Saturday, April 16, 2011

Business Advice & Green Habits


-- Quote of the Day --

"It is by choice and not by chance that we change our circumstances" 

~ Nadia Sahari


-- Conscious Discussions Talk Radio --

We have a special feature show lined up for you today - Saturday - at 10:00 - 11 AM Pacific (Live):  Karin Abarbanel is our guest of the day – entrepreneur and marketing consultant expert on start up strategies. She is also the Co-author of: Birthing the Elephant, a guide offering 22 business start-up strategies – and she is the author of four other how-to guides.. One of the best things about our topic today is that perhaps it will help someone out there who has a genuinely conscious, proactive service or product that could make a difference in the world – who may be facing insurmountable odds in getting this idea to see the light of day, and from there – developing name recognition and a loyal clientele. Each of these requires a plan of action and we have the pleasure of having an expert to offer advice in this regard. 

We are really pumped by the anticipation expressed by our listeners, people have been sending messages via social networking etc and offering their comments in advance of this show's air time - which is always great to see. We love your comments! And we'll address them during the live show today as well.

Here's the link for you to access either the live show, or use it later on to access the archived episode: 

 


-- Book Review --

 I wanted to share with you today a fantastic review that we received for our book Trash Talk - It's Easy To Be Green Vol 1... it was originally published on the Minding Spot  blog (see URL below):


Trash Talk - It's Easy To Be Green Vol 1 is written by Dave and Lillian Brummet.  In a time when being green is "in", I was delighted to be able to read this ebook.  I've been going green for awhile now, and am always looking for more ways to save money and have less waste.  I'm successful to a point, but I know I can do much better. There are some things I just won't budge on - like my washing machine.  I did, however, invest in a clothes line last year, so I am saving energy on that aspect.

Trash Talk opens with a discussion on the three R's.  “Refuse-Reduce-Reuse”
In  that order - before we even consider recycling.  Refuse to buy products that aren't eco-friendly, reduce your consumption and waste, and reuse your products before you need to recycle them.  I found a slew of information on how much we as Americans, really harm our planet.  The numbers are shocking! However, the best way to get those numbers down is to work at it.  The Brummet's book is full of tips of everyday products - how to reuse them, that it will cut down your cost, reduce consumption, reduce waste, and sometimes, it's recycled into something beautiful.

One of my favorites was cereal bags.  Seriously, we eat a lot of cereal in my house.  But did you even think about reusing the liner in the box? I buy boxes and boxes of wax paper every year, but now I won't have to ever again.  I can just clean the liner with hot soapy water, rinse and dry.  Cut it along the seam and now I have wax paper! Or, I can leave it as it is, and use it as a sandwich bag or wrap produce in it for the fridge. Such an economical idea.

Brooms.  A whole chapter on brooms and really, did you ever think to cut the bristles down instead of tossing it out and getting a new one? I didn't.  But I'm going to now.  Once the bristles are so low and hard you can't use it, put it in the shop for those tough concrete floors.  Once the broom is really at its end, you can use the handle for a variety of purposes.

There is a large chapter on plastic bags.  You know the ones you get at almost any retailer.  There are so many things you can do with them, and I'm happy to say that I do reuse mine.  I use them for wastepaper baskets and a variety of other uses.  But you can make beautiful things from them or use them for gardening and more.

There are so many subjects touched upon in this book and I know I will be using my copy to refer to again and again.  Gardening, children's toys and clothes, water management and more, you will be delighted with everything discussed in this book.  Trash Talk is really easy to read and it gets to the point.  I really enjoyed reading it and all of the aspects of going green that I never even thought of.  A really educational look at the greener side of life.

*Try this water saving technique. By placing one or two 16oz bottles of water inside the toilet tank clear of the inner workings it will displace the water level in the tank, reducing water use per flush.



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