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It seems like every dry cleaner we see has a poster on their exterior touting their “green” or eco friendly dry cleaning. Did you ever wonder why that is the case? It turns out perchloroethylene, the main chemical used in dry cleaning, is anything but eco friendly.
While there is not exactly a proven green method, everyone pretty much agrees that perchloroethylene needs to go away and a new method is needed. California has even proposed to ban the chemical completely by 2023. There is research behind the many other “greener” techniques that include using silicone or a complicated process with CO2, but none of these have the official stamp of approval from scientists.
In the meantime, we recommend taking a second look at your clothes and being selective about what clothing you send to the cleaners. Putting clothes through the regular wash does not harm the environment. Some clothes may say “dry clean only” on them, but are actually wash friendly. Some stains will actually come out simply with water, vinegar or club soda. The dry cleaner should be the last option for now until an eco-friendly process has been approved.
With over 1000 sustainability leaders from 19 different countries, the 6th annual Sustainable Brands Conference will be held in San Diego, California this year for the first time. Get inspired and participate by collaborating with top companies, local retailers and non-profits all interested in making and creating sustainable products for right now and the future.
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
1404 Vacation Road
San Diego, CA 92109
June 4th – 7th
If you haven’t already or are interested in volunteering, click here for more info about registering
Will you be there or know anyone who is going? Let us know!
The weekend is here, and for many of us it’s time to relax and enjoy a nice glass of wine. In our local wine store, we found a new wine brand that is great for the environment and not too bad on your wallet either.
The Big Green Boxed Wines by Pepperwood Grove is the perfect way to enjoy your weekend in an eco friendly way. The box is 100% recyclable with the paper coming from sustainable forests (meaning the trees grow back quickly) and contains 4 bottles worth of wine. It saves on the energy and cork trees required for the bottling of four bottles of wine and cork. And, the box regularly retails for $20, so that’s $5 a bottle.
The wine comes in four varietals: California Chardonnay, Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, California Pinto Grigio, and California Old Vine Zinfandel. The boxes are perfect for bringing to parties.
Let us know what you think!
Every once in a while we treat ourselves to a Jamba Juice. We find their drinks refreshing and delicious. Jamba Juice may claim their drinks are healthy, but they certainly can’t claim that their cups are healthy for the planet.
Jamba Juice is the only national chain that uses Styrofoam. Stryofoam is not biodegradable and generally bad for the environment. And yet, at over 750 locations across the USA, Jamba Juice insists on using Styrofoam as the main container for their product.
After a little research, we found that at 40 locations in some cities in Northern and Central California (ironically, Jamba Juice is based out of this region in San Luis Obispo) where Styrofoam is banned that the Jamba Juice locations use paper cups. Yet Jamba Juice claims the paper cups degrade the quality of their product. JAMBA JUICE!! YOUR CUPS DEGRADE THE QUALITY OF OUR PLANET!!!!
They claim to be developing a sustainable cup. They don’t offer any alternatives like a Jamba Juice Re-usable bottle or the opportunity to bring in your own cup. For now, Jamba Juice is pumping out millions of Styrofoam cups every day at their 750 locations nationwide.
There is an endless amount to say about San Francisco and the eco-friendly lifestyle the city embodies. As a pioneer of creating a sustainable, clean, and recycle centric community San Francisco continually challenges its residents to improve on their current green lifestyles from using public transportation, frequenting local green businesses, to participating in the recycling program. A program that has a 75% recycling rate and steadily progressing toward the goal of having ZERO waste going into landfills by 2020.
Highlights during our visit started with our search for a green hotel. The city has numerous options that meet the needs for all different types of travelers. Most important for us the ability to freely get around the city without the need of a car. For anyone who has yet to visit San Francisco, like any city parking is hard to find and can be expensive. After being on the road for the last week, we were more than happy to trade in our car for the city’s classic Cable Cars, BART, and bike rentals.
Another green fixture is the city’s use of solar energy. Bus shelters have solar paneled roofs as well as many business buildings. As a way of expanding on this, the city created the San Francisco Solar Map. This website enables you to search any address in the city to see if your business or residence is solar powered. Not solar powered? The site will not only give you information about your solar potential and price savings but will put you directly in touch with green companies for installation. We were truly amazed by this and look forward to seeing other cities implement it as well.
We had an amazing time on this California road trip and loved seeing how every place between San Diego to San Francisco not only embraced, but put their own mark on helping the planet last for generations to come.
Next in our California adventure is the beautiful college town of San Luis Obispo. We had a lovely overnight stay at the legendary and colorful Madonna Inn, and then ventured into town for a quick visit.
San Luis Obispo is 11 miles inland from the coast, but is one of the more beautiful towns in the central coast area. In 2011, even Oprah had a segment about San Luis Obispo being the “Happiest City in America“. With natural rolling green hills and various vegetation, this small town has a very precious ecosystem. As an extension of this, the town also supports living a clean, healthy lifestyle and has a long standing ordinance passed in the 1970′s that bans drive-thrus at restaurants.
San Luis Obispo is taking more green steps forward as they work to install solar powered parking meters throughout the downtown area. Once there you will find a wide variety of farmer’s markets and local owned eco-friendly stores within walking distance. Make sure to check out Bambu Batu, which offers products made from organic products and 100% bamboo such as clothing, furniture, and home decor items.
Also make sure you check out EcoBambino. This refreshing store is perfect for parents of newborns and children. Each of the amazing products are hand picked by the owners to make sure they are safe for your little ones. The selection is impressive, with products ranging from toys and strollers to diapers and skin care products to shoes. EcoBambino is a must stop if you are passing through and yes you can order all of their products online through their website too.
Next up, San Francisco…