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Today we are featuring, Erin Leigh, a writer and marketer for New American Funding, an HUD Approved and FHA Direct Endorsement mortgage banker serving 21 states across the country. When she’s not writing, she’s finding new ways to reduce her carbon footprint no matter where her travels take her.
There are some things every beach vacation must have: blue skies, white sand beaches, and crystal clear water are just some of the necessities. But if you’re living green at home, you shouldn’t have to abandon your eco-friendly lifestyle just for a week of fun in the sun at the beach. Luckily with these easy tips, you won’t have to.
You’re already doing one of the easiest things for an eco-friendly beach trip: Skip the hotel and get a rental. The United States’ 47,000 hotels spend more than $2,000 on energy per available room, and when you consider that most hotels have between 70-120 rooms, it’s easy to see just how much is being wasted.
by Joanna Eng
Biking season is finally upon us in New England. Bike enthusiasts and newbie cyclists alike can take advantage of one of the best-quality bike trails in the country right on Cape Cod. Dust the cobwebs off your bicycle, or head to one of the many local rental shops, and set out on a ride while breathing in the sea breezes.
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is 22 miles from end to end, starting near the center of the Cape in South Dennis and following a former railroad route all the way to Wellfleet. But of course, you can hop on anywhere along the way. Granite markers tick off every mile so you know how far you’ve gone and how far you are from your home base. If you want to start in Dennis, there are plenty of FlipKey rentals to serve as your launch-off point, including this two-bedroom cottage with a bicycle shed.
Whether it’s cookies from the vending machine at a rest area or yet another slice of pizza from the boardwalk, sometimes traveling makes us forget our healthy eating habits. It can be hard to stick to a diet or find the healthiest choices when you’re in an unfamiliar place. But thanks to technology, there are some easy new ways to get this information whenever—and wherever—you need it. Here are a few smartphone apps (for iPhone and Android) that can help travelers make better food choices while on the road or abroad.
If your Savannah St. Patrick’s Day celebration revolves around beer, why not take in some flavors of the region by indulging in locally brewed varieties? Not only will they taste more unique and memorable than your average mass-produced national or imported beer, your consumption will be lighter on the environment due to shorter shipping distances and the more careful production practices of microbreweries.
Just a block away from the river on Bay Street in Savannah, Moon River Brewing Company is a bar and restaurant that brews several award-winning varieties of beer right in the same building. On St. Patrick’s Day, Moon River is offering a special Irish menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to all the goodness flowing on tap.
And of course, since Moon River is the only brewery located in Savannah, its brews can be found in bars and restaurants all around town. A couple of the best places to find a huge variety of craft beers in Savannah are The Distillery, a gastropub on Liberty Street, and Jen’s & Friends, a bar on Bull Street downtown. But if you can’t get Moon River, or want to try something different, there are plenty of craft beers coming out of Georgia and South Carolina that you can keep an eye out for:
- Atlanta-area breweries include SweetWater Brewing Company, Jailhouse Brewing Company, BattleGreen Beer Company, and 5 Seasons Brewing Company.
- Based in Athens, Georgia, Terrapin Beer Company is one of the state’s most well-known craft breweries.
- In Charleston, South Carolina, Southend Brewery and Palmetto Brewing Company both make craft beers only 100 miles from Savannah.
- Farther up the coast, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is home to New South Brewery.
- Inland, Aiken Brewing Company puts out microbrews aplenty in Aiken, South Carolina.
- In Upstate South Carolina, there’s Blue Ridge Brewing Company and Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, and RJ Rockers in Startanburg.
If you can’t find these brands in the bars you’re going into, ask your bartenders what local beers they offer. And if they don’t have any, then by all means, request them! By tracking down, tasting, and asking for these microbrews, you’ll be supporting the local economy and promoting innovation and variety: craft beer makers are always coming up with bold, new flavors to keep your taste buds entertained.
Here’s to a greener (and tastier) St. Patrick’s Day!
Joanna Eng is a New York-based writer and editor who covers travel, green living, food, careers, entrepreneurship, and more. Her travel experiences have ranged from hostel hopping in Mexico to staying with distant relatives in China to renting a beach apartment in New Jersey.
by Joanna Eng
If you headed to the Gulf Coast or had your own Carnival celebration this year, the whole shebang probably involved lots of colorful plastic beads. Mardi Gras beads are tons of fun, but they can also create a lot of waste. Rather than throwing them away or letting them collect dust on your dresser, never to be used again, try some of these methods of reusing, “upcycling,” or even crafting your own beads.
Where to donate beads
If you’re in New Orleans, you can head to local nonprofit Arc of Greater New Orleans after the party’s over. They’ll take your used beads and re-sell them at next year’s festivities to raise money for their mission to serve people with intellectual disabilities and delays. There are four different bead drop-off locations.
Elsewhere, consider giving your beads to children’s after school programs or senior centers or recycled art supply centers, or anywhere else where colorful crafts are likely to bring people joy.