Blog : April 2014

Jenaly IT Green IT Item of the Month: DIY Green Cleaning

By Patrick | Apr 30, 2014 | in

In their most recent e-newsletter, Jenaly Technology Group featured a new monthly Green IT Item. This month it showcased do-it-yourself green cleaning products.

These targeted aspects of weekly cleaning (daily in some cases) involved creating your own wood polish, soft scrub, all-purpose cleaner, cleaning wipes, and laundry detergent from commonly found ingredients. Not only are these homemade cleaning recipes safe for the environment, but the active chemicals are also safe for children and pets as well. Just one more way in which the good people at Jenaly Tech are looking out for you and your family.

Jenaly Technology Group is a progressive outsourced IT services firm. Unlike other IT services firms, the dedicated Jenaly team aims to learn more about clients and their goals in order to really service their needs. Apart from providing excellent “Concierge desk” customer service, Jenaly Technology Group also aims to improve upon and increase awareness of the different sustainability practices that are coming to light each and every day.

Biological Pest Control

By Craig | Apr 30, 2014 | in

Rats. For some they are pets, but to a vast majority of homeowners, and humans, they're pests. Disease carrying pests. Rats, mice and other rodents are drawn to a property because it provides a food source. Such was the case with a customer of Ecotech Pest Services, LLC, a pest control business owned and operated by Tom Pray. With spring's warm weather (finally) upon us, many people are stocking their bird-feeders with seed. Often homeowners have to contend with squirrels crawling into the feeder eating and taking a majority of the feed for themselves. It's a common problem, but when Pray's customer noticed a rat eating the spilled seed on the ground, she called Ecotech.

But sometimes nature has its own pest control service. In the case of Pray's customer, rescue came in the form of a, possible, Cooper's hawk who caught the bird-feeder culprit before Pray could arrive on the scene (see photo at left).

Meet a Green Business: Eolian Renewable Energy, llc.

By Patrick | Apr 30, 2014 | in

Who: Eolian Renewable Energy

What: Started in 2009 in Portsmouth, Eolian is focused on building a stronger, healthier, and local clean energy infrastructure using the latest in wind technologies. Currently, Eolian has four different wind energy projects in development throughout Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Eolian's wind project in Orland, Maine set a goal to produce nine-megawatts of power, providing 2,700 Maine homes with renewable energy. Helmed by CEO Jack Kenworthy, Eolian strives to assure that every project they undertake is done with active community engagement; that all site plans minimize impacts and maximize local benefits and that the final product is one that communities can be proud of.

Where: 155 Fleet Street, Portsmouth


What Makes Us Green:

  • Working to lead the transition to clean, local renewable energy.
  • Seeks optimal low-impact sites for wind facility location. 
  • Developing over 175 MW of wind energy in four states. 
  • Eolian’s projects will save millions of tons of CO2 and fresh water resources, while conserving valuable natural habitat.

Community Toolbox Offers Serious Discounts Through May

By Craig | Apr 30, 2014 | in

Community Toolbox, a newly minted 501c3 nonprofit, in Portsmouth has amazing savings for customers now through May 31.

If you're in need of home repair materials for your bathroom or kitchen, but can't afford the prices of big box stores, then Community Toolbox is the place to go. The outlet store at Community Toolbox sells reclaimed, or donated, home goods through their Deconstruction Program and inventory turn-over donations from home improvement retailers. Not only will you save green with Community Toolbox's deeply discounted prices, but you'll be green with your purchase by keeping unnecessary waste out of landfills. You'll also be supporting Community Toolbox's Fit-It program, a team of volunteers that provide small, basic repairs.

Stop in now and receive an additional 20% off your purchase when you show your Green Alliance Green Card. Not a Green Alliance Member? No worries. Community Toolbox sells GA Memberships. Interested in joining? Sign up when you make your purchase at Community Toolbox and receive your discount immediately.

Community Toolbox is located at 135 Mirona Road, Portsmouth, NH. The outlet store is open Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

For more information on signing-up for a GA Membership, click here!

Great Works Chiropractic Celebrates 3 Years of Community with Spring Extravaganza

By Craig | Apr 29, 2014 | in

If you've ever had a seething migraine, back pain so bad that it sidelined you for a day, or three, or even if you've just felt a little off, its cause may be from a long-ago accident or even birth trauma.

Many people might not realize that their everyday aches and pains often stem from stressors they encountered years prior. The lasting, non-immediate, symptoms could take years to surface and, when they do, treating them with pills may provide relief, but not necessarily fix the problem.

According to Dr. Seth LaFlamme, of Great Works Chiropractic in South Berwick, many health problems that occur in a lifetime can be traced back to any number of traumas that appear mild at first, but pose serious problems later in life, such as sports injuries, car accidents, falls or a difficult birth. It's for this reason Dr. Seth and his wife, and practice partner, Dr. Briana Duga, have taken advanced training to also care for children, even babies, to ensure their health is on the right track.

In celebration of their work, and their patients’ successes, Dr. Seth and Dr. Bri (they prefer first names with patients) will host a family event for their patients, as well as their patient's families and guests, on May 3 at Doodlebugz Studio in Rollinsford, New Hampshire. The event will have a variety of activities for all ages including pottery painting, contests, giveaways and food. The day will celebrate not only the success of Dr. Seth's practice, which expanded its physical space last year, but also the people that support him.

Colonial Stoneworks Offers Sustainable Masonry Services

By Madelaine | Apr 29, 2014 | in

WINDHAM — It’s springtime, that means outdoor gatherings and cookouts are right around the corner! Maybe you’ve been thinking about installing a new outdoor patio or fireplace in your backyard. Or perhaps your existing stonewall or pathway needs some love. Whatever masonry job you need, Colonial Stoneworks can make it happen! Colonial is skilled in a wide range of sustainable stonework services.

Its services include but are not limited to: fireplaces, chimneys, wood stove alcoves, patios, steps, walkways and floors, retaining walls, stone pool decking, mailboxes, columns and piers – paver products, driveways and cobblestone; entry ways and various types of signage.

Colonial puts an emphasis on green business practices with every job it takes on. It has company wide policies to reduce its carbon footprint. All equipment and trucks use biodiesel fuel. Colonial also has an on-site 500-gallon storage tank to store this fuel, which reduces trips to fill up. It also places a high priority on sourcing materials locally or from the yards of customers themselves. It utilizes natural and reclaimed stone whenever possible.

900 Degrees 2-4-1 Tuesday Special

By Madelaine | Apr 29, 2014 | in

Every week 900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzeria offers a two-for-one (2-4-1) Tuesday special. Buy one signature pizza, and get the second free! 900 Degrees makes its pizzas with fresh quality ingredients and unique flavor combinations. Stop in tonight and try a classic Neapolitan pizza with house tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and extra-virgin olive oil drizzle. Then go for the “Bella Cosa,” with roasted garlic cream sauce, caramelized onions, baby spinach, rosemary ham, prosciutto, and fresh mozzarella. Enjoy both of these delicious house made pizzas for the price of one. With 900 Degrees’ wide selection of original recipes, there’s a signature pizza that everyone will enjoy. Dine-in tonight from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and choose your favorite pair of signature pizzas for the price of one! (Limit one 2-4-1 Special per 2 guests)

Meet a Green Biz: Community Toolbox

By Emily | Apr 28, 2014 | in

Who: Community Toolbox Inc.

Community Toolbox obtains still functional household items (cabinets, doors, major appliances, sinks, etc.) and sells them at discounted prices. These collected goods must meet the business' strict criteria to ensure they work properly before being sold. Sales from these products support Community Toolbox's volunteer-driven "Fix-It Program," the core of its business. The team of volunteers works to help at-risk homeowners with small repairs focused on safety, health and accessibility. Their "DeConstruction" process offers the careful removal of materials for reuse and recycling.

Where: 135 Mirona Road, Portsmouth


What makes it green:

  • Keeps waste from used home goods out of landfills.
  • Takes brand-new goods from local retailers forced to update their inventory.
  • Furnished the store and offices with used furniture and building materials.
  • Recycled shelving used at Community Toolbox store.
  • Appliances that can't be resold in-store are sold to a metal recycling plant.
  • Recycles paper and plastic waste in office.

Poco's deck is finally open!

By Sam | Apr 25, 2014 | in

It’s never too early to declare the start of margarita season, right? As we all know, the weather’s warming up, and it’s time to hit the deck – specifically, Poco’s Bow Street Cantina, a seacoast staple.

Poco’s deck is officially open for business, and it’s one of the best spots on the seacoast for outdoor dining and drinking. Situated right on the Piscataqua, the breeze rolls in and sets the perfect tone for locally-sourced and organic Mexican fare. And it’s built with all sustainable materials, too. What more could you want?

As always, with your Green Alliance card, you can get 10% all food and drink at Poco's! Get a head start on your Cinco de Mayo and celebrate the oncoming warm weather at the greenest Mexican cantina in town.

Blue Ocean Society Makes Global Top 10 List for Marine Conservation

By Mary | Apr 25, 2014 | in

There are many for-profit organizations who claim to help save marine wildlife, but how many groups are truly making a difference? Realistically, only a number of groups deserve recognition for their extensive efforts, which is exactly why One Green Planet created the list of “10 Amazing Organizations Bravely Fighting for Marine Conservation.”

One Green Planet is an online resource that informs users about conscious choices worth making with concern to people, animals, and the planet as a whole. It recently released a list of the top ocean conservation groups around the world in order to help the public identify non-profit groups who are genuinely dedicated to preserving the world’s oceans. A Green Alliance’s Business Partner, the Blue Ocean Society, just so happened to be one of those noteworthy foundations.

Spring Discount with Acorn Organic Salon

By Ali | Apr 25, 2014 | in

Give your hair so extra love by visiting the Acorn Organic Salon! They have changed locations for your convenience and are now located under the Dover Natural Marketplace. Check out their new place by visiting the Green Alliance page and get a virtual tour!

When Dover natives Laura MacKay and Allison Degan created the Acorn Salon they knew they wanted it to be a sustainable business. Now, several years later they are environmentally conscious of their products and waste management. All hair care and body products used and sold are extensively vetted for toxicity, naturalness, safety and organic ingredients; Acorn’s standards go well beyond certified organic and look at each individual ingredient using respected scientific resources. Ever heard of vegan nail polish? We hadn’t either until visiting the Acorn Salon. The nail polish is free of carcinogens that can leak through the nails and into the body. The Acorn Salon also donates and promotes A Matter of Trust, the organization that makes oil spill mats with all the recycled hair.

Metal Wave Offers Sustainable Asset Management Solutions

By Mary | Apr 25, 2014 | in

Don’t make the mistake of throwing your unused i-pod or cell phone in the trash! Choose the sustainable option and bring it to Metal Wave Inc., a Green Alliance Business Partner, who will recycle your waste responsibly. Domestic e-waste at Metal Wave gets broken down to the bare essentials in order to minimize environmental impact. Metal Wave works hard to properly recycle any e-waste you have and want to get rid of, making sure it doesn’t end up in a lousy landfill.

It offers a single source solution that maximizes the recovery of aged IT products. Customers are guaranteed to be satisfied whether it’s sold or purchased complete systems, de-manufactured parts, or processed and recycled materials. Metal Wave is knowledgable about a wide range of products and has long-term experience when it comes to processing and reclamation.

Metal Wave aims to provides transparent domestic downstream for end of life recycling. Data and asset security is the most important part of any IT liquidation process, which is why It removes all asset tags and customer identifiable markings off products. Complete data sanitization services are offered for all types of storage devices, too.

Eco Sound Builders Offer a New, Sustainable, Life for Homes

By Craig | Apr 24, 2014 | in

By Kyle Bonus
Green Alliance Contributor

Looking to remodel your current home, or build one you’ve always dreamed of? Eco Sound Builders is an excellent choice when it comes to a company dedicated to quality, sustainable work while preserving its architectural integrity. Since 2007 Eco Sound Builders has utilized green design and materials in their many projects. It's a process that is both wallet and environmentally friendly.

Ever since joining his father on construction sites as a boy, co-owner, Ethan Korpi has had a passion for sustainable building. Through Roger Korpi, Ethan's father and business partner, Ethan has learned to honor the historical value of a building. His appreciation for older architecture in each project Eco Sound Builders does is shown by an effort to retrofit previous design into the newer renovation. However, instead of implementing new materials and structures, Eco Sound Builders look for ways to sustainably renovate and restore: sourcing wood from FSC and SFI certified forests incorporating efficient insulation and subcontracting with local outfits who specializing in non-toxic paints and reclaimed homegoods.

New Freedom Laser Event to Benefit My Breast Cancer Support

By Madelaine | Apr 24, 2014 | in

KITTERY — New Freedom Laser is offering a special opportunity for you to treat yourself to its confidence-boosting services while supporting a great cause. On May 16 and 17 New Freedom Laser will offer all services at reduced prices, and 50 percent of the proceeds will go toward My Breast Cancer Support!

My Breast Cancer Support is a non-profit organization that offers support for breast cancer patients in Maine and New Hampshire. Its mission is to aid anxiety and stress that patients feel while on their individual paths to wellness and healing. Studies show that stress can hinder a patient’s physical healing progress. Stress can also interfere with the body’s immune system, which can have a negative impact on the course of the disease. The proceeds that My Breast Cancer Support raises go toward items for patients that can help take away that stress; things that will help them relax, heal, or reduce every-day financial burdens. It provides gas cards, assistance paying for groceries, travel scholarships to breast cancer conferences and retreats, books and resources for family members including a new mentoring program for children, and much more!

Take Advantage of Community Toolbox April/May Discounts!

By Mary | Apr 23, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance is proud to welcome Community Toolbox into its tight-nit network of sustainable businesses and consumers. Community Toolbox is a non-profit that accepts donated home building supplies to sell at their outlet store on Mirona Road in Portsmouth. Funds from the sale of old and new parts goes towards their Fix-It program, which provides home repair to local residents in need.

As part of their new membership, Community Toolbox has decided to offer some amazing discounts during the months of April and May. The folks at Community Toolbox are selling Green Alliance year-long memberships for only $35! All Green Alliance members receive discounts with over 115+ of their business partners on the Seacoast.