Welcome to Sweetness Organic!
We are thinking globally and acting locally in the name of building a sustainable greener world -- we invite you to join us! Partner with us to help get the word out about your GREEN business, invention, poem, plans, facts, research findings, or suggestions. Our site showcases environmental news from around the world and spotlights green businesses and initiatives here at home. We feature a vibrant Art Gallery art that proposes "Solutions to Pollution." Our articles present the facts about the impact of global warming on the environment and what we humans can do collectively and individually to reduce our carbon footprint. Sign up for our newsletter and keep Going Green!
This website is especially devoted to Green Businesses and Initiatives (especially in San Diego)
This website is especially devoted to Green Businesses and Initiatives (especially in San Diego). Feel free to email us announcements about your Green Events and any articles about your Green Accomplishments including recycling efforts, plans, models and achievements within your company, family at home, or living community (it takes one spark to light a flame). Sweetness Organic offers tips for environmentally conscious consumers, discusses water pollution, sea levels, sustainable agriculture, and the destructive effects of pesticides, among many other topics. We are currently examining the Cool Summer of 2010 in San Diego, you are invited to join our Forums and Blogs where you can share your ideas on these topics and offer constructive recommendations to our Green community. We welcome movie reviews of informative films and documentaries on topics relevant to this site. Our blogs also welcome your comments, articles, lesson plans, and ideas. Global warming is not a myth, but a reality: the future of humanity and living things as we know them is being radically and forever changed right this minute, we all need to make lifestyle changes immediately for the short and longterm.
Our site also mentions Green Job Opportunities and Offers around San Diego. The message of Sweetness Organic is that addiction to oil is destructive to future generations: we urge all transportation industry operatives to focus on the development of renewable energy vehicles NOW. We are appalled at current advertising campaigns of car companies that keep promoting large heavy vehicles that destroy our eco system.
Sweetness Organic offers free posting of articles, events, poems, stories, artwork, videos, songs when they have to do with environmentalism. While we tend to prefer positive proactive constructive messages, there is also room for criticism about what is wrong today, the dangers of certain chemicals and industry production trends, and documented facts that have alarming messages that should be communicated. There is a fee to post logos, please visit our contact page to inquire.
- By Bridget Brigitte Singer Songwritter and Activist -
Green Voices of San Diego!
Why saving water? pollution, rivers, lakes, Colorado River, Canada, Aral Sea, glaciers, underground aquifers, not inexhaustible, global climate change, world water shortage!
In Canada, it seems that water is virtually inexhaustible. This belief is based on the idea that the country has 20% of the freshwater resources of the planet. But this idea is a delusion. In fact, Canada has only 6.5% of renewable fresh water resources of the planet, that is to say that water is naturally replenished during his cycle. From this water we can have at your leisure.
The non-renewable water is found mainly in the glaciers and underground aquifers. Of these, some may be very old and even date from the time of the dinosaurs! This water can be used without consequences for the future. In a sustainable development perspective, we must keep intact for future generations, as any natural resource elsewhere. But unlike other natural resources, water is vital for our survival. No water, no life.
Yet water is drawn rashly. The current demand is such that it urges governments and industry to draw water everywhere, including where it will never be replaced. Thus we see lakes or inland seas (Aral Sea) with volumes of water that fall to a trickle, or rivers with a low level that they go over to their mouth to the sea in which they threw themselves once (Colorado River)!
The overall assessment is that the water table is dwindling continuously, and some parts of the world water shortage is endemic. All the continents are actually affected by this scourge, with a greater or lesser extent. In this context, and if we add the pollution of rivers and lakes, and the problems of desertification are exacerbated by global climate change, one solution is to use water sparingly to conserve water .
New Green Home in San Diego
New green building: Introducing the New Leap Adaptive Hummingbird h2:
As a popular California-based home design company, Leap Adaptive has introduced some revolutionary green house designs for the home builders. Each of its sophisticated and stylish green home plans showcases the ultra-modern green technology and designs. Leap Adaptive has three popular green home plans apart from its several energy proficient home plans and also the solar home plans. If you are worried about the budget, then be happy as each of the green home designs of Leap Adaptive is affordable. In addition, this innovation company offers numerous energy efficient green home designs that are also LEED attested.
1) Read more about the Hummingbird h2
2) More Information about Leap Adaptive and "the" future green home
Green Hotel San Diego:
With its beautiful extensive beaches and numerous picturesque spots, San Diego is considered as a renowned south Californian holiday destination located on one edge of the United States of America. This south Californian city experiences a huge crowd every year due to the high number of vacationers coming here for vacations. With its typical sultry climate and scenic topography, the city of San Diego is one popular choice among the vacationers. However, the city has made an exceptional contribution in managing the crowd and maintaining the environmental friendly practices even in the hospitality industry. Continue reading
Green Events or Trade Show in San Diego
Zero Waste: Ride the Wave to Sustainability
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego
July 31-August 3, 2011
This year's theme "Zero Waste: Ride the Wave to Sustainability" is designed to focus on achieving environmental sustainability in and beyond California through Zero Waste strategies including product stewardship, waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting. The theme and logo tie in with San Diego and this year help bring attention to our marine resources, wildlife, and the importance of environmental sustainability. As we enter an era of resource depletion and global climate change, we embrace Zero Waste efforts which result in critical environmental and climate protection outcomes.
Their goal at this year's conference is to educate attendees and to inspire them to join their colleagues in the industry to create new ideas and help affect a wave of sustainability. CRRA is organizing a comprehensive, informative, and thought-provoking conference dedicated to Zero Waste: Ride the Wave to Sustainability! As we look for local solutions to Global problems of diminishing resources and local sustainability, we see similar efforts throughout the world.
CRRA is seeking to establish a framework for sustainability through Zero Waste practices and to bring cutting-edge ideas, real experiences and new understanding to its members and conference attendees. Mark your calendars for July 31-August 3, 2011 - and Ride the Wave!
Solar Energy + Technology Trade Show
The Solar Energy + Technology trade show will be held in San Diego Convention Center San Diego United States, from August 21 - 25, 2011. The purpose of the show is to introduce and showcase the latest trends and services available in the industry.
Green Events or Trade Show Worldwide
Waste and Recycling Expo in Mexico
This September from the 27th to the 29th 2011, the Waste and Recycling Trade Show will be in Mexico City this year, which will promote new energy and green technology for the city of Mexico. This event will be attracting buyers and employers alike from many companies. So far, there will be about 6,000 visitors from both the public and private sectors attending this event, coming face to face with green news, green technology and new energy.
The ECO LIFE - ECO TECH expo focuses on the environment - Romania
The ECO LIFE - ECO TECH trade show specializes in environmental protection and will be located in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It goes from October 12, through October 16 at the Expo Transylvania. It is a show of environment industry and will be a good place to learn about green news. There will be thousands of industry leaders from Romania and from around the world. Companies will be showing their new products and services to vistitors that are interested in Green Technology. Read More
Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo
The Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo 2011 will be held this year in the magnificent city of Montreal, Canada, on 9th and 10th of November. Professionals and organizations relating to the field of Collection, Hauling, Disposal and Construction & Demolition will be attending the expo. Other than that people representing Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments, Landfill Management & Operations, Recycling, Public Works, Airport & Road Management, ICI, Transportation & Fleet Maintenance, Property Management, Engineering and Waste Management will also be there at the expo. Read More
Past Green Events around San Diego
Every Earth Day event in San Diego is bigger than the year before. We attended on a sunny day and on days like this I like to bring a parasol - a reminder that solar power should flood every home, school and company in our state, there is no excuse not to go solar in California. As we enter, there is a booth set up outside giving away free CDs about the truth behind 9/11. Once inside, booths overflow with ornamental succulents and rows of solar power companies. For the newcomer, this variety can be confusing and ultimately a final decision rests on a blend of price and effective management. Read more
Environment Day 2010 at Cottonwood Park Encinitas
Encinitas Environment Day was scheduled on the same day as Fiesta del Sol, this may have taken a toll on the total number of visitors. It is good to see solar energy vendors Matt Andrews and his family who can get your home set up with solar energy with no up front costs, just pay the same as your electricity bill for a time to pay off the installation and materials costs, then the equipment stays with the home and increases its resale value sunpathsolar.com.
There is a suspended PVC garden that we want to copy and make at home, minus the PVC plastic (which emits harmful chemicals over time). If the same concept is executed in metal, then the housing material is safer and the garden is very water efficient. A few members of the Ba'Hai faith explain that Ba'Hai is a religion emphasizing oneness, one world, one planet. The Ba'Hai religion originated as a group of followers of Muhammed, but they are not the same as Muslims. Read more
Make your own laundry soap - Homemade variety is gentler on clothes, environment, wallet
Kristina Salmi Klotz was known as the Lavender Laundress back in Vermont, where she once earned a living as a craft soap-maker. She also wants to avoid chemicals and fragrances, given her own skin sensitivities and allergies, and a child and dog roaming the house. Commercial laundry detergents are loaded with so many unnecessary chemicals, she says, “it’s like hitting your laundry with an atom bomb with every load.”
Salmi Klotz also notices that homemade laundry soap makes her clothes last longer. Growing cotton for new T-shirts, she adds, requires “pounds of pounds of pesticides.” [............]
Though people can derive similar benefits from green laundry detergents, Salmi Klotz says those cost a lot more than her homemade variety. And it takes only 15 or 20 minutes for a batch that lasts for months.
Salmi Klotz calculates a batch of her homemade laundry soap costs $2, less than two pennies per load of wash.
Based on recent shelf prices at Fred Meyer, Tide costs nearly 16 cents a load; Kroger Value detergent costs a little more than a nickel per load, and Planet, a biodegradable detergent free of dyes and fragrances, costs almost a quarter a load. Here’s her recipe: (click here for the Recipe)
By Steve Law Source Portland Tribune Thanks to Kevin J Hohnbaum Circulation Director & Associate Publisher.
How to make organic candles, tips for organic scents and colors
The technology is quite easy. In the article we focus precisely on making soy candles
Normally candles are made of paraffin – which is not an organic element. The best choice by all means would be organic candles. The latter have soy, beeswax, tallow, or different plant waxes as the main component instead of paraffin. Organic candles are better for health. In the article we provide you with key instructions of how to make organic candles, give additional information on how to make scented candles, etc. We care for heath and we know you do too. So, enjoy the article.
How to make organic candles
Organic candles can easily be made at home. The technology is quite easy. In the article we focus precisely on making soy candles. Before proceeding make sure you have all that you will need for the job. Buy if something is missing. The list of must-have would include: pan or bowl, soy wax flakes, fragrance or essential oil, container (a jar or a glass), measuring cup, oven or microwave, wick, and super glue (optional).
Step 1. Wash and allow full drying of the container (or a glass). In fact you may use any empty jar and not buy a special one. Also glasses work pretty fine for candles.
Step 2. With the super glue attach the wick base in the container center. If you do not want to use the glue then proceed with the wick in Step 7.
Step 3. Measure the wax, it would equal the container, i.e. 5oz jar would require 5oz of wax flakes.
Step 4. Melt the wax for example in the microwave, use a bowl for that. Or you may place a bowl with boiling water over medium heat and melt the wax in a smaller one inside it. Do not place a bowl with wax directly over heat.
Step 5. Add fragrance and color according to direction on the pack; stir till well dissolved. Be careful not to allow water drops in the wax.
Step 6. Carefully pour small amount of melted wax into the container.
Step 7. Attach the wick in the center of the container. Keep it still till wax becomes stiffer.
Step 8. Continue adding the wax gradually with one hand still keeping the wick in the center. Fill the container almost full.
Step 9. Place a stick over the container and fix the rim round it. This way the wick will be prevented from falling in the wax.
Step 10. Cool the wax for several hours. You may use fridge for that.
Step 11. When the wax is completely cooled trim down excess wick.
The candle is ready for use.
Tips: How to make scented candles, and colors
Although there is great variety of candle fragrances in stores available our focus is on the organic scented candles. Also you may add organic colors and organic ornaments to your candle.
You may try making organic scents yourself however a great variety of such can be found for example in the hobby and craft shops. If you want to be sure the product you purchase is organic ask for the potpourri oils, oil based perfumes, and alike.
Organic color chips are also available in all hobby and craft shops.
San Diego Schools Go Big On Solar
by Susan DeFreitas, August 17th, 2010 source Earth Techling (thanks to Nino Marchetti Editor-in-Chief EarthTechling)
When it comes to a renewable energy, schools are an obvious place to start. After all, green technologies are likely to prove key to creating a sustainable future for kids, and the more education-by-example schools can provide, the better.
This is a sentiment that the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) school board seems to have taken to heart, as it recently approved a partnership with AMSOLAR Corporation (a company dedicated to providing solar power for school systems) to build 5.2 Megawatts (MW) of solar power. This system will bring solar power to 20 sites throughout the SDUSD, comprised of 23,000 solar panels placed on over 80 rooftops, making it what is expected to be the largest single solar program in the U.S. in terms of schools being served. Read more
The San Diego Natural History Museum have made a wonderful Exhibitions call: Water-A California Story - California Water Awareness Campaign
Check out this link to learn more about water in San Diego...Through Photos,Maps, Video. Learn About Current, Local Issues On Land And In The Ocean. Examine The Infrastructure Of The Regional Water System, And Discover How We Import The Majority Of Our Water And The Costs Associated With This Practice. Water: A California Story Also Looks At Effects Of A Changing Climate On Our Region’s Water Supply And Reveals How Southern Californians Can Help Protect Water For Future Generations. Natural History Specimens And Live Animals Will Serve As Reminders That The Natural Environment And Its Inhabitants Are Also Legitimate Users Of Water Resources .In San Diego, we import 80–90% of our water from the Colorado River and northern California. An estimated 19% of California’s energy use relates to water collection, transportation, and treatment.
Using water = using energy = CO2 emissions = climate change
Model Green Construction for Southern California School Children -
New Camp Buildings AROUND SAN DIEGO
Designed to meet the LEED® Gold certification standard of the Leadershipin Energy and Environmental Design green building rating program, Southern California’s Camp Cuyamaca is believed to have the first outdoor educational buildings in the region developed using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)...
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Green building around San Diego collects energy-efficiency award
Aerial view of the Los Vecinos housing project in Chula Vista. It's green features landed the developer, Wakeland Housing and Development Corp, an energy efficiency award.
Read more contributor: Signon SanDiego
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TerraMoto the Only Environmentally Beneficial San Diego Airport Transportation Service
Terramoto Transportation serves San Diego using the most advanced fleet of environmentally friendly hybrid limo quality sedans available specializing in airport, point to point and chartered services for executives and the common man alike.. Their mission is to provide the highest quality possible sedan limousine services using an exclusively ultra low emissions hybrid and CNG fleet They are striving to provide these services for the best price in town. their goal is to provide a leap in the value of San Diego transportation services by providing our clients with immaculately cleaned and pristine vehicles with well groomed and professional uniformed chauffeurs for the best price in town and at the same time we do all this with a positive impact on the atmosphere and environment. Read more
Cleanology offers Green cleaning services for San Diego
Cleanology is a green cleaning referral agency that cares deeply about our environment. To earn our, they recycle everything possible, and the domestic workers also carpool together which cuts down 75% of vehicle on the road each day. Read more
Pollution Prevention Programs - think blue
The City of San Diego is working aggressively to protect our beaches --- our very life style --- from being diminished by the effects of Storm Water Pollution. This pollution, also called Urban Runoff, is a problem that affects all of us. It closes beaches, makes us and our children ill and threatens the health of marine and wildlife. Read more
Every Sunday, the upper playground at La Jolla Elementary is transformed into a colorful, friendly and wholesome Farmer's Market. Come experience the community feel, live music, creative artisans, diverse food court, and local farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
Consistently ranked as one of the largest and best farmers markets in San Diego, our Sunday Market in La Jolla has grown to become one of the premier weekly events for locals and tourists alike. Families and their kids can enjoy the live music, playgrounds, and grass fields to run and play on.
At the heart of our market are the Certified Farmers Market (CFM) vendors. Many of our growers operate small family farms, and have developed a reputation for quality, high-value specialty crops. Supporting local farmers markets is better for our environment, and ensures you and your family can enjoy the freshest produce available. // March 2010
Art Class For Kids! Nature-of-Art-kids.com
Unique Eco-Friendly & Non-Toxic Art Supplies, Non-Toxic Paints For Kids
Ki's Restaurant our Green restaurant in Encinitas
You will not find unnecessary additives and preservatives in our food. From the get-go, they have tried to serve the full spectrum of foods: fresh fish, naturally raised beef and poultry, organic whole grains and mainly organic veggies.With 30 years in the business, They have also believe in being part of the community. In addition to actively taking part in supporting and raising funds for local schools, we also support local organizations that promote environmental awareness such as the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy.
EnvironGentle Encinitas store
Although EnvironGentle was founded in 1991 by Torrey Neel to provide a showcase of recycled content and organic products, one felt like taking a walk back in time to what was best about the sixties and seventies - an awareness of the earth and the consequences of what humans are doing to it. Any San Diego and North County native will attest to the quick growth of our region, so to find these oases of classic California history dotting highway 101 is always something special.
Rerip Reduce. Reuse. Reride. Rip on
Rerip.com is a resource created out of love for our natural resources for the benefit of those who love to ride the ocean, snow, and land. The goal is to provide an opportunity for individuals to reuse and reride equipment, while promoting awareness of the need to reduce our collective footprint on the world. Reduce. Reuse. Reride. Rip on… // March 2010
Environmentally Friendly - L'Auberge Del Mar a Green Resort
In recognition of the need to preserve the world in which we operate and serve our guests, Destination Hotels & Resorts is dedicated to practices and programs that pay respect to, and lessen our footprint on, our changing environment.
As the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country, we are committed to creating a new benchmark for our hotels and resorts through a series of environmental initiatives, both on the corporate level and at each of our individual properties.
Laura Birns Design - sustainable Green Design in Del Mar
Specializing in interior design small condos, sustainable green design for energy efficient interiors, eco friendly design, and renewable resources for San Diego (including Del Mar, North County, La Jolla, Sorrento Valley...), Orange County, and Los Angeles. Laura Birns, principal and lead designer, is a Certified Green Building Professional through Build It Green.
"Core Essence Products" Protect • Heal • Beautify
"Core Essence Products L.L.C. is committed to enhancing people's lives by marketing a select line of products that support one’s health, natural beauty and well being while using environmentally friendly practices. We accomplish this by working to support the growth of companies that share our vision as they develop and produce only the highest quality products in these core areas.
Claire's on Cedros - bakery and cafe - Green Restaurant
Their hope is that their presence will enrich and better Solana Beach. ... They've joined the Green Restaurant Association and plan to run our business using ...