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SEEDS Newsletter  February 2020
Empowering Sustainable Communities
  1. Message from Our Chair
  2. Resilient Regional Economies
  3. Beautiful Books
  4. SEEDS Reads to Meet
  5. Electric Vehicle News
  6. Supporting SEEDS

Mark Your Calendar!
  • February 12 • SEEDS Board Meeting, 5:00 pm, second floor of The Cooperage Project,1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA
  • February 15SEEDS Reads Meeting, 1:00 pm, second floor of The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA
  • March 21Judy Wicks: Resilient Regional Economies, 10:00 am - noon, The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA

Sustainability Tip of the Month

SEEDS collaborates with a variety of businesses and organizations to empower people with the tools for a more sustainable future.

Our friends at PPL Electric Utilities can help you save money with a Home Audit.

Visit the PPL website to learn more.

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 Chair Message

Dear Friend:

This might not be my typical approach to this Chair Message, but I'd like to raise awareness of an important, albeit somewhat sensitive, issue. (Pun intended!)

When I lived in Bolivia as a teenager, we used toilet paper made from sugar cane residue. It was gray and kind of rough, but it worked. And, it made sense to use these left-overs as a resource. When I was studying in Rome during college, we ladies got alarmed when our backsides started turning black. It turned out it was the pieces of newspaper we were given for our toilet paper that caused the problem.

Needless to say, most of us now use cushy paper, some of it even quilted! But, it comes at a big cost to our forests—especially the boreal forests of Canada. Many millions of acres have been cut to literally flush down the drain, threatening indigenous communities and wildlife who rely upon these forests. And these forests provide the vital service of carbon sequestration.

Do we have to give up toilet paper? Of course not. There are manufacturers who are using sustainably grown materials—even sugar cane residue, but it’s not grey and rough any more. It is actually cushy! A bamboo/cane combo is the softest I have ever used. And there is recycled toilet paper--no that doesn’t mean old toilet paper is being reused. It is recycled from OTHER paper.

So, here is what you can do: check before you buy. Look for sustainably produced brands. Help send a powerful message—the power of the purse--to companies who are destroying perfectly wonderful forests just to help us flush them down the drain. Your choice of toilet paper could literally save lives.

Read on for lots of exciting news as SEEDS sets a positive pace for 2020!

Katharine Dodge
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Judy Wicks: Resilient Regional Economies

Judy WicksSEEDS is hosting renowned entrepreneur, author, and acclaimed speaker, Judy Wicks at The Cooperage Project on Saturday, March 21st. An early pioneer of the farm-to-table and local economy movements, Judy is nationally recognized for developing a blueprint for sustainable, local business practices.

Since starting Philadelphia’s landmark farm-to-table restaurant, White Dog Cafe in 1983, she has founded many regional and national organizations such as BALLE (now Common Future), the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia, and All Together Now PA.

Judy's work continues to connect urban and rural communities, farmers with entrepreneurs, investors with borrowers, producers with consumers, and engage them in a collaborative effort to build just, resilient, and self-reliant regional economies throughout Pennsylvania. Learn more at Judy's website. And stay tuned to the SEEDS website for more details.


Save the Date!

Judy Wicks: Resilient Regional Economies
Saturday, March 21st
10:00 a.m. to Noon
The Cooperage Project
1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA


The Beauty of Books!

Our award-winning FREE Book Swap saw even greater success in 2019 with more than 20,000 books donated, and many thousands re-homed, repurposed and recycled.

Here's what one creative book lover did with the vintage books she found at this year's event, transforming them into beautiful gifts for family and friends.

In addition to finding a terrific use for those lovely old books, Michele Young also sourced the candles from yard sales, and recycled some of the ribbon as well. A sustainable solution for sure!
Sustainable Christmas gifts.

SEEDS Reads Sets Session

SEEDS Reads is a new community reading program promoting the joy of reading while educating people of all ages about the importance of stewardship of our natural resources and sustainable living practices.

Every book is a potential seed; and every reading has the potential to inspire a more sustainable future.

SEEDS Reads photo.SEEDS Reads is a three-faceted project:

1. A community-based reading program to be conducted at regional libraries, daycare facilities, senior centers, special events and more.
2. A book club focused on titles related to the SEEDS mission, as well as determining appropriate titles to donate to area libraries.
3. The establishment of Little Free Libraries in our local communities.

Join us for a meeting on Saturday, February 15  at 1:00 p.m. to determine next steps for each facet of this exciting program. The location will be the second floor of The Cooperage at 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA.

That same day, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Main Street Farmers Market will be in full swing. Plan to arrive early and gather up some great local goods to chase those winter doldrums away, before heading upstairs for the meeting! We look forward to connecting with like-minded lovers of reading!

New Jersey Passes EV Incentive Bill

New Jersey lawmakers passed legislation to advance electric vehicles in the state, setting aside $300 million for customer rebates over 10 years.

The bill aims for 2 million light-duty electric vehicles in the state by 2035 and 1,400 new chargers by 2025. It requires New Jersey Transit to purchase only zero-emission buses after 2032 and all-electric buses by 2040.

Experts said the customer rebate program – up to $5,000 for purchasing an EV – would be the most aggressive in the country. Transportation accounts for around 45 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. Governor Phil Murphy is expected to sign the bill. (Report courtesy of Utility Dive.)

More Ways to Support SEEDS!

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Sign up for a new card, and choose SEEDS as your charity. Or visit to link your existing Preferred Customer Card to SEEDS.

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