Michelle Lam

Michelle Lam

With the large number of products in the marketplace, how do brands stand out? Making quality products is critical these days, but so is differentiating a product and making it more climate-friendly to be sustainable. A good example is the GoECOlife™ line of products for home, small and large offices. GoECOlife™ has certified a number of products CarbonFree®, the first carbon neutral product certification program and label in the US. Herman Chang, CEO of GoECOlife™ parent INTEK, says consumers should not have to sacrifice "style, functionality, or quality of product" when buying sustainable products. INTEK recently signed a letter of intent to merge with Lexon Technologies, Inc., which makes recycled toner. The consumer value of GoECOlife™ products including CarbonFree® Certified products were a major driver of interest in INTEK's offerings. Lexon Technologies' CEO James Park said, "We’re truly excited about the synergies that both companies share with each other... The main stimulus for this [merger] was the tremendous growth potential of the GoECOlife™ brand and the strong demand for products associated with this brand." Check out CarbonFree® Certified GoECOlife™ products here. Certified carbon neutral products are now available from other leading brands as well including Motorola Renew mobile phones, Florida Crystals and Domino sugars, and AnvilRecycled™ apparel. Learn more about Carbonfund.org's product certification program.
Monday, 02 August 2010 11:02

Biofuels Hold Promise for Renewable Fuels

Derived from plant material or animal waste, i.e. biomass, biofuels are a form of renewable energy. Biodiesel is one type of biofuel that is made from vegetable oils, animal fats, and recycled grease and can be used as fuel for vehicles or as an additive to reduce the levels of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons from diesel-powered vehicles. You can read about other advantages of biodiesel in this article at Care2, "Butter Could Run Cars." Carbonfund.org partner CIMA Energy Group is helping lead the way towards the development, promotion, and servicing of the alternative and renewable energy market. Working with its parent company, Caravan Trading, LLC, CIMA Energy Group specializes in alternative energy technology such as biofuel feedstock. As part of its commitment to a greener future, CIMA has also partnered with local state and federal agencies to support green-collar job development. You too can support third-party validated renewable energy projects, including biomass projects that convert methane from manure to energy, by offsetting your carbon footprint or making a donation. Learn more here.

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Calling all college students: school will begin soon and there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the carbon footprint of your dorm room.
  1. Make someone else’s garbage your treasure. Browse Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for futons, desks, chairs, etc. instead of spending a fortune buying new furniture.
  2. Sharing is caring. Do you and your roommate really need separate mini-refrigerators and TVs?
  3. Think organic. Consider 100 percent organic cotton or bamboo linens and bedding.
  4. Take charge. Use power strips to easily manage your appliances and unplug whatever you aren’t currently using.
  5. Turn off the lights and all appliances when you’re not in the room. Encourage dorm-mates to do so in lounges or other dorm common areas too.
  6. Choose energy-efficient products such as CFL/fluorescent lightbulbs and Energy Star rated appliances.
  7. Invest in a reusable water bottle. It will cost less than $15, and some cafes give a discount when you use a reusable bottle for drinks.
After you have mastered your dorm room, encourage your university to go carbon neutral. Carbonfund.org partners with a number of colleges and universities to reduce their carbon footprint and support third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Tuesday, 08 June 2010 11:01

5 Ways To Make Your Summer Greener

1. Avoid Air Conditioning Overkill Yes, I know, air conditioning provides respite from heat waves and dreadful humidity, but we should still take steps to avoid overuse. For starters, turn off the air conditioning when no one is home! It is a waste of energy and your money.  Also, turn the thermostat up a few degrees so that the AC comes on only when it is truly unbearably hot. It will go a long way towards saving cash and protecting the environment.

2. Keep it Local Enjoy local activities like going to the park or spending the day at the beach. Invite your family and friends to make the trip more fun and exciting! Reading a book and playing frisbee is much more environmentally friendly than say, taking a long road trip.

3. Barbecue in Green Style BBQs are a classic summer pastime, but did you know that propane burns much cleaner than wood or charcoal? Keep this in mind the next time you need to  invest in a new grill. Also, use reusable plates and utensils rather than paper or Styrofoam. This cuts down significantly on environmental waste and saves money if you tend to host a lot of BBQs. 4. Easy on the Water It can be tempting to take multiple showers a day during the dog days of summer, but why not cool off by taking a swim instead? If you don’t have your own backyard pool, many towns have community pools or beaches for residents to enjoy. While we’re on the topic of water, try using reusable water bottles as opposed to disposable plastic ones. 5. Travel in an Eco-friendly Way Vacations are a staple of the summer season. The carbon emissions produced from automobiles, trains, and airplanes can be substantial, however.  Here are two ways to plan your vacation to be as green as possible:
  • Fly with Carbonfund.org partners Virgin America or JetBlue
  • Take a train trip with Amtrak
  • Offset your travels on Carbonfund.org with preset or customized options to reduce your carbon footprint while supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 08:59

5 Reasons You'll Find Good Eats at Moe's...

  1. All of the ingredients used in meals are free of trans fats and MSG.
  2. Each meal is made fresh to order (as opposed to pre-prepared and reheated).
  3. Moe’s Southwest Grill does not use microwaves or freezers in its kitchens, which cuts down its energy usage significantly.
  4. Keeping in mind that eating less meat can considerably reduce a person’s carbon footprint, Moe’s menu offers a variety of vegetarian options. In fact, Moe’s won the 2008 Proggy Award for Best Vegetarian Mexican Restaurant.
  5. Moe’s Southwest Grill has demonstrated its commitment to create a better environment by supporting renewable energy production with the purchase of Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) through Carbonfund.org.
Individuals can support renewable energy projects by clicking here. Want to find your nearest Moe's Southwest Grill? Check out Moe's restaurant finder.
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 15:10

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Footprint as a Renter

There is a lot of talk out there about how to “green” your home, but what if you rent? For instance, you cannot replace your windows with more efficient ones without your landlord’s permission. However, there are still steps you can take as a tenant to reduce the carbon footprint of your home.
  1. The most basic thing you can do is reduce water usage. According to the EPA, we consume about 2 to 5 gallons per day when we brush with the water running continuously. Of course, it takes energy to pump and heat water, so conserving water makes a difference.
  2. For paper goods, minimize their use but also choose recycled paper. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, if every household in the nation swapped just one roll of traditional toilet paper for one made with recycled paper, the effort could save about 424,000 trees.
  3. Opt for energy-efficient alternatives to the traditional lightbulb, e.g. LED or compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.
  4. Install faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads. Aerators break up streams of water with air. You get the same water pressure but reduce the actual volume of water.
  5. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. "Vampire" energy loss accounts for approximately 5-10 percent of residential energy use in the U.S.
After you’ve done this, encourage your landlord or management company to make additional leaps. Ask them to replace old appliances with Energy Star rated ones, caulk or insulate, and install programmable thermostats that will end up saving energy and money.
  1. CarbonFree® Certified is the first and leading carbon neutral products label in the US.
  2. Certified products are now available in 15 countries on five continents.
  3. Leading companies such as Domino Sugar, Motorola and Anvil Knitwear have certified products CarbonFree®.
  4. Much like Energy Star® certification differentiates appliances and other products, CarbonFree® certification distinguishes products as carbon neutral, climate-friendly.
  5. The certification process consists of three essential steps: calculating a product's carbon footprint, reducing the product's footprint, and offsetting to attain carbon neutrality (which supports innovative carbon reduction projects).
  6. Calculating the carbon footprint of a product requires a life-cycle assessment (LCA), including the supply-chain or manufacturing of a product, through ultimate recycling/disposal of it.
  7. Carbonfund.org worked with the renowned Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management to jointly develop the rigorous Product Certification Carbon Footprint Protocol to guide how LCAs are done.
  8. The certification program provides incentive for companies that lower a product’s carbon footprint by at least 10 percent.
  9. The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the product certification program includes experts on business carbon management.
  10. Companies can choose from a variety of third-party validated renewable energy, reforestation or avoided deforestation, and energy efficiency projects to support by offsetting.
Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more or to certify your products today. You'll be creating value for your brand and enhancing your position as a socially responsible business. As a consumer, be sure to check out our index of CarbonFree® Certified products.
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