Blogs > August 2012

Transportation

 

 

Contributed by Green Builder Media VISION House Director, Heather Wallace

 

I remember having a car in college. As great as it was there were also moments of driving around and around the block looking for a parking space (in my permit area) or paying insane amounts of money for a monthly parking space.

I wish there had been options like Zipcar back then. "Zipsters" use the service as an alternative to the costs and hassles of owning or renting a car. If you only need a car occasionally you should check this service out and see if it works for you.

 

I also owned a great used bike while I was in college. I would ride it across campus when walking was going to take too long (ok, and truthfully for those early am classes when I slept too late). I loved riding that bike. That is until it was stolen off my front porch in broad daylight.

With two roommates we did not have room for bikes in our apartment. I wish I would have had a folding bike like a Tern. I have to admit I've never tried one but they look really cool! These bikes fold up and offer some great accessories like racks and luggage bags. And of course, they are much easier to store than a regular bike.

 

To really get extravagant you can look into fractional jet ownership. You know, for those times when owning your own jet just doesn't seem reasonable. :)

 

A lot of companies are coming up with ways to make travel easier, more economical and greener. We'd love to hear your experiences and ideas - what works and what doesn't. Happy green travels Green Chix!

 

 

 

 

Posted: 8/27/2012 12:25:49 PM by Heather Wallace | with 0 comments



My Top 3 Travel Items

 

 

 

Contributed by Green Builder Media VISION House Director, Heather Wallace

 

I have a confession to make. No matter if I am going on a work trip or on vacation I over-pack shoes. I love shoes. I am not as bad as a lot of people (oh yeah, there are some men out there who love them some shoes) I know but it’s true – I over-pack shoes.

The problem these days are those pesky luggage fees a majority of the airlines charge us. I don’t particularly like to pay for one suitcase, let alone two, so my aim (no matter the length of the trip) is to pack it all into one bag.  One suitcase, one carry-on (which usually is crammed full with camera equipment and my laptop) and my purse or reusable bag.

With that said there are three items that I never get on a plane without… my To-Go-Ware RePEat Utensil Set, my Klean Kanteen, and my Vapur Reflex reusable water bottle.  And no, this is not a shameless plug for these three companies. It just happens to be what I use and there are probably other similar items from other companies but I’ll tell you why I specifically like all three of these products.

First, my bamboo utensil set contains a fork, spoon, chopsticks and knife (that does NOT get confiscated by airport security). The most frequent remark I get when people see me pull out the utensils is, “What’s the point?”


Well, to go back to the title of Week 1’s Blog – It’s the Little Things. If I can forgo using plastic disposable utensils as much as possible then I’m doing SOMETHING. I’m doing my part. It may not seem like a lot but if a million people said no to all the plastic utensils they were given in a month I think we’d all be astounded by the amount of plastic we’d be keeping out of the landfills. And no, they are not that difficult to clean – you just have to remember to do it.

Second is my Vapur Reflex reusable water bottle.  What is so great about this item is that you bring it empty through security and then fill it up in a water fountain (or ask the nice people at Starbucks if they could fill it up) and you’re good to go on the plane. No wasting plastic bottles.  It’s small and can roll up and fit into your purse or carry-on bag.

 

Lastly… my Klean Kanteen. I’m in love with my Klean Kanteen. I own a plain grey stainless steel-colored one and no, it’s not the most stylish thing to be drinking out of during a business meeting and I’m sure people really wonder if there’s water in it but a couple years back I realized that when I travel I drink a TON of water and I was using single-serve plastic bottled water to quench my thirst. On a one-week business trip I potentially was drinking a minimum of 21 bottles of water. That’s a lot of bottles (recycled or not).

The Klean Kanteen was my solution as I travel a lot to warm climates where I want ice-cold water most of the time. I once packed it full of ice water and forgot it in my car. It was sitting in 75 degree weather for about 8 hours and when I got back to my car there was still ice inside. The thing is amazing. And yes, it takes up room in my suitcase but I’ve learned to get over it. I know I’m sacrificing a pair of shoes for my Klean Kanteen but again, it’s the little things...

 

 

Posted: 8/20/2012 12:21:30 PM by Heather Wallace | with 0 comments



Bag Lady

 

 

 Contributed by Green Builder Media VISION House Director, Heather Wallace

One of the items I always take with me when I travel is a reusable grocery bag. Some of you may be thinking, “duh,” but you would be surprised how many people have not thought about packing this little necessity with them when they hit the road. It doesn’t matter if it’s a business trip or a vacation, it never fails that I need one.

Reusable bags don’t take up a lot of room and can be used for many things. On work trips I frequently use them for toting around product and collateral material to events as well as packing snacks and drinks during conferences like I did with a couple co-workers at IBS this year.  We also saved a ton of money by bringing our own food...always a plus.

When I’m on vacation I use reusable bags for beach, pool or touristy outings (good for a towel, sunscreen, a good book, water and a camera) as well as shopping local farmer’s markets.

And if you’re worried about appearances just remember…you don’t have to use the ugly bag that you got at the grocery store that tells everyone where you shop for food! Reusable bags are actually getting kind of chic!

For example, Envirosax is just one of the companies that makes a huge variety of original designer-type reusable bags for everyone – they even have a line just for kids.

I DO NOT encourage buying reusable bags to replace other completely functionable reusable bags – that would defeat the purpose – but I do think you can have a great bag that you keep in your suitcase that becomes your go-to reusable travel bag.

Not only will you be able to forgo using all those plastic bags people try to give you, you’ll also keep your “greenitude” (green attitude) with you wherever you go.

Next week…”My Top 3 Travel Items”.

 

Posted: 8/13/2012 12:05:23 PM by Heather Wallace | with 0 comments



It's the Little Things

 

 

 Contributed by Green Builder Media VISION House Director, Heather Wallace

 

Swiss philosopher Henri Frederic Amiel said, “What we call little things are merely the causes of great things; they are the beginning, the embryo, and it is the point of departure which, generally speaking, decides the whole future of an existence. One single black speck may be the beginning of a gangrene, of a storm, of a revolution.”

This month on Green Chix we're going to talk about green travel tips. If you're like me and you LOVE to travel (whether for busines or pleasure) I hope you either take away a few things you can do when you go on the road or post your own tips to our Facebook page this month.

To start the week off I want to give a shout-out to eXtension who posted some great energy-saving tips on Facebook last week about things you can do to your house before you travel. A great tip and good reminder to all. 

Check back in next week and read my blog, "Bag Lady"...hmmm, I know you're interested! Until then make sure you go to our Facebook page and post your own ideas and tips for green travel!

 

 

 

Posted: 8/6/2012 12:49:12 PM by Heather Wallace | with 0 comments



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