August 29, 2015.
4,000,000 That’s the number of times Simon and Kim will pedal their bikes on their way from Vietnam to Paris. This herculean task will take them 9,000 miles, across 11 countries and through 20+ border checkpoints. Any why, you ask? Because they’re super committed to stopping human caused climate change. And they’re not alone. As preparations get underway for the international Conference of Parties (COP21) meeting this November in Paris, three teams, starting from different locations around the world, are pulling out all the stops to get there - without using fossil fuels. Biking across...
August 21, 2015.
Maybe we should call it the spring of the kayaks. It began in January, when the Port of Seattle agreed to allow the Shell Oil Company to use Terminal 5 to moor the vessels of its Arctic drilling fleet. Then, even before the Federal Government had affirmed the Arctic leases, Shell started moving its drilling ship and a drilling rig toward Seattle to begin preparations for its Arctic exploration operation. Well, that called people to action. Soon after, local activists began talking about organizing a group of kayakers to "escort the rig." Ironically, a galvanizing event...
July 22, 2015.
How are we going to tackle climate change? To get started, we need a whole new generation of well-educated people who understand the ins and outs of sustainable living. And here’s some good news. Over the past few decades, more and more American colleges and universities are starting to walk the talk, integrating environmental stewardship into their dining halls, dorm buildings, student clubs, and most importantly - classrooms. This trend is significant because institutions of higher education are at the forefront of innovation and social change. Sustainable colleges who both teach and implement sustainability are powerful influencers...
May 5, 2015.
During our first year, the ClimateStore team worked to make it fun and easy for people to reduce their carbon footprints by providing lower-carbon products for the home. We’ve made a lot of progress and we now offer more than 300 awesome products on our website, but we’re really only at the tip of the iceberg. We’re ready to go BIG! So, we are launching a crowdfunding campaign on May 18 with the goal of expanding our catalog to include 1000 carefully selected, carbon-lowering products. “While working to reduce the size of our family’s carbon footprint, aside from going solar...
April 20, 2015.
Believe it or not, Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world. It’s a time when over a billion people from 192 countries around the globe take part in public actions that support the environment. These actions can range from planting trees in a local park to participating in nationally organized seminars, demonstrations and rallies. As we observe Earth Day 2015, we’re seeing large segments of the world’s population migrating to cities. The reality of human-caused climate change means the need to create sustainable communities is urgent and complex. This requires an enlightened and active public, forward-looking...
April 14, 2015.
Sustainable development is the ability to meet the needs of the current population, without compromising the quality of life for future generations. This means people today should have access to food, water, shelter, safety, healthcare, etc. without hindering the ability for their children and grandchildren to have these same resources. As you can probably imagine, climate change is a huge obstacle for sustainable development infrastructure around the globe. Climate change contributes to water scarcity, extreme weather, food shortages and other impacts that make it difficult for current people to build strong economies to sustain future generations. Furthermore, economies in...
April 6, 2015.
There are thousands of organizations around the world working on solutions to climate change and its impacts. But while in the U.S. we are working on ways to use less electricity and fossil fuels, it is easy to forget that there are millions of people in other parts of the world that have no access to power whatsoever. How can we help them have access to electricity without contributing to climate change? The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is working on just that. SELF, based in Washington D.C., is a nonprofit whose mission is to implement solar energy solutions...
April 1, 2015.
When you go along narrow, winding Dane Street in Somerville, Massachusetts, you might not at first notice the brick building which is set back from a street of otherwise private residences. A sign on the side reads Greentown Labs. When you step inside, you find yourself in an open 10,000 square foot office space that's bustling with people and activity. Within the same complex are an additional 20,000 square feet of shared prototyping space and a machine shop. The idea for this innovation incubator began about four years ago, when the founders of four energy startups tackling climate...
March 26, 2015.
We are pleased to announce our new collaboration with a team of eight amazing bloggers to help us get the message out about climate change, and more importantly, to increase awareness of carbon lowering solutions. Climate change is human caused and extremely urgent, but there is real hope if we start working on solutions today. Many of these solutions can take place right at home with a few easy steps. Our ClimateStore Ambassadors are full of great, interesting ideas on how to live in a climate friendly way at home, school, and work. Check out their websites, and follow them...
March 11, 2015.
Last month we launched our series of supplier spotlights, during which we go behind the scenes of ClimateStore’s most innovative partner brands. Each of these brands helps people reduce their carbon footprints by manufacturing unique carbon-lowering products. This month, we sat down with Organic Affinity, a manufacturer of stylish sustainable earbuds. Tell us a little about your story. Organic Affinity was founded in 2012 as a creative expression of our passion for the Earth. We knew that the world needed to start manufacturing more environmentally-friendly products, so we stepped up to design some great sounding headphones that are...
February 26, 2015.
ClimateStore’s mission is to make it easy for people to reduce their individual carbon footprint in the era of human caused climate change. And consistent with our mission, we're taking steps to do our part. Our business operations are carbon neutral, we recycle, encourage employees to take public transit, and participate in community programs. Our latest initiative is joining the Climate Action Business Association! The Climate Action Business Association (CABA) is a coalition of businesses taking action on climate change. Coalition members set policy priorities, and create opportunities for business owners to leverage voice in both city, state, and...
February 18, 2015.
ClimateStore helps people reduce their carbon footprints at home by curating awesome energy efficient and carbon-lowering products from the most innovative brands and manufacturers. We are inspired everyday by like-minded partners that work with us on our mission to make sustainable living easy. One such brand is also our Boston-area neighbor, Preserve Products. ClimateStore offers Preserve food storage containers, plates, bowls, measuring cups and more. We sat down with Preserve to learn why there is more to these kitchen items than meets the eye. Tell us a little about your story. Preserve, a certified B Corporation, was...
January 21, 2015.
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...
November 14, 2014.
November 15 Is America Recycles Day. Since 1997, America Recycles Day has informed millions of Americans about the importance of recycling and buying products made from recycled materials. In the era of human-caused climate change, recycling is more important than ever. In most cases recycling uses less energy and produces less pollution than making things from scratch. Examples of greenhouse gas emissions savings include: Making aluminum cans from old ones uses 1/12 of the energy when compared to making them from raw materials. For glass bottles, 315kg of CO2 is saved per ton of glass recycled...
October 29, 2014.
BEWARE! There are vampires lurking in your home! “Vampire energy” draw occurs whenever gadgets and appliances are plugged in and aren’t on. It takes electricity to power the little clocks on your DVD player and microwave, and even electronics that are completely off draw some energy as long as they are plugged in. Electronics use about 9% of the energy in your home, but experts estimate that almost 1/5 of this energy goes to waste through this vampire effect. Every time you insert the little fangs of your cellphone charger in an outlet and leave it there...
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