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Wakefield: Carbon-friendly wine

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With all the recent talk of food miles, you might think that antipodean wines were off the menu, but Aussie winery Wakefield has been working to develop a range of wines which can be enjoyed guilt-free.

Eighty Acres logoAll of the wines from the Eighty Acres range have been declared 100% carbon neutral (based on a life cycle assessment model compliant to ISO14044) – a world first for a wine brand!

Production of the wine range, which comprises a Chardonnay Viognier 2007, Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2006, and Shiraz Viognier 2006 is entirely carbon neutral from the moment the vines are planted, right through to harvest, production of the wine, shipping, consumption, and disposal of the bottle.

The wines are available with an RRP of around £9.99 at the following wine merchants: Stratford’s Wine Agencies, Cheers Wine Merchants, Smart Liquor, Fareham Wine Cellar, Cooden Cellars, and Alexander Hadleigh – a perfect choice if your new year’s resolution is to cut your carbon footprint.

Article by Lottie West
www.wakefieldwines.com

Trish Smith – College Coffeeholics: Go Organic

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College students are addicted to a LOT of things, from playing video console games and chatting online into the wee hours of the night to downloading music and ordering from the Wendy’s Super Value Menu at 2 a.m. Every student has his or her own unique addiction, but one thing that I realized was that probably 4 out of 5 people I knew did share one common dependency: caffeine.

Coffee cupI would say that soda was pretty high at the top of the caffeine list, but it could not compete with the wide-awake goodness that coffee offers. Whether you drank it on your way to an early class or brewed a whole pot to keep you awake for an all-night study session, coffee became the buddy that was always by your side.

Go for Organic
Since coffee is such an important staple for college students, the brand that you purchase should also be a top priority. I know that many students are on a tight budget, and it doesn’t leave much room for extra spending money. But if you have your own coffeepot and brew coffee every morning or night like I did, and you know that you’re going to be spending money on a pound every other week anyways, then why not go organic?

Coffee beansOrganic means that the product you are buying was grown with no pesticides, fertilizers or other harmful additives. So, organic coffee comes from coffee beans that were grown using renewable and environmentally-friendly practices. You can read more about organic coffee at the Organic Trade Association website.

Eco-Friendly Brands
Now I have nothing against huge coffee corporations like Starbucks or Caribou Coffee, but I think that smaller family-owned organic coffee companies can offer good, or even better, coffee products than the more popular brands. Plus, many of these smaller companies grow the coffee right on their home land and sell it locally to keep their family business alive.

Almost all of these companies promote sustainable growing practices, and some even donate a portion of their funds to eco-friendly organizations.

Here are a few organic coffee companies that I discovered, as well as some things that they do to help protect the environment:

Coffee may not be great for your health, but it’s evident that college students, and half of the world, drinks it every day anyways. So why not support society’s caffeine addiction by buying a brand that tastes great and helps the environment?

About the Author:
Trish Smith is a copywriter for Green Student U, a blog-style site that introduces today’s students to a wide variety of global environmental issues by recognizing college campus green initiatives and personal success stories, as well as how the world is being shaped by environmental reform.

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