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What to do with old pantyhose? Recycle them!

OK, ladies, listen up.

For those of you who haven’t found 20 other uses for old pantyhose, here’s an option that you might just like.

If you are like me, you have a drawer full of old hosiery, mismatched knee-hi stockings, and ruined tights that you’ll never wear again and the thought of dumping them into a landfill isn’t appealing.

Here’s how to get that drawer back and do something good for the environment along the way.

No Nonsense wants your old hosiery, any brand, size, type, condition you have.

They’ll ship it to a recycling company which will turn it into all sorts of things from park benches and playground equipment to carpet and toys, according to the company’s Web site.

Download a mailing label, ship them off, and be done with them.

Guess what I’m doing tonight?

— Linda J.


How green are you?

Now that we’ve re-launched the Easy Being Green blog, it’s time to start talking about how green we are, our kids are going to be as they grow up and what that will mean for Kentucky.

If you are just getting started and need some ideas, check out these going green tips.

Start with the first 10 or so, then when you get comfortable, try some more!
Do or have tried all 30 tips?

Well, what more should people know that isn’t in this list?

Tell me and I’ll add them in.

— Linda J.


Green Duck products visible at WEG

The Green Duck, a company started by a Virginia woman who realized one day that Styrofoam and plastic packaging is just plain wrong, is getting some attention in the Bluegrass.

The company makes compostable and biodegradble products, including hot and cold drink cups, plates and utensils made from corn and plants — no petroleum products — which will be available at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games later this month at the Kentucky Horse Park.

According to Green Duck’s Website, if you have space to store and a little extra cash, individuals can also purchase their products. They make everything from to-go boxes for restaurants to dishes that can go in the microwave and refrigerator for home use.

Each item indicates how long it will take to break down once it is composted.

It’s one of those, gee, wish-I-would-have-thought-of-that business ideas!

As for the Games, a release says bins for recyclables and compostables will be throughout the park for people to use on the grounds as well as work with the concession and catering vendors and their needs.

The World Games 2010 Foundation expects to recycle and compost more than 360 tons of material that otherwise would have been landfilled.

What a great idea  to 1) keep all that stuff out of landfills and 2) introduce a large group of people to a healthier, better way of doing things.

— Linda J.

Local recipes from local cooks

Bumper stickers advocate Buy Local, farmer’s market vendors proudly state where their farms are and businesses are starting to showcase local wares. And slowly, people are starting to think about where stuff comes from and what it took to get here.

Simply put, the idea is to get people to buy things they need from local vendors and businesses, whose profits stay here, who employ local workers and in an ideal world, produce only local goods.

There are different degrees of local. Buying food from a local farmer is about as local as it gets. Eating at an independent, locally owned restaurant vs. a chain with corporate offices elsewhere fits the “local” mold, but it doesn’t mean the food served is locally grown. It might, but there are no guarantees.

The only way to guarantee food is local, is  to 1) ask where it was grown and decline to buy it if it isn’t, or 2) grow it yourself.

This Sunday, Sustainable Berea, will holds its 4th annual 100-mile potluck dinner to showcase the best of local recipes from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Berea Community School gym.

This isn’t a foodie version of the World’s Longest Yard Sale on U.S. 27 that happens every August. It’s a potluck of recipes from local food (gathered from within 100 miles) and cooked by local folks. That’s you.

For details, contact: Sustainable Berea at 859-985-1689 or visit the site.
— Linda J.

Our Plastic Nightmare, Now on Video

A 5-minute video shows the effects of plastics on the planet, from drilling oil and how plastics are produced to the littered bottles and plastic bags strewn along roadways and beaches, in the oceans and mountains, to the detriment of fish and animals alike.

Watch it here, from the Wild Green blog on UTNE Reader: Our Plastic Nightmare, Now on Video. How does it affect you? Will you stop and think about it the next time you are buying a bottle of water?

How many human-made products can you name that don’t contain any plastic in the product or the packaging or both?

Can you, or will you, stop buying things that contain plastic?

That’s going to be much harder for all of us, isn’t it?

— Linda J.

Organic doesn’t always mean truly organic

So many questions abound: I get buy local, I get Fair Trade. But to me, organic should mean organic.

Turns out, not so much.

The USDA’s National Organic Program’s regulations sheet list four levels of “organic” labels, from 100% organic to ‘Processed products that contain less than 70 percent organic ingredients.’

That’s a huge difference.

But this is useful: The logo below indicates a product is at least 95% organic.

USDA logo

So, read labels carefully, and pay attention to how a store markets its “organic” items.

— Linda J.