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.
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.
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.
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.
What You’ll Need:
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.
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.
Reclaimed Leather Purses
Bamboo and Tikis is proud to introduce a new line of eco-friendly products: Viro Thatch. Viro Thatch products are the only non-toxic and 100% recyclable thatch products on the market today. Made from the greenest plastic on earth, HDPE, they have a built in fire retardant, are completely water resistant and will not fade, rot or shed. When you’re done with the thatch, simply toss it in a recycling bin and the entire product can be reused. Not the only synthetic thatch on the market, ViroThatch is the first and only synthetic thatch created with an entirely sustainable and non-toxic production process
Every year, thousands of people abandon their dry habitats in search of a more refreshing marine landscape; thousands of dollars are spent on beach vacations, snorkeling adventures and ocean tours and thousands of gallons of sunscreen are spread lavishly on the shoulders of adults and children alike. While it is important to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays, another factor when considering sun protection is the effect it may have on the very ecosystem we look forward to enjoying.
Most of us consider Memorial Day the official kickoff for summer. As the temperature warms up, we spend more time outside and more time dreaming up wonderful outdoor adventures for ourselves, our families and our friends. As you start planning your summer and all the vacations that go with it, remember that just because you are faraway, doesn’t mean you have to abandon the green lifestyle you have worked so hard to achieve. Here are three tips for staying green on vacation:
Your Mom has been there for you your whole life. She was there for your birth, she was there to take care of you when you were sick and to support you when you were struggling. With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, it is time to attempt the impossible and show her how much you appreciate her. If you’re stuck on what the perfect symbol of thanks might be, here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Homemade gift cards. Make Mom a booklet of coupons services she can use whenever she needs some time off. Good ideas include babysitting, making dinner, cleaning or running errands like picking up the dry cleaning or dropping kids off at school. She is sure to appreciate the gesture that acknowledges her need for some more free time.