Blog : November 2014

Local Company Helps Independent Restaurants - And Their Customers - Avoid a Landfill Legacy

By Katelyn | Nov 26, 2014 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

SOMERSWORTH — Leftovers from a restaurant dinner last only a few days in the refrigerator, yet the take-out container they’re in might last lifetimes in the landfill. Not if Favorite Foods has anything to do with it.

Founded nearly 30 years ago, community-based, environmentally-responsible Favorite Foods is fully committed to sustainable, local, and ethical food services. The family-owned company serves independent restaurants throughout New Hampshire and along the Maine seacoast, supplying each with quality products and innovative solutions. Part of the Favorite Foods mission is to enhance the communities it serves—one way is by educating restaurants on the benefits of using compostable products, and encouraging the switch from conventional paper or Styrofoam.

“We started offering compostable products six years ago, and we now stock compostable trash bag liners, cutlery, several sizes of hot drinking cups and cold drinking cups, cup lids, drinking straws, soup containers, various sizes of plates, and take-out containers,” said Kelly Donohue, of Favorite Foods. “Over the years, it’s become easier to find these types of products, and the costs have gotten much better. We use vendors that give us the best value. Products are starting to be made in the USA—we’ve even gotten some from Maine.”

Ease into an Active Lifestyle with EZ Bikes & Scooters

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 26, 2014 | in

Transitioning to a more active lifestyle takes commitment and endurance. EZ Bikes & Scooters is making the transition easier with their scooters and electric bicycles. Scooters and electric bicycles are a great alternative for those looking to save money and get moving.

Electric bicycles are great for people interested in cycling but who may not be prepared for the rolling New England landscape. They offer three options: ride like a regular bike and just pedal, pedal with the assistance of the motor, or let the motor do all of the work. This makes them perfect for riders of all experience levels.

Here's an interesting idea: owners of electric bikes get more exercise than those with pedal bikes, because electric bike owners use their bikes more! It has also been found that electric bikes pay for themselves in 1-2 years with savings in fuel, vehicle maintenance and the other costs associated with owning a vehicle.

Jenaly Technology Group Green IT Item of the Month

By Madalyn | Nov 25, 2014 | in

Jenaly Technology Group, Inc. is not you average IT company. They are dedicated to providing affordable IT solutions for businesses big and small while also providing much needed commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly choices.

The IT industry is notorious for needing a large amount of resources and energy for their products. Jenaly is striving to control and shrink its environmental impact. They accomplish this by providing systems management services which drastically reduce the amount of energy computers use and also provide effective document management skills which reduces the amount of paper required by an individual or a professional office. Jenaly themselves hope to one day be 100% digital.

Updated Green Story for Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga

By Madalyn | Nov 25, 2014 | in

All Green Alliance Business Partners are green certified by the GA and their evaluation can be found on the individual Green Alliance pages. Each Business Partner is given a transparent evaluation with a report card that shows the rating of the entire business. Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga has undergone a number of renovations which significantly imporved their overall green score- they are now in blossom status, the highest status given to GA Business Partners. Read the full green story below:

Gateway: ancient theory, growing green practice

There are good reasons why the ancient arts of taiji (tai chi), qigong (chee kung) and yoga have been practiced by millions of people throughout the world for many centuries: they help people feel better, move more freely, breathe easier and connect with their spiritual selves. They condition the body, improve circulation, develop energy and promote mindfulness – a powerful cocktail for health and wellbeing.

Gateway Taiji, Qigong and Yoga, which opened in October 2012, is a center for practicing and exploring these ancient arts. Its two large studios provide a spacious, sunlit, inviting environment for daily classes and special seminars. The founder, Bill Buckley, intended to create a welcoming, non-judgmental and fun atmosphere where people of all ages and fitness levels can explore, get fit and connect with other like-minded seekers. And, in just one year, he’s done exactly that. 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Get It Going, LLC

By Madalyn | Nov 25, 2014 | in

Who: Get It Going, LLC

What: Jill Spring uses her lifestyle and apparel company, Get It Going, to spread a message of positive living and environmental stewardship. Since 2009, Get it Going has designed and sold T-shirts, hoodies, stickers and more, promoting positivity and an awareness of health, wellness and environmental issues. The company prides itself on creating products made with locally and sustainably sourced materials that have a low-impact on the environment. Get it Going works with people in the local community on the product's overall design and message. All of the company's products are made in the United States with organic materials when available. Get it Going gives back $1 on each item sold to an organization, team, school or group of the designer's choice that is active in bettering the local community. Spring believes that by working with community members on her product's designs and statements, Get it Going will inspire a greener and more rewarding way of life.

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance Referral Program

By Madalyn | Nov 25, 2014 | in

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance has been steadily growing to increase their coverage of home, auto and other types of insurance. They are also expanding from their base in New England, mainly New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine, to include greater coverage in Massachusetts.

One of the greatest accomplishments that Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance (PAI) is now offering to Green Alliance members is a referral program. If a Green Alliance member refers a friend or family member to PAI for any type of insurance quote, they will receive a $20 gift card to the Green Alliance Business of their choice.

Blue Ocean Discovery Center Receives Unusual Lobsters

By Anna | Nov 25, 2014 | in

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation was the recipient of two unique marine creatures this week – rare calico and partial blue lobsters. The lobsters were donated by Newick's Lobster House in Dover Point, NH, who contacted the Society after the lobsters were caught off the Isles of Shoals and had spent a few days in Newick’s tank for public viewing.

The calico lobster, which is colored blackish brown and bright orange, is one of the most unusual lobster colorations - the Lobster Institute estimates that only 1 in 30 million lobsters are this color. In addition, Newick's had a partial blue lobster (thought to number 1 in 2 million) which they also donated to the Society. Both are males, and they are now housed in separate tanks at our Blue Ocean Discovery Center in Hampton Beach. The Center is open by special appointmet, for events, group visits and birthday parties at this time of year. Those who wish to see the lobsters and explore the touch tanks are invited to contact the Society at 603-431-0260 or

Out on a Limb

By Anna | Nov 25, 2014 | in

By Barbara Perkins

PORTSMOUTH - Micum Davis has been shinnying up trees for more than seventeen years. A certified arborist, the 38-year old describes his line-of work as 'aerial yoga meets circus act'. It definitely offers a jaw-dropping perspective, says Davis. And there's an artistic element as well. Each tree is like a canvas to Davis, Cornerstone Tree Care's founder. Because every tree has a unique form, Davis studies their basic structure before making his first move.

Trees can cause serious and life-threatening problems; limbs interfering with power lines, trees blocking roads and walkways, injuries and property damage are just a few. Pruning eliminates existing hazards while preemptive work – removing dead or weak limbs, can stave off potential damage from storms. A tree care job well done, turns out a better tree - safer, healthier and good looking.

While those concepts are easy to grasp, wrapping one's mind around how climate change is affecting trees can be confounding. As New Englanders struggle to redefine what 'normal' weather means, unpredictable describes it best. Ticking off a handful of recent weather events which caused massive destruction isn't difficult. There was Hurricane Irene, which touched down in August of 2011, Super-storm Sandy in the fall of 2012 and an unnamed storm in February of 2010. That one packed 91mph winds, enough to toss around trees which were firmly rooted in a foot of frozen soil. As cold weather crept in during the fall of 2014, parts of coastal Maine made the record books, reporting massive power outages and snow accumulations of up to 12 inches. That was only October, says Maine born and bred Davis.

Green Collar Careers: Larry Russell, Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative

By Anna | Nov 25, 2014 | in

When most people think about sustainability, insurance is not the first thing that comes to mind. Larry Russell is not like most people. For Russell, a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual, insurance and finance are at the center of sustainability.

Russell works with his clients to ensure they have well thought out objectives, clear action steps, and a realistic timetable to achieve their financial goals, while protecting the people and things they care about most.

The Massachusetts native prides himself on helping a diverse selection of families, businesses and individuals reach their fiscal goals and plan for the long term while remaining both environmentally and financially sustainable. Part of that comes from Russell's desire to provide people with a sense of security.

Russell is proud to be a part of a company that considers people and sustainability. Northwestern has been around since 1870. The company has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression and countless struggles. Russell loves helping people make smart, holistic decisions that have a seamless, positive and sustainable impact as time goes on.

Dreaming of A Green Alliance Christmas!

By Katie | Nov 25, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance sure knows how to throw a party. If you were able to attend any of this year's festivities, from the Spring Music Bash to the sold-out Isles of Shoals Summer Party, the GA Community has made all events a truly special experience. With such great celebrations in 2014 under our belts, we expect the Holiday Bash to be the best yet! 

Celebrate the holidays with the GA Community of green business leaders and individuals who are powering our local green economy. Long-time GA Business Partner, the Portsmouth Brewery, has graciously offered to host this year's party for a second year in a row. On Tuesday, December 23 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. the Brewery will be opening the La Ponza lounge to the GA community. The event is free for GA members and Business Partners, and includes appetizers, great beer (the first one is on us!), and the most spirited company you can find on the seacoast. 

Go Green This Black Friday!

By Katie | Nov 24, 2014 | in

Every year, millions of shoppers swarm to big box stores, on a mission to score the best deals for everyone on their list. Aside from the documented stampedes that have occured, the frustration of finding a parking spot, and so on, there are a number of great reasons to ditch the lines this Friday. 

With that said, we propose "Green Friday" in place of "Black Friday." In fact, the Green Alliance is so excited about Green Friday, that we're going to run our Green Friday special from November 24 through December 1. For the next week, purchase a Green Alliance Membership for only $20, (regularly $35), through our Green Friday promotion! The GA Membership allows you to visit some of your favorite local shops and eateries, (to refuel for more shopping, of course), while enjoying discounts at nearly 100 local, sustainable businesses.

Going Green this Friday not only supports the local economy, at a time when your fellow community members could use the business the most to support their family, but ensures that you are getting great, quality products that are truly unique. Stores such as Prelude, Green Earth Baby Works, The Natural Dog, and nearly 100 more will have the perfect gift for your occassion.

Our Green Business Learning Series

By Sam | Nov 21, 2014 | in

Last night, The Green Alliance held another installment of our Green Business Learning series, this time focusing on social media, hiring and firing, and energizing your workforce. The series was led by social media guru Cary Bowman of Social Kitchen and HR expert Mirjam IJtsma of Cultural Chemistry.

When we planned the event, we were at least a little worried people weren’t going to be interested in the material. We were pleasantly surprised; it was tough to keep them quiet! The questions were flying back and forth like a frenzied classroom of dilligent students.

Get Glad with Plaid at Smuttynose Brewing co.!

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 21, 2014 | in

Smuttynose Brewing Co., New Hampshire’s leading craft brewery, invites everyone to its inaugural Plaid Friday Extravaganza at the new brewery on the historic Towle Farm in Hampton, NH. Doors for this first public event open at 10am on November 28. 

Visitors expecting Smuttynose’s award-winning beer won’t be disappointed, but there are a few other seasonal festivities that are sure to spread smiles and holiday cheer.

S’Mistletoe, Smutty’s first Christmas beer, brewed with sweet cherries, plums and black currants and oak-aged, will debut in limited-edition, ceramic bottles and on tap for samples. The Smerch Store will have special sales on Smuttynose gear and selected

Hungry shoppers (or anyone who needs a break from leftovers or too many family members in a small space) can enjoy inspired sliders from Belle’s on Wheels food truck from 11-4 and everyone is welcome to vent holiday stress at the Fruit Cake Toss, where successful hurling of the much-maligned holiday dessert will yield great rewards.

Plaid Friday will also mark the beginning of what is hoped to be an annual tradition; communal trimming of Smuttynose’s Christmas tree. Smuttynose will donate $2 to Hampton Community Coalition for each ornament placed on the tree from November 28 until December 24. “We’re new in town and we want to be a helpful member of the community,” said Peter Egelston, Smuttynose Founder and President, “the Hampton Community Coalition is an organization that has the ability to do a lot of good throughout the town, so we’re very happy to support them.”

Why Plaid Friday? Smuttynose is a locally-owned Seacoast business and we want to help support our community. Plaid Friday is a colorful alternative to a Black Friday that encourages shoppers to support local businesses for greater economic impact. Shopping local generates three times the economic activity as patronizing big box stores. Vibrant local enterprise is an important part of economic and community health. These local businesses are owned and/or operated by your neighbors and friends. Smuttynose is proud to support this initiative because it matters and makes a tangible difference in all our lives.

Celebrate the Ocean with Blue Ocean Society's Year-End Event

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 21, 2014 | in

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is holding their annual Year-End Celebration at the Blue Mermaid Island Grill on December 2 from 5-7:30 pm. Blue Ocean Society will be providing free hors d’ouevres and live music along with a cash bar. Attendees can learn about Blue Ocean Society’s work to protect marine mammals, purchase holiday gifts and make a tax-deductible donation to show their support for a healthy marine environment. The Blue Mermaid Island Grill is located at 409 The Hill in Portsmouth, NH.

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is a Portsmouth, NH-based non-profit organization that was established in 2001. Blue Ocean Society’s mission is to protect marine mammals in the Gulf of Maine through education, research, and conservation. Blue Ocean Society organizes beach cleanups, studies whales and conducts educational programs to schools throughout New England. The event is open to all. More information can be found online at or by calling 603-431-0260.

This Holiday Season Shop Green!

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 21, 2014 | in