Green Team

Bottled Water

Bottled water is bad for the environment, expensive, and despite what many people believe, it’s not superior to tap water. The bottled water industry uses vast amounts of carbon dioxide–generating fossil fuels to bottle and transport its bottled cargo. Further, it takes 1.5 million barrels of crude oil to provide the plastic for just one … Continued

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We’ve all heard the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle,” but too often recycling has overshadowed the first critical step of waste prevention. Here are a few things you can do to promote a greater awareness of the importance of the “reduce” step. Buy in Bulk: Avoid purchases that are packaged for single use (i.e. drinks, school … Continued

Green Lawn Care

Lawn care in the U.S. has come at a high cost to the environment. According to the U.S. National Wildlife Federation:     30% of water used on the East Coast goes to watering lawns; 60% on the West Coast. 18% of municipal solid waste is composed of yard waste. The average suburban lawn receives … Continued

Save Petroleum: Plant Perennials!

Annual plants are pretty but use loads of petroleum and petrol products in the heating of greenhouses and production of plastic pots. I often wonder how much plastic is generated by us as well-meaning Mother’s Day celebrants, so on the 2nd Sunday of this month, when thinking of honoring your mother, please consider this list … Continued

Sustainable Tourism

Eco tourism often brings to mind images of exotic tropical locations, but the reality is that destinations, accommodations and tour packages exist on every continent, for a variety of budgets and levels of comfort. Sustainable travel does not have to mean backpacking through the jungle in South America. Every traveler can take steps to make … Continued

Water Conservation

Here are some things we can do to make a difference. UNESCO has predicted that by 2020 water shortages will be a serious worldwide problem. One third of the world’s population is already facing problems due to both water shortages and poor drinking water quality. Effects include massive outbreaks of disease, malnourishment and crop failure. … Continued

Junk Mail

Did you know that more than 100 million trees worth of bulk mail is delivered to US mailboxes every year? In energy terms, the production and subsequent disposal of junk mail consumes more energy than 2.8 million vehicles annually. Many of us do not want the majority of the solicitations and catalogs that come to our homes each … Continued