2011-02-13T12:41:34.924-05:00Cleaning your home can be a challenge especially the kitchen. The kitchen is normally the place where all the cooking and family gatherings take place and so it tends to be dirty. The following ten cleaning tips will help you especially if you intend to use chemical free products.You'd have to spend more than $3,400 to get the same amount of clean found in the Shaklee Get Clean Starter Kit!*Get Clean offers you nontoxic and natural cleaning choices that are SAFE, POWERFUL, GREEN and SMART. Because when it comes to keeping your house clean and the earth safe, you shouldn’t have to choose. When you use Get Clean, you’re never simply cleaning. While you make your home cleaner, you can make your family healthier. You also make the planet healthier for other families as well. Learn More About Shaklee Eco Friendly Cleaning Products >>>HERE10 Ways To Easily Spring Clean Your Kitchen-Eco friendly Way1. Remove all the clutter and clean all the dirty dishes. Do not worry about the floors or counters since you will clean them later.2. Dust your ceiling and walls then decide if you are going to wash the walls or spot wash. The kitchen is normally one room that requires more cleaning especially the walls because of all the spills from mixers, grime, grease and smoke. Very important that you clean with eco friendly products because they do not leave harmful residue.3. Dust and clean all the light fixtures and ceiling fans. Gently take them down and clean them with a toxic free cleaner. Make sure you wipe them dry before replacing them.4. Take down any curtains, draperies or blinds then clean them carefully according to the care directions. Before replacing them clean window sills and wash inside and outside of the window with toxic free window cleaner.Learn More About Shaklee Cleaning Products>>>HERE5. Clean your oven, refrigerator and microwave oven with safe eco friendly cleaner. Avoid oven cleaners with toxic compounds in them. Clean the inside and outside of the appliances but be careful not to scratch them.6. Clean the small appliances like the toaster, blender and other countertop appliances. Make sure you unplug all the appliances before cleaning. You have to select eco friendly cleaning products for cleaning every part of your green home.7. Clean the inside and outside of all your kitchen cabinets. Rearrange all the dishes, pots, pans making sure you remove all the unwanted dishes so you can either donate or sell them.8. Do not forget to clean the countertops especially the backsplashes. The material your countertops is made of will determine how you will clean your countertop.9. Make sure you wipe down any drawers before washing down the sink. If you have a disposal pour some baking soda with warm water or lemon peel to freshen the drain. Also clean your dish washer especially the corners not exposed to any water.10. Vacuum then mop the floor and do not forget the baseboards which you can easily wipe down with a towel. Important to have a cleaning checklist so you can go back and see if you have everything cleaned. A clean house means you are using non toxic cleaning supplies so ensure your cleaning products are always eco friendly.Buy Shaklee Products Today For Your Spring Cleaning[...]
2011-01-16T14:36:00.020-05:00Why You Should Choose Chemical Free Products Today
2010-11-19T08:09:34.221-05:00General Motor Co.’s Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in vehicle intended to go as far as 40 miles solely on electricity, was named the 2011 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The rechargeable model was selected over competing electric vehicles including Nissan Motor Co.’s battery-powered Leaf hatchback, said Ron Cogan, publisher of Green Car Journal, which sponsored the award. Volkswagen AG’s Audi diesel A3 TDI luxury car won the award last year.(image)
2010-11-19T08:10:57.401-05:00A new study shows sustainable buildings will be more lucrative than traditionally managed properties, reports the Real Deal.
2010-11-19T08:11:19.491-05:00The Eagles are taking their gridiron off the grid.
2010-11-05T17:29:10.053-04:00Rainwater barrels are both an old and modern practice. Collecting the runoff from your home’s drainpipe is a simple way to maximize natural resources and go green without straining your region’s water supply. Collecting rainwater is easy and can benefit both wet and arid climates. What is rainwater used for? It works best for watering your plants, shrubs and garden. Generally, rainwater must be treated to be drinkable. Rainwater is also free of additives like chlorine and fluoride, making it better for plants. What’s the environmental benefit? Harvesting rainwater obviously reduces the demands on your local water supply. But it also keeps runoff water from entering the storm drain system, reducing erosion and the amount of pesticides that wash into water systems. Harvesting can also keep your garden alive during summer months if your area undergoes water restrictions. Is water from my roof safe? Most roofs are fine to collect water from, but those made of treated shakes, copper and asphalt may add contaminants. What are the downsides of collecting rainwater? Two words: mosquitoes and algae. Avoid mosquitoes by fitting your barrel with a screen, or using Mosquito Dunks tablets. Prevent algae by using an opaque container and keeping it out of direct sunlight. Can harvesting rainwater save money? Yes, but do your math carefully. Simple rain barrels cost between $80 and $130 or more, and they hold about 50 gallons of water. You can buy multiple barrels to save more water, or make your own out of a clean plastic barrel to save money. How much water will I collect? The Saving Water Partnership at Washington State –– an area that’s no stranger to rainwater –– offers a calculation to find out how much rainwater you can expect to collect. First, multiply your home’s length by its width (in feet) to estimate its ‘footprint.’ Then, estimate the portion of your roof that drains into a single downspout. Researchers say that one inch of rain falling on a single square foot of surface yields about 0.6 gallons of water. So, the equation is: Inches of rain X 0.6 X home’s footprint = Rainwater caught (in gallons) Getting started While harvesting systems can be elaborate, basic ones are simple to construct or purchase. Even the simplest rain barrel should have the following: A storage barrel or container (preferably plastic). A device or system for diverting water from your downspout into the container. A device to direct overflow water into nearby soil, away from the house. A valve or spigot for attaching a hose. Rot-resistant construction and screens or filters to keep debris out of the water. Did you know? Rainwater harvesting dates back to the 9th and 10th century in Asian civilizations, where rain dripping off roofs would be captured in small jars or pots. [...]
2010-10-20T21:23:03.759-04:00Going green is an intelligent, wise decision. With this guide, it will be quick and easy to find what you are looking for and you might even be surprised at how reasonably priced going green can be too. Why add update to your closet that are processed with chemicals and grown with pesticides, when you can buy clothing that is eco-friendly, cotton grown without chemical pesticides and processed with natural methods for less?
Paper or plastic? This is the question that we hear almost every time we go shopping, but I'm here to tell you that the best answer is "neither." Reusable tote bags are not only eco friendly and good for the environment, they are also the gift that keeps on giving because they are reusable.
Reusable Tote Bags are the Way to Go
When plastic bags are processed, not only is it incredibly energy inefficient, but it creates a lot of pollution. The pollution is dangerous because when plastic is produced, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is released into the environment. PVC is a type of plastic which is not biodegradable, it is difficult to recycle, and any attempts to burn it will emit a harmful gas.
When considering the dangers of producing plastic bags, paper bags are just as bad because in fact, it takes four times more energy to manufacture a paper bag than than it does to manufacture a plastic one. Therefore, the paper vs. plastic debate has no clear winner and reusable tote bags are simply the best alternative.
You can even take the conversation one step further by considering the benefits of organic cotton tote bags. Organic cotton is safer for the environment than other fabrics because it is manufactured without the use of harsh chemicals. Organic cotton is also very soft and durable, so it can be trusted not to give in to the weight of a watermelon.
Thanks to celebrities who get photographed leaving Whole Foods with tote bags instead of paper and plastic, companies worldwide have taken notice and began producing chic and stylish bags. This means that you can still go green without having to go grocery shopping with an ugly sack for a tote bag. I've actually seen very high end designers come out with beautiful bags that you would want to use even if you weren't filling them with food.
People often wonder how they can involve their children in their efforts to go green. The best way to do this is by purchasing eco friendly toys, while explaining the importance of going green to the kids. This way, they can benefit from eco friendly products while learning a thing or two about sustainable living at the same time.
Eco Friendly Materials Make the Difference
When looking for the most environmentally safe toys, the materials used to make the toys can make all of the difference. For example, it is important to look for products that are made with water-based paint because the water base creates considerably fewer CO2 emissions and chemical waste. You should also try to stay away from imported toy products because the delivery process is incredibly inefficient.
I would also recommend using products that are made with rubber wood instead of regular wood. Rubber wood is more environmentally safe because it is sustainable. Along the same lines, it is best to buy dolls and action figures that are dressed with organic wool and cotton clothing. These organic fibers are better because they are harvested from plants that haven't been genetically altered or exposed to pesticides. For this reason, manufacturing organic wool and cotton is better for the environment because organic fibers do not create the type of chemical pollution that leads to global warming and the greenhouse effect.
If you are interested in giving a child an eco friendly birthday present, wrapping paper made from recycled materials would make a real difference. Also, after the present has been opened you can recycle the wrapping paper and continue the eco friendly cycle.
2010-10-08T11:08:18.107-04:00The 1940s brought about a change in the way builders insulated schools and homes. Asbestos was a widely accepted means of insulation, because it was affordable, easy to handle and fire retardant. After years of research, scientists have discovered just how dangerous asbestos can be when inhaled, especially in large quantities. Now, when people think of asbestos, they usually think of the harmful effects that it can cause to the lungs and respiratory system. Scientists and doctors now know that asbestos fibers and dust can be inhaled, where they lodge in the mesothelium, the lining surrounding vital internal organs. This is the only know cause of the deadly cancer known as mesothelioma. What people might not realize is that asbestos is not only harmful to the human body, but to the environment as well. While asbestos was banned in the 1970s, older buildings which have not been renovated may still contain asbestos.Effects of Asbestos on the EnvironmentAsbestos is usually disposed of in landfills after secure placement in plastic bags. Landfills are used for disposal because there is a reduced atmospheric risk of wind picking up the asbestos and spreading the fibers. Landfills can be considered hazardous to the environment because they pollute the ground and increase the chances of contaminating groundwater. Landfills have been known to release greenhouse gases, which can be a danger to people living near the waste lands. The dumping of asbestos into landfills can contribute to the hazardous effects of landfills.Today, we find asbestos in products we commonly use, such as brake pads, flooring felt, pipeline wrap, and commercial, corrugate and specialty papers. When these products begin to break down in landfills, asbestos can enter and contaminate the air and the water. If asbestos is released into the air, the small fibers can remain there for a long time. Larger pieces are heavier and will fall to the ground more quickly. The release of asbestos into the air poses potential issues to residents of the areas because the inhalation of asbestos is what causes different types of respiratory issues like mesothelioma. Because asbestos fibers cannot move through soil and dirt, they will not be broken down to other compounds that are found in the environment. This means asbestos stays in the environment for a long time.Asbestos Found Naturally in the EnvironmentWidespread use of asbestos over many years, despite a ban on asbestos use in the building industry, continues to harm the environment. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, usually found in underground rock. More often than not, the contaminated rocks are too far underground to pose a hazard. These underground rocks cannot be easily disturbed, therefore they typically do not release the hazardous fibers. Some areas of the world have asbestos-bearing rocks so close to the surface that human activity, such as construction work, can disturb the asbestos particles. Places in the United States that have asbestos rocks include parts of California, Virginia, and New Jersey. Other parts of the world, such as Turkey and Corsica, also have rocks that contain asbestos. Australia is particularly rich in asbestos, and it is here we see the highest incidence of mesothelioma casesArticle submitted by Amanda Gringer(guest blogger) "Amanda Gringer, a recent graduate with a degree in Journalism enjoys guest blogging in her spare time, she finds it helps her to make her a more knowledgeable and well rounded person because she tackles issues that she normally wouldn't think to write about. Due to the current state of the economy this helps to keep Amanda on her toes"[...]
A vacation is an excellent opportunity to go green because eco friendly traveling is better for your budget, and better for the environment. This is especially important to keep in mind if you are interested in visiting a foreign country where tourism can have a negative effect on the town and environment.
How to Go Green While on Vacation
A popular type of green travel is ecotourism, which involves traveling to a natural location where your tourism helps to sustain the local population and protect nature at the same time. For example, visiting a tropical destination such as the Amazon and buying a lot of the local goods in order to fuel their economy would be a good example.
Another type of green travel which is similar to ecotourism is sustainable tourism, which is the act of preserving natural resources and eco friendly cultures while traveling. An excellent example of sustainable tourism would be if you went backpacking through South America and along the way, you stayed at solar powered hotels and supported other types of alternative energy.
Backpacking in general is a really good example of how you can go green while you travel because backpacking doesn't involve using as much fuel as would be used if you either drove or flew. The downside of backpacking is that it is very exhausting. Therefore, if you don't plan on breaking a sweat during your vacation, there are still some eco friendly alternatives available.
One suggestion is to use a train or a ferry boat instead of driving or flying to every destination. You can also reduce your carbon footprint by staying at hotels and motels that practive eco friendly practices such as recycling and using renewable energy resources.
2010-09-30T10:46:43.802-04:00The first thing you can do to go green in your bathroom is to turn the water off while you are brushing your teeth! Now, no one can argue with this free go green lifestyle tip. There is no need to leave the water running while you scrub away! You will on your water bill and not waste water!
2010-09-29T11:30:30.318-04:00How can you go green in your daily routine? First, you have to look at the food you eat, so you can be able to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. You have to understand that most foods have certain elements, which are essential in keeping you healthy. Diets rich in fruit and vegetables are excellent for someone who wants to enjoy a green life.
2010-09-24T11:15:11.097-04:00What is Vitamin B complex?
The fashion world is consumed with following all of the hottest and newest trends, and it seems like going green is all the rage. Eco friendly style is really beginning to catch on, mostly thanks to the celebrities that have made green fashion statement and encouraged the rest of us to do the same.
Green is the New Black
I remember the days when eco friendly fashion consisted of hemp dresses and frumpy sandals. In other words, going green with your style used to be lame because there weren't many fashion forward options. Thankfully, the fashion world has caught up with our need to save the environment, and green style is hotter than ever.
An easy way to make your wardrobe greener is to start buying clothing made out of natural fabrics. Some examples are cotton, wool, silk, linen, hemp, and jute. These fabrics are considered natural because their fibers come from animal coats, plant seeds, silkworm cocoons, stems, and leaves.
Another suggestion is to wear fabrics that are colored with natural dyes. Natural dyes come from plants, insects, and minerals, and they are recommended because they produce a significantly lower amount of pollution and require less energy to manufacture.
Whether you run a home-based business or a brick-and-mortar retail business an off-site enterprise, there are simple, easy things you can do to go green. And 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.
Go green by:
1. Turning 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't!
3. Reducing 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. Producing double-sided documents whenever possible.
5. Not leaving taps dripping; always close them tightly after use. (One drop wasted per second wastes 10,000 liters per year.)
6. Installing displacement 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. Finding a supply of paper with maximum available recycled content.
8. Choosing suppliers who take back packaging for reuse.
9. Instigating an ongoing search for "greener" products and services in the local community. The further your supplies or service providers have to travel, the more energy will be used to get them to you.
10. Before deciding whether you need to purchase new office furniture, see if your existing office furniture can be refurbished. It's less expensive than buying new and better for the environment.(image)
The study's authors argue that future climate models need to pay close attention to the effects of irrigation in order to get an accurate picture of regional climatic changes. Farmers might do well to start exploring more efficient water use if they'd like a more gradual transition from these artificially cooled micro-climates to something more resilient.(image)