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Japan Making Energy Saving Headway

This blog has explored various ways to conserve energy on an individual level. But what if those efforts were federally mandated? Imagine how much energy could be saved if it was a nationwide campaign initiated from the top down rather than a grassroots movement working against the status quo of fossil fuel. The Japanese culture is in the midst of such a movement. Everything from government regulations, to corporate policies, to dedication familial practices are in place to release the country from its dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

DIY Roof Thatching

So you just came back from your Hawaiian vacation and you’ve decided you want to install your very own tiki hut or palapa. But what next? You could purchase a prefabricated thatch structure, or you could build your own. But how to install that pesky thatch? Well, ask and you shall receive. Here are some quick and easy guidelines for simple installation.

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Learn to Speak Green

As our world becomes increasingly more “eco-conscious”, you are bound to come across some terms or phrases you either are not familiar with or don’t completely understand. Here are a few terms whose definition may help as you wade through all things green:

BIODEGRADEABLE – the ability of a material to naturally break down when left completely alone for a period of time. Biodegradable substances will absorb naturally and safely back into the eco-system with the help of microorganisms.

CARBON OFFSETS – units purchased to make up for carbon units emitted by a particular function such as travel. Funds raised by the purchase of carbon offsets are used towards planting carbon absorbing trees, for green research and other green activities to be determined by the purchaser.

One-Time Purchases To Stay Green

Staying true to your new found “green” philosophy can sometimes seem expensive, daunting and, at times, impossible. However, the key is to remember that little changes can have a big overall effect. Sometimes, small one-time purchases can be just the thing to keep your green lifestyle on track. Here are some examples of green products that will last you for the long run while simultaneously protecting the environment.

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New VIRO Thatch Products On Their Way!

Bamboo and Tikis is proud to introduce a new line of eco-friendly products: Viro Thatch. Viro Thatch products are the only non-toxic and 100% recyclable thatch products on the market today. Made from the greenest plastic on earth, HDPE, they have a built in fire retardant, are completely water resistant and will not fade, rot or shed. When you’re done with the thatch, simply toss it in a recycling bin and the entire product can be reused. Not the only synthetic thatch on the market, ViroThatch is the first and only synthetic thatch created with an entirely sustainable and non-toxic production process

Choosing the Right Sunscreen

Every year, thousands of people abandon their dry habitats in search of a more refreshing marine landscape; thousands of dollars are spent on beach vacations, snorkeling adventures and ocean tours and thousands of gallons of sunscreen are spread lavishly on the shoulders of adults and children alike. While it is important to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays, another factor when considering sun protection is the effect it may have on the very ecosystem we look forward to enjoying.

3 Tips to Travel Green This Memorial Day

Most of us consider Memorial Day the official kickoff for summer. As the temperature warms up, we spend more time outside and more time dreaming up wonderful outdoor adventures for ourselves, our families and our friends. As you start planning your summer and all the vacations that go with it, remember that just because you are faraway, doesn’t mean you have to abandon the green lifestyle you have worked so hard to achieve. Here are three tips for staying green on vacation:

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Your Mom has been there for you your whole life. She was there for your birth, she was there to take care of you when you were sick and to support you when you were struggling. With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, it is time to attempt the impossible and show her how much you appreciate her. If you’re stuck on what the perfect symbol of thanks might be, here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Homemade gift cards. Make Mom a booklet of coupons services she can use whenever she needs some time off. Good ideas include babysitting, making dinner, cleaning or running errands like picking up the dry cleaning or dropping kids off at school. She is sure to appreciate the gesture that acknowledges her need for some more free time.

The Latest Bamboo Product: MacBook Pro Case

Companies and individuals all over the world are trying to find ways to pare down. Whether it is by using less, recycling more or participating in more in-house waste treatment objectives, everyone is jumping on the green bandwagon. Tech companies are even trying to use less volume and more eco-friendly plastic; we have seen the development of eco-friendly tech packaging and even of eco-conscious tech casing. Now comes the manufacture and sale of the all bamboo laptop case for the MacBook Pro.

Earth Day is This Weekend

Earth Day is Friday April 22. This 40 year tradition is typically celebrated by planting a tree and participating in other “green” activities. However, if you don’t have the time or space to plant a full scale tree in your yard, here are some other tips and tricks to celebrate Earth Day and maybe even save you some dough along the way.

1. Spring Clean. Use Earth Day as a motivator to finish your spring cleaning. Take care to use eco-friendly cleaners and environmentally friendly practices for tasks like laundry, cleaning drains and disposing of electronics. Donate what you don’t need or no longer want to help those in need and keep your old stuff out of landfills.

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