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  21 Oct 05 - magazines; job; electronics; building; time; P&G; challenge
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Excerpted from a message from Susan Kinsella, Conservatree, San Francisco,

Waste Prevention Forum readers might be interested in a company called Zinio
(http://www.zinio.com  ). I've been talking with them,
and have been intrigued with their products.

They provide a lot of high-profile magazines in digital format and are
adding more all the time. Besides getting the magazines instantly and being
able to keep them on my computer instead of all over my floor, I like that
they look like I'm actually turning pages and that the only paper and
printing involved is if I want to print out a specific article. They say
they will soon have the ability to search across issues. My 12-year-old son
became fascinated with Popular Mechanics at a barbershop, so we bought an
electronic subscription through Zinio. Now every month we get a notice that
the next issue is ready to download and it's been working great. Zinio says
this format is also popular with people in other countries who now can get
the magazines on time and without extra postage.

They also recently announced a partnership with McGraw-Hill to make college
textbooks available in digital format at half-price. See the press release

I'm beginning to think about how digital formats shift the expenditures for
paper and ink from the publisher to the subscribers, which could be
burdensome to some subscribers. But it still is far, far less than the
environmental costs of the publishers' paper use and printing processes, and
most subscribers will probably print out only very small amounts of the
publications, or none at all.

E-mail:  susan (A T) conservatree (D O T) org

Link to a job posting for a Business Recycling Specialist for the City of
Portland (OR) Office of Sustainable Development (forwarded by Gerty

    The salary range
for this position is $3,295- $5,077 per month.  The deadline for
applications is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2005.  Online applications are
accepted.  This person will provide technical assistance to businesses to
improve recycling, waste prevention and sustainable purchasing practices.

Note from Tom about jobs:  Just as a clarification, we run job postings on
the Forum if the job has a waste prevention (reduction or reuse) component.
We do not run job listings if the job deals solely with recycling.

Excerpted from a message from Deb Stuart, King County Master
Recycler/Composter volunteer program, Seattle area:

I wanted to let people know about a company in Georgia that will repair PDAs
(personal digital assistants) and combination PDA-cell phones. My Treo 600
speaker bit the dust recently and there is no way I could afford to buy
another one after slightly more than one year. This phone/mini-computer cost
me $499 originally and would be $549 - $599 to replace without a new phone
contract. I ordered a $10 speaker part from PerformancePDA
(http://www.PerformancePDA.com  ) and was
able to replace the old one with a new one easily. If I had had PalmOne
repair it, it would have cost me $175 or so.

Deb's e-mail:  ms (DOT) recycler (AT) comcast (DOT) net

Link to Implement, the City of Seattle's new online sustainable building


Link to the website for Take Back Your Time Day:

Take Back Your Time Day will be held this Monday, October 24, 2005.  It is a
project of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy at Cornell
University, and the Simplicity Forum, a leadership alliance for the
simplicity movement.  Take Back Your Time Day seeks "to challenge the
epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our
health, our families and relationships, our communities and our

Link to the Procter & Gamble company's recently-published 2005
Sustainability Report:

    A table on page 45 shows that
the amount of solid waste the company's manufacturing operations dispose of
has decreased the past two years, while the hazardous waste disposed of has
increased.  The company reports that its recycling/reuse rate was 52 percent
in 2003, 56 percent in 2004, and 58 percent in 2005.

Link to the David Suzuki Foundation's Nature Challenge:


The Nature Challenge asks people to agree to take at least three of these
ten steps:
1)   Reduce home energy use by 10 percent. 
2)   Choose an energy-efficient home and appliances.
3)   Don't use pesticides. 
4)   Eat meat-free meals one day a week. 
5)   Buy locally grown and produced food. 
6)   Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle. 
7)   Walk, bike, carpool or take transit. 
8)   Choose a home close to work or school. 
9)   Support alternative transportation. 
10) Learn more and share with others.
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