Tuesday, 09 February 2010 19:18

Be My Valentine: Zarah Co.

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z25 days til Valentine's Day! Zarah Co. is a refreshingly creative jewelry and home decor company that cherishes art. They specialize in providing retailers high quality jewelry with an artistic background. They have four lines of jewelry that are dramatically different but all result from talent and unique styles from a select group of artists. Zarah Co. hasn't lost sight of its purpose - to delight you with adornments that are just plain fun to have! They pride themselves on quality design, production technique, and presentation. As a small business located in the rural town of Topanga, California, Zarah Co. provides jobs to their community and finds talented artists all across America to develop their beautiful designs. Their office is environmentally conscious and they use fluorescent lights and have an active recycling program. Zarah uses as little paper as possible and the paper they do use is either recycled or comes from sustainable sourcing. All of their jewelry cards are printed on recycled paper and their jewelry is made using recycled silver. They also offset all of their business emissions through Carbonfund.org's CarbonFree® Partner program! This Valentine's Day, show your special someone you care by choosing Zarah Co. Visit the retailers listed on the Zarah Co. website to find Zarah jewelry online.
While solar power chargers for cell phones or GPS devices are not new to techies, a new solar technology is now making recharging your phone as easy as grabbing your beach tote. G24 Innovations, the company that is licensing the technology, says that dye-sensitized cells will be used to provide power for various portable devices from e-book readers and cell phones to wireless sensors and keyboards. The solar cells will most likely be made into thin, flexible panels that will then be stitched into various consumer products such as e-book covers, tennis bags, backpacks, golf, shopping and beach bags. Individuals will then be able to plug their phones or music players into the bags using a USB cord. Solar panels on the bags will have 11 cells each, and wiring will attach the panel to a battery pack in the bag. The technology uses a photosensitive dye to start its energy production, similar to the way leaves use chlorophyll to begin photosynthesis. Currently, most photovoltaic cells are still based on silicon or related inorganic materials, not dyes. While the technology works best in direct sunlight (taking six to eight sunny hours outside for the panel to fuel the charger), the cells have even shown to generate voltage from moonlight.
Monday, 08 February 2010 16:16

Be My Valentine: Organic Bouquet

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6 days til Valentine's Day! This Valentine's Day, show your special someone you care with a beautiful floral arrangement from Organic Bouquet.  They are a mission-based company that cares about environmental, social, and economic Organic Bouquetsustainability.  With every purchase, their customers are improving the life of a grower or artisan.  They are also involved in several community projects around the globe and holds partnerships with numerous charitable organizations. With beautiful floral arrangements to celebrate Valentine's Day, Organic Bouquet is sure to have something for you.  They even carry wine to add that special touch to your delivery!  Check them out to make sure it's legal to ship wine to your state, and with their partnership with Carbonfund.org, your shipment is carbon neutral through their support of third-party validated reforestation projects.
Monday, 08 February 2010 16:14

Canada Commits to 17% CO2 Reductions

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The Canadian Government has officially informed the United Nations (UN) that the country is committed to reducing emissions 17% by 2020. The UN requested that all participating countries at the climate meetings in Copenhagen commit to a 17% carbon emissions reduction target from a 2005 baseline. Canada's carbon footprint in 2006 was measured at 544,680,000 metric tons of CO2. Meaning that a 17% reduction would result in about 92,595,600 fewer tons of CO2 emissions every year for the nation of about 34 million. This is not the first time that Canada has made a strong commitment to emissions reductions to the UN. Canada signed on to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, committing the nation to CO2 reductions from a 1990 baseline. In spite of this commitment, Canadian emissions continued to rise to an extent. The US has pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels, though the commitment is contingent on passing legislation by Congress.
Monday, 08 February 2010 15:50

Automate Your Board Reviews with BoardEvals

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BoardEvals’ web-based evaluation solutions help organizations perform more efficient, effective and thorough board evaluations.  BoardEvals BoardEvalsreplaces the ad-hoc, manual processes used by most organizations today with an automated, standardized board evaluation process that saves time and expenses, while at the same time improving corporate governance practices.  They enable more thorough board evaluations by incorporating the full range of board evaluation activities, including board self-evaluation, committee self-evaluation, and 360 degree evaluations of individual board members. Not only does this more automated process save time, resources, and expenses, but BoardEvals is a Carbonfund.org CarbonFree® Partner.  They are offsetting their office, business travel, and employee commuting emissions by supporting third-party validated renewable energy carbon reduction projects.  Interested in learning how BoardEvals can help improve efficiency in your organization? Visit BoardEvals now!
7 days til Valentine's Day! Earth EssentialsEarth Essentials has been making natural body care products for over 25 years. Their products are great for anyone looking for quality products, and particularly for those with skin sensitivities, allergies, or environmental irritants. Many of their products are fragrance free, none of them are tested on animals, and the majority of their products are vegan! A Carbonfund.org partner, Earth Essentials is committed to providing environmentally-friendly skin and hair care products that don't sacrifice on quality or their eco-friendly philosophy. If you are looking for all-natural hair or skin products for your loved one this Valentine's day, treat yourself using the power of Mother Nature with Earth Essentials! Fore more information on all of their anti-aging, face, hair, and for-men products, please visit Earth Essentials.
Friday, 05 February 2010 19:46

Be My Valentine: Flowerpetal.com

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flowerpetal_logoNothing says Valentine’s Day like a gorgeous bouquet of fresh flowers. If you’re looking for flowers for that someone special try CarbonFree® Partner Flowerpetal.com.  A progressive online flower and gift company that services the U.S. and Canada, Flowerpetal.com has gone to great lengths to calculate and offset the emissions associated with their business operations, including the shipping of their flowers, by supporting our renewable energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy carbon reduction projects. Flowerpetal.com’s mission is to make sure each flower arrangement, plant and gift is delivered on-time, every time, and exactly the way it is requested.  Their orders are delivered via a network of exceptional local florists.  They even offer same-day delivery until 2 p.m. in the recipient’s time zone.  To place your order visit www.flowerpetal.com.
A new report released by scientists states that the hole in the atmosphere's ozone layer is slowly mending. While that news may sound encouraging, some scientists warn that the repairing hole may ironically further contribute to global warming. According to research, the hole led to the formation of moist, radiant clouds that are shielding the Antarctic from carbon emission temperature increases. But, as co-author of the report, Ken Carslow, warns “the recovery of the hole will reverse that,” and essentially accelerate warming in the Southern Hemisphere. The report was based off of a new, University of Leeds study using recorded meteorological data spanning the course of two decades. The study showed that the hole generated high-speed winds that caused sea salt to be swept into the atmosphere leading to the production of the moist, reflective clouds. However, some scientists think that the wind speeds were not generated by the ozone layer’s hole, but caused by emissions of greenhouse gases. Even as the ozone layer continues to recover, greenhouse gas emissions are expected to expand causing a rise in temperatures. The temperature rise would cause wind speeds to increase over time and have the same cloud-forming effect the ozone hole has now.