Wednesday, 11 January 2012 16:06 Written by Linda Kelly
Modwalls® is “Making Tile Modern” with easy online shopping and colorful collections inspired by mid-century architecture and modern design. Back in 2005, while searching for tile products for their own home renovations, founders David Bousfield and Rebecca Lonergan were frustrated with the lack of colorful modern tile options available, the high prices and extended lead time to receive tile products. With their backgrounds in high tech, David and Rebecca knew they could bring a traditionally brick and mortar retail experience online. Their goal was to design and stock the modern tile products they were seeking, make these products available for immediate delivery via online purchase, and to provide customer service equal to or better than the hands-on assistance offered at traditional tile showrooms. Modwalls began by offering glass mosaic tile in many colors with custom blending options. From that single product beginning of Brio® glass mosaic tile, they’ve created several other lines, including their Lush® clear glass subway tile with clean modern edges, and colorful retro inspired ModDotz™ porcelain penny round tile. Since 2008, Modwalls has expanded to offer several sustainable tile options including Viridian™ Recycled Glass Tile, ModRocks™ 100% post-consumer Recycled Glass Pebbles, and CorkDotz all Natural Cork Mosaic Penny Rounds made of end cuts from a wine cork manufacturer. All of these products are mesh mounted in square foot sheets or larger as noted, for easy modular installation. The Modwalls staff has grown to a small team of dedicated customer care and shipping professionals. In addition, Modwalls partners with HOPE Services and their workshop of developmentally disabled clients to produce their custom Brio® glass mosaic blends locally. The team at Modwalls is working to reduce their operational carbon footprint in a number of ways. They design and sell glass, porcelain and cork tile collections which emit no VOC’s, and carry an ever expanding line of products made with recycled content including tile grout made of 80% post consumer recycled glass dust. Their packing material is recycled and recyclable, and they donate imperfect and discontinued tile products to Resource Area for Teachers and school art programs, diverting them from landfills. Modwalls is also a CarbonFree™ Partner with Carbonfund.org, offsetting their business shipping emissions by supporting renewable energy projects that reduce emissions while creating cleaner energy sources. “As an online retailer we are concerned about the carbon emissions generated by the shipping of our products. Carbonfund.org is a key partner in our initiative to reduce our company’s carbon footprint,” says Rebecca Lonergan, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Modwalls. Check out the colorful, creative and sustainable tile products from Modwalls for your next remodeling project.
Monday, 09 January 2012 11:51 Written by Alterra Hetzel
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 16:00 Written by Linda Kelly
Seeking leaders with a unique combination of business acumen, innovation and environmental conscience? Enlist the expertise of the executive search professionals with Haywood Search, LLC. Haywood Search is a generalist boutique search firm with a successful track record across a wide range of industries and executive placements. Through their commitment to learning their clients’ business demands and challenges, and bringing clients the executive talent that drives growth and profitability, Haywood Search establishes long-term relationships with their clients and delivers the highest level of consultative executive search services in the industry. Susan Hay, co-founder and Managing Partner at Haywood Search LLC, brings extensive experience in the executive search field, as well as personal experience holding several key positions in human resources management for major national corporations. Susan's commitment to passing on a healthy environment to the next generation and to issues of sustainable and fair business practices are strongly integrated with her work. She resides in New Hampshire with her family, and she is a Board Member for Land For Good - a non-profit organization committed to keeping New England's working land working. Carrie Wood, co-founder and Managing Partner at Haywood Search LLC., spent 20 years helping to grow Virgin Atlantic Airways, learning from the master of entrepreneurs, Sir Richard Branson. She brings her career-long passion for people and service excellence to her work in executive recruiting. Having lived in rural Bangladesh as a child, and been inspired by Sir Branson's environmental leadership, Carrie believes that strong business results can be successfully combined with social and environmental responsibility. Carrie is committed to urban cycling as a method of transportation and when outside of the city, enjoys wilderness hiking and backpacking. Haywood Search carries the firm’s environmental consciousness into its daily operations. Because their work requires face-to-face meetings with both clients and with potential candidates, Haywood Search has committed to offset the carbon impact of their travels by partnering with the Carbonfund.org. They manage office operations with great attention to their environmental footprint and continually seek ways to reduce any negative environmental impact. To learn more about the expertise and customized executive search services, please contact Haywood Search.
A new year brings many resolutions, often including ones to improve and better care for ourselves. If you’re seeking a healthier skin care regime, check out emerginC and their skin care products. emerginC was launched in 1996 with a single product: their now well-known vitamin C serum. Since then, emerginC has developed into a comprehensive line of active, advanced cosmeceutical products and professional treatments that deliver rapid, visible results for all skin types. emerginC’s online skin care regimen guide assists customers in selecting the products that will work best for them, providing options for all skin types and conditions. emerginC is a remarkably effective, full line of active, result-oriented products containing a wide variety of pure, potent botanicals and fruit acids, as well as cutting edge medical and cosmeceutical-grade ingredients from all over the world. The products are paraben-free, free of artificial colors and fragrances, and sourced with natural ingredients wherever possible. No animal testing or animal ingredients are used in any emerginC products, and in an ongoing commitment to the environment, their product boxes are printed on Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified paperboard, printed with non-toxic vegetable-based inks. emerginC is always seeking the latest scientific breakthroughs to help their customers combat the visible signs of aging skin and other skin issues as effectively as possible, offering products and facials with unparalleled results after only a single treatment. emerginC’s scientific organics line is an active, 100% natural, paraben-free and synthetic fragrance-free, result-oriented line, with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients in every item. Active ingredients include a wide variety of antioxidant-rich plant and marine extracts and vitamins, as well as proprietary plant-based hydrating and brightening complexes. emerginC scientific organics help to rapidly improve skin tone, texture, and clarity, as well as to actively fight free-radical damage and combat the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines associated with aging. And environmental commitments are important to emerginC as well. “We take many steps to minimize our impact on the environment, including planting an indigenous tree for every retail-sized emerginC scientific organics product sold, via our partners at Plant It 2020. Our corporate office runs on wind power, our product boxes and brochures are made from paper from well-managed forests, printed with vegetable inks, and we ship our orders with biodegradable packing "peanuts". We chose Carbonfund.org [and joined the CarbonFree® Partnership] because of their efficiency, the on-the-ground solutions they deliver and the fact that they don't engage in carbon offset trading.” Ian Lirenman, C.E.O. and Founder Shop their full product line on their website, and be sure to check out the special offers on the emerginC website for special savings. emerginC products and treatments are available at dermatologist offices and at top spas worldwide, and emerginC is a proud member of the Green Spa Network and a proud compact signer at safecosmetics.org.
Thursday, 29 December 2011 09:28 Written by Alterra Hetzel
In early 2011 Carbonfund.org made a resolution to decrease our internal carbon footprint as much as possible (and of course offsetting our remaining footprint with external carbon reduction projects). We moved into a virtual office environment, eliminating the emissions of our office heat, electricity, and server operations. By doing this we also eliminated commuting emissions, and anyone who lives in the DC area knows that this can mean hours in the car a day! Further, we shifted to electronic operations, now sending our certificates and tax receipts electronically to avoid the emissions associated with shipping. For businesses, reducing emissions and reducing costs go hand-in-hand and setting a corporate resolution to decrease your emissions makes good business sense! However, individuals can also take this time to make a personal resolution to reduce emissions too. Try something new this year by making a pact with the planet for a leaner and greener carbon footprint. Here's how: 1. Drive more efficiently or take transit: Depending on the size of your car, you could be reducing a ton or two or more of carbon dioxide a year by combining trips, mapping out your trip and opting for public transit when possible. You can also fit in aerobic exercise and enjoy the fresh air by walking or biking. 2. Ditch your old bulbs: Compact fluorescent light bulbs and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs are available for more energy-efficient lighting, which reduces your carbon footprint by using one-third or less of the energy. A single bulb could save you around $40 or more over its lifetime. 3. Stop the junk mail: It's estimated that clearing forests for junk mail produces as much greenhouse gas emissions as 9 million cars. You can dramatically reduce your junk mail through the service of our nonprofit partner 41pounds, which will contact dozens of mailing companies to remove your name from lists, including catalogs you specify. The cost is $41 for you or a household for five years, and 41pounds will donate $15 to Carbonfund.org to support our carbon reduction efforts. Sign up now. 4. Eat fresh: When life gets hectic, it may be easy on you to rely mostly on prepackaged foods for meals, but it can take a toll on the environment. Start the new year with a resolution to plan some meals drawn from locally sourced food. Make this commitment easy by joining a farm co-op or getting local produce from your market. 5. Go carbon neutral: Make reducing your carbon footprint an integral part of your life by committing to reduce what you can and offset what you can't this year to support third-party validated projects that are reducing emissions globally. Check out Carbonfund.org's calculators to reduce your climate impact from your home, travel or business and consider going carbon neutral as a ZeroCarbon™ individual or family in support of our innovative projects. Check out these energy-saving tips for more ways to do your part for our environment in the new year. And have a Happy Sustainable New Year!
Friday, 23 December 2011 14:52 Written by Linda Kelly
Live in the Spokane Washington/Coeur d’Alene Idaho area and in need of someone to check up on your business, home or personal property? You may want to talk to Joe. GoJoe Patrol provides clients with only one thing–The highest quality mobile security patrolling. It’s all they do and they do it very well. GoJoe Patrolmen visit and check on your property on a set schedule or at irregular intervals, especially at night, on weekends and holidays. The main service GoJoe Patrol provides is deterrence to theft and vandalism of your property. Their goal is to dissuade perpetrators from even thinking about messing with your property. An experienced team of dispatchers, utilizing a high-tech, GPS-guided tracking system, controls GoJoe Patrol activities. This system gives GoJoe Patrolmen and their clients access to reports that confirm the premises have been checked, along with the status of each occurrence. GPS Insight enables Joe to monitor and dispatch patrol vehicles via a web-based system, using satellite-tracked locators and 3D Google Maps identifiers, 24/7. This mobile patrol technology makes GoJoe Patrol, better, faster and more in control of keeping eyes on the security of your property. GPS Insight gives you better response time, more accurate billing, and reduces our carbon footprint… all great things that only Joe offers you. And the unique look of GoJoe patrol vehicles sends a message. It doesn’t take long for criminals or misfits to learn that when “Joe will be watching”, there's someplace better for them to be. Beyond keeping your property safe and secure, Joe is interested in making sure that their vehicle emissions don't contribute to air quality issues or climate change. GoJoe Patrol’s fleet consists of 2011 Chevy Camaros. The performance of these vehicles helps everyone (except criminals) breathe easier. To offset any hit to the environment, Joe has committed the company to reducing their carbon footprint through partnership with Carbonfund.org, using their carbon credits to assist energy efficiency projects, the reduction of industrial pollutants, the destruction of landfill methane, and the promotion of renewable energy projects. Life isn’t always fair. But Joe will do everything he can to balance the security scales in your favor.
Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:32 Written by Linda Kelly
The folks at Tambobamba are so passionate about the vibrant flavors of Nuevo Latino Cuisine that they’ve literally traveled high and low—from the lush mountains and forests of Central and South America to the sun-soaked beaches of the Caribbean—learning about and tasting authentic regional dishes at every stop. They came back from this culinary adventure with a mission: to bring you fast, easy-to-prepare, all-natural versions of these exciting dishes, so you can enjoy them any day of the week. Founded in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado, Nuevo Latino Natural Foods produces a line of delicious, quick-and-easy-to-prepare Latin American and Caribbean side dishes and meals under the brand of Tambobamba. Named for an ancient inn along the Inca Trail, every Tambobamba product is all natural, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Enjoying the foods and cuisines of another region is a great first step towards understanding and appreciating their history and culture. In ancient South America, the Incans sent highly-trained runners called chasquis to deliver messages and goods from territory to territory. By way of the Inca Trail—a 14,000 mile-long system of paths and roads that span from Ecuador to Chile and connect the Inca empire—the chasquis would run hundreds of miles over steep and rugged terrain to complete their missions. To provide these extraordinary athletes food, shelter, and a place to rest, over 2,000 tambos, or small inns, were built at intervals along the Inca Trail. The tambos also served as important meeting points—for longer missions, the chasquis worked in relay. One chasqui would run full-speed to the nearest tambo on his route and hand his packet over to the rested chasqui waiting there. This pattern would repeat until the delivery was complete. Working as a relay, chasquis could deliver an urgent message nearly a thousand miles in under a week. Tambobamba is the name of a specific tambo in Peru, and of the town that eventually grew around it. This ancient and beloved symbol of nourishment and restoration was chosen as the company’s namesake, because every Tambobamba dinner is delicious, wholesome, fast and easy to make. So, like the ancient chasquis, you can enjoy a quick, good meal, replenish your body and delight your palate, and then get back to doing the things that are most important to you. As part of their mission, and their environmental and social responsibility goals, Tambobamba joined the CarbonFree® Partnership program, offsetting a portion of their business emissions and supporting the projects of Carbonfund.org. Tambobamba Nuevo Latino Side Dishes and Mojo Bowls are available in a variety of rice & beans seasonings. The single-serve Latin American and Caribbean meals are ready in less than two minutes, and are made of all natural, vegetarian and gluten free ingredients, packaged in biodegradable bowls. The perfect choice when you need a convenient and healthy meal, with the flavors of Nuevo Latino, at school, at home or in the office!
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 10:43 Written by Alterra Hetzel
The date never changes, but Christmas has a tricky way of sneaking up on some of us each year. If you still have a few names on your gift list and are starting to feel the time-crunch, Carbonfund.org is ready with holiday gifts that are not only thoughtful but quick. Give a gift that reduces the carbon footprint of someone you care about and receive a personalized certificate in minutes that you can send on. Your donation supports Carbonfund.org's innovative, third-party validated projects that help the climate by reducing carbon emissions. Sharing your interest in climate change is a great way to give to your family and to the environment. Visit www.carbonfund.org/holiday today.