“Green Tips and Facts” in honor of Earth Day (on April 22)

April 28th, 2011
Is your life too plastic?
Click here http://www.bagitmovie.com/trailer.html to view the trailer to the movie “Bag it”.
Recently the Daufuskie Island Conservancy purchased the movie “Bag it” and learned the following facts:
*The top three plastic containers that Americans use and throw away the most are bags, bottles and cups.
*Bottled water has surpassed sales of milk and beer and in three years will surpass the sale of soda.
*Plastics are made with fossil fuels and transported by fossil fuels.
*17 million barrels of oil are consumed for plastic bottle production each year. The production generates 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
*Numerous European countries have either banned plastic bottles or reuse them and issue a deposit.
To learn more about the issue click here http://www.bagitmovie.com/about_issues.html
Please visit the Conservancy’s table at Farmer’s Market this Saturday from 11a – 1p at Marshside Mama’s and learn more about plastic consumption.

“Green Tips and Facts” in honor of Earth Day (on April 22)

April 21st, 2011
As the world becomes increasingly concerned with the environmental impact of our actions, children want to know where they fit in. This up and coming green generation can start incorporating more responsible practices into their daily routines.
We can help today’s youth become tomorrow’s working adults to help our planet. Helping them to understand that even small things such as turning off the water while brushing their teeth can make a difference and is teaching them to conserve.
10 Things Kids Can Do To Go Green & Reduce Environmental Impact:
1. Ask Mom and Dad to buy “green” school supplies.
2. Walk and ride your bike, instead of riding in a car.
3. Take shorter showers and turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
4. Start on organic garden and create compost for it.
5. Turn off lights, appliances and electronics when not in use.
6. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle.
7. Volunteer with community organizations that plants trees.
8. Run the dishwasher only when its full.
9. Save trees by using less paper and throw away containers.
10. Ease up on playing video games…they use a lot of energy.

“Green Tips and Facts” in honor of Earth Day (on April 22)

April 14th, 2011

No one produces more trash than the US, where 5% of the world’s people generate 40% of the world’s trash.

By recycling, every person can contribute in a positive way to reversing the deleterious effects that twentieth century innovations have had on our planet. Plastic bottles are thought to decompose in 300-500 years, aluminum cans 200-500 years, plastic bags 30-60 years, glass bottles 1 million years and Styrofoam, never. Rather than burying these recyclable items in a landfill, something new can be made from them. Better yet, avoid using them in the first place. Purchase a reusable water bottle and fill it each day from your kitchen sink rather than buying water in bottles. Instead of using single use plastic storage bags for food, use glass jars or reusable plastic food storage containers. Instead of purchasing prepackaged vegetables in a foam tray covered with clear plastic wrap, purchase loose vegetables in a plastic bag and reuse the bag. Take canvas shopping bags with you when you shop rather than having your merchandise packed in plastic or paper bags.

What does recycling save?

Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy and 20 recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore.

Recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power your television for three hours or to run a 100-watt light bulb for almost four hours

According to the EPA, the amount of plastics generation in the municipal waste stream has increased from less than 1 percent in 1960 to 12.1 percent in 2007.

There are many items that can be made from recycled plastics. These items include garbage cans, picnic tables, fiber-fill for vests and jackets, traffic cones and many others

Each year, 89 BILLION plastic bags are used.

When one ton of plastic bags is reused or recycled, the energy equivalent of 11 barrels of oil is saved. A barrel of oil weighs 306 pounds, so that’s 3,366 pounds (1.6 tons) of oil.

Plastic bags photodegrade, meaning they slowly break down into smaller and smaller bits that can contaminate soils and waterways.

Plastic bags made from recycled polythene rather than virgin materials save two thirds of the energy required for production and reduce the water used by almost 90%

44 million newspapers are thrown away every day in the United States. This is like throwing 500,000 trees into a landfill each week

Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil and 7000 gallons of water

We can save more space in our landfills by recycling paper products than any other materials and each piece of paper can be recycled up to five times before the fibers become too weak

Making a glass container from a recycled container creates about 20% less air pollution, 50% less water pollution and uses only about half the energy of making it from virgin materials.

Recycling a single glass bottle can save enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours.

Please share your Tips on how to Think Green also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daufuskie-Island-Conservancy/365749051731.

Green Tips

April 8th, 2011

To ensure a safe and clean planet for future generations it is not enough to think about environmental issues for one day only. We must think “green” every day of the year. Decide now to start small with easy resolutions to make “green” living an essential part of your daily routine.

Try for a “TREE-FREE HOME”…As much as possible, create a tree-free home:

* Replace paper napkins with cloth napkins.

* Replace paper towels with a special set of cloth towels/napkins (or cut up old t-shirts for great towels). Store the used ones in a small container in your kitchen and just wash and reuse.

* Purchase bleach-free, toilet paper that is made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find. (80% minimum)

* Create and use note pads from once used paper.

* Leave messages for family on a reusable message board.

* Make your own cards/letters from once used products or handmade paper.

Green Tips and Facts

April 3rd, 2011

Happy Spring!

During the Month of April the Daufuskie Island Conservancy will post
weekly “Green Tips and Facts” in honor of Earth Day (on April 22).
Please join us on our blog http://www.daufuskieislandconservancy.org/blog/
or Facebook and share your Tips on how to be Green.

“Earth Day Started As A Protest”

Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from
Wisconsin, proposed the first nationwide environmental protest “to
shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the
national agenda.”

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8
sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of
legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted
as the smell of prosperity. Environment was a word that appeared
more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.

Earth Day 1970 turned that all around.

On April 22 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks,
and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable
environment. Thousands of colleges and universities organized
protests against the deterioration of the environment.

In 1990 Earth Day went global. Over 20 million people in 141
countries lifted the status of environmental issues to the world
stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts

Today, Earth Day events occur all across the globe. These events are
meant to inspire not only the countries they are held in, but also
people all over the world.

Election Notice

January 5th, 2011

December 15, 2010

Re: Daufuskie Island Conservancy Annual Meeting
Call for Director Nominations

Dear Conservancy Member,
As we noted in our December 5th letter, the Conservancy has had a busy year. We are committed to sustaining and identifying projects that will help preserve the natural beauty of our Island and make our organization stronger.
We would like to share these accomplishments with you at our Annual Meeting on Wednesday January 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm in the Mary Field School. In addition to updating you on Conservancy activities, we will be electing directors to continue work on Conservancy initiatives.
The following is a list of the current Director positions, area of responsibility and the Conservancy Member who now holds that position:

President (2010 – 2012) Laura Winholt
Treasurer / Recycling (2010 – 2012) Karen Opderbeck
Secretary (2011 – 2013) Open position
Director, Communications & Marketing (2010 – 2012) Chase Allen
Director, Education (2010 – 2012) Yvonne Clemons
Director, Land (2011 – 2013) Open position
Director, Water (2010 – 2012) Paul Vogel

If you or if you know of anyone who would like work with the Conservancy and be nominated for a director position, please respond to this e-mail with the name and e-mail address of that individual. Directors will be elected into staggered two year terms.
Thank you. We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting and working with you during 2011.

Laura Winholt, President