GREEN MY LIFE

Simple things you can do to make a big difference in the struggle to address climate change, pollution and shrinking resources.

GREEN MY LIFE

As we journey toward a greener, cleaner, healthier BVI, we must bring home the critical concept that going green is all about helping the environment.  Simple actions we take in our everyday life make a big difference in the struggle to address climate change, pollution and shrinking resources.  How we manage our waste, how we use our water, how we conserve energy and the choices we make as consumers will decide the kind of world our children inherit.  We must “care more and use less.”  It’s easier than you think.

GREEN TIPS

RECYCLE

Download our app to learn what to recycle and where to recycle it. See our education section on how to reduce,  reuse and recycle in the BVI.

ENERGY

We can all help save energy and money if we turn it off, unplug it and change to using energy efficient lights and appliances. Moving toward renewable energy sources will secure our energy security for the future.

WATER

We can learn how to conserve, store and generate our own water. We can also reduce water pollution by decreasing litter and chemical loads. See below for more tips!

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GREEN MY HOME

For your, and your family’s, health, and to protect the fragile BVI environment, here are some green options. These local businesses offer green options to include in your home – cleaners, recycling, composting, reduce, reuse and recycle, green tips 

 

GREEN MY TRAVEL

Interested in greener travel options when visiting our beautiful Islands? These BVI businesses each incorporate environmentally responsible practices.

  • Cooper Island: Runs off solar power, manages sewage well, actively reduces glass and other waste . . . and more
  • Voyage Charters: Built & operate the first eco-friendly electric sailing yachts in the BVI.  Green VI Green Certification Pioneer
  • Nanny Cay: Hosts Tortola’s first public recycling drop off point, makes eco-choices at their restaurants and incorporates many “green” practices into daily operations
  • Necker Island: Works with UniteBVI to use alternative energy and upcycled materials, recycle, and protect wildlife
  • Tradewinds Cruise Club: Uses only eco-friendly cleaning products and no single use plastic. A Green VI Green Certification Pioneer

GREEN MY SCHOOL

Children are our future. Are you interested in finding out how you can “green” your school? 

GREEN MY BUSINESS

Green Certification incentivizes, guides and educates businesses in best “green” practices, and collaborates to develop the Accreditation Level they choose:

 Pledge . Bronze . Silver . Gold . Leader

We use a number of support tools as part of the programme, such as Policy Templates, Accreditation Guides, the Green VI App, and experienced Trainers for hands-on collaboration. Green Certification offers practical, common-sense ways for organizations to help the environment and enhance their operations, such as:

  • Sign “The Pledge”
  • Contribute to the Green Fund
  • Create Checklists  
  • Train Your Staff
  • Set Up a Recycling System
  • Become A Green Leader

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GREEN MY EVENT

Whether you are hosting a backyard party or a large festival, there are lots of ways you can green it! 

  • Assemble a Green Team
  • Reduce the total number of resources used (materials and energy) and reuse where possible e.g. name tags, banners etc
  • Encourage guests and vendors to reduce & reuse resources e.g. car share, reuse bags & water bottles 
  • Set up a recycling system that includes food waste
  • Promote reusable water bottles and set up water stations and 
  • Work with event vendors to limit plastic and use compostable foodware:
    • P3: Eco Islands Disposable Products for green businesses and events
    • Greentech: “Compostable is All We Do” – wide range of good foodware
  • Select eco-friendly awards and event gifts from local vendors
  • Use an App for your event to reduce paper and ink
  • Support local farmers by using their produce
  • Organise a “green competition” that best suits your event  
  • Organise site tours or information talks/ kiosks featuring local green efforts
  • Use eco-friendly detergents 
  • Use renewable energy sources if possible
  • Promote Carbon Offsets
  • Support a local not-for-profit organisation
  • Promote, publicise, monitor and evaluate your green efforts

GREEN MY COMMUNITY

One of the best things about the BVI is its tight knit supportive communities. There are several organisations you can support AND be green!

  • Adopt a Spot (hyperlink to get involved)
  • The BVI Red Cross accepts and sells used clothes, books and household items
  • Family Support Network accepts and sells used clothes and toys
  • Church Groups or a church/social organisation can repurpose donations
  • Youth Empowerment Centre creates Hope and Opportunity for youth by providing a safe haven with specialised activities for young people

GREEN MY LIFE

LIFE

These businesses are making it easier to make responsible choices in the BVI. Spend your money where it matters and support local green efforts.

ARONA’S

FULL BELLY

GOOD MOON

TIDAL ROOTS

ROUND MILL FARM

PLANTWISE

BVI FARMERS NETWORK

BEANS CAFE

CAMDEM MARKET

ISLAND ROOTS

CARIBBEAN MOUNTAIN COFFEE

CARIBBEAN SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES

NATURALLY TASTY

CHIC GOURMET

TASTE OF INDIA

CAPRICCIOS

MELLOW MOODS

NUTMEG DESIGNS

SUPA VALU

A VALUE

BVI RECYCLE EXCHANGE

BVI BRING & BUY

L&L CONSIGNMENT

GROUNDSEA ADVENTURES

DO IT YOURSELF

DIY CLEANERS

LEARN MORE

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