Green is where the Heart Is for February 17th, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 17 February 2016 05:00

"Think about it. Why would you make something that you're going to use for a few minutes out of a material that's basically going to last forever, and you're just going to throw it away. What's up with that?" ~ Jeb Berrier, BagIt Movie

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

The Island Women Environmental Committee met at Good Hops on Monday at 6pm chaired by Jennifer Browne, environmentalist extraordinaire.  I gave a presentation of the history of the Environmental Committee over the past 6 years. 
It was fun as I perused through my files on an old hard drive (although it reminded me that computer clutter is as annoying as physical clutter, but that is a job for another day.)
Island Women presented the idea to Carolina Beach Town Council in 2010 suggesting better recycling bins at beach accesses in the central business district,  requesting signage on bill board coming over bridge announcing entering a Green Community and encouraging involvement of the community to help with recycling at Island events.  In 2011 they produced a public service video about the hazards of plastic bags which proceeded the Carolina Beach Lake Sunday evening movie series summer of 2011.  In 2012 they offered a “Pleasure Island Environmental Series” strategy session held to urge participating island event vendors, event planners chamber and town operating departments to prioritize sensible and effective recycling within all events.  They addressed CB council again in 2012 in support of the big blue 95 gallon roll out recycle containers.  Both KB and CB have incorporated “twin the bin” receptacles in their towns. 
Over the years, these planet conscious women have donned aprons and gloves, using long handled pickers monitoring recycling at island events.  They have educated the public about what can and cannot be recycled in our single stream recycling program on the island. 
They have taken the environmental stance to reduce use of single use plastic bags on the island.  Currently the major fundraiser for the group is producing a reusable bag with a map of the island showing sponsors locations.
The bag is sold for $5 each.  Many of you may have seen these industrious women selling the bags at the local Farmer’s Market. 
You may have seen the bags in use in grocery stores over the bridge.  IWO donated several hundred bags to The Help Center to pass out free food for hungry residents during the holidays. 
Whether single use plastic bags can be banned on the beach is still to be seen.  This form of urban tumbleweed saddens those of us as we watch it waft towards the ocean and precious marine life. 
One thing I know for sure.  Once a group of determined women set their sights on a goal, things get done.  Bins get twinned.  Plastic bags stay out of the single stream recycling program and styrofoam is boycotted.  Sustainability is the key.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. 
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.molinquist.com  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile. 

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