Blog Action Day ~ Time Well Spent Helps Suburbanites Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

In case you didn’t know, it’s Blog Action Day 2009 ~ an empowering day where bloggers of all sorts blog about a common topic…This year’s topic is Global Warming…

Blog Action Day is particularly important for changebloggers – those using their blogs as an impetus for positive change. I’m a bit of a changeblogger, but within the context of being a changemaker ~ walking the walk, while talking the talk (or more aptly put, blogging the talk)!  I’m a social entrepreneur in the pre-launch stages of my new business, an innovative model I’ve created in service to my values-driven mission.  If blog action day brings you to my blog for the first time ~ Welcome!  You can see the mission and method in the right-hand column (just a little lower —->).

My work on getting Time Well Spent launched is recorded here on my personal weblog,  the temporary home of my triple-bottom-line enterprise ~ Time Well Spent, An Eco-Arts & Creative Repurposing, Community Enrichment Center on Boston’s North Shore (say that three times fast!).

I invite any new visitors to check out the Welcome page or the Physical Space Form and Function to get a good look at what Time Well Spent is all about… It’s a comprehensive concept… So, a great deal to take in at once, my biggest challenge… But SO worth the extra effort! And, I think readers will find it Time Well Spent as well!

Now, how does Time Well Spent relate to the Blog Action Day topic??!! Read on to find out and see lots of great pics…

Given the general topic of Global Warming for this year’s Blog Action Day, my post topic was easy to choose ~ How Time Well Spent helps folks in the suburbs address the global warming topic by reducing their carbon footprint…

One of the cool things about Time Well Spent, about all true triple-bottom-line enterprises, is just this: By doing business every day in service to the mission, Time Well Spent helps others support the mission and spread its message as well… And, serving the mission for Time Well Spent means improving the quality of life for self, those in need and the environment.

Now, it is the logical next step that makes the obvious connection to Global Warming ~  Living with more awareness of our impact on the environment results in individuals changing their daily lifestyle and consumer habits in ways that, intentionally or unintentionally, reduce activities and consumer choices that contribute to global warming.

Enough reading about it? Here are some pics ~ worth a thousand words, after all ~ examples of eco-friendly initiatives at Time Well Spent…

Selling eco-friendly repurposed products made by local eco-artisans, or in this case, by me, an eco-artist still at the beginner level! 

When folks buy a locally-made product of repurposed materials they are choosing to NOT buy a product made farther afield from new materials mad to look old (how silly is that?), thus choosing the option that doesn't add to their carbon footprint.

When folks buy a locally-made product of repurposed materials they are choosing to NOT buy a product made farther afield from new materials mad to look old (how silly is that?), thus choosing the option that doesn't add to their carbon footprint. My favorite is the coat rack made from the top of an old mirror and some doorknobs!

 

Our monthly DeClutter For Good drives are all about getting our extra stuff out of the house, keeping it out of the waste stream, and getting it in the hands of those in need. Just one example, when we declutter books, we give them to More Than Words, helping them with their need for books and spreading the word about a wonderful social enterprise at the same time.

Here's Brian R helping out as he earns his community service credit. These books are donated to More Than Words who resells them as their teaching tool for the at-risk youth they work with (I think I want to call them potential-rich youth instead!). So, when folks buy those books, they are choosing to NOT buy a newly manufactured book. And, we are keeping the books out of the trash, even out of the recycling stream...a good part of Reduce/Reuse/Recycle but listed third for a reason...

Here's Brian R helping out as he earns his community service credit. These books are donated to More Than Words which resells them as their business teaching tool for the at-risk youth they work with (I think I am going to start calling them "potential-rich" youth instead!). So, when customers buy those books, they are choosing to NOT buy a newly manufactured book. And, we are keeping the books out of the trash, even out of the recycling stream. Remember, recycling is an important part of Reduce/Reuse/Recycle but it is listed third for a reason!

 

At Time  Well Spent, folks are invited to donate their creative clutter for repurposing in the hands-on Re-Workshop, in return for clutter credits ~ a fun twist on carbon credits!

Okay, now you are asking how this old stuff can positively impact our environment, by not impacting it, that is??? Check out the next pics to find out...

Now you are asking, "How can this old stuff positively impact our environment?? Well, by helping us to reduce our impact, of course! I call these items raw materials for the eco-artist! Just check out the next pics...

 

 By giving people options and easily accessible choices that are eco-friendly, we are working each day to reduce the impact on the earth by not buying less eco-friendly products. Equally important, we are helping folks spread the word, sharing their support of the importance of the impact of our choices ~ on quality of life for self, those in need and the environment. Mainstreaming this way of thinking, of being, is my ultimate goal, one shared by many changebloggers throughout the world!

 

Take a close look! That's a vintage key all dressed up with some bling and ready to hit the town. The girls in my daughter's sorority love it so I must be on to something! And, to know that no one was harmed in the making of this jewelry is the best part (to me). The fact each peace is OOAK (one of a kind) makes it a winner with artists and jewelry lovers alike!

Take a close look! That's a vintage key all dressed up with some bling and ready to hit the town. The girls in my daughter's sorority love it so I must be on to something! And, to know that no one was harmed in the making of this jewelry is the best part to me, having begun to learn about fair trade and the atrocities that still exist, sadly, in these modern times. Using decluttered materials makes it eco-friendly, and the fact each picece is OOAK (one of a kind) makes it a winner with artists and jewelry lovers!

 

Here's a "before and after" that should make some of the big manufacturers blush in shame! This piece of old porch banister turned key holder (another OOAK) carries with it a message of individuality and care for our environment that made-to-look-old imitations could never accomplish.

Here's a "before and after" (or "after and before" given the way I took the pic) that I hope causes folks to think twice when buying home decor and gifts. This piece of old porch banister turned key holder ~ with the help of 3 vintage hooks, some vintage advertising lettering and some old flat keys ~ is another OOAK product that carries with it a message of individuality and care for our environment that "made-to-look-old" imitations could never accomplish. Oh, and it's a good place to put your keys!

 

Okay, I could go on (and on) but there are certainly more blog posts worth reading in recognition of Blog Action Day 2009…

Regardless of how high on your list Global Warming is ~ knowing it is not a topic without controversy (what is?) ~ being respectful of our environment is a lifestyle choice we can all wrap our hearts and minds around ~  living with more mindful awareness of your daily lifestyle and consumer choices is a great personal goal and a mission worth supporting…with the goal of improving our own authentic quality of life, the lives of those less fortunate and our remarkable planet.  It’s part of my mission everyday as I work to launch Time Well Spent… It’s what fuels my passion and puts an extra spring in my step every day!

Still Reading ?  Thank you!!!

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It’s sure to be…you guessed it… Time Well Spent!

Carpe Diem ~

Nancy Gallant

Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Time Well Spent

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2 responses to “Blog Action Day ~ Time Well Spent Helps Suburbanites Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

  1. Thanks for the great info in this article!
    We do this at home in our burbs too!

  2. Hi Nancy,
    I enjoyed reading your blog and am looking to write one myself.
    I have a very interesting business and you my know of some people who are interested. It will only take about 15 minutes of your time.
    Ciao,
    Cynthia

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