Sustainable Stays is a Breckenridge Grand Vacations program designed to engage owners and guests in our company’s sustainability efforts. We believe in doing our part to minimize the impact of our operations on the surrounding alpine environment, which helps us fulfill our promise of always creating Grand vacations for you and your family, for generations […]

stocksnap_38vxly6humAndy Williams deemed this time of year as the “most wonderful time of the year” and BGV couldn’t agree more with this statement. However, this time of year can also be pretty wasteful. During the seasonal cheer, we ought to show some extra care for the environment. After all, the holidays do not have to be a burden on the planet and its resources.

Here are some sustainable gifting and wrapping ideas to help you celebrate and spread some red and greener cheer.

  • Look for locally made gifts. Many gifts in the marketplace are made and transported from halfway around the world. Local craft fairs and shops offer a good source for gifts without the added costs of transporting them from around the world.
  • Choose gifts made from recycled materials. Many businesses and individuals develop great products using recycled content. Check out some of Eartheasy’s recommendations on recycled content gifts.
  • Choose battery-free gifts. The EPA estimates that 40-percent of battery product sales occur during the holiday season. The EPA also estimates that Americans purchase nearly three billion dry-cell batteries every year, with alkaline batteries being the most common type. These batteries are very safe and effective but over time can contaminate the environment and groundwater if thrown away rather than recycled. Check out some of these naturally powered toys.
  • Use environmentally friendly wrapping paper. The United States’ annual trash from wrapping paper totals over four million tons. To help reduce waste, choose wrapping paper made from sustainable fibers such as hemp or paper using recycled content. Repurposing brown paper grocery bags is another great alternative source, too!
  • Avoid buying glossy foil or metallic wrapping paper. This kind of “paper” is difficult to recycle and it has no value for use as mulch since there are heavy metals used in the foil paper. Foil gift wrap is also harder to reuse because it wrinkles and creases easily when a gift is being unwrapped.

For more alternatives for green gift-wrapping ideas, check out Eartheasy’s guide to gift wrapping alternatives.

With Turkey Day around the corner, it’s time to start planning the biggest meal of the year. Thanksgiving is all about gathering with friends and family, joining in a meal and showing your gratitude for the blessings the year has provided. Why not show a little extra gratitude to Mother Earth this year and add some green into your Thanksgiving routine?

  1. Reuse plates, cutlery, glasses and even napkins! This is a wonderful way to reduce waste and avoid the gravy-soaked plate disaster.
  2. Purchase local and organic food items. If you are going to be in the hustle and bustle of grocery shopping, why not add your local farm’s market to your list of stops. Not only are you supporting a local, but you may even find yourself enjoying this trip to the store.
  3. Make a colorful plate. While meat has always been the start of the show, the meat industry is also the number one source of methane gas. Increase the color on your plate this year and add more fruits and vegetable to the menu.
  4. Go for a walk. Are you having Thanksgiving with family that lives nearby? Why not walk, bike or take public transportation. Not only is this a fantastic way to burn off some of that turkey, but it also helps keep exhaust emissions down.

At Breckenridge Grand Vacations, we believe in minimizing the impact our operations have on the surrounding alpine setting. Over the years, BGV has adopted many sustainable business practices and environmental initiatives. From our investment in Breckenridge’s solar power garden to our employee gardens, we make sure we are stewards of our local environment. We invite you to join us in our sustainability efforts as we try to trash less and recycle more!

All BGV resorts offer single-stream recycling. Items accepted include all plastics #1-7, aluminum, tin and all paper fibers, e.g., cardboard, magazines, computer paper, newspaper and paperboard.

We are proud to announce that BGV is now participating in a bottle-to-bottle glass recycling program in addition to our single-stream recycling. In order to better capture glass in our recycle streams, we have teamed with a local waste hauler to offer glass-only recycling at our resorts.

The most recent EPA data suggest that national glass recovery for recycling is around 28 percent. We at BGV think we can do better than this.

Glass recycling bins and toters at all BGV resorts are affiliated with the color orange. Please help keep our single-stream recycling clean by placing glass bottles and jars in any glass-only recycling container. Please be on the lookout for these new containers.

And finally, did you know that you can participate in our composting program at any BGV resort? Simply ask the Front Desk for an in-room compost bin and, when you’re ready to dispose, we’ll take care of the scraps for you.

It’s not easy being green sometimes, but it is easy to participate in green and sustainable initiatives at your BGV family of resorts!

Yours in Sustainability,
Breckenridge Grand Vacations 

Breckenridge Grand Vacations has adopted many sustainability-minded business practices, and, as we celebrate a new year and new resolutions, we encourage our BGV family to consider including a commitment to be more green in 2017. Not sure where to start? Well, there’s an app for that. Each of the following smart phone applications is available free of charge and will help you to become more green in 2017.

  1. JouleBug is designed to make eco-friendly behaviors social and fun! The app features a huge list of sustainable actions and rewards users with points when they engage in those behaviors. Every suggestion about an eco-friendly habit or practice that becomes a reality is a way to earn pins, trophies, badges, and other assorted goodies. You can follow your friends to see how they’re doing and compete against them to see who gets the most points. Available for Apple and Android devices.
  1. GoodGuide is a guide to environmental shopping. The app lets you scan a product’s barcode or search it and then gives rankings based on health, environment, and societal impact. GoodGuide employs scientists and technology experts to complete the product analyses, so you can be confident that the information you’re getting is trustworthy. Available for Apple and Android devices.
  1. OroEco is a fun, easy, and rewarding way for everyone to get involved in climate action. OroEco is a service that automatically tracks your impacts on climate change, and then rewards you for helping to be part of the solution. The app helps you to quantify your own environmental footprint and allows you to compare it with others in your virtual community. Available for Apple and Android devices.
  1. Environmental Working Group, or EWG, makes healthy living easy. This app has ratings for more than 120,000 food and personal care products, and allows you to scan products and review ratings in order to help you make better healthy living choices. You can also browse over 140 EWG Verified products. Available for Apple and Android devices.
  1. iRecycle is the premiere application for finding local (in the United States only), convenient recycling opportunities when you are on the go or at home. It provides access to more than 1,600,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials in the United States. You can customize your search based on what you’re trying to recycle and iRecycle will find the nearest recycling facility for you. Available for Apple and Android devices.

Remember Always GRAND, Always GREEN!

Yours in sustainability,
Breckenridge Grand Vacations

When making plans for retirement, sustainability may not be at the top of your list. Yet sustainability has become a top priority for an increasing number of retirees, and demand for “green” retirement communities is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. While anyone can install sustainable features in their home, many find great appeal in the ability to move into ready-made senior housing that has been built around features like solar or wind power, natural light, nontoxic furnishings, Energy Star appliances and low-flow toilets. Some communities even include the opportunity to produce food via gardens for veggies, bee hives for honey and/or berry bushes for dessert.

Facilities like this are admittedly few at the moment, and most are located in the U.S. Northeast or Northwest; some have five-year waiting lists. But as with anything, demand will stimulate supply, so if a green retirement appeals to you, start shopping now—or start your own green community!