Doing some home improvement work this weekend? When painting walls, make sure you buy just enough paint. Use the HGTV.com online paint calculator to help determine the right amount for the job. Select the type of surface you want to paint, the finish and dimensions of the room. This will help prevent buying too much paint and cut down on waste.
Think "refresh," not "remodel" when planning your next home update. One of the greenest approaches is working with what you already have. In the kitchen, new paint and updated hardware for cabinets can give you a new look without producing the landfill waste that a remodeling project generates.
Consider remodeling with recycled materials. Buy lightly used cabinetry at a building salvage shop, find countertops and backsplashes made of recycled aluminum or glass and purchase locally made new materials. Purchasing local products reaps great environmental savings in fuel and other transportation costs.
Choose home decor that's recycled, reused, will last a long time and require very little maintenance. No matter your style, there are ways to get greener interiors without turning your home into a forest. If you need a new dining room table consider buying a table base kit and visit local wood salvage yards for reclaimed lumber to use as a top.
Explore green flooring. Hardwood floors make for a great home investment, but you can get the look and feel of hardwood with sustainable wood options. Cork flooring, made from leftovers at bottle-stopping factories, is one eco-friendly option. It's durable, warm and resistant to spills, making it an especially sensible option for homes with kids or pets.
Go for a gas fireplace. Gas fireplaces provide heating with less indoor and outdoor pollution than the traditional word-burning style. The most efficient option is a direct-vent model, which vents without a chimney. Increase the efficiency of a traditional fireplace by installing a wood stove or using natural gas or pellet inserts.
The Kerzner Marine Foundation (KMF), was founded in 2005 by Kerzner International Limited to foster the preservation and enhancement of global marine ecosystems through scientific research, education and community outreach. KMF's focus is to protect the integrity of tropical marine ecosystems, and its priority projects involve the development and management of marine protected areas (ocean sites that enjoy a level of protection similar to national parks), coral reef and cetacean conservation and local and global research. The Foundation funds programs that produce specific and measurable results related to its strategy of preserving marine habitats.
Atlantis, Paradise Island places special emphasis on support of ocean-based experiences and conservation programs. Through the combined efforts of the Kerzner Marine Foundation, The Bahamas National Trust, The Nature Conservancy and BREEF, The Blue ProjectSM was created to fund coral reef conservation efforts around New Providence and Paradise Island as well as support the monitoring of these sites which are in reach of visitation for guests at The Reef and all visitors to The Bahamas.
Initiate and fund ongoing reef research
Recruit and train Bahamians in coral reef research, monitoring and management techniques
Facilitate the development of reef education and public awareness programs for communities and schools to heighten appreciation of the beauty and complexity of these extraordinary ecosystems and of the interdependence of humans and coral reefs.
Blue Tourism is a new concept in world travel. Created by The Reef Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas, Blue Tourism offers resort guests and other visitors an opportunity to both interact with and support the ocean through a combination of ocean-based experiences and marine conservation programs. Blue Tourism is the first initiative of Blue Tourism sponsored by the Kerzner Marine Foundation, which identifies and supports protected coral reef sites which guests may visit.
Atlantis initiated the first green waste and cardboard recycling program in The Bahamas and it has demonstrated dramatic results. Additionally, through selling old scrap metal used for laundry equipment at the resort, Kerzner has donated proceeds to the AIDS Foundation of The Bahamas.
Atlantis utilizes energy efficient appliances within their property. Additionally, all guests are asked to conserve resources by limiting bed linen and towel washing during their stay.
Dry a few loads in succession to take advantage of leftover heat in the dryer.
Purchasing an ENERGY STAR® qualified washer rather than a non-qualified model will save you an average of $50 a year on your utility bills. Over the life of your new washer, you'll save enough money to pay for the matching dryer.
In most households, the refrigerator is the single biggest energy consuming kitchen appliance. Replacing a refrigerator bought in 1990 with a new ENERGY STAR® qualified model would save enough energy to light the average household for nearly four months.
ENERGY STAR® qualified dishwashers use 44% less water and are 25% more energy efficient than non-qualifying dishwashers.
Resist opening the oven door during cooking; each time you open the door, you lose about 25-30° of heat.
By doing something as simple as carrying a sakroots bag, you are making a choice to be greener - and that has a huge impact on the world.
Did you know that sakroots supports The Nature Conservancy's Plant a Billion Trees campaign by planting one billion trees in Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest by 2015?
Sakroots bags are the fashionable alternative to the "reusable tote".
The Sak promotes a greener lifestyle within the company by having a "Go Green" committee in both their NYC and SF offices where eco-friendly business practices are enforced.
Sakroots bags are shipped in bio-degradable polybags made from cornstarch.
From The Boulders
Golf Green Tips: The Boulders uses non-toxic chemicals - such as organic turkey fertilizer and jalapeno pepper spray deter insects on the golf courses.
Green/Organic Spa Tip: The Boulders Golden Door uses eco-friendly product lines choosing only products that are all-natural and organic but also eco-conscious companies with green packaging, no animal-testing and other environmentally friendly initiatives.
Fitness Center Spa Tip: The Boulders uses corn-based cups rather than plastic water bottles and/or petroleum-based cups.
Green-friendly Front-loading Washers: The Boulders uses front-loading washers as top-loading washing machines use up to 60 percent more water, 50 percent more detergent and 40 percent more electricity.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside a typical American home can be 5 to 100 times more polluted than the air outdoors.* The tighter the home is built to conserve energy for heating and cooling, the less fresh air gets inside to dilute indoor pollution levels and there are fewer ways for pollutants to be removed. Poor indoor air quality can cause serious discomfort, particularly to people who suffer from allergies. Portable air purifiers effectively remove airborne irritants from the indoor air, making the home environment clean, healthy and safe.
Air purifiers with permanent filtration offer a great solution for green enthusiasts. They have similar levels of filtration as systems with replaceable filters, but help reduce waste and expense associated with replacements. Just clean the filters every few months, and they are as good as new**.
Some air purifiers, known as Ozone Generators, produce hazardous levels of ozone, which can trigger asthma or other respiration problems. All Bionaire air cleaners meet regulatory limits on ozone and are proven safe and effective for use to purify the indoor air.
Optimally humidified air helps to naturally alleviate cough and cold symptoms. Humidification allows you to breathe and feel better and recover faster from your cold.
Dry air causes hardwood floors to separate at the joints, plants to dry out and wallpaper to peel off the wall. Naturally avoid these problems by maintaining appropriate levels of humidity in your home.
From Renaissance Hotel
When visiting New Orleans, don't drive, walk...or better yet, take a Streetcar
When traveling (or at home) reuse your towels and sheets instead of having them changed every day
When traveling, bring your own toiletries and drinking cup rather than using pre-packaged ones