If you’re not ready to hire a professional to conduct an energy audit, but want to learn about your home’s energy efficiency to make changes for the better, you are in the right place. Below you will find a comprehensive checklist to complete your own free home energy audit. (Expect it to take you about half a day to complete) Most people find that with this DIY checklist they can make a few small improvements and save big on their energy bill each month.... read more
Plastic bottles and bottle caps are usually made from different types of plastic, so even if they can both be recycled , they may need to be separated first. Explains Darby Hoover, resource specialist for the NRDC: “You can probably improve the chances of the bottle—and possibly the cap, but at least the bottle—getting recycled if you take off the cap. This also allows the bottle to dry out some." ... read more
Recycling Pizza BoxesIn today’s world of environmentally conscious and enlightened societies, most people regularly recycle. In fact it’s quite rare to find people, at least in the western and first world who don’t or won’t recycle. But without the correct research a great many people could be making errors when it comes to what can and what can’t be put into those magical little boxes.
Whilst it’s all very well and good to suggest that, “it’s the thought that counts,” if you’re adding things to your recycling bins which don’t belong there you could, not only make life more difficult for your local refuse collectors but also ruin part of the recycling process itself.
For example, quite a common occurrence is pizza boxes being thrown in with the recycling. This is a fairly innocent idea and one which, without the right research could seem a perfectly normal thing to do. But due to the nature of paper’s specific recycling process putting used pizza boxes in can make the entire process pointless. This is because one of the worst possible contaminants in the paper recycling process is food.... read more
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As a mother of two (and one more on the way!), I know it can sometimes be hard to keep a “green” mind guiding my moment-to-moment decisions. Sometimes it’s just too inconvenient and time consuming to go back home to get those reusable shopping bags you forgot and it’s easy to fall behind on laundry and reach for disposable diapers. ... read more
Eco-Friendly Dinner PartyTraditional dinner parties aren’t particularly environmentally friendly. If you want to plan and throw a green dinner party for your friends, you’re going to have to put forth some extra effort. You’ll find that your extra effort is worth it, however, when you consider the favor you’ll be doing for the earth. Here are some tips that will help you plan an eco-friendly party to remember:
1. Go for organic and local drinks – If you’re going to serve alcohol at the party, try to get some beer and wine that’s organic and made locally (or at least in your state). The carbon footprint of wine shipped from France is considerable. The carbon footprint of locally brewed beer and wine, on the other hand, is much more negligible. If you’ll be serving coffee, make sure it’s organic and fair-trade. Additionally, go for aluminum cans or glass bottle versus plastic bottles, since aluminum and glass items do less harm to the environment when they are recycled. ... read more
I’ve heard this word – paraben - enough times to know that there might be something in my makeup that I don’t want to put on my skin. To be honest, I have never paid attention to the ingredients in my makeup and I have no idea what parabens are. I decided to look into this and see what’s the problem with parabens in my makeup. Here’s what I learned…... read more
asbestosAsbestos has been talked about as a valued commodity for centuries. Today, most discussions about asbestos are negative. This naturally occurring mineral was used for a variety of purposes on a global scale and many countries have felt its hazardous effects in one way or another.
Some countries still mine asbestos and incorporate it into products, but most have implemented bans or strict uses of the toxic substance. Asbestos exposure has been linked to a number of often fatal conditions and people continue to be diagnosed because of the long latency period associated with asbestos-related symptoms.
The following questions are some of the most frequently asked when it comes to asbestos:... read more
We're pleased to be partnering with PUR to giveaway an awesome faucet mount water filter! I have one myself and we were able to put it together, install, and drink fresh filtered water within minutes. It's sturdy and takes up less space than a pitcher. I'm a fan and you're sure to like it, too!
When we think of air quality or airborne pollution, we almost immediately think of the most easily recognised smog polluted cities and areas in the world including Shanghai in China, Los Angeles in American, the British Capital London and heavily industrialised cities like Ankleshwar in India.... read more
Because life gets so busy we often forget about all the stuff collected throughout our lives and how much of it in the big picture is truly insignificant. That’s why downsizing and letting go of a lot of belongings is a great way to feel lighter and spring is the perfect time to begin the process.
As you start making progress, though, one thing to consider is how to responsibly dispose of the items you no longer want. After all some things are truly trash while many others aren’t and there’s no sense adding to a landfill when something greener can be done with them.