TBT Ten Days of Giving

This November 25th is Small business Saturday!
Make the nice list this year! Click and pick from 12 different gift certificates to wonderful, responsible, green friendly, sustainable restaurants, services and businesses in our area.
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Take your mom out to dinner after Thanksgiving or gift a friend or child an art lesson. Perhaps learn about the ‘tiny house movement’ from one of its leaders.
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Andrea Guay $150. Two hour private art studio lesson
Body by Fisher $50 towards massage
Brine $50
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TerraBluTeam Practice #32

The WHAT and WHY:

Preserving food can be an art form. It does not take as much time as folks think; it’s fun, makes tasteful additions to your fall and winter fare and is healthier for you. Besides, any extra jars make wonderful gifts all year long!

Our founder started canning and freezing when she planted her first organic Victory garden 35 years ago. She watched her mother and grandmother laugh over tables of fruits and vegetables being cut into all different shapes and sizes for preservation in glass.

According to a Hamburg University climate change study, canning takes 45% of the energy and produces less than 40% of the GHG (green house gas) emissions that freezing does. You also save gas and GHG cost by not having to travel to the grocery store.

In this economy, many families have shifted to eating healthy, eating locally (CSA’s, farmer’s markets, their own organic gardens), and learning the art of canning and preserving food, making their own wine or beer. Food tastes better when you pick it from the garden (or from the pot on your apartment deck or vertical hydroponic window garden).

Our founder’s organic garden and ample raspberry patch has produced so much, that even after sharing with friends, there is plenty to preserve. She’s put up dozen’s of different pickle recipes, fruit butters, jams and chutney’s.

If you do not have the time or inclination, consider changing your purchasing habits to local CSA’s, farmer’s markets, breweries and winery’s; they have plenty of local products that are cured, fermented, canned or dried.

This week’s practice is to preserve your extra garden harvest, farmer’s market or CSA vegetables or fruits by canning, pickling, freezing, drying, fermenting or curing.

The HOW and the Deep Dive:

The Ball “bluebook” of Canning and Preserving

Ball website with recipes, tips and tricks

National Center for Food Preservation

Solar food dryers can be found here.

DIY solar food dehydrator here.

Fermenting beer or wine.

Curing foods

TerraBluTeams Practice #5

It’s that time of year when most of us in Northern climates go on vacation and travel to warmer places where we take time to enjoy and engage our loved ones and family to relax, have fun and recharge.

Travel, transportation and vacations can be done sustainably and this week’s practice is to inspire you to consider planning your vacation through a sustainable lens.

As we learn to understand the global implications of our choices on the quadruple bottom line (QBL: economic, social, cultural, and environmental) a question surfaces. Is there a way to responsibly plan a healthy vacation for our families that doesn’t deplete environmental resources, is socially responsible, economically viable and culturally enriching?

The What and How:

Plan your next vacation, retreat through the sustainable lens.

  1. Do all your research up front. You can find out more buy visiting sites such as Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Green Travel Hub, Eco-Tour Directory, and Sustainable Tourism.
  2. Try to book with companies that specialize in sustainable tourism or green tourism. It may cost 15-20% more; however you will be saving the environment and cultural heritages by saving them for future generations. I’ve listed some Blue and Green Certification websites below.
  3. Stay in a green or sustainable hotel, villa or location that promotes eco-friendly practices. Many of these have 100% cotton sheets, serve local, healthier organic food, mitigate water and carbon footprints with less frequent cleaning maintenance (when guests request as opposed to the usual daily ritual, you don’t clean your bathroom and bedroom from top to bottom every day at home do you?)
  4. Respect the culture and natural environment of the location you visit. This goes for whether you are visiting a National Park, an estuary, scuba diving in the Turks and Caicos or hiking in the Alps or Tibet; refrain from touching or disturbing animals or plants in their natural habitat, take out what you brought in, and dispose of waste responsibly.
  5. Purchase sustainable souvenirs. Avoid purchasing items that were derived from endangered species, plants or people’s that do not practice fair trade. Support the people living in the culture or country directly WHEN you visit; thereby decreasing the fossil fuels used to ship these items to your own country.
  6. Buy local. Utilize the same sustainable practice you do at home, purchase from local restaurants, local tour guides, enjoy local cultural events, and use local rental companies.

The Deep Dive:

Try a socially responsible and eco-friendly trip to the Bahamas with Solstice Bahamas where part of your rental fees offset your GHG travel emissions.

Empower local cultures and communities while stewarding the planet, consider vacations through EarthFoot, G Adventures, Wildland Adventures, or Peregrine.

Rainforest Alliance Certification information here.

Responsible Travel Report Directory here.

More about Green Globe certification here and Blue Flag here.

More on fuel economy in driving habits here.

Learn the emerging different definitions of the quadruple bottom line here, here, and here.

Did you know that transportation is responsible for 14% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? If you increase your travel speed from 55MPH to 75MPH your fuel consumption increases 20%. The US is responsible for 40% of the global GHG emission due to aviation.

The United Nations Environment Programme – Sustainable Consumption.

National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations.

2011 EPA report on Potential Changes in Emissions Due to Improvements in Travel Efficiency – Final Report

Did you know that transportation is responsible for 14% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? If you increase your travel speed from 55MPH to 75MPH your fuel consumption increases 20%. The US is responsible for 40% of the global GHG emission due to aviation.