Snow sports are taking a big hit from the effects of global warming and now, enthusiasts are taking a stand and addressing the problem at the UN climate talks. At a WWF action outside the conference in Poznan, snowboarders performed a series of tricks as a way to express their support for action against rising temperatures.
Below you'll find five top executives who have decided to adopt "an ecological responsible agenda." Their turnaround is incredibly inspiring and proves that both small and large business owners can change their focus and go green.
- Ray Anderson: After 20 years, Anderson made a u-turn within Interface and implemented intensive recycling programs, turned to energy-efficient computer controlled boilers, used corn to create carpet, and utilized solar and wind power. Talk about a reversal in attitude!
- Sir Richard Branson: Thanks to Al Gore, billionaire Branson is now aware of the climate crisis and has decided to create Virgin Fuels/ the Virgin Green Fund). Currently, the Fund is investing in companies that work in biofuels, desalination plants, energy efficient lighting and solar power.
"If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields," according to Stanford University. So this holiday season let's think green and use gift wrappings that are environmentally friendly.
Eco-chick recently highlighted some great quick tips for holiday gift wrap:
- Put gifts in reusable bags, baskets or boxes. It’s classy, and it’s a whole other gift in itself. No worries about this sort of packaging ending up in the trash!
- Instead of bows, use ornaments, hair barrettes, brooches, key chains or other small decorative items that’ll get reused.
Thanksgiving is a holiday everyone looks forward to. It’s a time for friends and family, good food and… carbon emissions?!? Let's plan on doing it right this holiday season and think about where our food comes from and where the waste will go. Below, you'll find a few tips that will get you on the right track and make it easy to go green this upcoming Thanksgiving.
- Plan on eating turkey? Opt for an organic, free-range and grass-fed one.
There are immense amounts of great sites out there that have vegetarian recipes.
- Go turkeyless this Thanksgiving and try some recipes found here and here .
- Purchase your fruits and veggies from the farmer’s market. Support your community and use the Eat Well Guide to find local producers near you.
The Sadhu Vaswani Mission, based in Pune, Maharashtra India, is running a global campaign to collect millions of signatures/pledges from individuals to go just one day of the year without eating meat.
Have a stain that you just can’t get out? Think twice before heading to the dry cleaners. 95 percent of conventional dry cleaners use a toxic chemical called perchloroethylene. This solvent, according to TreeHugger, is a central nervous system depressant, is listed as a hazardous air pollutant under the federal standards and is not even close to be considered green!
Luckily, there are alternative ways to get out that stain. Please continue reading for a list of green solutions as well as other articles relating to eco-friendly dry cleaning
- Find a progressive cleaner – seek a cleaner who uses non-perc alternative solutions
- Consider personal dry cleaning – try a home dry cleaning kit like Clorox’s Fresh Care
- Opt for the washer – invest in a front loading washer that has a gentle cycle
- Steam away dirt and odors – use a steamer or a damp cloth and the dryer to steam out the soil
- Re-evaluate your wardrobe – to reduce your footprint, think twice before purchasing an item that requires extra care.
What small changes can you make for a big eco-impact? NBC's The Today Show has a regular segment that informs viewers of thoughtful and creative ways to conserve what we use. This week's focus: paper. Deforestation is the second leading cause of the climate crisis and there many small steps we can all take to make a big difference.
As we replace old electronics with new ones we might pass them along, recycle them or simply toss them. Unfortunately, the latter two might result in illegal exportation, poisoned waterways and toxic communities.
China's e-waste problem was recently in the news. To curb this polluting trend consumers should get educated how important it to reuse and recycle electronics. Below, the EPA gives some options that are safe for "end-of-life" electronics:
- Basic Information about reducing and recycling electronics
- Where You Live provides information about regional and State eCycling programs
- Where Can I Donate or Recycle My Old Computer and Other Electronics? lists organizations and retailers with donation and recycling programs
- Statistics on the Management of Used and End-of-Life Electronics
Al Gore's new book "Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis" is now on sale! Following up on his wildly successful 2006 book "An Inconvenient Truth," "Our Choice" goes into more detail about the solutions we can pursue to prevent the irreversible damage to our planet, as opposed to just making us aware of the problem.