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Countdown to Earth Day

Friends of Iowa Compact have lined up 22 easy ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in celebration of Earth Day — teeny tiny steps that amount to a whole lot! From April 1 through April 22 (Earth Day) we’ll inspire you with tips to help you and your family become deeper shades of green in … Continue reading

Free Tickets for Peace

I don’t know how many of you have heard of Dan Millman. If you have, you’ll likely understand what a soulful, generous, character he is, and you won’t be terribly surprised by this offer. If you haven’t yet heard of him, you’re in for a treat. Dan is the author of The Way of the … Continue reading

Maybe The Hippies Were Right

From the mindful blog of Cathy Haustein in Pella: The heavens are telling the glory of God Creation declares God’s handiwork. Day after day speaks out of God’s wonder and night after night declares holy wisdom. The words are not heard, their voices make no sound But their silent message fills the earth, their unspoken … Continue reading

40 Day Resolution to Reduce

The season of Lent is not only a Christian time of personal sacrifice, but it is now observed by many Americans as a time to “give up” something to make the world a better place. Lent is a perfect time to give up something for the next 40 days that contributes to global warming. You … Continue reading

A New Free for All!

Joining the ranks of FreeCycle.org and Craigslist comes FreeMesa.org, a website dedicated to helping people to find needed items for the best price possible—FREE! FreeMesa hopes to reduce consumption and waste through recycling while also improving the living standards of those in need (and those just needing some free space), stressing the importance of how … Continue reading

Iowa City Community Garden

Garden plots are available to lease at Wetherby Park. The size of each tilled plot is approximately 10′ x 50′, and the fee for each plot is $20 for residents/$25 for non-residents. Registration occurs at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center each year on the very first Monday of April beginning at 7:30 a.m. … Continue reading

Green Inspired Spring Clean

Identify the chemicals in your home you use for cleaning, take steps to reduce your reliance on them, and eliminate them from your home. This can be a load of fun if you have a good game plan and children who are eager to help their Mother save the earth. If you’re not sure what … Continue reading

Tampontification

You probably never thought of this, but women’s shelters in the U.S. go through thousands of tampons and pads monthly.  Assistance agencies generally help with expenses of “everyday” necessities such as toilet paper, diapers and clothing, but one of the most BASIC needs is overlooked – feminine hygiene products.  Seventh Generation, a green paper products … Continue reading

Earth 911

Do you have household hazardous materials under the kitchen sink or in the garage? Don’t know what to do with that old cell phone or computer? The Earth 911 website offers a zip code look up for recycling … just in time for spring cleaning. Find out where and how to properly dispose of and … Continue reading

Small Changes for Big Benefits

Here’s a list of low/no cost ideas that you can do to reduce energy use and make your life as efficient as possible. Turn the water off during a shower when you are soaping up. Showers use about half the water that baths do. Do only full loads of laundry. Wash your laundry in cold … Continue reading