Friday, 19 March 2010 12:27 Written by Paul Burman
A new University of Melbourne led study has concluded that butterflies are changing their lifestyles and living patterns because of global warming. The study noted that butterflies are emerging 10 days earlier than they did just 65 years ago, a change that corresponds with rising temperatures and earlier springs. The earlier to rise butterflies in the Melbourne area have been casually linked to the measured rise in temperatures of 0.14°C per decade in Melbourne, and the warming has been shown to be human-induced (anthropogenic). Another recent study also has found that mountain butterflies in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California are moving up in elevation to flee from warmer temperatures. A big reason why scientists are extrapolating conclusions from the lives and habits of butterflies is because we have always looked at butterflies. Their beauty and elegance capture the attention of people, and therefore the records that have been kept regarding their habits have been very detailed for a long time. These changes in butterflies may seem small, but they are a great indicator of the larger changes going on in the world. Please do your part to reduce your own carbon footprint. You can visit www.carbonfund.org to learn more about reducing and calculating your carbon footprint.
[caption id="attachment_5082" align="alignright" width="156" caption="Tarah Michelle Cech"][/caption] Boulder, Colorado is known for its emphasis on health and fitness. Ananda Apothecary is an example of that emphasis on wellness. Owned by Tarah Michelle Cech, the Boulder business offers aromatherapy products, essential oils, and flower essences. For those seeking to try, Ananda provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Ananda's staff is also available to help answer questions. "It is our deepest wish that we are able to help you utilize these wonderful plant medicines to maximize your health and happiness," says Tarah, who says they have organized their website to help guide visitors. Stay connected at Ananda's facebook page, which also has a discussion forum and reviews. Ananda is commited to helping the environment and is a CarbonFree® Partner, offsetting its store emissions with Carbonfund.org to support our carbon reduction projects around the world. Ananda has also posted a number of images on facebook of the plant ingredients that are the basis for the products they offer.
Have a baby with a burning bum? Looking for eco-friendly baby bum products? Check out the healing qualities of bamboo silk powder and natural fibers found in Bum Boosa’s Baby Wipes, Diaper Rash Ointment and toilet tissue. Bum Boosa® Bamboo Products was launched by two women who care deeply for the environment and who believe strongly in the demand for safer, more environmentally preferable products backed by companies who believe that honesty is the consumer’s right. The founders were interested in making a difference in the world by creating products to replace commonly used disposable products. Co-founder and President Sonja Sheasley had been researching the idea of creating baby wipes from a sustainable, bio-based material which led her to learn of all of the wonderful properties of bamboo. Armed with this knowledge and her experience studying aromatherapy and herbalism, she set out to create a formula that would be natural and safe for the planet and infants’ sensitive skin. She worked with an organic chemist to get the formula just right including a natural preservative system. Sonja and Co-founder and Vice President Polly Goddard released the first product, Bum Boosa® Bamboo Baby Wipes, in July 2009. The wipes are made with the renewable, sustainable material of bamboo and have a natural solution which includes pure grade essential oils of Lavender and Sweet Orange. The solution doesn’t have harsh chemicals or alcohol, unlike many other wipes on the market. With the wipes quickly gaining popularity across the country and beyond, Bum Boosa® Bamboo Diaper Rash Ointment, which employs the natural anit-oxidant properties of bamboo silk powder in the ingredients, was released as the next product. The ointment also includes a variety of herbs and essential oils known for their healing and soothing properties. Wanting to take its commitment to the environment to the next level, Bum Boosa® launched a reclaimed packaging program for its baby wipes. Because the plastic package is not recyclable in most places and they had yet to find an affordable, effective, biodegradable plastic that would work, they encourage wipes users to return groups of 24 empty wipes packaging to the Bum Boosa® office and receive a one-time use 20% off coupon. After months of collecting empty packages, a local crafter developed a means of up-cycling the empty packages into useable items such as diaper bags, available to customers through the Bum Boosa website. A commonly asked question is why they chose bamboo for their products. While not environmentally perfect, bamboo is a renewable, sustainable material. The bamboo that Bum Boosa® uses is grown on family farms in areas where other agricultural crops will not grow. It has a regenerative root system which means that after harvesting, it does not need to be replanted – unlike trees. Bamboo is the fastest growing grass on the planet and shoots up a yard or more a day and can be harvested in 2-4 years – unlike trees which require replanting and then often decades until the next harvest. It doesn’t require pesticides or insecticides and it usually thrives on rainwater. Bamboo is also biodegradable and with more than 90% of the wipes on the market being made with synthetics or a combination of materials including synthetics which are not biodegradable, it was essential to choose a material that would not contribute to the growing problems in landfills. The Bum Boosa website includes great information for environmentally-conscious consumers to learn more about their products, bamboo fiber manufacturing, packaging upcycling, product sales and distribution opportunities. Visit Bum Boosa Bamboo Products to learn more and use the special purchase code of ECOBUM10 to receive a 10% discount on your purchase.
Build-a-Bear, the chain of stores that allows children to custom build their own plush toys, has released a 'webisode' that features animated arctic animals fretting over the future of their icy home due to climate change. The future of the Arctic Ice caps is in question because of global warming induced temperature rise, and Santa and his friends are stressing out over what may happen to Christmas if their homeland is no more. Here is some dialog from the webisode:
Girl Elf: Santa, it’s gone! Papa Elf: It’s gone, It’s gone! Santa: What’s gone? Girl Elf: Tell ‘em, Dad! Papa Elf: The North Peak. Santa: A mountain? A mountain’s gone? How is that possible? Ella the polar bear: Santa, sir, that’s why I’m here. That’s why we’re here. The ice is melting! Santa: Yes, my dear, we know, the climate is changing. There’s bound to be a little melting. Ella: It’s worse than that, Santa, a lot worse! At the rate it’s melting, the North Pole will be gone by Christmas!” Santa: My, my…all of this gone by next Christmas? I don’t think so. Ella: No sir, not next Christmas, this Christmas! The day after tomorrow!You may view the three videos by clicking here, here and here. What is your opinion? Will global warming force Santa to move? What about the millions of other potential climate refugees? Help protect Santa, the elves and the millions of potential climate refugees all over the world. Reduce what you can, and offset what you can't!
New building projects in your home are a great way to improve your living space and increase the value of your home. But they often create unfavorable environmental hazards for your family, like volatile organic compounds from paint or new flooring. CarbonFree® Partner HealthyHome can help you create a safe, eco-friendly environment for your family during your next building project! With 17 years experience in the green building space, HealthyHome also has practical knowledge of the products they sell. Each product they carry is thoroughly evaluated to meet their standards for Green Building, Sustainability, Recyclability, and its contribution to a healthy home and planet. These high standards provide your family with the best products available. Their new line of EcoTimber flooring is a sustainable alternative to traditional flooring – domestic, FSC-certified, and high-quality flooring that won’t off-gas harmful chemicals! With such award-winning products, HealthyHome is your destination for home green supplies. To learn more (and go shopping), visit their website: www.healthyhome.com. They carry products ranging from green paints, flooring, lighting, bedding, cleaning supplies, garden products, and filtration systems. You’re sure to find something that will help improve the quality of your home. If you're in the St. Petersburg area, please note they have moved! Their new address is 2028 28th St N Suite B, St. Petersburg, FL 33713.
Monday, 25 April 2011 14:21 Written by Linda Kelly
Just after Earth Day, on Saturday, April 30, EscapeMaker.com will be holding the first-of-its kind Green Getaways, Local Food & Travel Expo in Brooklyn, NY. The eco-friendly event’s mission is to encourage greener travel to local destinations within a few hours of New York City – whether by Amtrak, Long Island Railroad, Metro-North or car-sharing with Zipcar. To encourage “Agri-tourism” and buying local, the Expo will feature over 25 regional farms, food exhibitors and wineries offering samples of farm-fresh foods, wines, local delicacies and regional products including Vermont cheese, maple syrup, honey, goats milk caramel, artisan chocolates, jams and preserves, and Hudson Valley Wine. Plus, the Expo includes a full schedule of live music, sustainability workshops, kids’ activities and over 50 great getaway door prizes! Cayin Sanders, Founder and President of EscapeMaker.com, posted the following “Top 11 Ways We Greened Our Event” for the Expo, which includes partnering with Carbonfund.org and Green Mountain Energy to purchase carbon offsets for the building energy, paper goods, and estimated attendee travel emissions. Click here for more information on the Expo, or buy tickets online. See you Saturday!
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 17:29 Written by Linda Kelly
“No one takes care of them the way I do,” a refrain you’ll often hear from owners whose pets are ill, or who must travel and leave their beloved “family members” in the care of others. Well, if you live in vicinity of Patterson, New York, you’re in luck! Celebrating 29 years of quality service, the staff at Brook Farm Veterinary Center in Patterson provides a warm, comfortable, and professional atmosphere focused on the same family values that formed the cornerstone of the practice in 1982. Brook Farm Veterinary Center is a full-service small animal hospital that provides complete veterinary care, including canine and feline boarding, surgical care and hospitalization. The folks at Brook Farm Veterinary are committed to sustaining strong and vibrant communities, improving quality of life, and making a positive difference in the communities where they live and work. The practice maintains a unique set of values, including a commitment to “WOW” service, embracing and driving change, and creating a fun, creative and open-minded environment for patients and staff. Need another reason to check out Brook Farm? How about 10 reasons? Their site outlines 10 ways they go above and beyond the competition to make a trip to the vet, well, more than just a trip to the vet. Our favorite is #3: They actually answer their phones. In addition to their exemplary customer service, Brook Farm Veterinary has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon emissions of their business practice by supporting Carbonfund.org’s projects that contribute to environmental sustainability. If you're a pet owner in the Patterson, New York, area looking for the perfect practice for your furry friends, be sure to give the folks at Brook Farm Veterinary Center a call. There's always a live person to answer, even at 3 am on New Year's Day.
An article published in Mongabay goes deep into the international issues surrounding REDD, or "reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation," a program that seeks to make forests economically valuable as living entities. The shocking image to the right shows deforestation-induced erosion in Madagascar from October 2004. Without a plan to stop the deforestation of our world's forests, any global climate treaty would be avoiding dealing with the estimated 20-25% of global CO2 emissions. "The premise of REDD is straightforward: tropical forests store roughly 25 percent of the planet's terrestrial carbon, more than 300 billion tons. When forests are cut—their vegetation burned and timber converted into wood products—much of this carbon is released in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide." "The clearing of 50,000 square miles of tropical forest annually accounts for roughly 20 percent of global emissions from human activities—a share larger than all the world's planes, ships, cars, and trucks combined. In other words, despite the attention given to the fuel efficiency of cars and the number of flights taken by celebrities, parking all the world's jets and cars still wouldn't offset the annual emissions from global deforestation." Read the rest of this informative article here>>