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  • Kids Heading Back to School? 9 Ideas For Sustainable School Supplies

    Ready or not, the new school year is right around the corner! Although it can be a bummer to see the passing of summer – who doesn’t enjoy time outside , vacations, playing hide-and-go-seek, and iced lemonade - the coming of the school year also signals a time of renewed energy, friendships and opportunity! And that creates a great opportunity for sustainable living. This is the time of year when kids and young adults alike need new gear – given the usual wear and tear on school supplies from the prior year. The good news is...

  • 3 Sustainable Colleges Leading the Way in Sustainable Education

    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...

  • Hope Spots for the Oceans - Why We Like Mission Blue

    According to the U.S. Travel Association, beaches are one of the top five destinations for leisure travel in the United States. For many of us, there is nothing as relaxing as spending a day with sand between our toes, surfing, fishing, birdwatching or just enjoying the sun and sounds of the ocean. But under the surface our oceans are under significant pressure: from algae blooms, to over fishing, to invasive species explosions, and now climate change, our oceans are being stressed. But there is hope! Thanks to an organization called, Mission Blue, we are now thinking on a...

  • Pope Francis and Climate Change - A Global Call to Action

    News regarding Pope Francis’s newly published encyclical, entitled “Laudato Si’,” or “Praise Be to You”, has recently dominated green media due to its intensive focus on global climate issues. In the paper, the Pope affirms scientific consensus in regards to climate change, citing human activities as the source, and urges the necessity of sweeping mitigation efforts. As Pope, Francis’s words carry a great deal of moral and religious authority, but his background as a chemist also gives his thoughts on environmental matters a degree of scientific accountability as well. Care for creation & the poor ...

  • How to Save Water at Home

    Earth may be known as the "water planet," but even though about 70 percent of its surface is covered with water, less than one percent of this precious resource is available for human use. And the effects of climate change--changing precipitation patterns, intense and extreme weather events, reduced snow cover and melting glaciers--are making things more complicated. In more than 40 states, water managers predict shortages over the next decade in at least some part of their state, even if water conditions remain basically the same. It also takes energy to pump, distribute and treat water – which has...

  • 7 Energy Efficient Ways to Keep Cool this Summer

    The muggy heat of summer is upon us, and attempts to beat the heat cause many to resort to energy intensive habits such as blasting the air conditioning (AC). And although AC is a necessary and wonderful invention, its use has a significant impact on the climate. According to the Department of Energy, air conditioners use about 5% of all the electricity produced in the United States, at an annual cost of more than $11 billion to homeowners. The good news is there are simple ways to moderate its use – so we can remain comfortable even on those hot...

  • 5 Ways to Garden with the Climate in Mind

    Memorial Day has come and gone, and traditional fashion protocol tells us that it is once again the season of white pants. Gardening season is upon us as well, which means that you may want to hold off on those easily dirtied jeans in favor of an old t-shirt and some gardening gloves! At first glance, gardens are quite eco-friendly – produce can be consumed without the use of fossil-fuel based transportation and preservation, and often minimal pesticides are used in comparison to large-scale producers. However, below we outline a few of the ways in which certain gardening...

  • 5 New ClimateStore Products for Spring!

    Spring is finally here, and the ClimateStore team cannot wait to spend more time outside! We’re based in Massachusetts, and now that the snow is finally (FINALLY) gone, so we’re looking forward to gardening and relaxing in the sun – in a climate-friendly way, of course! Here are five of our newest products that can help kick off the spring on the right foot, without a negative environmental footprint: 1. Cow Pots We are crazy about Cowpots. They are perfect for starting your home garden, and work just like peat starter pots, but are made from…yep...

  • Why Sustainable Development is Good for the Climate

    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...

  • 7 Reasons LEDs are Worth the Extra Money

    When it comes to easy ways to save energy, people having have been telling us for years to turn off the lights. Do lightbulbs really use that much energy? Is it really worth spending money on expensive light bulbs to save a few bucks on utility bills? It turns out that lighting uses a substantial portion of our electricity in the U.S. Nearly 11% of home energy use goes towards lighting needs alone. Traditional incandescent light bulbs are also surprisingly inefficient because some of the energy they use to create light is lost as heat, which is extra wasteful...

  • Why to Get a Home Energy Audit

    In his book Eaarth, Bill McKibben reminds us, "job number one, on almost anyone's list is conservation, because the less power we use, the less sun and wind we'll need to capture." Job number one begins at home, and one of the best ways to begin is to sign up for a home energy assessment. This means asking a qualified home energy auditor to come and inspect your house. Many energy management companies offer this as a free service. Auditors examine the whole house as an energy system. They inspect doors and windows; check the furnace, hot water heater, air-conditioner...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 10 Carbon-Lowering New Year’s Resolutions

    2015 is here - time to make a few resolutions to prevent climate change, save you money, and help promote a healthy lifestyle in the new year. 1. Figure Out Your Carbon Foot Print First things first – use a carbon calculator to see how much of the earth’s resources you are using in your daily life. The calculator will ask you a few quick questions about electricity use, how you heat and cool your home, how you get around, and recycling habits to estimate how many pounds of CO2 you produce per year. It’s a great...

  • Gifts for Kids

    If you've got a little one on your holiday shopping list but don't know where to begin, don't fret! We've got you covered with fun, safe, educational gift ideas for kids ages 5-12 years old, including toys, games and books! Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth Kids everywhere are becoming more knowledgeable about the environment and climate change. Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start your own compost pile? What’s safe to include? This...

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