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Stationary that blooms

Posted by Environment Smart on 10/03 at 11:21 AM

Blooming StationaryNow here is a creative way to recycle paper.

There are a number of stationary businesses that have embedded their wrapping paper and greeting cards with seeds that can be planted. WishBuds and  Botanical Paperworks are only two such businesses.

The paper that WishBuds uses is handmade and is manually embedded with wildflower seeds. The paper is made from linen or cotton and decomposes when placed in soil. The seeds found in the paper are a mixture of many varieties. Some of these are clarkia, corn poppy, bird’s eyes, snapdragon and catchfly. According to WishBuds, the seeds are randomly spread throughout the layers of the paper so that "one or many of the varieties may grow as the seeds are randomly spread throughout the layers of the paper". The Botanical Paperworks website shows how the process works. 

Just plant and water the paper and it will bloom.

If you are a DIY kind of person, then you can easily make your own blooming paper. Just follow the instructions for handmade paper and carefully embed the seeds when the paper is dry. There are also many paper-making kits available. Botanical Paperworks offers one, but you can also visit your local art and crafts store or hobby shop, or have a further look online.


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UNEP helping young consumers be more eco-friendly

Posted by Environment Smart on 10/02 at 11:35 AM

youthXchange Training Kit coverUNEP and UNESCO have just released the new and updated edition of their popular YouthXchange. The YouthXchange Training Kit serves as a guide to eco-friendly living for young consumers.

This 2008 release is the second edition (first edition 2002) of the YouthXchange Training Kit produced by UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). UNEP describes their publication as a "train the trainer tool that aims to promote sustainable consumption patterns among young consumers worldwide".

“YouthXchange is one of the most important youth activities connected to UNEP’s sustainable consumption and production work - it provides us with content that we are able to convey to other young people, empowering them to make different choices in their daily lives and be actors of change,” says Gabriela Monteiro, a UNEP Tunza Youth Advisor.

Included in this updated guide is a chapter on how to find a balance between the desire of today's youth to look "cool" and fashionable while maintaining an awareness of the impact of their consumption on such areas as climate change. 

“Through their (youth) purchasing patterns, life-style choices and networks with schools and universities to clubs, the music scene and sports they can also influence the wider world - influence that will be vital for moving communities, companies and countries to back a new UN climate change deal in Copenhagen’s UN Climate Change Conference in 2009”, says Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director.

“This initiative, which fits within the framework of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD, 2005-2014), seeks to raise the awareness of young people and make responsible consumers of them,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO.

Through the YouthXchange program, UNEP and UNESCO collaborate to help young people to make their everyday actions part of their aspirations for a better world. 

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Environment to ensure majority federal government

Posted by Environment Smart on 10/01 at 11:24 AM
NewsGeneralPermalink is a project designed to try to oust the Conservative government and bring in a majority government that will put environmental issues in the forefront of its platform.

According to the movement, "We believe that the Harper Government’s collusion with the Bush White House to obstruct progress on climate change at recent international summits does not reflect how Canadians want their leaders to behave on the world stage. The Harper and the Conservative Party are simply not in step with what scientists say is needed, with Canadians' concerns, and with economic benefits of dealing with climate change."

"If those of us who care about the environment don’t work together across party lines, the pro-environment vote will be split as it was in the last election and Harper will be re-elected."

The site calculates what the likely vote totals would be for each party based on today's polling. Visiting the site regularly will allow you to follow what the trend is for your riding. The idea is that this will help you to vote strategically to form a majority government that will be environmentally proactive regardless of your plolitical affiliation.

"Government change not climate change
Vote smart so the majority wins"

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