As we learn more and more about the ecological problems our planet is facing, it becomes increasingly important to find ways to conserve our natural resources. When we recycle, use less petroleum products and household chemicals, and purchase environmentally friendly products, we are making an investment in our planet’s future. Another way to have a positive impact on the environment is to learn how to save water.
There are so many things we can do personally to live a greener lifestyle and help protect the environment. Most of these things are common sense, like recycling and driving less. But there is one way that many people are contributing to the pollution of our planet, and most aren’t even aware of it: household cleaners. Those cleaners that you use on our windows, toilets, and stoves are full of toxic chemicals that can adversely affect the health of your family, as well as the health of our planet. Green cleaning is a relatively new idea, but it is easy and inexpensive to use environmentally friendly cleansers. Read more »
American shoppers spent more than $51 billion on natural and organic products in 2005 (Natural Food Merchandiser (NFM, June 2006)). Most Americans are increasingly interested in the organic food market in an effort to achieve and maintain optimal health. So, how do you know where to begin?
What is Organic Food?
The term “organic” indicates agricultural products (plants and animals) that are produced according to a strict set of standards developed by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) in October 2002. ALL “organic” foods must be raised and processed without using conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering or ionizing radiation. Meat, poultry, eggs and other dairy products must come from animals that are NOT injected with growth hormones or antibiotics. Government-approved certifiers are accredited to certify producers and handlers of organic products. When you see The USDA Certified Organic seal it means that a product is at least 95 percent organic. While the use of the seal is voluntary, using the seal in violation of standards is punishable by $11,000 per violation, so you can feel confidant that if it has the seal, it is in fact organic.
With the growing popularity and necessity of “going green” at home finally beginning to take root, the focus is now shifting to the work place. Both small and large businesses alike are searching for practices that will help to cut down on excessive waste and needless energy consumption. Implementing more environmentally friendly habits at work not only helps the environment but it also helps the bottom line, by “greening” up the office companies save money. As a result, more companies than ever before are seeking ways to conserve…they’re looking for easy, cost effective ways to “go green” in the workplace. It takes just a few simple steps and changes, along with some changes in habit. Before you know it, your business will be “green” and will be saving and making more of the green ($$$). Read more »
Over the past year, the controversy and ongoing debate regarding bottled water has been heating up. With climate crisis fever sweeping the globe everyone is weighing in on how we can start to repair the damage. “Being Green” is very trendy these days and everyone wants to get in on the action. This invigorated interest is a very welcome and necessary factor in effecting long lasting climate change.
One of the first areas to look at, both at home and at work, is our consumption of bottled water. More and more the question is being asked: What is the actual impact of this multi-billion dollar industry on the environment? What was once just simple bottled water has now become a ubiquitous subject. Read more »
As Albert Einstein once said, “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” Climate concerns are a Hot Button issues these days and for very good reason. Our global home (Earth) is in trouble!
Al Gore summed it up most accurately in his Academy Award winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, when he said, “the world has a fever.” The reason? Carbon dioxide, and other gases warm the surface of the planet naturally by trapping solar heat in the atmosphere. This is a good thing because it keeps our planet habitable. However, by burning fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil and clearing forests we have dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere and as a result, temperatures are rising rapidly. The good news is that it is possible to reverse course and it’s easier than you might think.
There are 300+ million Americans, if each one of us commits to making small changes to our current lifestyles, we CAN affect change. The problem seems to be, not that people are unwilling to try, but that they just don’t know what to do or where to begin. Here are some of the top tips on how to “be green.” Read more »
All it takes is a little bit of imagination to create a green space that is your home. Get the family involved in making little changes that will do a lot of good. There is a multitude of choices to make about climate control, energy utilization, food preparation and making sure that yours is a green home.
1. Eat in season: Buying fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers is a great way to reduce food bills. Poultry farms and dairy farms can be found on the outskirts of even the largest towns. Buying products grown near home supports regional agriculture.
2. Control the climate: Take a walk around the house during the day and observe what rooms are too sunny. Pull the shades on the sunny side of the house to keep the entire structure cool. It is a simple procedure that can help reduce the amount of time air conditioners are needed to be operational. Read more »