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Update from Lisa & Paula

All good things must come to an end. BeeModern was fun, but we have transitioned to other adventures.

Lisa can be reached at www.dougsnuts.com or at www.towerhousequilts.com.

Paula is now designing banking applications for the Federal Reserve and is a volunteer TreeSteward at www.treestewards.org.

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Is it a telephone insulator or a vase? Well, it’s both. The creative folks at Uncommon Goods have found this recycled vase made from an old telephone insulator. Use it as a vase, use it as a candle holder. Feel good about your purchase!

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It’s fun to decorate your home, and why not go “green” while doing so? VivaTerra is offering some creative and colorful roosters and ducks made in Haiti from papier-mache. The local artisans use recycled cement bags, newsprint, and starch from locally grown arrowroot to craft these clever animals. You will feel good buying them AND have something creative and colorful for your home.

We at BeeModern are always searching to find creative, artful, colorful, fun and clever ideas from around the globe!

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This handy insulated mug might be just the thing you need to add to your waste free meal. Whether you live in Alaska or Mexico, this little gem will keep your food hot or cold. Visit us often for more waste free ideas.

And don’t forget to log your waste free meal for our “1,000 waste free meals campaign.”

Insulated Mug

Insulated food jar

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Upcycling, according to Wikipedia, is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.” Well that sounds pretty good.  So who is out there doing it? Oregon breweries for one. The Daily Pull wrote a nice little piece on a couple of Oregon breweries that are using this formula for success. And there is more about the “brew beef” process at Oregon Natural Meats. I think it is really smart to use these leftovers in the production process, and now I’m intrigued and want to find out who else in Oregon is upcycling. And if you know of a company, please let us know! We all need to spread the word, and support, companies that are doing the right thing.

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In case you haven’t read about them yet, La Cocina in San Francisco is an organization that supports immigrant women who are hoping to start their own food businesses. OK, so it isn’t just chocolate, but some of these women appear to have come up with some really yummy chcolate treats. For example, how about chocolate shortbread from Kika’s Treats? It’s handmade in San Francisco. Or how about chocolate-toffee bars called Clairesquares from Claire Keane? If you haven’t yet ordered something for your sweetie for Valentine’s Day, check out the La Cocina website. Support a unique idea, support women, support made-in-America, support entrepreneurs….and yes, you might even find some treats you really, really enjoy!

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Whether you care about arts and culture, health, education, neighborhoods, food and shelter or the planet, there is something you can do to help. The Pepsi Refresh Project is giving away millions to implement good ideas. And the best part? The ideas come from YOU.

And if you’re not ready to share your idea, then vote on the ideas that have been proposed and you can influence how the money is spent. Each month the cycle begins again. Ideas are collected, organized and presented, then voting begins. Get in on the next cycle.

Yes, this is a corporate goodwill/marketing project, but if you or your organization has a great idea, why not try to get the funding? The other thing that can happen is that your idea gets traction and funded by someone else. Win. Win.

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