Interested in reducing your carbon footprint or living a green(er) lifestyle? Here are some resolutions to help you in the New Year:
Avoid waste and recycle, recycle, recycle. According to The Daily Green, the energy saved from recycling a single aluminum can will operate a television for three hours (and it is super easy)!
Give up plastic bags. While shopping, use reusable bags — cotton and nylon are a great alternatives.
Shop local. There are many benefits from eating and shopping locally. The food is fresher and will keep longer than chain grocery stores’ food, it contains fewer chemicals used to prolong the life, and of course, you would be helping your local economy.
No more bottled water! The price of bottled water is up to 10,000 times the cost of tap water (click here for some astounding facts about bottled water). You can buy a tap water filter ranging from $10- $40 and save yourself hundreds of dollars in the long run.
Start a compost pile. It improves soil quality physically, chemically and biologically. It also reduces the estimated 1.3 pounds of food scraps that Americans throw away daily!
Surrender the paper towels. Try microfiber towels, they pick up dirt, grim, and are reusable. You will save yourself money and reduce waste, a win-win.
For more ideas on how to be eco-friendly this upcoming year, check out The Daily Green.
‘Tis the season for giving! We love being green at Hotel Felix and wanted to showcase several of our favorite eco-friendly gifts for you this holiday season. Don’t forget to bring your reusable shopping bag with you on your shopping trip!
For the Wine Lover
Eco Cork Wine Charms, $11.95 for set of 6, Greenheart Shop (1911 W. Division St.)
These unique wine charms are made right here in Chicago. They come in pretty packaging ready for gifting.
For the Chocoholic
Theo Chipotle Spice Sipping Chocolate, $12.50, Greenheart Shop (1911 W. Division St.)
Support Fair Trade and indulge in delicious chocolate at the same time.
For the Eco-Friendly Baby
IPlay Organic Footie Pants, $17.95 each, Be By Baby! (1654 W. Roscoe St.)
Banish cold toes the eco-friendly way. Be By Baby! has a full line of organic products and also carries vegan items.
For the Traveler
Erbaviva Bath & Body Travel Kit, $30, Green Genes(5111 N. Clark St.)
An delightful combination of certified organic bath salts, refreshing spray, body lotion and body wash.
When traveling, it is always challenging to forecast what to pack for the trip. The weather is unpredictable, you may be unsure on the amount of walking you will do, or how many outfits you will need. The website Green Travel lays out some basic tips to pack green for your next trip:
First, pack multipurpose items. For example, pack versatile shoes that are comfortable; make sure they can be worn with several outfits and are appropriate for different occasions. Different clothing items can be versatile as well, such as a pair of pant or a sweater. Be sure to bring reusable items such as cloth shopping bags, it will create less waste during your trip. Another great tip for green traveling is to cut down on the nonessential items. By cutting down, you will reduce weight in your bag and in most cases you will find that you can function without them.
For more in depth tips for traveling green, head to Green Travel. They also offer great advice on preparing your home before you travel and transportation options.
We want to thank the team at Dotting the Map for staying at Hotel Felix and sharing their experience on their website. We’re flattered! We love the gorgeous full-color photos and intricate descriptions of our amenities, decor and location. We also appreciate their acknowledgement of our green efforts, “… things like low flow toilet seats and shower heads, carpet made of recycled materials and motion activated temperature control systems are a sign that they’re trying to appeal to the eco-conscious,”. For the full review, please check out the article here.