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More Critters At The Airport, As Portland Signs Up Some Goats and Llamas

April 28, 2015 at 5:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

The airport animals are on the move once again, as this time the airfield grazing is taking place over at Portland International Airport. For once the terminal’s carpet isn’t in the news, as this time it’s some llamas and goats taking center stage.

According to the folks over at Portland’s KGW, the critters arrived earlier in the week and are tasked with chomping and chewing away things like blackberries, thistle, and Scotch broom. Apparently these are invasive species and shouldn't be doing their thing at the airport.

Using the animals helps reduce the need to rely on herbicides or other chemical junk, and of course no poor sucker has to get out there and pull out the weeds one by one—so thanks to the goats for making our human lives easier.

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JetBlue Recycles Old Uniforms Into New Carry-Ons

April 23, 2015 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now there’s a way to carry your love for JetBlue with you all day long, as USA Today reports that the carrier recently donated a whole bunch of old uniforms, fabrics, and other leftovers in hopes of helping the textiles finding a second life. Thankfully the folks over at the Manhattan Portage were up for the challenge, and they have been busy upcycling things into all kinds of new goodies.

Carry-on bags, totes, messenger bags, and more are now all available, and if you want to get something for us—we kind of like the cute little toiletry bag. All in all there are five new options from which to choose, and they’re all part of the JetBlue Uniform Bag Collection with items starting at $39.

Jackets, rain pants, and flight attendant shirts are just some of the materials getting the recycling treatment, and we have to say each looks pretty darn nice. No word on if bringing one with you on your next JetBlue flight will get you anything special, but we wouldn't be surprised if you scored a smile from the crew.

[Photo: Facebook / Manhattan Portage]

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5 Ways to Be a More Eco-Conscious Traveler

April 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earth Day is right around the corner (April 22). You may be thinking, “How can I jet set without taking a major toll on our beautiful world?” (Or maybe not – we won’t judge.)

There are a few simple things you can do as a traveler to make the world a better, more eco-friendly place. Here are five ideas to green your travel:

Avoid plastic bags. Let’s face it, plastic bags mean pollution. Their effects on marine wildlife, landfills and the environment are devastating. According to the Worldwatch Institute, Americans toss 100 billion plastic bags per year – less than 1 percent of which are recycled. Instead of leaving a wake of plastic in your travel path, pack a reusable bag. We especially like the shopping bags from flip & tumble.

Pack rechargeable batteries. We tend to blow through a ton of batteries when we’re traveling – from flashlights and headlamps to tape recorders. Instead of packing a stash of backup power, it’s much easier, and eco-friendly, to invest in rechargeable batteries for your key pieces of equipment.

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The Hills Will Be Alive on May 24 for the European Day of Parks

April 1, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here in the nifty fifty we have all kinds of days and weeks devoted to national parks, but apparently we aren’t the only ones celebrating the great outdoors. Those in Europe get in on the fun as well as European Day of Parks is a thing and it’s coming up next month.

This year things are scheduled to take place on May 24, as they embrace the motto—Nature is our Business. The events and activities depend on the park, but expect lessons on the importance of protected areas to the development—environmental and otherwise—of the region. It sounds like special marketplaces will be set up to show off local products and other green goodies.

Things have been taking place like this since 1999, after the folks over at the EUROPARC Federation thought something like this might be a good idea. So if you’re in the neighborhood towards the end of May be sure to skip a museum and head into a park, show nature some support, and enjoy the day.

[Photo of Krkonoše National Park: EUROPARC / Facebook]

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This Montreal Airport is The Bee's Knees, Literally

Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
February 27, 2015 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen all kinds of neat stuff in and around the airports from goats and critters to solar farms and other green initiatives—and now there’s bees!

Not a lot of flying for passengers in and out of Montréal–Mirabel Airport, but there are plenty of small flying friends that now call the airport grounds home. The folks that run things in Montreal gave a call over to Miel Montreal—think of them as all things bees—about setting up some hives on airport grounds.

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Where to Visit The YouTube Star Lion Who Put On A Show, Then Went To Sleep

February 16, 2015 at 3:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Call it global warming. Call it natural climate change. Call it sheer good luck. But every year spring seems to arrive a little earlier and so - even though it certainly doesn't feel like it this week - zoo travel season is just around the corner.

That means it's about the time of year when travel writing flips from irritating airline security and travel politics stories to cute animals doing cute animal things.

It's not just us, either. The London-based Daily Mail published a story this week all about one of the male lions who live in our beloved San Diego Wild Animal Park, which of course was renamed the San Diego Safari Park a few years ago. The video that sparked the story is embedded below - after spending a day flying around social media - and you should make sure that you watch the whole thing. Easily worth a minute of your time.

The Daily Mail description is exactly right: the spectacle is "spine-tingling," but then the lion "got bored and retired for a nap." Because...cat.

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Indianapolis' New Claim to Fame? It's Now Home to the World's Largest Airport Solar Farm

December 29, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sure the international airports are where it’s at, but we really need to stay here at home and finally check out the offerings over at Indianapolis International Airport. All we hear is good things, and of course they now have robots!

Known as the IND Solar Farm, the panels and people have just completed the second phase. All in all there’s 86 acres of solar powered fun, and spread across all that area are over 32,000 sun tracking panels. This might not be something worth planning a layover around, but it sure is something that allows for some good airport bragging rights.

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Alaska Airlines Will Sell That Seat Right Out from Under You

December 15, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Airlines go through a lot of stuff each and every year, so it’s nice to see when they’re able to recycle some stuff instead of sending it off to the landfill. Alaska Airlines is one such carrier, as they’ve been sending their seat covers elsewhere for a chance at a new life.

The discarded leather material finds its way to the creative folks over at Mariclaro and, from there, your seat becomes a bag, an accessory, and a number of other things—and all from sustainable materials. The different style of bags—from messenger to attaché case—use airport codes for their names, so you can choose from options like the JFK or the SEA.

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Veggie Thursdays and No Cars? How Ghent is Europe's Greenest City

December 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's the greenest city in the world? Stockholm? Copenhagen? Eh, it's probably Dublin but for different reasons.

Ghent, like many European cities, faces immense pressure to adopt greener policies. Countries like Sweden, which plans to be the first oil-free nation by 2020, lead the way. But just a month ago, the Belgian city made another play into eco-friendliness by accepting the construction of the world's largest bio plant, just another one of the city's major green developments in the past years.

In the midst of its medieval landscape, Ghent embraces the green lifestyle to new, unexpected levels. According to Kermit the Frog, "it's not easy being green," but how is Ghent doing it so well?

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Help Restore Coral Reefs on Your Next Dive in the Florida Keys

October 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Coral Restoration Foundation now offers divers in the Florida Keys a unique opportunity to take action while doing something they love.

CRF encourages divers of all skill levels to take action through their core outreach programs. The 1- and 2-day excursions include classroom instruction and hands-on experience learning reef restoration techniques.

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Why London's Iconic Red Phone Booths are Turning Green

October 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen creative uses for phone booths in the past, as they’ve been turned into mobile charging stations over at the airport—among other ideas and other places. Now some of the iconic phone booths in London are getting a 21st century makeover, and once again it’s all about keeping devices charged and ready to go.

New green-hued phone booths are called Solarboxes and, for right now there’s only one; however, plans calls for at least a few more to be switched on in the coming weeks.

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Southwest's New Investment Could Mean More Jet Fuel, Fewer Forest Fires

September 26, 2014 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new Colorado company called Red Rock Biofuels is beginning to catch on in a big way.

Based in Fort Collins, Red Rock converts "woody biomass," including bark and tree branches, into renewable jet fuels. Last summer, it landed a contract with the U.S. military and this week, Southwest Airlines agreed to purchase 3 million gallons of the biofuel per year. The fuel will be produced at a soon-to-exist production plant in Oregon, and the first batch will be ready in 2016.

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