Minnesota EcoMoms-Chapter of the EcoMom Alliance

Edina Energy Fair-Sunday, May 4 from 1-4 at Centennial Lakes-Centrum Building
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edinaenergyfair4Visit the Minnesota Chapter of the EcoMom Alliance and meet the EcoMoms! It is FREE to join our group and we should warn you that making the world a better place has never been so fun!

Stop by and work the booth (for however long you can stay) or wander around and see the Jugghead jugglers, keynote speaker on self reliance, David Morris at 2pm, pick up coupons and freebies, or pick up your FREE CFL and FREE cloth reusable Lund’s and Byerly’s shopping bag.

The EcoMoms will be handing out the EcoMom Challenge and the City of Edina Energy and Environment Commission will be signing residents up for the Edina Energy Challenge.

Our booth is featuring the Zero Waste Lunch craze with available Bento Laptop Lunch kits and Fabkin cloth napkins. Also, available are the Blue Sky Guide coupon books. All proceeds go to the EcoMom Alliance.

For more information about the EcoMom Alliance go to: http://www.ecomomalliance.org


Year of Plenty
AMpSun, 27 Apr 2008 07:12:58 +000012Sunday, 16, 2008, 12:56 am04
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Tony went to Fuller Seminary with this couple who is living a Year of Plenty with their two daughters.

Here are the guidelines they set up for their family on January 1, 2008:

Our Basic Rules of Consumption:

• Buy used products.

– Preferably from one household to another

• Make the product or grow the food item.
– Raw materials should preferably be local
– There is some flexibility with the sourcing of raw materials necessary to make the finished product

• Buy from a local producer, manufacturer or grower.
– Local is defined as generally coming from Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.
– In order to be a qualified manufacturer or grower we must as a family visit/tour the location of manufacturing and meet the people who are making the goods at least once during the year. We will do our best to learn about their way of life, hopes, dreams, and challenges.
– This means that there are some products and food items that will be limited seasonally or not available at all.

Other considerations:
• We’re allowed to use everything that is in the house and yard as of the beginning of January 1, 2008.
• We will do our best to minimize the consumption of electricity, water, and fuel.
• We will seek to minimize waste products going to the dump by composting everything possible and recycling everything possible.
• We will dine out only at local restaurants and coffee shops. No large national or regional chain establishments.
• When eating with others at a party or public event there is flexibility.

• Step back from the massive consuming passions around us that lead us to want the new and the next thing. We find that too often we are led to believe that our hope and joy can be found in these items.

• Minimize contribution to the cultural assumption that all things are disposable, and that once they have lost the shine of newness they have outlived their usefulness.

• To valuate things in ways other than dollars. To form a new economy of consumable goods in our lives anchored in caring relationships with people we know.

• To integrate our lives and find more joy in the everyday.

• To better shape and raise our children as children of the Kingdom of God.


Beyond living green is, living blue. Blue is also green, but it encompasses the root of the problem in America, which is the affliction of affluenza. I was wowed to know that disposable products are intentionally manufactured to be replaced in 6 to 12 months. Is that why my brand new, surprisingly affordable blender stinks to high heaven like the motor is going to die each time we run it? I thought I was just jinxed with plastic toys and items that always seemed to break. There is actually a method to the madness! They want you to replace it, that is the point. However, we can get off that treadmill of insanity and choose to NOT buy the junk.

To live beyond green and into shades of blue is to impact more than just C02 emissions but global trade and 3rd world pollution. Simply put, the blue movement is about NOT consuming and instead buying local, used, refurbished, Fair Trade or borrowed.

EcoMom Shelley, shared at the last EcoMom meeting that she is in a group that have committed to buying nothing new for 1 year. I thought, “Wow! But that is not for me.”

Another movement in San Francisco is called Compact to see how compact your spending can be.

I am inspired! I have been committed for 3 weeks. Oops! what about the 4 birthday parties? Well…I shopped at 1/2 price books, and according to the kids (who you know, don’t care), the High School Musical book and Dragonology book, were huge hits! Ooops! Daughter needs new pants. I went to Once Upon a Child and scored cute Lilly Pulitzer pants, and shirt with tags still on it!

Okay, I can do this….baby steps….one reused, refurbished, bartered, Fair Trade, or borrowed item at a time. I’ll keep you posted. By the way, I really like stuff and the Story of Stuff hit me right between my consumeristic eyes, so I know this is for me and my family.

We have plenty! Americans are 20% of the world’s population, but we consume 80% of the world’s goods. Yikes!

Wacky weather and climate change
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Snow falls in Bahgdad.

Spring Clean your garage, basement, storage and dispose responsibly
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Saturday May 10th 2008
Edina High School Parking Lot
We will collect your old electronics including computers, monitors,
printers, TV’s Etc….

We do not accept appliances including refrigerators and microwaves.
Please help us keep our neighborhoods and the environment clean.
By properly disposing of your no longer needed E-waste you help
keep toxic chemicals like lead and mercury out of the environment.
For more information please feel free to call 952.926.0451 M-F 9-5
or email us at info@oceantechonline.com
Also available on that day: ONSITE HARD DRIVE DESTRUCTION
FOR $10 PER DRIVE (cash or check only)
Generously offered by Oceantech and coordinated by a Southview
student for his 9th grade service project.

Fabkins-5 set of high quality, cloth napkins for Monday through Friday zero waste lunch
AMpFri, 25 Apr 2008 05:32:11 +000032Friday, 16, 2008, 12:56 am04
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My order of Fabkins has arrived and they are soooooo cute! I bought 2 sets of every style and I am excited that more and more families will be bringing lunch to school or the office with a Fabkins cloth napkin. This is something significant everyone needs to be doing. Look at this quote from the Fabkins website:

Visit the Fabkins web site to see all of the cuteness and applique’s. If interested I am selling sets of 5 for $23.00. All proceeds will go to the EcoMom Alliance. If you are able this 11,000 Mom grassroots organization could greatly benefit from your tax deductible financial contribution of any amount.  Moms who control 85% of consumer purchases are making a difference in the world.  Thanks!


Guided Nature Hike & Compost Party on Saturday, May 24, 9:00-12:00 in Edina
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What will the EcoMoms do next? This is what we are up to at the next party. Bring EcoKids and EcoFriends. Here is a sneak peak of the EcoMom Alliance founder, Kimberly Danek Pinkson, and friends making a backyard compost. Bring materials, and we will make one together and learn about other compost options while seeing them in action; like vermicultures, kitchen scraps, organic composting for vegetable and herb gardens.

Family friendly hike of Bredesen’s interior. Group leaves from EcoMoms house at 9:15.

Compost Party! 10:30-12:00.

This action step greatly benefits the earth by reducing your contribution of green waste to landfills and incinerators. Compost is dubbed “gardener’s gold” because of the rich, fertile, planting soil it produces.

Up Next…Wednesday, June 11 at 7:00pm. Book discussion of the Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv and the topic of “nature deficit disorder.” At an EcoMoms house.

RSVP juliemcjones@gmail.com

Earth Day. One Earth. Get Active. Save a Planet. Live, Love, Shop, Work, & Play like you want it to last.
PMpTue, 22 Apr 2008 16:50:21 +000050Tuesday, 16, 2008, 12:56 pm04
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I had a very meaningful Earth Day. I started off with getting up before 6am and collecting rocks for the Aquifor experiment I was to do with my son’s 2nd grade class. The experiment required 1 cup of small rocks, it shows how leeching occurs when storm run off washes environmental toxins like lawn pesticides into our water ways. I have ordered my Kid Safe lawn sign to offset my many neighbor’s Please Stay of the Lawn, Not Safe for Kids and Pets sign. The kids were wonderful and had great questions. Then we made a batch of Alice’s Wonder Spray, an organic, multi-purpose cleaner together, and they will bring those bottles and recipes home to their families.

After that I met Aidan at school and played with his class outside on the playground for a few minutes, and then was invited to join them for movement class. Precious! We were pretend washing machines and rocket ships blasting off and tall trees in a forest.

Later, after school, I met Tanner and Lily to start work on the Imagination Fair Kid Wind-model wind turbine. I was so impressed with what these kids already knew about wind energy, and the 8 of them with out adult help, (but only “question asking”) put the turbine together by themselves. On Thursday, we start our wind experiments.

I ended my day with an amazing orange, and looking out my kitchen window at the moon. I am very hopeful about the future of the earth today!