Jason Fitzgerald

Jason Fitzgerald

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 16:12

Better Know a Partner: Mambo Sprouts

At Carbonfund.org, we love to highlight the great work that our Mambo Sproutspartners are doing. I want to introduce our new "Better Know a Partner" series where we dive into what our partners do and how they're fighting global warming.  This week, I spoke with Mambo Sprouts. So what makes Mambo Sprouts so great? Mambo Sprouts is a one-stop resource for healthy and organic living.  Mambo helps consumers save on their favorite natural and organic products and features the latest natural health tips and healthy organic food product news and information. What steps has Mambo Sprouts taken to "Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can't"? We have used Carbonfund.org to offset the bus mileage of our Go Mambo! tours and our national business travel.  We also use biodegradable bags, recycled paper and folders.  We even donate used paper to a pre-school for reuse.  Mambo has also eliminated using envelops for our quarterly mailing and started printing with soy ink. What's your favorite healthy living tip? Eating healthy and organic doesn't have to be expensive.  There are so many ways to save on these types of products with Mambo coupons.  A combination of our coupons and the correct planning can really help when budgeting for your shopping trip. Why did you partner with Carbonfund.org? Mambo Sprouts partnered with Carbonfund.org in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of our Go Mambo! mobile sampling tours.  We are proud to feature the Carbonfund.org logo on our vans as they travel regionally each year.  Carbonfund.org has made it possible to make our tours CarbonFree® by offsetting the CO2 emitted by the vans and crew travel. Do you want to live healthy on the cheap?  Visit Mambo Sprouts.
I never thought I would be writing about artificial grass being a better choice for the environment.  But there is clear research that if you live in a dry climate or somewhere that needs to conserve water, artificial grass like NewGrass can be the better choice for you. The artificial stuff needs no gas-powered lawnmowers or weedwackers and requires no fertilizer and water! That can equate to a lot of savings as some estimates put the water usage of real lawns upwards of 20,000 or more gallons of water a year! In fact, a study by Sweden's Stockholm University found that an hour's worth of mowing resulted in about the same amount of emissions as driving a car 93 miles. The carbon sequestration abilities of real grass is probably negated by the mowing and fertilizers used to maintain it. Fertilizers not only pollute waterways, but require a lot of energy to produce. NewGrassIn light of this information, it's important to take stock of your lawn care habits and the climate of your area.  If you tend to mow your lawn frequently, use fertilizer, water it daily, and think water conservation is important in your region, then perhaps NewGrass is right for your situation.  It's probably not only good for the climate, but it's an investment that will start saving you money in reduced maintenance and water costs. NewGrass is a company committed to providing an alternative when a real lawn is not viable. Moreover, their partnership with Carbonfund.org is offsetting the carbon emissions from their offices, travel, and employee commuting. Interested in learning more? To learn more, you can visit the NewGrass website.
Friday, 11 September 2009 17:32

MoveGreen Certified by Green Business Program

This week, the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara CMoveGreenounty announced that it has certified several local businesses, including CarbonFree® Partner MoveGreen, Inc.  The full article is published in the local edition of Noozhawk.com. The certification program offered by Green Business Program is completely voluntary and free.  It highlights businesses who go above and beyond mandated efficiency measures to curb waste and water use, increase recycling and efficiency, and promote eco-responsible purchasing.  Each business receives a checklist tailored to their industry of environmental objectives to meet the certification. MoveGreen is an environmentally friendly full service moving company.  All of their trucks run on biodiesel fuel that meets new EPA guidelines, they provide paperless quotes and invoicing, and they plant ten trees for every move.  In addition to these green initiatives, they are offsetting their annual emissions through the CarbonFree Partner program. With the addition of the Green Business Program certification, MoveGreen is well on their way to achieving their goal of transforming the moving industry from "old and outdated to new and sustainable."  Carbonfund.org congratulates MoveGreen on this new milestone and thanks them for their continued environmental achievements!
Thursday, 16 July 2009 17:46

Lots of Cheese and Even More Offsets!

forever cheeseCarbonFree® Partner Forever Cheese specializes in providing the best of the Mediterranean, including fine cheeses, honey, olive oil, jam, nuts, and chocolate.  Located in Long Island City, NY, Forever Cheese's founder Michele Buster personally hand selects each artisan product directly from their suppliers in Italy, Spain, & Portugal.  Featuring such famous brands as Drunken Goat®, Naked Goat® and Italfine, Forever Cheese has also launched its own brand to unify its product line called Mitica®. In addition to offering the most unique and high quality specialty products from the Mediterranean area, Forever Cheese offsets its corporate and shipping emissions with Carbonfund.org.  Forever Cheese has gone above and beyond and offset more than its footprint due to their dedication to fighting climate change.  Their support is the equivalent to the CO2 offset from the electricity use of 139 homes for one year, the carbon sequestered by nearly 26,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years, or the CO2 emissions from over 113,000 gallons of gasoline consumed.  The majority of their donation supports domestic wind power, with solar being a close second. To learn more about Forever Cheese and their unique Mediterranean product offerings, please visit their website at Forever Cheese.
Carbonfund.org CarbonFree® Partner Loisos + Ubbelohde is an architecture and building firm specializing in high performance buildings, architecture design, consulting, and planning. They focus on energy efficiency and sustainability.  Loisos + Ubbelohde believes architecture should provide a place to live comfortably and with an awareness of the environment in buildings that are generous in spirit and space.  Living spaces should be designed for people's well-being and made lovingly with high quality materials. L+ULoisos + Ubbelohde seeks a quadruple bottom line in running their business: fiscal, aesthetic, social, and environmental sustainability.  By using simulation and analysis techniques, they are able to address daylighting and lighting design, energy modeling, comfort analysis, building performance, and LEED certification.  In addition to offsetting their carbon footprint, their employees "Reduce What They Can" by bicycling and taking public transportation to the office and they are a certified Bay Area Green Business. The Loisos + Ubbelohde office employs lighting with occupancy sensors, increased insulation, and ceiling fans to help regulate temperature. To learn more about Loisos + Ubbelohde's environmental commitment or their passion for sustainable architecture, visit their website.
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 11:40

Landfillart: An Artist Reclamation Project

Since 2008, over a thousand artists have taken an old hub cap from the 1930's - 1970's and turned it into a beautiful piece of fine art. This project was started by Ken Marquis, founder of Landfillart, and it has exceeded his expectations. Each hub cap is cleaned and primed and then affectionately called a "metal canvas." While most artists have used acrylic or oil paints to transform their canvasses, many have woven, welded, or glued their hub cap into an artistic masterpiece. To complete the environmental mission of this incredible project, Landfillart has joined Carbonfund.org as a CarbonFree® Partner. LandfillartThe goals of Landfillart are to ultimately compile a book about and photos of the project. The book will celebrate the coming together of over a thousand artists for a common cause - making fine art out of rusted refuse. Next, 200 metal canvasses will be selected to travel and inspire other such movements. The traveling show will portray the art community's effort to positively impact the environment through repurposing waste into art. To learn more and view the metal canvasses, please visit www.landfillart.org.
Please welcome our newest CarbonFree® Partner: KidBean.com!  They specialize in earth and labor-friendly children's products with a heavy emphasis on US-made items. KidBean.com's mission is to make a difference in the world by educating people about the health, environmental, and social benefits of sustainably-KidBeanproduced, fair labor, vegan products for babies and children. From its inception, KidBean.com has been deeply committed to ethical and sustainable business practices.  All products are researched using the company's proprietary review process to ensure the life cycle of all products is environmentally friendly. Says founder Melissa Zenz, "I'm always looking for ways to further lessen the environmental footprint of KidBean.com, so I'm very excited to be working with Carbonfund.org."  Her partnership is offsetting 35 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent emissions from nearly 4,000 gallons of gasoline consumed.  Her contribution is "a vital part of countering this footprint," she adds. For more information on KidBean.com's eco-friendly products or their environmental initiatives, please visit: KidBean.com.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 13:41

Greenline Paper Interviewed on Green America

This past October, CarbonFree® Partner Greenline Paper was interviewed on the Green America website.  This is a great discussion that highlights what our partner is doing in their everyday business to fight global warming and reduce waste.  Read the full interview here.  Having been in operation since 1992, Greenline has been a dependable source for a diverse line of recycled and tree-free business papers for nearly two decades. GreenLine Paper Company is an independent distributor of environmental papers and office products and is dedicated to the long-term success of paper recycling. They lend their greatest support to paper mills that show leadership in utilizing post-consumer, recovered or alternative fiber resources and minimize pollution in their manufacturing processes. They are very interested in fighting global warming and have been carbon neutral since June of 2009.  Joining the CarbonFree® program and offsetting your carbon footprint is easy - click here to learn more.  To order environmentally responsible office supplies from Greenline, please visit their website.
Pronounced "too-ah," Tuwa.com strongly believes in social values and carries TuwAenvironmentally responsible products that enable people to live healthy, sustainable lives.  Through a partnership with Carbonfund.org, TuwA makes a donation to offset one pound of carbon dioxide for every TuwA point earned on their website!  Check out their TuwA Points program and get started. Also visit TuwA to browse their wide selection of furniture, bedroom and bath accessories, and fitness products. That's just a sampling of what they offer! While I don't have the yard for a green house, one of my favorite products (and clearly on my wish list) is a Green House Kit that would let me continue to grow some vegetables into the winter. Need something for an indoor space? I highly recommend an air purifier, especially one with a HEPA filter, if you live in an urban area that might have reduced air quality. No matter what you choose this holiday season, make sure your gifts enhance the lives of those you're giving to through improved health or environment.  To learn more, visit TuwA or their Green Library of comprehensive eco-friendly and healthy living tips.
Thursday, 10 September 2009 12:24

Galaxy Foods Launches New Veggie Cheese!

veggie cheeseGalaxy Nutritional Foods is redefining cheese with the launch of its new and improved soy-based Veggie brand products.  As the leading provider of cheese alternatives, Galaxy is introducing its new and improved soy-based Veggie Slices which feature a better taste and higher quality ingredients.  The new Veggie, which debuts with a fresh look, can be found in the produce section of grocery stores nationwide in October. Providing an excellent source of calcium with no cholesterol, saturated fat, trans fat, or lactose, Veggie boasts a simplified ingredient list that research demonstrates is preferable by five out of seven consumers.  The cheese alternative is available in slices, shreds, blocks, and a grated topping, with flavors including Cheddar, Pepper Jack, American, Swiss, Mozzarella, and more. Galaxy Nutritional Foods offsets its shipping emissions with Carbonfund.org.  Their unique program allows their customers to vote on project type, allowing Galaxy to support reforestation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy carbon offset projects.  To learn more about Galaxy Nutritional Foods and to vote on their offsets, visit Galaxy Foods.
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