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Coffee Tea?! My Coffee Secret

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NCDT (National Coffee Data Trends) have reported that as much as 67% of Americans drink coffee on a daily basis.  That amount increases to 75% when determining the amount of adults who drink coffee on a weekly basis.  One lesser know fact is that the global coffee market is expected to reach 182 billion by the year 2030.  What is it about that little dark bean, available in so many varieties, that cause people to be unable to go about their daily lives without it?  It must be the flavor as some people swear by coffees made in various countries.  If it's not Columbian or Jamaican coffee, some will not even touch the mug.  Then there are the coffee chain fan clubs who must have their daily Starbucks or Tim Horton's signature espresso in the morning.  Let's be real, the taste of coffee isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when dark.  Quite possibly, it may be the alertness that coffee provides after consumption which have some people hooked.   The alertness and

Purchase Your Carbon Offsets at GLO

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Our Earth releases approximately 27 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every day.  Human activity has disrupted the natural balance of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere and it is to blame for the significant inclines in greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.  Human led carbon producing activity involving heat, electricity usage and transportation continue to contribute to earth’s fossil fuel problem.  These fossil fuel based activities are the largest contributors to climate change with as much as 90% deriving from fossil fuel burning. Think about the activities that you utilize in your daily life.  Determine which of these activities utilize transportation, electricity, or heating.  All of these activities are likely utilizing coal, oil or gas sources and they contribute the most to carbon dioxide emissions.  Do you drive to where you have to go?  If so, how many miles are you driving per day?  Cars enable people to get to where they need to go in a time

Conscious Travel Series: Garden Car Kensington Market, Toronto

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There’s an outrageously, spray-painted car sitting pretty in Kensington Market, Toronto. It is unlike any other car you’ve ever seen before!! The car is home to trees, shrubbery, plants and flowers which appear to be growing out of it. It’s an eclectic, eye-catching and staple green landmark in the Kensington Market neighborhood of Toronto. Longtime residents have described the Kensington Market area as multicultural, walkable, bohemian and artsy. garden car art is right at home in this vicinity. The idea for Garden Car originated with anti-car advocacy organization, Streets are for People. The first car created under the organization was a part of the Community Vehicular Reclamation Project. The car has since changed bodies and is now a maroon, blue and green vintage sedan which was salvaged from a junk yard. The most unique aspect of the car is the garden growing out of it, which continues to attract tourists looking to get a shot with the green work of art. The city of Toronto v

Conscious Luxury Travel Series: Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake Hotel

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There's a new and fascinating hotel in the far east that has everyone talking! Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake Hotel is situated in Hanoi, Vietnam and it is the world's first 24 gold plated hotel. Talk about a smart way to utilize one of earth's precious metals!!! Wowzers! Owner, Huu Duong, explains that the gold used in Hanoi Golden Lake Hotel was sourced locally in order to keep costs down. Duong desires to see people of all backgrounds inside of his hotel connoting that he created the hotel to be enjoyed by everyone rather than a select group of people. Now are there streets of gold in this gorgeous gold-a-licious hotel!? Well--no not exactly! this gold hotel features a gold exterior, 24k gold tiled infinity pool, golden toilets, furnishings and even gold food! some might even consider this place to be a little bit of heaven on earth. Ooohh la la! Dolce Hanoi golden lake hotel possesses 25 stories and has the potential to make an individual feel like a king or queen once they s

Conscious Luxury Travel Series: Green Vacation Spots

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The need for a safe and clean environment should have some impact on the daily decisions that people make. About 79% of Americans consider themselves to be environmentally conscious. Traveling can be a major hobby or pleasure for many. For others it is a necessary right. Vacations are needed to recoup from everyday stresses, home and work life. If you consider yourself to be environmentally conscious, then you might want to consider a few of these green cities and islands the next time you plan a vacation. (1) Vail, Colorado- Vail, Colorado is a popular tourist destination for individuals seeking to vacation in a colder environment and participate in winter activities. Vail is home to many ski resorts. One fact that most may not know about Vail, Colorado is that many of its ski resorts embrace carbon neutral sources of power. Vail, Colorado and the surrounding ski resorts were one of the first towns to incorporate the use of wind energy as a way to decrease global warming. Vail

Conscious Luxury Travel Series: Green Lodging at Lake Buena Vista Resort & Spa

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Are you looking for green accommodations for your next trip to Walt Disney World? If you are traveling to the Orlando area and consider yourself to be a conscious individual, you will probably find yourself right at home in the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa. Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa is situated in the heart of Orlando, Florida. This beautiful, luxury resort is less than 10 minutes away from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. This resort is a Stay Sky and Walt Disney World Good Neighbor hotel. Best of all, it is a certified Florida Green Lodging hotel. The Florida Green Lodging certification program is an initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Facilities and buildings who receive the Florida Green Lodging certification strive to commit to conserve Florida’s natural resources. Facilities must demonstrate green best practices such as the usage of high efficiency lighting (CFLs), green cleaning products, water and energy conservat