Posts filed under ‘reuse’

The Green Tax Podcast, Show #10

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Show Topics:

  • Shop Pink and Think Green.
  • The Life of a Plastic Spoon.

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  • Save the chill. Make sure the fridge / freezer door is sealed shut when you walk away.

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October 10, 2007 at 8:39 am Leave a comment

Virginia’s ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday

Posted by Ed Maurer:

The state of Virginia has a new holiday called “ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday” and from Friday October 5th through Monday October 8th 2007 you can purchase the following energy star qualified products with NO SALES TAX!

  1. Ceiling Fans
  2. Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs)
  3. Dehumidifiers
  4. Dishwashers
  5. Programmable Thermostats
  6. Refrigerators
  7. Room Air Conditioners
  8. Clothes Washers

Visit Virginia.Gov for more information.

Now that’s a negative green tax I can handle.

September 25, 2007 at 3:29 pm 3 comments

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...

Show Topics:

  • Sierra Nevada Green Beer
  • The Green Switch

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Green Tip:

  • Stay Local.

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September 18, 2007 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

The Green Tax Podcast, Show #6

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  • The carbon emissions coming from Barak Obama’s limo as he rolls up to a global warming speech.


    Instant smog from the tailpipe factory...

Show Topics:

  • Anita Roddick
  • Global Dimming

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Green Tip:

  • 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

Paper, Plastic, or Chico?

Posted by Ed Maurer:

What’s the answer to the question “Paper or plastic?” According to the More Hip than hippie podcast the answer is NEITHER! But after listening to these funny girls, I have learned that the answer in many cases is “Chico.” They promote the use of a nylon reusable shopping bag called a Chico bag. At $5 per bag that folds up neatly in a pouch that can be tucked away in a purse or in your car for when you need it. I think it fits well with the theme of my own podcast The Green Tax (coming very soon) because it costs a little bit more to be green these days. In order to feel good about saving the environment, it sometimes costs us a bit more. Wouldn’t it be nice if our grocery stores gave these bags out at a nominal cost to us and then gave us a discount if we used the reusable bags instead of the plastic bags? If you think about it, grocery stores would start to save money by not needing to purchase as many paper and plastic bags. I want my local Kroger Grocery store to step up to the plate and offer Chico bags with a cost incentive. Forget the Kroger card or Store Value card, I want credit for reusing my bags! That would be nice. In the mean time, I will need to invest my own money in these little convenient reusable bags myself and say NO to paper or plastic.

July 26, 2007 at 1:37 pm 3 comments


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