All posts tagged: Environment Friendly

Sustainable Farming

It’s Farmer Friday! Today’s post is a short but sweet one.  I came across a pretty insightful TEDx Talk about sustainable farming and why it matters.  It is definitely worth checking out! I was never really one for economics, was not my favorite class in University by any means, but I got through it… The beginning of the talk gets into the economics but stick with it, the analogies are good and make a lot of sense.  Overall, a really good Tedx Talk about sustainable farming. Enjoy! Sustainable Farming Please support your local farmers and buy local whenever possible.                 Have a lovely weekend! With love from one tree hugger to another, xo

What Does Your $2 Morning Coffee Cost Planet Blue?

Good Morning from Toronto! Today all you coffee lovers and Eco Chic friends are in for a real treat! One of my good friends, Tiffany is featured today as Eco Chic Cayman’s guest blogger!   Enjoy her lovely article! Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you that I drink a lot of coffee. Java Juice fuels my hectic dual student-career lifestyle. But every time I walk into my neighborhood Starbucks & say my round of “good mornings” to the team of Baristas who know me & my schedule almost better than I do, I’m haunted by guilt. I forgot the re-usable tumbler…again. Here goes another cup & sleeve against my carbon footprint. Even if they are made of recycled and/or bio-friendly materials, paper cups and sleeves still need to be produced and this impacts our planet. Americans are the leading consumers of coffee in the world collectively drinking 400 million cups of coffee per day or around 146 billion cups of coffee per year; if you buy just one cup of coffee in a disposable …

Eco Art: Repurposing Cayman Logwood Into Exquisite Art Pieces

For everyone who loves local artwork which showcases the essence of Caymanian Heritage then you need to check out Cayman Logwood Products! As some of you may remember way back in the olden days Cayman Logwood was once a prime export for dye from the Cayman Islands.  Today, Cayman Logwood has evolved into a source for  producing exquisite art pieces.  The beautiful logwood is crafted by local artists into exclusive pieces of art, which are symbolic of the roots of Caymanian Heritage.  Owning a  Cayman Logwood art piece allows you to hold onto a piece of Cayman’s History which  transcends into the modern art world.  It will make an exceptional conversational piece in your home decor. Cayman Logwood products are not only aesthetically captivating, they are also eco friendly.  Only fallen Logwood trees are harvested, and repurposed into the handcrafted artwork.  Thus, there is a renewable local wood supply available for the manufacturing of Cayman Logwood products. If you love art and the environment then please support Cayman Logwood Products. Each piece is as collectible …

Get The Skinny on Jeans… Their environmental impact.

    I love jeans, and must admit I own quite a few pairs.  A while back I was at a Green Living Expo and discovered that Levi’s is working towards making more eco friendly jeans.  It’s pretty cool what they are doing, using garbage, in particular plastic bottles, which are incorporated into manufacturing their jeans.  Here is a link which explains in more detail along with a short video about the process http://explore.levi.com/news/sustainability/introducing-levis-wasteless-8-bottles-1-jean/ How to be Eco Chic with your jeans 1. Depending on where your jeans rip or tear, its possible you can do a little work and turn them into a stylish pair of distressed jeans without having to pay the expensive retail price. 2. Turn your long jeans into jean shorts- great for summer time. 3. Use the material from a few pairs of jeans you no longer wear or want and create reusable napkins. 4. Donate your jeans to a local thrift shop like the Cayman Islands Humane Society or NCVO.   When you go to purchase your next pair …

Global Wind Day: Islands + Sea Breeze

Today is Global Wind Day! That’s pretty awesome! One of my hopes is that there will be an increase in renewable energy sources here in Cayman.  As an island we are blessed with glorious sunshine all year long, a lovely sea breeze,  and of course, we are surrounded by the ever sparkling ocean.  Thus, we have the ability to implement more renewable energy sources whether its wind, solar, or water energy, the bottom line is the resources are there.  Not to mention, as a small island we should strive to be as energy efficient and environmentally responsible as possible. The windmill in the photo is located at The Greenhouse in West Bay, they are pretty awesome! Wind is one of the coolest forms of renewable energy, and it is a great choice as a means of an alternative energy source.  One of the key reasons to encourage more windmills and/or use of wind energy is because is does not cause air or water pollution.  Overall, it would be fantastic if on a global scale there …

Repurpose Glass Jars & Wine Bottles the Eco Chic Way

  This week I wrote about recycling glass in Cayman, today I would like to share ways to repurpose glass. Glass Jars Instead of tossing out a glass jar that use to store spaghetti sauce or peanut butter, think of creative ways that you can repurpose those jars so that they have a functional value.   Here are some ideas… 5 Repurposed Glass Jars Ideas 1. Use them to store baking goods like flour, sugar and pancake mix. 2. Use them as candle holders. 3. Store fashion accessories and materials like needles & thread, buttons, pins etc 4. Store pennies for a rainy day. 5. Use them to store small office supplies, like pins, paperclips, staples etc.    Repurposed Wine Bottles: Eco Chic Shabby Wine bottles can be quite versatile.  A previous article I wrote, Eco Chic Water Bottles was about repurposing wine bottles as water bottles.  Wine bottles can also serve for decorative purposes. A Wine Bottle Repurposed as a Vase                                …