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Cool Places in New York for Green Travelers

Places in New York – You’re committed to protecting our environment and our precious resources. You’re also planning a vacation to explore New York City. You may be wondering, how well do these two things go together? Fortunately, very well. For one thing, moving around New York with a minimal carbon footprint is easy. If you’ve ever had the hair-raising experience of driving a car in New York, you know that it’s much easier to walk the busy streets than to drive them. New York is also rich with eco-friendly experiences, such as beautiful parks and locally sourced foods. The city has been a leader in passing laws that decrease its carbon footprint and increase sustainability. One of New York’s most ambitious programs is the Carbon Challenge, a voluntary partnership among universities, hotels and other businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Read on for some tips to make your … Read more

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5 Best Nature Inspired Vacation Activities

Nature Inspired Vacation – Traveling around a city can be great because almost everything you need is within reach, making it convenient for our often-excessive lives. However, city traveling can also be exhausting; its fast-paced lifestyle and lack of room for relaxation can be draining, both physically and mentally, that’s not to mention the effects of light, sound and air pollution. This is why many of us prefer having our vacations in places where we can be as far from the demanding and exhausting city life as possible. Nature inspired vacation activities are a great way to relax and unwind from the hectic schedules we have while in the city. Nature Inspired Vacation Here are some of the best nature-inspired activities you can incorporate when planning for your next break: Rock Climbing in California Rock climbing isn’t what comes to mind when talking about California but the state that is … Read more

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Best Toaster Oven Hacks FAQ

Best Toaster Oven Hacks What is the difference between enamel and aluminum interiors? Enamel or “durastone” as it’s entitled on some models is usually found in the higher end toaster ovens. The difference is that enamel interiors are much easier to maintain. To clean, you simply wipe the remnants off. With aluminum, cleaning your toaster oven may prove a little more difficult. Also, some manufacturers claim that the enamel distributes heat for a more evenly distributed heat supply. Can I put aluminum foil in my toaster oven? It is possible. Some manufacturers warn against it, due to the heat capacity inside the machine. If you do, you should be careful to avoid placing it too close to burners or the side of the interior. How can I maintain my toaster oven? Some toaster oven interiors are coated with a non-stick enamel, as mentioned above (check your manual). If this is … Read more

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Are E-Scooters Safe Sustainable and Green or Dirty and Deadly

E-Scooters – If you live in a major American city, then chances are you’ve seen rentable electric scooters or electric skateboard within the past year.  The National Association of City Transportation Officials now estimates Americans took about 38.5 million rides on these devices in 2018 alone. Amazingly, that’s higher than trips on dockless bikes, which came in at around 36.5 million. Obviously, a major reason for this surge in e-scooter use has to do with convenience. For instance, recent data out of DePaul University shows most Chicagoans use e-scooters either in the morning or after work. It’s also clear most people only “scoot” short distances on their daily commute. So, the convenience factor is undeniable, but what about other claims e-scooter companies make? E-Scooters Are They Safe & Sustainable or Dirty & Deadly – The Green Way Forward? For instance, many companies claim e-scooters are an eco-friendly alternative to car … Read more