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Beach Cleanups Spur Plastic Production

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a giant mass of floating debris and trash located between Hawaii and San Francisco. The Garbage Patch is about twice the size of Texas and a result of swirling currents and tides that bring trash from all over the world to one remote and often overlooked location. However, for some “collection beaches” on the islands of Hawaii, the reality of the patch is all too apparent. Garbage from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch washes up on the shores constantly, creating a shoreline of colorful plastic garbage rather than the white sandy beaches traditionally associated with the island state. This sad sight was enough to spawn Adam Lowry’s idea for a plastic made not from virgin plastic but from materials recovered from the Pacific Ocean.

The Green Revolution: Altruism or Good Business?

Individuals and businesses everywhere seem to be throwing the words “going green” around. Policy, economy, society and reality all demand that we use whatever renewable resources we can to turn our lifestyles around in order to live more environmentally responsibly. However, when companies built on the values of consumption and excess start to publicize their green efforts, one has to wonder if they are truly attempting to save the planet or if they are merely cashing in on the popularity of the Green Revolution.

 

 

Plan a Powerhouse of a Pre-game Party

Attending a tailgate party is one of the best parts of the fall season, coming in second only to the football games themselves. With the thrill of the first weekend of football behind us, now is the time to start planning the parties for the rest of the season. So wether you are planning a shindig for 20 people in the parking lot or simply taking a friend or two to the game this weekend, here are a few quick tips for a happy and safe tailgate party.

Kick the Post-Long Weekend Doldrums

The 3 day weekend is the loophole of the 5 day work week. However, it can be both a blessing and a curse. If you spent the weekend staying up late, consuming copious amounts of your social lubricant of choice and exercising your right to party like its 1999 perhaps you didn’t look as sparkly as usual on this Tuesday morning. Here are a few tips to ensure you don’t look like you had the weekend of a 21 year old on Monday (or Tuesday) morning.

1. Ice is Your Friend. While late nights, alcohol and sleeping strange hours can cause your face to puff up like a marshmallow, running an ice cube over it can decrease swelling and redness. If ice is impractical, you can use frozen vegetables (peas conform to the angles of your face nicely) or a couple of frozen spoons over your eyelids.

Have a Lazy Labor Day with These Easy Parties

A Labor Day party doesn’t have to be a monumental project, costing you an arm and leg and taking up your entire weekend in preparation. You can have guests over with minimal prep, expense and clean up…just follow these few simple rules:

1. POTLUCK. It doesn’t have to be as cheesy as the classroom potlucks you had in elementary school, simply send out an email volunteering your home for a BBQ and have your guests reply back with what they will bring. Tell them you will provide meat and your grill master skills, but explain that they will have to help with the rest of the fixings. In the email thread, instruct your friends and family to hit “reply all” a simple a one word response stating what they will bring. More often than not, people are willing to bring food items and/or beverages to a party rather than hosting one themselves.

Genetically Modified Food - Benefit or Risk?

Genetic modification can be a great thing – proof of societal progress, testament to efficiency and a way to end the pesky problems of life in an uncontrolled world. OR it can mean the end to life as we know it, the introduction of species not created by necessity, evolution and natural selection and a dangerous human capacity to play God. Of course, this is all according to who you talk to. In terms of genetically modified food, most people are satisfied simply with their right to know. Clear labeling allows consumers to make informed choices and to take a stand one way or the other on the use of GMOs in our food.

Japan Making Energy Saving Headway

This blog has explored various ways to conserve energy on an individual level. But what if those efforts were federally mandated? Imagine how much energy could be saved if it was a nationwide campaign initiated from the top down rather than a grassroots movement working against the status quo of fossil fuel. The Japanese culture is in the midst of such a movement. Everything from government regulations, to corporate policies, to dedication familial practices are in place to release the country from its dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

DIY Roof Thatching

So you just came back from your Hawaiian vacation and you’ve decided you want to install your very own tiki hut or palapa. But what next? You could purchase a prefabricated thatch structure, or you could build your own. But how to install that pesky thatch? Well, ask and you shall receive. Here are some quick and easy guidelines for simple installation.

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Learn to Speak Green

As our world becomes increasingly more “eco-conscious”, you are bound to come across some terms or phrases you either are not familiar with or don’t completely understand. Here are a few terms whose definition may help as you wade through all things green:

BIODEGRADEABLE – the ability of a material to naturally break down when left completely alone for a period of time. Biodegradable substances will absorb naturally and safely back into the eco-system with the help of microorganisms.

CARBON OFFSETS – units purchased to make up for carbon units emitted by a particular function such as travel. Funds raised by the purchase of carbon offsets are used towards planting carbon absorbing trees, for green research and other green activities to be determined by the purchaser.

One-Time Purchases To Stay Green

Staying true to your new found “green” philosophy can sometimes seem expensive, daunting and, at times, impossible. However, the key is to remember that little changes can have a big overall effect. Sometimes, small one-time purchases can be just the thing to keep your green lifestyle on track. Here are some examples of green products that will last you for the long run while simultaneously protecting the environment.

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