Saturday, May 31, 2008

Smash Your Underpants!

Pants to Poverty
Your eco-friendly and socially responsible under pants!
Can you smash your underpants?

From the Center for American Progress--Excuses, Excuses

Excuse #2 Global warming reductions will drive oil and gasoline prices even higher.

High energy prices are the result of status quo energy policies that heavily rely on a single fuel—oil—for a single use—transportation. Oil companies have seen record profits under the current approach—more than $650 billion from 2001 to first quarter of 2008. This year alone, oil prices have so far increased by 44 percent.

The Environmental Defense Fund conducted an assessment of various government and independent studies of the earlier version of the Climate Security Act and found that the median increase in gasoline price hikes would be 13 percent by the year 2030. This is an increase of slightly more than one half of 1 percent per year. To put that increase in perspective, gasoline prices rose 22 percent between January 7 and May 26, 2008 alone.

Reduction requirements for greenhouse gases would create economic incentives to dramatically increase motor vehicle efficiency, produce sustainable non-corn based biofuels, and reduce vehicle miles traveled. All would reduce consumption of gasoline and oil, which would reduce costs.

To read the other 9 excuses,click here.

By the Center of American Progress--It’s Easy Being Green: Kid-Tested, Mother Nature Approved

Branch, a San Francisco-based sustainable design company, makes children’s toys out of natural wool and bamboo. Their products are hand-knitted by women who belong to a collective in rural Kenya that is connected to the East Africa Hub, a non-profit organization of socially responsible businesses. Nest and ChildTrek are similar companies offering natural toys made out of wood and other sustainable materials. ChildTrek even offers a blog and a parents’ resource on their website. Another company, Like-A-Bike, manufactures sustainable, plastic-free bikes made from birch plywood. Sensing the growing consumer demand, even Toys ‘R’ Us has “gone green,” launching a new line of natural wood toys and dolls.
To read the full article click here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Kimora Goes Green

Check this video out! Celebs going green...
Part 1
Smells Like Fabulosity

Part 2

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Fun Green websites worth checking out

Hello Everyone,

I was doing some Green e-net surfing and found some really cool and fun websites that are totally worth checking out. There is so much information out there and many websites are filled with spam or just plain overcrowded and overwhelming. Lets face it most of us do not have enough time to be in front of the computer looking through hundreds of websites just to find some useful information. The following websites are environmental friendly and dedicated to help people go green. Check them out!

The Green IQ: is a website that includes many tips on how to be a greener person. Cool tips about beauty, gifts, home, work, etc. The best part about this website is that in the beginning of the website theres a quiz about your green IQ, if you take the quiz they will plant a tree for contributing your time. This is great cause, I encourage you to take the quiz, its another tree in our earth.

G-Liviing: This site is very trendy and up-to-date with the latest fashion, beauty secrets, celebrity articles and more. Everything on this site is about Green living with style.

Rehash: This site allows people to trade their clothes or other accessories with others. Based on the reviews I read from "rehashers", its a system that really works. Trading your items instead of throwing them away is a great way to practice being green and get a new wardrobe at the same time without spending a dime.

So let me know what you think about these websites. Would you trade your clothes online? its worth a try and all for a good cause :)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Build Community and Network Through Cycling!

May is National Bike Commute Month and Bike to Work Day is today May 15. Bicycling is a fun, sustainable and healthy form of transportation.

On Bike to Work Day, events took place throughout the nine-county Bay Area to celebrate this fun and active way to commute. Energizer Stations were strategically located along several routes in the Bay Area between the hours of 6:30-7:30 a.m. or 7:00-9:00 a.m. (depending on location) to encourage novice and advanced cyclists as they pedaled their way around town and to local transit stations.

Cheers to those who braved the HEAT today, with their COOL commutes!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Will cars have to pass a 35 mpg efficiency standard by the year 2020?

So there has been a debate in congress passing an energy bill that will affect the largest auto makers, general motors, ford, and Chrysler. These three companies are spending millions so that this bill will not be passed. I think that this would be a great idea but it would cost these companies a lot of money that they are not willing to spend. It seems like the year 2020 is so far away and that we have the technology to do better but at least this is a start. Here are some of the reasons that it would be better for our economy.

· It creates jobs
· A 35mpgby2020 fuel economy boost would create 241,000 jobs in the U.S., including 23,900 in the auto industry in 2020
· According to University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) research, raising fuel economy fleet wide to 35mpgby2020 would save up to 35,000 jobs
· 35mpgby2020 would reinvigorate the U.S. auto industry
· Without fuel efficiency gains, Detroit stands to lose $3.6 billion if gas prices stay high
· The National Academy of Sciences says our automakers already have the technology to get their cars and light trucks to average 35mpgby2020 without sacrificing vehicle size, safety or horsepower
· According to UMTRI research, raising fuel economy fleet wide to 35mpgby2020 would boost domestic automakers' profits by $12 billion through 2018
· An increase in fuel economy standards would save American 1.2 million barrels a day which is more than we currently import from Iraq

I think this would be a great idea, not only for the environment but also for our economy.