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 14 Sep, 2017

Now looking forward there will be a huge need for disaster relief that will include clean-up, supplies and donations. Here are some ways you can help:

 

1. Donate Money. The simplest way you can get involved in the relief help is to donate monetarily. Families have lost everything and will have to rebuild their homes and their lives. Look around your local town and you will see companies and businesses all over supporting relief efforts. It might be a dollar at checkout at the grocery store. So give what you can, every little bit will help! If you are looking for the easiest way to get involved, you can text HARVEY or IRMA to 90999 to automatically give $10. You can also look at the Red Cross website to donate .

2. Donate Time. Volunteer your time to the relief effort. There are a lot of opportunities, but also a lot volunteers. If you are thinking or wanting to volunteer, talk with the program you are assisting and make sure that the best way you can help is through volunteering. Sometimes, in these situations, there can be too many volunteers where other donations are needed more. If more volunteers aren’t needed, there are plenty of other ways to help.

3. Donate Supplies. What better time than now to clean out your closet? Have good-conditioned clothes that aren’t being worn? Donate them to the Hurricane victims as many have lost everything. This is a great opportunity to gives to the disaster victims. The Salvation Army is a great resource for donating supplies! Affected areas will need water and food to keep displaced victims fed and hydrated. They will need cleaning supplies and anything that will help repair damage. If you are wanting to get involved and offer aid, check out The Salvation Army donation page to learn how you can best help.

  

Natural disasters can be completely devastating, but they can also bring together communities. Please give where you can and keep affected areas in your thoughts as they begin to rebuild!
By Strive Fuel Team 17 Aug, 2017

If you’re not in one of these cities with totality, don’t worry! You will see a sliver of the moon go over the sun, and will still be able to see the eclipse, you just won’t be in total darkness. If you are in totality, this means that from your viewpoint you will be in complete darkness. So, if you’re close to a city that will be in totality, head out on a road trip to the nearest city! Did you know this is the first solar eclipse to go over the US since 1918? Take the kids out of school and experience a solar eclipse together!

The eclipse will start at the Northern tip of Oregon and go across the US to the East Coast of South Carolina. At the start of the eclipse, in Oregon, the sun will actually rise totally eclipsed. This is a rare sight and over 500,000 people are estimated to travel and see it! However, it is estimated that the most people will be traveling to South Carolina because it is the closest destination for the entire Eastern Seaboard. There is an estimated 2 million people traveling to see the eclipse in totality. In total, it is estimated that 7 million people might travel to the path of totality. So be safe on the roads as you travel!Fill up with our fuel with reduced emissions so that your carbon footprint will be reduced while you travel to enjoy the eclipse.

By Strive Fuel Team 28 Jul, 2017

Take Inventory

Before you hit the store for student’s must have school supplies, take an inventory of what you already have. Didn’t use all those colored pencils or pens last year? That’s great! They can be used for this year. Avoid last minute impulse purchases, and don’t over buy. Ask yourself, “Is it really going to get used?” Make a supplies list and stick to it. Think of all the money you can save as well!

 

Choose Greener Products

When purchasing school supplies, opt for the greener choices. Purchase biodegradable pencils and refillable pens so when they do run out, they aren’t sitting in landfills for years to come. Choose recycled paper products, and buy supplies with less packaging (it’s all going to get thrown away anyway.)

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