By Molly Cerreta Smith
This craft is so easy that even your littlest Halloween enthusiasts can get in on the fun! We encourage you to dig around your house for materials to use before heading out to a thrift store. If you’re a parent, we can practically guarantee you already have a few of these items lying around the house.
- Orange and white crepe paper, gauze or strips of thin fabric (check the aisles of a local thrift store for an orange or white blouse that could be repurposed for this craft)
- Glass jars, cups or vases of varying sizes (scour garage sales for these)
- Googly eyes of varying sizes
- Black scrap paper
- Glass/bead glue
- Secure one end of the crepe paper, gauze or fabric to the glass, and then wrap it around two times, making sure the fabric is not too uniform. Haphazard or crisscrossed patterns make for a better result, especially when it comes to the mummies, and this allows the kids to have fun with the project instead of worrying about perfect placement.
- Once you’ve wrapped the glass twice, secure the end of your chosen material to the glass. Then turn it around glue on the googly eyes. Let the kids cut noses and mouths for the jack-o-lanterns out of the scrap paper (with your supervision, of course). The mummies don’t need noses or mouths.
- Once dry, insert an LED tea-light into the bottom of each glass and display your glowing new décor around the house. We love to give these completed crafts as gifts to our spirited friends and loved ones for Halloween.
In honor of October being recognized as Solar Month, we’re talking solar water in our upcoming October issue. Here’s a taste of what’s happening in the solar water industry right here in Arizona.
The Arizona Solar Water Heating Alliance (AZSWHA) is a newly formed trade association for the solar heating and cooling industry in Arizona. The organization will concentrate on public policy and public education to seek greater adoption of solar water heating in Arizona. Principals of the founding companies have almost 200 combined years of experience in solar water heating.
by John and Jennifer Burkhart
Even though it may not be hot tea season yet (is it ever in Arizona?), you may need something to keep you warm and cozy in the frigid indoors! Seriously, it doesn’t need to feel like the arctic in the movie theaters. Anyway… if you’re looking for something tasty to sip — maybe a change from the usual Earl Grey — we found a cup or two you just might like. When choosing your tea, be sure to look for the organic label and a company that supports sustainability and fair trade practices, like the teas right here.
Numi | Organic Pu-erh Chocolate
He said: Chocolate Pu-erh… Haha! Okay, keep it together, John. Don’t be childish. Despite the name, this tea was actually quite tasty. It had a moderately strong chocolate and vanilla flavor that was rounded out by a nutmeg and cinnamon aftertaste. Add cream and sugar and you’ve got a delicious and healthy cup of hot cocoa. Clearly Numi thinks their Pu-erh doesn’t stink. (I couldn’t resist.)
He gave it: ★★★★★
She said: Say it with me, “poo-AIR.” Yep. Go ahead and laugh, I’ll wait… This may be the next “green tea,” with 32 percent more antioxidants due to fermentation. It might be a nice coffee substitute too, with a smooth, dark flavor and notes of vanilla and chocolate.
She gave it: ★★★★
by Chris Weir
How do you share tips for greener living? Suppose that, with a few snips and a glue gun, you’ve transformed your morning O.J. container into the latest hangout for the backyard birds. Do you post pictures to a favorite Pinterest board? Or show them to friends over a fresh mimosa at Sunday brunch?
No matter how you share your creative genius, your clever repurposing is no longer some small, private act of eco-heroism. By sharing, you’ve inspired the Planeteer within everyone your story reaches.
Cities can have the same inspirational effect on one another. But because the steps to sustainable success at this level are like those of Machu Picchu when compared to creating a DIY birdhouse, sharing to bring about change is a little more complex.
The Sustainable Cities Network (SCN), a unit of Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, is dedicated to doing just that. The organization facilitates the evolution and sharing of big ideas between cities. Much like a friend who gets the gang together by hosting a potluck, SCN provides a venue for Arizona’s cities, towns, counties and tribal communities to share successes and the recipes behind them.
By Ben Montclair
Since the Industrial Revolution, the world’s operational paradigm has been to manufacture stuff at a really big central plant, then distribute that stuff to as many people as possible. Big manufacturing has long been the key to low costs, while widespread distribution has been the key to achieving sufficient sales to achieve a competitive margin on a) the money it costs to build the really big central plant and b) the cost of making and shipping the stuff sold. Call this the take-make-dispose global model of commerce.
by Molly Cerreta Smith
Did you know that approximately 150,000 bees call the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort home? And there is no better place to celebrate National Honey Month, since the property’s new Stonegrill restaurant actually incorporates the honey they harvest onsite, as well as vegetables, fruits and herbs grown in the resort’s organic garden, into special menu items created specifically for the month of September.
by William Sheaffer
The U.S. transportation system is second only to power plants in the production of harmful emissions. In fact, 97 percent of America’s transportation system is powered by petroleum fuel. Fossil fuel emissions are associated with acid deposition, urban air pollution and global climate change, as well various health and quality of life issues. Dependence on petroleum as a single source of fuel also makes us vulnerable to unstable pricing and supply from the worldwide petroleum industry.