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LUSH

LUSH cosmetics is a new market line that advertises bath supplies, make-up, and soap that are made from fresh and organic fruits and vegetables.  The company focuses on the idea of creation natural cosmetics that requires little to no preservatives in the product, packaging and transportation. The line also fights again animal tested products for animal rights activists. They only buy their resources from companies that have proven not to test on animals. It markets products that make the smallest impact on the environment to keep our green Earth green. The products are made with common natural vegetarian resources such as vanilla bean, rose oil, almond oil, seaweed, and even charcoal. The cosmetics are meant to make humans beautiful as well as our planet and ecosystem. The company has over 700 stores world wide and is continuing to grow and branch out not only the products, but the message of a drive toward a greener future. In Houston’s local First Colony Mall, in the Macy’s Department store, a LUSH product stand is actually inside the store. With personal experience, the workers there are incredibly friendly and even have live demonstrations of popular products such as the butterball bath bomb. The cosmetic line has hair, skin, bath, and shower products. In not only attracts a younger generation, but can appeal to an older generation that enjoys the same cosmetic products they normally enjoy with a great overall cause that helps our environment.  The LUSH product line has come along way and went from Constantine and Weir, Cosmetics to Go, and finally the brand name we’ve come to know and love today.

-Nicholas Chan

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Gifts wrapped in Green

        

Christmas is mostly about giving, no matter how big or small your gifts may be, it’s the thoughts that count. Usually the gift isn’t enough, so we gorged our gifts in pretty wrapping paper and fancy bows. But in reality, how much carbon dioxide does your Christmas wrapping output? The answer is once again, a lot. However there are fancy alternatives to Christmas wrapping paper just lying around your house, waiting to be discovered. Here are a few suggestions:

1: Newspapers: Now there’s nothing better than wrapping paper that makes you laugh. Yes folks, wrap your gifts with the comic pages and on the bright side if your gift isn’t really what the person desired, at least they’ll have a comic to laugh at. How about those unused newspapers? Collect those and with a few crayons, you’ll have one snazzy looking wrapping paper.  

2: Fabric; Have you tried wrapping something but gotten the wrapping paper torn and had to start over? Annoying isn’t it? Well if you wrapped with fabric, you wouldn’t have this problem. Just look around your house and scavenge for some unused fabric, you can even be creative and make fancy patterns with it!

3: Jars and Cans: Here’s an odd way to give your gifts in. If you have a gift small enough, why not put it in an old jar or coffee can. After that you can decorate it with bows or wrap it up with fabric. Plus, the person receiving your gift can reuse the can or jar that you gave them, so essentially, it’s a win-win.

Although these suggestions might be a little bit funky and odd, the person receiving your gifts will definitely see your intentions to go green and that’s the best gift anyone can give.

~Phil Pham

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Aluminum is Greener than Plastic: The Evolution of the Water Bottle

When is the last time that you drank from a water bottle? When is the last time that you recycled a water bottle?

In today’s society, efficiency and cost-effectiveness has taken precedence over environmental concerns: a person would rather throw a plastic bottle into the trash than walk an extra ten feet to the nearest recycling bin.

According to a National Geographic Kids article on Feb. 14, 2008, approx. “for every six water bottles we use, only one makes it to the recycling bin. The rest are sent to landfills. Or, even worse, they end up as trash on the land and in rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Plastic bottles take many hundreds of years to disintegrate.”

So where is the disconnect? Why are people choosing to deliberately pollute the environment when they could simply recycle their bottles?

Because it is not convenient.

GreenBottle™, an aluminum water bottle corporation, is working to make environmentally-friendly acts coincide with “conveniency.” On their website, they provide excellent information on the importance of the green movement, and allow schools to raise funds for their programs through selling these environmentally-friendly bottles. Varying in shape, size, design, and even species (for humans and dogs!), these bottles are an perfect way to recycle, while having a mobile container of the drink you like.

– Cameron Clark

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Energy Incentives

So I’ve been hearing alot of stuff about incentives and what not for being more energy effecient. I don’t like this concept honestly, well it’s not that I don’t like the concept. It’s that I really dislike the assumptions that this concept is based from. An incentive is “something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort, as a reward offered for increased productivity.” There are two possible assumptions that could lead to energy incentives. One, people don’t give a rat’s ass about the environment and the only way they would is if they’d be gaining some sort of “instant” gratification (When I say instant I mean instant noodle type of instant, except on a larger scale, which, I guess, makes it even less instant. But anyway) The problem I have with this assumption is that it makes people look very very selfish and to be honest, I do think we are quite selfish but that doesn’t give us a reason to exemplify it. Two, smart incentives that are carefully planned out can help not only the environment but other things. I also agree with this, incentives like the ones for homeowners can help the housing market as well as the environment, because as people begin to buy houses and make them more energy effecient they increase the value of the homes, increase the sales of energy appliance creators, which can bring more jobs to the renewable energy industry, and help economy growth all together. So go buy a house and fill it with energy effecient lightbulbs. 🙂 The Earth, she is calling.

Jesse Anyalebechi

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Hallo-green

180px-Pumpkin_craft_for_HalloweenOkay. We all know what the big highlight of this month is, Halloween. And with ALL the Halloween madness around the corner, there are a couple of tips I would like to give you to help you save some money and at the same time to go green.

First off, you can make home made costumes, one, your recycling old stuff around the house and two, you made it (how cool!!!). Don’t know ho? Look it up!!!

And secondly, for those who are in the Halloween spirit and want  to bring up a notch, why don’t you make a haunted house???

Here are some tips: *Oh one more thing, it also required imagination!!!

  • Turn stockings with holes or runs into “spider webs.”
  • Paint foam packing peanuts to look like worms.
  • Fashion clean Styrofoam into Halloween masks.
  • Turn cardboard boxes into tombstones.

If you want to hang up lights it would be best to seek out energy saving LED bulbs, which uses just 10 percent of the power that incandescent lights do and last a hundred times longer.

And finally what is Halloween with out a Halloween party?

Here are some more tips to go green this Halloween:

  • Look for bio-plastics and natural “fiber ware” made from corn, sugarcane, and bamboo or 100% recycled-paper products.
  • If you need candles at the party purchase soy or beeswax models.
  • Check local harvest or Pumpkinpatchesandmore.org to pick you own farms that sell pesticide free pumpkins.

Oh and one more thing… To make your life a little easier…

Below are some websites that I found for homemade costumes. Just trying to make your job of going green a little easier:

http://www.robinsfyi.com/holidays/halloween/costumes.htm

http://www.costume-works.com/homemade_halloween_costumes.html

http://www.wonderhowto.com/search/homemade-halloween-costume/

~Christine Umeh

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Green collar jobs

Now a days hundreds of Americans are trying hard to find jobs, but without success. The jobs that they eventually get are just one of the reasons why the earth is getting sick everyday. Why don’t we try to resolve this problem by finding a way to help clean up the earth from the dirty polluted air, and at the same time benefiting our selves? Guess what, there is way of doing just that, which is getting green collar jobs. The term green collar jobs refer as a job that not only do you get paid for but you also help the environment. The green collar job started from a woman named Alan Thein Durning, who wrote a book in June 1999, called “Green Collar Jobs”. This book influenced green jobs for the people, and the government paid $125 million dollars to train the people for those jobs. Right now in the U.S. we have the three green economy sectors that growing rapidly, and with that in mind we need more, well trained employees. There are green jobs that need lots of workers, for example, solar companies are growing so rapidly that they need more installers to meet their need. The wind power companies need workers to build the wind fans, and the green building contractors need workers for construction. These are opportunities that we as Americans need to take advantage of, because if we don’t we won’t just be hurting our financial life, but we will also be disturbing our world.

Eghosa Okundaye

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Saving Money = Saving the Environment?

Us, like most people spend our money on many things. It may be something as minor as groceries or something as major as a vehicle, purchasing has a large impact on our lives. I am about to propose a secret that will make your lives much easier.

Conserve. This is imperative because if you conserve money, not only are you saving your money and fattening your wallet, you are also saving the environment. Take for example, purchasing a car. Indeed, cars are expensive and it is not necessary to spend all funds on impressive cars with intimidating rims. A car like that will cost well over a hundred thousand dollars.

If one is wise in money management, he would know to spend money on a used car that is more years in age and will be kept for more than two years. Furthermore, daily routines can be cut down for prudency. For example, if a person starts off a day with a donut, if he does not buy a donut from the donut restaurant anymore and eats his breakfast at home, he will be saying lets say $1.00 a day. Multiply this for every day in a year and the man will be able to save $365 dollars. Multiply this for years on end and even more money will be conserved.

Likewise, let’s say a woman starts off every day with a hot cup of coffee from McDonalds. If she quit this habit and started taking coffee self-made from home, not only would she save money, but the environment would be helped out in this symbiotic deal- less resources used to make those plastic cups and lids.

So, with finality, I can say that we ALL should take small steps like these to not only conserve our money, but also to conserve our environment, ultimately resulting in a greener wallet and a greener earth.
– Flaviu Delczeg

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