How Small Businesses Learn to Be Green In Business

Can Disposible Mean Eco-Friendly?

by Chuck Peavey 17. June 2010 22:33

Polylactic Acid (PLA)

Polylactic Acid Molecule

Until a few months ago, I was banking at Wachovia. I really liked them but they were bought by Wells Fargo so now I bank there. It's not that big of a deal. I need to walk an additional 300 yards from my office. I still see my same tellers, I can still write checks for my business, etc. but that's not the point of this article. The last few days, I noticed that my favorite Teller was using a "Green" Biodegradable cup made from Polylactic Acid (PLA) which is Biodegradable and Compostable... it's made from Corn.  I ask and it turns out that all through (at least that branch of Wells Fargo), this is the only type of disposable cup used.  This is just one small effort to be more Green. More...

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BP Oil Spill (Part 2.5) - Real Numbers?

by Chuck Peavey 11. June 2010 11:18

Oil Spill Real Numbers

It's starting to come out, the truth about how much oil is leaking into the Golf of Mexico.  Probably the most unbiased numbers I've been able to find are on the PBS web site.  They talk about how they came up with their oil spill numbers and it makes sense.  They also created a link to the live video and an estimate of how many gallons leaked. More...

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How The BP Oil Spill Is like a SQL Server Crash?

by Chuck Peavey 6. June 2010 08:20

SQL Server Crash

The Payoff

I know this Blog hasn't been around very long, it's only been about 6 weeks.  But just as things were starting to look good and traffic was starting to grow, my SQL Server crashed.  My objective here is to draw attention to simple ways we can all make a contribution to ecology and maybe draw some attention to other things I believe in. More...

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Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) vs. Incandescent - Helping or Hurting

by Chuck Peavey 27. May 2010 11:19

CFLs and Mercury

I got called to the carpet today for recommending CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights).  The friend who did this brought up the fact that CFLs have Mercury in them while Incandescent Lights (the bulbs we're used to using) don't.

My friend presents a solid argument.  Mercury is bad.  It's the reason pregnant women shouldn't eat Tuna because Mercury has leached into our food supply.  Also, if you throw out your fluorescent light bulbs (including CFLs), they end up in the landfill and the Mercury leeches into our water supply and then you get to drink it. More...

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Tornados and Global Warming

by Chuck Peavey 20. May 2010 18:42

I think we're missing the point on this topic because there is really no way to know.  Are all the devastating tornados in Oklahoma being caused by global warming because of our use of fossil fuels?  Seriously, I don't know.  Seriously, it doesn't matter!  We can't let the media frenzy for anything sensational to put on the news so they can sell advertising define us or how we respond to our own environment. More...

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BP Oil Leak vs. Exxon Valdez

by Chuck Peavey 12. May 2010 15:46

In the world of greenness, very little gets as much attention as oil spilling into our oceans.  In fact, if you check Google Keyword Trends, you'll see that "BP Oil Spill" is in the top 10 and has been there since the spill.

I think we all know we're in for some trouble.  I've read that its spilling 5000 gallons per day; I've read it's spilling 60,000 gallons per day.  The press being the press, they got that wrong.  The measurement is in barrels.  Each barrel holds 42 gallons so that's between 210,000 gallons and 2,520,000 gallons per day. More...

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Sustainability, do You Want a Bag with those fries?

by chuck 6. May 2010 22:42

A few hours ago, I went to Panda Express (no, I didn't get fries) to indulge my Orange Chicken addiction.  Of course, ToGo from any place like Panda Express is wasteful.  You get the Styrofoam container for your food.  You get the extra napkins, the plastic fork as well as the chopsticks (I always get chopsticks, don't really need the fork) and it all goes in a nice plastic bag so you can carry it to your car and up the stairs into the apartment without a lot of fuss where you take it out of the bag, eat it with the plastic fork then throw everything away. More...

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Paper vs. Plastic, Really?

by chuck 29. April 2010 21:39

I'm not a tree hugger... seriously; I'm just a business owner who would like to leave some air behind for my children to breath when I'm done breathing air myself.

So I figure there are little things I can do like park at the far end of the parking lot and walk into the gym rather than driving around and around in circles looking for the closest parking spot... seriously, I'm getting on a bike or treadmill when I get in the gym anyway. More...

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