Monday, March 31, 2014

eco-friendly travel

-- eco-travel --

Last week Dave scheduled an out-of-town workshop and drum repair and I had an appointment in the same area... so we decided to take the RV trailer and head out for several days, a little get-away, where we could camp and relax by a relatively unpopulated beach front on one of our many lakes in the Kootenays. Being off-season there were no other campers but there were a few dozen day use visitors along with their dogs. It was really nice to hear that most of the dogs came from rescue shelters, and all of them were really special dogs. I love dogs - so it isn't hard for me to fall in love the first few seconds after meeting a dog. So our dogs had the chance to socialize and play all day, along with a couple of long walks along the trails and beach every day. It was a little chilly so we were glad that we brought a lot of scrap wood with us for the camp fire (the wood was saved throughout last year from projects we did around the house). We were so grateful that we saved every little scrap of wood for reuse as camp fire fuel. 

While there we noticed that the garbage bins were locked, since there were no campground workers out yet, which led to a lot of people leaving garbage and doggie poo bags in front of the bins - instead of packing it home. I was saddened to see that. 

During the walks around the campground, trails and beach we continually picked up litter and wind-blown or lake tossed garbage. By the end of the 4 day adventure we had gathered more than a 1/2 black garbage bag and a 1/2 blue recycling bag full of waste. We really could have gathered more, but wanted to spend most of our time there relaxing - not working. Still I think we did a good job of cleaning up the environment there, hopefully preventing birds and turtles, etc. from chocking on bits of styrofoam and candy wrappers, plastic bags, cigarette wrappers and so on. We also filled a bin with returnable bottles, which we'll take with us to the return depot and donate whatever it comes to, to the wildlife center or the animal rescue organization here in our valley.

We really planned out our meals to reduce fuel use going to restaurants or grocery stores, and had gone as far as chopping our vegetables at home to reduce the amount of organic waste we'd have to pack out in the RV compost bucket. As such we ate really healthy, low-fat food. Most of the packaging was in the form of our own containers or those we'd reuse, or could recycle - so there was very little garbage created in that 4 day stint, in fact most of the garbage we created came in the form of dog waste. All the soaps we use in the house are organic and eco-friendly so we just take some of those with us whenever we go on these kinds of outings.

I'm so glad we went - we feel so much more refreshed and though it is hard to get back into the swing of things I've no regrets... and I think we left the place a little better off too. :)

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

-- Chatter -- 

It has been a crazy time here since January, when I took time off from hosting the radio show in order to concentrate on catching up in the office (taxes, etc.), the home (spring cleaning, etc.), and two manuscripts I was working on. Since January I've accomplished most of these goals including the publication of our 6th book - Rhythm & Rhyme. I'm currently working on the next manuscript - about 1/2 way through the final draft. It has been a busy time and I'm so grateful that all my contacts have been so patient and supportive of us during this time of change. 

The garden seedlings are sprouting... I only did a few tomatoes, peppers and eggplant - as my space is still limited. So I'll have to buy the other plants and flowers again this year. As soon as the spring rains have passed we'll build yet another raised garden bed and fill it with lush humus from the finished compost bin.

Moving here nearly 4 years ago (4 years in October) we've had to start everything from scratch, including new yard-scaping, house improvements and upgrades, creating garden space, growing soil, revamping the business including a new name and new website, and releasing new editions of books that had come out of publishing contracts... and now - new book releases. Exhausting! But rewarding. 

Sadly with all that has been going on I've had a few days where I neglected to post new content on the blog - I hope you all are OK with that and instead browse previous posts.

I intend to start up the radio show hosting gig as of mid-April, hopefully the timing will be right. For those of you who have articles or poetry, please feel free to submit them for consideration for publication on this blog.  I also offer World of Writing Q&A interviews here so if you know of authors or poets out there who might want to take advantage of this free exposure, just connect with me via our site:  

Friday, March 28, 2014

common mistakes made in the writing industry

-- Quote of the Day -- 

“Motivation is an external, temporary high that PUSHES you forward. Inspiration is a sustainable internal glow which PULLS you forward.” 

~ Thomas Leonard

Common Mistakes Made In The Writing Industry:


As members of the media, writers and published authors, Dave and I have seen a lot of mistakes in the 15 years we’ve been in this industry, many of which are quite commonly done. If you send out communications with these obvious errors it makes you look lazy and uneducated. It also gives the impression that it would be a lot harder to work with you, if they have to correct these kinds of mistakes in your work.

One that a lot of people in the industry make is stating that their book is entitled Towards Understanding. Entitled, by definition, means ‘deserving of’ or has ‘earned something’. The word they should be using is: titled – meaning: ‘the name of”’. Instead – the book is titled: Purple Snow Flake Marketing.

Here are some other common mistakes:

- Sending out queries, or book proposals, that have either too much or too little information.

- Sending emails with attachments, images embedded in the body, or moving images and emoticons. Remember to treat an email like it is a professional resume.

- Incorrect spelling and grammar will be caught by most computer programs – they will mark them with squiggly green underlines or red lines. Learn how to make use of your spelling and grammar checker! 

- Writers sending emails that don’t specify what they want, what they can offer, not offering links to their main website or their contact information.

- Queries to media that obviously don’t fit the genre or topic of the contact (i.e. the author of a book that has a political theme querying to a radio show that specifically states no politics in their guidelines).

- Sending unnecessary materials to the contact. For example I have has been sent everything from full-page glossy photos and 10 pages of information (printed on one side) that can be found on the author’s website. I’ve also been sent numerous copies of one book or product – when one would do, and sometimes before they’ve even sent a query my way.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lillian's story

-- Quote of the Day -- 

 “If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.’”

~ unknown 

Some time ago I was asked to write this article below that briefly outlines my  journey leading to where I am now in this wonderful maze we call "Life". The article is written in 3rd person and has been slightly updated... I hope you enjoy it:

Award-winning author and radio host Lillian Brummet survived a tumultuous childhood and damaged young adult years through picking up a pen and pouring out the hurts, the anger, the shame and guilt, the humiliation and the horrors caused from being abused and neglected as a child. She began writing short stories in elementary school and poetry as a teenager allowing her to express the explosive emotions. “Through poetry,” she says “I learned how to see beyond these hurts and discover a world outside of myself, where I learned that my life really did have value and that I had a purpose to fulfill.”

Lillian grew up in an unstable home life - having moved more than 13 times between two states before she was 8 years old, when the family moved to Canada. Their mother had some inner issues that had her act in a manipulative, angry, possessive, judgmental manner. She married 4 times in her life with boyfriends in between the marriages - and this led to a lot of confusion and home life upheaval for the children. 2 of those husbands had been abusive to Lillian - one was more violent than the other, and when the first stepfather was sent to prison Lillian felt the destruction of the family was her fault and began to withdraw into her own world. Lillian and her brothers were sent away several times to live with friends or family or room-and-board at other homes due to the instability of their home life. Both her older brothers were out of the family home by the age of 16, and Lillian was on her own at 13 1/2.
The first summer Lillian was on her own she spent evenings at friends houses and park benches while working her summer jobs; by winter she was able to find an apartment - renting illegally (it is illegal to be on your own that young in Canada). That first apartment was a learning experience for her in that she was letting anyone stay there and left the door unlocked so other kids on the street, runaways and people skipping school had a safe place to go. Unfortunately they partied there one day while Lillian was at work and she had to find another place to stay. Learning boundaries, she was able to keep her next place for a long time. Sadly though she felt the ever-widening gap between herself and public school life, and financial pressures had her making the choice to work instead of continuing in public school before she finished grade 9. Life consisted of getting enough money to pay the rent and then find something to do that would numb her emotions to a tolerable level.
At 16, Lillian got involved in a 3-year engagement to a young boy who had his own issues to deal with. It was not the healthiest situation but it got her through some tough times, and she clung to the relationship because it was all the love she had. Later, after being caught as a minor on her own she was put in a foster home for a year. Being plagued by nightmares she had insomnia, which is how her foster mother, Jan, learned of the abuse – Lillian was brought to a police station to begin filing charges against her 2nd step-father. After unsuccessfully taking him to court she became very angry, frustrated and mistrustful of the justice system and started hurting herself and playing violent games like football to avoid feeling the inner pain. However because this involved bringing her family members in to testify, they were forced together and slowly began speaking about the past. After experiencing some therapy, Lillian was on her own again at 17, but this time she was equipped with more skills.
Life was always a confusion for me,” Lillian explains. “I just never really saw the value of my life until I discovered a passion and purpose. I grew up wondering what was wrong with me, why my family was run by lies and hate and manipulation and abuse. As a child it never occurred to me that it wasn’t my fault, and later as this dawned on me I was filled with anger for all the childhood innocence and happiness that was robbed from me. It took a lot of work to heal the inner wounds and not only deal with the past but to move in with myself, to forgive myself and love myself.”

She met her biological father soon after her 18th birthday, and then moved to the same city as her mother in order to develop a relationship with her mom. Unfortunately her biological father died of cancer a few years after they met before any real connection could be made. After completing Grade 12 and some hospitality management courses she worked in that industry for a few years, before a vehicle collision had her rethinking that career path, leading her to start a business. 6 years later she was involved in another car accident that put her in full time therapy for over a year.
It was at that point that she decided to live for purpose and passion, rather than possessions, trying to fit in and feel ‘normal’. Starting out with some writing courses, she submitted her first article in 1999 and hasn’t looked back since. Writing, for her, was just the tool to spark positive change in the world by sharing stories, offering resources, highlighting non-profits, and teaching green and conscious living topics helping others realize that they have the power to leave a positive legacy behind.
“After the accident my world came to a screeching halt. I felt broken spiritually, and dealing with the constant pain from the injuries and a debilitating anxiety disorder and drove me to chronic depression. I just didn’t want to go on, I wanted to die. My husband encouraged me to face the pain with courage that I didn’t know I had, and helped me discover my true passion – which is to have a sense of value, of meaning to my life. I wanted to leave a positive legacy with every day that passed and this passion led to gardening and green living, then to writing, and later hosting the radio show and managing a daily blog.”
Sadly her chronically ill mother and stepfather committed suicide in late Dec. 2009. The grief and management of their estate absorbed Lillian's life for a year, and as time went on she was able to work through more of the past issues. Realizing yet again how brief and fragile life is, the Brummet's relocated to their dream location - Creston, BC (Canada) - and have launched their business there under a new name, offering new services and products. With the support of her husband, Lillian has now authored 6 books, and manages a daily blog. She has several more manuscripts on the back burner and returns to them when time allows. Her very popular online radio show ran 3X/week since 2007 was put on hiatus while the Brummet's dealt with a new book release (their 6th book), but she hopes to return to hosting the show soon.
She continues to enjoy a solid and supportive marriage with her best friend and husband Dave, who was born and raised in Kelowna (BC) where he met up with Lillian in 1990 and they have been together ever since. Their favorite activities involve gardening, photography, and modifying their home. Whenever the mood strikes them the pair can be found enjoying low-impact outdoor activities (hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, snowshoeing) or playing with their two dogs.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife Conservation - Wildlife Art and Conservation Join Hands

* Today's post was written by: Randy C. Brown 

This great country of ours is so blessed with rich landscapes and awe-inspiring terrain from the southern most tip of Florida to the northern tip of Alaska. Nowhere else in the world is there such a diverse array of grandeur, readily available for viewing, within short distances of almost any part of the country. Where once the land was almost barren of many species of wildlife, through wildlife conservation efforts, most of those species have been restored to a naturally healthy population.

Most of us probably think of radical, fanatical behaviorist when we hear the term wildlife conservation, but nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, there are those that take conservation much too far in trying to force their ideals on the rest of us. But true conservationist are concerned with the overall, long-range concept of conservation, not just protecting the lives of the immediate population. Only through proper wildlife management efforts is it possible to maintain a healthy population, no matter what the species.

There are many forms of wildlife conservation available in today's society. One of the most well-known organizations is Ducks Unlimited. Back in 1937, a group of sportsmen decided it was time to do something about the dwindling waterfowl population in North America. Their mission was then, and still today, is "wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever". According to a January 1, 2010 report from Ducks Unlimited, over 12 million acres of waterfowl habitat has been conserved as a result of the organization's efforts. These efforts keep waterfowl millions of acres of habitat on which to thrive..

The National Wildlife Federation is another greatly publicized organization responsible for protecting and defending wildlife and the wild places they need to survive; restoring the health of our natural habitats and ecosystems; and educating and inspiring Americans to care for and protect our natural heritage. The National Wildlife Federation works to build coalitions with affiliates, sportsmen, Native American tribes, scientists and state wildlife officials to protect and restore wildlife habitat. The Federation does all this with a critical focus on species already being adversely impacted by the effects of environmental changes, and human population encroachment. All across America, wild spaces are being populated, polluted, or destroyed, leaving wildlife with fewer places to call home.

These are but two of the many popular organizations that serve to protect wildlife. But there is another group of people that are just as dedicated as any of the well-known organizations to wildlife conservation. Though they may not be as organized, and they may not have such a dynamic title, they are dedicated to the cause none the less. Who is this group? They are wildlife artists and through wildlife art, they are making a huge impact on conservation efforts.

Where do wildlife art and wildlife artists fit into the conservation scheme? Wildlife artists are some of the most dedicated people on the planet when it comes to the cause of conservation. Each artist truly loves the species they paint. They become intimately familiar with the habits, routines, habitat, and rituals of the species they love to portray in their art through in-depth study.

How does wildlife art contribute to wildlife conservation? There is an organization called Art for Conservation who sees the typical conservation campaign as a presentation of a bunch of facts and figures that, although critically important, gets really boring, really quickly. Art for Conservation believes this is where the power of imagery comes into effect.

Art for Conservation members believe that through partnerships with conservation photographers, artists and organizations, they create and market fine art prints in support of causes both large and small. To support that belief, the Art for Conservation organization pledged $509,810.00 to go to Ducks Unlimited through the sale of member's artwork. Members allocate a percentage of each sale of their artwork to go to their conservation efforts and nationwide, this amounts to huge benefits to wildlife in general.

Now comes the big question. How can you get involved in this monumental effort to conserve wildlife? Here are just a few ideas that will go a long way toward achieving the goal.

Get Involved With a Specialized Conservation Organization
If you're a hunter, join Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited (now known as Quail Forever), or any of the other wildlife organizations aimed at conservation. Get involved with the goal in mind to make a difference.

Purchase Artwork Through an Organization That Supports Conservation
By purchasing your wildlife art through Ducks Unlimited, Art for Conservation, or other such organizations, a portion of your investment will go directly to wildlife conservation.

Make Donations
If you're not a hunter, you can make donations to any of the conservation organizations without having to join or otherwise get involved. Your dollars will make a difference.

With the combined efforts of all the available organizations aimed at wildlife conservation, we can all play a role in the effective conservation of this country's greatest natural wonders. So roll up your sleeves and let's get started.

Bring home the beauty of nature with wildlife art from North Forty Wildlife Art. Specializing in waterfowl art featuring ducks in their natural habitat found all around south Georgia's many lakes, ponds and streams. We are dedicated to wildlife conservation through a commitment of 1% of the profit from the sale of our artwork allocated to Ducks Unlimited through Art for Conservation.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ways to show your support of this blog

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Monday, March 24, 2014

poetry book release!!!

-- Poetry Book Release ! -- 

Our latest book - Rhythm & Rhyme -  is now listed on our site's store page, along with our other previously published books, have a look when you get a chance and let us know what you think :)

-- Brummet's In the Media -- 

Talking about our book Purple Snowflake Marketing -  live today:  ...Hosted by: Toi Thomas, author of the Eternal Curse Series

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

referral corner

 -- Quote of the Day -- 

“We started in Jonathon Jakes Childrens Cancer Center and we started adding elements and bringing friends in and then we were able to expand and bring in another hospital and we kept going and we are now in 7 hospitals serving 3500 children and their families every year.  It has been quite an experience especially for a choreographer, so I had a very large learning curve, but I felt so blessed every day because I was able to grasp what we were doing… the thought of children sick or dying was something I just didn’t want to expose myself to, but what happened was that I went in to help them but those children ended up blessing me. …The kids they just want to be normal, so when we go in we really try to give them normalcy – so when they come in to Discovery Arts they get to choose a new costume; we have make up and face painting, we have a theme art project, we do music, we have guest artists, we dance… One of the best things we came up with is we have these bed side adventure kits that are loaded with creative things they can do when they are too sick and cannot leave their bed. gives you a renewed and refreshed feeling about life and how precious and fragile it is and how we should all be so grateful for everything we can do. …how lucky you are, and how much good you can do for children who can’t go to school or take dance lessons.”

~ Marilyn Clements

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on Aug 6 2013… titled: Discovery Arts Org.

 (*Click on the title to access the full discussion)

-- Referral Corner -- 
 This section of the blog is reserved to recommend and highlight amazing (mostly nonprofit) organizations and their volunteers/members who work so hard to make the world a better place. Visit their sites, see if there is some way you can support them or spread the word about them, and let them know you heard about them via this blog :)

Young Canada Works Program: This organization offers students and recent graduates the chance to increase skills, pursue dreams or passions while building careers and earn money. The program also offers employers an opportunity to benefit from innovative ideas and competitive skills. Wage subsidies are available for eligible employers.

East Kootenay Conservation Program: We are so proud to live in the Kootenay region of BC, Canada and as such are thrilled that there are so many organizations in this region working hard to make the communities, wildlands and the whole world a better place. This program actually partners with over 70 regional organizations in conserving landscapes that sustain naturally functioning ecosystems. Together they have worked to conserve over 250,000 hectares of land and have invested $150 million into conservation projects across the Kootenays.

Association of State Wetland Managers: A nonprofit membership organization established in 1983 to promote and enhance protection and management of wetland resources, to promote application of sound science to wetland management efforts, and to provide training and education.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014


Hi everyone!

 I know I've been a little remiss in keeping up with the blog posts every single day... I get a post in most days, but not all. ...I apologize for that. 

The thing is we've just released a new book and there is a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on at the moment... including website updates, which eat up a lot of time. The garden season is right around the corner and I'm starting seeds for that... while balancing all of this and home life with working on another manuscript - a book offering green and conscious living recipes along with tips, nutrition information, etc. So my time slips away and then I realize - OOPS! I missed a day on the blog.

Anyway I'll do my best to rectify this time issue, but if you visit here and I've missed a day - please do forgive me and keep coming back as I'll offer new and interesting information the next day... or scroll through the archives while you are here... 

in appreciation,

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

wildlife sanctuaries in India

Wildlife Sanctuaries in India
By Jadiete S. Collins

 India boasts of a rich wildlife reserve and the wildlife sanctuaries in India are its ideal showcase. The diverse variety of wildlife in India, ranging from the majestic tigers, beautiful peacocks and the mammoth elephants find a secure asylum in the wildlife sanctuaries in India. There is no dearth of Indian wildlife sanctuaries. Almost all the major Indian states have them and some are also involved in the commendable task of conserving and preserving the endangered animal species. If you are too much into facts and figures, then it will help you to know that there are 80 National Parks, 441 sanctuaries and 23 tiger reserves that have been set up across India with the active support and direct involvement of the Government of India. If you have a suppressed desire to embark on India Wildlife tours and are wondering where to hunt for the authentic inputs, then wildlife tour operators in India will serve as a ready help.

If you are a person driven by an adrenalin rush, then the Wildlife sanctuaries in India will give you the much sought-after thrill and excitement. The sanctuaries not only offer a fascinating diversity of flora and fauna but you will also be left speechless by the diversity in the topography. Wildlife in India is varied and the best places to appreciate this diversity are the wildlife sanctuaries in India. These sanctuaries not only rank high as the ideal getaways for the wildlife enthusiasts but are veritable lures for the nature lovers as well. Kerala, in particular, boasts of a good number of sanctuaries among which mention must be made of Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Bird Sanctuary and the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary impresses with its amazing array of wild animals that comprise of elephants, bison, sambhar, deer, wild dogs, jungle cats, tiger, wild boar and reptiles such as cobra, viper and krait. Among the birds, you can spot such varieties as the Jungle Fowl, Myna, Bulbul, Kingfisher and Woodpecker. A mix of the tropical, a mixture of deciduous, semi-evergreen, and evergreen trees, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for the overwhelming presence of mammals, birds, reptiles, ambhibians, fishes and birds.

Karnataka should ideally be the next in choice when it comes to the best Indian wildlife sanctuaries. The best part about the wildlife sanctuaries here is that they are in perfect harmony with the unspoilt beauty of nature. There are sanctuaries that serve as secure havens for wide ranging mammals, whereas others, like the Nagarhole National Park, are reputed for the cobras, crocodiles, kraits, pythons, vipers, and several species of lizards that they shelter. If you are more inclined towards bird viewing then you will just have to grab hold of a binocular to spot bird species like common babbler, bee-eater, bulbul, dove, crested serpent, hornbill, Malabar pied, alexandrine, peacock, woodpecker, warbler, great Indian reed, eagle, crested hawk, golden-back parakeet, and the southern tree pie.

Your India wildlife tours are likely to remain inconclusive without touring the other major wildlife sanctuaries that include the Sasangir Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat, The Nagarjunasagar Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary in Haryana and the Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary in Orissa.

Wildlife in India is varied and the best places to appreciate this diversity are the wildlife sanctuaries in India. These sanctuaries not only rank high as the ideal getaways for the wildlife enthusiasts but are veritable lures for the nature lovers as well.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014


-- Quote of the Day -- 

“Perfect valor consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone.” 

~ John Kennedy

 -- Recycling Made Easy --

A lot of businesses are becoming aware of the importance of recycling, and may also be aware of how much money they can save with this one simple action – however they may not have efficient systems set up, enabling their workers to participate.

The first step to setting up efficient systems is to fully understand the recycling programs that are available to you. Schedule one of your employees, or a summer student helper, to put in a couple hours of research starting with the city website where links to recycling and reuse programs will be listed. Have a list of manufacturers and suppliers that you tend to use and ask that staff member to find out if any of them have take-back programs. For instance, the printer manufacturer may have an end-of-life program allowing you to return defunct printers back to them at no cost, or the delivery company may accept the pallet or foam packaging that comes with the items you have purchased.

Once you know what can be recycled in your area and any existing take-back programs that are available to you, have the staff member evaluate waste that your business generates and where it is produced. For instance you may have old printer cartridges produced on only one end of the office, whereas batteries might be replaced throughout the office, plastic wrap in the storage room, and returnable drink containers in the cafeteria.

By doing these two simple evaluation steps you can determine where best to locate specific recycling receptacles. You will also need a special collection area for storing the items prior to taking them in or having them picked up for recycling. But there is one more crucial step to this part of your recycling efforts and that is making the recycling program convenient for both employees and clients to use.

Trash Talk - It's Easy To Be Green, Book 1:

Convenient recycling may require you to place several receptacles for any one item closer to where the employees are. What I mean by this is you might have determined that your business produces a lot of paper waste and you’ve decided to place one large receptacle in the hallway between the front staff and those in the individual offices. There are two problems with that – the amount of time the staff will waste in standing up and walking over to the recycling bin, and the fact that because the bin is located so far away the staff are much more likely to dump the paper in their waste bin. So by locating receptacles in a convenient place near your employees they are going to utilize the recycling system you’ve put in place, and your staff labor hours will be much more efficient.

Another common mistake is to put a blue bin out with a recycle symbol on it and consider the program active. You’ll need to do a couple small additional things to make this work. First you’ll need to use specific signage for each bin so that people are aware of what goes in there. For instance, instead of marking a box ‘recyclables’ label it as ‘cardboard only; flatten boxes prior to placing in this bin’, or ‘paperboard only; flatten boxes and tubes prior to placing in this bin’. Separating items in this way also makes the system more efficient because staff will not have to physically sort the contents.

Then you’ll need to educate your staff - so put up notices in the staff room or bathrooms. Place regular announcements through in-house publications, and discuss the recycling program as it evolves in upcoming meetings. Have a suggestion box available for anyone who notices anything that could have the recycling program run more efficiently. Offer reward programs for staff that are exceptional at helping the business go green. Encourage participation with notices showing how recycling creates jobs and a variety of facts that you’ve gleaned from websites that offer recycling stats.

Be sure to share achievements with your staff by listing the benefits the business has experienced due to employee participation as time goes on. For instance you might realize that in 3 months time you were able to recycle enough waste paper to equate saving one tree from being cut down. Or perhaps the collection bin for returnable containers, old cell phones, or ink cartridges generated $100 in revenue that you were then able to donate to a local charity. An additional bonus, of course, is that any business donations that you make throughout the year will be useful for income taxes – so be sure to choose registered charities that give receipts for donations. Have each staff member suggest a local charity for those funds to be donated to – helping them feel like they are involved in making a difference in the community.

By setting up in-house recycling programs to be convenient you’ll find that more people will participate. When you encourage participation by showing the direct results of those efforts, people will become excited about it and tell their friends – they will also be happier working for a company that cares. It makes a big difference in employee turnover rates when people feel like they matter, are empowered and have a positive impact on their community. The business too will experience better relationships with clients and have a better reputation in their area, because people really do care about what you do. And bottom line – the business will save money in reduced garbage collection costs, reducing the potential of receiving fines for having recyclables in the garbage bin, and increased donation deductions when you file for income tax.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Crafters - Making a Difference

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“[Volunteering] gives you a sense of purpose. … I think that most of us are trying to achieve [filling] the loss of community, the sense of belonging. …We have about 115 chapters and from there we have a lot of offshoot groups and companies that join us each year, not official chapters but they participate. …Don’t limit your donation to blankets – anything can be used to make a difference if it is from your heart. …We’ve had restaurants feed us, we’ve had Starbucks companies, bakeries, all kinds of companies that join to make our events possible. In one of our events we had 75 volunteers and we made 195 blankets, we had 40 sewing machines – people were on the ground cutting fabric, pinning things, handing them to the people on the sewing machines… It reinforces that what ever your company does it can fit in with something we do. …Do something for somebody else; make cards to take to a senior’s center, make calls to people you haven’t talked to in years, do something – we have an obligation to each other, to step out of ourselves and try and make a difference. Everything helps.”

~ Susan Finch

Today’s quote originates from the Conscious Discussions Talk Radio episode that aired back on August 20 2013… titled: Binky Patrol Org.

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 -- Crafters Making a Difference -- 

Knitters - not only can you use your love of creating knitted art, but you can also make a difference. Perhaps participating in the Binky Patrol Organization (above) or local fundraisers is something you'd be interested in. Or maybe you want to make dishcloths and slippers, mittens and winter hats for the needy, or for thrift stores that raise funds for local worthy causes. Here is yet another option to consider:
(From FaceBook): "The Penguin Foundation has sent a global call out for knitters to help make pullovers for penguins caught in oil spills, which help keep them warm and stops them from cleaning themselves."  
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