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Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • Is Bamboo Sustainable?

    The cyber world is alive with chatter about the advantages of bamboo, and at this time of growing environmental consciousness, it’s easy to see why.  At first glance, bamboo products and uses seem limitless. As a building material, it makes attractive and durable hardwood floors and furniture. It can fill many decorative needs inside the home--from picture frames to floor mats to room dividers. For the kitchen it can be made into sturdy cooking utensils and cutting boards. In the closet, fabrics made from bamboo are naturally antibacterial and softer than cotton. Agriculturally, it can provide channel linings for irrigation systems...

  • How to Weatherize Your Home for Energy Efficiency

    Save between 25% and 40% on your heating and cooling bills just by making some weatherization improvements around the house! Simple activities such as installing drapes on windows, adding insulating film to windows to prevent drafts, and addressing other home air leaks can help save energy, and reduce your impact on climate change. Install Window Film Insulation to Windows Nearly 30% of a home’s heat is lost through the doors and windows! Our heat shrink window film insulation kit has all the materials you need insulate 5 windows for the winter. Sealing your windows in the winter reduces uncomfortable drafts...

  • ClimateStore Partners with PIPS Rewards

    ClimateStore is thrilled to announce its partnership with PIPs Rewards! PIPs, which stands for “Positive Impact Points” is a new social currency that rewards Americans for making better lifestyle choices and purchasing decisions. By joining PIPs, people can gain currency by doing things like making their home energy efficient, using nontoxic cleaning products, and downloading phone apps to that promote fitness, mindfulness, and conscious consumerism. “PIPs can be earned making countless shopping choices that are better for you and the planet, as well as for volunteering, recycling, going paperless, opting for renewable energy and more. Completing the cycle of good...

  • Looking Ahead: 4 Important Climate Events Happening in 2015

    2014 was full of environmental accomplishments. One major highlight was COP20 in Lima where a draft text was prepared for the COP21 climate conference in Paris. Climate change is an important, complex issue, which needs to have the global community on board to create solutions with economic development, population growth management, and resource management in mind. Here are the top international conferences and events you should keep your eye on for 2015: Arctic Council Ministerial Session Location: Nunavut, Canada Date: April 24-25: The Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else on earth! This meeting will bring together ministers of the Arctic...

  • 9 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in 2015

    2014 was the hottest year on record: you heard about climate marches, international climate action in Lima, and a groundbreaking China–U.S. emissions agreement. Now it is your turn to make an environmental strides at home. You don’t need to go completely zero-waste or never drive a car again to make 2015 more sustainable. Here are 9 easy ways you can make a difference this year: 1. Learn The Recycling Rules in Your Municipality Recycling is becoming increasingly available across the US. If you aren't sure what you can recycle in your town, workplace, or while traveling, the iRecycle app can...

  • Warnings From Audubon Climate Report

    Last September, when the National Audubon Society released its Audubon Climate Report, the seven-year investigation warned that more than half of the 588 North American bird species could be “climate-threatened” or “climate- endangered” in less than 100 years. “When…you see that we’re looking at 314 North American bird species at risk by the end of this century—it just takes your breath away,” said Gary Langham, Audubon’s chief scientist. The study, which covers Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 states, drew on three decades of citizen science observations. Some data came from the Christmas Bird Count. This annual survey began over...

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