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Sierra Club Trips

Sierra Club Trips

Sierra Club Trips

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet with Sierra Club. Get Outdoors!

I may be late to the party but I had no idea that The Sierra Club hosted trips all over the United States as well the world. When you sign up to take a trip with The Sierra Club you can have your carbon immissions calculated and pay a sum to give back to a wind project called NativeEnergy to offset your carbon footprint! The Sierra Club trips try to reduce trave and transportation as much as possible to help keep with their 2% a year reduction of carbon emmissions for the next 43 year promise. When you are on a Sierra Club trip you will frequent establishments that believe in sustaiablilty and cleaning up the planet.
While reading through their trip pages and FAQ’s I found this blurb about why The Sierra Club doesn’t offer “carbon-neutral” trips and this was there response which I can’t help but love:

“Sure, we could just raise our trip prices, take care of the offset payment for you, and call ourselves carbon-neutral. In fact, we’d probably sell more trips and make more money that way. Problem is, we’d be missing a valuable opportunity to educate you about global warming and the impact that your personal choices have. We’d rather let you calculate your emissions and decide how you can reduce your overall carbon footprint by reducing travel or making changes in other aspects of your life.”

Trips like what The Sierra Club is offering I think is an excellent way to see first hand how our lifestyles impact our planet. Even more convincing is visiting the places around our earth that aren’t visited much but will be the first to be ruined completely and never fully appreciated. Its easy to continue your destructive lifestyle when you have no concept of what it is you are actully destroying.
When you purchase trips with Sierra Club you are also helping The Sierra Club stay around and relevant. The Sierra Club is doing amazing things and has even more amazing goals. We need more organizations in this world that do want to spread awareness and really help our environment not just use being environmentally conscious as a marketing tool.

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Soda Stream Fountain Jet

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I am a huge water drinker. I don’t really drink much soda or juice and I’m not a fan of energy drinks unless it is coffee or tea. I do however love the fizziness of sodas and carbonated drinks. I have been fully addicted to seltzer for years but they come in plastic bottles that just create alot of waste. I always recycle but I really wanted a way to have my yummy bubbles and not make more garbage so over the holiday’s my wonderful father purchased a Soda StreamFountain Jet for us! I absolutely love it. The value set comes with a test packet of all of the different flavors including an energy flavor, which I am interested to try just for funzies. The Fountain Jet has already saved me multiple trips to the store which means I have used less gas, I have saved money and created less waste and I have the fizziest, yummiest water ever!

I am kind of interested in trying the many flavors Soda Stream offers in syrups but in an effort to attempt to make soda better for you Soda Streamhas sweetened some of the flavors with Splenda. While I applaud their efforts to make less crappy drinks, soda is soda anyway you look at it. The other part of their do-it-yourself drink is you add the syrup yourself. You can put a tiny amount of flavor to make a mild soda or if you are making a cocktail this could be a quick and fun alternative to purchasing mixers. Personally I prefer actual lemon or lime juice in my water. You could get any fruit you like orange, berry or grapefruit and squeeze it into your seltzer if you like!
Soda Stream also has an exchange program for their cartridges. When you have used up yours you can send them back to Soda Stream and they will send you more!
Over all this is one of the best presents I could have even gotten! I get all the seltzer I want and I am saving money and our environment. If you like soda or seltzer this is an inexpensive alternative to spending money on bottles and bottles that will most likely not be recycled.

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