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The start of school is around the corner for many families.  It means time to get back to packing lunches, after school activities, and a routine.  Even adults without kids return from vacation and re-establish routine.

Why not add in one eco-friendly step this autumn?  Here are six simple green changes you can try:

1) Walk or bike to school or work once a week.  You’ll love the endorphins, the environment will love the lack of gas pollution.

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2) Convert your plastic bottled water habit to a water-from-home habit.  A stainless steel water bottle will save you money in the long run, eliminate waste, and give you BPA free beverages.  We recommend a 12 ounce klean kanteen with sports top or EarthLust 13 ounce bottle to fit in a children’s lunch box.

3) Pack your lunch once a week or more.  It’s easier to eat healthy local foods when you pack them yourself.  birdtote2

4) Use a reusable lunch bag like our totes from Blue Q and utensils like the microbites from Guyot Designs.  Save money and eliminate waste!

5) Enjoy your morning hot beverage in a reusable cup.  It’s easy to run through the drive through or stop at a coffee shop on the way to school or work, but those paper and styrofoam cups really add up in the landfill.  Bring your coffee or tea with you from home or ask your local barista to fill up your reusable mug.  Most will be happy to do so and some even offer a discount for bringing your own!

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6) Don’t forget to do your back to school shopping with reusable bags.  We now sell beautiful b.b.begonia foldable lightweight totes that make switching to reusable bags easy.

If you want to save a little green, use coupon code ‘greenschool’ at www.BayingHound.com for a 10% discount until August 31!

Are any of you planning back to school changes to benefit your health and the environment?

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Every year, cyclists around the US participate in Bike to Work Week.  The League of American Bicyclists promotes May as National Bike Month.  Bike to Work Week is May 11 – 15.  Bike to Work Day is Friday May 15.

There are special events held in many communities.  Find happenings in your town through the League of American Bicyclists events listing.

Bike to Work Week has is active in Columbus OH where our headquarters are located.  There is a challenge to see who can rack up the most rides in work teams. We are hosting a team for those of us who work from home in Central Ohio.

VP Alex cycling

VP Alex cycling

Cycling to work can be a difficult routine to establish.  One has to have the right equipment and feel safe on the road.  Bike to Work Week gives riders a chance to experiment with this healthy, environmentally friendly form of transportation.

Are you ready for Bike to Work Week?  Now is the time to tune up your bike, adjust your helmet, map your routes and work up to the big ride!

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One of the biggest changes you can make to minimize your impact on the environment is to make local food choices.  Shopping at the farmer’s market and participating in CSAs ensures your food doesn’t travel far wasting precious resources.  Usually food is minimally packaged.  Eating locally also gives you peak of the season selection which is healthier for you.

Finding local food sources can sometimes be difficult because many farmers are so busy working the fields they have little time or inclination to market themselves.

That’s where www.localharvest.org steps in.  They have a rich database of farmers, markets, restaurants and CSAs countrywide sorted by product type and location.  Their newsletter is informative but not intrusive, arriving only every few weeks or so.  The event listings could fill your whole summer with local food activities!

The hounds say, check it out!

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To celebrate Earth Day, we are offering an eco-fabulous giveaway!

We will give away a $39 gift certificate to www.BayingHound.com in honor of the 39th anniversary of northern hemisphere Earth Day on April 22, 2009.  Started in 1970, Earth Day is a time to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.

Environmental conservation is one of our top priorities at Baying Hound.  We use sustainable business practices to ensure we are wisely using resources.  We only carry items that are earth friendly.  Through the 1% for Good program, Baying Hound gives financial support to eco-friendly organizations like the National Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy.

To win the $39 gift certificate, all you have to do is  leave a comment below with what BPA free bottle, ReUsable Bag, Earth Friendly Apparel, or Eco Accessory you will purchase from www.BayingHound.com if you win.

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Entries will close on April 21 at midnight EST.  The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2009.

If you love our earth friendly business, can you help us out with a vote in the Intuit Small Business contest?  Read all the details or go straight to the voting page. Thanks!

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We have often considered whether the ecommerce model is more earth friendly than brick and mortar.  For some things like those you could pick up at the local grocery store, e-commerce probably wastes more resources in transportation.  But for more unique items like those Baying Hound carries, we have always figured the average person would travel far enough that buying online wastes fewer resources than buying from a brick and mortar store.

Now Carnegie Mellon has done a study to evaluate this idea.  “In a study of this nature with numerous variables, we took great care to estimate average case performance using simulations and approximations,” said H. Scott Matthews, associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and research director of the Green Design Institute. “We were able to show that in the majority of cases studied, the Buy.com e-commerce model does perform better than shopping at traditional retail in the areas of carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption.”

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Do you use lip balm?  Do you know what’s in your lip balm?

Most balms on the market are comprised primarily of petroleum jelly, an unnatural, unsustainable ingredient.  Petroleum jelly is indeed derived from non-renewable oil, often served up in a non recyclable plastic tube.

In addition to not being eco-friendly, petroleum based balms don’t actually work well.  Petroleum is not absorbed into the skin, so it only provides surface protection.

On the other hand, all natural balms have natural oil bases.  Natural oils and shea butter (a popular all natural balm ingredient) absorb into the skin, rehydrating dry lips from the inside.

Jess' Bee Natural Lip Balms

Jess' Bee Natural Lip Balms

We are excited to carry Jess’ Bee Natural Lip Balms, now in six flavors.  Jess’ balms use only the finest ingredients, from the local beeswax to the essential oil from Florida.  All of the packaging supplies are also made in the USA: labels are printed right here in Columbus, Ohio, by a family owned company and the tubes are made in the Carolinas.  Best of all, they are hand poured to ensure the highest quality right here in our home town of Columbus Ohio.

Because we want all of you to treat your lips with these eco-friendly balms, we are offering special pricing deal.  Buy one balm for $3, two for $5.50, or four for $10.

Treat your lips to a soothing eco-friendly balm today!

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…jaborch! I’ll be emailing you with details about how to receive your choice of our reusable water bottles!

(I wasn’t smart enough to put in a name field, so I only have email handles!  Doh!)

This was our first web based survey and we are pleased to have gotten so many opinions.   We learned that you all love customer reviews and generally like our site.  Thanks so much for the feedback.

If you didn’t get a chance to complete the survey, we always welcome your comments.  Just Email Rachel with your thoughts.

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