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The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives. " — Chinese proverb


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SPU’s Sustainable Graduation Wear


tiffany-loopAs a soon to be SPU graduate (provided I don’t screw anything up), I recently went about ordering a cap and gown through SPU’s regalia connection, and was surprised to learn that SPU 2014 graduation gear is made up of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Clothing manufactured from bottles? It’s true; an average of 23 plastic bottles were used in the making of each cap and gown this year. The material is made out of fabric spun from molten plastic pellets. With less than 30% of all plastic bottles being recycled, and plastic building up in landfills to an alarming degree, wearing bottles seems like a pretty cool way to launch into the post-graduate world. And symbolically, how perfect is this for a graduation outfit? Renewal, renewal, renewal.


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Eco-Sanctuaries on Whidbey Island


whidbeyIf I may add to the list of reasons to visit Whidbey IslandThe Seattle Times has recently posted an article about some intriguing zen-centered island spots to visit, starting with the yoga lodge, a super-chill Whidbey Island retreat. The lodge sounds like the perfect place to get your enviro-health on, with yoga classes, a hiking trail, and an all-vegetarian menu. Continue reading


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Green Activities for Your Weekend


Picnic_EatingLadies and Gentlemen, may I announce the end of the second week of spring quarter. Odds are you’ve been working hard these past two weeks to get adjusted to your new schedule and readjusted to school in general. You deserve a break, and hopefully this weekend you’ll be getting one. While there’s nothing wrong with a little Netflix (believe me, I am no stranger to the Netflix binge), you might consider unplugging for a bit this weekend and relaxing techno-free. The appeal of it doesn’t always kick in until you’re in the moment, and then you just might realize that it’s exactly what your screen-addled mind needed. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, keep reading. Continue reading


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Amazing Video of Elk Herd Passing through Montana Surfaces on Youtube


A while back I posted about a Rocky Mountain Elk Herd coming to Washington and the breathtaking photos accompanying their arrival. But what’s better than elk photos? An elk video of course. On March 27th, footage of a large elk herd jumping a fence and crossing a Montana highway was posted by Washington-native Austin Stonnell, going viral on youtube within a few days. The inspirational video (possibly tear-worthy) shows the last elk in the herd struggling for a bit before finally hopping over the fence and joining the others, and the best part is that several elk can be seen waiting for it. It sounds like something out of a Disney movie, but the miraculous thing is, it isn’t. You can check out the video below, and if you’re having a bad day that could use some encouragement, you might want to prepare a few tissues.


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Greening Your Kitchen


kitchOn average, the kitchen is the most wasteful room in the home. Besides the amount of food that gets discarded, there’s the packaging that accompanies food as well as the paper we throw out as a result of paper towels and napkins. Luckily making the transition to a greener kitchen is a relatively painless one that can take form in a few simple steps. Keep reading if you’re looking to move in such a direction. Continue reading


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The Sustainability of the Printed Page


treesReading a book on a kindle vs. actually having the book in your hands as you read it is a very difficult subject for me. On the one hand, I want to be in support of anything that means less paper being produced and less trees being chopped for that purpose, but the relationship formed between a reader and the tangible book that they hold in front of them has always been a very special thing to me, and the idea of giving it up makes me experience a feeling of resistance to this form of progress, a word that I never want to be against. This article analyzes the green advantage of e-books. How can those of us who wish to be environmental but also cling to the idea of flipping through (non-web) pages deal with this issue? Continue reading

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