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Whole Foods Market in Raleigh to Auction Artist-Painted Rain Barrels

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

On Friday, May 30 at 6:00 pm, Whole Foods Market in Raleigh is hosting a silent auction of painted rain barrels to raise money for a Local Farmers Emergency Fund.

9 artists were asked to create a dynamic visual impact on the surface of a 30 gallon rain barrel. This project will combine the talents of our local artists to raise money for Emergency Farm Assistance, such as drought relief and the hail storm that occurred on May 20th . The rain barrels will be auctioned off during a wine and cheese reception at the Whole Foods Market in Raleigh with live music performed by The Paul Bomar Trio.

Whole Foods Market is located at 3540 Wade Avenue in Raleigh.

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Another point about the Pepsi situation…

Monday, March 10th, 2008

…and then I’ll shut up. Maybe.

When Pepsi spokespeople say they are using “only 1%” of the water from Falls Lake, is that 1% when it is full? I’d bet 400,000 gallons a day is more than one percent when it looks like a dry riverbed…

Pepsi and Coke contributing to water shortage

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Your green printer is on the soap-box about water again. Sorry folks, but the more we read and hear about the drought here in North Carolina, the more interesting things get. The Independent Weekly reports that mega-corporations Pepsi and Coca Cola have maneuvered themselves into a favorable position to take advantage of our water crisis.

The deal is this: Pepsi and Coke are the two largest bottlers of water in the market. Pepsi Bottling Ventures bottles Aquafina here in Raleigh, NC drawing from municipal sources. Coke draws water for its Dasani brand from Charlotte, NC reservoirs. The state has signed a contract not to compete with retailers if the cities run out of water. This means that if the reservoirs run dry, no state agency will step in to help its citizens until all of the bottled water has been sold off retailer’s shelves.

Interesting conflict of priorities… Despite the extreme shortage, neither Pepsi nor Coke has been asked to pay more for the water it draws from the municipal water supplies, nor have they been asked to reduce their consumption. If we run out of water, our only choice will be to purchase water bottled by them. The faster they bottle water, the sooner we’ll run out, and at 3000 percent markup (the bottlers margin over the cost they pay the municipalities) the windfall profit they stand to make is substantial.

Might not the bottlers be motivated to increase production in order to stockpile inventory and take advantage of the sweet deal the state made with them? Seems the mega-corporations are having their water and drinking it too. Check out the full story at

If it’s yellow…

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Being a green printer, and having been involved in the business of eco-friendly printing since 1987, I am keenly insterested in all aspects of conservation. Our offset printing presses use water, but not very much. However the paper-making process, including the manufacture of recycled paper, uses so much water that the mills must maintain their own wastewater treatment facilities. Water conservation and use issues are frequently on my mind. So it was that I had wandered into a department store here in drought-stricken Raleigh the other day, and found myself in the restroom in front of the urinals.

Now, let me begin by telling you that I don’t flush public toilets, or any other toilets, after a pee. It’s just wasteful, and I wasn’t brought up to be wasteful. Looking around, I noticed that at least one other citizen of Raleigh, NC must be thinking the same way, as the urinal neighboring mine was not filled with clear water either. As I was doing my business, a fellow shopper approached the aforementioned unrinal, and the FIRST THING HE DID WAS FLUSH THE TOILET!

While I was digesting the concept that one couldn’t even bring themselves to urinate into a toilet without flushing it FIRST, I finished my business and stepped back in time to hear my friend flush for the second time. As I washed my hands, a new urinal patron arrived, and promptly flushed the urinal that I had just used! I left before I had to bear the inevitable second flush.

Mind you, the Governor of NC is begging us to conserve water, and our reservoirs are looking more and more like mud-puddles every day. Every urinal flush uses almost a gallon of water, while a standard water-saving toilet uses 1.6 gallons per. Even I will agree they need to be flushed from time to time, but my nose tells me that up to 8 hours of percolating creates no noticable unpleasantness, and if you don’t want to look at it just close the lid! The ladies of the house will thank you for that, anyway. So please, If you are one of these people that can’t bear to leave their waste in anything but crystal clear, fresh water, please post a reply and tell me why! I want to understand… really I do.

Water Conservation Tips

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Ordering green printing is a great start, but there are many things you can do to make your office and your life more eco-friendly. As most of our local customers know, the Triangle area is in a record drought. Like many areas of the country, every year our reservoir levels get lower during the fall and winter. We feel that this has as much to do with unchecked development as it does with reduced rainfall, but whatever the cause, it is important that we all do what we can to help, both at home and at the office.

We found these tips for water conservation on the NC state government website ( and wanted to pass them along. Please comment if you have other tips to share.

- Eliminate leaks by replacing old gaskets. A dripping faucet can waste 3,600 gallons a year.
- Install faucet aerators.
- Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge, instead of running water until its cold.
- Don’t leave the water running while rinsing dishes.
- Don’t use a garbage disposal.
- Only use the dishwasher with full loads, and use the “water-saver” setting, if available.
- Don’t rinse dirty dishes before loading into dishwater; scrape clean and let the machine do the rest.
- Don’t thaw frozen food under running water.

- Don’t leave the water running while rinsing, shaving, or brushing teeth.
- If you hear running water in your toilet tank, adjust the leaky float valve or replace the faulty hardware.
- Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket.
- Install a water-filed plastic jug or a “toilet tank bag” in your toilet tank to reduce the water used per flush. Don’t use a brick, which may crumble.
- Check for leaks by dropping a small amount of food coloring in the upper tank. If color appears in the bowl, you have a leak.
- Take shorter showers
- Install faucet aerators and or water-saving showerheads.

- Check for and repair leaky garden taps, hose connections and sprinkler valves.
- Water in the morning or evening, not in the heat of the day, to prevent evaporation.
- Avoid watering on windy days.
- Water slowly, thoroughly, and as infrequently as possible to promote deep roots and healthy plants.
- Hold your garden hose close to the roots of plants so that there’s little waste and evaporative loss.
- Add compost and other organic matter to your soil to improve its water holding capacity.
- Choose plants that don’t require a lot of water.
- Mulch all plant beds to reduce evaporation, weeds, and soil temperature.
- Position sprinklers so that they do not water pavement.
- Use rinse water from the house to water plants in or near the house.
- Never let water run unnecessarily
- Limit car washing. Use a bucket and a hose with spray attachment.
- Don’t use the hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. A broom will provide more exercise, anyway.

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