“Yikes humans”

This past week on Facebook, a local shared a photo of an overflowing receptacle site on Elk Avenue with the caption “Yikes humans”. Sustainable CB reposted the photo and poised a question to the community: what are your thoughts on this and ideas to address this issue?Community members responded with many ideas & solutions such as the town emptying the receptacle stations more often during peak summer days, and transitioning away from single-use plastics all together. Others responded saying that there were emptier bins only 50 ft away, and that at least the rubbish was stacked on the bins versus thrown on the ground. Our favorite responses
included giving an award to the business that creates the most waste and putting a system in place that identifies if a certain business is creating way too much single use trash/overwhelming the public receptacles and that the said business should be fined. Have you identified other
sustainability issues/situations in our community?

Eco-Conscious Summer Mind

Summer is finally in full swing with music festivals, events every night, and wildflowers galore. Although we all are much busier, it is still important to keep an eco-conscious mind in our day-to-day life. For Alpenglow and Mt. CB summer concert series, definitely do not forget your reusable cup and even consider bringing reusable plates and cultery to further your impact! Bring your own bag to the Farmer’s Market, pick up that piece of trash you see while hiking, and support local farms and sustainable businesses. These little steps not only create awareness in our community on the environmental impact of our actions and decisions, but also can turn
these sustainability tips into intrinsic parts of our daily lives as Crested Buttians.

Summer Reminders

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.

Graduation Season

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.

Memorial Day Weekend

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!

Gearing up for BBQ Season

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.

Making Mother’s Day More Sustainable

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!

Improving your home’s air quality

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.

Sustainable Gardening

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.

Spring Cleaning

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!

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