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Kroger Reusable Bag Refund

Posted by Ed Maurer:

Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised by my local Kroger store. I brought in my reusable shopping bag and the cashier asked me how many bags I had. I told her one, but I thought she was going to charge me for the bag (even though I had purchased it previously.) Instead, she gave me a 5 cent credit on my bill for using a reusable shopping bag. It’s great to see that the local grocery stores are picking up on the demands of the consumers and giving something back. I know that 5 cents isn’t a lot, but at least it’s a start. Next time I go in I’ll bring 1000 reusable bags so that I can get $50 in credits.

November 19, 2007 at 6:44 pm 3 comments

Recycle Your CFL

Posted by: Joseph Hershey


CFL in the hotel

More than a year ago, my buddy Ed tipped me off to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s).

Thanks Ed.

Immediately, I went out and bought enough bulbs to replace as many old incandescent type lights as possible in my house. Where I wasn’t able to replace the bulb, because of size or shape, I was at least able to cut down on the number lights being used, e.g. I unscrewed half of the over mirror hollywood lights in the guest bathroom.

CFL’s cost more, but they last up to 10 times as long. They use a quarter of the electricity to give off the same amount of light.

So there’s a Green Tax. You pay more up front. ,

But because you make it back in 4 fold over the lifetime of the bulb, it still seems like a common sense no brainer decision to me.

But wait…there’s more.

This morning, the same friend Ed tips me off to the fact that the CFL’s have some amount of mercury inside. They should be recycled in some way instead of just tossed out into the trash.

Well, duh.

You get me hooked on em, and now I have to take special care of em after they die. You didn’t tell me this when you showed me how to cut energy use and save money.

Thanks Ed.

To shut me up, he pointed me to the LighterFootstep website…

There’s an article on 5 Ways to Recycle a CFL.

I don’t expect to have to recycle any of my CFL’s in the near future, but I would like to know who’s going to do it. I’ve gotta find out.

I’d like to hear if you’ve been using CFL’s long enough that you’ve had burn outs, and if you have, where you returned them too. If you just threw them out in the garbage, I won’t judge, or put you on a panel of shame. But I’d like to know what you’re doing with these. Does it even mater?


  • Learn more about CFL’s here.
  • Follow the Energy Star Change a Light Bus Tour here . It’s a cross country bus tour to promote awareness for the goodness of CFL’s.
  • And finally, make a pledge on the Energy Star website here. Commit to changing out at least one bulb today. Let someone in Washington D.C. know that there are numbers to this movement. They should care.

October 7, 2007 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

Southwest recycles

Posted by: Joseph Hershey


swa rocks with the recycle program! -- thegreentax.com

I went to the Podcast and New Media Expo this past weekend. Flying back and forth from Michigan was better than I expected. I flew on Southwest (SWA). I picked Southwest because they offered the only nonstop trip from Detroit to Ontario, California, where the expo was held.

I didn’t hear it or notice it on my ride out, because I tend to be unconscious asleep during long plane trips, but on the way back to DTW, I got confused, then excited as they collected trash from the cabin.

“…Please fully collapse your boxes and separate your cans. We will be recycling the trash picked up from the cabin…”

wow.

I’ve never heard this before.

I had to check it out further. Do a Google search for “southwest airlines recycle”.

I found some interesting stuff.

There’s a major study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) out that reports on the status of the airline industry creating loads of trash and stuff. Check here for a good summary, here for the actual study.

I found Treehugger.com complains that the airline industry isn’t recycling in an article posted 06.20.07. I guess they failed to mention Southwest has a comprehensive recycling incentive program for employees, as reflected in the employee on board request I heard to separate trash for recycle.

I also found Southwest has a blog. It looks like a good application of corporate blogging. They choose to join the conversation about their brand, rather than just let others talk about it.

For instance, in one blog entry, a reader commented that things need to change, things need to change BIG. Sarah says:

“I agree that parts of America ARE beuatiful, and that SWA has allowed me to be able to enjoy some of those beautifull areas…however…..I have a lot of hopelessness over the current state of our nation. Not necessarily its people but I feel there are SO many problems and I feel unsure how to fix them….health care…the enviornment….. work loads …child care. …maternaty leave ….tremendous stess levels from the high pressure to acheive …… broken families …… and our polititians dont seem to be concerned about anything but the money in their pockets…. in fact MOST of america seems to be driven by the evils of money. We need a change …. we need BIG changes!

PS…. why doesnt SWA RECYCLE all those millions, billions of plastic drink cups! ….do we REALLY need them anyway ….think of how many PLASTIC bottles people buy in the airport and soon after throw in the trash! It makes me so angry that our culture has gotten so used to buying and throwing…its a disposable nation!”

I agree that things have to change. I want to recognize what is being done though.

I added comment that Southwest shows a new attitude toward its business, employees, and customers, because it does enable, provides incentives to its employees to recycle when and where they choose to. Check it out… A Salute to America.

It’s important to note where changes are being made, however how small. And what Southwest is doing makes a major impact because of their volume and size… Not only that but thousands of customers will hear the words “separate and recycle” on their flights over the course of the nest year.

This is great!

Southwest seems to be doing something. I haven’t seen or heard of any of the other major airlines doing anything to help out the cause.

Have you?

October 3, 2007 at 6:06 pm 1 comment

The Green Tax Podcast, Show #7

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  • The seemingly endlessly running water in JOe’s house from faucet to drain.


    sewage pipes in JOe's home...

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  • Sierra Nevada Green Beer
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September 18, 2007 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

The Green Tax Podcast, Show #6

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    Instant smog from the tailpipe factory...

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  • Anita Roddick
  • Global Dimming

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  • Check your tire pressure.

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September 13, 2007 at 3:26 am 1 comment

Sideways forest

Posted by Ed Maurer:




Sideways forest

Originally uploaded by thegreentax

Ever wonder what an entire forest looks like when it is stacked on it’s side? This photo was taken as I was driving over the international bridge from Sault St. Marie Canada. These trees will be used by the St. Mary’s Paper company for use in magazines and other paper products. Seeing an entire forest laying on it’s side like this really makes you think the next time you hit the print button on your computer. I’m sure this company does it’s share of replanting, but imagine the wildlife that once used these trees for shelter and food. Another reason to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

August 21, 2007 at 3:02 am Leave a comment

Give It Away.

Posted by Joseph Hershey:


Reduce --> Reuse --> Recycler

Reduce — Reduce the amount of stuff you consume or use. Do you really need two carry out boxes? Maybe a single paper one would do if you could allow your food types to touch each other.

Reuse — If you can’t reduce, then reuse it. Cut down on consumption by not consuming more of what you already have. If you don’t need it, probably someone else in this world does. Find a local charity, friend, or relative to pawn the stuff off on, for free is the best price. Remember, they’re doing you and themselves a favor by keeping it out the trash, out of the land fill, out of the incinerator, out of the ocean.

Recycle — If you can’t reuse it, then recycle it. As a last choice, take all the stuff that you don’t need, can’t reuse, and recycle it.


Simple Green Act — Give away something today that you can’t reuse.


August 18, 2007 at 3:48 pm 1 comment

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