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How do I Dispose of Batteries?

January 8, 2009 16:25 by human

If you're like most people, you just toss used batteries into the nearest available trashcan, never giving them a second thought. What you probably didn't realize is that this method can be harmful to the environment. Batteries should be recycled or disposed of in a proper manner.

Once a battery loses power, remove it immediately from its casing or it may leak. Don't place it in your pocket or purse as this may cause it to rupture. Instead, place the battery in a container or resealable bag (ziplock) until you can dispose of it in the correct manner.

Don't store used batteries together to dispose of in a group. Even though a battery might not be able to run a toy or game anymore, it might still have a small bit of power left. If several batteries bang together, they can emit a charge which can cause them to ignite. Don't mix old and new batteries together in order to get an electronic item to work. The batteries can ignite, rupture or leak, causing damage to you as well as the electronic item.

Since many types of batteries are considered household waste, you should follow proper guidelines for disposal. Your town or city will most likely have a hazardous waste pick-up or drop-off day. Check with the city's website or newsletter to find what guidelines, if any, should be followed for properly disposing of batteries. Most hazardous waste days are noted in the local newspaper as well.

Many of the regular alkaline batteries are not considered hazardous waste and can be disposed of in the normal household trash. For other batteries such as lithium, mercuric, oxide, nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride and silver oxide however, it's best to err on the side of caution and follow your town's battery recycling guidelines. The batteries contain elements that can leak into the ground presenting a hazard to the environment. In most cases, batteries can be brought to your local recycling center at any time, or they can be picked up on your town's designated household waste disposal days.

Many automotive stores and other places selling batteries will accept batteries for recycling as well. In addition, there are commercial battery disposal organizations which will recycle your batteries for a small fee. Most of these places can be found using an internet search or by looking in your local business telephone directory. Never take the lazy route and dispose of batteries in a fire. They'll ignite, explode and possibly cause damage to you or the surrounding area.

It's worth it to bring your batteries to your nearest battery recycling location. Not only is it safer for you, but it's safer for the world around you.



Motorcycles Finally Go Green

December 31, 2008 10:03 by human

Motorcycles are by definition efficient machines, but their Prius-like fuel economy often is accompanied by emissions that make a Hummer look clean. As regulators get wise to that fact and go after two-wheelers, the motorcycle industry is embracing alternatives ranging from battery power to hydrogen fuel cells.

The pace of development in recent years is remarkable considering motorcycle design hasn't changed much since the first Hildebrand & Wolfmuller appeared in a showroom 114 years ago. Materials have advanced alongside technology, but motorcycles are still an internal combustion engine between two wheels. Motorcycles may deliver 70 mpg or more, but they can be 10 times more polluting per mile than passenger cars. That has the United States and European Union pushing motorcycles to run cleaner and greener.

"As we look at the country's air-quality challenges, including greenhouse gas pollutants and criteria pollutants, what we've found is that every sector of the transportation area is going to be required to play their part in reaching our overall goals," says Karl Simon of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality at the Environmental Protection Agency. "So even though motorcycles and scooters may represent a smaller percentage of the pie when it comes to emissions inventory, it doesn't mean their makers shouldn't have proper incentive to be using new, greener technologies."

Startups like Zero Motorcycles and Brammo are leading the way, offering electric motorcycles you can buy today, but many major manufacturers are developing hybrid and e-motorcycles and looking ahead with hydrogen-fuel-cell bikes.

Most of the focus is on electric power because motorcycles lend themselves to electrification readily. They're smaller and lighter, so they don't need as much power, and range isn't as big an issue because they're often used around town, says Brammo founder Craig Bramsher. "Motorcycles are the perfect solution," he tells us. "Based on where the technology is today for 100 percent electrification, it lends itself to a motorcycle."

These bikes are more than mountain bikes with motors, though. Electric step-through scooters from Vectrix and Electric Vehicle Company will do 60 mph or more, while battery-powered dirt bikes from the likes of Zero Motorcycles and Quantya are winning kudos from experienced motocrossers. But battery bikes remain limited by range — even with lithium-ion batteries you're still looking at 75 miles, tops — and price tags that hover around five figures. Advocates say costs will come down as the technology improves and bigger companies like Honda, Yamaha and KTM, all off which promise electric motorcycles within two to three years, get in the game.

That isn't to say gasoline engines aren't going to be around for a long, long time. Batteries can't offer the range for long-distance riding or hardcore canyon carving, and they're still pretty freakin' heavy. But even gas-burning bikes could see the benefit of batteries. Italian scooter-maker Piaggio has unveiled a gas-electric hybrid scooter that gets 141 mpg and could be on the road next year, and Honda says it is working on a hybrid motorcycle that draws on its automotive hybrid tech to cut costs. Honda says the technology could be offered in displacements ranging from 50 to 1,000 cc and offer a 50 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.

Diesel technology isn't something you hear a lot about when it comes to motorcycles, but Hayes Diversified Technologies offers a diesel-burning version of the Kawasaki KLR that the Marines have been using for years, and companies like Gray Eagles are working on diesel cruisers capable of 80 mpg and 100 mph. Looking further ahead, some manufacturers are developing hydrogen-fuel-cell motorcycles. Suzuki is out in front with the Crosscage hydrogen concept it developed with help from Intelligent Energy, a British firm that pioneered hydrogen bikes with the ENV urban commuter. The two firms are working together to develop a commercially viable fuel-cell motorcycle that could be in showrooms within a few years.

Competitions like the TTxGP, a "green grand prix" slated for the Isle of Man, will surely help advance the technology, but commercial appeal remains the big barrier to getting alt-fuel bikes on the road in big numbers. Ty van Hooydonk of the Motorcycle Industry Council says there isn't much incentive to develop the bikes until there's a demand for them, given the investment manufacturers must make in R&D, tooling and the like. "If Americans want really green bikes then they'll have to vote with their wallets, and the big manufacturers will then respond," he says.

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Why Gaming is Green

December 10, 2008 10:20 by Steve
I hear a lot about how geeks adversely impact the environment. With our power-sucking computers, toxic game consoles, and general disinterest in the outdoors. But I'm here, today, to tell you that that's bunk. Geeks are greener than the average American, and it's time to point out why.

So we're starting a new series entitled "Why Geeks are Greener." And this is our first installment.

Video games, if you pay attention to the traditional green establishment, are the anti-christ. Not only do they gobble up power, they keep our kids from being at one with nature. And if kids can't be at one with nature, why will the protect it!?


Well folks, I'm here today to tell you that gaming is good for the environment. Whether you are right now experiencing shock, cynicism or relief, you'll want to read the following list of why games are green.

  1. Children don't need boyscouts to care about global warming. I will fully admit to have been affected greatly in my experiences in the outdoors. But saying that caring about the environment is dependent on experiencing nature is like saying that caring about sex is dependent upon talking to girls. Just because you haven't experienced it doesn't mean you don't want to do all you can to protect your chances at having a healthy future with it. Protecting nature isn't about loving nature anymore, it's about liking the idea of life continuing on the planet.

  2. Gaming isn't that power intensive. Depending on what kind of system you have, your console might draw as much power as a CFL, or an incandescent lightbulb. Yes, the Wii is far more efficient than the XBox 360, but even the 360 only pulls a maximum of 150 watts. It's just not that much power, especially because neither pull much power at all when they're off. And the act of gaming itself, it turns out, is quite good for the environment.
  3. Gaming keeps you out of the environment, and thus protects it. If every gamer decided to be a skier, air travel rates would skyrocket, new ski mountains would be developed, and millions more people would all fly or drive thousands of miles per summer to get to their favorite destination. Instead, their favorite destination is the living room.

    From there, we gamers get to have intense experiences and hang out with our friends who might live half the world away with only a tiny impact on the environment. It's a non-physical realm that allows for pseudo-physical experiences. And while traditional greens call that a replacement of the real world, I call it a protection of the real world.
  4. Games are economic drivers with very little physical presence. I'd guess that your average copy of Halo 3 contains about $2 of raw materials. But when it hit stores it was worth $60. Where does all that money go? Well, into the pockets of the thousands of people who worked to create it. Actors, programmers, modelers, QA testers, musicians, artists, and BFG designers.

    So you get to employ thousands of people to produce a product that has a tiny environmental impact. And as the internet gets faster, the physical media is being eliminated from the process entirely.
  5. Computer gaming requires nothing physical at all. At various times throughout the day, my computer goes through a transition from workstation to gaming console. The result is that I don't need a gaming console at all, and I get to play games that I have never owned physical copies of. Aside from the 100 watts of power it pulls from the wall (far less carbon intensive than, say, a drive down to the nearest soccer pitch) I can play Fifa 08 with my wife.

    I'm not getting any fitter, that's for certain, but the cost to the environment is virtually nonexistent.

There are, of course, ungreen things about gaming too. If you do it on a 42 inch plasma-screen HDTV, for example, you're going overboard. And running out to buy the new console as soon as it comes out isn't a very green policy, especially since Super Mario Bros. remains as fun today as it was in 1987. And the NES, I'll add, is a very green machine.

But be secure in knowing that your ultra-green friends who drive into the wilderness to have their experiences have no right to scoff at the ways in which you have your experiences.


Biodegradable bags may not be as green as they seem

November 7, 2008 11:43 by human

As though the paper-or-plastic question weren't vexing enough, now some retailers are finding that the "biodegradable" plastic bags they'd hoped would please green shoppers might not be so Earth-friendly after all.

Lunds and Byerly's recently replaced its plastic bags with a biodegradable bag made of low-density polyethylene that purportedly breaks down when exposed to sunlight, oxygen, soil, moisture and microbes.

But biodegradable bags are still petroleum-based, and while they do break down into smaller particles, chemicals eventually show up in the food chain and our bodies, according to Susan Hubbard, CEO of Eureka Recycling in Minneapolis. And it's unclear whether biodegradable bags can be recycled.

What's a shopper to do?

"I don't like plastic bags, so [the grocery store] is in a sense forcing me to bring a reusable bag," said Gail Hanson of Minneapolis, who was shopping at the northeast Minneapolis Lunds that only offers plastic bags, not paper. She keeps reusable bags in the front seat of her car so she remembers to take them into the store.

Although a recent attempt to mandate plastic bag recycling in Minnesota did not survive a legislative committee, pressure to cut back or eliminate the use of plastic bags has been building in the United States and around the world.

In 2007, San Francisco became the first city in the country to ban plastic shopping bags, and similar measures have been adopted or enacted in cities as diverse as Phoenix, Portland, Ore., and Boston. Seattle is debating a fee on plastic bags in hopes of encouraging shoppers to carry reusable bags, and several large stores including Ikea have either banned or begun charging for plastic bags.

Other countries, including China, have banned the distribution of free bags.

1 percent of bags are recycled

Biodegradable bags from Lunds and Byerly's are currently being recycled, but if that changes, Lunds and Byerly's will consider, well, bagging them.

"Our goal is still to be a more eco-friendly retailer," said Aaron Sorenson, spokesman for Lund Food Holdings Inc. The manufacturer of the stores' bags says they break down in two years in a landfill, and are 100 percent recyclable.

Americans use more than 90 billion plastic bags per year, but only about 1 percent of polyethylene plastic bags are recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Minnesotans recycle about 5 percent, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) said. The rest wind up in landfills or on the landscape, where each may take hundreds of years to degrade, although estimates vary depending on the plastic.

So retailers like Lunds and Byerly's and consumers try to do the right thing -- though it can be frustrating figuring out what that is.

Roundy's, owner of Rainbow stores, chose not to use biodegradeable bags because store officials were told the bags cannot be mixed with other plastic bags for recycling, said Vivian King, director of public affairs at Roundy's.

(The Star Tribune is considering using biodegradable plastic bags for newspaper home delivery.)

Virginia-based manufacturer Trex Industries, which makes the Twin Cities' recycled plastic bags into plastic decking and lawn furniture, is doing a study to see if the biodegradable material compromises the product. If biodegradable material disintegrates when exposed to air and light, it might not make durable patio furniture, said Ginny Black, organics recycling coordinator at the MPCA.

The greenest bag

For all the hubbub over bags, there are shoppers who don't want plastic to go away, according to spokespeople at Cub, Rainbow, Target and Lunds/Byerly's. Consumers like the bags for frozen and deli items, and they use them for pet waste and garbage.

So while some supermarkets grapple with a so-called "greener" plastic bag, other retailers are charging for them or banning them to encourage use of reusable bags, which environmental experts say are the best choice.

When Ikea started charging a nickel for its plastic bags a year ago, the Swedish retailer expected bag use to drop 50 percent. Actual bag use plunged a surprising 92 percent, from 70 million to 6 million. In October the company will eliminate plastic and paper bags entirely.

Aldi supermarkets charge a nickel for paper and a dime for sturdy plastic bags that can be reused. The German company has charged for bags since it opened U.S. stores in 1976.

But mainstream grocery stores aren't likely to follow the lead of Mississippi Market Co-op in St. Paul, which eliminated plastic bags completely last month. Supermarkets don't want to alienate their customers, said supermarket analyst David Livingston.

"If you're buying a lot of groceries, reusable bags are cumbersome," Livingston said. "Stores should give away reusable bags if they want people to use them."

Many stores have done just that, or at least offered them at a discount. Stores that continue to offer plastic can look greener by highlighting their low-cost reusable bags. Cub Foods will offer a reusable bag free with a $25 purchase this week . Trader Joe's discourages use of paper or plastic by letting customers who bring their own reusable bags put their names in a drawing for prizes.

Target offers three sizes of reusable bags for 99 cents to $1.49. It does not currently collect plastic bags for recycling in its Minnesota stores but does so in California, Rhode Island and Maine to comply with state laws, said Target spokeswoman Amy VanWalter.

What about paper bags? Unlike plastic bags, paper is a renewable, compostable resource. Another alternative is a compostable bag made from corn starch, but those are about four times more expensive than plastic. Unfortunately, we can't plant forests fast enough to replace paper bags that are used only once, so put reusable bags in the car, Hubbard advised.

"Paper bags have always been a better choice than plastic," Hubbard said. "But reusable bags are the best choice."


CFL Lightbulbs in Plain English

September 18, 2008 15:04 by Admin

Switching the type of light bulbs we use at home is a small but impactful step we can take to both save money and help reduce pollution. This video explains why we think it's time to switch.

Reduce the Amount of Packaging

September 12, 2008 10:38 by human
Packaging serves many purposes. Its primary purpose is to protect and contain a product. It also can prevent tampering, provide information, and preserve hygienic integrity and freshness. Some packaging, however, is designed largely to enhance a product's attractiveness or prominence on the store shelf. Since packaging materials account for a large volume of the trash we generate, they provide a good opportunity for reducing waste. In addition, keep in mind that as the amount of product in a container increases, the packaging waste per serving or use usually decreases.

When choosing between two similar products, select the one with the least unnecessary packaging.

Remember that wrenches, screwdrivers, nails, and other hardware are often available in loose bins. At the grocery, consider whether it is necessary to purchase items such as tomatoes, garlic, and mushrooms in prepackaged containers when they can be bought unpackaged.

When appropriate, use products you already have on hand to do household chores (see Source Reduction Alternatives Around the Home). Using these products can save on the packaging associated with additional products.

Recognize and support store managers when they stock products with no packaging or reduced packaging. Let clerks know when it's not necessary to double wrap a purchase. (see Source Reduction—Savings for Businesses)

Consider large or economy-sized items for household products that are used frequently, such as laundry soap, shampoo, baking soda, pet foods, and cat litter. These sizes usually have less packaging per unit of product. For food items, choose the largest size that can be used before spoiling.

Consider whether concentrated products are appropriate for your needs. They often require less packaging and less energy to transport to the store, saving money as well as natural resources.

Whenever possible, select grocery, hardware, and household items that are available in bulk. Bulk merchandise also may be shared with friends or neighbors.

It is important to choose food services that are appropriate to your needs. One alternative to single food services is to choose the next largest serving and store any leftovers in a reusable container.

Minimize your own impact

August 29, 2008 11:28 by Admin

The most important thing you can do to help fight climate change is call on your elected officials to enact policies that will help solve it. However, you can save money and reduce your own contribution to global warming by making climate-friendly choices each day. Here are a few simple tips for living a more climate-friendly life:

At Home
  • Turn down the heat and air conditioning when you aren't home. Try using a programmable thermostat or setting your thermostat yourself to 68 degrees while you are awake and lower it to 60 degrees while you are asleep or away from home. In the summer, keep the thermostat at 78 degrees while you are at home, but give your air conditioning a rest when you are away. This will allow you to save about 10% a year on your home energy costs. If every house in America did this, our total greenhouse gas production would drop by about 35 million tons of CO2. This is about the same as taking 6 million cars off of the road.
  • Choose energy efficient appliances. Because they use less energy, EnergyStar appliances like refrigerators can reduce carbon pollution, and have a big impact on your energy bill. Plus, choosing energy efficient products is easy -- just look for the EnergyStar logo. EnergyStar products typically exceed the federal energy standards by at least fifteen percent. When buying appliances that use the most energy in your home, like heaters, air conditioners, water heaters and refrigerators, also use the Energy Guide card posted on the appliance to help you choose the one with the lowest annual energy consumption. To learn more about your home's contribution to global warming, view our famous Black Balloons video (be sure to share it with your friends!).
  • Warm up your home with insulation. Was your house constructed before 1980? If so, it could be one of the 80% of American homes built without enough insulation. This means your home heating costs could be going through the roof, literally. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association has tips for both finding and getting the most out of a contractor to fix this problem and for doing it yourself.
  • Change your home's air filters. Heating and cooling uses about half of the energy in a typical home and can account for about $1,500 a year in annual costs. Click here to read about how you can conserve energy by doing some basic home maintenance like replacing air filters and insulating your heating ducts.
  • Make the switch to compact florescent bulbs. According to the government's EnergyStar program, if every American home replaced their five most-used light fixtures with EnergyStar rated compact fluorescent the savings would add up to $8 billion annually in energy costs. That's like taking almost ten million cars off the road. CFL's are widely available, affordable, and they last ten times longer than traditional bulbs.
  • Wash your clothes with cold water. If you usually use hot water for your laundry you can cut your energy consumption in half by choosing warm water, and up to ninety percent if you choose cold. Your current liquid laundry detergent should work fine. If not, special cold water detergents are available. Your shirts and pants should be just as clean, and you'll thank yourself when the electricity bill arrives.
  • Switch to green power. It is likely that most of the electricity you use comes from non-renewable sources like coal. However, there are some utilities that will sell you climate-friendly electricity like wind, biomass, or solar if you ask for it. More than 750 utilities in 37 states offer green power products and signing up can be very easy. To find out what your options are, check out the US Department of Energy map or contact your local energy company directly. And, when you sign up for green power, ask your utility when everyone will be getting clean energy, even those who don't request it. Read more about green power here. For more ways to save energy at home, visit EPA's Energy Star @ home tips.

On the Go

  • Take public transportation. One of the best ways to reduce your impact on the climate is to take a public bus, subway or train instead of driving. Since you don't have to keep your eyes on the road, you can read, talk with friends or listen to music while you travel. If just 10% of US passenger car travel were instead on mass transit, we would save 75 million tons of CO2. Give public transit a try for one trip a week to start. You may be surprised by how convenient reducing greenhouse gas emissions can be. If your community doesn't have many public transportation options, ask for it! Go to a city council meeting or write your city officials and tell them that good public transportation options are important to you, and good for the community.
  • Find a carpool buddy at least once a week. Sharing a ride to work is one of the most efficient ways to cut down on drive-time emissions. Ask around -- odds are someone else is heading in the same direction already. Click here for a step-by-step guide on finding a carpool group.
  • Pump up your tires. Eager to save money at the pump? According to AAA, driving with under-inflated tires can hurt your vehicle's gas mileage by two to three percent. Over a year, this could be like wasting an entire tank of gas. To check your tires' pressure:
  1. Check the inside of the driver's side door or owner's manual and jot down the double-digit number followed by the letters "PSI," which stands for Pounds per Square Inch. This is how much air your tires were designed to hold.
  2. Pick up a tire gauge (for about $5) and use it to measure the air in your tires.
  3. If it turns out your tires are under-inflated, visit a gas station for an air touch-up and you'll enjoy an easier (and more energy-efficient) ride. Click here to watch Pump Your Ride -- a fun video guide to proper tire inflation.
  • Go ride a bike -- or take a walk. Not only is riding a bike or walking a climate-friendly way to commute, it's good for your health, too. Ride your bike to work, or use it for short errands. Your local bike shop is an excellent resource for information on bicycle commuting, the latest bike gadgets and safety tools, and it can even help you fix up that old three-speeder for trips around town.

At Work

  • Use the sleep settings and the power switch for computers and monitors. These common pieces of home and office equipment consume a lot of electricity. The single most powerful climate change tool on these machines is the OFF switch. Forget what you've heard about how powering up equipment repeatedly wears it out. That's old information, dating back decades. Equipment can be safely switched off and powered back on when it's needed again. Also, make sure the hibernation and sleep settings are enabled (download a handy free tool for PCs that makes the settings super easy or click here for instructions to do it yourself).
  • Ask for motion sensors in low-traffic areas. In commercial buildings lighting accounts for more than 40% of electrical energy use, a huge cause of greenhouse gas production. Using motion and occupancy sensors can cut this use by 10%. Ask your employer to consider installing motion sensors in lesser traveled hallways, restrooms, conference rooms, and storage areas.
  • Use a power strip. Office equipment from faxes to toaster ovens draw energy just by being plugged in. Save energy by plugging all office equipment into a power strip. When you leave the office, just flip the off switch on the power strip. You can also use a power strip at home and save even more.
  • Call maintenance if it's cold. If it's too hot or too cold, call the maintenance department since this probably means that the system needs to be adjusted (and energy is being wasted).
  • Be creative -- anyone can be a climate champion at work. Don't work in an office? There is still plenty you can do to protect the climate at your workplace. Finding ways to save energy offers an opportunity for creativity and true American out-of-the-box thinking and innovation, and the rewards can be huge. Click here to learn more about what you can do at your place of work.

Want more? You can calculate your personal contribution to global warming by using a carbon calculator, such as those offered by EarthLab, The Nature Conservancy, Carbon Footprint and the EPA.

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EcoGeek’s guide to going back to school with style

August 26, 2008 14:55 by human

It’s getting to that time of year when schools are starting back up and everyone is heading out to stock up on necessities. EcoGeek has a few items that can go on your green tech shopping list...

It’s important to have the right computer equipment on your desk from day one. Thankfully, there are a lot of green options to choose from, especially since Dell came out with its new green PC. You can choose a color that suits your style, or go classy with the bamboo cover. That would, after all, match a new bamboo-covered external hard drive for a back-up database, which you’ll want since computers are notorious for crashing in the middle of term papers.

If you want something cute, rather than sleek, you can hold off and wait for the tiny 10.5 oz PC CherryPal to come out. Compliment either selection with a green-running monitor like the zero-watt monitor from Fujitsu Siemens.

If you’re not a PC person and prefer your Mac Book, you can go green by charging it via solar power with an Apple Juicz or a Powergorilla.

Should you need a green router, you can pick up a new router from D-Link that saves significantly on energy use. And to finish off your set-up, grab Google’s mouse made of recycled materials, and wow your classmates with the world’s first green USB drive.

Now on to classroom items. If you’re hunting for school uniforms, you can head over to HippyShopper for organic attire. GreenEyedFrog has the skinny on earth-friendly pens, pencils, and cases -- not all that geeky, but basic necessities nonetheless. Also, you’ll need a stapler for all those papers you’re handing in, but you can lighten your load by going with a staple-less stapler and save the earth on resources that go into staple-making.

Carrying textbooks is a drag, so when you can, load them up on an e-reader. You can go stylish with the Sony Reader, or go for easy downloading with the Kindle. We’re still waiting on the Papyrus, so no PMing your teacher or asking classmates for hints yet. Sigh.

To make sure you wake up for class on time, try out a water-powered clock. Pack everything up in your solar backpack so you can charge your gadgets on the run, and you’re good to go.

Have fun, learn lots!


Stop Junk Mail and Save Trees!!!

August 25, 2008 20:50 by Steve

I recently found out about ProQuo! ProQuo helps you stop junk mail, protect against identity theft, saves tree and start getting just the marketing mail you want.

It's free, and it only takes a few minutes to begin. Visit to get started!

Going Green

August 14, 2008 10:51 by Admin

There are many ways to distinguish green people from all the rest. First off, if this "person" is a frog, sings songs about rainbows, and is constantly stalked by a love obsessed pig - That's not the kind of "green person" I'm talking about.

I'm talking about the kind of person that carries around an eco-friendly promotional water bottle to reuse and reduce plastic waste. Or the guy you see riding his bike to work everyday so that his carbon foot print is reduced. Or your neighbor - the one who spends her days outside planting flowers and avoids the on button of her air conditioner.

Those are the green people. They’re the ones that are trying to make a difference. And this week, employees and shoppers at 400 Pharmasave stores in Canada joined the green team. When other stores are advocating custom eco-friendly tote bags for groceries and other purchases, Pharmasave is offering 100% biodegradable plastic bags. In efforts to stop the massive plastic buildup in land fills, the bags have been introduced and are said to only take 9 months to 5 years to disintegrate into the land. Where as normal plastic bags can take hundreds of years to break down.  

The movement to live sustainably has been newly introduced but it’s awesome to see that everyone’s beginning to take part in it through eco-friendly actions. Motivators understands the importance of living the eco-friendly life. That’s why there are so many environmentally friendly promotional products to choose from.

When people make the smart decision of making an eco- friendly purchase we want to help celebrate their “Going Green.” That’s why whenever an eco-friendly promotional product is purchased, Motivators plants a tree through the American Forest’s Global Re-Leaf program. Join the movement! Go Green.