Pronounced "too-ah," Tuwa.com strongly believes in social values and carries TuwAenvironmentally responsible products that enable people to live healthy, sustainable lives.  Through a partnership with Carbonfund.org, TuwA makes a donation to offset one pound of carbon dioxide for every TuwA point earned on their website!  Check out their TuwA Points program and get started. Also visit TuwA to browse their wide selection of furniture, bedroom and bath accessories, and fitness products. That's just a sampling of what they offer! While I don't have the yard for a green house, one of my favorite products (and clearly on my wish list) is a Green House Kit that would let me continue to grow some vegetables into the winter. Need something for an indoor space? I highly recommend an air purifier, especially one with a HEPA filter, if you live in an urban area that might have reduced air quality. No matter what you choose this holiday season, make sure your gifts enhance the lives of those you're giving to through improved health or environment.  To learn more, visit TuwA or their Green Library of comprehensive eco-friendly and healthy living tips.
You can shop at home (or at your computer) and give a gift that also helps the climate. Check out Carbonfund.org’s 2010 Holiday Gifts for individuals and businesses. You'll find fun and practical gifts as well as stocking stuffers that support important climate projects. Plus, get a FREE Carbonfund.org grocery tote bag for gift purchases of $30 or more. Or, do more shopping and get two free totes for $50 or more. Click here to start shopping!
screen1You need a gift that's unique, meaningful and easy on your budget. Whatever your budget you're sure to find a gift on our e-certificate page that will resonate with someone and the planet! This year, take advantage of Carbonfund.org's bonus offers- a tree is planted for every $20 spent. You can also get a reusable Carbonfund.org ChicoBag to carry your shopping or groceries for every $50 spent. Your gift e-certificate supports Carbonfund.org's renewable energy, energy efficiency, or reforestation projects. It's your choice for the type of project, and the framable certificate, customized with your recipient's name, recognizes that support. So what are you waiting for? Check it out here and start shopping! P.S. You can also make a year-end tax-deductible contribution on that page to support Carbonfund.org's work on fighting global warming. Check out the page today.
Giant Plankton is an independent game company based in Seattle whose mission is to create fun and innovative multi-player games that bring people together. Their first product is a two-player iPad game called Skwint that recently launched on the App Store. Skwint is a clever update to the traditional matching game that rewards a good strategy as much as a good memory. It’s simple enough to play with your five year old daughter yet challenging enough to play with your neighbor who reads statistics magazines for fun. It all depends on the Settings you choose and the skills you bring to the game. Besides having great game-play, Skwint was also conceived as a vehicle for a variety of beautifully designed audio-visual experiences or “themes”. The first version of Skwint comes with a theme called Pulse which has a clean, minimal feel. More great themes are coming soon. While the primary mission of Giant Plankton is to create great social games, they are doing it in an environmentally responsible way. Giant Plankton is happy to be a CarbonFree® Partner and purchase carbon credits to offset all of the emissions from their business activities. It is a sincere goal at Giant Plankton to always be a carbon-neutral company. But being carbon neutral doesn’t reverse the damage that has already been done to the planet, so a percentage of Giant Plankton’s profits will be donated to organizations that work to improve the health of the oceans. After all, healthy seas are critical to plankton survival. The team at Giant Plankton has temporarily priced Skwint at $.99 in support of Occupy Wall Street!  So check it out and spread the word to your friends. The world will be a more entertaining... and sustainable place.
2010 is poised to be the hottest year on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center reveals that hundreds of daily maximum temperature records have been broken or tied recently. This follows the hottest June on record, and the fact that in the past 30 years, each decade has gotten warmer. The temperature trend, besides making climate change undeniable, urges us as a nation to get beyond the question of climate change—to taking action. In the last century, it took our nation less than 10 years to go from scientific inquiry to acting on the problem of acid rain. After studying the problem in the 1980s, Congress and the first Bush administration in 1990 cleared a series of amendments to the Clean Air Act that included a successful cap-and-trade system to control emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. The EPA then issued in 2005 the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), which further reduced emissions. These actions reduced emissions of sulfur dioxide by approximately 40 percent from 1990 levels and nitrogen oxides by more than half. Yet it’s been decades since all of us were warned about climate change, and this time the ramifications are much, much greater. The data has confirmed that climate change is happening, and as NOAA’s recent State of the Climate report shows—food supplies, public health and the viability of many populated areas are in jeopardy, in addition to rising sea levels and severe floods & heat waves. It’s time to act, and act now. The nation needs to pass comprehensive climate legislation urgently and each of us should do what we can to reduce our climate impact. Moreover, businesses that are already reducing their impact should be commended, not penalized for taking initiative. If we are going to create the green jobs our nation needs, improve our national security and fight climate change, the buck stops with Congress—to pass strong climate legislation that effectively reduces our country’s emissions and commits the nation to a clean energy future. Image Credits: EPA, MSNBC
The recession might have been worse if not for the growing interest in sustainability, simplicity, even frugality. According to U.S. News' Kimberly Palmer, who's written a new book, Generation Earn, "Instead of living exclusively for our own pleasures, we have embraced a new level of social consciousness. We care about the environment, our cities, and social justice." Generation Earn is aimed at young professionals, who are increasingly interested in spending smarter, investing and giving back. But the book is also excellent in its scope and even mentions ways to reduce one's carbon footprint, such as calculating one's footprint and offsetting in support of innovative clean energy projects. As the dust of the recession is finally settling, you might be wondering where do we go from here? Generation Earn provides a compass and reveals paths for a better future. You can learn more about the book at: www.generationearn.com.
Dolan Geiman is a nationally recognized mixed media artist creating original paintings, collages, constructions, and limited-edition reproductions. Produced from salvaged wood, found objects, and other recycled materials, Geiman's eco-friendly artwork emerges from a folk art tradition infused with a contemporary, urban style. Originally from Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Geiman currently lives and works in Chicago along with wife and business partner Ali Marie Geiman. His artwork has broad appeal to collectors and decorators alike, successfully weaving together rural with urban, vintage with contemporary. Motifs such as birds, woodland creatures, music, and Americana are popular and recurring themes, creating an artwork that introduces a modern aesthetic while remaining true to its rustic roots. At the core of Geiman's art portfolio is the desire to transform the artist profession into a multifaceted art and home accessories company. Dolan Geiman Inc. specializes in high-quality reproductions, affordable art gifts, and eco-friendly decor. In addition to managing an Etsy shop for online purchases and participating in nationwide juried art fairs, Dolan Geiman Inc. works with international retailers to wholesale artwork, license images, co-design new products, and create custom window displays. The company also works extensively with interior designers, art consultants, and members of the hospitality industry to create site-specific art commissions and guestroom reproductions. Working together as husband and wife, artist and business manager, Dolan and Ali Marie are living proof that art and business can live together under one creative roof. "Being green is something my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were doing long before it was trendy. Cutting up old clothes for rags and floor rugs, pulling hardware from rotting doors and floorboards, and making toys from tin and string, I was taught at an early age that everything around me could have multiple purposes. These tenets provided a solid foundation on which to build a career as a found object and mixed media artist, satisfying a deep-rooted appreciation for turning the discarded and ordinary into the extraordinary," explains Dolan. Incorporating eco-friendly practices into the business has been a natural process since its inception. For Dolan, the idea of taking things and repurposing them was an ideological current passed down from generation to generation for a family living in a rural community. Years later, having moved to Chicago with a few bucks and a car-load of artwork and supplies, the 'reduce, reuse, recycle' mantra was a similar economic reality for an emerging artist and burgeoning arts company. In an effort to offset the carbon footprint created by traveling to art fairs, Dolan Geiman joined the CarbonFree Partner with Carbonfund.org, to support renewable energy and reforestation projects.  Catch Dolan at the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in Houston, Texas this weekend, booth #301.
Friday, 16 April 2010 17:13

New GE Bulb Can Keep You Bright until 2027

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GE LED bulbAfter inventing the first visible light emitting diode, General Electric has harnessed that power to develop a light bulb to be available later this year or early 2011 and expected to provide a 77 percent energy savings. The GE Energy Smart® LED bulb should also produce nearly the same light output as a 40-watt incandescent bulb, while lasting more than 25 times longer. The bulb is expected to last for 17 years on an average 4-hour per day usage. Imagine installing a light bulb in your house, paying pennies on the dollar for electricity usage and not having to replace the bulb for almost two decades! The bulb lights up to 450 lumens, more than enough to provide the same light as a 40-watt incandescent bulb. Retailers set the final price, but the bulb is expected to cost $40 - $50 at least initially. To learn more about the bulb and compare with other, conventional lighting, click here.