Archive for September, 2007



35% of our municipal waste is paper, almost all of which is recyclable. If you really want to reduce what you’re sending there, get vigilant about recycling your paperboard. You’ll be amazed at how much paperboard you go through…check out what my family collected in 2 weeks. Give it a shot, but remember – these […]


I can’t believe it’s been almost four months since I impetuously decided to give up bottled water. I pledged to go the entire Charleston summer without a single bottle touching my lips, and I have to say it was easier than I thought. It made me realize what we were missing before bottled-water became omnipresent […]


The Sustainable Seafood Initiative is a community-wide effort that has been underway since 2002 to promote the conservation of fishery resources and the use of locally and domestically caught seafood in restaurants. Sustainable seafood refers to fish that are caught or farmed with consideration for the long-term viability of individual marine species and for the […]


Have you seen these signs in your neighborhood? I live in Longpoint, and the Friday before our Monday recycling pickup, one appears near our entrance’s message board. I wondered how they were getting there, so I called Charleston County Recycling. With a couple of committed volunteers, they launched the program in 2004 in the North […]


Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE or PET), also known as plastic #1, is one of the most commonly used plastics in the world. Not surprisingly, it’s the most recycled plastic as well – probably all those dreaded water bottles. PET was born in 1973, and was first recycled in 1977 – I can just hear the Bee […]


Greening your gathering

As an occasional user of Evite.com, I receive monthly party “tips.” I usually send these straight to the trash – but this month, I’m going to recycle some of the ideas. Evite.com estimates it saves party planners millions of dollars in paper invitations and postage each month. So fittingly, the focus for this month’s newsletter […]


Certified South Carolina – A Myth?

Earlier this year, I blogged about the Certified South Carolina Grown program that had just kicked off. It seems like a great way to help greenies like myself find and identify locally grown food. The problem is, I have yet to see one of these stickers out in the wild. Have you seen a Certified […]


Much to my surprise, I actually made it to the Green Drinks Charleston meeting on Wednesday night at The Trusted Palate. I was impressed by the turnout, and it was refreshing being around a smart, passionate crowd geared-up about going green. It seemed like almost everyone had their own business, nonprofit, or research project underway…here’s […]


Weekly Trashed

Plastic bags consumed this year: This morning I blew off sniping photos of poor trash management in favor of playing with my two boys – easy decision. So instead of posting a photo, I thought I’d post this numerical reminder of how blind we are to our consumption. Over 500 billion plastic bags are used […]


CARTA in Summerville

Go Green reader ‘pluffmud’ passed along the following information regarding a public hearing on CARTA‘s proposed Summerville Express Route: Dorchester County will host a public hearing prior to their September 2007 County Council meeting for CARTA to receive public input regarding interest and support for a Summerville Express Route. Monday September 17, 6-7 p.m. Dorchester […]










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