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Rain Harvesting Quick Facts

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As I write this blog post, I'm hunkered down at a coffee shop next to a window, watching the April Showers come down.  While the rain will help those tulips bloom, there is even a better way to make use of the rain.  Collect it and reuse it!

Here are some rain harvesting quick facts:... read more

Swap it for Silicone — New Ways to Live Green

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So many everyday products increase our exposure to harmful chemicals, but the increased use of silicone is creating new ways for us to avoid these products. At the same time, silicone provides another way for us to reduce our waste and reuse products.

Since you're already in the early phase of spring cleaning, it's time to open up your supply cabinets and start swapping metal and plastic products for silicone.

What's the Big Deal?

Silicone is being used across the board in everything from medical devices to toys. Liquid silicone rubbers have a high level of purity and are even hypoallergenic. They can even withstand extreme levels of heat without a risk of releasing hazardous chemicals. Why? Because there aren't any.... read more

A Greener Easter Basket

My son is almost 5 and a half, and every year I have a blast putting his Easter basket together.  It's easy to stock up on stuff like plastic eggs, candy, and Easter grass from the drug store, but it's even more fun to think creatively and keep your easter basket Keen AND Green!  

Be practical.  I like to include stuff that my son will really play with, instead of something that will end up broken or in the garbage by the end of the week. Things like a t-shirt, some lightweight spring/summer pajamas, or a reusable water bottle.  I also like to include things to ring in the warmer weather, like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, or seed packets.  ... read more

Everything You Need to Know About Indoor Air Pollution

Humans breathe in an average of 3,000 gallons of air each day, and spend about 90% of their time indoors. But did you know that indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air?

 

 

Those fumes from insect sprays, cleaning agents, beauty products, and even from the food being cooked in the kitchen all contribute to indoor air that could add up to an alarming amount of pollutants.

 

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Flushable Wipes Bad for the Sewers

flushable wipesPre-moistened "flushable" wipes have increased in popularity over the past few years.  They're convenient and easy, but unfortunately, they don't break down as claimed.  London has been seeing some serious problems with their sewer system as a result of these flushable wipes.  

“The baby wipes and the so-called flushable wipes — that we say are never flushable — help bind [the fats] together, like bricks and mortar, and eventually what you end up with is a large mass of fat that is rock hard. It goes hard like chalk. And once its in there its hard to get it out," explains Craig Rance of Thames Water,the company managing the public water supply in the London area. A 15-ton "fatberg" in Kingston, a London suburb, required Thames Water to dig up the roads for six months to remedy the problem.... read more

Planting Seeds for Spring

springtime gardeningSpring has officially sprung and it's time to start planning your garden!   Here in New England where I live, we still have some thawing out to do, but now is the time to begin seedlings indoors for some crops, including onions and tomatoes which are two of my favorites.  Nothing gets me more into the mood for spring than starting to plan which things to plant and then starting some of our seedlings indoors.  ... read more

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Green Ways of Responding to and Preparing for Natural Disasters

You love the planet, but there are times that it won’t love you back. It seems as though there’s a new natural disaster plaguing the planet every day. Whether it’s an earthquake, flood, tornado or tsunami, they happen unexpectedly and can completely change life as you know it.

Even in times of fear and chaos, you shouldn’t leave your green standards behind. It turns out that you don’t have to: There are plenty of ways to respond to and prepare for natural disasters that won’t hurt the planet. We’ve gathered some of the best ideas below to make it easy for you to get an idea of what it takes to repair the Earth – and yourself – when an unexpected storm hits.... read more

Springtime Tips for Conserving Water

rain conservationWelcome, springtime!  Our days in New England have yet to warm up, but I know that the warmer weather will be right around the corner.  Soon, my days will be filled with watering our garden, filling up the kiddie pool, and collecting raindrops in our rain barrell.... read more

The Hidden Dangers of Asbestos

asbestosAsbestos was widely used as an additive to quite a number of products in the past for its heat resistant and insulating properties, as well as its ability to strengthen the products that it was added to.... read more

Reuse Old Socks

One of the most important ways of maintaining a green lifestyle is to reuse items and get as much use out of them as possible.  For instance, what do you do when your socks get holes in them?  Or when the washing machine seems to make just one sock magically disappear?  Don't throw out those old, holey, or mismatched socks yet!   There might be a little more life in them.  There are many ways to reuse an old sock and get the most out of it.... read more

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