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With Mothers Day fast approaching getting mom the gift she'll love always seems like an impossible task. So we thought we'd give you a couple gift ideas in case you have a Green mom.

1) DECORATIVE CERAMIC COMPOST KEEPER

Why not get mom a composter she wouldn't mind looking at? Most of the composters on the market are ugly and obtrusive which may deter your mom from actually using it.

You can purchase this online here from EarthEasy 


This ceramic compost keeper has a sturdy stainless steel handle for easy carrying. The tight fitting lid holds a filter for odor-free use. It comes with one filter, so you're set for the first six months of use. Replacement filters are inexpensive, and available by clicking the link above.

2) GARDEN IN A BAG

Not everyone has a garden where they can grow all the spices and herbs they need. The Garden in a Bag is a perfect alternative for a tight-space garden. Not only does the Inhabitat Shop have Parlsey, but they also carry:


  •  Basil
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Lavendar
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Thyme

3) Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

If you have a Yogi mom then this Yoga-mat is PERFECT for her. Jade mats are made with a natual rubber tapped form rubber trees. It's made unlike other mats as it contains ZERO PVC, EVA or any other synthetic rubbers. Not only that but Jade Yoga also plants a tree for every mat sold!

 

You can buy this Travel Mat Here from Jade Yoga

 

4) Reversible Bamboo Candle Holder

This cute candle holder is made from Bamboo, which is one of the most renewable and fastest growing resources on earth. It is not wood but a species of grass that needs no replanting. It grows without chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and can be harvested in just 3-5 years.

Fun fact: Did you know that the G-PAK single serve pod is has Bamboo in its composition? 

You can buy this Bamboo Candle Holder here from Bambu Home

 

5) Reusable Water Bottle

There are a TON of resusable water bottles on the market, but our favourite is by Bobble. The Water Bobble is a eco friendly reusable water bottle that is BPA free! AND it has a filter in it!

You can buy the Water Bobble here 

We hope that these gifts will help you make a decision on what to get mom this year! 

We've linked each of the pictures to the products website so you can easily go to the source and make a purchase on line 

On behalf of the entire team at G-PAK we would like to wish you (and/or your mom) a Happy Mothers Day :)

 

Imagine your government enacted laws forcing you to change your daily routine.  That’s exactly what Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, has done. As part of a wide scale effort to reduce energy consumption and waste, government officials in Hamburg have banned the use of coffee pods in government-run buildings, offices and institutions (including schools and universities). 

It’s not new information that single-serve coffee (“SSC”) pods have taken the coffee marketplace by storm.  SSC offers convenience, improved consistency and fewer half-pots of coffee down the drain each morning.  Moreover, every single-serve user has the unique ability to brew the roast or blend that he or she most enjoys.  Single-serve coffee machines also make it possible for businesses to offer fresh coffee to clients and employees without having to discern whether the coffee in the pot is fresh.

According to the BBC News, the ban applies to “equipment for hot drinks in which portion packaging is used.” The ban thus covers any single-serve brewer, including Keurig or Nespresso machines.

Hamburg's Department for the Environment and Energy states that coffee pods cause "unnecessary resource consumption and waste generation," and "often contain polluting aluminum."  Jan Dube, a spokesperson for the Hamburg Department of the Environment explained to BBC News, the pods “can’t be recycled easily because they are often made of a mixture of plastic and aluminium.”

The regulations also prohibit spending public funds on bottled water, plastic cutlery and chlorine-based cleaning products. Hamburg is believed to be the world's first city to outlaw the use of these products. 

Who is leading the race?

In the City of Vancouver, the Greenest City Action Plan is a strategy for staying on the leading edge of urban sustainability.  Through a set of “measurable and attainable targets,” government officials aim to put “Vancouver on the path to becoming the greenest city in the world.”

One of the initiative’s primary goals is to produce zero waste.  Over the last four years, the City has introduced a new green bin program to collect and divert compostable food scraps.  On January 1, 2015 a “Metro Vancouver region-wide ban on the disposal of organic waste with garbage came into effect.”  Government officials supported the ban with a bylaw requiring all properties in Vancouver to have an “organic waste diversion plan.”  

“With full engagement by all partners,” government officials are confident that the zero waste actions are achievable.  The initiative supports the City’s goal in moving toward a “closed-loop, cradle-to-cradle economy where resources are put to the highest and best use.

Elsewhere…


California set a precedent when it voted a ban on the use plastic bags into law in 2014.  However, that measure has been put on hold due to heavy lobbying from pro-plastic groups to hold a public referendum.  The ban will be put to a state-wide vote in November of 2016.


In July 2015, Hawaii became the first state to actually implement a state-wide plastic bag ban.  Hawaii’s ban prohibits grocery stores from handing out certain types of non-reusable plastic bags. However, the exemptions in Hawaii’s regulations include a significant loophole. 

The law defines plastic bags that are 0.0025 inches and have handles as reusable.  Several retailers have adapted to the new law by handing out slightly thicker plastic bags.   


In March of 2015 France passed a law that made it mandatory for rooftops on new buildings in commercial zones to be either partially covered in plants or solar panels. Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer.

These courageous political initiatives are paving the way for real change, we are looking forward to seeing what else Canada (and the rest of the world) has in store as we shift toward becoming a greener global community.

 

Coffee is easy to take for granted. Sacs of it are exported by the millions and made available in almost every grocery store. What many people don't know is that the process of getting these beans to your coffee cup is a long one. There are villages of people involved in picking these beans, which then need to be manually processed and finally pass a stringent taste test. It's a pretty incredible journey that coffee takes to make it to your cup.

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The Polar Bears International’s (PBI) annual Polar Bear Day is coming up quickly!

Every year on February 27th Polar Bear Day raises awareness about the threat that climate change is posing to polar bears and their fragile arctic home. Polar Bear Day urges you to reduce your carbon emissions through something called the Thermostat Challenge.

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If you find yourself asking, is there a difference? The answer is YES. Is this important? Again, YES.

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The city of Vancouver is pretty committed to being green. They want to be the greenest city in the world by 2020. By 2050, the City of Vancouver aims to run on 100% renewable energy. What you may not already know is that the City of Vancouver is doing some amazing community level work to help you help them achieve this goal.

Here at G-Pak, we respect anyone that tries to fix the status quo and bring real change, especially when they are trying to do it from a community level. It's what we are trying to do on a daily basis. We have put together 6 inspiring things the City of Vancouver is doing that you can get involved with.

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K-Cups – the no-fuss-no-muss coffee and tea pods – have become extremely popular around the world the last few years. However, their rise in popularity has resulted in major problems for the environment, as the plastic, non-compostable pods inevitably end up in the garbage dump.

 

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Last year, Keurig founder John Sylvan said he was ambivalent about his blockbuster invention, the single-serve coffee pod. Sure, he had sold his share of the company in 1997 for $50,000, and his invention accounted for most of the $4.5 billion in sales that Keurig Green Mountain made last year—so that was, perhaps, a mistake.

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3 Reasons To Get Your Compost Going!

Monday is compost day at G-PAK (along with every other day!) 

Do you compost? Tell us why?

Check out this great infographic for 3 benefits of composting. ‪#‎staygreen