released by the US Environmental Protection Agency
plastic bag nightmare 001image by Zainub via flickr

E.a.r.t.h now. E-nvironmental a-wakening, r-esponsibility (shared responsibilty), t-ransformation, h-ope. A message by the LEAD Movement

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