Category Archives: Green Living

Itinerary Day Six in Belize: A Day at Caves Branch

For ease and lack of time, my friends and I settled on Caves Branch – nine days in the jungle!!

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Many families and couples that we spoke to at the lodge told us that they had split their time between the jungle and the beach during their time in Belize. I planned this trip in the middle of working the Sundance Film Festival and didn’t think that far ahead. I even had to Skype with Runa in London during our taping of the Daily Buzz to grab her credit card info.

Needless to say, we didn’t regret one moment of our trip. Although next time, beach time would have to be a definite agenda item.

Anyway, on the day that Alex left for home (so he could get back to school), Runa and I stayed on campus.

Hang out at Caves Branch with us in photos after the jump >>

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Silver Coneheads Ride Tour de Brewtah 2011

A quick trip to Pib’s Exchange during Friday’s lunch break… Rainbow socks. Superhero costumes. Funny ties. Handcuffs. Nothing. Nothing struck a chord. No inspiration.

A run-in with Skylar… Silver. Coneheads. 10:30am. Done.

It was decided. We were going to go all out silver and have cone heads. What were we? Silver people with cone heads. No specificity. No exact definitions.

After a night at the DI (the local go-to thrift shop), an alarm-woken morning, a scramble to the hardware store, and a few hours of glistening silver to our clothes and bodies – we were finally ready to pursue our heart’s desire on the delightfully sunny Saturday it turned out to be… BEER! We were finally ready to head down to the Tour de Brewtah (late as we had planned on being there).

Our bike ride through Tour de Brewtah >>

The Bike to Work Fitness Hobby

Recently, I went sledding down Neff’s Canyon with a few friends (old and new). It was a BLAST. **Thanks to Holly for organizing the event!**

Yes, this is me (**okay, I find out later that this is really Holly and it’s too hard to tell us apart since we had the same colors on… almost) with the constant flurry of snow jetting in my face because it was so fast and uncontrollable on the saucer sleds. I totally recommend it.

Anyway, on this trip, while resting post-sledding and lunching at the Vietnamese deli, my friend Skylar mentioned he had a blog! A blog where you could track his real-time bike path to work and follow him in his adventures to and fro.

He bikes in the freezing temps of Salt Lake City, around 10 miles and 45 minutes each way. He bought studded winter tires off the internet for his journey in the slush and snow.

He has a trailer. He can haul more on his bike + trailer than I can on my motorcycle.

Stalk him on his daily route as you follow him through his GPS. Karolina, his wife, admits she does (you know, to make sure he’s not wondering around off the usual path).

It’s pretty awesome. Check it out: http://obscurecycle.blogspot.com.

Go Green: Sew Your Own Cultery/Flatware/Silverware/Utensil Kit

It’s that time… last-minute shopping. Gifts for the neighbor. Gifts for the best of friends. Gifts for the forgotten. Gifts for the office. Duhn duhn duhnnnnn!

Since joining up in the Salt Lake office, I’ve tried to get our crew to go green as much as possible. Finagling approval for a recycle service, bringing in my own silverware, using Tupperware for my sack lunch or playful scoldings when the folks don’t recycle… yeah, I do what I can… ha!

Well, it’s become very influential… my green. Their envy. Get it? Green. Envy. Ha. I’m on a roll. Most of them try to reuse their plastic utensils and we each have our own water bottle. Anyway, that is where I got my office gift idea – silverware kits for each of the office folk.

I needed to move fast though. It was slim pickin’s online for silverware kits. I wanted actual silverware, not the (I know, I know… greener) bamboo utensils such as the To-Go Ware kits.

To-Go Ware CONSERVE Utensil Set

The bamboo utensils are just clunky, not as easy to use… There were a few on EtsyBlackberry Prairie, Stitchmates, FashionRemixTeam and TheStraightStitch to name a few. But time and frugality led me away from buying online.

Rather, I came upon Simple Savvy’s tutorial to make my own utensil set! It seemed easy enough. Right? I hope it seemed easy enough…

How to Sew Your Own Kit after the jump >>

A Gathered Green Gift Guide for 2009

It’s holiday shopping time. And rather than doing everything last minute, I wanted to get a head start on things. Use the internet. Get more variety. Find better gifts. And give greener. So, I searched online for a few green gift guides. There is so much cool stuff, but here are a few of my favorites:

greenissexy.org

Preserve Toothbrushrecycled toothbrushes with one year subscription: Dentists recommend you switch out your toothbrush every three months. That’s a lot of withered bristles filling the landfills. Preserve makes it better with recycled toothbrushes. Get a one year subscription for $11 and conveniently have them mailed to your residence every three months, just like the dentists recommend. They also have a recycling program for your used toothbrushes.

Flip and Tumbleflip and tumble bags: super cute, compact and stylish. re-usable grocery bags. i love the colors and the simplistic design, makes it look super hip. also comes in an eco-kit – two regular bags, one fancy print bag and five produce bags. the bags are also quality ripstop nylon, see how much they can hold!

grow-a-note thank you cards: it’s the note that you can throw into your garden… and get something out of it! um, a thank you card that gives back? okay, i’m out of clever remarks. these thank you cards are made from recycled paper and inked with veggie paint. best part is the loads of wildflower seeds embedded into the paper. toss them in the back yard, the paper decomposes naturally and the mature into pretty flowers!

treehugger.com

bamboo knife block: made from sustainable material (uhm, bamboo…), this block is stylish and green. made by fair trade artisans in vietnam, the design of these knife blocks allows most any odd and unusual shape to slide easily into the block. they sort of run hefty, but treehugger links to an instructional to make your own.

presso manual espresso maker: no electricity required… and it’s sooo sleek. made from recycled aluminum, it’s sure to green that gift for your coffee-loving someone. there’s even a christmas special that’s currently running on the site. i don’t know about you but  i’m totally sold on this fancy yet simple genius coffee contraption.

iphone solar skin: okay, so i don’t have an iphone and this thing borders on costing as much as an iphone, but it’s pretty damn cool. still allowing access to the usb port and your screen, this skin keeps your phone charged just by being out in the sun. run out of battery and you’re stuck in the middle of a sun-pounding desert? then you probably wish you had one of these.

inhabitat.com

nit long arm warmers: made from bamboo or merino wool, i fell in love with the looks of these stylish arm warmers at first glance. they are hand-knit by designer gail travis of NIT (which i totally love now too, but don’t think i could always pull off). they come in olive, off-white, black, charcoal and deep red. wear sleeveless in the winter, with arm warmers… my new favorite accessory.

vinyl record wrist cuffs: bracelets made from reclaimed vinyl records. music that you may have listened to recycled into something you can wear. kinda cool. they come in funky patterns though: Shemagh, Lumberjack, Houndstooth and Toile. would it be cooler had they left the vinyl record label as the design for the bracelets…

baby toes hanging terrarium: a glass globe that can either hang or sit flat, planted with baby toes succulent. the plant sort of looks like manic alien fingers reaching out at you from the hole of the globe. it’s also stuffed with soil and a bit of moss to give it variety. it comes planted and low maintenance as you only need to water it once a week at most!

After you’ve bought the gift, wrap it green too! Re-nest has nine great ways to do so.