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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28Aug/14
laundry basket

Green Tip of the Day/Environmentally Friendly Laundry

 

Go Green: Check out these 3 cheap & easy

Eco-friendly laundry tips.

For today, the 3 easy tips I’m sharing with you are all small things that you can do to lessen your impact on the environment while doing the laundry in your home.

Tip #1: Always Run Full Loads

Go Green: Environmentally Friendly Laundry

First off, I love writing the Domestic CEO episodes because I often learn a few things while researching. My “A-ha” moment this week came when I found out that the average washing machine uses 40 gallons of water per load. That’s right, forty gallons of water per load! That’s the equivalent of turning on your bathroom sink and letting it run for about 14 minutes. I’m guessing you would feel a little guilty watching that much wasted water go down the drain, so hopefully this image will prevent you from ever again starting a load for just one shirt or a few towels.

See also: Laundry 101

If you have less than half of a load of laundry, consider waiting a few more days or at least grabbing a few extra items from around the house before starting the load. Whenever I have a smaller load, I wander around my house looking for linens that haven’t been washed lately. I can usually find some pillow cases, hand towels, or even a small blanket to toss into the wash. They need to be cleaned occasionally anyway, so by tossing them in with other clothes, it keeps me from having to run another load in the future.

Now, some of the front loaders and high efficiency machines use less water, but they still average around 25 gallons of water per load. This is not reason enough to get rid of your perfectly good older washer, but if you are in the market for a new washing machin

- See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/house-home/housekeeping/go-green-environmentally-friendly-laundry#sthash.9tGofRPk.dpuf

For today, the 3 easy tips I’m sharing with you are all small things that you can do to lessen your impact on the environment while doing the laundry in your home.

Tip #1: Always Run Full Loads

Go Green: Environmentally Friendly Laundry

First off, I love writing the Domestic CEO episodes because I often learn a few things while researching. My “A-ha” moment this week came when I found out that the average washing machine uses 40 gallons of water per load. That’s right, forty gallons of water per load! That’s the equivalent of turning on your bathroom sink and letting it run for about 14 minutes. I’m guessing you would feel a little guilty watching that much wasted water go down the drain, so hopefully this image will prevent you from ever again starting a load for just one shirt or a few towels.

See also: Laundry 101

If you have less than half of a load of laundry, consider waiting a few more days or at least grabbing a few extra items from around the house before starting the load. Whenever I have a smaller load, I wander around my house looking for linens that haven’t been washed lately. I can usually find some pillow cases, hand towels, or even a small blanket to toss into the wash. They need to be cleaned occasionally anyway, so by tossing them in with other clothes, it keeps me from having to run another load in the future.

Now, some of the front loaders and high efficiency machines use less water, but they still average around 25 gallons of water per load. This is not reason enough to get rid of your perfectly good older washer, but if you are in the market for a new washing machin

- See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/house-home/housekeeping/go-green-environmentally-friendly-laundry#sthash.9tGofRPk.dpuf

For today, the 3 easy tips I’m sharing with you are all small things that you can do to lessen your impact on the environment while doing the laundry in your home. – See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/house-home/housekeeping/go-green-environmentally-friendly-laundry#sthash.9tGofRPk.dpuf

(For today, the 3 easy tips I’m sharing with you are all small things that you can do to lessen your impact on the environment while doing the laundry in your home.)

Tip #1: Always Run Full Loads
I often learn a few things while researching. My “A-ha” moment this week came when I found out that the average washing machine uses 40 gallons of water per load. That’s right, forty gallons of water per load! That’s the equivalent of turning on your bathroom sink and letting it run for about 14 minutes. I’m guessing you would feel a little guilty watching that much wasted water go down the drain, so hopefully this image will prevent you from ever again starting a load for just one shirt or a few towels. (See also: Laundry 101)

If you have less than half of a load of laundry, consider waiting a few more days or at least grabbing a few extra items from around the house before starting the load. Whenever I have a smaller load, I wander around my house looking for linens that haven’t been washed lately. I can usually find some pillow cases, hand towels, or even a small blanket to toss into the wash. They need to be cleaned occasionally anyway, so by tossing them in with other clothes, it keeps me from having to run another load in the future. Now, some of the front loaders and high efficiency machines use less water, but they still average around 25 gallons of water per load. This is not reason enough to get rid of your perfectly good older washer, but if you are in the market for a new washing machine, you may want to consider an HE model to save about 3,000 gallons of water a year.

Tip #2: Switch Loads ASAP
Have you ever gotten distracted while a load of laundry is in the washer and completely forgot about it until the next day? By that time, it’s a musty pile, so you probably waste another 25-40 gallons of water trying to get the stench out of your clothes. What if you leave a load in the dryer for a couple of days and come back to find a crumpled mess of clothes, though? Running another cycle in the dryer can’t be that big of a deal, right? Wrong. Running a load of laundry in a dryer uses approximately 3.4kw hours of electricity. I didn’t go to school to be an engineer or electrician, so I asked Mr. Domestic CEO who did study those topics to help me with the calculations. Imagine my surprise when I found out that running a load of laundry in the dryer uses the same amount of energy as turning on about 245 CFL light bulbs for an hour. I don’t know about you, but hearing that comparison was like a swift kick in the behind from Mother Earth. Instead of wasting water and electricity, let’s focus a little more and get our laundry out of the washer and dryer in a timely manner.
If you have one of those annoying washers that doesn’t ding or make any sound to alert you that the cycle is done, simply set a timer for the length of your wash cycle so that it reminds you to throw your clothes into the dryer as soon as the machine stops. This way, you’ll avoid finding a jumbled mess of damp stinky clothes that need to be re-washed days later.
 
Tip #3: Use Green Laundry Detergent and Supplies
Traditional store brands of laundry detergent, stain removers, and fabric softeners are petroleum based. Not only can they leave a layer of gunk on your clothes which can then get transferred onto your skin, but using them in the wash can also dump the chemicals straight into the waste water. Environmentally-friendly laundry supplies are often plant-based instead of petroleum-based, so they are considerably safer for both the environment, as well as your own personal health. Another interesting point to consider if you are thinking of switching to environmentally friendly laundry detergent is that these products are often much more gentle on your clothes than traditional brands. You’ll actually see the proof in your lint trap. Instead of big globs of lint after each load, more natural brands often leave just a little layer. Considering that lint is essentially pieces of your fabric breaking free and getting stuck in a mesh screen, less lint is a sign that your clothes aren’t breaking down as quickly in the wash. (See also: Laundry Room Essentials)
 
If you want to go really green with your laundry, you can even do away with some of your laundry supplies completely and use items from your home instead.
a.) Hydrogen peroxide a great alternative to bleach, can be used exactly how you would use liquid bleach.
b.) You can also add a little white vinegar to a wash cycle to help set colors, kill germs, and soften clothes.
c.) Finally, baking soda is a great natural way to remove smells from clothes.
 
Use these natural products with a mild detergent like Borax or other environmentally safe options.
And you too can be… A Green King (or) A Green Queen!!!

Looking for ways to go green? Check out the Domestic CEO’s 3 cheap and easy tips to go green in your laundry room!

– See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/house-home/housekeeping/go-green-environmentally-friendly-laundry#sthash.9tGofRPk.dpuf

 

Go Green: Environmentally Friendly Laundry

Looking for ways to go green? Check out the Domestic CEO’s 3 cheap and easy tips to go green in your laundry room!

- See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/house-home/housekeeping/go-green-environmentally-friendly-laundry#sthash.WdJoMbd2.dpuf

Go Green: Environmentally Friendly Laundry

Looking for ways to go green? Check out the Domestic CEO’s 3 cheap and easy tips to go green in your laundry room!

- See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/house-home/housekeeping/go-green-environmentally-friendly-laundry#sthash.WdJoMbd2.dpuf

27Aug/14
No Toxins

Green Tip of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

5 Green Cleaning Tips and Tricks

( Green cleaning is very mainstream, and if you want to go green, here are some great green cleaning tips and tricks.)

1.) First and foremost, go non-toxic. I mean if you are using toxic products are you really going green? Regular kinds of cleaners have hazardous substances that can lead to skin, eye, and respiratory issues. Not only that, those hazardous chemicals leak into the environment through sinks and sewers and mess with water quality and affecting wildlife. On top of all that, they are more expensive than using safer alternativesThe alternatives are things you may already have in your pantry.

 (Things like white vinegar and essential oils can kill bacteria, molds, and viruses.) Lemon juice and water are good glass cleaners. Olive oil and lemon juice makes a great furniture polish. Lemon and salt polish copper and brass. You can buy “green” products, but homemade really is cheaper, and you won’t have the empty bottles to throw away.

2.)  Going green also means avoiding antibacterial.  (Perils of using antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers.)  Overuse of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers that contain Triclosan are causing issues with super bugs, bacteria that is resistant to our efforts to kill them. Other studies are showing that use may cause hormone disruptions in children and adults and help create antibiotic-resistant bugs. If you don’t have health problems that require a clinically sterile environment, stick with plain old soap and hot water.

3.) In your home or office, there are two things you should and shouldn’t do to really go green…

a.) First, scentwisely. Artificial fragrances have been shown to cause allergic reactions, hormone disruptions, and even cancer. For fresh smells use all-natural potpourri instead or essential oils and reed diffusers.

b.) Second, try having live plants. Houseplants can and do clean the air in your home as well as your business. If you have kids and pets, do your homework as some plants are toxic to kids and pets.

4.) Another important tip, go barefoot. Leave your shoes at the door so you don’t track in dirt and yucky things like animal waste, pesticides, pollen, and mold spores.

5.) Another way to keep the best green cleaningideas in mind is as simple as turning off running waterwhen cleaning sinks and tubs. Even commercial cleaning can do this tip and save thousands of gallons of water a year.

                      Go  green, be smart and save some green This will definitely help save the environment!

 

 

26Aug/14
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Top 10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Clean the House

Top 10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Clean the House

Choosing environmentally friendly cleaning products — and removing toxic ones — goes a long way towards ensuring a home with fresh, clean air. Clean air renews and rejuvenates; it doesn’t pollute our lives or the environment. Living in a less toxic home, removed from neurotoxic chemicals, improves sleep and concentration, makes babies less fussy, and gives a sense of well-being. Your household’s toxic burden on the environment will be significantly reduced by following these steps, and this too can bring peace of mind.

1. LOOK UNDER YOUR KITCHEN SINK: Remove toxic products
WHY: Almost everyone in the world has a cupboard full of poisons under their kitchen sink. Wasp spray, oven cleaner, waxes and polishes—the place is full of chemicals that display the words poison, danger, warning, or caution. Small amounts of the poisons drift from, and leak out of bottles and spray bottles, which then waft around the kitchen. Household poisonings are one of the highest threats to the health of children.

HOW: Place products with signal words in a locked cupboard in storage for your community’s next Household Hazardous Pickup Day (see next tip); replace all hazardous products with safer versions in the future.

HIGHLIGHTS: No chemicals wafting into your household; safer environment for kids.

2. ABOUT HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE PICKUPS: Take toxic products
WHY: Hazardous materials shouldn’t be poured down the drain or thrown away in the trash as they can cause serious pollution problems in the waste stream.

HOW: Call your local recycling center, town or city hall. Most communities have at least one Household Hazardous Waste Pickup Day a year.

HIGHLIGHTS: There will be fewer toxic materials leaching out of landfills, burning in incinerators, and being washed into the waste water stream.

3. REPLACE TOXIC PRODUCTS: Choose non-toxic, biodegradable substitutes
WHY: Help reduce the toxic burden of manufacturing, your home, and the waste stream.
HOW: Read “Signal Words” on labels. The signal words poison, danger,warning, or caution, found on the label of products such as pesticides and cleaning products, are placed there by order of the federal government and are primarily for your production. In some cases these signal words are on the label because of the potential impact the product can have on the environment. Poison/danger denotes a product of most concern, one that is highly toxic, and ingesting small amounts—in some cases a few drops—can be fatal. Warning means moderately toxic, as little as a teaspoonful can be fatal; and caution denotes a product that is less toxic, one in which it would be necessary to ingest between two tablespoons and two cups to be fatal. Corrosive products can damage skin and mucous membranes, and a strong sensitizer is a chemical that can increase allergies.

HIGHLIGHTS: Labels provide information by which you can protect yourself, your family, and the environment.

4. LEARN NON-TOXIC CLEANING BASICS: How to use kitchen cupboard
ingredients

WHY: Save money, protect your health, reduce your use of valuable resources of the earth, avoid petroleum products and other non-renewable resources.

HOW: Learning to clean from scratch—making homemade recipes—can truly work if you take time to understand a bit about the chemistry behind how the materials work. Here are the five ingredients that Annie (the author of Clean & Green among other books, and Care2′s Healthy Living channel producer) finds to be the safest, most effective, and useful for cleaning.
The Five Basics for Non-Toxic Cleaning
Make sure to keep all homemade formulas well-labeled, and out of the reach of children.
Note how to safely reduce four airborne allergens in the home with these simple steps.
HIGHLIGHTS: Establish a safe, cheap and simple lifestyle.

MORE: Visit Care2.com’s Healthy Home category for many non-toxic cleaning tips. Just scroll down to Non-Toxic Cleaning.

5. OF MOPS, SPONGES, RAGS, AND OTHER ACCESSORIES: Natural, reusable

WHY: Reduce your use of non-renewable resources; avoid products with potentially harmful ingredients such as sponges with antibacterial ingredients; reuse old shirts as rags and more. Use cloth rags instead of paper towels to save trees. Save money!

HOW: Look at your purchase of mops, paper towels, sponges, buckets, vacuums, and more with an eye towards their durability, health and environmental impact. If you must use paper towels buy recycled, unbleached paper.

HIGHLIGHTS: Reusable mops, rags instead of paper, safe sponges, HEPA vacuums all work towards providing your home and environment with fresh, clean air, and reduce your consumption of nonrenewable resources.

6. LEARN ABOUT YOUR WATER: Is it hard or soft?
WHY: With hard water you will most likely need to clean with a detergent instead of a soap to avoid soap scum.

HOW: Read here about when and why to choose a detergent or a soap

HIGHLIGHTS: Choosing the right product for the right job reduces time and resources.

7. DISINFECTANTS? CHLORINE BLEACH? Look for alternatives
WHY: Just as antibiotics are causing drug resistance, so too are disinfectants. Chlorine bleach can cause cancer causing chemicals to form in the waste water stream. Here is more information about chlorine and the home.

HOW: Make a safer antibacterial spray by using these suggestions. Read here about toxic sponges.Visit your natural food store and ask for their recommended chlorine beach alternative. Seventh Generation and other brands offer alternatives that work.

HIGHLIGHTS: A healthier home and healthier environment.

8. CONSERVE WATER

WHY: Clean water is one of our most precious and diminishing resources and we don’t want to waste it.
HOW: Don’t run the water unless you are using it or catching it in a bucket for use; sweep instead of wet mop when possible; put a tracking matt at the door to collect mud and dust so you will need to wash the floor less; etc. Use common sense.

HIGHLIGHTS: Do your part to preserve the earth’s precious resources.

9. CLEAN INDOOR AIR WITH PLANTS

WHY: Plants have been found to reduce indoor air pollution!

HOW: Here are the top 10 plants that clear indoor air.

HIGHLIGHTS: Plants clean the air and provide more oxygen too!

10. USE YOUR SENSES: Smell, feel, hear

WHY: If you use your nose you will know when food is rotten, when dog beds need to be cleaned, when toxic chemicals may be leaking from old product bottles, and more. If you use your sense of touch you will know when doorknobs are sticky, the floor needs washing, etc. If you allow your senses to be your guide you will stay on top of cleaning jobs that need to be attended to.

HOW: Listen to what your senses are telling you.

HIGHLIGHTS: Cleaner indoor air, alert to potential toxic exposures.