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The Miami Herald today featured an interesting article on seven things you’re already doing before Christmas. With the holidays being full of shopping and excessive consumption of additional resources like gift wrapping it’s nice to know there are some thing you already maybe doing without consciously doing them. One of the biggest items for me on this list was number six, eating your leftovers, many people don’t attribute this to being more green or sustainable and naturally do this. Eating all your leftover or using a composter helps curb food waste.Another item on the list that hit home was number seven, buy a real Christmas tree. While this has been open for debate for many years amongst green community after reading many articles I feel while by a small margin a real tree is better than fake. The number one benefit of real vs. fake is that all the real trees collected by cities is ground down to mulch which is then used in landscaping and fertilizing and is fully biodegradable. Real tree farms also help remove excessive CO2 from the atmosphere helping all living things. For the full story and the rest of the tips hit the jump below. [Via Miami Herald]
A new report recently released by General Electric and Deloitte shows the best cities for electric cars aren’t ones that typically come to mind. This new study shows that Dallas, Houston and Detroit are among the top sustainable cities for electric cars followed closely by Atlanta, St. Louis, Miami, Phoenix, Tampa, Cincinnati and Sacramento. Typically people think of Seattle, Portland and San Francisco when the words electric car are brought up. The analysis has show that car-dependent cities such as Houston and Dallas will be the most optimal for electric vehicles because residences typically live and work within the 50 mile range limit of most current electric cars.
According to GE in Dallas 2.7 million people live with in a 50-mile radius of downtown and 91.5 percent of daily commuters drive to work. In Houston 2.4 million live within a 50-mile radius and 90 percent drive to work. The most shocking numbers come from Detroit where nearly all of the commuters drive a car to work at 92.5 percent taking first place in number of commuters driving to work. These numbers show remarkable numbers and locations were electric car markets could thrive. While automakers are still attached to the west coast for targeting green consumers cities like these should not be over looked for expanding the electric market. In a survey done by Bloomberg it is estimated that plug-in vehicles will account for 9 percent of auto sales in the US in 2020 and is expected to rise to 22 percent by 2030. These numbers show that the electric car has lots of room to grow and could one day be a feasible alternative to combustion engines.
[Via Sustainable Industries]
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is on a mission to make his city one of the top ten cities for sustainability. He aims to achieve this goal by focusing on efficient energy and water usage as well as promoting a healthier, cleaner and greener environment. The new plan entitled “Power to Change” features several new policy initiatives and projects. Each city department will be given a target benchmark which the Mayor hopes can be implemented in the coming months and show results within the next 20 years.
Currently Atlanta is ranked 19th among the SustainLane U.S. city rankings. To kick off this initiative Atlanta held it’s first annual Sustainability Week on Oct. 25-29. A division of sustainability has already been created and they have secured four state and federal grants totaling $28 million to get started. While the main focus is long term sustainability the Mayor hope this plan will help create new jobs and save the city money in the long run.
Whether planning a night out or staying home this Halloween Earth911.com 10 tips to keep it earth friendly. The cost spent on decorations, greeting cards, and of course candy each halloween is estimated at around $40 per capita, that's a lot of waste. Here are some helpful tips to help reduce the shock on your trash company and the planet. 1. If you've got it use it. Instead of buying a plastic candy holder you will only use once, take a pillow case or reusable shopping bag instead. This will help cut down on the amount of plastic in landfills and keep a few dollars in your wallet. 2. You can teach an old pumpkin new tricks. Tired of looking at that rotting pumpkin on the doorstep? This year instead of tossing it put it to good use. The seeds can be roasted for a delicious treat and the rest can be tossed in your compost bin from BarrelsandBins.com or a compost heap in the backyard, making the kids and the flowers happy. 3. Keep the party people honest. Planning on throwing the greatest Halloween party of all time, of course your are. Keep the guests honest by placing recycle bins around the house to make it easy. Using recycled plates and utensils can also go along way For the rest of the tips check out Earth911.com
It seems like every new product to hit the shelves has some green aspect to the label. Further investigation has shown this is seldom the case.
A report released Tuesday by TerraChoice, a North American environmental-marketing company, claims 95% of the so-called green products have committed at least one offense of “greenwashing,” a term used to describe unproven environmental claims.
The study examined more than 5,000 consumer products in 34 stores in the U.S. and Canada and found 12,061 products falsely claiming to be better for the environment. Many products simply use vague marketing language, fake labeling, or claim to be “all-natural.”
Of most concern is the recent increase in products claiming to be free of Bisphenol A (BPA), a compound used in plastics such as baby bottles and other consumer products. BPA can cause health problems and has been added to Canada’s toxic-substance list.
Another false claim were products stating to be compliant with the federal government’s Energy Star program.
Stricter laws and a clear understanding of what makes a product “green” is necessary.
For a complete list of legitimate products visit TerraChoice.
Adweek Tuesday posted an interesting article on “green” product adoption. According to Adweek many consumers expect business to be environmentally friendly but when it comes to their home live many customers are passing on green products. In a survey of head of household females ages 25-54 who buy paper products on a regular basis, only 25% said they purchase recycled products. The remaining 75% said that recycled products are prices significantly higher then leading non-recycled products. Many consumers like this survey group see green products and automatically assume they cost more, some do but a lot of distributors are making an effort to stock more products to lower this cost.Another complaint of green products is that they never go on-sale and publications and manufacturers are not feature coupons to help consumers out and push the adoption of these products. Does this mean that manufacturers are still uncertain about the adoption of green products as well? Would providing coupons and discounts help warm consumers to earth friendly products? How many of you are willing to spend a few cents more to help the planet? Do you fell these products are still to highly priced for daily use? Your comments are welcome please let us know what you think about this slow adoption…
The Craneway Pavillion last weekend played host to the Green Drive Expo the Bay Area’s first ever eco-friendly car show. Featuring cars ranging from hybrid to plug-in this expo showcased many new technologies and gave consumers a change to talk with vendors and manufacturers. According to the Green Drive website, “Whether you are a dedicated EV motorhead, or simply considering your family’s first hybrid, Green Drive Expo Bay Area presented by Autobytel is the place to explore technology, fuel efficiency, cost savings and eco-conscious transportation.”
Some of the big names that attended include Ford and Toyota. One of Ford’s major showcases was a display featuring seats made from soy-foam which elimates much of the patroleum in the manufacturing process. A small vendor Think City wowed the crowed with its new compact two-seater zero emission car with its body made entirely out of plastic. Test drives of more then ten vehicles some not even available for sale were available to attendies. Hopefully this will be a annual event and it will spread to other cities throughout the country.
For more information and event coverage check out the Expo website http://greendriveexpo.com/ or hit the jump
[Via Richmond Confidential]
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