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Green Goes with Everything: Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and a Cleaner Planet
Imagine if your best friend gave you vital information that could protect you and your family, and save you money, and help the planet. Imagine if you were given clear, simple choices, small changes that could have a big impact on your life. And you could still wear leather shoes and deodorant. You'd listen, right?88% (12)
Well, think of Today show contributor Sloan Barnett as that friend. A mother of three, a dedicated consumer advocate, Sloan gives us a fast, simple, down-toearth primer on the ways our homes are making us sick, and what we can all do to transform them into the safe sanctuaries we want and need them to be.
Sloan exposes the toxic truth behind the household products we use every day -- from laundry detergent to toothpaste to lipstick. She explains how these and other seemingly benign stuff can harm us and our children. She offers an array of alternatives, and inspires us to see that we're never helpless: Every day, we have the power to make better, smarter, safer choices.
Packed with common sense and sass, product picks and practical tips, Green Goes With Everything is for everyone who wants to live a healthier life.
30 WAYS TO GO GREEN IN 30 DAYS!!! Day 1. - Evaluate Your Life...All Eyes on You! Set aside some time to evaluate how you are currently living and what type of footprint these decisions make...Tread Lightly. Day 2. - Reduce...Just use less! Living more simply while purchasing and using less of everything will simplify your life. Day 3. - Reuse...Give it another go! Almost any product can be used for something else when the first use is complete so planning to use something afterwards helps make that happen. Day 4. - Recycle...Turn it into another product! It is usually not convenient to recycle, but landfills are filling up and the environmental cost to replace the loss of a recyclable product is higher in the long-run. Day 5. - Conserve Energy...Turn it off! We use more energy than we need; turning off electrical items when not in use and buying the highest efficiency units sold will help reduce energy use. Day 6. - Transportation...Go Greener! Using your car less by walking, biking and taking carpools & public transportation more often creates less pollution. Day 7. - Conserve Water....Use less at every opportunity! Try using lower water pressure, fix all pipe leaks, faucet drips, and running toilets while capturing your runoff & excess in the sink whenever possible. Day 8. - Your Food...Choose more wisely! Eat less meat and choose more organic & locally grown food items, which will improve your health while lowering fat as it also helps the environment. Day 9. - Green Thy Home...Lights & Insulation first! Check through each room of your dwelling to evaluate lights, windows and all electric items...especially water heaters. Day 10. - Clothing...Organic & Hemp! When you buy new clothing, opt for organic options of cotton or the more durable hemp versions. Day 11. - Fighting the Egregious Companies...Power of the Pocketbook! Boycotting by not purchasing products or services from companies that have shown unscrupulous practices will change their practices. Day 12. - Buy from Green Companies...Global Green! It is popular for companies to say they are green, but be sure to check that your purchases are from companies with proactive environmental programs not just great advertisements (termed greenwashing). Day 13. - Green Car Switch...Go Diesel! Be sure to opt to drive higher mileage vehicles (no less than 30 mpg) and choose or seek out diesel versions when possible. Day 14. - Cleaning & Skin Products...No Chemicals! Healthier natural cleaning products for the house & body perform as well or better than chemical based products and are now on retail shelves across the globe. Day 15. - Drinking Water...No More Little Bottles! Begin to wean yourself away from the individual, daily-used plastic water bottles, and look for ways to limit plastic bottled beverages altogether. Day 16. - Don't Pollute...It Travels! When out & about, if some packaging can't be held for recycling, be sure to keep it until it can be properly disposed of in a designated container. Pollution often ends up in our eco-system eventually. Day 17. - Shopping Bags...Bring Your Own! Find a couple of heavy duty carry bags that you can bring to the store or take with you when you go shopping. Day 18. - Junk Mail...Stop the Madness! Sign-up for a service to stop junk mail and contact your bank, insurance companies and all other regular bulk mailers asking them to stop. Day 19. - Bulk Purchasing...Less waste! Minimize trips whenever possible by buying larger quantities of the most used products, and ask neighbors to coordinate shopping efforts. Day 20. - Old Phones, Computers & Electronics...Donate or Recycle! Use technology products as long as they are useful, and donate or e-cycle them when you finally must replace them. Day 21. - Hazardous Waste...Household & motor oil! If you use household/garage chemical products or change your own oil, be sure to properly store and dispose of these wastes as they are recyclable. Day 22. - Your Work Place...Green Theme! All of the green home practices apply, but more importantly all businesses must take environmentally sound practices seriously. Day 23. - Solar Power...Alternative Energy! Install solar panels wherever appropriate and encourage your community power generators to increase solar/wind energy capturing. Day 24. - Vote Environmentally...Be Heard, Make a Difference! Doing your part is the most important first step, but working within the political system to push these concepts into logical legislation requires educated voting. Day 25. - Recreation...Good Clean Fun! Outdoor activities often unnecessarily include motorized power that can be uncompromisingly replaced by eco-adrenaline enthusiasts through the power of nature itself! Day 26. - Nature Calls...Concrete Jungle Escape! On as regular a schedule as possible, get out of the traffic, smog and concrete to enjoy some quality time arounDrying laundry on the line - winner of "Going Green" (#26)
I would like to submit these pictures for the category of “Going Green” of your photo contest. One of the things we’ve done in our home to “go green” was by replacing all of our home appliances to energy star rated appliances. Our new front loaders washer & dryer use less water, electricity and even laundry detergent which. Not only are we saving the environment, we are saving money. We’ve also changed the way we run our appliances such as washer, dishwasher & self-clean oven which all have “delay” program feature. I’ll use the “delay” program feature every time I need to do laundry, use the dishwasher and when I use the self-clean feature and set the delay feature to start in the wee hours of the morning and run its cycle while we are sleeping or I’ll wait for the weekend during non-peak hours. As soon as it starts to get nice outside in the Spring, I refuse to use my dryer. I check the forecast and will wait for a sunny day to do a load of laundry (during the night) and in the morning before going to work, will hang it outside to dry (as seen in the attached pictures). I’ve also invited my neighbours who don’t have a clothesline to use mine when I’m not using it. We also signed-up for the Peak Saver Program this summer for our central air conditioner which has also helped us save energy, especially when it’s needed most! Sincerely, Michelle Coulombe This photo was selected as the winner of the 'going green' category. Hanging laundry on the line (or on a clothe horse in the winter) is a simple way we can all go green, saving significant amounts of energy over the year.
The go green can! 100% Aluminum Recyclable Can. Use hundreds of times, not just once and throw away! Fill this can with your favorite paint, thin oils, lubricants, dressings, solvents or even insecticides and household cleaners! Then pressurize the rest with air from any source from a compressor to a bicycle pump. Relief valve insures safe charging up to 90 PSI (Aluminum can is designed to withstand up to 200 PSI) . Operates 100% on compressed air making it completely safe for the environment (No aerosols). Not recommended for use as an air duster. Includes 4 extra spray nozzles & extension straw. Spray Nozzles Included: 1. Coarse Spray (Blue Nozzle): For heavy viscous liquids such as oil, wax, polishes 2. Medium Spray (Black Nozzle): For medium viscous liquids such as paints, cleaners, solvents and lubricants 3. Fine Mist Spray (Green Nozzle): For thin viscous liquids such as insecticides, spirit bases, etc 4. Jet Nozzle with straw : Shoots jet stream for use in awkward placesSee also:
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