Posts Tagged ‘Green’

I drink green, I see green and I feel green

Most students don’t have the money to afford $15 dollar vodkas much less $35 dollar organic vodkas. Towson student, Katie Barrett is a bartender at Luckies at Power Plant Live and she sells Tru Vodka cocktails.

“Since we get the bottles of vodka for less money because we buy in bulk, we sell call drinks and top shelf drinks for about $7-$10. So if they are interested in trying out something new, they don’t need to buy an entire bottle,” Barrett said.

Barrett said that there was a big Tru Vodka promotion at Luckie’s and the promo girls were giving out free samples. The cocktails were screwdrivers which are Tru Vodka and orange juice. They were put in shot glasses and given to customers free of charge.

“Organic vodka is a new thing so people are unsure of how it’s going to taste. The promotion was a great turn out because it turned out that the customers were giving back great feedback. It tastes just like vodka, I’d say the only difference is that it may taste a little stronger than the average vodka,” Barrett said.

The promo girls were giving out t-shirts and bead necklaces that had Tru Vodka’s name on it. They were trying to put their name out there so that people will start to recognize Tru Vodka as an everyday top shelf vodka.

“I’d warn students to try to not drink Tru Vodka too fast. Since you’re mixing the vodka with juice, it can sneak up on you and you can become very drunk very quickly,” Barrett said.

It’s safe to say that Tru Vodka has gotten approval from the public and that organic vodka may become the new Grey Goose. It’s definitely a bang for your buck.

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Green Vodka

When I think of vodka, I think of the powerful clear alcohol that students love to drink. So then what is green vodka? It isn’t actually green, but it is organic. What that means is that the materials used to make the vodka needs to come from organic farms. There are no pesticides used in the grains of the alcohol and no nitrogen or chemicals were used to distill the vodka.

Tru Organic Vodka

The most popular organic vodkas are Square 1 Vodka , Rain Vodka, Tru Vodka and Vodka 14. By drinking these vodkas, whether it’s straight or in a cocktail, it is cleaner to drink. Organic vodka has become popular due to the trend in greener goals for the environment. The producers of the vodkas believe that if it’s helping the earth a little bit by using less chemicals and pesticides then it is worth it to make an effort. Since the use in organic foods has become a trend, it only makes sense for companies to start producing organic alcohol. It isn’t hard to sell and they have become popular among hotels. A couple of big name chain hotels started carrying organic alcohols for their bars and they are the Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton.

Although the prices of organic vodka may be a little steeper than the average Smirnoff or Grey Goose , it is worth the money. It’s a cleaner taste for a cleaner environment.

Organic Yummies

Organic food has become a new trend within colleges. Trying to eat healthy has become a goal for many Americans since we are known in the world for being one of the most unhealthiest countries. So what exactly is organic food? Organic foods are produce or meats that do not use pesticides, insecticides and or herbicides to maintain them.

Because organic food has become so popular lately, supermarkets other than the popular organic supermarkets like:Wegmans,Whole Food’s andTrader Joes, regular supermarkets have started putting up organic food sections.

AtSafeway, Shoppers Food Warehouse and Super Fresh are among the many grocery stores that have started to carry organic foods. I went to Super Fresh the other day and noticed that their big organic section was fruit, specifically apples.

Apples are among the many fruits that have gone organic.

 

I’ve noticed that besides supermarkets, restaurants have started to incorporate organic food in their recipes as well. In the Baltimore area there are numerous organic restaurants to choose from. Cafes like Flying Avocado in Owings Mills provide the most natural and organic food to their customers. A variety of food ranging from salads, wraps and sandwiches, Flying Avocado incorporates healthy ingredients in their healthy foods. Even nice restaurants like Woodberry Kitchen uses organic meats from local farmers to give the utmost deliciously clean foods.

Carrying Green For Less Green

I’ve noticed this trend on campus, where water is the new thirst quencher. I used to see soda and coffee all the time but now it’s water. Not only are students trying to stay healthy but the bottles they are holding are eco-friendly.

Towson University is a big commuter school and Deer Park water company happens to be in Maryland. Not only is it affordable to buy 24-packs but that 24-pack is helping the environment.

Shawna Sogluizzo, a student at Towson is an avid Deer Park drinker.
“I noticed that the bottle changed…maybe last year and on the back of the label it says that it is an Eco-Bottle. Not only is it cheap, I like the taste of Deer Park. It’s refreshing and it doesn’t have that weird after-taste like Nestle Water does,” Sogluizzo said.

Sarah Zuckerman, a student at University of Pennsylvania has a Sigg bottle that she had bought when she was a freshman.

“My mom has always been really eco-friendly and I guess I got that from her. The Sigg bottle is great. I bought a Brita and the bottle which cost me about $50. If I bought packs of water I’d be wasting a lot more. Not only am I helping the environment, I get a cool bottle to carry around,” Zuckerman said.

I am also a Deer Park drinker and I noticed myself that the bottle is light weight. I personally like Deer Park compared to other waters. It’s cheap and it’s from Maryland. I can be proud of carrying my green, recyclable refreshing water around.

Deer Park's Eco-Bottle of water

Green Water

When I think of green water, I think of the water in the Inner Harbor…however the water I’m talking about tastes a lot better than Inner Harbor gunk.

I’m talking about water that comes in a bottle. Since the world has noticed our earth deteriorating, we’ve started to make an effort to make a change. Companies that sell bottled water like Deer Park and Aquafina have decided to change the look of their bottles to make them more eco-friendly. So what does that mean exactly? Deer Park made their bottle easier to hold and lighter which means there was less energy used to create the bottle which reduced CO2 emissions. The label on the bottle is smaller, the bottle is recyclable and easier to crush and is made with 30% less plastic than the average bottle. Aquafina designed a bottle with 50% less plastic than their bottle in 2002. Their website makes people aware of their goal to go green. They have different pages to encourage people to recycle, to get invovled in the community and to feel the difference.

Besides buying bottled water, you can always opt for buying one bottle for your water and reusing it. There are new bottles every year, but sometimes the “green” bottle may cause a ruckus. Time Magazine had an article about the Sigg water bottle that is claimed to be one the most eco-friendly bottles. However the Sigg bottle was not bisphenol-A free. BPA is a chemical that hardens plastic but it is a controversial chemical that can be linked to diabetes and reducing sperm count in men. Although Sigg has promised to trade their bottles for BPA-free lined bottles, the “green” bottle has gotten a bad reputation.

Green Stylin’

I was walking around campus the other day and I ran into senior Meredith Hansen sporting a shirt that said “I love boys that recycle” and I stopped her because I was interested in where she got the shirt.

“Well, Old Navy was having a sale on graphic t-shirts that were 100% organic and I saw this shirt and I thought it was cute,” Hansen said.

The point is that not only are the shirts organic, but they are presentable. They’re cute and they are promoting a more greener outlook. You may not realize it but you are a walking advertisement to go green. Okay, so maybe the I love boys part may be a little silly but the recycle sign is on the shirt. It is a cute way to tell people that they should be recycling.

Ryan Mazza was sporting a “Think Green” shirt with a tree on it. Granted most people don’t think that they’re going shopping to have green advertisements all over their t-shirts, but people like Mazza put it in thought. Think Green
“I have maybe three shirts that have something about going green or they might be organic. I don’t buy them because they say that. I buy them because they look cool and because they’re really comfortable,”Mazza said.

Students may not recycle all the time or try to attempt to always help the environment, but if they keep shopping and buying organic things it is one step closer to a better environment.

Green is the new black?

I was thinking about taking a little break on how schools are going green so instead I’m going to discuss how students are wearing green. I’ve noticed around campus lately that a lot of students are sporting t-shirts or bags that promote a greener life. And in the fashion industry with big-name designers, they are not only sponsoring many green groups, but are including the “green style” into their clothing lines.

Stella McCartney is among the many designers that have created a green clothing line. McCartney used organic fabrics to pull her collection together and because she is promoting a greener look, other designers including Tommy Hilfiger, Versace and Marc Jacobs have incorporated different green lines for their clothes.

In New York City’s fashion week, other designers showcased their green look showing how they have evolved in a more modern and eco-friendly sense.


On the more affordable side for students, other designers are showcased at department stores. Threads 4 Thought and Free People are the most popular among students being sold at Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters The clothes don’t have a burlap feel to them so instead they are more stylish and are definitely becoming a big trend in the fashion world. Organic cotton feels just like cotton and just because the clothing is “green” doesn’t mean that the clothes will be less in quality. All of the big name and smaller name designers are making an effort to promote a more environmentally friendly style and it works.

So maybe green is really becoming the new black and I think that’s a good trend to start.