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A Get-Started Guide to Green Home Decorating

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“What’s the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” Henry David Thoreau posed this question more than 150 years ago, and it becomes increasingly relevant with each decade. Today, something as simple as decorating your house can have a positive effect and make our planet more “tolerable.” But helping Mother Earth doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. With a few tips, the right products and a few simple alterations, you can make your home a greener and more stylish place to live. decor Sustainable Décor Shopping The key to decorating conscientiously is to maintain sustainability as your primary goal. Select home features and sustainable home décor that use fewer nonrenewable resources and less energy and require less water to function. Home decor features that have been repurposed, recycled,  and can withstand the test of time. For instance, old neckties can be fashioned into a quilt, or bulky cinder blocks can be transformed into chic, outdoor planters. Even the smallest changes in what you buy for accent decoration in your home can make a difference. For example, standard candles are made of paraffin, a petroleum-based product, and switching to soy-made candles, which are just as alluring, can eliminate the 11 toxins emitted by paraffin . You can further detoxify your home with the simple addition of potted plants. We suggest one potted plant for every 100 square feet of living space.  Smart Lighting   light Get rid of any traditional incandescent light bulbs you might have and opt for the more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) alternative. The light produced by (LED)bulbs are softer In the bathroom, use high-efficiency shower heads to reduce your water consumption by 30 percent. Low-flow toilets offer similar water conservation results—or for a more affordable option, use the DIY method of placing a two-liter bottle of water in the tank to fill space and allow less water flow through each cycle. Efficient Window Treatments & Floors 

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Window treatments are a prime opportunity to express your concern for conservation while not sacrificing personal panache. With countless colors to choose from and designs to suit any style, they are stylish and keep out heat, which results in reduced use of your air conditioner.   When considering your flooring, there are many eco-friendly materials available. Bamboo,  sustainable wood, cork and some linoleums provide quality floor coverage. Bamboo, in particular, offers an elegant and earthy appearance in addition to serving its function. If you would prefer a softer surface, colorful carpet squares made from recycled materials that do not include toxic dyes, it’s a great alternatives at no cost to the environment.

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 Check out this New Age, “Eco-Friendly Skyscraper, Castle” , (Elephant and Castle Eco-Tower) Your home is your castle and the Earth its kingdom! You do not have to give up beautiful decor to be eco-friendly. Use the right products, make the right changes  follow our tips to a stylish, maintainable castle. All while safeguarding Our Kingdom, Earth.

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August 10th, 2013coca cola skyscraper A small but sweet and bubbly victory for the environment and those who make a few bucks from recycling soda cans occurred in Australia.

As mentioned previously; a campaign led by Coca Cola to destroy a container deposit program in Australia’s Northern Territory was successful, albeit temporarily as it turns out.

A legal technicality Coca Cola and its cohorts used to can the program was countered by an exemption from federal law.

This means the companies must again pay deposits of 10 cents a bottle or can recycled through the Territory’s recycling system.coca-cola

Kudos to the Northern Territory government during this ordeal – it kept the scheme going while it was in limbo. While it seems there are a few kinks in the program that will be re-implemented, these should be ironed out.

Coca Cola, Schweppes and Lions are of course pretty unhappy. Coca Cola says it will increase the price of its products – big deal, in fact that’s a good thing considering the types of products in question.                                                                                                                                                       Coca

While the company may be worried about a loss of sales as a result; that may have already happened. Thanks to their efforts in attempting to bury the program for good; some folks (including me) now refuse to buy their beverages.

1376146019000-AP-Earns-Coca-ColaThe Northern Territory will rejoin South Australia in container deposit recycling schemes in this country. South Australia’s program has been operating for thirty-six years and it’s rare to see bottles and cans lying around the place. Any that are tend to be picked up pretty quickly.

Big Soda’s battle against the scheme is probably more than just about the Northern Territory – I guess with the NT on board now, it makes it more likely a national scheme may be put in place at some point – and one should be.

australia cocacola litter I hate to think how many single use cans and bottles are cranked out each year and the volume that winds up in landfill or littered. By implementing container deposit schemes, far fewer do as it’s like throwing away money. As a result of South Australia’s program, recyclable containers going to landfill have been reduced to just 3%.

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 10 Easy Ways Your Office Can Go Green:

Whether you run a home-based business or a brick-and-mortar retail business, there are simple, easy things you can do to go green. Operating a green business is not only good for the environment but good for your business’s bottom line because conserving resources and cutting down on waste saves money.

Here are ten ideas for running a green business from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Greening Operations Guide. Put them into place right now to make your business a more Eco- Friendly place.

1. Turn off equipment when it’s not being used. This can reduce the energy used by 25 percent; turning off the computers at the end of the day can save an additional 50 percent.

2. Encouraging communications by email, and reading email messages onscreen to determine whether it’s necessary to print them. If it’s not, don’.

 3. Reduce fax-related paper waste by using a fax-modem and by using a fax cover  sheet only when necessary. Fax-modems allow documents to be sent directly from a computer, without requiring a printed hard copy.

4. Produce double-sided documents whenever possible.

5. Do not leave faucet dripping; always close them tightly after use. (One drop wasted per second wastes 10,000 liters per year.)

Water Conservation at Home 6. Install toilet dams in toilet reservoirs. Placing one or two plastic containers filled with stones(not bricks) in the toilet’s reservoir will displace about 4 liters of water per flush – a huge reduction of water use over the course of a year.

7. Find a supply of paper with maximum available recycled content.   

8. Choose suppliers who take back packaging for reuse.

9. Search for “greener” products and services in your community. The further your supplies or service providers have to travel, the more energy will be used to get them to you.

10. See if your office furniture can be refinished. It’s less expensive than buying new and better for the environment. So before you decide to purchase new office furniture, try and refinish what you already have.

A Green Business Starts With Small Steps:

Environmentally friendly actions don’t have to be large to have an impact. Consistently reducing the amount of energy, water, and paper our businesses use can make a huge difference, both to the environment and to our pocketbooks. How much paper would you save over the course of a year, for instance, if you always ran double sided copies? A small easy way to go green -BUT A BIG RESULT!

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Green Tips For The World Today!

29 Ways to Make Your World More Green Today

1. Lower your thermostat. Check out/invest in a programmable one.

2. Use low-flow faucets, shower heads, and toilets in your bathrooms.

3. Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs.That’s an investment that you won€™t regret.

4. Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room or when not in use. Unplug your cell phone charger when not using it and other electronics such as lap top chargers.

5. Recycle your newspapers and all papers.

6. Reduce carbon monoxide a€“ car pool, use electric cars, walk, use public transportation, or ride your bike!

7. Instead of spending money on buying new books, take a trip to your local library and check one out.

8. Give family and friends the gift of saving the earth. Donate to their favorite environmental group, foundation, or organization.  Makes for a perfect gift. And thoughtful, too!

9. Get off junk mail lists.

10. Look out for products that use recyclable materials, and try buying those whenever possible.

11. When you get plastic grocery bags at the store, reuse them for things such as doggie poop bags or for small trashcan liners.

12. Bring your own bags to the grocery store.

13. Consider making your own cleaning products out of household staples such as vinegar, borax, and baking soda.

14. Consider buying a fuel-efficient car or a hybrid.            Green Earth

15. Go paperless. Things like subscribing to newspapers, magazines, and electronic billing can make a difference.

16. Teach kids about the environment.A  Knowledge is power.

17. Recycle batteries appropriately at a recycling center.

18. If you’€™re going to be idle for more than one minute, turn your car off.

19. When doing laundry, set the rinse cycle to cold, and do full loads.

20. Recycle.

21. Reuse things around your house, plastic containers for example can be used for storing little things for your children.

22. Limit the length of your showers. If you want to take the extra step, shut off the water while soaping up and shampooing.

23. Don€™t run the water when brushing your teeth or shaving.

24. Recycle your technology, such as un-used cell phones, laptops, computers, etc.

25. Plant trees!

26. Invest in green investments.

27. Whenever you can, try using green cleaning products, whether you buy them, or make them yourself.

28. Build a green home for you and your family.

29. Use the technology we have.  Text messages and e-mails all help to reduce paper waste.

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Why Bother Properly Disposing of Paint? How to Dispose of Paint the Right Way?

How to Properly Dispose of Paint…The correct way of how to dispose of household paint hasn’t been widely advertised. Household paint can cause huge hazards. If simply left inside of a garbage dumpster or truck, there is a huge chance that the paint can leak onto the trash and eventually the roadway. Household paint is also very hard for landfills to dispose of. In actuality, it is the consumers responsibility to safely use leftovers or properly dispose.

Disposing of Paint To learn how to dispose of paint the right way without negative impacts on the environment, read below for some simple suggestions. (Click a section to jump to that spot on this page)

 Latex Paint Dispose of latex paint the right way!

To properly dispose of latex paint, the container needs to be completely emptied. To safely do this, you can purchase paint hardener to solidify the paint, or you can even use kitty litter, mulch or shredded paper from your paper shredder. Once the paint has dried, you can easily scoop the paint out. Dried latex paint can be disposed of in the rubbish. Metal paint cans can be disposed of as well, and recycled if empty. Consider using all of the paint before disposing of it, whether it be by touching up or adding an extra coat of paint to your wall. It’s easier, more practical, safer, and economical…not to mention you’ll be saving space, and yourself the trouble of having to dry the paint!

Paint hardener can come in very handy when disposing of your paint is the only option. Hardening the paint will make it much safer to dispose, and will prevent any toxic spillage onto wildlife, soil, or your home.

Oil-Based Paint Important instructions to dispose of oil based paints

For disposal of oil-based paint, you should bring the paint to a local recycling station. You may want to call before visiting, since they all have different policies on what they do with oil based paint. Oil-based paint is either incinerated or recycled by actually using the paint, or repackaging the paint to give back to customers. All labels must be intact for disposal instructions. Read this to see the required techniques of disposal. Ultimately, it is best for the consumer to use the entire can of paint.

Low VOC Paint: Benjamin Moore’s Aura Line – A healthier alternative to regular high VOC paintWhat’s VOC? You can read all about the negative effects of VOC here. VOC are volatile organic compounds found in paint, plastics, and other man-made things. When painting your home, using a paint with low VOC is a great idea–it’s much healthier, and it’s a good selling point of your home.

Benjamin Moore’s Aura Line has been certified under the GREENGUARD Standard for Low Emitting Products and the GREENGUARD for Children & SchoolsSM product certification programs.

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Hazards of Paint Why you should take extra care with your paint disposal
Using the Leftover paint, the best way to dispose of it. Very old paint may contain lead and mercury which should be disposed of correctly

You have plenty of leftover paint from your paint project? The first thing you should do is think of other things that may need to be painted. Maybe your garage interior could use a new coat, or your closets? How about an old piece of furniture down in the cellar? You could breathe new life into it with a quick coat of paint! How about the dog house or the tool shed? Since there is no easy way to dispose of paint, it is best to use it up. Here’s another idea: donations. Your local school, church, town office, or shelter may be able to use that paint. Ask friends, they may need a fresh coat of paint for something, and you could help!

 

Buy Just Enough! The best way to ensure you have absolutely no leftover paint! A good estimate of how much paint you will need is to measure the square footage of the area. Tape measure the entire area, and multiply the two lengths together to find the square footage. One gallon will roughly cover 400-450 square feet in one coat. By using this estimate, you can purchase paint based on how many coats and walls you need to cover. This should cut down on leftovers. Plan ahead, and have other things in mind to paint if you do have small amounts of leftovers.
 
Non-Toxic Paints /Paint that’s more earth friendlyVery old paint may contain lead and mercury which should be disposed of correctly
Buying the right type of paint in the first place may have a number of benefits. For instance, painted walls may have low level emissions years after application. Paint fumes have been linked to headaches and migraines in some cases. Earth-friendly, low emission paints are now available. Not only is it better for humans, but it’s better for the outdoors as well! Check your local paint store to see what variety they may have. Larger stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s may not offer the organic variety, so you may want to call your local paint store first.
  • Remember to buy just enough,
  • use the most you can, donate leftovers, or
  • if absolutely necessary, bring the remainder of your oil-based paint to the recycling station.
  • Acrylic paint can be disposed of through the methods above.

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Clean and Chemical-Free

Want a clean home? Office? Environment period? Us too. Yet while typical household/office cleaners might cut the grease and get the grime out, chances are you’re also breathing in harsh chemicals including ammonia, bleach, petroleum distillates, and formaldehyde.

www.GreenNest.com  (GreenNest, an online retail website specializing in green and organic home goods) Get recommendations for natural cleaners that are free from petrochemical volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as products by Safe Choice, Naturally Yours and Green Nest.

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Window cleaner: one part distilled white or apple cider vinegar and one part water, mixed in a spray bottle. (Wiping the windows clean with recycled newspaper makes for a streak-free shine.)

Laundry detergent: washing soda (sodium carbonate)

Fabric softener: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

Mold remover: borax

Grease cutter and furniture polish: washing soda

Silver polish: toothpaste, salt or baking soda

Fruit Peel CleansersToilet cleaner: lemon juice

Dusting: olive oil or washing soda

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17 Ways To Reuse 3 Common Disposable Kitchen Items
 Disposable products might save you time in the kitchen, but there are many ways to give items — such as aluminum foil, delivery containers, and throwaway utensils — second, third, and even fourth lives before recycling. Use some of the tips below to save money–and help the environment. Grandma would be so proud!

 Aluminum foil: foil

1. Keep Pie Crusts from Burning: Cover pie crusts in aluminum foil until the final minutes of baking.

2. Line a Roasting Pan: There’s no need to use new foil to line roasting pans or the bottom of the oven.

3. Soften Brown Sugar: Wrap the sugar in aluminum foil and put it in a 300 degree oven to help break it up.

4. Grill Aid: Lay a sheet of foil over the grill for ten minutes to concentrate the grill heat for dramatic grill marks.

5. Help Scrub: Use scrunched up aluminum foil to fight caked on grease on your grill, stove top, pots, pans, and oven racks.

6. Sharpen Scissors and

Garden Shears: Fold foil into a square and cut it about ten times to sharpen the edges of dull scissors.

Chopsticks:chop sticks for grilling

1. Skewer Food: Soak chopsticks in water for fifteen minutes before using them to grill speared meat and veggies.

2. Use as a Stirrer: Chopsticks can be used to stir while cooking or as drink stirrers.

3. Use as a Popsicle stick.

4. Help dry plates: Layer them between stacked wet dishes to help them dry.

5. Level off measured dry ingredients: Use chopsticks rather than a knife.

6. Toast marshmallows.

7. Brace Your Plants: Stick a chopstick into the soil next to a floppy plant to give it support.

Coffee Filters: coffee-filter-compost

1. Use as cupcake pan liners. Be sure to use with recipes that pair well with a little coffee flavor.

2. Use as tea bags. Fill 3″ squares of coffee filters with loose tea and sew or hand-stitch to close.

3. Polish shoes. Use damp coffee filters to polish dark brown shoes.

4. Strain wine. Use as a filter when you have cork pieces in your wine.

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29 Ways to Make Your World More Green Today

1. Lower your thermostat. Check out/invest in a programmable one.

2. Use low-flow faucets, shower-heads, and toilets in your bathrooms.

3. Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs. That’s an investment that you won’t regret.

4. Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room or when not in use. Unplug your cell phone charger when not using it and other electronics such as lap top chargers.

5. Recycle your newspapers and all papers.

6. Reduce carbon monoxide start a€“ car pool, use electric cars, walk, use public transportation, or ride your bike.

7. Instead of spending money on buying new books, take a trip to your local library and check one out.

8. Give family and friends the gift of saving the earth. Donate to their favorite environmental group, foundation, or organization. Makes for a perfect gift.  And thoughtful, too!

9. Get off junk mail lists.

10. Look out for products that use recyclable materials, and try buying those whenever possible.

11. When you get plastic grocery bags at the store, reuse them for things such as doggie poop bags or for small trashcan liners.

12. Bring your own bags to the grocery store.

13. Consider making your own cleaning products out of household staples such as vinegar, borax, and baking soda.

14. Consider buying a fuel-efficient car or a hybrid.

15. Go paperless. Things like subscribing to newspapers, magazines, and electronic billing can make a difference.

16. Teach kids about the environment. Knowledge is not power, just knowing isn’t power, applying what knowledge you have, now that’s real power, therefore applied knowledge is power.

17. Recycle batteries appropriately at a recycling center.

18. If you’€™re going to be idle for more than one minute, turn your car off.

19. When doing laundry, set the rinse cycle to cold, and do full loads.

20. Recycle everything you can such as cans, plastic, newspapers etc…

21. Reuse things around your house, plastic containers for example can be used for storing little things for your children.

22. Limit the length of your showers. If you want to take the extra step, shut off the water while soaping up and shampooing.

23. Don’€™t run the water when brushing your teeth or shaving.

24. Recycle your technology, such as un-used cell phones, laptops, computers, etc.

25. Plant trees!

26. Invest in green investments.

27. Whenever you can, try using green cleaning products, whether you buy them, or make them yourself.

28. Build a green home for you and your family.

29. Use the technology we have.  Text messages and e-mails all help to reduce paper waste.

 

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SAVE ENERGY                                                                                                 

    Alternative Green EnergyIt’s electric! You can check how much of your electricity comes from renewable “green”power sources, such as wind or solar. Green power produces less carbon emissions, reduces air pollution, and helps protect against future costs or scarcity of fossil fuels. If green power is a consumer option, check price differences from suppliers before you buy.

school busDon’t idle! Remind your school system to turn off bus engines when buses are parked. Exhaust from idling school buses can pollute air in and around the bus, and can e intakes, doors, and open windows. Constant idling also wastes fuel and money. Enter school buildings through air pollution and traffic congestion

 Tread lightly! Use public transportation, carpool, walk,or bike  whenever possible to reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs. Leaving your car at home just two days a week will re158295595duce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year. If you can work from home, you’ll reduce air pollution,traffic congestion, and save money.             

 

Make your home an Energy Star! When you do home maintenance, also do a home energy audit to find out how you can save money by making your home more energystarenergy efficiency. And if every American home replaced just one conventional light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes a year.

eCycle it! Take your old computer, DVD player, or other electronics to an electronics recycling center. Reusing and recycling materials like copper, gold, and others saves natural resources and reduces mining and processing. e Cycling also helps avoid land, air, and water pollution by capturing and reusing hazardous substances such as lead or chromium. recycle-tree22  kidsEveryone can make a difference! High school students can study links between everyday actions at their high school, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change. Become a “climate ambassador” leader in your school or neighborhood and motivate friends, schools, and community leaders. Talk to your  friends – help spread the word!

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