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Bamboo and Tikis Harmonizes with Local Children

Bamboo and Tikis appreciates the community in which we operate and will happily help out when and where we are able. That is why when Volunteer San Diego staged its 2010 service weekend this past October 8-9th, we were happy to help with one of Harmonium’s seven Serve-A-Thon projects.

Largest Green Energy Initiative in the World in California

As California plunges further and further into a fiscal disaster, a recent develop may answer some questions about the future of industry, green energy and thousands of acres of contaminated land in the San Joaquin Valley. Westside Holdings has already leased 9,000 acres from area farmers to start construction on the world’s largest solar panel field, set to produce 600-1000 megawatts of clean energy. When completed, the Westlands Solar Park will utilize 30,000 acres of solar panels for up to 5,000 megawatts of energy.

A Vegetarian Labor Day

Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September and is meant to celebrate all the “workingmen” of America. Over the years, it has taken on a symbolic meaning as the end of summer and is often a call for the BBQ to make its final appearance. Typically seen as the summer send out holiday, Monday is usually the last outdoor cookout of the year; a time for burgers, hotdogs, coleslaw and drinks of all kinds. However, barbecues can often be a source of untold dread for many vegetarians out there. Accusations of eating disorders abound when you grab only macaroni salad, you feel awkward making yourself a condiment sandwich or disrespectful not eating at all. So to all you vegetarians out there, or to people hosting vegetarians, here are 3 BBQ options that won’t require any more effort than the typical burgers or hotdogs already on the grill.

This School Year, Start Out Strong By Going Green

Back to School time is upon us; the days are getting shorter and a sort of anxious anticipation is setting in among both parents and schoolchildren of all ages. The question is: how to incorporate all that we know about the importance of going green into our back to school shopping urges? All of us know the benefits of going green: saving the environment for future generations, preserving valuable finite resources and ensuring the ultimate sustainability of life on earth as we know it. However, sometimes it’s a little more difficult to figure out a prudent and cost-effective approach to going green in our everyday lives. The following are a couple of easy tips to get you started on living a green lifestyle as the new school year starts.

Save Water By Using Bamboo

The warm summer months are the perfect time to enjoy all the benefits of an abundant water supply. Most of us go to the beach, spend time poolside or run around in the sprinklers as much as possible to avoid melting in the sweltering heat. Here in the U.S. we often take for granted our access to water at any temperature at any time of day, but we need to take this opportunity to remember that it is a limited resource, despite evidence to the contrary from indoor plumbing and the proliferation of water parks.  Here are some tips for saving water this summer: 

Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl Products Recalled

A voluntary recall of children’s and adult Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl was initiated on July 8, 2010. The manufacturer, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, acknowledged that multiple types of these products were exposed to a chemical called TBA that is used on wooden shipping and storage pallets. Trace amounts of this chemical have altered the makeup of the drugs, making them potentially harmful, though no medical incidents have been reported.

Inclement Weather Threatens Recent Progress in the Gulf

Though there has been some hope in the BP oil spill news,  bad weather may halt progress temporarily, possibly for up to two weeks. As you’ve probably heard, the oil company has been working furiously to get the compromised well capped and in so doing stop thousands of gallons of oil from spewing uncontrollably into our waters. The cap was put in place in the middle of last week with integrity testing continually monitoring the interior pressure. As pressure built on the valves of the cap, hope that the oil spill would be effectively contained until two relief wells could be completed increased. All of this progress could come to a sudden stop as Mother Nature throws yet another curve ball the gulf coast’s way.

Bamboo and Tikis is Around at Art Around Adams

Six years ago some small business owners decided they wanted to help create awareness for some very good local yet internationally known artists. Thus, in 2004, Art Around Adams was born in the North Park and Kensington neighborhoods of San Diego.

This year, Bamboo and Tikis participated in this unique San Diego art showcase. A venue was set up to display our eco-friendly bamboo designs and visitors were encouraged to ask questions about green backyard options while enjoying free beverages served from our bamboo tiki bar.

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