Go Green – Go Local!

September 29, 2008

We are seeing how going green and “buying local” can have unexpected benefits to our health and certainly take a lot of stress off our minds.   And in spite of growing emphasis on the “Global Marketplace,” current news events make greenifying a more obvious choice for the health and environmentally conscious.

The case in point is the mountain concern surrounding milk products in China where at least four children have died and tens of thousands have been sickened by cow’s milk tainted with melamine and possibly other toxins that got into the milk and other products made using it.

More than a dozen countries have now banned or recalled Chinese dairy products and the European Union has barred Chinese baby food items made with even trace amounts of dairy from the Asian giant. Even now, the tainting “scare” is now spreading to various popular candies and other items.

Consuming more local foods can help us contain our concerns about countries with less government supervision of their products.  Last year, there were similar concerns among children’s toys and other products as well as contaminated pet foods imported from foreign countries that sickened animals and put children at risk.  

Many times when we go to the grocery store, we are offered a choice for regional “farmers market” or organic products which can be more expensive; or a cheaper imported product produced in a foreign country where quality assurance cannot be easily ascertained.

When we buy local, we help local economies, encourage farmers and agribusiness within our own borders, are assured of governmental oversight and safety standards of any such products, and of course go great by shrinking our “carbon footprint” with greatly reduced shipping costs.

And in this case, we might prevent illness that will require years of recovery.


Ways to Greenify Your Office: #1 Start at the Top

September 24, 2008

There are lots of ways to greenify your office.  Let's go through them, one by one, with a few how's and why's on each way we can choose to Go Green.

 

Probably the first and most obvious tip is the one Dad taught you about greenifying: turn off the lights when you leave the room. 

 

We've all driven through a business district at night and wondered at the lights shining from inside the buildings.  How many people were literally burning the midnight oil? Or were they were merely burning through the bosses' money by leaving lights on?

 

Those thousands of office lights left running unnecessarily not only increase the cost of doing business in the form of higher energy bills, they cost home consumers more as power companies are forced to more and more electricity to cover increased consumption.  Plus all those lights left on overheat rooms which then require extra air-conditioning. (With standard light-bulbs, only 10-15% of the energy used is consumed as light; the rest produces heat.)  And certainly all that use makes light bulb manufacturers happy, too.  So click 'em off.  Install sensors in bathrooms and timer lights in supply closets. 

 

And if you haven't already, get some real savings on lighting by switching from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs which use about 75% less electricity.

 

Your greener planet will thank you.


Customized Reusable Shopping Bags: Good for the Environment; Great for Your Company!

September 22, 2008

How would you like to put your name and advertising logo into the pocket or purse of each of your customers, while at the same time, greenifying your business and saving money long-term?

It’s possible.  Environmentalists estimate that 500 billion to 1 trillion of the bags are now used worldwide every year.  And studies show that 100,000 marine animals perish every year because of the plastic bags.  Maybe it’s time you looked around for reusable shopping bags for your customers. 

You can order them in your favorite colors, numerous styles and with your logo and name on the exterior.  Some fold up so small they fit in pockets or purses.  Others flatten for easy transport. 

And here’s another reason to put your bag into your customers’ hands.  If you think about it, when was the last time you wanted to carry a bag with one company’s logo on it into a competing company’s store to load on supplies?  Custom-made re-usable bags help reinforce brand loyalty while giving your business a reputation for “going green.”   And if you think saving the environment is a noble cause, think about how many fewer bags you’d have to buy down the road.  It might take a while to see those savings, but “if you provide them, they will come.”  And come again. 

Greenifying your business has benefits in so many ways, doesn’t it?  

Here are several companies that make customized reusable bags:

http://www.reusethisbag.com/

http://www.tansclub.com/cottontotebag.html?gclid=COzhsfat8JUCFQykagod7WVBfA

http://dealbags.com/tote_bags.html


Greenify Your Shipping Methods

September 12, 2008

Did you know that the box that you check to indicate your shipping preference can have an impact on the environment? A recent on-line shopping site I was perusing had a box in the shipping section that said "Go Green Go Ground." According to Onlineshoes, "ground shipping methods use about 1/8th less fuel than similar air or expedited methods."

While making a choice to go green with your shipment method, they offer one more piece of advice. Go Green and Get it Faster. Ship your package to work. They give three reasons to ship your good to your office rather than your home. 

·      Your delivery is more likely to arrive safe and secure at a business address.

·      You'll get it on the first delivery attempt.

·      Less fuel will be used. Business districts are usually closer to shipping centers, so carriers can deliver more items in a shorter distance.

The next time you are greenifying your purchases by shopping on-line, consider greenifying your shipping method as well. Happy shopping!
 


Green Polar Bears??

September 8, 2008

Can it be? Is it true? Are polar bears making an attempt to Greenify? Apparently the answer is yes. Well, yes for a few select polar bears that reside at the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in central Japan. Check out the picture. Before you jump to conclusions, these bears did not change their diets, or start a recycling program. Rather, their furry white coats have actually gone green. I doubt that they are trying to make an eco-statement to the world. Or perhaps they are.

However, zoo officials claim that the polar bears tactic to go green was just a chance event. It was the result of a lot of July swimming in an algae-filled pond. It is difficult to remove the algae from the bears' thick fur. It seems that this new fashion statement on their part is here to stay until the November time-frame. At that point, hopefully the temperatures will sub-side and so will the algae growth.


Is your college ready to Greenify?

September 3, 2008

September is here. Labor Day has come and gone. Colleges and Universities around the country are welcoming students back to campus for the start of the academic year. It's time to hit the books, start studying and try to get good grades. While you are spending time in the library and on the computer, do you wonder whether your college is making the grade in an effort to Greenify?

Well now you can find out thanks in part ot the Princeton Review which recently added a green rating to its annual ranking of the best colleges. This score measures how "environmentally friendly, responsible, and committed the institutions are."

Here is a list of the univerisities that scored 99 out of a possible 100:

  • Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Bates College
  • Binghamton University
  • College of the Atlantic
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Washington
  • Yale University

The complete list is in the 2009 editions of the Princeton Review college books.


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