Posts Tagged ‘eco-friendly’

Green Gifts for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

It’s that time of year again. With Thanksgiving officially over, the search for The Perfect Christmas Gift has begun. Big name retailers are restocking their shelves for the Christmas rush with items everyone wants. But what about giving something uncommon this year? It’s time to think outside the box and get the special people in your life something unique. At Uncommon Goods, there are tons of unique products that aren’t only cool but are eco-consciously made!

The majority of products at Uncommon Goods are recycled or environmentally friendly. Thinking outside the box is something done well with the products at Uncommon Goods. Fire extinguishers are turned into color vases, recycled wine bottles turned into unique platters, and even kits on how to grow your own marinara sauce, and more.

The gift ideas are brilliant for any occasion and perfect for that special someone this holiday season. If you don’t believe it, check out the site for yourself.

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Wilderness Ethics: 9 Easy Steps to Keeping the Wilderness Wild

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

As we all gear up for National Trails Day next weekend, it’s always a good idea to pause and consider the ways we leave trails of our own while out hiking. Trail deterioration is one of the many issues for which National Trails Day is intended to raise awareness. Wilderness Press author and Yosemite National Park expert Jeffrey Schaffer provides some easy steps for having a highly enjoyable but still low-impact adventure into the wild:


Muir-Mist Connector Trail, Yosemite National Park


  • STAY ON THE TRAIL: Seems simple, but deviation from established trails is not only commonplace, but mighty tempting for the adventurous type.
  • STAY QUIET: Avoid traveling in large groups, and avoid making excessive noise.
  • WATCH FOR HORSES: Yield the right-of-way to equestrians: step off the trail, downhill.
  • SMART CAMP: Set up camp a minimum of 100 ft. from any water source, and on exposed dirt or rock surfaces (never on vegetation).
  • BURN. DON’T CUT: Use only downed wood for fires, and use only existing fire rings. And, of course, always fully extinguish a fire before leaving it.
  • BURY MINDFULLY: Bury waste 6 in. deep, and at least 100 ft. from a trail and 500 ft. from water sources.
  • PACK OUT TOILET PAPER: or burn it in areas where fires are permissible.
  • SMART COOK: Cook only enough food for single meal, to avoid disposing of leftovers.
  • SMART WASH: Wash and rinse dishes, clothing, and yourself at least 100 ft. from water source; never wash in lakes or streams.


Be sure to check out the vast selection of hiking/camping guides from Wilderness Press & Menasha Ridge Press before embarking on your next wild adventure!

3 C’s To Being Car-Free

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Especially now that most places around the country are beginning to warm up, now’s as good a time as any to recharge whatever motivations we might have for keeping the car keys in our purses and pockets, and finding another means of transportation.

Now, if you’re experience is like mine, you’ll agree that one of the most surprising things about living car-free (I’m at about 4 months NO CAR at the end of April), is having to explain to people why I won’t just use a car. Driving is just so much easier! skeptics will say. Your commute is so much longer than it would be with a car…

I’m usually at a loss (at least at first) when I’m asked this question because, to me, it’s so obvious how the benefits of living car-free outweigh the costs. And then I struggle to explain this without sounding preachy or militant about it.

Wilderness Press author Nathan Landau (Car-Free Los Angeles & So. California, Wilderness Press 2011) breaks the reasoning down into three simple words, the 3 C’s of Being Car-Free:


Car-Free is Cheaper

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but for many it is easy to miss all the ways driving drains your wallet and eats your time. Let’s look at the simple example of taking a small vacation. Either you’ve already purchased, are still making payments on, or have rented a car. There’s also parking to consider (it’s almost never free, whether around the neighborhood or at your hotel). Don’t forget about the insurance law requires of every driver. And all of this before you even fill up your tank! In a city like Los Angeles, Nathan estimates that the cost of driving/parking is 12X that of purchasing Metro passes for the same period of time.

 Car-Free is Calmer

If you ever struggle with “road rage” — be it a mild or severe case — you’ll understand this one. Imagine someone else doing the driving for you! If you live in a busy, metropolitan area, you might also know how often bicycle (and sometimes even pedestrian) traffic moves faster than cars on the street. Whether your sitting on the bus, riding your bike, or simply taking a stroll, it will always be easier for you to breathe deeply and soak in your surroundings than it would be if you were driving.

Car-Free is Cleaner

There is no longer a debate over whether driving an auto emits greenhouse gases and other pollutants. But the percentage of mass transit systems that still burn fuel (more and more are already switching to full-on electric power sources) are running on compressed natural gas instead of oil. Aside from emissions, individual automobiles create loads of debris on the sides and shoulders of America’s roadways, and more and more automobiles are abandoned/scrapped each year.


So next time you find yourself having to defend your decision to live car-free, just remember the 3 C’s.

Source: Car-Free Los Angeles & So. California by Nathan Landau, Wilderness Press 2011.

Earth Day Green Gear Giveaway

Friday, April 20th, 2012

In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day 2012, Wilderness Press is launching an awesome giveaway to our fans with the help of these generous, eco-friendly sponsors: Mountainsmith, Enviro Products, Solio, Kentucky Royalty, and kigo footwear. The contest runs from TODAY through FRIDAY, APRIL 27.
Check out all the information about the giveaway including details on the prizes and entry guidelines over at Hot On The Trail.

In addition to the giveaway, Wilderness Press and Menasha Ridge Press will be offering a 30% discount on all of their books and maps online through next Friday, April 27. Pick up those guidebooks for your summer adventures!

Best of luck, and remember to stay GREEN!

Earth-saving superhuman superpowers

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Not all of us have special superpowers to save Mother Nature from the forces of evil (I’m looking at you, Captain Planet). But we still hold a strong affinity to Her majesty. So the questions is–how does one do their due diligence for the environment, getting on the good side of eco-Karma? Well, you’re in luck. Here are a few sustainable ways to improve the environment for Earth Day 2012.  Note: Can we please try to make this last longer than Kony 2012? Just saying…

1) Recycle Old Electronics. Tired of that old cell phone collecting dust? What’s that? It’s a collector’s item, and you’re waiting for the right time to put it on eBay? Please stop the nonsense before you end up on a re-run of Hoarders. Thankfully, most electronic stores and organizations offer a recycling service to make your life a little easier. For example, by simply recycling old electronics, you can provide a reusable cell phone for a soldier to communicate with his or her family while overseas.

2) Get Dirty. No, Christina Aguilera, this isn’t the extreme makeover I had in mind. I was thinking more along the lines of a pair of gloves and a shovel.  Here’s a link from the Chicago Tribune, detailing the proper tree planting technique.  Relatively simple activities that may require some labor offer great results for future generations to enjoy.  Don’t judge me, I still cry like a baby every time I read The Giving Tree.

2 ½) Reading Break. Organize a Choreographed Song and Dance.  Warning: Song may compel viewer to press the “Replay” button on YouTube after watching.

3) Walk It Out. Instead of driving your Hummer H3 two minutes to work and back home, why not try a more eco-friendly solution?  Walking or biking.  Hey, all the cool celebs are doing it, right Shia LaBeouf?  Not only does one reduce their carbon emission by walking or biking, but it’s simply healthy for you.  And honestly, with Tax Day here, you just may wake up to see another day by not driving.

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I hope you take these suggestions to heart.  Feel free to let me know how you contribute to the environment.  I’m open to new ideas as well and would encourage any feedback.  Thanks for reading.  Stay green, San Diego.


Green Establishments

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Today I thought I’d share several green establishments that I think are really fantastic!

First off, I live within walking/biking distance of downtown Cincinnati, which anyone can find out is not the most eco-friendly city (although there are some great programs being pushed that will hopefully make us a green urban area someday).
In the heart of the Gateway Quarter, one of the city’s newest developments/love children, lies PARK + VINE.  I love love love this store, from its amazing owner and operators to their Vegan-friendly food options to their completely organic and recycled materials that they have for sale.  If you ever find yourself in Cincinnati, I highly recommend you stop in at Park + Vine and say hello to Dan or Sandy.  You can even rent a Segway right across the street and cruise the town if your heart so desires.

Next on my favorites list for the day is Treehugger.  What a great company!  They are an online company dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.  Can you get any cooler than that?  They have a really neat article on “How to Go Green,” including everything from transportation to food and fashion to business.  I can guarantee that you will learn something on

Last but certainly not least is a company I just found out about the other day: Eco Brooklyn Inc. is a green contractor located in Brooklyn striving to provide excellent green renovations.  Visit their site to see all the things they are doing!  I think that there should be more contractors interested in heading in this direction.  It is our future and you cannot argue with that.

Well, I’m spent for the day.  Come back tomorrow – I’ll be talking about nuclear power!  And remember… click on the “Think Green 2010” logo to the right to learn how you can help spread the word about what you can do to save Mama Earth (you can win a prize pack)!  #green2010