While they may make your home smell and look clean, many cleaners are having an opposite effect on the environment. From the chemicals that are used to the packaging that it comes in, many cleaning products are just downright harmful to the planet.
Many of the chemicals used in cleaning materials are non-biodegradable, meaning that they stick around for a long time before becoming non-hazardous, and they will still remain in the environment. On top of this, Read the rest of this entry »
It’s human nature to resist change, and to question making big shifts in the way we go about our daily lives. From the way we eat to the way we conduct ourselves at the office, we are creatures of habit. The same applies to the way we think about the environment.
Even if you care about the earth and would like to make an effort to reduce your environmental footprint, it can be difficult to get on board with green practices and environmental conscientiousness when you’ve never got into the habit of doing so. Fortunately, you don’t have to become a green freak overnight to do your part in environmentally. Here are three actions you can take today, whether you get service from Texas Electricity Prviders or a New York power company.
1) Install low-energy light bulbs: Low energy light bulbs might cost you a little money at first, but they burn longer than traditional light bulbs and consume less energy for an easy, two-fold energy benefit.
2) Watch your water use: If you keep the water running while you’re washing dishes or brushing your teeth, or if you take excessively long shows (more than 10 minutes), you’re wasting copious amounts of water that also make your electric or gas-powered hot water heater work more. Start conserving today by using only the water you need.
3) Shop for organic and recycled products: Although tweaking your shopping habits may require a bit of extra effort, you can start today by purchasing from a store like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or Earth Fare to get grocery items. Shopping at these stores can indirectly affect the environment, because the stores and their vendors use green practices and buy from green suppliers.
If you want to make a positive impact on the environment, start today with one or more of these tips. As you get comfortable, continue changing your habits until you ultimately are doing your part to live greener.
The short answer is no, not all plastics are created equal. All you have to do is flip over your bottle or your drinking cup and look at the number on the bottom. These numbers will tell recyclers what can and can’t be done with this kind of plastic, and where it needs to go. This is just a basic guide though, since there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes of recycling.
First off, not all plastic can be Read the rest of this entry »
We often think that parents are the ones who will introduce recycling to their children. Of course, parents can and should set good examples for their children. This includes participating in local recycling efforts and re-using or recycling as often as possible.
The truth is that parents aren’t always the ones who convince their families to recycle. In fact, many families begin to recycle because their children convince them to do so. Today, more and more schools are teaching the importance of recycling. Many schools have recycling programs and children learn to recycle items at school. Read the rest of this entry »
Being green isn’t something you just wake up and decide to do one day; it’s a process that takes place over time. As such it’s important that children be taught about how to be responsible to the environment from a young age. It’s more than just learning to throw your garbage away when you’re done with it; it’s knowing what happens to your trash and putting it in the proper place to make sure it can be turned into something new.
Parents, teachers and other authority figures need to give kids the facts about being green and Read the rest of this entry »
It’s the most abundant resource that exists on our planet, and yet we all take it for granted. Good old fashioned water. Eighty percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by Mother Nature’s champagne. Yet more and more of our fellow humans are wasting hundreds of gallons of it every day. There are several simple and efficient ways that we can all help to conserve our world’s water.
First off, we can consume less meat. Recent studies found that if we all cut back to Read the rest of this entry »
The old cliche about nothing ventured means nothing gained definitely applies to the process of trying to go green. Yet, many people do feel their contributions to going green are for naught. Such an attitude is definitely the wrong one to take because even the smallest efforts towards being more environmentally conscious have value.
Just as each and every little bit of conservation helps the environment, less than desirable actions can harm the environment even if they seem to Read the rest of this entry »