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Pythons in the Florida Everglades

Taressa George

There are an estimated 10,000 to 100,000 pythons living the the Florida Everglades, but they're not easy to find.  The South Florida Water Management District, which oversees the Everglades restoration, recently hired 25 python hunters to kill the invasive reptiles. 

According to the district, a python growing to 13 feet typically eats in five to seven years one raccoon, one possum, four 5-foot alligators, 10 squirrels, 15 rabbits, 30 cotton rats, 72 mice and about three dozen birds. Those birds include struggling wading birds also threatened by rising sea levels and lengthy delays in Everglades restoration projects.
— http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/os-everglades-python-hunter-20170505-story.html

So far, hunters have killed over 50 pythons, but there are still thousands more wiping out entire populations of native birds and animals.

WellaVerde found designer, Camille Zarsky, who is using those python skins to create hot, one-of-a-kind, handbags.  

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Having worked with non-profit environmental education programs here in Florida, I’ve learned a lot about the extensive damage that invasive, exotic species can have on our ecosystem.  So, in cases like these [the Everglades], I support Camille’s use of the python skins to make something both useful and stylish out of what might otherwise be discarded.
— Taressa George, President & CEO

"Green" Your Car Wash Routine

Denise George

It's a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon and not a cloud in the sky. Perfect time to wash the car. But before you drag out the hose, bucket, soap and sponge, read our tips below on two simple ways to make your car wash a little easier on the earth. 

When we think of storm water pollution, the last thing that comes to mind is a good old-fashioned hand car wash in the front yard. Unfortunately, the toxic chemicals your car picks up on the road (gasoline, tar and oil) get washed into the storm drain. What's worse is the chemicals from non-biodegradable soaps also wash into these storm drains.  Where do the storm drains go?  To local lakes, rivers and streams.

Clearly, we are not helping the water quality or the fish and wildlife that live in those bodies of water.  The good news is, we can reduce the environmental impact of our car washes in one of two ways!

1. Always wash your car on a permeable or pervious surface.

Anytime you wash a car, choose a grassy or gravel covered area to keep the toxic runoff from flowing down the driveway and into the storm drains.  The earth's natural filters (dirt) help remove excess toxins, keeping them from polluting local water sources.

2. Drop by a "self-serve" or full-service car wash

If you're fortunate enough to live near a car washing facility, give it a go! Most car washing stops have drainage systems that send wastewater to a water treatment facility, which is a much better resting place for that dirty runoff.

See! Being green can be easy! Just a few small changes can make a big difference.

For more simple ways to leave a green footprint, follow our blog and check out TAPP's website

 

Elon Musk: A Leader in the Sustainability Movement

Taressa George

I had an opportunity to meet a diverse group of professionals today and share the story of my road to business ownership.  I asked the people in the room to throw out some names of famous entrepreneurs.  “Elon Musk,” someone replied.  “Who?” I asked.  “Creator of SpaceX and Tesla Motors,” he politely answered.  Ah, Yes. Those were two names I did recognize.  Following my presentation, the gentleman who threw out that name told me some interesting facts about the Tesla founder.  Like the fact that he created Tesla Motors to accelerate the advent of sustainable transportation, and help reduce vehicle carbon emission, not to make a profit.  I was immediately intrigued and upon returning to my computer, pulled up a recent interview of the inventor and entrepreneur on 60 Minutes.  

Indeed a fascinating story of both his successes and failures.  Even more exciting was the thought that this Billionaire’s vision and mission are directly in line with ours: providing consumers with a greener alternative so we can live well and leave a green footprint!  Not only was it exciting to hear that a business with a sustainability mission has become so successful, it was also inspiring, and a reminder that businesses with noble causes can shape the future!

WellaVerde isn't a popular tech or social media company.  We aren't inventing the next device that will eliminate the need for coal or oil.  We certainly aren't as well-known as the Golden Arches, and videos on ‘green living’ have by no means gone viral.  Some people call me a tree-hugger and I resemble that remark.  I never forget my reusable grocery bags, am passionate about recycling, and couldn't be happier to be a part of this company.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” (Apple’s Think Different campaign.)

And here’s to sustainability leaders everywhere and their accomplishments that are changing the future! 

Celebrating the Fourth of July,2014

Denise George

A Happy, Fun and Safe Fourth To All America!

Look here to see  the list of the 10 best Fourth of July fireworks !

Look here to see  the list of the 10 best Fourth of July fireworks !

Here are some fun trivia facts provided by Maria Vultaggio of the International Business Time

The Fourth of July is a spectacular day: barbeques, fireworks, fun in the sun (one hopes) and music, all in the name of our country's freedom. While you’re out celebrating with family and friends, here is some strange Independence Day trivia to share, courtesy of ABC News, History.com and Fourth of July Trivia.

What day did most signers of the Declaration of Independence actually sign the document?

Aug. 2, 1776.

How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July Fourth?

Two

Three of the first five presidents died on the Fourth of July:

John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third, died on the same day in 1826, the 50th anniversary.

Which president was born on the Fourth of July?

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, in 1872.

What other countries celebrate the Fourth of July?

Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. Denmark  Danes and Norwegians celebrate American Independence Day because thousands emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s. Other European countries, like England, Portugal and Sweden, hold celebrations near American military bases and or spots frequented by American tourists to boost travel during early July. 

How did the Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Contest begin?

It apparently started after a disagreement among four immigrants over who was the most patriotic.

John Adams would think the country is celebrating Independence Day on the wrong date:  

Adams wrote that July 2, the date the Second Continental Congress voted in Philadelphia to declare independence from Britain, not July 4, would be the day patriots celebrated their freedom. “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America,” Adams wrote on July 3. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

When did the Fourth of July become a legal federal holiday?

1938

Is there something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence?

Yes. It might not be a treasure map as Nicholas Cage’s character claims in “National Treasure,” but there is apparently a message written upside down at the bottom of the signed document: “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.” It’s not known who wrote it or when. Since parchment was usually rolled up during the Revolutionary War years, it’s thought this memo served as a label.

Summer....A Season For Scarves.....Really!!

Denise George

We usually don't think of wearing scarves in the summertime, however, times are changing along with fashion. Scarves aren't just a winter accessory, especially when they are lightweight linen. Linen, a fabric which has been around since 8000 BC, is known for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. Linen scarves add a touch of feminine charm to any outfit. Even when worn wrinkled right out of the dryer they add a touch of elegance.

Why not try your hand at scarf tying and give your summer outfit a cool new look.

For more interesting information on the linen making process read : http://www.madehow.com/Volume-4/Linen.html

For more interesting information on the linen making process read : http://www.madehow.com/Volume-4/Linen.html

....And good luck tying one on!

Hemp for Victory & Victory for Hemp!

Taressa George

Hemp : Marijuana :: O’Doul’s : Budweiser

Recent publicity over the expanding legalization of medicinal marijuana has overshadowed the quiet progress being made in the industrial hemp arena.  For those who aren’t aware, hemp is to marijuana what O’Doul’s is to Budweiser.  That is to say, industrial hemp is a non-psychoactive, subspecies of Cannabis with less than 1% THC and much more CBD, which counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC, rendering it useless for smoking (contrasted to that of marijuana which has upwards of 10 - 20% THC.) Hemp is used to make everything from clothing and paper, to building materials and beneficial food products.  It is one of the most sustainable, rapidly growing crops, and yields nearly four times as much usable fiber as trees or cotton. It is a non-psychoactive species of Cannabis, yet it is illegal to grow in most of the United States.

As early as the 1700s, hemp was a vital crop in the U.S. Prior to 1850 all western ships used hempen rope and sails; even Old Ironsides used hempen rope and sails. Conestoga wagons were covered with hempen canvas. The hemp industry was strongest in Kentucky, Missouri and parts of Wisconsin during the mid 1800s and thrived until the Marihuana Tax Act of 1938.  Then, in 1942 the U.S. government released a short film made during World War II titled “Hemp for Victory” promoting and encouraging the industrial farming and growing of hemp. Why? Because it was costing far too much to import industrial fibers and products such as rope, cloth and cords from overseas.  Over 146,000 acres of fiber hemp were harvested in 1943 until cheaper fibers for cording, such as jute and sisal, initiated a second decline in the demand for hemp. Cotton soon took center stage as a more profitable crop, and with more textiles being made from cotton the decline in the demand for hemp continued. And although it has been known for decades that hemp produces a higher quality and grade of paper, wood pulp continues to be our primary paper source, resulting in the continued deforestation and resulting degradation of our environment.  In the 1950s, the confusion and association with its cousin, marijuana, resulted in anti-drug legislation banning all varieties of cannabis, putting a pointless end to one of the most useful, sustainable crops in our country for nearly 70 years.

Thankfully, we are seeing signs of progress in Washington DC. This week’s federal farm bill approved by Congress includes a Hemp Amendment, which although doesn't legalize hemp production, does allow research on industrial hemp by universities and state agriculture departments in the 10 states where hemp production is legal: California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.  That means more support for proving that industrial hemp can be the U.S.’s next biggest sustainable crop. Eleven more states have introduced hemp bills this year: Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  And 14 states have defined industrial hemp as being distinctly different from marijuana and removed production barriers.  There are two bills pending in Congress right now that would legalize hemp completely; House Resolution 525, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013," and the companion legislation, Senate Bill 359.

The U.S. hemp industry is estimated to be over $500 million in annual retail sales, with everything from handbags (left) to edible hemp hearts. The progress being made on Capitol Hill means hope for the U.S. at becoming a predominant source for one of most sustainable crops on the planet.  

Read more at:

  • http://www.hemphasis.net/History/harriedhemp.htm
  • http://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/fiber/industrial-hemp-profile/
  • http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2014/jan/29/breakthrough_farm_bill_includes_breakthrough

Welcome Compost Awareness Week...May 5-11

Denise George

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Using a countertop compost pail in the kitchen is both a handy and attractive way to keep up with collecting kitchen scraps.

A day full of good food and drink can accumulate a lot of great compost material, and this week we celebrate composting! From coffee grounds to vegetable peels and orange rinds, once composted, can divert over 30% of garbage away from the garbage can.

Composting also introduces beneficial nutrients to the soil by introducing microscopic organisms which aerate the soil, break down plant material, and create natural fertilizers and ward off plant disease.


Just remember that the average household discards about 474 pounds of food waste a year. This is equivalent to about 1.5 pounds of food waste per person a day, so don't waste it...compost it!

Fashion Revolution Day! Who Made Your Clothes?

Denise George

This year, Thursday, April 24 will be known as "National Revolution Day" in the clothing industry. On this day in 2013 over 1,130 people lost their life and over 2,500 people were injured when the 8 story Savar building in the garment district in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed. The building housed clothing factories, a bank, apartments and other shops. It is said that the illegal addition of two floors on an already substandard building caused cracks which led to the collapse.

 

Savar Building collapse in Bangladesh garment district.

Savar Building collapse in Bangladesh garment district.

It is said that tragedies lead to hope. The hopefull and promising results emerging out of this tragedy are leading to real change. Consumers are more aware than ever of where their clothing is made and by whom. Companies have signed the Accord on Fire and Safety in Bangladesh, and the Bangladesh government has increased minimum wage pay by 77%.

 

Wear your clothes inside-out on April 24 and support the industry-wide transformation to a more sustainable future.

April is Water Conservation Month in Florida

Denise George

If we could use 2 less gallons of water per day, we could save 60 gallons a month and 720 gallons a year !

If we could use 2 less gallons of water per day, we could save 60 gallons a month and 720 gallons a year !

Dozens of agencies and local governments in Florida are joining together to promote the importance of water conservation. The St. John's River Water Management District has some great tips for lawn and landscape irrigation which accounts for more than half of all residential water use.

April has been long known to be a dry month in Florida. As spring planting begins, the demand for water usage goes up. Lawn and landscape irrigation accounts for more than half of residential water consumption. Therefore, for the  past 16 years April  is recognized as Water Conservation Month in Florida.

Although Florida practically surrounded by water, not all of that water is fresh for drinking purposes and water levels fluctuate. Read more on water conservation at floridaswater.com.