fbpx
    • Spring
      • Nature and History in Shonai

        One of Tohoku’s six prefectures is Yamagata, located just north of Niigata Prefecture along the coast. It's a hidden gem for travelers in search of authentic cultural experiences and outdoor activities.

        Into the Mystic

        While you probably won’t encounter an elusive river sprite in the highlands of the Northern Japan Alps, you may feel a bit lightheaded from the refreshing thin air, remarkable vistas and mystical aura of the mountains and valleys in Kamikochi.
        video

        Niseko Untapped

        Niseko draws th...
    • Summer
      • Return to Palau

        I am sitting in...
        A glass of beer from Kyoto Brewing

        Kampai! in Kansai

        Kansai has been...

        Nature and History in Shonai

        One of Tohoku’s six prefectures is Yamagata, located just north of Niigata Prefecture along the coast. It's a hidden gem for travelers in search of authentic cultural experiences and outdoor activities.
    • Autumn
    • Winter
      • video

        Mad About Pow

        A powder pocket...

        Nature and History in Shonai

        One of Tohoku’s six prefectures is Yamagata, located just north of Niigata Prefecture along the coast. It's a hidden gem for travelers in search of authentic cultural experiences and outdoor activities.
        video

        Shuzenji Sanctuary

        Nestled in the ...
    • Near Tokyo
      • Air it Out

        There is no bet...

        Ark Hills Marche

        Tucked away in ...

        Music Festival Guide 2018

        Warmer months mean awesome music festivals in Japan. Check out our favorite music festivals!

        Summer Runs, Races & Tours

        Trail running is a great way to explore the beautiful nature of a country while getting away from the usual tourist spots.
    • Near Kyoto
      • A glass of beer from Kyoto Brewing

        Kampai! in Kansai

        Kansai has been...

        Music Festival Guide 2018

        Warmer months mean awesome music festivals in Japan. Check out our favorite music festivals!
    • All Regions
    • Article Map
    • Ocean and Beach
      • Return to Palau

        I am sitting in...

        Air it Out

        There is no bet...

        Nature and History in Shonai

        One of Tohoku’s six prefectures is Yamagata, located just north of Niigata Prefecture along the coast. It's a hidden gem for travelers in search of authentic cultural experiences and outdoor activities.
    • River and Lake
      • Air it Out

        There is no bet...
        video

        Niseko Untapped

        Niseko draws th...

        Minakami Mofest

        Head up to Japan's outdoor mecca of Minakami for the country's biggest outdoor adventure festival!
    • Mountain and Land
    • Sky
    • Snow and Ice
      • video

        Mad About Pow

        A powder pocket...

        The Reemergence of Arai

        Lotte Arai Resort will definitely become a hotspot for western skiers and boarders over the next few years.
    • Travel
    • Food and Drinks
    • Races and Events

Eco Corner: Choices for Sustainable Lifestyles

Eco Fashion
Patagonia—Corporate Responsibility


www.patagonia.com
www.onepercentfortheplanet.org

In a world where large corporations can be dark destroyers, Patagonia shines as an example of the environmentally positive effect a big company can have. It is leading other corporations by example; continually greening itself while increasing profits.
The company’s fleece jackets and shells are made from recycled PET bottles and car dashboards. They minimize use of toxic chemicals in leather tanning for shoes. All of their cotton is organically produced, and they are pioneering another new material that combines recycled plastic with hemp fibers. (Keep your eyes open for the new hemp shoe soon to be released with Merrell.)

In addition to creating a reliable, healthy product line, Patagonia grants millions for wild lands protection programs, employees are offered a month paid holiday to volunteer with environmental groups and founder Yvon Chouinard has established 1% For The Planet which encourages companies to donate 1% of net profit (or 10% pre-tax profit) to environmental causes.

Shops are in Yokohama, Harajuku and all over Japan.

Eco Homes
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs


www.cflbulbs.com

They last longer, they save energy, and yes, they are well worth the extra cost. You see them every time you buy a light bulb and they are supposed to be good for the planet, but you don’t buy them because they are so darned pricy, right?

Well, the truth is Compact Fluorescents (CFL’s) provide more light with one-third the energy. And high quality ones last 8-10 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs. Do the math. They save you money!

According to CFL Bulbs Web site, “If every house in the U.S. replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an energy efficient CFL, it would eliminate the equivalent of the emissions from one million cars. And that’s only one bulb per house Most homes have 15-30 bulbs.”

So stop blaming the SUVs, and start buying CFL’s.

Eco Travel


www.ecotravel.com

If you are planning a trip, this one-stop Web site provides basic info and links to eco-friendly travel options all over the world. From volunteering opportunities at wildlife rehabilitation centers in Costa Rica to spiritual boutique safaris in Africa, low impact hotels in Patagonia and eco-friendly diving in the Maldives, this site has it all.
Whether you have something specific in mind or are just browsing, try their search engine and you will surprised at the amount of sustainable travel options out there. Now go have some good, guilt-free fun, and don’t forget to write.

Eco Lifestyle
LOHAS


www.lohas.com
www.lohasclub.org (Japanese)
www.lohas-world.com (Japanese)
www.rmi.org


LOHAS is the latest craze in marketing, and everyone seems to have a LOHAS something, from café’s to fashion mags. But what is it? LOHAS stands for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability and encompasses goods and services that focus on health, the environment, social justice, personal development and sustainable living. So…what is it?

Simply put, if you buy LOHAS, you are a little more eco and socially responsible than the next guy. And if you see a company using the LOHAS tag, it means they are trying to be a little more green and sustainable.

My vote? It may or may not save the planet, but we might as well give it a try.

Eco Shopping
Just say no to plastic bags

There are 127 million people in Japan. Annually we throw away 30 billion plastic bags. That means each of us uses 627 bags a year. That means a lot of dioxins coming out of our incinerators and a lot of trash in Tokyo Bay.

There is an easy solution. In English, “No bag, please.” In Japanese, “Fukuro iranai.” Be polite but firm, and ignore the look of shock on the clerk’s face. Good Luck.

Outdoor Japan logo tree

Related

Latest posts

Categories