Monthly Archives: December 2010

Swapping Frocks vs. Urge to Shop

If you’re a Typical American, you throw away 67.9 pounds of used clothing and rags each year. Collectively, Americans discard two quadrillion pounds (2,000,000,000,000,000) of used clothing and textiles into the landfill each year.  A friend I know told me … Continue reading

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McLaughlin makes it to Ushuaia

One of our student interns, Kristina, is on her way to Antarctica. She sent us a quick note from Ushuaia, the capital city of Tierra Del Fuego Province, Argentina. Hola! I just wanted to give everyone a brief update on … Continue reading

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Heading south for the winter

While many Iowans may spend this winter break enjoying the warm sun cheering on our Hawkeyes at the Insight Bowl in Tempe, AZ, I will be headed just a little further south. Okay, much further south. Offered the opportunity of … Continue reading

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Greening the college road-trip

At the end of high school, some of my friends promised that we would make an effort to visit each other at our respective schools during our college careers. For the friend who chose to attend school in upstate New … Continue reading

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Sustaining your sweet tooth- The taste of Fair Trade chocolate

As I chew on a piece of ‘mint chocolate chip ice cream gum’, I wonder, “Where did this come from?” A few nights ago, a group of UI students living in Burge Residence Hall tried to answer a similar question … Continue reading

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