Jun 27, 2017

Green Investments - Now and the Future

Are you ready for the next wave of money money money MON-Ney?!

The Green Industry is a multi-trillion dollar global market of the future. Let me repeat that for you, MULTI TRILLION DOLLAR industry. I think that deserves a repeat one more time: MULTI TRILLION DOLLAR. Okay, just wanted to get the point across that its profitable and beneficial for the world and maybe you if you are into investing. 

Some investors are deterred from the green energy investment because they feel tey do not have enough information regarding the ups or downs of the market in this realm. With emerging technologies and new innovations happening more and more often, the changes happen to often to provide certainty. Luckily the Department of Energy is the biggest funder in the emerging energy technologies. To help encourage other investments, the DOE launched the EIC - The Energy Investor Center in 2016 in order to help and support investors by giving an all inclusive way to contact energy experts, acquire the latest research studies, leading reports, identifying promising opportunities, and innovative products all in one place. It was meant to bridge the private sector and the public with more concrete information. With a market that is fast-developing, financing and creating new partnerships is a vital component to welcome interested investors. Read more and see the links to the resources here: https://www.energy.gov/technologytransitions/us-department-energys-energy-investor-center

The Clean Energy Investors Round table welcomes over 40 investors to discuss the possibilities for over 90 minutes; venture capitalist, corporate venture capitalist, and foundations all gathered to discuss the future of clean energy. The 2017 Keynote Speaker, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz discussed the challenges presented by climate change and the tremendous opportunities for the future. Attendees agree that the clean energy investments are critical to support a world where billions can gain clean energy and there's always going to be a need for new technologies to inporve the current energy status. There is plenty of potential for international markets and technologies to emerge, it will take time though. Read the article and more info about the event here: https://www.greenchipstocks.com/articles/clean-energy-investment-is-booming/2386

Other sources are stating that the global investment in renewable energy in 2017 fell 23% in comparison to the previous year. However the installations of renewable power capacity hit a all time record worldwide. So the demand for renewable energy remains strong, despite the drop in investments. Global green energy investments slipped, following two years of growth, as overall prices dipped and investments dropped as much as 30%. With investments exploding in the last few years, they do not come freely. Complications and challenges have continually battled investors to dig through the murky waters of regulations and restrictions. Solar energy is probably the most attractive sector of green energy but also comes with decreasing profits.

Goals of these investors include:

  • Source Reduction - this is the goal of reducing pollution and waste by changing production and consumption patterns. 
  • Sustainability - this is an effort to meet societal needs with methods that can continue to be used into the future indefinitely without depleting or damaging natural resources. 
  • Innovation - the focus is on developing alternatives to types of technology that have been shown to be harmful to the environment 
  • Cradle to Cradle Design - this involves the creation of products that can be reused or reclaimed, thus ending the cradle to grave cycle of manufactured products 
  • Viability - the aim is to create an economic activity center that focuses on products and technologies that are beneficial to the environment, thus increasing the speed at which such technology and product concepts can be implemented. 
  • Energy - with energy often considered the most pressing issue in the green technology sector, the energy sector focuses on the development of alternative fuels. 
  • Green Nanotechnology - this includes the manipulation of various materials at the nano meter level, which could transform the way in which products are manufactured. 
  • Green Chemistry - this encompasses the invention development and application of chemical proccesses and products that are designed to eliminate or reduce the generation and use of hazardous substances.  

Thank you to the follow websites for their contribution and information provided. 


Shipping is Never Free - Don't believe the hype...

FREE is never really FREE...

We've had some things come across he board that customers has brought to our attention about free shipping. We wish shipping was completely free with no strings attached but sadly, that's not true. Most retailers advertise free shipping but there comes stipulations behind that. Whether is be a minimum purchase are it's stated upfront or hidden fees that are not upfront. We are here to attack the myths and help our consumers out! 

We've all seen the spend this amount of money get free shipping advertisement if you're an online shopper. Most of us go into shopping and we remember we need a minimum threshold to be able to get free shipping but have we all really examined the idea that it's a gimmick to spend more. You can still buy what you want and be less than the minimum threshold plus shipping at be a total less than the necessary "needed" amount. We all have failed at paying attention to that and been blindfolded. But let's examine that more...

There is actually some psychology behind this "free shipping if you spend X amount" - You are bombarded with "Free Shipping" everywhere from big brands to small businesses like us. It's usually the first thing you see. Some brands even promise a next day or two day time frame of delivery (and
we've gotten addicted to that with the "instant gratification" spin). Retailers feel that "free shipping" is the easiest and more effective way to reach out to customers and quite honestly majority of online shoppers agree. But what is free shipping and how can you tell you are not getting wool pulled over your eyes?

  1. Free Shipping - with no qualifications - buy anything from the eCommerce business and get it shipping for free to you no limitations 
  2. Free Shipping - if you're a member of their "club" then you can get free shipping (sometimes with a monthly/yearly subscription charge and/or email sign-up)
  3. Free Shipping - if spend the right amount of money. Spend the minimum threshold (before taxes) then you get it
  4. Free Shipping - if you buy the right items that are specified to get it.  
  5. Free Shipping - during the right time specified you get it in that time frame. 

As a retailer, the price you set a product at has to be determined in order to offer free shipping. You must and have to determine this price to factor the price of shipping in the cost of the product. So what most retailers do: The cost of the product ($10) plus shipping ($5) then advertising the suggested retail price ($89) but the sale price the customer pay at ($39.99 with Free Shipping). Though there is no shipping added to the checkout portion there's still shipping in the total cost and most of the time as a consumer you don't bat an eyelash at it because it is not specifically stated out.

Well known places, we won't mention names but you know who they are - offer two day shipping for a membership. Notice that they do charge you a monthly subscription to be a member of their offer at about a $100 a year or $9 a month. This holds their business and carries their shipping charges. Though they may be the only ones that offer close to free shipping, you have to take into account how large they now are. They can move a lot of product and store a lot of product in their own warehouse. A business like us is not large. 

HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT? Well though most of our items are not free shipping we do not add in an invisible price for shipping. We charge you what the freight or shipping company would charge you and DO NOT make a profit off of it. The cost it takes to come from us and arrive to you is what our freight charge is and that's it. We do not like hidden fees and up charges. We like to be transparent with our customers.

Thank you to https://www.crazyegg.com/blog/free-shipping/ who gave us some valuable information and a different spin on the information 

Jun 5, 2017

Revoking the Agreement w/ Paris - What you should know.....

No longer in Agreement with Paris on Climate

An intelligent person would ask the first questions: What is the Paris Agreement actually about.

"The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and- for the first time - brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in global climate effort. 
Image result for paris climate agreementThe Paris Agreement's central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. To reach these ambitious goals, appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity building framework will  be put in place, thus supporting actions by developing countries, in line with their own national objectives. The agreement also provides for enhanced transparency of action and support through a more robust transparency framework." 

With the US pulling out of the agreement with Paris on climate there are plenty of speculations and information swirling around. We've read blogs and informational to get the best info to bring to you. Some of the information you hear from other sources will be based on opinion but not facts. We've dug deep to get the facts and thrown in a couple of opinions - but we make that clear what is what. Here's what you need to know.

President Trump announced that he would not be going through with the Paris Agreement. He stated that the agreement is a disadvantage to the US and will "cease implementation" unless Paris and the US can renegotiate its terms. At this time we are unsure (as most people are) how the revoking of the plan will work in the court systems. In the process of renegotiating a new agreement; it's going to take a fairly long time because in the agreement it states no country may give a notice to the United Nations to withdraw before three years from the agreement date (November 4 2016). With that being said, no country has left the Paris Agreement until now. Furthermore the withdrawal does not take effect until a year AFTER providing the proper notice.

  • Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement has different impacts that include:
  • trade with international territory 
  • the choices of investment funds across a number of industries 
  • efforts for climate change in the oil and gas as well as other energy sectors
  • the role of environmental requirements of states such as NY and CA

Image result for paris climate agreementThese are only some of the changes, damages, and benefits from getting out of the Paris Agreement. Some countries are looking at this as a benefit. The director of National University's Climate Change Institute Mark Howden said, "This opens up opportunities for other countries to occupy the power vacuum that the US is leaving when it pulls out of these sorts of agreements... I could imagine some countries are very positive - seeing this as a good opportunity to start flexing their muscles internationally." Countries such as China, EU, and India are progressing in the green initiatives and have said to still be committed to the agreement. In the agreement there are plans to tackle the carbon emissions as well as global warming. A low-carbon economy transition is a big goal in the Agreement. So we're wondering what parts of this agreement are the part that the US "disagrees" with in order to pull out. Those things not being stated yet.

It is clear that majority of US companies and factories will relocate to centers to Asia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam and other countries that need foreign capital to reach renewable energy goals. So that means in simple terms. Less US jobs and the US doesn't need renewable energy as much as other countries does..... ???

Other sources we've found say that there was purpose to pull out of the agreement including the efforts to find new and innovative ways for renewable energy sources. Read more here.... http://fortune.com/2017/06/04/paris-climate-agreement-what-is-trump-deal-accord/

Image result for paris climate agreementWe feel there is more to come. More information, more reasons, and more changes. We believe in the climate change being something new and innovative. We need to pay attention to the climate and being able to implement renewable energy sources so there's doesn't come a time when everything is burnt up and nothing can be accomplished to revert the irreplaceable damage we've done. We feel the climate and climate change is real and deserves world wide attention and collaboration in order to help combat the negatives. We have to get on one accord for new and innovative technologies to be effective in the moves over to an all renewable energy world.

We are always here to do our little part. Offering Eco-Friendly products and solutions for your home and garden.

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Poisons Pick People not the Other Way Around

Something we briefly spoke about in another blog that had to do with smoking. We thought the subject was something worth expanding upon. Spraying toxins in the air is the most dangerous thing to do in a community or anywhere in the world but it's done daily, even hourly. This is something we should all pay attention to. This is reasons why we're all for being Eco-friendly. Re-think he way you eat, re-think the way you live, re-think your life. 
Why are healthier foods more expensive? Why when on a budget fresh and organic produce isn't affordable? Why is there food programs that teach and encourage healthy eating at the child level? 
 The big corporations are targeting the less fortunate.... 


CREDIT TO https://thefern.org/2015/04/fields-of-toxic-pesticides-surround-the-schools-of-ventura-county-are-they-poisoning-the-students/ca_poison_v4/

May 22, 2017

15 Environmental Things to Pay Attention To...

Environmental Things To Pay Attention To: Top 15

With Earth Day just passing in April, we still need to be earth conscience. There are numerous thing effecting our planet and it takes all of us paying attention to them to make a change. Despite some people's "thinking" global warming isn't a real thing, there's science to prove that it is! The changing environment and environmental factors that contribute to the physical changes still need to be addressed often. I mean just think about it - how terrible have natural disasters been in the past ten years versus the ten previous years. They continue to get worst if you have not noticed. It's like an angry person coming back in a whole heap of more anger in retaliation from what you done to them. We do not treat the Earth good, it will not treat us any better. Spreading the word and educating people is the way to make more and more individuals aware so we can do something about it. The Earth is warming, ice caps are melting - these things are real, even if you do not know a lot, you have to notice something is happening.

Every day, every month, every year, national parks and landscapes that we once knew are changing and not coming back. Once we damage it, there's no re-do! We should be in a state of emergency about our planet. Just because the Earth has lasted this long doesn't mean it will last forever. We have to address these issues head on or we are surely doomed for disaster in a matter of time. Pay attention to these things around you:

1. Pollution: Pollution of air, water and soil require millions of years to recoup. Industry and motor vehicle exhaust are the number one pollutants. Heavy metals,
nitrates and plastic are toxins responsible for pollution. While water pollution is caused by oil spill, acid rain, urban runoff; air pollution is caused by various gases and toxins released by industries and factories and combustion of fossil fuels; soil pollution is majorly caused by industrial waste that deprives soil from essential nutrients.
2. Global Warming: Climate changes like global warming is the result of human practices like emission of Greenhouse gases. Global warming leads to rising temperatures of the oceans and the earth’ surface causing melting of polar ice caps, rise in sea levels and also unnatural patterns of precipitation such as flash floods, excessive snow or desertification.
3. Overpopulation: The population of the planet is reaching unsustainable levels as it faces shortage of resources like water, fuel and food. Population explosion in less developed and developing countries is straining the already scarce resources. Intensive agriculture practiced to produce food damages the environment through use of chemical fertilizer, pesticides and insecticides. Overpopulation is one of the crucial current environmental problem.
4. Natural Resource Depletion: Natural resource depletion is another crucial current environmental problems. Fossil fuel consumption results in emission of Greenhouse gases, which is responsible for global warming and climate change. Globally, people are taking efforts to shift to renewable sources of energy like solar, wind, biogas and geothermal energy. The cost of installing the infrastructure and maintaining these sources has plummeted in the recent years.
5. Waste Disposal: The over consumption of resources and creation of plastics are creating a global crisis of waste disposal. Developed countries are notorious for producing an excessive amount of waste or garbage and dumping their waste in the oceans and, less developed countries. Nuclear waste disposal has tremendous health hazards associated with it. Plastic, fast food, packaging and cheap electronic wastes threaten the well being of humans. Waste disposal is one of urgent current environmental problem.
6. Climate Change: Climate change is yet another environmental problem that has surfaced in last couple of decades. It occurs due to rise in global warming which occurs due to increase in temperature of atmosphere by burning of fossil fuels and release of harmful gases by industries. Climate change has various harmful effects but not limited to melting of polar ice, change in seasons, occurrence of new diseases, frequent occurrence of floods and change in overall weather scenario.
7. Loss of Biodiversity: Human activity is leading to the extinction of species and habitats and and loss of bio-diversity. Eco systems, which took millions of years to perfect, are in danger when any species population is decimating. Balance of natural processes like pollination is crucial to the survival of the eco-system and human activity threatens the same. Another example is the destruction of coral reefs in the various oceans, which support the rich marine life.
8. Deforestation: Our forests are natural sinks of carbon dioxide and produce fresh oxygen as well as helps in regulating temperature and rainfall. At present forests cover 30% of the land but every year tree cover is lost amounting to the country of Panama due to growing population demand for more food, shelter and cloth. Deforestation simply means clearing of green cover and make that land available for residential, industrial or commercial purpose.
9. Ocean Acidification: It is a direct impact of excessive production of CO2. 25% of CO2 produced by humans. The ocean acidity has increased by the last 250 years but by 2100, it may shoot up by 150%. The main impact is on shellfish and plankton in the same way as human osteoporosis.
10. Ozone Layer Depletion: The ozone layer is an invisible layer of protection around the planet that protects us from the sun’s harmful rays. Depletion of the crucial Ozone layer of the atmosphere is attributed to pollution caused by Chlorine and Bromide found in Chloro-floro carbons (CFC’s). Once these toxic gases reach the upper atmosphere, they cause a hole in the ozone layer, the biggest of which is above the Antarctic. The CFC’s are banned in many industries and consumer products. Ozone layer is valuable because it prevents harmful UV radiation from reaching the earth. This is one of the most important current environmental problem.
11. Acid Rain: Acid rain occurs due to the presence of certain pollutants in the atmosphere. Acid rain can be caused due to combustion of fossil fuels or erupting volcanoes or rotting vegetation which release sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere. Acid rain is a known  environmental problem that can have serious effect on human health, wildlife and aquatic species.
12. Water Pollution: Clean drinking water is becoming a rare commodity. Water is becoming an economic and political issue as the human population fights for this resource. One of the options suggested is using the process of desalinization. Industrial development is filling our rivers seas and oceans with toxic pollutants which are a major threat to human health.
13. Urban Sprawl: Urban sprawl refers to migration of population from high density urban areas to low density rural areas which results in spreading of city over more and more rural land. Urban sprawl results in land degradation, increased traffic, environmental issues and health issues. The ever growing demand of land displaces natural environment consisting of flora and fauna instead of being replaced.
14: Public Health Issues: The current environmental problems pose a lot of risk to health of humans, and animals. Dirty water is the biggest health risk of the world and poses threat to the quality of life and public health. Run-off to rivers carries along toxins, chemicals and disease carrying organisms. Pollutants cause respiratory disease like Asthma and cardiac-vascular problems. High temperatures encourage the spread of infectious diseases like Dengue.
15. Genetic Engineering: Genetic modification of food using biotechnology is called genetic engineering. Genetic modification of food results in increased toxins and diseases as genes from an allergic plant can transfer to target plant. Genetically
modified crops can cause serious environmental problems as an engineered gene may prove toxic to wildlife. Another drawback is that increased use of toxins to make insect resistant plant can cause resultant organisms to become resistant to antibiotics.
So many things come into play when thinking about making a change; who you vote for local, state wide, or nationally. Caring for the environment isn't a one and done thing either. It's a constant and often form of care. It's not an easy thing, believe it we know! You may not can change something immediately, but eventually your work will not go unnoticed. You'll feel better and the Earth will also love you for it. Teach your family and friends and let them become a part of the journey. You never know how big one little change can make a huge impact. 

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