Archive for November, 2009

Climate Change: Top Picks for COP 15 News

November 24, 2009

Photo by Maltesen

With the United Nations Climate Change Conference less than 2 weeks away many of our favourite sites are buzzing with COP 15 campaigns, facts, stories and analysis.

Here is a shortlist of our top picks for online climate change news and action:

Treehugger

Treehugger has some great articles outlining the need-to-know facts about the upcoming climate talks. Check out this COP 15 crib sheet outlining the main stakeholders and issues up for debate. There’s also the COP 15 Pre-Game Coverage hub which features posts and the latest news leading up to the Copenhagen meeting.

Grist

Also check out Grist’s A Gristy Guide to the COP15 Climate Talks. Filled with lots of helpful information and entertaining articles, Grist will have staff posting directly from Copenhagen during the climate summit. (more…)

Contest: tweet about our blog and win a product with purpose mug

November 19, 2009

Tweet about our new blog using the @fairwarepromo tag and we’ll enter you in a contest to win one of three of our new product with purpose mugs. The mugs are made from ceramic and feature a silicone lid for coffee on the go. A replica of the MOMA “I am not a paper cup” mug, they look super slick.

The draw will be held on Friday, November 27th at 2:00pm PST – so get your tweets out before then!

Re-use is Cool

November 16, 2009

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photo by M.A. Enriquez

In a world obsessed with new stuff, it’s refreshing to see a re-birth of re-use.

I stumbled upon an alter universe of crafters recently after a couple of tweets with Jeffrey Scwartz (CEO of Timberland) on up-cycling old denim. I was pitching taking old inventory and seconds and re-fabricating them into new products when I Googled recycled denim to see what was out there. OMG. It was like a vast world I’d never known before – thousands of pages of DIY crafters making everything from slippers to skirts to quilts from old jeans.

Ikea Hacker

In it’s hippest  form re-use’s cool factor is exemplified by ventures like Ikea Hacker a site devoted to the many permutations possible from Ikea furniture parts and creativity. My personal favorite is the plastic storage box come chicken feeder. (more…)

Green guides for your next meeting, event or conference

November 13, 2009

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Have an event coming up? Whether it’s a small meeting or large conference you can be sure attendants will be taking note of your greening efforts (especially if they’re lacking).

Ensure you’re presenting your brand as progressive and responsible by taking steps to reduce the environmental impact of your event. There are simple ways to improve your promotions, venue, meeting materials, transportation and more – it just takes a little planning.

We’ve searched the net for quality resources to help you present your greenest event yet. View the guides, sites and articles below for ideas on reducing your event’s environmental footprint.

Guides

Green Meeting Guide, Environment Canada

It’s Easy Being Green! A Guide to Planning and Conducting Environmentally Aware Meetings and Events, USEPA

Green Meetings Report, Convention Industry Council

Green Meetings Policy, Natrional Recycling Coalition

Web Sites

Green Events Guide, Space Share

BlueGreen Meetings, Oceans Blue Foundation

Articles

How to Host a Sustainable, Carbon Neutral Conference or other Event, David Suzuki Foundation

American Green Meeting Standards (Draft Document), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Convention Industry Council (CIC)

Bottled Water: bad for the environment and your health

November 12, 2009

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Lately at Fairware we’ve been taking a closer look at the bottled water industry. There are some shocking facts about this product as it relates to your health and the environment.

Contrary to the clean, fresh images in bottled water ads, there’s no conclusive evidence that it’s any safer than tap water. In fact, given lax labeling laws, it seems we know less about what’s actually in bottled water. Combine this with socio-economic concerns surrounding the privatization of potable resources, and like us, you’re probably wondering why bottled water has become so ubiquitous. (more…)

Workplace Salad Club

November 9, 2009

Recently at Fairware we started a lunchtime salad club and we’re loving it. Enjoying it so much that staff are writing about it on their personal blogs! The following has been re-posted from staffer Leah Nielsen’s blog.

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Looking to liven up your workplace lunch hour? Start a Salad Club! It’s a silly name for a great concept and easy to implement: set a date, tell each of your colleagues to bring a couple ingredients, then combine these to create a salad bar.

Whether your office is large or small, Salad Club is compatible. As proof, here are a couple places where I’ve seen it successfully in action: (more…)


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