Filed under: Green
When it comes to fighting global warming and preserving the rainforests Marriott certainly gets points for trying, although how they're choosing to go about that effort is pretty surprising. Instead of doing what most hotel and resort chains do (switch to eco-friendly energy sources and recycle recycle recycle) they've hooked up with the Brazilians and are going to start paying villagers in the Amazon to not cut down trees. Of course it's a lot more complicated than just sending some Amazonians a check for every day they refrain from logging illegally, but apparently that's the essence of the new deal. Strange? Yes. A marketing scheme? Yes. Over-all still beneficial to the environment? Yes. I say good for them.
Fast high-end sports cars are generally not considered to be eco-friendly, with their gas guzzling turbo engines and energy-sucking luxury features. But that's not to say they aren't trying -- Ferrari for example, revealed their F430 Spider Bio Fuel model earlier this week in Detroit. It burns a mix of 85% natural ethanol and 15% gasoline, which results in +10hp (meaning its got a solid 500hp to work with) and a 5% increase in gas mileage over its gas-only counterpart. As for now the F430 Spider Bio Fuel is only a concept, but Ferrari says they'd like to put it into production as part of their efforts to cut emissions by 40% by the year 2012. Like the looks of it? See more photos here.
The Air Jordan XX3 will start hitting select stores this month, with a national launch following in the spring. The shoes will be priced at $185.
Filed under: Pets
Gallery: Green Pet Homes from Sustainable Pet
The World Wildlife Fund works around the world to protect endangered species, protect and restore endangered habitats, and deal with the ever-growing global challenges facing the environment. As with most charities you can always give the simple gift of a donation in your loved one's name, or with WWF it gets a little more fun and personalized when you adopt an endangered wild animal. For just $50 you get an adoption certificate, a photo of your chosen animal, and best of all an adorable coordinating plush toy. And with 80 species to choose from you can certainly personalize your gift, and even encourage the starting of an annual tradition and a collection of animals. Donate/order by December 17th for Christmas delivery.
Filed under: Green
When you buy expensive luxury items are you helping to kill the planet? Depending on your favorite brands you just might be. In a recent study done for WWF it came to light that many luxury brands are making use of environmentally damaging materials and practices, and although some did worse than others none of them did very well. The study looked at the top ten luxury brands and found them all seriously lacking in some way. The solution? Some say getting this information out to the public (you can download the entire report for free here) and calling for celebrities to use their endorsement powers for the greater environmental good is the first step. What's your take?
Filed under: Green
There have always been lots of things to consider when making traveling plans, and these days there's at least one more thing to add to the list: how "green" is the hotel you plan to stay in?
Thankfully, with more and more hotels going green in recent years it's getting easier to find somewhere to stay that's environmentally friendly. Some things, like encouraging guests to reuse towels to installing low-flow shower heads, are getting to be fairly standard efforts. But others are getting a little more creative with things like:
- Putting designer recycle bins in individuals rooms
- Switching to all organic menus
- Offering incentives to employees who carpool to work
- Routing undrinkable water to irrigate nearby golf courses
- Offering parking incentives to guests who drive hybrid vehicles
- Switching to non-toxic and organic cleaning supplies
- Donating unused amenity bottles to local charities
- Sending half-used bars of soap to companies who use them to make cleaning products
- Recycling used coffee grounds as golf course tee-off mounds.
Now here's a yacht that will catch an eye or two, plus blow your hair back and give you a thrill. Not to oversimplify things, but it's basically a yacht with a kite instead of a sail. The kite principle takes advantage of the greater and more consistent wind speeds found at higher altitudes, raising the boat to planing speeds and making sailing in the shallows and littorals a realistic option.
And on top of everything else the Kitano Kite Sailing Yacht is environmentally-friendly, so us "greenies" can indulge our love of the water guilt free.
Gallery: Kitano Kite Sailing Yacht
Filed under: Jewelry
Continuing the trend of jewelry that looks pretty but also benefits the environment, check out the latest from celebrity favorite Alex Woo. The Vida collection celebrates the tropical forests of Costa Rica with bracelets, earrings and necklaces of grouped leaves. The cuff shown here comes in silver for $528, yellow or rose gold vermeil for $548 or 14K gold for $5,958 and 10% of the proceeds from each piece supports clean-air efforts.
Filed under: Decor
This seat made me smile the minute I saw it because it looks like something out of a Jim Henson movie. It's the Miss Gana Ottoman, and not only does it look fun to sit on but it's good for the environment too. Made completely of overstocked flip flop sandals (unworn, of course!) in a way that doesn't require further manufacturing, it's firm to sit on (even though it looks like a bean bag chair) and can be used indoors or out, although it may fade a little outside. Designed by Karen Wittmann Wilsmann, it's available in limited edition, measures 14"Hx24"Wx24"D, and costs $250.
Filed under: Estates
With global warming becoming such an unavoidably huge issue, pretty much everybody has a soft spot for all things "eco." But that being said, not everybody takes it quite as far as Ted Turner's daughter, Laura Turner Seydel, and her husband did when they decided to built the biggest environmentally friendly home in the United States, the EcoManor.
It wasn't cheaper to build, although with features like recycled water from the showers irrigating the drought-resistant lawn, and rainwater-filled toilets, it will be cheaper to maintain -- 80 to 90 percent cheaper than other homes of similar size in the area. And with beautiful white linen wallpaper (made of recycled newspaper, of course) and natural lighting via solar tubes, the Seydels didn't have to sacrifice any style while they were doing their part to help the environment.
Filed under: Estates
[via The Herald]