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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Entertaining ideas to help save planet planet entertain

By Liz Seymour
Washington Post

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Danny Seo's birth on Earth Day 1977 propelled him into environmental activism at a young age and led to a career as an ecological designer. At 29, he's a seasoned self-promoter with a Web site, radio program and upcoming cable television show. Now comes a fifth book from the New Yorker, "Simply Green Parties" (Collins, $19.95), with recipes, craft projects and ideas for what Seo calls "eco-stylish" entertaining.

Here are a few examples:

  • Use Twizzlers instead of plastic straws (like licorice?).

  • Turn oversize paint chips into place cards. Make a slit in a champagne cork to hold the paint chip with a guest's name.

  • Laminate blueprints for an easy-clean tablecloth.

    Though some ideas seem tired, silly or both, they have the virtue of being inexpensive and fun. The eco-message is a good one.