Blog : March 2014

Green Alliance Fact

By Madelaine | Mar 11, 2014 | in

New patients holding a Green Card receive free exam and bitewing x-rays with a cleaning at Newmarket Dental! To join the GA, click here.

Meet a Green Business: Zev Yoga

By Madelaine | Mar 11, 2014 | in

Who: Zev Yoga, Portsmouth, Dover and Exeter

What: Owner and instructor Jonas Amberger has been practicing yoga since 1993 and opened Zev Yoga in 2006. Amberger has been teaching the ancient traditions of Ashtanga yoga — a method that involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures — to Seacoast residents for more than 10 years. Ashtanga detoxifies muscles and organs, resulting in improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Where: 16 Market Square in Portsmouth; 175 Water St. in Exeter; 1 Webb Place in Dover.


What makes them green: Emphasizes a traditionally rooted, holistically minded approach to yoga that promotes overall health — the "sustainability" of the individual.
Uses studio as community space, offering it for gatherings, educational events, workshops and fund-raisers.
Uses and promotes eco-friendly yoga mats and uses all natural cleaners in the studios.

Green Card holders pay only $5 for the first 5 classes at Zev! To join the Green Alliance, click here

The Green Alliance seeks part-time Community & Member Manager!

By Sam | Mar 10, 2014 | in

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? Keep up with who's hiring in the seacoast and feel good about the work you do!

Sometimes we list jobs on the Green Jobs Board, too. This one is a part-time position as GA's Community & Member Manager. Click through to read the job description and apply through Jobscore!

Zev Yoga Art Opening with Drift Gallery Tonight

By Mary | Mar 7, 2014 | in

Zev Yoga Studio is hosting an art opening for Drift Gallery tonight at their Portsmouth location! The artists reception will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 16 Market Square. This will be one of the first exhibits for the Art ‘Round Town series.

Bess Cutler is the featured artist for the month of March. She has worked in the international and national contemporary art scene for many years. Cutler will display her mixed media works titled “Abstract Figures” at Zev Yoga Studio tonight. The art showing is open to the public, so community members are encouraged to come show support.

A large majority of Cutler’s work is focused around the female body. “The female figure has long intrigued me,” Ms. Cutler notes, “so it is to be expected that the figure is the theme of the majority of my work now. My main interests are compositional dynamics and spatial tension as structured primarily through the figure’s relationship to itself and to the page.” All of Cutler's artwork will be available for purchase through Drift Gallery. Her modern paintings and other artforms can be viewed during the artists reception, by appointment, or during any of the yoga classes offered by Zev Yoga.

Proulx Oil & Propane's Green Story

By Mary | Mar 7, 2014 | in

Did you know that every organization in The Green Alliance undergoes a full and transparent Sustainability Certification? The GA takes a look at what makes the business green and where they have room to improve. Check out Proulx's Green Story below to learn more about what makes this oil company green! To read all of Proulx Oil & Propane's certification documents, click here

There’s a tendency for decades-old, family-owned companies to eschew risk and chance in lieu of resting on laurels – to hide behind the safety of their own success and history. 

Proulx Oil & Propane isn’t one of them. 

For a company so entrenched in tradition, Proulx Oil & Propane has its sites set squarely to the future, and especially our region’s energy future. Even when Joe Proulx first founded the company way back in 1944, the impetus was a changing of the energy guard: from the soot and smoke of coal to something more efficient. Not long after, Proulx brought propane gas – cleaner and greener still – into the company fold, cementing his reputation as a forward thinking business owner. 

Today, Proulx’s commitment to cutting edge technologies, steadfast customer service, and ever-improving products continues apace. Thanks to a fuel additive called Heat Force, Proulx is helping assure not only that their customers are burning cleaner fuel and cutting down their emissions, but reducing their need for service calls as well.

Harbor Eye Care Offers Exclusive "Green" Contact Lenses

By Mary | Mar 7, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH -- The eye care industry recently experienced a “green” breakthrough. Miru 1-day Menicon Flat Pack contact lenses are the latest invention in eco-friendly eyewear. Harbor Eye Care, a local Green Alliance businesswill be the first Seacoast provider to offer the all-new Miru contact lenses.

Harbor Eye Care was specially chosen by Menicon representatives to sell Miru products. Harbor Eye Care’s shelves will be stocked with this unique brand of contact lenses in July 2014 during its nation-wide release.

Miru contacts have a significantly reduced carbon foot blueprint compared to other brands. The contacts come in a hygienic and recyclable package that is barely 1 mm thick. Miru’s minimal packaging helps to save gas and energy during the shipping process. All of the lenses are produced in Singapore at their state-of-the-art facility.

Bill's Appliance Service offers Quality Recycled Products

By Madelaine | Mar 6, 2014 | in

In today’s economy the average household is always looking to bring in the most cost effective products. With all the expensive new high-efficiency appliances on the market, it’s hard to know whether buying new or used appliance will prove to be the better investment. Often times used appliances are the more viable option.

Some people choose to donate or recycle their appliances simply because they want to upgrade to a new color or style of refrigerator or dishwasher. It’s not always because their old appliance is obsolete. Browsing your options of used appliances can be highly beneficial. At Bill’s Appliance Service, all appliances are evaluated and serviced to ensure that they work properly.

Bill’s also offers a wide selection of used furniture. Furniture is a little less complicated when it comes to weighing the pros and cons of its efficiency. A comfortable couch is a comfortable couch, no matter who has sat on it before you. So why not save some money? Stop by Bill’s to browse used furniture and appliances that could make a great addition to your home.

Green Alliance members save 10 percent on all appliances, services, and accessories at Bill's! To join the GA, click here

Eco-Friendly Spring Fun

By Madelaine | Mar 6, 2014 | in

No need to purchase a sailboat or convertible to cruise around in style this spring. A more affordable option is available. EZ Bikes & Scooters in Exeter offers various brands of electric bikes, scooters, and motorcycles that you’re guaranteed to enjoy. The EZ Bike team will share its expertise and knowledge of its products to ensure that you find the vehicle that’s right for you.

Scooters are an affordable and simple way to get from place to place. Traveling by scooter saves incredible amounts of gas money. The average scooter gets around 80 to 100mpg. Regular riders fill up their tank about once every week to two weeks. The average fill-up costs about $6.00.

But more importantly, they’re fun.

Scooters can make the simplest of trips around town become fun adventures. Soak up the sun and feel the wind in your hair while you travel to your destinations. Finding a riding buddy who also has a bike or scooter can make for a fun new hobby. Best of all, the world is your parking lot! The compact size of bikes and scooters makes parking easy and convenient.

Anyone with a valid drivers license can drive a 50cc scooter or electric bike. 50cc scooters will go about 30mph. Advanced riders with a motorcycle license have the option to get something a little more powerful. EZ Bikes & Scooters offers models with up to 300cc. These models can go up to 80mph!

Climate Counts Renews with Green Alliance

By Sam | Mar 6, 2014 | in

We’re pleased to announce that Climate Counts has renewed for another year with the Green Alliance!

Since 2007, Climate Counts has brought companies and consumers together to address the looming issues associated with climate change. Its website is a wealth of knowledge for the consumer looking to see which companies put forth the biggest effort to reduce their impact and fight global warming. You can read their scorecard report to keep up with dozens of international brands, tracking their changes and initiatives from previous years in an easily digestible chart. It is the ultimate source for the conscious shopper who wants to use their buying power as a statement in support of positive environmental change.

Banner Year for Eco-Friendly Riverworks Printing

By Herb | Mar 5, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Staff Writer

GREENLAND, N.H — Practicing sustainability as much as pursuing profits, a Seacoast company is trailblazing an ecological path for its industry.

Together, Riverworks Printing founder Jeff Cutter and print manager Danis Chamberlin have greatly impacted the large-format print industry with their green thumbs. Riverworks began its journey with the idea that individual passions like Cutter’s own for fly-fishing should be displayed and stored in photo form. Wall Shotz were the original frame-able works of art that resulted. The environmentally friendly fabric was designed to reflect the hobbies of customers in a clear, eye-catching manner.

Cutter sells images printed on Riverworks eco-fabric to fly fishermen who engage in a catch-and-release sport, enlarging the photos and manufacturing them with an adhesive so that they can be put up on their walls. They are repositionable: You can pull it off the wall in one place and stick it to the wall somewhere else, still sticking after hundreds of moves. Riverworks transforms the average photograph into a life-like masterpiece.

The eco-fabric wall decals are one of Riverworks’ most unique products and arguably its most important, said Chamberlin, also noting that they are non-toxic. “They are manufactured with no harsh chemicals or toxins, which means not using polyvinyl chloride, glycol ether, phthalates, or formaldehyde in the adhesive.”

Six years on, Acorn remains a green beacon

By Mary | Mar 5, 2014 | in

acornsalonBy Jim Cavan

Six years ago, Acorn Organic Salon opened with a single mission in mind: to provide customers with a bevy of animal-friendly, sustainable products and services that spoke to the Seacoast region’s ever-greening sensibilities.

Since then, the Dover staple has survived and thrived thanks to a love and loyalty lacking in today’s increasingly impersonal commercial landscape.

Now, Laura McKay and her crew are setting their sites on the next big challenge: a new Sixth Street storefront opened in December – right below a well-traveled natural foods store and a mere stone’s throw from Acorn’s flagship haunt on Central Avenue.

According to Mackay, the impetus for the move was twofold: more space, and greater visibility.

“We saw it as a fresh start,” says Mackay. “At the old location, even though we were right on Central Avenue, we were kind of blocked by the trees. Here, while it’s more residential, we’re right in front of a four-way intersection, so the visibility is even greater. And the fact that we have a space that fit what we were looking for.”

The impact of a more intimate space – economically as well as environmentally – cannot be discounted: According to Mackay, she’s paying hundreds of dollars less per month on electricity. That’s no small thing when you’re trying to run a small business.

Five Green Tips from Eco Firebox

By Mary | Mar 5, 2014 | in

This week’s Green Tips come from the folks at Eco Firebox, an Eliot company specializing in hyper-efficient, green radiant heat for your home! Learn more about EcoFirebox at

1. Wood burns best when the moisture content is less than 20 percent. You can purchase a wood moisture meter to test the moisture content of your wood before you buy or burn it.

2. Season wood outdoors through the summer for at least 6 months before burning it. Properly seasoned wood is darker, has cracks in the end grain, and echoes a high-pitched "tinny” sound when smacked against another piece of wood.

3. Never burn coated, painted, pressure-treated, ocean driftwood, plywood, particle board, or any wood with glue on or in it. They all release toxic chemicals when burned.

A very green Seacoast Home & Garden Show

By Patrick | Mar 5, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Writer

Carrie Barron, the co-producer of the 20th annual Seacoast Home & Garden Show, says that with each passing year the popular event has attracted more green vendors and even greater consumer interest in sustainable goods and services.

The 2014 Seacoast Home & Show is slated for its typical spring welcoming dates of March 29 and March 30 at the Whittemore Center on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Last year, the event drew a record crowd of more than 6,500 and Barron, along with fellow co-producer Beth Alles, believe the 2014 show will be just as popular to consumers seeking a diverse range of ideas, good and services for their homes.

In 2013, the show unveiled a large gardening marketplace, more artisan space, a Meet the Chef Series and green-focused seminars as part of its regular programming. Overall more than 220 exhibitors are expected and one trend has organically emerged – the growing number of vendors who offer sustainable services and products to meet consumer demand. “More consumers care about sustainability and how it helps the local economy. They want local grown produce and to work with local companies. There are a number of local companies that are new and different,” Barron explained.

The organizers of the Seacoast Home & Garden Show have partners with the Green Alliance, the Portsmouth organization committed to connecting green-minded consumers with the businesses striving to decrease their environmental footprint. For the second straight year, the two organizations will work closely to spread the word about a wide range of sustainable services right in our regional neighborhood.

Barron said the partnership has tapped into the network of Green Alliance members and business partners and added a growing roster of green-minded vendors to the show. The Green Alliance businesses that will be at the 2014 show include Green Alliance itself, Eco Firebox, Green Cocoon, Proulx Oil and Propane, EZ Bikes, Yankee Thermal Imaging and Seacoast Energy Alternatives.

Granite State of Mind

By Mary | Mar 5, 2014 | in

By Jim Cavan

Few regional calling cards resonate with more authority than Granite State, that steadfast New Hampshire nickname that serves as much as a reflection of the state’s people as it does the endless bounty of rock below.
During the 19th century, New Hampshire boasted one of the country’s largest – if not the largest – granite industries in the country. Even today, the town of Milford – still known colloquially as “Granite Town” – houses one now-defunct quarry made famous for its part in helping construct the U.S. Treasury Building, whose New Hampshire-borne pillars can still be seen on the back of the ten dollar bill.
But while the granite mining industry has since largely fallen by the wayside, one New Hampshire company is determined to make sure that both narratives – of a people’s resourcefulness, and of a proud state’s namesake – continue to thrive.

Adam Bennett is the owner of Windham-based Colonial Stoneworks, which provides services ranging from simple walkways and stairways to elegant fireplaces. On the surface, the services and skills Bennett offers might not seem that different from others in his field. Rather, it’s how the 28-year-old does it that sets him apart from the pack.

A priority of giving at Green Cocoon

By Patrick | Mar 5, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

“I’m living the dream” is one of Candace Lord’s favorite sayings. It also expresses a charitable philosophy for Green Cocoon, the Salisbury, Mass.-based sustainable insulation company where Lord is general manager. “We want to help others live the dream,” Lord said.

As the seven-year-old company continues to grow, it has also become deeply involved in greater Seacoast region community and beyond. For the second straight year, Green Cocoon will be the main underwriter for the 8th annual Hope for Youth Gala to support Seacoast Youth Services in Seabrook. The event includes live and silent auctions, dancing and games and will be held March 22 at the Ashworth by the Sea hotel in Hampton. All proceeds will go to Seacoast Youth Services which provides a wide range of outreach programs for youths and their families.

“This is an awesome event and we have seen firsthand that Seacoast Youth Services is an organization to back and be very proud of,” Lord explained. “They (Seacoast Youth Services) approached us and we are glad they did. They have a unique type of engagement that gets through to kids. We saw kids build a boat and the amount of labor they did. I know it sounds corny but these kids truly are our future and we want them to succeed.”

Founded in 2007 by Jim Materkowski and the late Peter Strattner, Green Cocoon specializes in green insulation for both residential and commercial applications. Lord says the company has become “the go-to” provider for clients seeking a sustainable solution to the common need for quality insulation. “We are now in an echo chamber of referrals from contractors who call us to work on increasingly complex projects. We also hear directly from homeowners who are building a new house and want us to insulate us,” she said.

Green Cocoon is a business partner of the Green Alliance in Portsmouth and the company has boasts a wide range of sustainable insulation options from spray-foam made from soy beans and recycled plastic bottles to BATT insulation fashioned from recycled denim, and also a line of recycled newspaper cellulose. Lord says the company has also made a quite broken through to customers on the financial side by offering a remarkable ten-fold return on investment for a combination of sustainable action and cash savings.