Love actually is… green

When you look around and see the state of the world nowadays, when you pay attention to how you wake up and realize everything seems like routine, when you take a look at the paper and everything seems like bad news, that’s when you need to press your “green button.”  What is that green button I’m referring to?

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Love is in the Fair-trade: Make it a Green Valentine’s Day with Sustainable Flowers

What says Happy Valentine’s Day better than a bouquet of Roses? You know, those sweet smelling flowers, grown in factory farms, doused in pesticides, genetically modified, dyed for colour, and shipped halfway across the world? Maybe not the best picture of love, but if your Valentine really wants some nice flowers, make sure you know what you are getting.

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Green Ideas for a Valentine’s Day Date

With Valentines’ right around the corner, what to buy is on the minds of many. The pressure of buying cards, gifts, chocolate, and all the extras can often distract us from the environmental impact of this holiday. It is estimated by the National Retail Federation that in the U.S. alone, $15.7 billion was spent on Valentine’s Day in 2011. Now that’s a lot of money, but the environmental consequences of this are also quite significant.

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Give From Your Heart With These Green Valentine’s Day Ideas

Sometimes trying to come up with ideas for Valentine’s Day can be a difficult, but if you are trying to come up something sustainable as well it can be even more so. We have put together a short list of ideas that may come in handy this Valentine’s Day for those of us looking to keep it green:

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My big fat green wedding

Green weddings? Really? Aren't there bigger issues to think about? Maybe, but did you know that there are over two million weddings a year in the United States alone. According to the GreenBrideGuide.com, each one of those weddings includes an average of 150 guests and produces an average of 62 tons of carbon dioxide and 400 to 600 pounds of garbage. That's over 120 million tons of carbon dioxide and over one billion pounds of garbage each and every year in the U.S. alone. I'd say that's a pretty big issue!

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How To Reduce Electric Consumption? Unplug it!

One of the important steps in combating climate change is reducing our electric consumption. Reducing power consumption should strive to reduce devices energy use or simply reduce the time items are consuming electricity ( Floyd and Webber 1998, 1.97). The good news is using less electricity might be much easier than you think.

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Know Your Green Product Certifications

It is important that when we shop for sustainable products we understand which certifications are legitimate. We want to know that what we are buying truly is what it claims to be. So I would like to cover some of the different certifications that can be found when looking at different products.

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Scotland: An Unexpected Hub for Sustainable Fashion

Paris, Milan, London, New York and … Glasgow? Scotland is emerging as a center for fashion. And Scotland is possibly our new favorite fashion destination because it is not at the cutting edge of just any type of fashion, but sustainable fashion!

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Make 2015 the year of green investing

The first Green Bond was issued by the EU in 2007 with a total of 600 million Euros for a 5 year period. This first bond began the Green Bond movement that has since grown to $506 billion in 2014. Canada got on board issuing Green Bonds from Export Development Canada and the Ontario government in 2014. So what are Green Bonds and how do they work?

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A Dozen of Green New Year’s Resolutions is Never Too Late

2014 ended too soon. Many of us would have a hard time letting go of that year, while others are certainly eager and ready for 2015! I’m pretty sure that you all have already set your main new year’s resolutions and I am assuming that they would be in line with “I will start saving up this year,” “I will eat healthy,” or “I will pray more.” As you can notice, these are personal resolutions. Honestly speaking, I have already set my personal goals already but after a month, I added more. I kissed goodbye to many and bid hello to some more!

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