National Bike Month is coming to an end, and it’s likely inspired some new people around the country to add biking to their lifestyles. One of the first things they may have discovered is that cycling comes with its own array of accessories. Giving extra thought to your biking accessory choices can make your ride even greener and provide longer-lasting solutions. In some cases you might be able to up-cycle everyday throwaway items, putting durable, everyday materials to work on your bike, instead of building everlasting landfills.
May is National Bike Month, and with it comes a lot of great ideas about how to start biking to work. But if you’re one of those people who feels left out of the bike commuting movement — whether you live too far from work or you have to drop off a carload of kids in the morning — there are plenty of other opportunities to use a bike to replace some gas-powered trips. Here are a few tips on how to use a bike when you otherwise rely on an auto.
The average American drinks about 300 beers a year—that’s almost six billion pints nationwide. All that beer begins as a boil of grains that are discarded early in the process. Sending thousands of pounds of damp, spent grains to the landfill is not only expensive, it’s a waste of resources. But brewers are an ingenious group, and many—large and small—have found myriad ways to get more mileage from this useful byproduct.
If you’ve ever sipped a cup of shade-grown coffee, you’ve savored the fruits of agroforestry, the subject of a new USDA report about an age-old practice now used by growers in developing nations to boost production and profits while conserving resources and promoting biodiversity. Using shade trees, an agroforestry practice called “forest farming,” reduces stress on coffee crops, retains moisture, and shelters pest-eating, pollinating critters, all of which means a better product and healthier operation.