Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tell 'em, girl!
Where will “going green” get us? - JackCentral.com - Your online Northern Arizona news source
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I need a printer.
I planned to draft my dissertation on my laptop, but it turns out that I cannot get my head around editing without having a hard copy and a real pencil in my hand. Like I cannot get my head around reading fiction on a Kindle.
There are a million printers out there, and online techie reviewers galore. So I will limit myself to telling you about the printer I selected and why. I am a Google-Queen. I decide on the features I want, and then read, read, read until I satisfy myself that I am getting the most (and greenest) printer for my money.
I chose the Lexmark x7675 Pro multifunctional inkjet printer (CNET review video below). Here's why (the green features are in green type):
1. Automatic two-sided printing saves paper, trees and money
2. Planned longevity and a transferable 5-year warranty if you sell the printer!
3. Economy print cycles - 32 pages/minute for black and 27 for color - save ink and electricity
4. "Closed loop" ink cartridge recycling program for EVERY returned cartridge
5. High yield print cartridges print twice the pages per cartridge (less raw materials, packaging, refills, and transportation costs)
6. Buy 5 cartridges, get 1 free AND return 5 cartridges, get 1 free
7. Wireless (I can work from any room in the house)
8. 4-in-1 includes handy fax, scan and copy functions will make Felicia at FINRA happy too.
9. Flat bed scanner allows me to scan directly from text books
10. Dirt cheap - all the bells and whistles were $119 at OfficeMax
By the way, the Lexmark X7675 Pro won CNET's coveted excellence rating! http://reviews.cnet.com/multifunction-devices/lexmark-x7675-pro/4505-3181_7-33264402.html.
As an aside, if you've been wondering whether to go laser or inkjet, here are some interesting comparisons. Inkjets traditionally use up to 90 percent less electricity than laser printers. On the other hand, the standard laser printer generally handles 3x more printing over its lifetime than the average inkjet (that's what makes the Lexmark's 5 year warranty so remarkable!).
I'm very excited about my new, green, $119 Lexmark printer! Did I say $119?
Check out Lexmark's corporate sustainability report here: http://www.lexmark.com/environment/EnvironmentalSustainabilityReport.pdf
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Still, these products don't always do as good a job as the old, harsher brands. I'm still playing around with these products and will let you know when I come across something stellar. Right now I'm really liking these three products:
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
• Almost 8 cartridges are thrown away per second in the United States alone!
• In North America alone, over 350 million cartridges per year are discarded in our landfills, and that number increases by 12 percent annually!
• A laser cartridge thrown into landfill can take up to 450 years to decompose. Some components made of industrial grade plastics will take over a thousand years to decompose.
• Every remanufactured cartridge saves nearly 3 and 1/2 pounds of solid waste from being deposited in landfills.
• 70 percent of used printer cartridges throughout the world are currently being thrown out.
• In one year, if the world’s discarded cartridges were stacked end-to-end, they would circle the earth over three times.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Coincidentally, my friend (and fellow facebooker and mediator extraodinaire Kate Otting) posted pics and a story from the Biosphere 2 in Tucson, where chaperoned a group of boys. The Biosphere 2 is considered a "failed experiment." The authors of this article are suggesting the experiment be reinstituted, using what we've learned in the interim years. We have so much to learn.