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Grocers Go Green with reusable bags

August 29, 2008

Remember when hippies were the only people who would take cloth bags to the grocery store (and by grocery, we mean Whole Foods and the local food co-ops)? Not anymore. If you’re still lugging your groceries home in plastic bags – you might want to rethink that. Minimally, you might consider using the bags, then bringing them back and using them again – or taking them back to the recycling bins at the market. All King Soopers and City Market stores in Colorado have recycling bins for plastic bags, and the effort... (more...)

ECO-TRAVEL

August 28, 2008

If you’re planning a vacation this summer, you might want to consider going somewhere green – and by that, we aren’t necessarily referring to the foligage, though it’s a bonus. A special Green Travel Special Report by smartertravel.com lists the top 10 Green Destinations in the world. Following are the study’s results: 1. Portland, Ore. The recipient of numerous green and sustainability awards, Portland, recently earned the highest score in a Popular Science ranking of America’s 50 Greenest Cities. The city was... (more...)

ON THE GRILL: GAS VS. CHARCOAL

August 28, 2008

It’s summertime and people are firing up their gas grills or lighting up those charcoal briquettes. There are differing opinions on which method is “greener.” If one considers point of consumption, then gas grilling is the more environmentally conscious approach. Gas burns much cleaner and more efficiently than charcoal briquettes, which give off soot when burned. The use of charcoal briquettes, which are made of wood, can hasten deforestation, unless the trees are replaced. And lighter fluid adds one more chemical... (more...)

Can scooters really be green? Yes!

August 28, 2008

They are all the rage in crowded European and Asian cities and are gaining a foothold in urban America. The popularity of scooters is skyrocketing due to increasing gas prices – and it’s not surprising. The average scooter will hold about 1.5 gallons of gas, around $6 at the pump. Vespa just one make Some riders equate the Vespa (Italian for “wasp”) brand as a generic term for all scooters and that’s not accurate. As evidenced by the accompanying list, there are many brands out there. One local Vespa dealer, however,... (more...)

Green Weddings? I Do

August 28, 2008

It’s June, and you know what that means – weddings. Who can resist all that being a June bride, or groom, has to offer? Gorgeous weather, beautiful backdrops, balmy evenings. With all of the glamor and romance, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the fact that weddings can be the most ecologically unfriendly events on the planet. Paper invitations, cut flowers, hordes of guests traveling by plane and car, thousand-dollar dresses worn once in a lifetime. Wasteful extravagance, right? Well, yes and no. You don’t need to... (more...)

EarthWorks Expo shoots for zero-waste

August 28, 2008

When EarthWorks Expo returns to the Denver Merchandise Mart on June 21-22, it will again “walk the talk” and be a zero-waste event. Zero-waste is the recycling of all materials back into nature or the marketplace to protect human health and the environment. Last year, EarthWorks Expo, Denver’s largest green-living event of the year, was able to recycle or compost 97 percent of the waste from its 117 exhibitors and several thousand attendees – leaving only 65 pounds of trash for the entire three-day event. The recycled... (more...)

EARTH WORKS EXPO 2008

August 28, 2008

Earth works expo 2008 set for next weekend Displays, workshops demonstrate better living by going green Denver’s largest green-living event of the year, EarthWorks Expo 2008 is returning to the Denver Merchandise Mart on the weekend of the Summer Solstice, Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22. With the theme of “Go Green, Live Well,” EarthWorks Expo provides local businesses and advocacy organizations the opportunity to showcase sustainable products, information and best practices to thousands of motivated, green-minded... (more...)

Eat your greens

August 26, 2008

The Denver/Boulder area is seeing an increase in restaurants that are going green not only on the menu, but behind the scenes and their kitchens. Listed below are a few of our favorites: Mercury Café 2199 California St. / Denver Phone: 303-294-9281 www.mercurycafe.com The Mercury has been serving up some of Denver’s best vegetarian dishes for years. Continuing their progressive development, the Mercury Café is in the process of installing 12 more solar panels on the roof, along with more wind turbines. Eventually the... (more...)

Junking up the planet

August 26, 2008

Unsolicited mail piles up, killing trees, creating trash Junk mail is more than a nuisance cluttering up your mailbox. It’s an environmental nightmare. Americans receive 19 billion catalogs a year. That’s 62 catalogs for every man, woman and child in the nation. Printing those catalogs requires 53 million trees, or 3.6 million tons of paper. Making the paper for those catalogs eats up enough energy to power more than a million homes for a year, sends 5.2 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and requires... (more...)

Green your picnic

August 21, 2008

Labor Day is just around the corner. Planning to light up the grill, host a cookout or simply indulge in a romantic picnic during the long weekend? Why not go the extra step when planning your party – and keep the environment in mind. Consider these green-entertaining tips: (more…)  Read More →