Vote for Your Favourite Green Business — Maybe oopoomoo?

Did you know that oopoomoo is a member of REAP, a non-profit organization of local businesses committed to making ethical business decisions and operating in environmentally sustainable ways? The photo industry is not exactly known for being a visionary when it comes to conservation, moderation and reducing impact so it’s important that we all use our skills as photographers — and businessmen — to set an example and share what we value. As nature photographers, we value nature. We try to reduce the impact of our work by investing in wind power for our home, recycling like crazies, and refraining from buying the latest and greatest gear that is released. (That last one can be hard.) We also shoot a whole lot locally so we can bike or walk to photo shoots. We base our workshops out of sustainable lodges where possible and reduce out impact by treading lightly where ever we go.

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As a way to showcase the great things that local, conscientious businesses are doing, and to prove that the profitable way forward is to work within a community context, REAP is having a little competition where you can vote on your favourite local business. Be sure to peruse the REAP members listings…I’m sure if you live in the Calgary area, you’ll see some familiar faces! Take a little time to share your opinion by voting for your favourite (here’s our link, hint hint) and share with friends.

Tell us what you do to make this world a better place!

About the Author

Photographing the incredible beauty of natural things, filming quirky videos, trying new foods with unpronounceable names, curling up with a good book, sharing ideas on how to live lighter on the Earth...these are a few of my favourite things!


  1. Dave W
    October 8, 2013

    I will trade a vote for some free advice. Just kidding. I already get that. My vote is in. I noticed and appreciate your messages of reducing our footprint and impact on our environment. It also helps to control my spending, which Linda appreciates.

    • Samantha
      October 9, 2013

      Thanks, Dave! Yes, our spouses often appreciate the side benefits of trying to reduce your impact on the environment. šŸ™‚

  2. Hendrik Boesch
    October 10, 2013

    Voted, great to see you can vote without registering for spam mails and you even get a coupon for community natural foods šŸ™‚

    In terms of living responsible, we cut off all electronics when we leave the house that are not necessary (freezer and fridge).

    A lot of people don’t know how much energy they waste by keeping electronics (stereos, tv, computer etc) on stand by. Even plugged in chargers for cellphones (or camera batteries šŸ˜€ ) consume electricity, even if they are not charging anything.

    So all our devices like computer, monitors, printer, tv, radio, coffee maker, microwave and so on are plugged into plugs with a switch, if it’s not needed, it’s switched off to save energy.

    To give an example:
    A pc with monitor uses an average of 10 watts for a total of 80kWh per year.
    An internet router averages to 12 watts for a total of 100kWh, tv 50kWh, hdpvr another 50kWh.

    Totals to 280kWh per year, just for being on standby. With an average price of $0.10/kWh it saves not only energy, but $28/year. And that’s only four appliances!

    I believe in finding alternative energy sources like wind energy and such, but before thinking how we can produce more energy to meet the ‘demand’, first we can start saving a lot that we just waste for nothing.

    • Samantha
      October 11, 2013

      Thanks, Hendrik! Great to hear how aware you guys are about standby drain. Totally true that we need to reduce as a priority rather than just seek out the new ‘endless’ source of energy. Our culture has an attitude problem. We act like Earth isn’t finite. What a wake up call that’s going to be!

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