Archives for September 2010

Jubbling Up Your Next Sporting Event

fidel-castro-baseballOther than cigars, not much else headed north out of Cuba really gets my attention until I watched a Cuban professional baseball game. Cuba is a country where Jubbling is the norm and as such, it made total sense for the fans to pass home run and foul balls back to the field. Not in the way we throw home run balls from the opposing team onto the field; this was organized and routine because in Cuba, baseballs, baseball mitts and bats are scarce items but Jubbling isn’t.

tomahawk-chop-fansAttend any sporting event in the US and you get a totally different scene. Not only will the pitcher regularly toss aside a ball he feels is scuffed, but fans expect and receive giveaways that I would only equate to a sporting Happy Meal toy – all 50,000 of us. This could be deemed a success of capitalism or it could be a reflection of our over consumption where the sport is lost in a mountain of possibly recycled plastic beer bottles, single-use styrofoam trays and soon to be trashed pom-poms.

What can you do? You can contact your local sports teams with ideas on how they can cut back on waste. Most already promote in-stadium recycling but they could go further. For starters, they could reduce the number of lookout-garbage-can-here-I-come giveaways and maybe like Starbucks, incentivize the reuse of drinking cups. But sports in the US are all about consumption and going big. Like most fans, not too many teams are as concerned about waste as they are about winning and keeping their vendors and sponsors happy. To do that, the fans must consume and we do.

For now, Jubbling up your next sporting event should start with the individual. What can I do to reduce my consumption? Here are just a few suggestions from a sports fan who has a history over consuming:

  1. Eat Before You Go To The Game – The prices in the stadium should be motivation enough but avoiding the steaming hot sloppy joe in the extruded polystyrene container should cinch your decision to eat before you go into the stadium. You can eat at home or if you need more, buy a hot dog in a bun-based container on the way into the game from one of the vendors surrounding the stadium.
  2. Buy Beer On Tap – You have to go to the concession stand for this but it’s probably the best way to buy your beer. When you’re finished and in need of another, bring the cup back to the same stand and get it refilled. I did reuse my cup at a golf tournament recently and got the the you know you’re serving a redneck look from the concessionaire. Being shirtless and having a dip in didn’t help.
  3. Take Mass Transit To The Game – Not only will you have an opportunity to wind down after the game, you’ll also be able to avoid the mess of traffic after the event. We’ve all been there and we’ve all said something along of the lines of “we should’ve left earlier” or “never doing this again.” Most mass transit systems expand their coverage for sporting events and best of all, mass transit will help you avoid the high parking fees. Check with your local bus or rail provider for more information.
  4. Tomahawk Chop The Tomahawk Chop – How many parents pick the game they attend based on the giveaway? I know we have and that’s why there are 1 billion bobblehead dolls floating around to confirm that these giveaways work. The way around it is to choose games that don’t have them or just say “no thank you.” (Sorry Mike, that 2001 Ichiro bobblehead is still only worth 99 cents.)

I have to accept responsibility too. I’m not proud of having done this but I’ve shown up to a game with my ticket in one hand and $100 in the other and come home with a food and beer stained shirt and a pocket full of credit card receipts. But it doesn’t have to be this way. I must thank the people of Cuba for the inspiration. I probably won’t be kindly returning a foul ball to the team for reuse, but because of their jubbling, it’ll definitely cross my mind.

You can contact your local teams or the league directly: NFL, NBA/WNBA, MLB, Lingerie Football League or MLS.

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WastedFood.com

Harry: “That quesadilla looks like something I got in my school lunch.”
Harry: “It was some kind of egg thing.”
Dad: “How was it?.”
Harry: “I don’t know. I threw it away.”

WastedFood.com -  Ordered Versus ServedIf only all green websites could be like WastedFood.com. The blog’s author, Jonathan Bloom, delves into all topics food waste related and encourages readers to reduce their own food waste and find new homes for possibly wasted food. It’s not a pretty topic but his non-holier-than-thou approach is dead on – inform readers about curbing their own waste and motivate those same people to help others. I never thought an entire website could be dedicated to reducing food waste but when we’re chucking edible grub out at a 40% clip, a dedicated site is in order. For Jubbling, a recovering food waster, food waste seems to be based on the idea that “if you can afford it, you can consume (or not consume) it” and a reflection of the extravagant times.

Unfortunately or maybe fortunately, those times are over and we can now focus on our consumption a little more and find ways to reduce. A good start would be to visit WastedFood.com.

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Jubwinked? New Energy Technologies Inc.’s SolarWindow Uses Spray-On Solar Cells

New Energy Technologies SolarWindowOnce again, I hope New Energy Technologies is legit but I can’t help feeling Jubwinked again by a company with a technology that promises too much. New Energy Technologies just issued a press release about their spray-on-window solar cells that can outperform rooftop solar panels by 300%. When applied, the see-through SolarWindow technology will absorb sunlight entering the building as well as internal office lighting. According to New Energy Technologies, the SolarWindow “is made possible by spraying an electricity-generating coating on to glass at room temperature.” Conventional solar panel manufacturing requires high-heat in order to apply the the solar cells onto a opaque substrate and can not be transparent.

New Energy Technologies other product is MotionPower. MotionPower is basically a “speed bump” that generates electricity from the excess energy produced by moving cars and trucks passing over them. Here is a video that describes how the idea works:

[youtube width=”425″ height=”270″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEv4g6PbSHg&feature=related[/youtube]

In related news, Pat Mehiney is taking his wool socks public after demonstrating to 3 or 4 people his amazing ability to generate electricity*.

*The static variety

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Belkin Conserve’s Insight Energy Use Monitor Is The Peak Of Anal Retentive Jubbling

Belkin Conserve Insight Energy Use MonitorHow cool would it be to walk around your house and see how much electricity every plugged-in device was consuming? Well now you can with Belkin Conserve’s new Insight Energy Use Monitor. Not only will the Belkin Conserve Insight Energy Use Monitor measure energy consumption and standby-draw, but it will also calculate the cost of operation, CO2 generated and the actual wattage consumed.

Thanks to Belkin Conserve’s Insight Energy Use Monitor, you can take off your running shoes and put and end to the whole “turn off a light and run to the meter” old school energy monitoring. Now you can monitor consumption at the source.

How much power is your 65″ plasma consuming in standby mode vs complete shutdown? How much more power does your refrigerator consume when it’s set to “4” versus being set to “2”? Track it for two hours or two days using Belkin Conserve’s Insight Energy Use Monitor.

You can order Belkin Conserve’s Insight Energy Use Monitor through Amazon.com.

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Engine Idle No More Thanks To Micro Hybrid Technology And Micro Hybrid Conversions

Drive a hybrid vehicle and one of the first things you’ll notice is the start/stop feature of the technology. At any intersection or stop light, the engine automatically shuts off and your first reaction might be to restart it. But it’s not necessary because you’re idling with the engine off, running off of the same battery that will propel your vehicle when the light turns green. It’s the start-stop (or stop-start) that is the key component of all hybrids and responsible for reducing CO2 emissions by up to 20% and increasing fuel economy by 5-10%. Adding this feature to your existing vehicle through a micro hybrid conversion might be only 1-2 years away.

From green.autoblog.com

From green.autoblog.com

For city drivers, the micro hybrids start-stop feature has the obvious advantage of improved fuel economy. In addition, the reduction in CO2 emissions and the improved air quality will have a positive effect on city residents.

Micro hybrids are already popular outside of the US and the technology has been implemented into mass-produced cars since 2004. It’s estimated that half of the new cars sold in Europe by 2012 will be start-stop featured micro hybrids. Automakers, including Peugeot/Citroen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, incorporate micro hybrid technology into their vehicles at the manufacturing stage using start-stop technology from companies like Valeo. But why hasn’t this taken off in the US?

Micro hybrid adoption in the US has been slow and definitely hampered by the EPA’s refusal to credit automakers for installing the CO2 reducing, fuel saving technology. Why else would automakers like Honda, Toyota and BMW build cars with the micro hybrid feature and not sell them in the US? Because the option costs up to $500 more and the EPA’s city driving MPG tests’ only includes one full-stop that will not show any significant gain, a .1 – .2 MPG improvement, by using start-stop technology.

That brings us back to the conversion. According to an article in The Daily Green, new high-performance battery technology from companies like PowerGenix will allow car owners to retrofit their existing vehicles with micro hybrid technology for about $500. From The Daily Green:

About $150 to $200 of the cost of the system is a larger battery to handle the larger load from many thousands of engine starts and restarts. Also necessary is a relatively straightforward belt-integrated starter/generator to replace the alternator.

Whatever way we get there, adding micro hybrid technology to currently owned vehicles seems like a cinch with or without the EPA recognizing the savings to fuel and reduction of CO2 emissions. We’ll post an update on Jubbling.com regarding micro hybrid conversion providers.

And if you are looking at purchasing a new vehicle, you should definitely consider one with micro hybrid technology. The benefits more than likely will not be reflected in the MPG ratings or realized during highway driving but will play out through reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

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Wine Vending Machines Coming To the U.S.?

Astrid Terzian Wine Vending Machine Reserves PrecieusesAn interesting story we found on drvino.com about Astrid Terzian and her idea to change the way wine is distributed. Her company, Réserves Précieuses of France, is installing and dispensing wine in grocery stores via a vending machine. Currently, her machines are in 8 supermarkets in France and are expected in the US some time in 2011.

The idea is trés Jubbling and we think c’est magnifique because it reduces the amount of packaging (wine bottles etc.), reduces transportation costs and need for warehouse space and the dispensed wine could be sourced locally. Consumers benefit because they can get their verre sur (drink on) Jubblingly by using their own refillable container and more cost effectively vs purchasing bottled wine. The price works out to $2/liter but our true love is the precycling with this product! The current machines dispense three types of wine and will print out a receipt stating the type and amount you purchased.

I must confess that I am not a wine drinker but I do purchase wine for housewarming or host/hostess gifts. I look forward to the day that I can deliver a future gift of wine in a half-full, gallon milk jug that when empty, I can bring home with me and use again.

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