Saturday, January 06, 2007

Light bulbs and more





I created this pretty cool logo before the holidays (at least I think it is cool). The logo was ironed onto canvas bags.

Within the canvas bags I had items for reduce, reuse, and recycle.


I included a compact florescent light bulb with the tag attached.

The tag says "If every U.S. family replaced one regular light bulb with a CFL, it would eliminate 90 billion pounds of greenhouse gases, the same as taking 7.5 million cars off the road."


The canvas bag had this attached:
"Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year."




I had some local food:
"The average fresh food item on our dinner table travels 1,500 miles. Buying locally produced food eliminates the need for all that fuel-guzzling transportation."



And finally one that talked about recycling:
"Recycle cans, bottles, plastic bags, and newspapers. When you recycle, you send less trash to the landfill and you help save natural resources, like trees, oil, and elements such as aluminum."


I didn't get much response from the gifts - other than "oh, I didn't know that." Maybe it planted a seed.

What I am gong to do is start printing out the light bulb statement and purchase some light bulbs and start giving them to random people (with this message attached). A light bulb is such an easy start - and a cheap way to give a message to others. Does anyone want to join me in doing this? If you do, please let me know - I can make some of these larger or in a PDF form so that you can print out and pass on the messages.

Just a small idea that could have a difference. :)


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Edited addition as of 2:00 PM ***

for those of you who want to join in, I have created a PDF that you can print out and cut to attach to light bulbs. http://www.d.umn.edu/~medel/Beyond/

The file is called: reduce-lightbulbs.pdf

I may also put some other items in that directory. :) Emme

23 comments:

Cheryl said...

I'd be into doing that, and I have a few friends that probably would be too!

Chelee said...

YES!! I actually am planning on giving these lightbulbs out with every gift I give this year. I never thought about random lightbulb giving. I'd totally be into that.

kim said...

yes,yes,yes!!
great idea!!
can you tell I'm excited?
Go Emme Go!
kim in IN

Sara said...

I usually give alternative gifts for Christmas and this one is a great idea. I'm giving CFL's for Christmas next year! In a lovely gift basket, of course. Great Idea!

RAS said...

I think it's a great idea. I can't do it myself right now -I'm a broke grad student after all, but I love the idea!

Beo said...

Emme,
Our Church is becoming a Green Sanctuary and may be interested in these bags as a form of outreach. I will check with some people and get back to you.

These are uber cool.

Chris said...

Awesome! I love it!

MrsA said...

I will be printing these off as well and giving them to people.
Thanks

I also posted an article on my blog about the hidden dangers of chemicals in our shampoo's if anyone is interested.
http://countrylifejourney.typepad.com/

Fleur said...

Emma

Your an inspiration - good on you girl for trying to make a change to the way people think... Don't give up.

I live in a strawbale solar passive house in Western Australia. I generate all my own energy and I compost all my own waste. I have friends and visitors come to my house for the past 8 years... Most say that it's wonderful, think the house it fantastic, think I'm a hero... but not one has done anythink themselves about the kind of house they choose to live in. At times I have given up hope that there is anyway to make people change.. but then fate does things that continues to give me hope and I stumble on to your blog a month or so ago...

I have a blog about my cycling obsession and I'm just starting to add some info about my house... though I don't have the skills you do with blogging :)....

my address is: http://recumbentpatience.blogspot.com/

Carolyn said...

Excellent attachment to the lightbulbs. I could've used these over the holidays when I was giving these things away!

And by the by...contrary to my expectations, relatives were happy to receive lightbulbs, too! I was more worried about their reception to the idea than how strangers would feel about somebody giving them free bulbs!

Your next assignment is to make a similar tag to hang on the fabric gift bags I want to give away over the holidays in 2007! I would like to give sets of 3 homemade bags to people to encourage them to cut back on paper gift wrap.

I used gift bags this year and they were so much easier to deal with than paper and tape and bows and boxes. And afterwards, we didn't end up with a lot of that stuff going to the landfill.

hannah said...

What a cool idea! I am slowly switching to compact fluorescents as my old ones burn out. Maybe this idea would help my in-laws make the switch...

Janis Mara said...

I love this idea - talk about yer multitasking! The bag saves the landfill, the tag encourage folks to save electricity. You know, I've seen those figures before and I'm curious - where do they come from?

Emme said...

I found the fact here:http://environment.about.com/od/globalwarming/tp/globalwarmtips.htm
and here:
http://www.sobegreen.com/id65.html

Janis Mara said...

Thanks, Emme! I appreciate it. That page on About.com has many fascinating facts!

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