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Greener Homes and Gardens

greener gardenThe perfect hybrid of green, healthy and beautiful are qualities that we should look for in our day-to-day lives. Providing a lovely living space while nurturing our families and helping them grow is the formula for a good life. Sadly, not everything is made of sunshine and daisies, and the water you drink and the veggies you eat, might not be as pure as you think. According to the EPA, there are pesticides used on your food can have negative effects on your health and the environment. Although the use of pesticides have been reduced since 2007, the EPA uses close to a billion pounds per year of commercial pesticides on crops in the U.S.

Pesticide manufacturing plants have even been known to make the National Priorities List (NPL), a list of places labeled extremely toxic by the EPA. To help in the  reduction of toxic sites, there are remediation companies, like Sevenson Environmental, that can restore valuable plots of land.

A Bounty In Your Kitchen

If you don't have a yard, or you'd like to keep gardening during cold winter months, there are plenty of kitchen or spare-room friendly gardening options for you. You've probably seen the infomercial for the Topsy Turvy Tomato grower, which can be grown indoors and found online for less than ten dollars. The same company also makes a Topsy Turvy Strawberry grower that can hang from just about anywhere. For the devoted kitchen gardener, Urban Farmer makes a mushroom growing kit for less than 30 dollars. You can grow up to two pounds of fresh mushrooms in as little as ten days.... read more

Top 5 Online Sources from Which to Purchase Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Goods

There are obvious benefits to living in a clean environment. Besides the fact that it’s more comfortable, a clean space is healthier to be in. Dust, dirt, bacteria, and other forms of unclean irritants can lead to various health problems, some of which are more serious than others. With that in mind, it is not surprising that cleaning products of some sort can be found in nearly every home and workplace.

The good news is, eco-friendly cleaning products can be used to clear away dirt, germs, and grime just as effectively as those products made from harsh chemicals. These products are safe to use, and they are kind to the environment.

 

Keep your home clean and healthy with eco-friendly cleaning products.

About EPP

EPP stands for Environmentally Preferable Purchasing. This is a sort of guide provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is designed to help the federal government in making green purchases. Besides just considering how a product impacts the environment, other things are also taken into account, such as its performance, availability, and price competitiveness.

These same considerations can be used to determine quality eco-friendly products for the home. In other words, begin by ensuring that the product is kind to the environment. Consider the ingredients used, but also consider things like the packaging and shipping methods.

For instance, concentrated formulas and refillable bottles are one green option. Recycled-content packaging is another. Bulk shipping is a green initiative. Pumps are more eco-friendly than aerosols, and all products should provide clear labeling that includes information about how to use the product as well as how to properly dispose of the product.... read more

4 Inventive Uses For Solar Energy Around The House

As consumer awareness of energy efficiency rises many people are being motivated to help the environment and save money on their electric bills at the same time. Regardless the motivation behind the goal, those of us looking to get a better handle on our energy bills should consider solar energy.

Solar screens

The number one access point for heat entering your home is through the windows. Fortunately you can prevent a good quantity of heat from entering your home making it easier to keep cool by investing in solar screens. Not only do solar screens your home cooler during the summer months, but they also create a custom look for you home, protect your carpet, furniture and blinds from UV damage and provide an increase in daytime privacy.... read more

Celebrities Who Try to Build Green

celebrity green housesIn addition to a privileged zip code, the ultimate expression of success may now include a commitment to “building green.” 

The smart-celeb- set including Orlando Bloom, Brad Pitt, and Johnny Depp insist on the use of recycled materials and “off the grid” energy solutions. The rich and famous now compete to achieve the coolest eco-friendly environments while addressing major pollutants such as asphalt-shingle waste in roof replacements and grey-water waste. 

Green building improvements are rapidly challenging traditional ostentation and decor as a new hallmark of power and prosperity. Home renovation advocates compete to build sustainable mansions for eco-friendly stars with features like living roofs and radiant geo-thermal heating. Eco-friendly values and resource-efficient building methods have come to define design, construction, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction of new and existing structures. ... read more

Sustainable Sources of Energy

sustainable energy - windHumans require energy to engage in normal activities in their daily lives. This includes traveling that is required to get to work or school, cooking food, construction of buildings, and the manufacturing of all the mundane products in use each day. Energy is needed to power the daily lives of the individuals who live throughout the world. The consumption of energy is growing every day and this means sustainable sources of energy are needed. Sustainable sources of energy are those that are renewable.


1. Water

The use of water for power has existed long before the invention of electricity. Water has been used for powering mills and other machinery located next to a river. Stream is a byproduct of water that is being used to generate electricity and has been used to power locomotives. The construction of dams in many countries around the world proves that water can be harnessed as a sustainable source of energy. A dam to hold back a river creates a reservoir. The water in the reservoir is sent through large pipes into a turbine to generate electricity that is stored in a battery or sent to the power grid.... read more

Grey Is The New Green

Green is the colour associated with the environment, but why not grey? Used and grey bathwater can look pretty unpleasant, but in the coming decades the thought of our bathwater being recycled may become increasingly more common. There are already a number of methods in place that can facilitate the recycling of water which we use in the home. 

Grey water is water that is recycled, typically the water that's used for washing clothes and dishes, and/or for showering and bathing. There are a number of methods used to prevent the water from being wasted, which range from a simple bucket to the type of grey water recycling system made by the likes of Lowara and Armstrong. Grey water systems are one clever way through which water can be recycled. These systems can be used to redirect water from butts, and redirect used bathwater and washing machine water, to create a water system that caters for the needs of everyone in a home.... read more

Insights into Green Travel from a Commercial Contractor

To many businesses in the travel and hospitality industry today, it's all about becoming LEED certified. Formally I was an independent contractor. However it's been more interesting to get involved with green building materials and helping businesses become more energy efficient. I think that those businesses, which go beyond LEED certified, should be celebrated for doing more than the normal. 

There are a variety of things that people can do for conservation, self-sustaining facilities and resource efficiency, as well as community development. These types of categories are all what you will find in The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards. Many of the businesses are also awarded for cultural awareness, local events, wildlife conservation and community engagement. Awards can be earned from doing something simple as serving local ingredients at their businesses or incorporating self-sustaining or energy conscious building practices and materials. As one example, organizations can do this by installing automatic shut off valves for showers at hotels. There are many other ways that hotels can save on resources. One of the top destinations in America knows that better than anyone else. ... read more

ABC's of Tire Recycling

tire recyclingHave you ever wondered what happens to old and worn out tires once you get them replaced on your car? Fortunately, as Green Living notes, the latest improvements in technology have led to more options for recycling rubber tires. According to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about 80 percent of the 290-plus million tires a year are now saved from going to the dump, and are recycled and turned into other types of products.

Rubber Gets Used

For example, Green Living explained, old tires are often ground up and used in rubberized asphalt, as well as rubber flooring for educational and commercial locations. This style of flooring is especially popular with designers and architects due to its array of colors, designs and durability. In addition, ground-up rubber can be used for athletic turf, mulch, playground surfaces and walking and running trails.... read more

Go Green for the Patio Season

With the warm weather returning, you may be starting to plan for your backyard and deck area.   Making choices outside your home that support your commitment to sustainable living is getting easier, with many new recycled product introductions.  Non-renewable resources such as non-recycled plastics that create harmful emissions during manufacturing can be completel... read more

Environmentally friendly cleaning products

eco-friendly cleaningMore and more people are getting into cleaning their homes and laundry in a more eco-friendly way. Not only can it help protect the environment, the watercourse, plants and animals, but it can also benefit your family as well. In a time where allergies are high, it can be reassuring to use products with fewer harsh chemicals; ones that cause fewer breathing problems, rashes and adverse reactions. 

Recently discovered is a very real condition, termed multi-chemical sensitivity or MCS.  MCS is an allergic reaction in response to chemicals around the house, even those as seemingly innocuous as air freshener or washing up liquid. Symptoms include depression and anxiety, nausea, headaches and fatigue. Muscle pain and insomnia are amongst the long list of reported symptoms, which can be mild to completely debilitating. ... read more