Tips and Tools, and The Top Five

cloud-earthWell I hope you all enjoyed the Eating to Save the Environment posting series. I have had a few of you contact me through my email, so I thought I would share a few of their questions with everyone. a side note, I urge you to not be shy and comment on the actually posting so everyone can see, because most of you asked some very good questions. If you don’t want the world to see that you asked, just make up a fake name, like “Bobby Jo” or …or you get the point I think. Also, you don’t have to put your website in if you don’t have one, and your email that you enter in is never shown to the public. So please comment more!

I have decided to make this post out of a few random facts that I didn’t want to stretch into separate posts. So I will start by showing a few questions that were sent to me, and end with some tools to use, and some quick facts!

What is a vegetarian?
The Vegetarian Society states “A vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, fish, poultry or any slaughterhouse by-product such as gelatin. Vegetarians live on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit, with or without free-range eggs, milk and milk products. Vegetarians not eating anything containing dairy products or eggs are called vegans.”

Why do people become vegetarians?
People often become vegetarians for one reason, the most common being, health, religion, environment, dislike of meat, compassion for animals, belief in non-violence, and economics. As time passes, many vegetarians often adopt some multiple reasons.

Where can I find clothes or shoes that look like they are leather, but they do not contain leather? (Leather alternatives)
This is a great question, and as I searched for the answer I was surprised to see how many other people were interested in knowing this answer. I found a 2006 <a href=” “>leather alternative guide. Even though it is from 2006 the links are very very helpful!

Here a few tips and tools I would like to share with you.

1. Printwhatyoulike.com
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This is a really neat tool that allows you to pick and choose what parts of a webpage that you want or don’t want to print. This tool is a great way to save paper and ink! Honestly how many times have you printed something off the internet, only to use the bottom paragraph that accidently got printed onto a second page… yeahh it happens to me all the time. But, luckily, with this application you can pick exactly what you want to print. Just click here, and scroll to the video at the bottom ride hand corner of the screen.

2. GPS systems have a walking function
If you are one of those lucky people who own a GPS you are probably aware of this function, but for those of you who are not, there may be an added benefit for you. GPS systems are known for giving you directions in the form of shortest route, or most highways, but did you know you could also ask it to tell you the fastest route by foot? GPS manufacturers are realizing that more people are walking or riding their bike to work and are going to start to market a new angle to the GPS, the fastest walking route. Even Google has realized the demand, and has now added a “walking” option to their drop list.

3. If you are planning to move, look at the five cities that are making the most impressive strides towards eco-friendliness and sustainability.

hollywoodAccording to Grist, these are the top 5


1. Reykjavik, Iceland

“Greenland is icy and Iceland is green”? Okay, now that we have that figured out, Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, has been putting hydrogen buses on its streets. This country has been making major steps towards becoming fossil-fuel-free by 2050 by obtaining their energy entirely from renewable geothermal and hydropower sources.

2. Portland, Oregon, U.S.

I guess it doesn’t just have good shopping…(no sales tax for those of you who don’t know). Portland uses light rail, buses, and bike lands to try to reduce the amount of cars on the road. Also, it is the first US city to create a plan to reduce CO2 emissions and has aggressively pushed green building initiatives. There is 92,000 acres of green space and more than 74 miles of hiking, running, and biking trails.

3. Curitiba, Brazil
This Brazilian city is home to one of the world’s best bus systems, with approximately 3/4 of the population relying on it. The municipal parks benefit from the work of a flock of 30 lawn-trimming sheep, which helps to create the 580 square feet of green space per inhabitant.

4. Malmö, Sweden
Malmö has a goal to make itself an “ekostaden” (eco-city), and is known as the home to many parks and green space. Several neighborhoods have already been transformed using innovative design and are planning to become more socially, environmentally, and economically responsive.

5. Vancouver, Canada
Ahh, home sweet home. Vancouver is home to the best of the best…me. I joke, I joke, it is home to the mountains, the ocean, and is a natural draw for nature lovers. British Columbia can be proud to say that 90 per cent of its power comes from renewable sources. British Columbia is planning to take advantage of its wind, solar, wave, and tidal energy to reduce its fossil-fuel use. Don’t take my word for it though, just see the changes we are making for our 2010 Olympics debut.

Let me ask you a few questions…

If you were to move to a different city, would its degree of innovation be a deciding factor?

If you could live in any of these 5 places, where would you live?

Until next time,

Kate

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4 thoughts on “Tips and Tools, and The Top Five

  1. Hello Kate,

    I have never heard of Printwhatyoulike.com, but it is awesome. That will definitely save me paper and ink, which will save me money. As far as your questions go, if I was to move to another city, the degree to which they are green would be a perk, rather than a deciding factor. Of those 5 places, I am partial to Vancouver (since its right across the border) but Brazil would be amazing as well.

    Thanks for posting the information about the leather alternatives.

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    • Really? Even with all those facts I have shown you?

      I would love to try to convince you further! Where do you think it doesn’t help the environment, or what points do you definitely disagree with?

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