April Eastside Green Drinks is on WEDNESDAY the 13th



DATE: April 13, 2011
TIME: 5 to 7 PM
LOCATION: In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes -
23622 Bothell/Everett Highway, Bothell, WA 98021
EVENT information:
In Harmony is a sustainable landscape company serving the Puget Sound region. They provide design, installation and care of landscapes that are healthy for people, pets and the environment.
In Harmony's Mission:
"Our goal is to inspire people to change the way they garden for the health of the planet as well their families and pets. This is founded on the belief that we are all stewards of the planet and have a shared responsibility for its care. Education is key to effecting this change. In Harmony is committed to educating the public and our customers about sustainable approaches in landscapes and the environmental and human impacts of such practices. We strive to be a vital influence in promoting practices that will help protect our environment for future generations."
April's Green Drinks event will be in collaboration with Green Drinks Snohomish County (http://greendrinkssnoco.blogspot.com/). We look forward to our two groups meeting!
Eastside Green Drinks - Web Site and E-Mail Sponsor:

Eco-Apparel Terminology

0000082_3001Green Benefits has been in the business of offering green and eco-apparel options since 2007.  Over the years we have found there is a lot to know about sustainability and the details can lead to a great deal of confusion.  Many people who oppose using eco-apparel often believe that eco-apparel is 1)  expensive and 2)  lesser quality.  Neither are generally true and often eco-apparel feels better than traditionally manufactured virgin materials .  Eco-apparel makes good sense and is economically affordable as well.

As a refresher, here is a short list of eco-friendly textiles entering the eco-apparel marketplace, you’ll find it helpful to brush up on some “green” options:

  • Organic fabricsuse no pesticides, herbicides or insecticides during the growing cycle.  This is one of the easiest places to start with a marginally higher cost, the imprint options on organic eco-apparel are often softer and more comfortable than traditional cotton material. 
  • Soy silk uses liquefied proteins (a by-product of making tofu) forced into fibers which are then spun.
  • Ingeo corn fiber is created by extracting starch and then sugars from corn, and processing them into a form which can be spun into a yarn or woven into fabric.
  • Fortrel EcoSpun polyester is made out of recycled plastic bottlesand is frequently used for fleece.
  • Biodegradable fabric has the ability to naturally break down and return to raw material or to be absorbed by the earth. The Federal Trade Commission guidelines say only products that contain materials which “break down and decompose into elements found in nature within a reasonably short amount of time when they are exposed to air, moisture and bacteria or other organisms” should be labeled biodegradable.
  • Natural bleaching means that hydrogen peroxide was used to whiten fibers, rather than a chemical such as chlorine.
  • Bamboo fabric is made from the cellulose fibers of the plant. It’s naturally antibacterial and 100% biodegradable and sustainable.

Green Benefits offers many of these eco-apparel options and is happy to source anything that you don’t find on our web site.  We specialize in sourcing eco-apparel and other eco-friendly products.  Please review our eco apparel where you will find:  custom print eco-apparel organic t-shirts, Recycled Polyester Polo’s and much more.

March Update - Photo Collections

I have started the process of consolidating my photo collections and online projects into one location.  I have in the past experimented with Microsoft Deep Zoom Composer, and will publish some photos shortly.  My current photo tools of choice is a combination of:  Adobe Photoshop Light room 3.3, Nikon Capture NX2 with Color Efex Pro 3.0, and Adobe Photoshop.   Occasionally I’ll use the free and easy Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery for quick flips. 

Here are some of the hobby photo collections:

A while back I played with an early version of Microsoft Deep Zoom for Silver Light.  Here is a collection of four stich-and-zoom photos I created.

Be sure to attend the March Eastside Green Drinks

Come join me and the host committee at GLY for the March Eastside Green Drinks on St. Patrick’s day!

Eastside Green Drinks

DATE:March 17, 2011  TIME: 5 to 7 PM  LOCATION: GLY Construction - 200 112th Ave. NE, Bellevue WA  98004

(Click for Map)   RSVP:  brenda@eastsidegreendrinks.com

EVENT information:  Hosted by GLY Construction in their new LEED office. GLY is excited to welcome colleagues to their brand new, greener space, featuring sustainable construction techniques, energy conservation strategies and sustainable building materials. They'll take you on a tour, show you what they did, and toast the wearing (and the building) of the green. Please join us! 

My Digital Lift - Tools and Purpose

Here is a list of the tools and their purpose in my Digital life:


  • Custom Built Desktop PC:
    • Antec Sonata II Case
    • 650W - Antec HE - Green Power Supply
    • Asus P5Q Delux Mother Board
    • 8 GB RAM
    • 1 500 GB Segate SATA II Hybrid Hard Drive for OS with 4GB Solid State Memory
    • 2 1.5 TB Wester Digital Green Hard Drives SATA II
    • Intel Q9550 Quad Core Processor
    • ATI Radion 4650 PCI E Video Card
    • Dule Samsung 23" monitors
    • Microsoft Blue Wireless Mouse
    • Microsoft Keyboard
    • Microtek ScanMaker 9550 Sheet Feed Scanner
    • Software:
      • Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
      • Microsoft Office 2010 Professional
      • Microsoft Expressions Suite Ultimate
      • Adobe CS5 Standard Design Suite
      • Adobe Light Room 3.3 
      • Acronis True Image Home and Acronis Disk Director 11 Suite
      • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online (Version 5 any day now)
      • MicrosoftOnline - Office - SharePoint, Exchange and Communicator (Office 365 any day now)
  • Laptop - OLD Toshibia Protoge M200 Tablet - 1.5 GB RAM and Solid State Hard Drive - Running Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit.
  • Green Benefits - Server - Dedicated Cloud Server Running Microsoft Server 2008 R2 with IIS 7.5 with 8 dedicated IP Addresses.  
  • Green Benefits - Team Server - Intel Atom 330 with 2 GB RAM - 60W total power consumption, OS Hard Drive 250 GB, with a Backup 500GB Drive
    • Software:   Windows 7 Professional
    • Hamachi Log-Me-In 
    • Tinstuff XPVS Server for multi-user access
    • Quickboooks Pro 3 User 2009

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