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Help Us Be Green

Below is an outline of the things we are trying to do as a company to offset our impact on the environment. We need your help and open-mindedness to help us be successful at this endeavor.

Green Mountain Energy / PGE - Through the generous support of Green Mountain Energy, Terrapin Events' 2014 race season will be carbon neutral.

About Green Mountain Energy: Cleaner energy means a cleaner world. That's the reason we exist. For more than 15 years, we've been using sun, wind and water to help protect the environment. In fact, we're proud that our customers have enabled us to become the nation's longest serving renewable energy retailer.

Recycling and composting at the event. Please be aware of the different recycling options we set up at our events. Don't be afraid to ask someone where to put your materials.

Take public transportation: check out TriMet to see the best bus line or MAX line for you to get to the event.

Ride a bike to the event. Check out the best bike route to the event here. We are offering Valet bike parking.

Solar energy and low impact generators at the event. We will be using low impact generators or, when available, solar energy to run as much of the event as possible (Music, PA, Finish line, etc)

Bamboo Shirts: The bamboo shirts we are ordering are just like any other moisture wicking t-shirt. They are available in both men's and women's sizes. Click the link to look at an example of the Men's and Women's bamboo shirts.

Bamboo charcoal blends burnt bamboo fibers with 100% recycled polyester to create a performance blend with anti-bacterial, UV blocking, moisture wicking and odor absorbing properties.

Bamboo is...


Soft:
bamboo fiber is softer than the softest cotton, has a natural sheen to the surface and feels similar to silk or cashmere.

Protective: unlike other anti-microbial fabrics, which require a chemical treatment, bamboo fiber clothing is naturally anti-microbial and requires no harmful chemicals. It contains an agent, "bamboo kun", that prevents bacteria from cultivating on it. Bamboo apparel is comfortable, thermal regulating and will keep you cooler, drier, warmer and odor free - and certain species have the tensile strength equivalent to that of steel.

Natural: bamboo is of the world's most prolific and fastest-growing plants, and is able to reach maturity in about four years. Through modern manufacturing processes, bamboo pulp is now capable of producing bamboo fiber for use in yarn and fabric.

Sustainable: bamboo is grown without pesticides or chemicals, is 100% biodegradeable, and naturally regenerative.

Bamboo is planted and grown on family-owned farms that have been in agricultural use for generations. None of the fiber comes from tropical forests. Over 2.5 billion people work with or depend on bamboo as a natural resource.

Re-usable bags for bag check: Most events use plastic grocery bags for their clothing check. The bags are a good size and easy to write on with a permanent marker when everyone lines up at the same exact time to check their clothing. Well, we are not anymore!

We are now using (and re-using) 100% organic cotton bags, made with Fair Trade/Fair Labor that are 16.5" H x 15" W and sustainable. Increasingly, farmers around the world are growing high-quality cotton without costly, harmful chemicals. Their methods support biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, improve the quality of soil and often use less water. The result is a superior, sustainable alternative to conventional cotton.

Recycled paper and race bibs. Not only do we recycle our paper, the paper we use in our office is already recycled. We print our brochures on recycled paper and use natural inks.


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