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Eating Seasonally and Locally

With summer time slowly coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about the seasonality of many fruits and vegetables. Do you know what’s in season this month? According to USA Today Travel, the foods you should buy in September are pears and sweet potatoes. But what are the benefits of buying local and seasonal produce?     Support the Local Food Economy Seasonal eating supports your local North Carolina food economy. There are many resources out there that encourage the consumer to make more locally conscious choices such as the NC 10% Campaign. By pledging to spend 10 percent of your existing food dollars locally you can make a big difference in the sustainable food industry. They track …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on September 9, 2015

It’s Recycle Week, America!

Did you know that more than a dozen items are currently banned from North Carolina landfills? Here are a few that you might not know about: 1. Used oil 2. Yard trash 3. White goods (appliances, like an old dishwasher) 4. Antifreeze 5. Aluminum cans 6. Whole scrap tires 7. Lead-acid batteries 8. ABC beverage containers 9. Motor vehicle oil filters 10. Recyclable plastic bottles (except motor oil or pesticide bottles) 11. Wooden pallets 12. Oyster shells 13. Computer equipment 14. Televisions So, what can you do to help keep these items out of the landfill? Start by reducing your consumption of these items. Opt for rechargeable batteries when possible. Donate gently used appliances and electronics still in working condition …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on June 23, 2015

5 Tips for a Greener Valentine’s Day – Love is in the air!

Valentine’s Day. It’s the time of year when roses are received from a secret admirer, gifts are exchanged between friends and couples in love enjoy romantic candle-lit dinners. On the other hand, plenty of couples ignore the over-commercialized holiday and do nothing… Or feel forced to do something.   theOatmeal.com Whatever your opinion of the holiday is, please love the earth and have an eco-friendly celebration! We’ve pulled together 5 tips for you: 1. Look for recycled paper Valentine’s Day cards or create a handmade one. Around a billion Valentines are sent each year globally, making the day the 2nd largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. NOT including cards exchanged in classrooms between children, 180 million Valentine’s Day cards are …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on February 11, 2015

Eco New Year’s Resolution

We at NC GreenPower hope you had wonderful holidays! Now that we have welcomed the New Year, it’s time to reflect on some ways you can make small changes to live more environmentally friendly. We’ve compiled a list of ideas for New Year’s Resolutions you can make that will help you live a greener life. A lot of the time, small behavioral changes make a big difference!   1) Pledge to never buy bottled water again! Ok, you can in a pinch, but make a real effort to remember to bring your own bottle. This will not only be good for the environment, it will help your wallet, too. Watch this video from the Story of Stuff to learn more. 2) …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on January 15, 2015

Holiday Top 10 Ideas!

It’s not too late for some holiday tips!! Here are 10 ideas to keep sustainability on track:   Holiday tip #1: Act like a boy scout & be prepared. Make lists. Try to do all of your shopping in one trip.  Save on gas & stress! Holiday tip #2: Knows store return policies and get gift receipts so they can be returned or exchanged if needed. Holiday tip #3: Look for gifts that are not over-packaged, labeled energy efficient, made with recycled materials, or recyclable. Image courtesy of Terraskin  Holiday tip #4: Think durability and length of warranties!  How long will the item last? Will it just end up in a landfill? Holiday tip #5: Give a gift of time: Take someone …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on December 22, 2014

Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Part 2

Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Season Part 2 The Holidays are a time for gift giving, sharing meals with friends and family, and decorating your home in merry holiday splendor. While all of these activates are fun and good for the soul, sometimes this increased consumerism isn’t so good for the environment – according to the EPA the amount of household garbage from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day can increase by 25%, or 5 million tons! NC GreenPower has some suggestions below for ways to decrease your holiday environmental impact while still spreading holiday cheer. Reduce waste Food waste reduction is one goal that is relatively easy to accomplish; simple behavioral changes like composting, always using reusable plates, silverware, napkins, etc. …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on December 10, 2014

Let’s stay sustainable this holiday season!

Tips for a Sustainable Holiday:  Take 1 – After Thanksgiving We’ve shared our green ideas for Halloween, and Thanksgiving is just a faint memory… It’s finally that time of year when the weather begins to get a little nippy and the leaves are falling, hinting that winter is right around the corner. Here are a few friendly tips to make your December a green one:   1. Plan Ahead:  Feeding America estimates that we throw away over 70 billion pounds of food each year, costing over $100 billion dollars. To help lower this, plan ahead when shopping for your family or for a crowd. Cooking enough to feed an entire village may be a little extreme if you plan on only have a few friends …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on December 2, 2014

A Green Halloween

As Halloween quickly approaches, we thought it might be nice to share some tips about how to have an eco-friendly Halloween. The blog Green Halloween is the perfect resource, dedicated to all things spooky and environmentally-conscious.   Although they are retiring this year, a browse through their archives shows tips for everything from Halloween-themed snacks and meals, to last minute crafts, to resources for lead-free face paint. We encourage you to take a peek and get inspired for a fun, safe, and green Halloween!                                                                  

Posted in Sustainability on October 30, 2014

Green up your workout!

You recycle, use your canvas tote bag when you grocery shop and even plant vegetables and herbs in your backyard – but have you ever thought about greening up your workout gear? Whether you enjoy taking a brisk jog, relaxing with yoga or lifting weights, they all need workout clothes that are performance oriented and comfortable. Thanks to ecofriendly and forward thinking companies, we can now apply green philosophy to our workout gear: Shoes. Starting at the bottom, shoes serve the most important role our workout. Vibrams FiveFingers shoes are “as close to barefoot while wearing a shoe” you’ll get, with some lines even created from at least 50% of recycled scrap metal. Brooks Green Silence running shoe is as …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on August 7, 2014

BYOB – Bring your own bag!

We’re all guilty of using plastic and paper bags when checking out at our local grocery store. You forget to put your cloth bags back in your car after your last grocery visit and now have two options: carry everything in your arms or resort to using the plastic or paper bags, it’s only this ONE time right? The paper or plastic question is an age old debate and our conscience isn’t the only one with a stake in the debate. Grocery stores purchase plastic bags at a cheaper cost with constant pressure from environmental groups to stop offering them.  Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year with the average American family of four using an overwhelming …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on May 7, 2014