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Monday 01/04/2021
Dairy farmers work to care for the environment
Updated: January 24, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - A gallon of milk. Cream for your coffee. A pat of butter. Whether you’re enjoying a yogurt on the go in the morning or family night at home with a cheese and veggie pizza, dairy has been an enjoyable and nutritious part of daily life for generations. Throughout that time, America’s dairy farm families have provided an essential service to nourish their communities, during good times or bad.

Wednesday 12/23/2020
Let’s All Cheer For The Plant And Flower Of The Year
Updated: January 09, 2021 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—It’s official: 1-800-Flowers.com has named the sunflower as 2021’s Flower of the Year and the Prayer Plant as Plant of the Year. With everyone looking forward to a fresh start, there’s never been a better time to celebrate the hope, positivity and bright outlook each one of these well-deserved picks brings!

Sunflowers: Radiating Happiness

Sparking instant cheer with big, golden petals, sunflowers naturally turn toward the sun to uplift and inspire. That’s why the team at 1-800-Flowers is proud to give this ever-popular bloom the recognition it deserves. 

A Golden Opportunity

At a time when positivity is just what everyone needs, anyone can learn from this trending favorite:

•It’s a powerful reminder to rise, shine and hold your head high.

•All it takes is a bit of brightness to boost someone’s mood.

•Looking on the bright side is something all people can all incorporate into their lives.

Plant Prayers Have Been Answered

This popular houseplant’s unique leaves show off painterly-like veins for a bold splash of color. At night, they fold up, resembling hands in prayer. It’s a powerful reminder of just how far gratitude can go, making this plant a natural choice for such a coveted award. 

Inspiration, for Every Day

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the Plant of the Year…giving people even more reason to love it.

•Its vibrant appearance helps celebrate the beauty all around us.

•This plant’s nightly routine can inspire us all pause and reflect 

•Opening up again each morning promotes the idea that each day is full of opportunity.

“Plants are the perfect gift to help us relax and be happy,” said Alfred ­Palomares, vice president of merchandising for leading gifting site 1800flowers.com.

Over 40 years ago, 1-800-Flowers.com was founded on one simple, universal idea: making people smile. And that’s exactly what they’ve become most well known for. Through unique floral arrangements, thoughtful plant gifts, gourmet gift baskets, and so much more, 1-800-Flowers.com is there to help connect you with loved ones for life’s little and big moments and all those in between.

 

Tuesday 12/22/2020
A Gift That Keeps On Giving—To The Environment
Updated: December 30, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—You can spread a little happiness during the holiday season, or anytime, by spreading a little hoppiness, and helping a tiny frog called the coquí.

Contemplating Coquís 

Coquís are endemic to the nature-rich island of Puerto Rico and have been a cultural symbol there since the times of the indigenous Taino inhabitants. The coquí can be found primarily in el bosque, or forest, of El Yunque National Rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. With 17 different species that inhabit Puerto Rico, when the sun goes down, male coquís begin singing their song that gives them their name (Co-KEE, Co-KEE) until dawn. 

If you’re looking for a great gift, Adopt a Coquí from Discover Puerto Rico, can be the answer. To participate, go to www.DiscoverPuertoRico.com and donate $25 or more; 100% of proceeds go to Conservacion ConCiencia. Coquí adopters get a keepsake adoption certificate for their contribution to supporting conservation, sustainability, and climate resilience efforts. At the same site, you can discover the amazing natural beauty and great things to do and see on the island itself. Home to such unique habitats as rainforests, pink salt flats, underground caves and more, Puerto Rico presents an excellent place to connect with nature in 2021 and beyond. 

“We’re inviting future travelers to explore our natural offerings in a safe and responsible way from their homes as many are dreaming about their first trip when the time is right,” explained Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico, a not for-profit organization promoting Puerto Rico as a premier travel destination. “While Puerto Rico is ensuring the safety of residents and travelers alike and only encouraging essential travel at this time, Adopt a Coquí gives the gift of hope during this holiday season, supporting conservation efforts in Puerto Rico and felt globally.” 

Another Gift Idea

Until traveling is likely again, you can give yourself or someone you care for a taste of a trip to the land of the coquís with a five-episode narrative series called “Sounds like Puerto Rico.” The series, which can be found at www.discoverpuertorico.com/sounds-like-puerto-rico, explores the origin and jargon used in Puerto Rico and the natural sounds that make up the Island’s unique culture. The first episode transports travelers to El Yunque National Rainforest. Other episodes explore the island’s coffee culture, surfing, birdwatching and the history of reggaeton. 

When It’s Time To Travel Again

Though the series is delightful, the island is best enjoyed in person—and now can be a great time to start planning on giving yourself the gift of a trip to the charming island next year. From shopping and sightseeing in sophisticated San Juan to snorkeling in a bio-luminescent bay, from art museums to soft sandy beaches, and from delicious local dishes to exotic cocktails, there’s much to enjoy amid Puerto Rico’s ancient history, rich culture, beautiful colonial architecture, excellent weather, fun attractions, lively music and warm people. 

What’s more, if you fall in love with the place so much you don’t want to leave, you may be glad to know it’s easy to work remotely there.

Learn More

For further facts about preserving the ecology, and to discover all the beauty the island has to offer, go to www.DiscoverPuertoRico.com

 

Wednesday 11/25/2020
Gifts That Do A World Of Good
Updated: December 01, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, you don’t have to look far to find items that deliver great features and functionality but use less energy. Products that earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR label save money on energy bills and help protect the environment, making them gifts that do a world of good. 

With a wide range of things to wrap up—from smart thermostats, laptops, tablets and other electronics, appliances and even lighting—you can put a bow on a gift that has been independently certified to meet strict standards for energy efficiency. 

A typical household spends about $2,000 a year on energy bills. A home outfitted with products that have earned the ENERGY STAR label can save 30% or about $575 a year on household energy bills. Over their lifetime these products save about $8,750 on utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 77,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.

The ENERGY STAR Holiday Gift Guide at www.energystar.gov/holiday features energy-saving products popular this time of year, along with special deals from manufacturers, retailers, and utilities that participate in the ENERGY STAR Program. Looking for the ENERGY STAR label on products specially priced for the holidays means you save on the initial price, plus keep saving through the holidays and beyond. 

Friday 10/30/2020
How agriculture helps keep the U.S. economy moving forward
Updated: January 24, 2021 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Despite the economic challenges since the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic this year, one area of the U.S. economy is still going strong: agriculture. Amid so much uncertainty, food security is essential to the population of the United States and the world.

Tuesday 10/27/2020
Outsmarting Squirrels at The Birdfeeder, The Natural Way
Updated: November 21, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Covid-19 caused us all to spend much more time at home, reconnecting with a welcomed resurgence of simple pleasures and fundamental pursuits, which were nearly lost in our frenzied day-to-day lives, prior to the pandemic.

Friday 10/23/2020
Start Saving Today, Tomorrow, and for Good
Updated: November 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—When times are tough, it feels good to do what you can, and maybe spread a little added joy with the proceeds. For example, putting extra money in your pockets, while protecting the planet for generations to come. 

Here’s How 

If you find your utility bills are getting you down, particularly if your family is one of many spending more time at home, ENERGY STAR can help. The typical household spends about $2,000 a year on energy bills. With ENERGY STAR, you can save 30% and reduce your carbon footprint. Whether you are looking to make small changes or take on a big project, make your energy choices count by looking for the ENERGY STAR label. 

Ways to Save 

October 27th is ENERGY STAR Day, a day to celebrate the environmental and financial benefits of energy savings, particularly for those who need it the most. There are many ways to save on ENERGY STAR Day and every day. Consider installing a smart thermostat or take on a bigger project like replacing your water heater. With certified, efficient options in so many categories, there is an entry point for everyone and rebates and other ways to save offered by ENERGY STAR partners. Looking for the trusted blue label to save energy today will help your family to do the things that bring joy for years to come.  

Visit www.energystar.gov/saveforgood for all the ways you can start saving. 

 

Wednesday 10/21/2020
Water Infrastructure Investment Critical to Future Accessibility
Updated: November 10, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Clean, safe, reliable water is more important now than ever. With the global health emergency still posing challenges, clean water is essential for maintaining personal hygiene at home and in the community to help prevent the spread of illness.

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