Carbon neutrality: Who’s doing it in Birmingham + how you can help

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Let’s see which companies are taking steps towards sustainability. Image courtesy of Picture Birmingham

As concern for our environment continues to grow, many companies are taking important steps towards more sustainable practices. With household names like Apple, Google and Nike at the forefront, we’re taking a look at three Birmingham companies working towards carbon neutrality.

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Shop new local + sustainable products from Freedom Soap Company

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How good are these new t-shirt designs? Find them + more at Freedom Soap Co. Photo by Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Birmingham based Freedom Soap Company is so much more than their name implies. They’re known for their all-natural soaps and skincare products, but now they are adding more sustainable and eco-friendly goods to their inventory.

Keep reading to get a sneak peek, plus find out how you can win a bunch of Freedom Soap goodies and donate to a local environmental organization at the same time.

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5 antique + consignment shops to visit in Birmingham

Shop small and sustainable at antique shops around Birmingham. Photo via Urban Suburban Antiques on Facebook

One of my favorite weekend activities is antiquing or thrifting. Spending hours rummaging through booths to find those hidden gems is so fun to me. Not only is shopping second hand sustainable, but you can also usually find a good bargain. Thankfully, Birmingham has tons of great antique spots and consignment shops—here are 5 to visit this weekend!

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Celebrate sustainability with these Birmingham companies + cocktail kits

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Photo via The Lumbar’s Facebook.

If you weren’t aware, April is Earth Month! It honestly couldn’t have come at a better time as we’re all finding a new appreciation for the outdoors during these uncertain times. So in honor of celebrating our planet, we’re highlighting a few local sustainable businesses doing their part to take care of the environment.

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10 simple ways to go green in Birmingham, including thrifting

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Birmingham, AL. is beautiful. Let’s keep it that way. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

As climate change and sustainability continue to become defining issues of our generation, you may be wondering what you can do to help right here in Birmingham.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s a BIG planet, but adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be scary or require moving into a tent. Just remember that positive impact starts with baby steps you take every day. Here are 10 easy ways to go green in Birmingham right now!

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14 places around Birmingham no longer using plastic straws + other single use plastics. Plus where to buy your own locally

Emilie Maynor and Roni Nuby using their swzle brand stainless steel reusable straws in their cocktails at the Elyton Hotel! Photo via @emiliemaynorliving on Instagram

500 million straws are used in the U.S. each day—many never making it to recycling bins, instead to join the billions of others polluting our rivers, lakes, beaches and oceans.

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Birmingham Chosen as Semi-Finalist for Smart City Initiative

Smart City is an initiative which creates “smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and high-quality jobs.”

As Birmingham continues to gain notoriety through restaurants, startups, entertainment and tourism, this initiative will take us just that much closer to being one of the most happenin’ places in the south.

Photo by Wade Cline

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Seeking applicants from all walks of life – the EMERGE Sustainability Leadership Program (deadline December 9th)

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A sustainable Birmingham

There is still time to apply for EMERGE – the Green Resource Center for Alabama’s  new and innovative sustainability leadership program.

Seeking participants from varying careers and all walks of life, this program is modeled after the Magic City’s successful Leadership Birmingham program.

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