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:
Companies and individuals all over the world are trying to find ways to pare down. Whether it is by using less, recycling more or participating in more in-house waste treatment objectives, everyone is jumping on the green bandwagon. Tech companies are even trying to use less volume and more eco-friendly plastic; we have seen the development of eco-friendly tech packaging and even of eco-conscious tech casing. Now comes the manufacture and sale of the all bamboo laptop case for the MacBook Pro.
Earth Day is Friday April 22. This 40 year tradition is typically celebrated by planting a tree and participating in other “green” activities. However, if you don’t have the time or space to plant a full scale tree in your yard, here are some other tips and tricks to celebrate Earth Day and maybe even save you some dough along the way.
1. Spring Clean. Use Earth Day as a motivator to finish your spring cleaning. Take care to use eco-friendly cleaners and environmentally friendly practices for tasks like laundry, cleaning drains and disposing of electronics. Donate what you don’t need or no longer want to help those in need and keep your old stuff out of landfills.
As the glory of summer is upon us we may have forgotten those hopeful resolutions we made 4 months ago. During those bleak winter months, anything seemed possible with a little effort but as summer approaches, effort goes out the window and we trade our high hopes for lazy days spent at the beach. If you resolved to “go green” this year, here are three easy steps to ensure your resolve isn’t left out at sea.
E-waste is defined as any sort of electronic waste. This includes computer monitors, computer casing, cell phones, printers, fax machines, televisions, DVD players and anything else that has a cord or charger. Most of these machines contain harmful levels of Mercury, Lead, Lithium, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and other known toxins that can cause everything from birth defects to cancer. Obviously, the more we can do to keep these chemicals out of landfills and therefore out of our water systems, the safer we will be. Companies and organizations are starting to offer more and more realistic ways to recycle these items.
At Bamboo and Tikis, we strive to provide our supporters with environmentally responsible products, services and information to help protect and sustain our planet as best we can. Lately, this new “eco-trend” has gained steam around the world and is affecting consumers, large and small businesses alike and our society as a whole. Some of the biggest retailers across America and Europe are integrating environmentally responsible practices at the local and corporate levels. Levi’s, Target, H&M and Nike are all trying to do their part.
Now that Christmas is over and we’re feeling the let down of gifts given, visitors come and gone and turkeys carved, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with that beautifully smelling tree in your living room. While most of us will be sending the tree to a recycling center to be mulched, here are some more fun, do-it-yourself options for disposing of the tree.
Recycle It Yourself. Cut the branches and trunk into smaller portions and put them in a wood chipper (or borrow a neighbors). Use the mulch for increasing the health of your soil in flower beds, around shrubbery or in your garden. Additionally, you can use the wood for kindling in your outdoor fire pit. Average sized trees can provide up to 13 pounds of firewood. Remember, do not burn evergreens inside because they are highly flammable and full of sap.
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.
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.
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.