Blog : January 2014

Red Hook Brewery Renews GA Partnership

By Sam | Jan 10, 2014 | in

Redhook Brewery is back for another year with the Green Alliance!

Redhook continues to wow us with its “recycling trifecta,” reusing its leftover plastics in conjunction with Poly Recovery and Foss Manufacturing, which you can read about here. Additionally, it composts its leftover food with Mr. Fox, and has superior employee health and wellness benefits.

Oh, and the beer is incredible too.

If you're familiar with such Redhook classics as the Longhammer IPA, Redhook ESB, and Winterhook, you should get familiar with Redhook's green initatives and how they're moving towards a sustainable future, one beer at a time.

Eco-Friendly Tree Care by Cornerstone

By Madelaine | Jan 10, 2014 | in

Cornerstone Tree Care in Portsmouth incorporates sustainability in virtually every aspect of its business. Cornerstone utilizes a no-spike belaying process to climb trees. This process avoids any harm to the tree and will not damage sensitive bark.

The team at Cornerstone is very conscious of their fuel use. Owner Micum Davis travels to all tree analyses sites in a fuel efficient Prius Hybrid. By switching from a gas-guzzling truck to the Prius, gas mileage increased from 16 miles per gallon to 50 mpg, this has reduced a huge effect on the environment. All of Cornerstone’s heavy machinery is under a no-idling policy. Davis jokingly refers to it as the “Kill-it” campaign. The Cornerstone office utilizes no electricity. Windows in its mobile trailer provide natural light.

Eclipx Salon is One of a Kind Under the Sun

By Mary | Jan 10, 2014 | in

SALISBURY, Mass. — Is the winter air making your hair appear dull and dried out? Not to worry! Green Alliance member Eclipx Salon knows all the tricks to bring your hair back to life. Switch up your look for the new year by getting a trim or donating your long locks to a good cause. Eclipx Salon provides haircuts, colorings, highlights, blow-outs and up-dos for all ages (kids haircuts start at only $12). They are conveniently located at 50 Elm St on Route 110 in Salisbury, Mass.

Eclipx Salon is one of a kind because it strives to be an affordable, community-based, green hair salon. Owner and stylist Natalie Riley first opened Eclipx in 2012 with the hopes of creating an environmentally friendly atmosphere. Eclipx makes sure to recycle, reuse paper, and incorporate organic hair products whenever possible. Pure essential oils and organic shampoo lines like Eufora and Loma are available to consumers looking to maintain a green lifestyle.

Introducing Get it Going, Our Newest GA Business Partner

By Sam | Jan 10, 2014 | in

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to our newest business partner! Lifestyle and apparel company Get it Going, based in North Hampton, N.H., has set out to encourage and support the thought-to-action moments in life, encouraging people to simply start doing things that make the world a better place. Sisters Jill Spring and Natasha Goyette co-own the company and have been spreading the name and the mantra since 2009.

Get it Going's mission is simple: to foster a business as committed to the community as the commodity. The people there hope to encourage others to take action on their ideas, using their responsibly sourced, eco-friendly apparel as a daily reminder.

GiG has a growing selection of T-shirts, hoodies, and stickers to choose from on its Web site, as well as a page suggesting different challenges for individuals or groups to complete in their commitment to making themselves and the world a more positive and productive environment.

Get it Going takes on The Penguin Plunge

By Madelaine | Jan 10, 2014 | in

“Our mission is to encourage and support the thought-to-action moment of notable things… people, ideas, organizations, companies, or anything else.”
— Jill Goyette, co-owner of Get it Going

On Feb. 2, Get it Going will be participating in the Penguin Plunge. This is the 15th annual Penguin Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics New Hampshire. Participants who raise $350 earn the experience of “The Plunge.” Plungers will run into the Atlantic Ocean during the heart of winter at Hampton Beach.

Get it Going is run by business partners and sisters-in-law Jill Spring and Natasha Goyette. GiG offers lifestyle apparel that is made in the USA and responsibly sourced. It supplies an array of hoodies, tees, and stickers with their logo. Not only does it offers consumers quality products, its mission is also to be involved in its community and causes around the world.

Guest Blog: Grow, Save, Develop

By Madelaine | Jan 9, 2014 | in

The below guest blog is from Mirjam IJtsma of Cultural Chemistry. CC helps businesses in maximizing productivity and boosting the morale of their teams. Mirjam is an expert in small-business human resource management and a business partner of the Green Alliance. She has taken the time to offer us some advice on how to improve our human resource practices.

3 Key Words for Improving your Human Resources Practices in 2014

Around the end of the year, while we are enjoying our much-needed time off, we have some time to take a step back and reflect on our day-to-day business. We have a tendency to think about the bigger picture and ways to improve upon our success. As you reflect, you might ask yourself, how do I optimize my workforce? Look no further! Here are 3 tips to help you get 2014 off to a good start!

13th Annual Comedy Xxtravaganza

By Mary | Jan 9, 2014 | in

Green Alliance member, Cuzin Richard Entertainment Associates (CREA), along with comedian Mike McDonald are hosting the 13th Annual Comedy Xxtravaganza at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. The Xxtravaganza will take place on Valentine’s Day, February 14th at 8:00pm. You won’t want to miss out on this fun night full of non-stop laughter and good vibes. This event allows attendees to enjoy an entertaining show while supporting local humanitarian causes at the same time. A percentage of ticket sales will benefit non-profit organizations like the Seacoast Family Food Pantry and the Cross Roads Home. 

Mike McDonald is known for his hilarious comedy sketches and has appeared on shows like Comedy Central and Showtime. Both McDonald and the founder of CREA, Richard Smith, are big supporters of sustainability and green living. The show will feature comedians Tony V, Mike Whitman and Dave Rattigan who will perform their routines, share funny stories, and wow the audience. The entrance fee is $34-37, and tickets will sell quickly so visit to claim your seats. These jokesters will be to sure to make your Valentine’s Day unforgettable!

Green Alliance offers 10% off all Cuzin Richard Entertainment services, including consulting, parties, weddings, fundraisers and more! To become a member, click here.

Comedy Xxtravaganza!

By Mary | Jan 9, 2014 | in



Open House at Zev Yoga Exeter Tomorrow

By Mary | Jan 9, 2014 | in

Zev Yoga is hosting an open house at their Exeter location on 175 Water Street. Stop by anytime between 5:30-6:30pm this Friday, January 10th to check out what yoga programs are available to you! Three of Zev Yoga’s wellness instructors will be there to talk about their unique classes, health consultations and overall love for yoga. Classes for all levels are offered everyday of the week. This is a great opportunity to start the new year off on a healthy note!

Tracey Miller, one of the three instructors, provides meal-planning tools for families as well as health coaching. She will advise you every step of the way to help you achieve your individual goals and better your lifestyle!

Lesley Campbell will be at the open house to elaborate on her holistic healing and energy medicine techniques. She has helped many people with emotional and physical health issues. Lesley can teach you simple tips to boost your immune system, stop food cravings, and rid you of past traumas.

Yankee Thermal Imaging and Green Alliance Home Assessment Special

By Sam | Jan 7, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance and Yankee Thermal Imaging are offering a special discount for home energy assessment! Join the Green Alliance today to receive this discount.

Join the Green Alliance

By Herb | Jan 6, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance is a community of like-minded people who believe in being gentle on the planet and want these beliefs to be reflected in where they spend their money. For $35 a year, more than 3,000 GA consumer members use their Green Cards to access exclusive discounts to more than 100 local green businesses throughout the region, saving the consumers hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

And there is scarcely a sector or industry not represented by the Green Alliance. Business Partners include alternative energy purveyors, retailers, yoga studios, bakeries, restaurants, construction companies, web design firms, and virtually everything in between.

The relationship between GA consumer members and Business Partners is mutually reinforcing: The more green businesses that join, the more enticing the membership is for individual consumers, while more consumer members means a growing swell of potential businesses for prospective stores and firms.

“We like to call it ‘going green and saving green at the same time,’” says GA Director Sarah Brown. “For years the big knock on green products and services was that they’re too expensive. But knock 20, even 50 percent off — that changes the calculus entirely.”

5 Green Tips from Colonial Stoneworks

By Madelaine | Jan 6, 2014 | in

This week’s tips – things to consider during the harsh winter months – come from Colonial Stoneworks, a Windham-based company that specializes in custom hard-scaping projects including walls, steps, fireplaces and much more! Be sure to share with others on Facebook and Twitter! To learn more about Colonial click here.

1. Keep your fireplace clean by hiring a chimney sweep to inspect your chimney once a year. This will keep ash and soot from collecting in the fireplace and significantly improve your overall efficiency.

2. Use grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.

3. Thinking of replacing your old fireplace? Consider a gas fireplace. These provide the enjoyment of looking at flames but can be 70% more efficient than regular fireplaces.

5 Green Tips from Little Green Homes

By Madelaine | Jan 6, 2014 | in

This week’s tips – things to consider when building a new home – come from Little Green Homes, a Seacoast company that emphasizes sustainable building materials and techniques for projects both large and small! Be sure to share with others on Facebook and Twitter! Learn more about Little Green Homes by clicking here.

1. Don't build in environmentally sensitive areas.

2. Try to locate your home near or within an existing community to reduce the impact that sewer and water connections have on the land.

3. Allow for access to public transportation, and to sidewalks and trails for walking and biking.

4. Minimize site disturbance, control erosion and landscape with native plants that can survive in your growing zone with only occasional watering.