It’s easy to get comfortable on vacation, enjoy the luxuries, and neglect taking care of Mother Earth. This Earth Day, April 22, practice some small changes that can have a huge impact, but won’t kill your relaxed vacation mindset.

LEAVE YOUR CAR PARKED

Reduce your carbon footprint by walking, biking, or taking public transportation around Breckenridge. Not only are these options cheaper, but they can have a profound impact on the environment and you will probably notice some new sights on your way. You never know where a friendly fox could be hanging out!

SAY NO TO RECEIPTS

Do you really need that receipt? By choosing “no” you’ll not only save paper, but you’ll also save yourself exposure to the petroleum product BPA, which is present in the thermal paper. BPA has been linked to numerous health problems, including cancer, heart disease, and reproductive issues. And besides, what do you do with all those pesky little pieces of paper anyway?

RECYCLE

Breckenridge Grand Vacations is committed to sustainable business practices. Part of this effort is placing a strong focus on recycling and composting. There are numerous recycling bins placed throughout each property and inside the units. If you have any questions about what can or cannot be recycled, refer to this guide.

REUSE

Help eliminate additional waste and water consumption by reusing items. Hang up your towels after use, place the card indicating you don’t need your towels changed on your outer door, and enjoy your day knowing that you are having a positive impact on water consumption. Bring your reusable bags with you while out shopping in town. If you don’t have one, they can be purchased at the markets on property or at City Market. While you are out in town, pick up an eco-friendly reusable water bottle. This is not only a great souvenir, but will help eliminate waste.

Did you know that less than one percent of the Earth’s water is available for human use? In celebration of World Water Day, March 22, Breckenridge Grand Vacations invites you to participate in a few water-conserving habits.

  • One of the biggest actions you can take to help conserve water is to install a WaterSense toilet. The EPA estimates that a home’s main source of water use comes from toilets, which account for nearly 30 percent of a home’s water consumption! By replacing an old inefficient toilet with a WaterSense one, you can save 20 to 60 percent in water consumption or over 10,000 gallons a year!
  • Another way you can help conserve water is simply turning off your tap when you brush your teeth. This simple action can save up to eight gallons of water a day and over 200 gallons per month!
  • Last, on your next Grand vacation in Breckenridge, sign up for your resort’s Sustainable Stay program. This resource conservation program invites all guests to participate in Breckenridge Grand Vacations conservation efforts. One green habit guests will practice is towel reuse. By reusing towels, guests will help conserve water by reducing the amount of linens that are sent to the laundry.

Bonus Sustainable Stay tip: Be sure you visit your resort’s EZH2O water refill station as well! These stations do more than conserve water, they fill your water bottles three times faster than a traditional drinking fountain and reduce the number of plastic water bottles that end up in the landfill.

Recycling is the number one action we can do to help improve the environment and make our vacations a little more Grand and a whole lot greener. Breckenridge Grand Vacations has set a five-percent increase in landfill diversion goals for 2018 with an overall 15-percent increase by 2020. Color-coding techniques have been proven to reduce contamination in […]

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.