Thursday, August 31, 2006
More Bang for Your Buck: Going Green
We've all heard about global warming. But saving the enviroment doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your lifestyle. In tonight's More Bang For Your Buck, we're going to show you how to go green without spending a lot of green.
WSVN -- From the cover of Newsweek to Al Gore's documentary, America is saluting a new color: green.
Even the parking meters on Las Olas are now using solar power.
Rebecca Carter: "The best way to start is locally. I think that's where you can make the biggest difference."
When Rebecca Carter moved to Miami a year ago, she wanted to see a difference in South Florida.
Her website,www.greenermiami.com, is loaded with simple ways to protect our planet.
You can start by using bio-degradable cleaning products like Method available at Target.
Rebecca Carter: "They don't have a bad impact on the environment, and they will do the same job."
Another place to clean is your closet.
Out with the old cotton clothes and in with the new, chic organic style.
Marci Zaroff: "It stands alone on it's color, on it's quality, on it's look."
And take a look under the canopy.
From jackets to T-shirts, designer Marci Zaroff has created a line that's enviromentally friendly, fashionable, and affordable.
"This is a soy top."
"This is a bamboo top."
"This is lined with a heap silk."
Marci Zaroff: "We have been extremely innovative in being able to offer the kinds of fabrics that consumers feel and touch and go, 'Wow, I love this.'"
Even babies can benefit from eco-friendly fabrics.
Eco-Dipes is changing the world one diaper at a time.
But these are not your ordinary cloth diapers -- they're safer and more stylish.
Damien Leppo: "It's estimated parents spend $2000 on plastic diapers where as if you were to go from newborn to toddler, it's only $200."
And, finally, furniture can also be a source for saving the earth.
At Biltmore Furniture on South Beach, nature never looked so good.
Here, customers can buy chairs made of bamboo, water hyacinth and vines.
And best of all, it doesn't cost anything extra.
Bannavis Sribyatta: "The process that we make them is completely handmade and use only non-toxic materials."
Keep in mind, you can also be enviromentally friendly on vacation by only staying at certain hotels.
In South Florida, the Four Seasons in Miami and the Breakers in West Palm are both in the process of going green.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Under the Canopy
3601 N Dixie Hwy # 1
Boca Raton, FL
1700 Alton Rd.
Miami Beach, FL