Go Green

Look at all these easy ways to make a few slight changes in your daily life to reduce waste as well as your carbon footprint. Add it up and we can make a difference! 

 

Whether at home, work, on your yacht, or while planning an event, visit these useful links for simple tips.

Go Green at Home

 

Go Green at Home

See some simple tips for going green in the BVI at: Property and Yacht Guide April 2014 pages 10 & 11

Waste

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Take your own reusable shopping bags to the stores

  • Purchase fresh, local produce direct from farmers – bring your own bags!

  • Avoid zip lock bags / aluminium foil and polystyrene containers - purchase reusable containers

  • Reuse old glass jars to freeze food

Energy

Take control of the energy that your TVs and other appliances drain when they're plugged in, but turned off. Just plug your entertainment center into a power strip and turn it off each night to stay in charge.You'll waste less energy - the average home has 20 electronics drawing power in off mode, totaling almost 10% of residential electricity use.

  • Don't sign over your dollars so easily - a plasma TV, for example, sucks up $160 worth of energy annually when in standby mode.

  • Many energy-saving power strips double as surge protectors, so they'll protect electronics against lightning strikes and power surges.

Water

Green you Home with better cleaners

  • Everyday household cleaners contain toxins that are harmful to our health, and pollute our environment. Find out more at www.ewg.org 
  • How to a have Safer Home, improve YOUR Health & YOUR Environment. Read about buying organic, decorating and renovating healthily, home ventilation, ways to reduce dust, and more. Click here to download the full document.

Shopping

  • Buy only what you need
  • Buy from eco-friendly stores such as:

Nutmeg Designs

Green VI's Glass Studio
Natures Way
Local Farmers of the BVI

Go Green at the Office

Going Green at Work

  • Top Tips: A greener workplace can mean a lighter ecological footprint, a healthier and more productive place to work, and good news for the bottom line. Whether you’re the boss or the employee, whether your office is green already or still waiting to see the light, some practical steps can lay the groundwork for a healthy, low-impact workspace. Read more.


    Myett's and Cooper Island are great examples of BVI businesses going green!

Go Green On Board

Sail Green

Here are some Best Practices for your Green Sail
  • Eliminate single-use water bottles.  Use aluminum containers or PBA-free plastic water flasks. Use your  reverse osmosis system onboard for drinkable water or use the refillable 5 gallon water bottles.
  • Recycle glass and aluminium on Virgin Gorda.
  • Use non-toxic, biodegradable and phosphate free products to clean your boat.
  • Use only non-toxic copper-free bottom paints, and avoid those that contain TBT.
  • Use alternative fuels such as B20 or higher biodiesel or vegetable oil.
  • Use on-board alternative energies such as wind and solar power.
  • Dispose of waste properly, never throw trash overboard.
  • Maintain your vessel well, to lengthen the life of the vessel and parts.
  • When motoring, use fuel efficient speeds.
When systems in the BVI are in place:
  • Prevent the discharge of untreated sewage and use pump out stations.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Green Your Next Event

Simple Ways to Green Your Event:

Greening Events

  • Use digital invitations, flyers, and thank you’s instead of paper
www.evite.com 
www.redstamp.com          
Canva (ipad app)
  • Have water refill stations and encourage people to bring their own reusable/ refillable containers or sell branded reusable containers. 

  • Use only biodegradable food containers, cutlery if real cutlery and crokery is not available. The BVI now has a supplier of eco party products! www.greentechbvi.com

  • Arrange for a local pig farmer to pick up food scraps

  • Set up recycling stations - begin education people to put things in the correct bins. Have a “Green Team” to help people people sort their refuse at the onsite containers.

  • If you have a large event, offer prizes or t-shirts for bags full of litter/ recyclables

  • Measure how many bags of waste were diverted from the landfill or incinerator.

  • Educate others about how you greened your event; use flyers, share with greenvi on facebook, share on other social media outlets.

See how Green VI have worked with the National Parks Trust Flower show, the BVI Spring Regatta, The BVI Boat Show and Cedar School to green their events:

  • Click here to read about the BVI Spring Regatta's award winning greening efforts: BVI Spring Regatta
  • Below is the poster highlighting the greening elements at the Flower Show

How to green your event

Here are some tips used by the Cedar International School 5th Grade mentorship program! (Water stand, Food waste, educational information and green team assistants.)



 

 

 

 

 

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