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[ What is Fairtrade? ]

If you are anything like me, l had heard the phrase Fairtrade, but didn’t really know what it meant. I knew it had something to do with helping the environment but that was about the extent of my knowledge. Fair trade isdreamstime_s_85080660 (2) a far overlooked concept that if practiced, could make a huge difference in the world we live in.

When purchasing fairtrade coffee for instance, it can mean five times the pay for a farmer vs. child labor. Through Fairtrade, farmers and workers take control and build sustainable futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Fairtrade America states…”The difference between “Fairtrade” and “fair trade” is that “Fairtrade” refers only to Fairtrade organizations (such as Fairtrade America) or products certified through the Fairtrade International system. Conversely, “fair trade” can refer to many different things – the fair trade movement, fair trade products generally, products that claim to be fairly traded but do not carry the FAIRTRADE Mark.”

To read a very informative and interesting article from Fairtrade America….CLICK HERE!

[ No yard, no problem! Composting in small spaces. ]

Many of you already know about traditional backyard composting, but there are other options out there to help you recycle your organics at home. Today, I’ll cover some basics on two composting methods you may not have heard of yet: vermicomposting and bokashi.

Earlier this year, our Hotline Manager, Amanda, wanted to increase her composting knowledge, much like our Education Manager and Master Composter-in training, Erika. After taking a series of classes, Amanda wanted todreamstime_s_16107361 (2) share these two new methods that are great for small spaces. Read on to learn the basics of two innovative composting methods; perhaps you’ll find one that works for you! 

To Read the Full Article from I Love a Clean San Diego, CLICK HERE. 

 

[ 5 things you can do about climate change ]

It may not seem like your helping on a global scale, but things that you can do at home to help prevent climate change really do make a big difference. Things like replacing that old thermosta for heating and cooling with adreamstime_s_68175341 (2) programmable thermostat allows you to turn off the heating or A/C when you’re not home. For $20 you can’t go wrong. Your Helping the enviromemt and shaving hundreds off your energy bill.

Replacing your toilet with a new one is a great way to manage water usage. A lot of people don’t realize how much water each flush takes. The EPA says toilets account for nearly 30% of the average home’s indoor water use.

Also be greener at the office. There is no need to abandon your hard work saving the environment when you leave your home. Power down that computer, recycle those soda cans and water bottles. Most offices these days should have recycling programs. If your office does not, be proative…initiate one!

To read the full list of helpful things you can do. Read this article from CNN by clicking HERE! 

[ How to Live WaterSmart ]

Well…the summer is here, the heat is on and we may be officialy out of the drought, but lets not go willy nilly with the water. The folks at I love a clean San Diego have some tips that we should all be living by when it dreamstime_s_44124013 (2)comes to saving water.

The San Diego County Water Authority recently launched a campaign to encourage San Diego County residents to Live WaterSmart. The agency provides many free resources to support water-use efficiency as a way of life and encourage sustainable changes to homes and landscapes. This approach helps ensures our region will have sufficient water supplies for years to come.

Resources provided by the Water Authority and its partners include:

For the Full Article CLICK HERE

[ “Salt.” Where Does it Go? ]

(I love a Clean San Diego) – You may be wondering where the salt goes after desalination? You might think that it wouldn’t be harmful at all to where it’s put, right? After all, “It’s just salt”.dreamstime_xl_11147988 (2) (600x401)

Desalination Explained – Desalination is the process of removing salt from ocean water to make it pure and drinkable (Desalination by reverse osmosis). A desalination plant is where this process is done. They collect the water from the ocean and remove the salt.

Where “Salt” Goes

Most of the time they put whatever is left of the “Salt” back in the ocean at some distance from the desalination plant (Answers Corporation). This can be very harmful considering that the salt can become a chemical that can be difficult to break in the process of desalination (Green Garbage Corporation). Some plants like the Tampa’s Plant, in Florida, have found a different way to dispose of the brine. The Tampa’s Plant has discovered a way to use the brine as energy. They use brine to produce part of the energy for desalination. I don’t really understand why they don’t share their amazing discovery with the rest of the facilities.

To read the full article…CLICK HERE!

[ WFSD FAQ: Top Recycling Questions from 2016 ]

This is a pretty interesting read of Frequently Asked Questions from I LOVE A CLEAN SAN DIEGO.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-old-tv-set-fridge-dump-image8258770

Did you know I Love A Clean San Diego received more than 13,000 inquiries in 2016 through the WasteFreeSD.org database and call center combined? That’s right! WasteFreeSD.org answers all your recycling questions and it is just a click away! With that in mind, Ani, our incredible Recycling Programs Manager, has created our newest recurring blog series that features frequently asked questions from WasteFreeSD.org that we will be calling WFSD FAQ!

This year I Love A Clean San Diego staff worked hard to build WasteFreeSD.org into a Zero Waste Database. The redesigned site houses information beyond recycling including repair options, reduction tips, and donation locations. We thought we would share with our readers the top recycling questions we received last year. Any guess on what the number one most asked about item (non-hazardous) was in 2016? Drumroll, please! It was…refrigerators!

2016’s Top three most asked about items (non-hazardous):

  1. As previously mentioned, refrigerators were the number one item residents are looking to recycle. Refrigerators are bulky and most residents call to inquire about pickup services, fees apply. Some recyclers that accept appliances will actually pay you for bringing it to their facility to recycle, it’s a few cents a pound but hey anything helps! The redesigned WasteFreeSD.org allows for users to search for repair services including services that repair refrigerators. Make appliances last longer with proper maintenance and hire a professional to fix.
  2. It’s no surprise that as new technology rolls out people are looking for the latest and greatest. Televisions ranked second as the most asked about item for recycling. There are plenty of recycling options for electronics including e-waste collection events and household hazardous waste collection facilities. Some businesses even offer pickup services, fees apply. Opt to buy any new technology, televisions were made to last! Believe it or not, there are still places that repair televisions, at a reasonable price.

For the full article….CLICK HERE!

[ San Diego Airport’s Good Traveler Program Receives Sustainability Award ]

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San Diego International Airport‘s so-called “The Good Traveler” program won the Best Innovation in Sustainability award Friday.

The program received the award from the Airport Council International-North America at its Airport Concessions Awards.

The Good Traveler program was launched in 2015 to encourage sustainable travel by enabling travelers to offset the environmental impact of their journey in an affordable, easy and meaningful way, according to a statement released by airport officials.
Through The Good Traveler, passengers can purchase carbon offsets and merchandise online at the goodtraveler.org or at select locations, with proceeds going toward conservation projects that help counteract the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment.

To Read the entire article from Times of San Diego…Click Here. 

[ Balboa Park LEEDing on sustainability ]

Balboa Park has reached its 10-building goal in making San Diego’s crown jewel environmentally sustainable.dreamstime_xl_4547788 (2) (600x401)

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership announced Wednesday that it had certified the buildings under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The latest two buildings to gain recognition for saving energy, reducing waste and water use and other factors were the San Diego Museum of Man and the Japanese Friendship Garden’s Inamori Pavilion.

Jessica Travis, the partnership’s director of sustainability and community relations, said more than 100 volunteers helped fill out the paperwork to confirm the institutions’ progress. The city of San Diego, SDG&E and three paid experts also helped.

For the entire story…please go the San Diego Union Tribune website by CLICKING HERE. 

[ Electric Vehicles 101 ]

The I Love A Clean San Diego website always has the best artiles. We recently found this one on their site about electric vehicles. There is a lot of information here that can benefit and educate.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-compact-electric-car-image8170883

Electric vehicles are the way of the future. They’re more efficient, better for the environment, and give their owners some great perks. According to the EPA, the transportation industry accounts for 26% of greenhouse gas emissions in the US, with 61% of those emissions coming from light-duty vehicles. By choosing an electric vehicle, you help reduce your carbon footprint and support positive change for the transportation industry. Learn the basics about electric vehicles in this guide.

What are Electric Vehicles?

There are two types of electric vehicles.

All-Electric

All-electric cars are powered by an electric motor using rechargeable batteries. There’s no conventional combustion engine and no tailpipe emissions.

Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in hybrid cars are a great mid-point between an all-electric car and a car running solely on gasoline. They have an electric motor and an internal combustion engine so they can run on a battery charge but can switch to the conventional engine if the car runs out of charge.

To read this full article….CLICK HERE. 

[ 5 Outdoor Activities for the Eco-friendly Adventurer ]

We found this great article at the I Love a Clean San Diego website. It’s got some really super ourdoor ideas that are eco friendly and with Summer coming…this is perfect timing.SDoutdoor (300x222)

A Southern California summer is not made for staying inside. The sun’s too bright, the sky’s too blue, and it’s important for you to get outside and enjoy time with your family and friends. Many of the I Love A Clean San Diego staff have already taken time to enjoy our gorgeous scenery properly. From all of our outdoor experiences, we decided to share a list of environmentally sound activities we love to help get you outside this beautiful time of year.

Tide-pooling
We get to live here in California, one of the few places in the world that has tide pools and they are a must when it comes to experiencing San Diego. Grab a friend and head out to Cabrillo National Marine Sanctuary, Sunset Cliffs, or La Jolla Shores. Explore all the critters in tide pools. Make sure to tread lightly, because you are walking on their homes.

Surfing
We live in Southern California, which is known internationally for surfing opportunities. The more you surf, the more you get a first-hand experience of interacting with the ocean and all of the creatures there.

There’s also hiking, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding.  For the full article, check out this page at ‘I Love a Clean San Diego.’