Posts Tagged ‘sustainable’

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Buy a Local Christmas Tree and Help A Great Organization at the Same Time

November 26, 2008

Are you thinking of buying a real Christmas tree this year? You can get the freshest possible tree, grown right here on O‘ahu – all while reducing your carbon footprint AND supporting a really worthwhile organization, Mālama Hawai‘i.

Partnering with Helemano Farms – located in Wahiawā – Mālama Hawai‘i is selling locally grown Christmas trees. Helemano Farms, the only local Chirstmas tree farmers on O‘ahu, grow beautiful Norfolk pine trees, also known as the “Hawaiian Christmas Tree.” This species was originally brought to Hawai‘i about 80 years ago as part of massive reforestation efforts to restore watersheds.

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Rather than buying one of the over 100,000 trees shipped more than 2,500 miles that can be carriers of dangerous invasive species, consider Helemano Farms. Bring your friends and family and choose your own fresh tree from a farm of more than 10,000 trees. Helemano Farms cuts its Norfolk trees in such a way that each stump eventually will grow into a new tree.

The cost is $40 for a 6 foot tree. Norfolks stay green, healthy and gorgeous for over a month.

You can order a tree through Mālama Hawai‘i. To receive instructions on how to get your tree, email them at info@malamahawaii.org. By purchasing your locally grown tree through this offer, you are helping to keep Hawai‘i beautiful in more ways than one – reducing your carbon footprint and supporting an organization dedicated to the people and environment of Hawai‘i. For a quick link to Mālama Hawaii’s contact info, please click here.

For more information on Helemano Farms, please click here.

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‘Tis the Season to Be Green

November 17, 2008

Now that the holidays are officially bearing down, here are a few tips on how we can enjoy a more sustainable season courtesy of Kōkua Hawai‘i and Kanu Hawai‘i. Check out their websites for more tips and to make a simple declaration of your intent to green your holidays.

– When buying a Christmas tree, consider a live potted one. If you do get a cut tree, find one that’s locally grown. Don’t forget to recycle with your green waste after the holidays.
– Give teachers, coworkers, and friends edible gifts, plants, or gift certificates instead of “stuff” that will get stuck in a drawer somewhere.
– Start eco-friendly traditions. For example, when you go out caroling in your neighborhood, take an empty trash bag and pick up any litter you see along the way.
– Reuse wrapping paper and bows or try repurposing newspapers, brown paper bags, maps, or art work to make your own unique, eco-friendly packages. Reusable grocery bags are also a good gift-wrapping option, and then it’s a gift inside a gift. (If you don’t have reusable grocery bags, here’s a great place to get them and the proceeds go to charity).

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– Give reusable or homemade gifts. Shop for gently used gifts at thrift shops or on-line at www.Craigslist.org or www.Freecycle.org. Give gifts of time like certificates for a massage or a car wash. Treat a loved one to ‘ukulele lessons or tickets to a sporting or cultural event.
– When shopping for holiday food and gifts, try to plan ahead and consolidate trips in order to save fuel and reduce pollution. Also, don’t forget to take along your reusable cloth grocery bags to use instead of the disposable ones!
– During the holiday season the most rewarding gift of all is giving back to your community. Make it a family tradition to donate to or volunteer for charitable causes during the holidays.

Here are few more sites that may give you some green ideas this season.
Green Holiday Tips from the Sierra Club
Green Guide from National Geographic
Earth Easy’s Green Christmas
The Guardian’s A-Z Tips for a Green Christmas
Oliver Heath’s Tips for a Green Christmas
Newsweek’s How to Have a Green Christmas
Green Expander’s 10 Tips for a Green Christmas