10 Easy Ways to Make Your Spring Break Green

  • By Strive Fuel Team
  • 07 Mar, 2017

With Spring Break right around the corner, learn how you can get to your destination a little greener!  

1.     Book Nonstop Flights. If you haven’t gotten your flights booked yet, make your flight nonstop. Take-offs and landings create most of the carbon emissions from a flight, so reducing your take-off and landing to one will be better for the environment.

2.     Are more than two of you traveling? Make it a road trip! Believe it or not, road tripping with a group of friends or family can be more environmentally friendly than flying. Flying will be the more sustainable option if you will be the only traveler.

3.     Rent a Hybrid. If you are taking the road trip route, but you have a gas-guzzler car, rent a hybrid! This not only could save you money on gas, but it will be substantially better for the environment.

4.     Go Backpacking! If you like to be adventurous during your travels, go backpacking! Backpacking is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, packing only the essentials and staying in local places along the way!

5.     If you are not on the adventurous side, but still want to be environmentally conscious, take a train! Trains are designed to carry a lot of passengers, so the carbon emission per passenger is less.


6.     Carpool. Whatever you are doing, do it in a group! Not only will it make your travels more fun, but you can cut down on your carbon emissions by exploring together.

7.     Use Public Transportation. Are you going a short distance? Try out the bus! Not the most glamorous way of travel, but it will cut down on your carbon footprint. Like the train, the bus is made for a lot of passengers, making each passengers carbon footprint smaller. Even if you don’t get to your destination with public transportation, keep it in mind while you explore.

8.     Be aware of your surroundings as you travel! Recycle, don’t litter and be aware of wildlife.

9.     Check for Carbon Offset Options.   Some airlines have an opt-in option to reduce your carbon emissions for your specific flight. Ask your airline, or research the topic to find out if your flight could have this kind of program! A carbon offset option would mean that your flight carbon emissions would be offset by an investment in carbon credits.

10.     Fill up with STRIVE Fuel before you leave! Find an ALON 7-Eleven with the STRIVE Fuel program near you! For every gallon ALON Fuel you purchase with the STRIVE™ program, stores will invest in local greenscape, reforestation, wildlife protection, and renewable energy projects that not only reduce your car's emissions but also improve your community!

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By Strive Fuel Team 13 Jul, 2017

Refuse

The refuse concept can get lost, what does it mean? Refuse is a simple concept: Don’t take the freebie. That Frisbee that they’re giving out at a baseball game, say no to the pen at the bank. Another concept of Refuse is to decline a bag at the grocery store. If you only got a few things, no need for a bag! Basically, if it can’t be recycled or is emits harmful chemicals to the environment “refuse” and go with a better, greener alternative.

Reduce

Think of all the ways that we could reduce waste! Get your bills electronically, unsubscribe from that magazine you never read or use sticky notes on your device. This can also be applied to your energy usage. Turn off your electronics when they are not in use, unplug the charged cell phone that stays on the cord all night and only charge it when it is needed. Another way you can reduce your energy usage is by being hyper aware of your air conditioning/heat. Only heat or cool a home when you’re there. If you are going on vacation, turn the heat down or the AC up. You can even have an expert come and audit your energy use. This a lot of times is free and will save you money down the road!

By Strive Fuel Team 22 Jun, 2017

Cover your windows. These bright sunny days make for great summer activities, but a lot of the heat that gets in the house comes through windows. When the sun shines through, it warms up the room. Use curtains to cover the windows. This gives you control of the amount of sunlight entering your home. You can also use shutters and work from the outside before the heat has a chance to get inside.  

Seal draughts. Heat can sneak into your home through the cracks under doors and around windows. Sealing drafts can help prevent the unwanted heat, and make it easier to cool down your home. Seal cracks with fillers around the window and door frames. Use draught strips and weather-seals to seal gaps under doors. If you are trying to cool your home on a tighter budget, try pushing a towel under your door to prevent heat from slipping in!

Ventilate your home. If the weather cools down for a day or an evening, try ventilating by opening your windows and doors. This will flush out the warm air and let in the cooler air from outside!

By Strive Fuel Team 13 Apr, 2017
With Easter right around the corner, you might not have time to go out and buy your Easter egg dying kit. But don’t worry! There are several eco-friendly recipes using things you already have around the house:

1.  Classic Home Made Dye. Your classic homemade dye is made with vinegar, water, and food coloring.

 -  First boil your eggs. (For egg dying purposes it is best to use white eggs, simply because the brown egg will not hold the color as well. Save your brown eggs for eating)
 -  Once eggs are boiled, allow them time to cool.
 -  Boil a pot of water. Once boiling, separate into glass cups.
 -  Add 1 tbsp. and food-coloring to each glass.
 -  Let them sit until color has set in.
 -  To decorate these eggs, use things you have around the house! Circle sticker, bunny stickers, masking or electrical tape.
 -  Get creative! With the stickers and tape, you can create different layers of colors.

2.  The Natural Route. There are several different things you can use to create natural dye each recipe is per cup of water:

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