Have a Green Prom

Prom often turns out to be a magical night of celebration, dancing and looking your best! But, believe it or not, prom night can be quite harmful to the environment. Just think of all the expensive dresses and tuxedos made out of synthetic fibers. Not to mention the amount of hairspray clouding the air.

Here are some ways to make your prom truly memorable – by feeling good about your impact on the environment throughout the entire night!

Dress for Eco-Success

The average prom dress is made with synthetic fibers that use horribly toxic dyes and processing. Consider ordering your dress from a store like Edressme, which specializes in selling dresses made from biodegradable material. Or, save the planet and some money by buying from a consignment shop.  These shops provide the ultimate form of recycling. And purchasing a gently, pre-worn gown helps cut down on the amount of pollution created to make new dress! So, once you wear your prom dress, keeps the cycle going by selling or donating it.

Guys, you’re lucky because tuxedo/suit renting is quite common and also extremely sustainable. But if you’re looking to buy, check out Rawganique, a site that ships 100% organic hemp suits that look like any other suit you could get, but are much more eco-friendly!

Ladies: Go Green with Hair & Makeup

Most makeup, shampoos, and conditioners contain harsh sulfates and alcohol, which are not only damaging to the environment, but also to your hair and skin. If you’re getting your hair done, try to find a salon that uses organic professional products like John Masters Organics or Intelligent Nutrients. Consider a style that could allow you to air dry your hair rather than blow-drying it, and try to use organic styling gels, rather than harmful hairsprays.

And if you really want to take an earth-friendly leap, consider doing your own hair and makeup! EccoBella, SaffronRouge, and Aubrey Organics are all great lines that offer organic hair care and beauty products.

Travel Green

The tradition of riding to prom in a limo is—surprise!—the greenest way to travel to prom! By riding together, you’ll decrease the amount of cars on the road, thus decreasing the amount of emissions in the air! You’ll also save on gas, chauffeur tips, and the rental by having everyone split the cost. Make sure to fill every seat in the limo and try to avoid that gas-guzzling Hummer limo!

Guys, if you’re determined to drive your date solo, consider doing what the eco-chic stars do and drive your date in a hybrid or electric car. Most car rental and chauffeur services offer several different hybrid options.

Throw a Green Prom

On the prom committee? Here’s how to make sure every guest enjoys a more sustainable, earth-friendly prom:

  • Use potted plants as table center pieces that guests can take home. Make sure to use fiber pots for the plants because those are waste-free.
  • For party favors, try ordering from an eco-friendly place like Green Party Goods. They offer biodegradable party hats, balloons, crepe paper, etc!
  • For any non-biodegradable stuff you need at the prom, remember to recycle accordingly! Try to provide plenty of recycle baskets with signs that remind your guests to separate their plastic, paper and aluminum.

Just trying a few of these options from any category will help make a positive air quality and environmental impact on your prom night! Got other ideas? Leave them in the comments!

And don’t forget to log your clean prom activity on AirCreds for points and prizes!

Bike with Style: Cool Bike Accessories

We love biking around here. It’s fun, it’s healthy – and it’s a great way to rack up some AirCreds!

Perhaps you’re hesitant to hop back on your bike because you haven’t ridden one since elementary school, but a lot of people are doing it now. Starting in 2009, bike sales began to outpace car sales for the first time ever, according to the Huffington Post.

We at OnAir are here to show you just how cool and up-to-date biking has become!

Check out these modern bike accessories:

The Bicycle Speakerphone

This speakerphone, created and sold by Hammacher Schlemer, allows you to safely talk on the phone, hands-free! It connects with your Smartphone over Bluetooth and attaches securely to your handlebars. Check it out in detail here.

The Cup Holder

Made by studio Paulbaut, the “Ring-O-Star” bicycle coffee cup holder can be attached to the handlebars by simply tightening a bolt. Added bonus: It comes in six different colors! Check it out here.

The Frame Bag

Created by Retrovelo, this frame bag enables you to safely transport school books or even a laptop comfortably on any classic bike frame with horizontal top tubes. Check it out here.

There are so many more gadgets and accessories out there. Check out the ones we found around the web:

Toxel: Twelve Cool Products for Your Bike

Bicycling: Gift Guide for Cyclists

Cool Things: Bicycle Accessories

 

And don’t forget to log your biking time on the AirCreds page for points and prizes!

To Shop Online, or Not to Shop Online: Which Choice is Greener?

This holiday season, I did the majority of my shopping online. I have to admit- part of the reason I did this was for the simple convenience. However, it also gave me a good feeling about what I was doing for the environment. Just consider all of the emissions we pour into the environment when we drive everywhere to do our shopping. During the holidays, I’d imagine that you could easily double or triple that amount.

Just as I was starting to get that warm and fuzzy environmentally friendly feeling, the realization hit me. What about the impact of the delivery process required to ship my purchases to me? What about the UPS, FedEx, and US Postal trucks? Was I unknowingly contributing to the problem? To answer this, I decided to conduct a little research.

I found a few super helpful articles–some were older, but still informative. For example, one site called Triple Pundit conducted a study comparing shopping in stores on Black Friday with shopping online during Cyber Monday. They found that if you shopped in stores on Black Friday, your negative impact on the environment was 50 times what it would have been if you shopped online!

Another site called ecomii talks about the benefits of shopping online—some I didn’t even think of! When you shop online, not only do you reduce emissions from driving from store to store, but you also have more eco-friendly options to buy. Also, when you use online coupons, you save paper, which conserves both trees and water. Think about this: it takes 500,000 trees to make the Sunday newspapers that hold coupons, and 3.75 million gallons of water to make that paper! Personally, I think we need to reduce those numbers.

Yet another website called treehugger takes this conversation a step further and talks about the impact of air travel. They propose that online stores like Amazon start using a calculator to look at carbon emissions including air travel so we as consumers can choose products with a smaller carbon footprint. Since trucks do not necessarily ship all of our goods, this calculation would help us make more environmentally friendly choices.

Even though online shopping definitely isn’t entirely green, it does appear as though it’s better for the environment than shopping in stores. If you’re not an online shopper, one way you can reduce your impact is by walking or riding your bike to stores, or by combining trips. And hey, you’ll save gas money, too.

What do you think about online shopping? Do you have a favorite online store? Let me know in the comments below!