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Eco-Friendly Territory

Sep 01, 2010 ● By Style

E-CyclingE-waste is yet another buzzword in the era of “green”-ing everything, but what exactly is it and how does it work? With the increase in use of electronic products over the past several years, we’ve accumulated our share of electronic waste, and disposing of such waste can be a confusing and sometimes inconvenient task. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests reusing electronics whenever possible by passing them on to new users or donating to schools or nonprofits. When items cannot be reused, recycling is key. Electronics contain precious metals, copper and engineered plastics that require energy to initially manufacture, and recycling those products results in lower environmental emissions. According to the EPA, “Recycling one million desktop computers prevents the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of 16,000 passenger cars.”Computers, mobile phones, laptops, monitors, printers, ink and toner cartridges, and televisions are all e-cyclable. Fortunately, there is no shortage of e-waste options in our area. Cameron Park, Placerville and El Dorado each offer e-waste drop-off dates and locations through their cities’ Solid Waste Divisions. All Green Electronics, a company with locations across the country, offers at-home and business pick-up capabilities, and has drop-off locations in Sacramento, Rocklin, Cameron Park and Placerville. What are you waiting for? Reduce, reuse and e-cycle!STATEMENT PIECESIs your clothing loud enough? Possibly, but we bet that the women behind A Lot To Say would beg to differ. Two sisters left the corporate world with a vision to share a message. Utilizing the power of the written word, A Lot To Say carries a line of apparel and accessories made of 100-percent recycled products and via Earth-friendly processes. Shirts, pillowcases and intimate apparel are made of spun plastic from recycled plastic water bottles – all to make a statement. On each piece an eye-catching phrase explains an imperative environmental fact with a positive affirmation or challenge to raise awareness to sustainability. Accessories include umbrellas, yoga-wear, tank tops, bathing suits, totes and more. Only three percent of plastic in the world is being recycled, and A Lot To Say is making good use of it. And we think that’s worth talking about. To learn more, visit alottosay.com. GREEN TIPS FOR FALLWith autumn fast approaching, the temperatures are dropping and leaves are falling. With hues of red, orange and yellow abounding, there are plenty of things to do that are green. Here are five tips for staying eco-friendly this fall:Compost your unwanted leaves in the yard to create organic, nutrient-rich soil that will be ready for use by the time spring arrives. Instead of bagging and placing them by the side of the road, begin planning your spring garden now.Bring any houseplants that have spent the summer outdoors in. They will help clean the air inside your home. Bringing plants indoors will provide natural air-purifying for a home that’s gotten stuffy with the air conditioner cranking all summer.Consider throwing a “costume swap” with the neighborhood or with friends for Halloween. It’s a great way to recycle those once-used Halloween costumes, save some money, and get to know your neighbors.Replace light bulbs with CFLs and consider installing lighting controls such as timers, occupancy sensors, and dimmers to reduce output and wattage. Reducing light bulb output is an efficient and measurable money-saver.Try an electric leaf-blower as opposed to a gas-powered one. They are quieter and more energy efficient. If you can’t compost, try eco-friendly lawn bags, like the YardMaster Biodegradable/Recyclable Paper Lawn and Leaf Bags.

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Eco-Friendly Territory

Apr 30, 2009 ● By Super Admin

The eco-spa has become an increasingly more common presence, and we have some exemplary options right here in Folsom. Le Spa, a SMUD GREENERGY Partner, is treating clients with some of the most environmentally sensitive products currently on the market. They include products from Kevin Murphy, an Australian-based company that uses all-natural essential oils and botanicals, leaving the hair at its liveliest and best condition. Eminence Organics, a Hungarian skin care line made from organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and ingredients produced from wind and solar energy, makes completely green-focused products that are distributed by bio-diesel transport. Le Spa also carries and uses the formaldehyde-free polishes of Nail Tech. To experience the difference Le Spa makes, join Le Club every Thursday evening from 3 to 7 p.m. for a Spa Cocktail Party, lespadayspa.com or call 916-351-9226 for an appointment. For another eco-friendly hair experience, Alchemy Day Spa proudly offers all-natural, organic and locally crafted products, organic robes and foot care, soy candles and organic bamboo washcloths. To book your visit, call 916- 355-8597 or visit them online at alchemyspaandboutique.com.For more eco-friendly tips and ideas, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style – Folsom, El Dorado Hills edition. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email  info@sierrastyle.com, or call 916-988-9888.

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Eco-Friendly Territory

Jan 31, 2009 ● By Super Admin

Not only does unnecessary waste clutter your otherwise happy home, unruly junk (let’s just call it what it is) is environmentally toxic, and in many cases, dangerously so. That is why the City of Folsom Hazardous Materials Division provides pick-up protection of difficult-to-handle materials – a residential door-to-door collection service for all household hazardous waste, which in this case includes everything from batteries, pesticides, electronics, and flammables to aerosol cans, antifreeze, fats, oils and grease (for a complete list, visit the City of Folsom’s Web site at folsom.ca.us). Beyond resident households, the City has also extended the program to collect California Universal Wastes (electronics and fluorescents) from local businesses and non-profit organizations. “This type of direct service has resulted in high citizen participation, high hazardous waste diversion from landfills, and climate change benefits [by] capturing refrigerants, GWP chemicals, and reducing individual vehicle trips to permanent collection facilities,” according to the program’s summary report, which also cites that 52 percent of households have used the service to date. And why not, when it is literally at their disposal? For helping local residents properly dispose of hazardous Global Warming materials, and for reducing high-polluting vehicle trips to do so, this forward-thinking program won the 2005 California Integrated Waste Management Board and the 2007 North American Hazardous Materials Management Association Program Excellence Awards. Pick-up appointments – available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – can be scheduled online or by calling 916-355-8397.folsomhazmat.comFor more eco-friendly tips and ideas, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style – Folsom, El Dorado Hills edition. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email  info@sierrastyle.com, or call 916-988-9888.

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Eco-Friendly Territory

Oct 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

Don’t look now but the 50 Corridor just got sustainably street legal! Cost Less Auto, located in Rancho Cordova, has us all revved-up, and for a good, responsible reason. (And let’s face it, when was the last time we were driven to report about anything requiring a drastically inflated tank of gas? Exactly.) Well, these days Style is pleased to report that there is truth in advertising – Cost Less Auto, anyone? Now that locals have access to the area’s only line of electric cars, trucks, and scooters manufactured by ZAP — a company committed to repaving the way we think about transport.  Among the cache of available eco-rides at Cost Less Auto is the affordable new city-speed electric car design called the ZAP Xebra. And, with gases tipping the scales to where no one wants to travel (least of all commuters), rest easy because the Xebra uses no gas (yeah, really!), which not only fuels our conscience, but also comes as simply great news for our collective wallets. And get this: the Xebra is actually a car you want to be seen motoring (yet another perk we love). The vehicle comes in both truck and sedan configurations specifically designed to be driven at slower speeds (think 40 MPH). So while your dreams of being Jeff Gordon will have to remain just dreams, you may be able to shell out for some driving lessons with all the extra cash you’ll save. Of course the most important thing about this win-win scenario is that by driving an eco-friendly vehicle, you are putting the pedal to sustainable metal. So what do you say — isn’t it time to stop spinning your wheels? We think so. Start your engines at 1940 Zinfandel Drive, Rancho Cordova, call 916-859-0007, or visit costless1.com. For more on ZAP, visit zapworld.com.For more Green Tips, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Eco-Friendly Territory

Jul 31, 2008 ● By Super Admin

If eco-responsibility is necessary for the future of a healthy earth, then it is only fitting that Folsom welcome the Home of the Future – an “ultra-efficient” residential bungalow constructed by local builder Robert Walter in partnership with SMUD. Their vision: a monthly energy bill of just $24. Considering that the average energy bill (a combination of heat and gas) is somewhere in the vicinity of $140 per month for residences built to new-home standards, and factoring in what most of us are paying at the pump, the relative smallness of a $24 bill represents welcome relief to the homeowners who will pay it, and for the planet they inhabit. The master plan for the 1,940 square feet Home of the Future is nothing short of eco-genius. According to a SMUD-issued news release, the home will feature “two-inch by six-inch framing to allow more room for advanced insulation,” as well as environmentally-friendly amenities, which includes solar electricity, solar hot water, LED lighting and factory framing; the latter of which will play an instrumental role in helping the home earn LEED platinum certification — the standard by which all other green structures are judged, and very difficult to achieve. Should the Home of the Future earn LEED certification, it will be one of only two California homes to hold the honor; the other is in southern California. The aforementioned release also states that the combination of impressive technical and SMUD’s financial incentives is what makes this home a model of green building, very clearly stating that, “The ‘Home of the Future’ is meant to demonstrate to the building community and the home-buying public that attractive and ultra-energy-efficient homes can be built and marketed at reasonable prices.” The Home of the Future – a product of rigorous and thoughtful teaming – is slated for completion this month. Folsom’s older residences will surround the Home, which, somewhat ironically, is just blocks removed from Old Town.

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