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Most people associate cork with wine or thumb tacks. More and more, we see white boards instead of cork boards and plastic “fake” cork or aluminum twisting caps instead of natural corks in wine bottles. This switch has led many to believe there is a global cork shortage and a rumor has started. We found there was a lot of confusion around this subject with many people asking the same questions. Hopefully we can clear it up for you.
You strive to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, why not let your pets do the same. Companies like West Paw Design specialize in making green products for your furry friends.
Based in Montana, West Paw is an eco-friendly company that creates various pet products like bedding and toys that are not only safe and non-toxic for your pet, but are also made from organic and recycled materials. One of their more popular items, the Eco Drop Pet Bed recently even won a Green Spirit Award. The bed’s fabric and fill is made from recycled plastic bottles, is machine washable, and is a soft comfy place for your pet to sleep.
This type of green dedication and manufacturing has helped West Paw give new life to over 6.8 million previously discarded soda bottles that would have otherwise wound up in a landfill. Along with this West Paw uses organic cotton grown free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
With a little help from West Paw and other companies like it, all members or your family whether two or four legged can go green and contribute to preserving the environment for future generations.
We have reusable water bottles, coffee mugs and shopping bags so why not eco-friendly flatware? Cut disposable plastic utensils out of your daily routine and try the Bamboo To-Go Ware reusable and eco-friendly utensil set.
Each set comes with a fork, knife, spoon and chopsticks inside a small convenient case. Being made with bamboo not only makes the set durable and lightweight, but is easy to wash and won’t stain or absorb flavors. Even more, the carrying case is made from RPET, recycled plastic bottles. Plastic soda and water bottles that were once destined for landfills create the water-resistant utensil holder and require less energy during manufacturing than virgin PET materials.
Wednesday is our typical Pick of the Week day, and with that our coastal road trip is not an exception. This week’s pick goes to the amazing CA coastal city of Santa Barbara.
There are so many things to say about Santa Barbara, and to be completely honest we are slightly biased because it is our home town. That aside, visitors to Santa Barbara can find that green culture surrounds them at every turn.
Running down the south end of State Street to the Pacific Ocean is the local MTA Pier Shuttle that is all electric and only .25 cents to ride. In fact the Santa Barbara MTA is North America’s largest fleet of electric vehicles. If you are visiting the city and plan on staying in the historic downtown area, you can get just about anywhere without a car. Along with that, the city of Santa Barbara is a large cycling community hosting such organizations as the National MS Society, which we are proud to say we have participated in.
Known as the American Rivera, Santa Barbara’s climate creates an ideal home for dozens of parks and nature preserves such as the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. The University of California, Santa Barbara (our alma mater) also does its part in contributing to supporting an eco-friendly lifestyle. Home of one of the oldest Environmental Studies programs, UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management is the U.S.’s first building to earn two LEED Platinum certifications, made of recycled materials and has solar roof panels to help power the building. The university is also among the college campuses that focuses heavily on recycling and part of the Plastic Free Campus program.
Going to be in Santa Barbara this Spring Break? April is Ecotopia Month in Santa Barbara and is filled with activities all around the city. Home to one of Earth Day’s first celebrations in 1970, the city celebrates the holiday with the National Earth Day Festival. At the event you can be inspired by the Green Shorts Film Festival, the Green Car Show, and a visit to any of the local food exhibitors and sustainable restaurants offering organic and farm-to-table delicacies.
Next up, San Luis Obispo…
We were shopping in BestBuy yesterday and were thrilled to see BestBuy Green Gift Cards in the check out lane. Turns out they are made from 100% recycled material, and you can return them to any BestBuy to be recycled and used again. It is estimated that 10 billion new gift cards are printed every year, so cutting back on this massive number by recycling is absolutely necessary. Keep these gift cards in mind next time you need to gift someone for their birthday or the holidays.
Common shower liners made from plastic emit harmful toxins, as many as 108 volatile compounds into the air that have been found to last for up to if not longer than a month. The chemicals released have been linked to respiratory problems, liver damage/cancer, central nervous damage, and reproductive health issues.
A great alternative is the TY Shower Curtain made by eco-friendly Grain Design. These shower liners are PVC free, non-toxic, and washable. They also last longer than the average vinyl liner. In fact the longer you have it and wash it, the softer it will become. Best part of all, once you are ready to discard it, the TY Shower Curtain can be sent back to Grain Design for recycling or taken to your local recycle center that accepts #2 plastics.