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Happy Holidays!

Dear Bamboo and Tikis Friends,

We would all like to wish you a very happy and safe holiday weekend. We hope that your holiday will consist of all the joy and laughter you deserve and that you are surrounded by all the friends and family you love. Be safe this weekend, whether you’re travelling or staying close to home and remember that this is the time of year to appreciate all the blessings in your life, be they big or small.

It is one of our blessings to be able to provide you with environmentally-friendly products and information. So as you celebrate this season, please remember to do something nice for the planet that we all share. After all, this is a season of giving and the gift of a cleaner planet is something we all can appreciate.

Happy Holidays and thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

The Bamboo and Tikis Team

5 Great Green Christmas Gifts...Just-in-Time

Just because your Christmas gifts are last minute, doesn’t mean they have to be bad or obvious. At Bamboo and Tiki’s we are always trying to find new ways to save both money and the environment. The following are a few gift ideas that are fun, eco-friendly, relatively inexpensive and can be purchased or made just in time for Christmas.

Five Ways to Reduce Holiday Waste

Are you in a quandary over how to maintain all your holiday enthusiasm without breaking the bank or harming the environment? Do you ever wonder how you can make small changes to yield big results? While Christmas is definitely a season of joy and love, it is also results in massive excess and lavishness. The following are a few holiday categories that see the most waste and what you can do about it.

Copenhagen vs Cancun - United Nations Climate Change Conference

Last year’s United Nations Climate Conference at Copenhagen was marked by high hopes, stubborn dissention and general chaos. This year, in Cancun, Mexico, the meetings seem to be mostly characterized by low expectations and a sense of calm. In fact, the Conference is so low-key, it has failed to garner any attention from local or national news sources, as compared to 2009 when scenes of angry protesters and delegate walkouts dominated the television, newspapers and blogosphere.

Dells Gets It Right With Bamboo Packaging

These days, it seems like everything can be made from bamboo. From fencing and statues, to bikes and computer accessories, to clothes and shoes, just about anything can be made using mature bamboo stalks, bamboo fiber or bamboo leaves. Recently, Dell Incorporated has increased the already lengthy list of bamboo uses with its creation of bamboo packaging.

Holiday Travel Tips

The holidays are officially in full swing. With Thanksgiving a few days away and Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to start planning when and where to get together with friends, family and all the important people in your life. Inevitably, Thanksgiving specifically and the holiday season in general mean time spent battling the populous in mass transit. So whether you’re driving, flying or taking the train, here are some tips and rules of thumb to make your trip a little easier.

Bamboo and Tikis Harmonizes with Local Children

Bamboo and Tikis appreciates the community in which we operate and will happily help out when and where we are able. That is why when Volunteer San Diego staged its 2010 service weekend this past October 8-9th, we were happy to help with one of Harmonium’s seven Serve-A-Thon projects.

Largest Green Energy Initiative in the World in California

As California plunges further and further into a fiscal disaster, a recent develop may answer some questions about the future of industry, green energy and thousands of acres of contaminated land in the San Joaquin Valley. Westside Holdings has already leased 9,000 acres from area farmers to start construction on the world’s largest solar panel field, set to produce 600-1000 megawatts of clean energy. When completed, the Westlands Solar Park will utilize 30,000 acres of solar panels for up to 5,000 megawatts of energy.

A Vegetarian Labor Day

Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September and is meant to celebrate all the “workingmen” of America. Over the years, it has taken on a symbolic meaning as the end of summer and is often a call for the BBQ to make its final appearance. Typically seen as the summer send out holiday, Monday is usually the last outdoor cookout of the year; a time for burgers, hotdogs, coleslaw and drinks of all kinds. However, barbecues can often be a source of untold dread for many vegetarians out there. Accusations of eating disorders abound when you grab only macaroni salad, you feel awkward making yourself a condiment sandwich or disrespectful not eating at all. So to all you vegetarians out there, or to people hosting vegetarians, here are 3 BBQ options that won’t require any more effort than the typical burgers or hotdogs already on the grill.

This School Year, Start Out Strong By Going Green

Back to School time is upon us; the days are getting shorter and a sort of anxious anticipation is setting in among both parents and schoolchildren of all ages. The question is: how to incorporate all that we know about the importance of going green into our back to school shopping urges? All of us know the benefits of going green: saving the environment for future generations, preserving valuable finite resources and ensuring the ultimate sustainability of life on earth as we know it. However, sometimes it’s a little more difficult to figure out a prudent and cost-effective approach to going green in our everyday lives. The following are a couple of easy tips to get you started on living a green lifestyle as the new school year starts.

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