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The Thirty Second Rule

I want to dedicate this blog entry to my friend Levi. In a conversation he and I had a while back, he told me they have, what he calls, a “thirty second rule.” What that means is, if they are going to leave the room for more than thirty seconds, they turn off the lights. Simple, huh? Yet this is […]

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Paper or Plastic? Neither!

I remember when I would go to the grocery store and the clerk would ask “paper or plastic?” We typically would say “paper” because it was easier to recycle. Our garbage company picks up recycles, but doesn’t do plastic bags. And we’d always forget to take our plastic bags back to the store. So they’d pile up in our recycle […]

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It’s a Conspiracy…

Christmas is just around the corner. Today’s message is a simple one. Click here and watch the video. It could be your new tradition.Spend less (half, or…?), give more. Merry Christmas!

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Going Paperless at Home

There are two technological marvels that I find incredibly helpful and amazing: pdf files and scanners. A couple of years ago, I started trying to go paperless. There are actually a lot of easy ways to make progress in this area. First, I started with online banking. My statements are no longer mailed to me, but I access them online. […]

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Tissues, Toilet Paper and Towels

This section of the blog will require a part one and a part two. There are five paper product areas I want to discuss. I’m going to talk about four of those here in part one and will cover the fifth in part two. In the forest products industry, toilet paper is the number one part of the “tissue market”. […]

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Recycling, Compost and Waste

One other way to “halve it all” is to reduce the amount of garbage we generate. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) is more commonly known as garbage or trash. This is the stuff and junk that ends up in our landfills. Or, in some areas, it’s incinerated. My wife and I have been working to reduce our trash. Our garbage collection […]

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Our Coffee Addiction

If you think I’m going to slam coffee in today’s blog, you’re wrong. While I do recommend fair trade, organic shade grown coffee for what may be obvious reasons, today’s topic is actually about the disposable cups we drink our coffee from. I hope by now everyone is death on styrofoam cups. I’m not even going there. But what I […]

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Consumption and Waste

Well I got the ball rolling on this blog. So after just two posts, I’m going to shift a bit into a little more general topic of consumption and waste. This topic does fit with “halve it all” because if we reduce our consumption and our waste, we (and our world) will be better off for it. We are a […]

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Eating Out at Restaurants

Here’s another area where we consume too much and really don’t need to. Our favorite restaurant in Eugene is a great little place with grass-fed free range humanely raised beef in their burgers. Pepper Jack cheese, green chilis… yum.BUT, these burgers are 1/2 pound! Plus fries. And the bun. They don’t post the calories, but one order probably exceeds the […]

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Where This All Began

The idea for this blog came about from water spots on our dishes. Yeah, really. You see, my wife and I were having trouble with our dishwasher leaving water spots on our glasses. So, we did what most people do: bought some Rinse Aid. You know, the very expensive blue liquid that keeps your dishwasher from spotting your glasses. But […]

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