Part 8: “Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices” by Mindy Pennybacker: Transportation

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Transportation

I have recently been left without a car (well maybe like 6 months ago). I have been packing up my back-pack for a day downtown and heading out. It is difficult with my pain issues, but on good days I love walking and listening to my headphones. I also get a chance to smile at people as I walk by and get a closer look of local businesses.

Walking, Biking, and Ride Sharing
–spend 30 minutes a day walking or cycling instead of driving
–flying is greener, when going coast to coast, than driving. Driving about doubles your CO2 pounds.
–Union of Concerned Scientists’ green travel report
–you can improve your mileage on your car by simplesteps such as keeping the engine tuned and tires correctly inflated and driving at a steady speed
–the train across country is better than flying
–compare prices online
–carpool
–;public transportation
–reduce what you carry in your car
–driving slower saves CO2 emissions and is more cost-effective

Best Shoes
Adbusters’ Blackspot Sneakers: 100% organic hemp uppers, made in union shop
Adidas SLVR Eco-labeled shoes: made with hemp and company claims to be working towards being PVC-free
Asics Running Shoes: look for PVC-free labels
Birkenstock: cork soles are a renewable resource; they take it back and replace soles
Brooks: uses FSC-certified paper fpr packaging; Biomogo midsole biodegrades quicker in landfills
Chaco: PVC-free shoes, sandals, flip-flops
Dan K. Forest: organic hemp shoes
Earth Shoes: 70% recycled material in insoles
–End Running Shoes: made with PCW recycled plastic, bamboo
Hunter PVC-free: natural rubber “Wellies”
Keds Green Label Shoes: PVC-free sneakers made of 100% organic cotton, 20% recycled rubber outsoles, recycled insoles, recycled PET bottle laces
Nike Considered: vegetable-based tanning; fewer petroleum-based and more water-based, low VOC solvents and adhesives; recycled laces, etc.
Patagonia Eco Shoes: stitched, reducing VOC glues and solvents, can replace some parts of shoe; leather is vegetable tanned
Rawganique: hemp sandles for men and women
Simple Shoes Eco Sneaks and Green Toe Eco: blend organic cotton and other natural fabrics, cork, and PCW-recycled PET plastics
Timberland Earthkeepers: shoes and boots; natural rubber soles, etc
Toms: makes footwear for a greener tomorrow with hemp, recycled plastic bottles, and recycled rubber

Donate Old Shoes
www.hopeRuns.org
www.shoe4africa.org
www.shoebank.org
www.soles4souls.org
www.solesresponsibility.org

Airplanes
–trim off carbon footprint in other areas of your life if you are a frequent traveler
–you can purchase carbon offset with companies that invest in renewable enerfyu
–Offset Companies:
Atmosfair
Climate Friendly
Myclimate
TerraPass
Vermont-based NativeEnergy
–fly airlines with good environmental records with Climate Counts

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