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.
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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.
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.