Yes, summer is finally upon us! It is important to make sure we have a few key sustainable items in our every day tool kit as the summer gets into full swing. Make sure to invest in a reusable water bottle and to bring it on those strolls around town or hikes in the National Forest. Throw a few reusable bags in your car and backpack when going to Gunnison or to a Farmer’s Market. Invest in a townie bike instead of driving around town this summer– parking is already a nightmare.
As the semester comes to a close, many young adults are about to transition to a new chapter in their life whether graduatingfrom high school or from college. Here are a few tips to make this transitional period more sustainable! Need a few items for your new place? Browse yards sales, consignment shops, or online marketplaces instead of purchasing something brand new. Ditch the graduation balloons and opt for some upcycled decorations. Pay it forward by donating some of your graduation money or your time to a local iniative or organizaiton making a difference in your community.
First off, thank you to all of our Armed Service Members for their service and commitment to protect our country! To honor these brave folks, lets try and embrace a few sustainable practices this upcoming weekend. Ditch the single-use bottle water and have pitchers of water isntead. Consider grilling with propane gas, natural gas or solar energy to reduce air pollution emissions. Try to barbeque without lighter fluid and pass on the fireworks this year. The animals in your area and Mother Earth will thank you!
As summer is slowly approaching, many of us are salivating for the grilling season. To make your BBQ more eco-friendly consider these tips! If you are in the market for a new grill, try to buy one made in the U.S.A. Invest in re-usable plates, cups, and utensils or reserve these items through Sustainable CB’s Waste Free Event Program! Lastly, instead of buying individual juice packs for the kids, make a big batch of lemonade or punch for them.
Wanting to be more eco-conscious this Mother’s Day? Make a homemade gift for her or cook that Mother’s Day brunch at home with local ingredients. Buy her spring bulbs or plant a tree sapling in her honor! Support local businesses and companies that align with your sustainablity values. Lets be real– your mother and grandmother really just want to spend time with you. Take a simple hike to enjoy your loved ones and the beauty of Mother Earth!
Did you know that some houseplants aid in the removal of harmful pollutants to improve your home’s air quality? Spider plants (Chlorophytum Comosum ‘Vittatum’) have the ability to combat formaldehyde and benzene. Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’) have the ability to fight against formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, and Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifrizii) can be utilized in removing benzene and formaldehyde in your home.
As the snow melts and the foliage reemerges, many of us are starting to think about our beloved gardens and yards. How can we be more sustainable in our gardening and landscaping practices this season? You can choose native plants and flowers that will ultimately conserve water and enrich your soil. Add nutrients such as compost or from organic companies versus chemical fertilizers. Stay clear of harsh pesticides, and try to minimize your use of motorized tools and equipment.
Now that it is the off season, we have time to get to the tasks we have been avoiding all winter– one being Spring cleaning. How can you make this daunting task more eco-friendly? You can ditch the paper towels, use cleaning products that are non-toxic/biodegradable, and hang-dry your laundry (if it’s not snowing) for example. While organizing your home, you can make your own storage containers instead of buying new ones. Lastly, rather than throwing out your unwanted textiles, feel free to donate them to Sustainable CB and we can use them for our Boomerang Bag Program!
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.