Archive for March, 2011

Making toilet paper at the office

While the article doesn’t give many details, it looks like the White Goat machine turns traditional office paper into toilet paper. In about 30 minutes, the machine converts approximately 40 sheets of office into a fresh roll of toilet paper. The process involves shredding the paper, dissolving it in water, thinning it, drying it and winding the paper around a roll. According to the manufacturers, the White Goat is pricey, retailing at $100,000.  The cost to produce one roll of toilet paper however is cheap at 12¢ per roll.

White Goat machine

Definitely a steal at 12¢ a roll, I wonder how it compares to Charmin or Cottonelle? Can you think of one item that you wouldn’t buy recycled?

Source:  Mother Nature Network

Follow me to Earth Day in 40 Days!!

Wordless Wednesday

heart fern

Source: Simple Organic

Countdown to Earth Day: 41 days left…..see you on the Plaza!

Meatless Monday: Food for Thought


The following is an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

Making some simple changes to your food buying habits and food choices, can make a significant impact on the environment and your health.  Every food purchase you make is a ‘vote’ on how and where you want your food to be supplied.

This statement makes sense to me and could be applied in variety of situations. But since its Meatless Monday I see it as asking for veggie meals in your favorite restaurant (if they are not currently available). Supply = Demand. If enough patrons ask for a certain type of meal, I’m willing to bet that you will see changes to the menu!

Source: Caelus Consulting

  • Congratulations to Lucia Paolucci winner of Thursday’s Recyclemania giveaway!
  • Countdown to Earth Day: 43 days left…..see you on the Plaza!

Toner Cartridge Recycling


Thanks to Sharie Williams and the Finance Department for participating in the toner cartridge recycling program.

LIFE’s Toner Cartridge Recycling Program rewards departments that return used toner cartridges to the Office of Sustainability. Each month participating departments will be entered in a drawing to receive a “prize” for the office to share.

To date, more than 100 toner cartridges have been collected for recycling, eliminating waste from landfills and bringing us one step closer to reaching our sustainability goals.

A special thanks to the following departments for participating in the program

  • Basic Sciences
  • Center for Health & Optimum Performance (C-HOP)
  • Clinical Sciences
  • College of Chiropractic
  • Executive Office
  • Finance
  • Grounds
  • Human Resources
  • Library
  • Life Commons
  • Natural Sciences
  • Purchasing
  • Registrar
  • Sports Health Science
  • Student Accounts
  • Student Success Center

For those departments that have yet to participate, it’s not too late! Simply contact Shannan George, Sustainability Coordinator,; x4339 for pick-up when you change toner cartridges. Its that simple.



Some of the best advice I’ve ever received has come from a colleague, friend or family member. Today I would like to give you the opportunity to be the expert and to share your recycling experiences with the LIFE community. 

  • What do you recycle and why?
  • If you don’t recycle….what could change your mind?
  • Do you recycle at home? Take reusable bags to the grocery store?
  • How have you found ways to make recycling easier?

Comment on this post with your experiences for a chance to win a prize from the Office of Sustainability. The winner will be randomly chosen from comments submitted by 12 pm (EST) on March 4, 2011. (Note: Prize must be picked up in the Office of Sustainability).

Countdown to Earth Day: 47 days left…..see you on the Plaza!

Wordless Wednesday


Source: National Geographic

Countdown to Earthday: 48 days….see you on the Plaza!


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