Wanting to me more eco-friendly as a skier or snowboarder? Instead of driving, you could take public transportation or carpool. Rather than allowing your gear to collect dust, recycle or donate used equipment to a local thrift store such as St. Mary’s Garage in CB or Six Points in Gunnison. Support sustainable gear and equipment companies. Lastly, ditch the chairlift and heated lodges for cross country skiing or snowshoeing which are the greenest way to explore and recreate in the winter.
Ash Wednesday is upon us, and there are ways to observe an eco-friendly Lent. For example, you can give up some item that also helps the earth such as bottled water, plastic straws, to-go coffee cups, paper napkins, and disposable diapers. Another idea is to not give up something, but to do one thing for each day of Lent that will help you on your journey to be greener such as starting to compost, picking up litter, buying a reusable water bottle or coffee cup, biking to work instead of driving, and supporting local businesses and farmers.
A great and informative article from Colorado Public Radio!
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and it is important to be environmentally aware and personally safe on this cheery holiday. Instead of driving or drinking and driving, use public transportation. Rather than buying cheap plastic decorations that you will never use again, take the time to make your own. Try to buy local and organic corned beef, and dress in green clothes you already own.
Looking to be more eco-friendly next Valentine’s Day? Here are a few simple tips: instead of buying a pre-made Valentine’s Day card, make your own. Buy flowers that will last such as a potted plant or bulbs. Dim the lights to conserve energy and to set the mood. Enjoy the outdoors! Did you know you could “recycle” your Valentine’s Day flowers? You can donate the bouquet to a local hospital, hospice, or church. Also, you can take the flower petals and incorporate them into a bath or into another romantic evening. Lastly, you can embellish gifts and letters with dried or fresh flower petals.
This article from Tuck Sleep outlines the best organic and sustainable mattress out on the market right now. Use this buyer’s guide to help you make the most informed and conscientious decision when it comes to buying a new mattress!
Compost is Awesome! But what is it? Compost is the perfect mix of carbon and nitrogen…it is as simple as mixing your food scraps with some leaves and letting Mother Nature take over to create a soil-like substrate. Amazingly enough, of the 167 MILLION TONS of trash that U.S. landfills and incinerators receive each year, 50% is compostable and 20-30% alone is food scraps.
The greenest solution for your event or party is to use reusable plates, glasses, silverware, and bowls. But many people don’t happen to have a huge cache of dishes available and that is where Sustainable Crested Butte can help. We can help make your next event a waste free event by providing dishes for a small donation. We are even able to do the dishes for you thanks to dish-washing facilities generously donated by Crested Butte’s Personal Chefs. Learn more and check our schedule at http://sustainablecb.org/
This time of year, many of us travel before the busyness of summer arrives. On your travels you’ll notice signs in hotels asking guests to hang up their towels and put a card on their beds to leave the linens and skip washing towels and sheets every day, in a bid to save water and energy. But, does this make a difference? It turns out that it does! As reported in National Geographic and the Smithsonian Magazine, “the American Hotel and Lodging Association estimates that the request reduces the number of loads of laundry washed—as well as the related water, sewer, energy, and labor costs—by 17 percent. The association also notes that such programs increase the lifespan of towels and linens, thus reducing replacement costs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that hotels and other lodgings use about 15 percent of the total water taken up by commercial and institutional facilities in the United States, according to agency spokesperson Carissa Cyran. The commercial and institutional sector, in turn, is responsible for about 17 percent of the withdrawals from U.S. public water systems.” So do your part on vacation and “Be the Change”
Now that spring really has sprung in Gunnison County, this is a good time to check for drafts and leaks around doors and windows. You should also set aside some time to compare last year’s and this year’s electric bills to see if your electric bills and kilowatt hours have increased significantly. Keeping an eye on your usage will help you track down energy fluctuations from a variety of potential sources like leaky windows, new appliances, or insulation that needs to be replaced. According to the Gunnison County Electric Association’s website: “Commercial and residential buildings use nearly 40% of the total energy consumed in the US each year and produce more than 40% of the nation’s carbon pollution. You can learn how to reduce your energy consumption with an energy audit. For more information or to schedule an audit, call GCEA’s energy use specialist at 970-641-3520.” Sustainable Crested Butte encourages you to “Be the Change”