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Guys Only: 5 Ways to Make a Man Cave Eco-Friendly

Real men care about the future of the planet just as much as they care about their favorite teams winning

Guys, dudes, bros - you want an awesome man cave that gives you a place to escape the mundane so you can entertain yourself with sports, video games, beer, and comfort. Having that excellent man cave doesn't mean that you have to put the environment at jeopardy.

Real men care about the future of the planet just as much as they care about their favorite teams winning with a last-second touchdown. If you want to make your man cave eco-friendly, try some of these options.

#1: Eco-Friendly Craft Beer

Several breweries recognize the importance of keeping their suds eco-friendly. They use solar panels, choose bottles and cans that consumers can easily recycle, and support responsible water use. Sierra Nevada, for instance, has made several attempts to limit its negative impact on the environment. Some of their best programs include:

  • installing over 10,500 solar panels at its California brewery
  • reusing, recycling, and composting over 99 percent of its solid waste
  • using a rail system to ship about 70 percent of its product through the East Coast
  • an on site waste, water treatment facility

Sierra Nevada is just one of many breweries committed to helping the environment. Be a bud to the planet by searching out local, national, and international breweries that follow similar guidelines.

#2: Eco-Friendly Furniture

Every man cave should have comfortable furniture. How else are you going to relax after a long day at work? It's not that you want something plush and comfortable. You need it!

There are plenty of options made from sustainable materials, and they don't have to feel like sitting on a park bench.

Some options include:

  • tables made out of cork
  • sofas made with organic cotton
  • chairs with bamboo structures (with big cushions of course)

If you don't like modern designs made out of these materials, then opt for a used couch. Buying from a thrift or antiques store is arguably even better for the planet than buying a new product made from sustainable materials.

#3: ENERGY STAR TV

Your cave needs a giant TV so you can watch your favorite sports and raunchy comedies you got with your TV package bundle. Seriously, if you can't see the dimples on a basketball, you need a new TV with better resolution. It gives you more authority when you call the ref an idiot for making a bad call.

Big TVs, however, can suck up a lot of energy. And that's not especially good for the environment.

If you look for TVs that have been approved by ENERGY STAR, though, you know that you're having a minimal effect on the environment. Sure, you're still using more energy than necessary, but you're not going to give up television. Sometimes, going the eco-friendly route forces you to take the path of least harm. As long as you stick to ENERGY  STAR TVs, you're doing alright.

#4: Energy-Efficient Phones

If you don't have a phone, then you can't call your buddies to gloat over an unbelievable touchdown that your team just made (those suckers root for an inferior team, so they deserve all of the harassment you can dish out).

Unfortunately, some phones burn through energy as if the planet has an unlimited reserve of fossil fuels. Choose a smartphone that uses energy efficiently. That way, you can heckle the other team's fans without using a lot of electricity thanks to your phone service. That helps protect the environment while giving you more time to talk smack before you have to recharge your phone.

#5: Refurbished Bars

If you're the kind of man who likes a stiff drink, then you will probably want a bar in your cave. Instead of buying a brand new bar, look for refurbished options sold by local craftsmen. If you look hard enough, you can find some really creative designs that reuse old wood. How awesome would it be to have a bar made out of an old bourbon barrel?

See, you were a bit reluctant at first. But now you see how much better a refurbished bar can be than something that you pick up at a retail store.

What eco-friendly items do you want to add to your man cave? How much better will you feel knowing that you can be a real man without hurting the environment that your kids will inherit?

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Hailey is a recent graduate with a degree in Journalism. Now that she isn't face first in books she is trying to travel as much as she can. She writes in her free time between fixing up her new house and teaching people how to live a longer, healthier life.

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