Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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For each Gift of Green purchased, one native tree is planted in an ecosystem restoration project in the United States. An average tree will absorb more than 650 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) over its lifetime — that’s equal to the amount produced by driving about 740 miles. In addition to absorbing CO2, the new trees will also help restore forests damaged by natural disasters and return the forest to its former glory.

Friday, May 16, 2008

California Winemaker Thinks Outside the Bottle

Dec. 19, 2007 Five years after becoming one of the first U.S. vintners to package wine in lightweight, space-saving cartons instead of bottles, California winemaker Three Thieves has expanded its green-packaging program to include new varietals, citing significant savings in materials and shipping costs.
Since 2001, Three Thieves's Bandit-brand wines have been sold in packaging-pioneer Tetra Pak's "aseptic" cartons, which reduce the packaging waste associated with bottled wine by 90% and can be distributed, warehoused, and displayed in stores without refrigeration. Aseptic cartons also fit into delivery trucks more efficiently and weigh less than glass bottles, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and saving fuel.

The savings that we pass along to the consumer are significant, considering that there are no corks, labels, or foils used, and the cartons are a fraction of the weight and cost of glass, says company cofounder Charles Bieler.

Three Thieves is now offering Bandit merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and pinot grigio in Tetra Pak's 1-liter Tetra Prisma cartons, comprised of 70% paper, as well as single-serve 250 ml cartons.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Let The Pros Wash Your Car

Which is greener, a commercial car wash or DIY? The answer: go with the pros.

Commercial car washes require an average of about 45 gallons of water per car, whereas home washers typically use between 80 and 140 gallons, according to the trade group International Carwash Association. That's a big difference! Federal law requires commercial carwashes to drain their wastewater into sewers, where it normally receives some treatment, versus simply running across the land.

If you are going to clean your own vehicle, check out the waterless wash products available now from many manufacturers, such as Eco Touch. Many are non-toxic, biodegradable and petrochemical-free. Just spray on, wipe and buff gently with a clean towel, and voila. Clean car.

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