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Spotlight: Rabbit Skins Organic Lap Shoulder Tee

April 25, 2012 11:07 by Nick
            

Taking care of a baby is one of the biggest responsibilities you'll ever have as a parent or even as a person. It is a constant schedule of feeding, treating and playing with your child to help develop their mind and body.
Because of a child's daily physical growth and skin sensitivity, it's best to have the highest quality clothes. Eco-friendly apparel is an ideal alternative from clothing of other materials because everything can be found naturally in the environment.
The custom imprinted Rabbit Skins Organic Lap Shoulder Tee is the perfect item for your loved one. From the very well known manufacturer of children's clothes, it is an shirt made of 100% certified organic, combed ring-spun cotton. The shirts are colored with environmentally friendly dyes. With lots of room for your company/personal imprint, you'll find that the shirt will make you and your baby smile. 

Unstable Popocatepetl Volcano Prompts Mexican Climate Change Bill

April 24, 2012 15:35 by Bran
            

News publications worldwide are abuzz over the continuing ash and rock spewing out of Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano.  As dust and debris settle in the volcano's surrounding towns and cities, the Mexican government has enacted a new law to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  

And concerns about the unstable Popocatepetl Volcano are not Mexico's only worries; Reuters reports that the country is currently suffering a difficult drought "that officials say is the type of weather that can be expected to occur as climate change takes hold."  The tough conditions have driven the Mexican government to pass climate change laws.

According to Discovery News, the Mexican legislature vows to "reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 30 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2020, and by 50 percent below 2000 levels by 2050." To accomplish this, by 2024 Mexico must obtain 35 percent of energy from alternative sources.

While Mexico is home to the world's 11th biggest economy, it's also the earth's 11th largest greenhouse gas emitter.  Therefore, enforcing the new law will not be easy. "We’re very good at making laws. And then the problem is enforcing them," Juan Bezaury, a leader in Mexican public policy, told Nature.com.

Still, the bill is a step in the right direction.  Will the US soon follow suit?

 

 

Earth Day 2012: A Worldwide Celebration

April 22, 2012 15:37 by Bran
            

It's April 22, 2012 which means it's Earth Day.  It's almost hard to believe how many people are getting involved!  Let's take a look at some of the various ways people around the world chose to make a difference:

Companies are making it easier and less expensive for consumers to go green today.  For example, MSNBC reports that Phillips is offering a 25 dollar rebate on its super-long-lasting 60 dollar LED bulbs.  That's a great price for an energy-efficient bulb that has a 20-year lifespan.  Still, the cost is much more expensive than the standard incandescent bulb.

But according to Philips North America executive Ed Crawford, "We are looking at a wholesale change in buying lighting technology, going from a disposable good to a durable good. Consumers are no longer looking at a product that will last just six months to a year, they are looking at a product that is much more efficient and will be with them for decades."

In Washington D.C., performing artist Dave Mason and pop act Kicking Daisies put on shows in support of an Earth Day rally put together by the Earth Day Network.  MSNBC reports that the organization's theme for this year's global event is to achieve one billion "acts of green."

Earth Day became a global effort in 1990. Environmentalists marched in Malang, Indonesia for an awareness-building parade. According to the Washington Post, they held "plastic bottles in protest of environmentally unsound practices."

Google's Earth Day Doodle is a perfect demonstration of how an initiative can blossom from something small into something great.  Check out the Internet search giant's Earth Day-inspired Google Doodle.  As you can see, the image depicts a garden, which spells out G-O-O-G-L-E, growing and flourishing.  According to the Washington Post, "Today, perhaps more directly than with any Earth Day Doodle previous, Google reflects the splendor that can grow, over time, out of grassroots."

For a look at more Earth Day events worldwide, check out Samantha Grossman's "Earth Day 2012: How the World Celebrates."

5 Tips for a Greener Office by Earth Day

April 17, 2012 16:06 by Bran
            

Asking your employees to help 'green' the office may not go over to well at first.  Let's face it:  Some people just don't want to put in the time and effort.  You can pull out all the stats and figures surrounding the negative impact of pollution and waste, but it's still hard to get people to change.

But even small steps make a difference.  Let's take a look at some easy ways to make your office green by Earth Day, courtesy of LiveScience.com:

  1. Add a few plants

    Real plants (not the waxy plastic ones) make the workplace more attractive and also help absorb indoor air pollution.  The cleaner office air is, the healthier your employees will be.

  2. Consider the environment before printing

    One organization, the Sierra Club, asserts that just one office employee uses 10,000 pieces of copy paper every year.  If you don't have to print something, don't!

  3. Let your computer sleep

    Most people have a screen saver set up.  But did you know that a screen saver uses extra energy when you step away from your desk?  You can fix this by changing your settings; choose to let your computer 'hibernate' or 'sleep' when you've walked away for 10 or more minutes.

  4. Turn off the lights

    Of course it's not healthy to be working in the dark, but if you've got a meeting or are leaving for your lunch break, dim the lights before you leave.  Conserving when possible is very important.

  5. Use an electronic to-do list

    I'm definitely someone who loves to write out my tasks on paper and cross each out as I accomplish it.  However, there are plenty of ways to electronically achieve the same thing so that no paper is wasted.  Smartphones and computers can be set up with digitized to-do lists.  If that's not an option for you, consider investing in a dry-erase board!

Tiny changes in behavior can add up to one big, green office.  Hopefully your employees' behavioral changes will translate into new, greener habits.  To read all of LiveScience's tips, click here.

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Palm Oil Companies Threaten Rare Orangutans

April 13, 2012 13:05 by Bran
            

Back in January, Reuters published an article about the quickly disappearing Sumatran elephant in Indonesia.  Now fires burning in Indonesia are threatening another rare animal:  The Sumatran orangutans.

According to CBS News, "Fires raging in an Indonesian swamp forest may have killed a third of the rare Sumatran orangutans living there and all of them may be lost this year."  The fires have ravaged more than two-thirds of the Tripa swamp forest in which orangutans, tigers, and sun bears live.

But how did the fires start?  Time reports that area palm oil companies have been setting the fires themselves in an attempt to clear land, despite the fact that the Tripa forest is officially protected.  The fires are negatively affecting the orangutan population in a big way: "Land clearing fires, several set inside the perimeters, have sent orangutans fleeing. Some risk being captured or killed by residents, Singleton said. Others will simply die, either directly in the fires or of gradual starvation and malnutrition as their food resources disappear," reports Time.

Ian Singleton, Conservation Director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, told Time that even before the fires orangutans were just barely holding on. "It is no longer several years away, but just a few months or even weeks before this iconic creature disappears," Singleton said.

Foreign Insects Threaten our Environment

April 10, 2012 12:28 by Bran
            

By the year 1900, foreign insects were already being brought over to America from Europe.  Balsam woolly adelgids, which feast on trees like the Balsam Fir and the Fraser Fir, have since destroyed approximately 95 percent of Fraser Firs located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  And that's just one example of how bug imports are affecting the U.S. environment, according to a recent study by researchers at University of California.

Futurity.org reports that "almost 70 percent of the most damaging non-native forest insects and diseases currently afflicting U.S. forests arrived via imported live plants."  The study reveals that throughout the past 43 years, over 500 percent more plant imports have made their way into the U.S., usually destined for Florida or California.

But the problem is that insects come along for the ride, and a fraction of these bugs become serious economic pests.

However, imports of live plants from outside America are not likely to slow.  According to Andrew Liebhold, a researcher for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "As global trade expands, our knowledge of pest pathways must be improved to ensure trade is accomplished with minimal environmental degradation."

Should there be an increase in bio security (greater efforts at plant inspection sites, for example) to help protect America's environment?

Spotlight: Corn Plastic Luggage Tag

April 4, 2012 16:12 by Nick
            

As mentioned in not one but two previous Go Green blog posts, corn plastic is a truly beneficial material that not only cuts down on the use of hazardous plastics in the US but is a very durable alternative to other non-eco-friendly counterparts. 

With that in mind, let's take a long look at the custom imprinted Corn Plastic Luggage Tag. If there is any item you need with reliable durability, it is your suitcase and luggage tag when traveling. In the same way that you could potentially lose your luggage without a sturdy piece of luggage, your luggage could be easily lost without a reliable and long-lasting luggage tag. 

My family is heading on a wonderful vacation in the coming week. Although I am sitting this one out, I will be wishing them a buon viaggio with an imprinted bag filled with everything to make the trip comfortable and fun - sudoku books, magazines, gum, candy, universal chargers - and a lot of custom imprinted Corn Plastic Luggage Tags