Growing A Greener Outer Banks NC

January 17, 2011

A Green Thought: What Happens to the Christmas Trees?

Filed under: environment, Recycle Projects, Tips — Tags: , , , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 12:45 pm
Have you ever wondered where all those Christmas trees go after Christmas? Think of all the trees that were cut down to be put on display in people’s living rooms for 3-4 weeks and then tossed on the curb for the trash collector. I never really gave it much thought, probably because when growing up we would get a tree that still had roots and dad would replant it along the property line. This is a GREAT way to give yourself a privacy fence although it may take a few years. 🙂
When I got married and moved into my own house, we bought an artificial tree because my wife was worried about our cats & she felt that cutting down a live tree was wasteful.  But to get back to the original question, what does happen to all those once live trees after Christmas?  Well believe it or not, some find their way to Carova. Yes, January is when you can see dozens upon dozens of Christmas trees come to rest on our beach. They don’t wash ashore, and there not left behind to litter. Some people use them to help build up our dune line. What a Great idea for recycling and protecting our beach.  Actually, I wish I was the guy who thought up this plan. I can see him now telling one group of people “for ten bucks I can haul away your tree” and then telling another group “for ten bucks I’ll sell you this tree”.  Actually I have come to learn that there are locations for residents to drop off their tress for anyone else who needs them. This a GREAT example of “freecycle“. They’re more environmentally friendly than sand fences and this helps reduce some of the strain on our landfills.
Here are some pics of the ones that have made it down so far. We had many more years past so I think that more might still show up. In the pictures there are all lying down.  I have seen them placed standing up also, and I think it depends on if you’re trying to add on to an existing dune or create one that’s not there yet.

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December 8, 2010

Christmas at the Carova Recycling Center

Filed under: community, News — Tags: , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 1:50 pm

 

We don’t get much snow here in Carova, NC, but we still try to keep the Holiday Spirit alive as best we can.

Even our neighborhood recycling center, affectionately called “The Dump” does what they can to celebrate.

If you are planning on spending the holidays over here, make sure to stop by and say hi to the hard working employees.

June 10, 2010

Is there a sensible solution to the BP oil spill catastrophe?

Is there a sensible solution to the BP oil spill catastrophe?  Perhaps there is.  The video link below will take you to an amazingly simple way to absorb the oil while cleaning up the mess with all natural materials.   It seems all the tools are readily available, inexpensive and easy to use.   

OK, I know this sounds crazy.  The government doesn’t do simple, easy or cheap; usually the chosen solutions are complicated, difficult to administer and expensive.  I mean, Kevin Costner’s invention from Water World?  Really?  It wasn’t even a good movie!

If, after you view this video, you feel a glimmer of hope, please pass it on to everyone you know plus your government representatives.  Perhaps the EPA guys will see it on twitter!!

Hey, it is worth a try before the oil gets to the Outer Banks and ruins our pristine coastline, not to mention our economy.  Talk about beach closings, this could be the daddy of them all.

See the cool solution here.  And thanks for helping.  Maybe we can save some wildlife before they need that bath with Dawn!

May 13, 2010

Surfside Scute 5K and Tiny Turtle Kids Fun Run

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 10:23 am
Posh Pouches will be at the Surfside Scute as a FUNDRAISER for Corolla Ocean Rescue…please help us support COR and the Earth by using our handmade reusable snack and sandwich bags! GO GREEN in COROLLA!!!!! Please spread the word so we can make this an amazing fundraiser for them! Thanks visit www.poshpouches.com before you go!

April 4, 2010

A New Outer Banks for the Old Vacationers

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 11:14 am

People who have been coming to The Outer Banks of North Carolina should be aware of some “Green” changes that have happened since last Summer.  The obvious change they will notice is that when they go shopping they will be getting paper not plastic. The legislature passed a ban on plastic bags on the Outer Banks about 9 months ago.

The changes that are not as obvious, but are important for out of state vacationers to know, is that North Carolina has made it illegal to throw away plastic bottles or aluminum cans into their land fills. The ban on aluminum cans has been in effect since 1994, and the ban on plastic bottles went into effect this past November.

So While you’re enjoying the beauty of the Outer Banks this summer, please rember to recycle your cans & bottles.

February 12, 2010

Great Meeting @ OBX Green Drinks

Filed under: Recycle Projects, Tips — Tags: , , , , , , — Morgan Mason @ 3:47 pm

Great meeting last night with the OBX Green Drinks group at the Brewing Station. Speaker was the owner of green Incorporated, Scott Hannon, whose in-depth knowledge of biofuels was fascinating! It was a wonderful educational opportunity as well as a nice way to meet like minded eco-conscious locals on the Outer Banks. I highly recommend you become a member of this organization. Sarah Falkowski is the founder and you can find them on Face Book at OBX Green Drinks. Hope to see you at the next meeting! Check them out! http://ow.ly/16KFY

February 7, 2010

Recycle Fun Art

Filed under: Recycle Projects, Tips — Tags: , , , , , , , — Morgan Mason @ 8:49 pm

Here is a simple way to recycle those magazines you have hanging around the house.  While looking for recycled gift items last December at the Kill Devil Hills Artist Cooperative I found these lovely bows you see here.  Apparently these bows are made from very colorful strips of magazine paper and, because the paper is shiny and bright, the result is truly artistically pleasing!  I used them on gifts wrapped in newspaper for the total recycled effect which was a big wow with family and friends!  Hey, it beats trying to recycle that coated paper.  Try it!

January 23, 2010

Currituck County’s Green Initiative

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 12:29 pm

As with Most of North Carolina, Currituck County has been trying to do their part in going Green and  being more environmentally conscious. In 2008 they had set up the Currituck Goes Green Initiative. Their goal for this initiave was to save tax dollars, assure clean land, air and water, improve working and living environments, and allow the county to thrive in the future.

To further reinforce their Green Initiative, in 2009 the Board of Commissioners created the Currituck County Sustainability Resolution to show their plans to lead by example and to make Currituck County more stable, sustainable, and prosperous.

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