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12Sep/14
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Green Tip Of The Day

Easy Green Tips for Kids!

( It’s never too early for kids to make environmentally responsible practices a part of their daily life. For the future of the earth, kids must get involved. That’s how change happens. Below are simple, money-saving, kid-friendly ideas that make a difference.)

  • Start recycling and encourage your friends to recycle too.
  • Start composting kitchen waste and encourage your friends to do so too.
  • Buy green school supplies – pencils, notebooks with recycled paper and reuse last year’s unfinished notebooks.
  • Walk, carpool or take a bus to school to cut down on carbon emissions.
  • Save water by turning it off when brushing your teeth.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
  • Turn off video games and computers when not in use. Better yet,cut down on video game time, which uses more energy than computers or tv. Play outside instead.
  • Use rechargeable batteries in your toys and buy well-made toys that last.
  • Plant a little garden – lettuce and radishes are quick, easy crops to grow.
  • Reduce use of throwaway cups, plates, utensils and use washable dishes and cloth napkins instead.
  • Use reusable, BPA-free water bottles instead of plastic ones.
  • Use a recyclable lunch bag and put your snacks in reusable containers rather than buying small, throwaway ones.
  • Celebrate Earth Day on April 22!

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11Sep/14

Green Tip Of The Day

A Greener Earth Starts With You And Me

Here’s Some Simple Everyday Tips We Can All Do

Have leftovers from dinner? Store them in a glass container and never reheat in a plastic Tupperware to reduce your exposure to chemicals released when the plastic is heated.

For the items that can’t be composted, recycled, reused or donated, be sure to use biodegradable trash bags instead of plastic ones, as plastic never truly breaks down!

Drink tap water over bottled water. Bottled water costs more, takes more energy to create, and to transport. In most circumstances, tap water is cleaner than bottled water.

Save some of these amazing spices that you are growing for the cold winter season! Put your cut up herbs in an ice cube tray and fill each hole 1/2 way. Then add water on top and you have a spice cube! (Keep in mind Basil will turn dark when frozen but other herbs such as parsley freeze perfectly)

Reduce the strain on your freezer by keeping it full – it runs more efficiently.

When recycling, be sure to empty your recycle bins in a timely manner to eliminate the build up of cardboard, bottles, jars, cans etc in your house. You will be more likely to recycle if there is room to put it away.

Instead of using plastic bags use biodegradable bags which will break down into natural components unlike plastic.ay temporarily!

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10Sep/14
Eco Friendly Indoor Dining

Green Tip Of The Day

3 Green Remodeling Ideas That’ll Make Your Friends Jealous

Sure, you recycle, re purpose, and refurbish, but wouldn’t you love to really knock your friends’ organic hemp socks off? Turn them green with envy with these sweet, sustainable upgrades.

Working Alfresco

 Detached  workshops and studios carve out a nifty workspace, but you can make yours a green endeavor with these prefabricated rooms by Kanga Room Systems. They’re made with sustainable, high-quality materials here in the U.S., which means they don’t have to be shipped as far to reach you (as long as you live in America). Prices for this model range from $7,150 for a 8-by-10-ft. room to $13,400 for a 14-by-24-ft. room.

Reclaim Your Floors

Renewable, durable, and versatile, reclaimed wood is recycled — no new trees are chopped down for your floors. For a truly green floor, make sure any adhesive backing is free of formaldehyde and other harmful VOCs. Prices vary depending on the source and how much work it took to transform the wood from its previous use into flooring, but expect to pay about $5-$15 per square foot. Reclaimed wood is a hot seller, so it should be clearly labeled.

Store the Sun’s Rays

Passive solar design captures the sun’s energy to keep interiors toasty and save you energy costs. Concrete floors and thick interior walls made of concrete, brick, or plaster soak up heat during the day and release it at night when sunlight goes away or your cozy fire goes out. That helps stabilize temp fluctuations and makes a room — or house — more comfortable. If your remodel plans don’t include passive solar design, you can always beef up your insulation.

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09Sep/14
Global Eco-Consciousness on Rise

Green Tip Of The Day/10 easy tips for saving the planet

Here are 10 ways we can reduce our environmental impact without reducing our quality of life.

 
1. Cut down on the “vampire effect.” Even when not turned on, an electronic appliance that is plugged into a power source still draws energy. “The Department of Energy estimates that America wastes 5% of electricity on the vampire effect,” says Josh Dorfman, author and host of the television show “The Lazy Environmentalist.” “That’s a lot of wasted energy and money.” We could unplug all of our electronics every time they are not in use, but that’s annoying. Dorfman suggests using devices like Belkin’s Conserve Energy-Saving Products that automatically eliminate the vampire effect.

2. Buy food from farmers’ markets. “The carbon impact of transportation is reduced,” says author and Eco-expert Alexandra Zissu, 37. “These small farms use their land more efficiently. And, if the food is organic, which it almost always is, no chemical pesticides will have been used.”

3. Flush less water. Most toilets wash 3.5 gallons of water away with each flush. Sure, it would be nice to install a high-efficiency toilet, but that’s not the most practical thing.Instead, Dorfman suggests installing a Toilet Tank Bank made by Niagara Conservation, which essentially is a water balloon placed in the toilet tank and saves up to .8 gallons per flush.

4. Stop brown-bagging lunch. Instead, pack it in a reusable container and use a reusable water bottle. This eliminates plastic utensils and containers, and limits the use of paper napkins. You can even use your wares if you go buy lunch. “Think about how waste-free you can make your lunch,” says Zissu. “If you’re going to buy a slice of pizza, do you need the paper plate? Some places will even serve you in your own reusable containers.”

5. Shower smarter. The average shower head spits out 2.5 gallons of water per minute. That means that a person who takes a 10-minute shower every morning uses over 9,000 gallons of water a year. Cut back by installing a shower head that is EPA approved. Look for the Water Sense seal of approval. Dorfman suggests installing Evolve’s Roadrunner shower head, which flows at only 1.5 gallons per minute and conserves hot water until you are actually ready to shower. Business Wire Food at farmers markets usually involve less of a carbon footprint and use fewer, if any, pesticides.

Food at farmers markets usually involve less of a carbon footprint and use fewer, if any, pesticides. 6. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full. Zissu suggests that you wait until their dishwashers are completely full to turn them on and to use the “air dry” cycle if possible. “Also, most modern dishwashers don’t need you to rinse the plates before putting them in,” she says. “That just wastes water.”

7. Drop the shades. It’s just not possible to survive during the summer without an air conditioner. Make that AC more efficient by lowering the shades in your apartment. Sun streaming through windows heats up an apartment and makes an air conditioner work harder.

8. Use natural household products. Regular household cleaning products can be incredibly toxic. Zissu cites one study that claims the second largest air pollutants in major U.S. cities, behind cars, come from household cleaning compounds. Use natural cleaners in your apartment. “Green cleaning products will have a list of ingredients,” she says, “whereas conventional cleaning products do not because they are government-protected trade secrets.”

9. Compost. You can greatly reduce the amount of household trash by composting. “Separate your compost and keep it in your freezer so it doesn’t smell,” says Zissu. “Then take it out to a local composting site.”

10. Properly dispose of old electronics. “It’s important to keep electronics out of our landfills,” says Dorfman, “because when they are exposed to high heat they release toxic chemicals into the air, water and ground.” He suggests selling old electronics on websites like Gazelle.com or disposing of them at proper locations around the city.

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08Sep/14

Green Tip Of The Day

Alternative Green Energy

Green Tips For The World Today!

25 Ways to Make Your World More Green

Today September 08, 2014 

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.Get off junk mail lists.

6. Reduce carbon monoxide€“ 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. Look out for products that use recyclable materials, and try buying those whenever possible.

10. When you get plastic grocery bags at the store, reuse them for things such as doggie poop bags or for small trashcan liners. Bring your own bags to the grocery store.

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

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

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

14. Teach kids about the environment. Knowledge is power.

15. Recycle batteries appropriately at a recycling center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

22. Plant trees! Invest in green investments.

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

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

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

 

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05Sep/14
gas masked tree

Green Tip Of The Day

Environmentally Protective Choices…

(Pollution affects every living thing)

Protect yourself from sun overexposure! In summer, always apply sun block SPF 15 or more to protect your skin from solar UV radiation. Just five or more sunburns can really increase your risk of developing skin cancer. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. so at those times, seek shade or wear protective clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt. Sign up to get free UV alerts.

Heading to the beach? Check out the beach water before you go! We Americans take almost two billion trips to the beach every year, but people who swim at the beach sometimes get sick because the water is polluted. The good news is in the state where the beach is located, you can check with the state office to find out about the beach water – before you go. Beach water quality where you live.

Be extra aware of environmental conditions where older people live! As we age, our bodies become more sensitive to chemicals and environmental conditions. So you should carefully use products such as pesticides or cleaning solvents near areas where older adults live and sleep. Always follow the directions on the product package or label. Reduce exposure for older people.

Read the label! You might not realize it, but on a pesticide container, the label is the law. Pesticide product labels provide critical safety information for handling and use. Pesticides are powerful substances, but when used according to the label they are safe and effective. So always use pesticides safely, at home or in the field. Always read the label. Read the label first!

Exercising outdoors? Regular exercise makes us feel great and keeps us healthy. Before you head out for your workout or run, check the air quality forecast for your local area. You can find out when air pollutants such as ground-level ozone or airborne particles are at acceptable levels where you live. Check your air quality.

Don’t let pet waste run off! You can help reduce polluted storm water runoff by just picking up your pet’s poop and dispose of it properly. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria or organic material to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local water bodies. So remember – always scoop the poop! More on storm water runoff.

Pollute less with clean diesel! Encourage your hometown or state to spend road construction funds on newer, clean diesel equipment to help cut air pollution. Contractors, owners, and operators of diesel equipment can retrofit existing diesel engines with new technologies that pollute less, as well as replace old equipment. “Clean diesel” equipment.

Compliance made easy! Compliance Assistance Centers help businesses and local governments save on materials and help you understand and meet your environmental requirements. Compliance Assistance can help you through plain-language materials, Web sites designed for specific industry types or operations, telephone “ask the expert” help lines, and more. Business compliance assistance.

During hot weather, don’t top off your gas tank. Refuel your car or truck in the early morning or the evening when it’s cooler. A small fuel spill may not seem like much, but every spill evaporates and adds to air pollution, and fuel pumps with vapor recovery systems can feed a spill back into their tanks – after you paid for it. So, in hot weather – don’t top off! Don’t top off!

Breathe easy! On unhealthy air pollution “action alert” days, wait to mow your lawn until it’s cooler in the evening or early the next morning. You help reduce air pollution for everyone near you if you run gas-powered equipment, like lawn mowers, when it’s cooler. You also protect your health by avoiding ground-level ozone during the warmest part of the day. Check your air quality now.

Get the lead out! If you’re doing work on an older home or school building, be sure to follow lead-safe work practices. Contain the work area and keep kids and pets away. Minimize dust. And clean up thoroughly. Lead is harmful to adults and children, and common renovation jobs like sanding, cutting, or demolition can create lead dust and chips. More on renovating.

Be green from the ground up! Test your home for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless gas that can seep out of the ground into your home. But as the second leading cause of lung cancer, radon is responsible for over 20,000 deaths a year. Fortunately, a home radon test is easy to do, and homes with high radon levels can be fixed. Get a radon test

Play it safe! Children are curious but they are also more sensitive to substances in the environment. Protect children from accidental poisoning by locking up your household cleaners, pesticides, paint thinners, and other substances. Household products are safe and effective when used properly. Remember to read the label. More ways to prevent poisoning.

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04Sep/14
Extreme Hoarding

Green Tip of the Day/ Environmental Tip

Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

Compost it! Compost helps improve soil so it holds more water and plants grow better. Allow grass clippings to stay on the lawn, instead of bagging them. The cut grass will decompose and return to the soil naturally. Food scraps and kitchen waste also make good compost, and you save money on fertilizers or other additives. More backyard composting ideas.

Proper maintenance reduces waste! Keep your appliances in good working order and follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for operation and maintenance. Shop for products with high consumer satisfaction and fewer breakdowns. If kept in good working order, your appliances should last a long time and not end up as waste before their time. More ways you can reduce waste.

Don’t trash it – reuse it! Be creative as you look for new ways to reduce the amount or kinds of household waste. Give cardboard tubes to pet hamsters or gerbils. Plant seeds in an egg carton. Make a flower pot out of a plastic ice cream tub. By thinking creatively, you will often find new uses for common items and new ways to recycle and reduce waste. Other creative tips to reduce waste.

Just bag it! Help protect the environment when you shop. Keep reusable bags on your car seat or near your door so they are easy to grab when you go. And you can even combine shopping bags – just tell the cashier that you don’t need a bag, then put all your purchases together in one bag just be sure to hang on to your receipts! More tips for shopping.

Wait for the storm to pass! Don’t fertilize before a rain storm. Your fertilizer – along with your money – can just wash off your lawn and down the storm drain. Fertilizer runoff can pollute rivers, lakes, and bays, and cause problems in recreational areas or fishing grounds. Check the weather forecast before you head out, and wait for the storm to pass. More on greenscaping.

Travel green! Look for hotels that encourage guests to use less water or energy. Hang up your towels to dry so you can use them again. Use the sheets more than a night or two. When you go out, look for local foods and souvenirs to reduce transportation. Before you go, unplug your computer, DVD player, and other electronics, and turn down your thermostat. More ways to save when you travel.

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03Sep/14
water

Green Tip of the Day/ Environment Tip of the Day

Use Water Efficiently

Make it a full load! Run your dishwasher only when it’s full. Don’t pre-rinse dishes – tests show pre-rinsing doesn’t improve dishwasher cleaning, and you’ll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load. When you buy a new dishwasher, look for one that saves water. Water-efficient models use only about only about 4 gallons per wash. More about using water wisely.

Be sensible! The Earth might seem like it has abundant water, but in fact only one percent of all water on the planet is available for humans. Buy fixtures and products that are water efficient – you can use less water to get the same job done just as well. When you go shopping, look for the Water Sense label to find water efficient products. More about Water Sense.

Shower power! A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, but taking a five-minute shower saves water by using 10 to 25 gallons. Put a little timer or clock near your shower so you can see how fast you are. Save even more water, and money on your water bill, by installing a water-efficient shower head, or ask your landlord to install one if you rent. More about using water wisely.

Don’t be a drip – fix that leak! Leaky faucets can waste thousands of gallons of water each year, like money down the drain. Repair or replace old or damaged fixtures. If you’re not sure you have a leak, check the water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak. More about saving water.

Make it a full load! The average washing machine uses 40.9 gallons of water per load. If you buy a a new washer, shop for a high-efficiency washer that needs less than 28 gallons of water per load. To achieve even greater savings, wash only full loads of laundry or be sure to choose the appropriate load size on the washing machine. More about using water wisely.

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02Sep/14
earth-day1-lgn

Green Tip of the Day

Environmental Tip of the Day

Environmental responsibility is everyone’s responsibility. Today, instead of having only 17 thousand EPA employees working to protect the environment, we now have over 300 million Americans as environmental partners making environmentally protective choices. By equipping this growing army of environmental stewards with the tools they need to meet today’s challenges, EPA is helping America shift into a green culture.

Save Energy

Reduce your carbon footprint! Leaving your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year. Save up errands and shopping trips so you need to drive fewer times. If you commute to work, ask if you can work from home at least some days, and you’ll reduce air pollution and traffic congestion – and save money. Reduce greenhouse gases on the road.

Don’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 enter school buildings through air intakes, doors, and open windows. Constant idling also wastes fuel and money, and school bus engines really need only a few minutes to warm up. More about reducing engine idling.

It’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. The green power locator.

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 reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year. If you can work from home, you’ll reduce air pollution and traffic congestion – and save money. Reduce your carbon footprint.

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 energy 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. Find more energy savings  

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. eCycling also helps avoid land, air, and water pollution by capturing and reusing hazardous substances such as lead or chromium. Find eCycling centers near you.

Everyone 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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29Aug/14
eco kids bday party

Green Tip of the Day

 

10 Eco-friendly kids birthday party tips

(Here are our 10 tips for eco-friendly birthday parties for kids!) 

 

1. Involve your child in eco-birthday party planning Start planning your child’s birthday party a few weeks ahead of time, and involve her in the party planning. An eco-friendly birthday party may initially sound disappointing to her, but instead of presenting it as a party that will have “less” than last year, stir up her excitement to throw a uniquely themed green party that will help protect the environment. She can feel proud that she is helping to save the Earth while still having a day dedicated to her birthday celebration.

 2. Consider a charitable cause If your child is a budding philanthropist, he may get even more excited about an eco-friendly birthday party if his birthday party is for a good cause. ECHOage.com, a charity-driven, online birthday party service where you can plan an entire children’s party from invites to thank you notes, has nearly 25 US and Canadian-based charities from which your child can choose. (Bonus: Donations are tax-deductible.)

 3. Send eco-friendly invitations Sending paper invitations is the first step in the waste generated by birthday parties. If you are going to send paper invites, buy ones made from recycled paper. A more earth-friendly and economical option is electronic invitations. Online invitation services, such as Evite.com, save you time, money spent on paper invitations and postage as well as reduce the impact on the environment (most paper invites end up in the trash bin).

4. Request eco-friendly gifting Does your child really need a dozen more toys? Though giving gifts is part of the birthday party fun, shredding paper and boxes for an overkill of playthings isn’t beneficial for your child or the environment. Give your child the option of having guests bring green things, such as seeds, live plants, farmers’ market finds that support local farmers, or even a toy or book from their own homes. Another option is having guests bring items to support a charity, such as donations for a local church, food kitchen, humane shelter, or another similar organization. Designate this on the invitations.

5. Ask for green-themed gift wrapping No need to deprive your child of the fun of unwrapping gifts, simply ask guests to bring their eco-friendly gifts wrapped in newspaper or reusable gift bags. You can even designate on the party invitations that the greenest gift will win a prize, which can be a green age-appropriate item. An alternative is to skip wrapping altogether and use Giiv.com. More appropriate for kids old enough to have their own cell phones and spend part of their day texting on it, this online gift service lets a gift giver choose a gift from participating retailers then send a gift code via text to the recipient notifying them of the gift.

6. Green the birthday party food and drink Instead of the usual kids birthday party fare frosted, decorated birthday cake, candy favors and sugary juice drinks – consider healthier alternatives. Bypass the sugar-laden cake frosted with shortening and more sugar for a homemade zucchini or carrot cake frosted with a cream cheese frosting or even lightly whipped cream. Bake lower-sugar cookies made with whole wheat (or gluten-free) flour, flax and oats. Turn fruits, vegetables and other wholesome foods into kid-friendly finger food. Sideline the artificially colored, sugary drinks and serve 100 percent fruit and/or vegetable juice.

7. Invest in reusuable party dishware Plastic or styrofoam cups and disposable dishware and utensils may be convenient, but tossing them in the garbage when the party is over means their end destination is a landfill. Invest in reusable partyware that you can clean and put away in between festive kid-friendly occasions. In the long run, reusable partyware will save you money, minimize waste and protect the environment.

8. Use eco-friendly décor Whether your kid’s birthday party in indoors or outside, minimize the eco-hazard décor, such as balloons, foil banners and plastic trinkets. Decorate with plants or fabric that can be reused. You can even make one of the party games a decorating activity using recycled paper, cardboard and nontoxic adhesive, crayons and paints. Eco-friendly birthday party decorations are also more economical.

9. Stage eco-friendly games Make one of the first games an art activity letting kids draw their favorite animal (without its tail) on a piece of cardboard, drawing the animal’s tail on a small strip of recycled paper, then randomly choose a drawing to be featured in a “pin the tail on the animal” game. Let your kids burn off some energy by rallying a game of hide-and-seek or tag, if the party is outdoors. If holding an indoor gathering, try Twister or a game of dance-stop, during which kids dance while music is playing then must quickly stop when you or another person at the party stops the tunes. Another eco-friendly option is to have kids randomly pick packs of seeds and plant flowers, herbs or small vegetables in small pots they can take home. These eco-friendly games are cheap, easy and fun.

10. Green your goodie bags Instead of plastic toys and miniature candy bars in single-use bags, fill small reusable bags with homemade trailmix, granola bars or another healthy home-baked treat, a pack of seeds, and a tiny plant container. Include a note asking each child to enjoy the goodies, plant the seeds, and write a story about how the seeds grow. Candy-based goodie bags may deliver instant gratifation, but living gifts, like seeds and plants, will help teach kids about the Earth and make a lasting memory of your child’s green-themed birthday.

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