Go for the Green

If you want to go for the green
this year on Earth Day
there’s more to do
than just plant a tree.

 

Remember awareness 
starts with each one of us 
to do our part 
this year for Earth Day.

It is how we perceive 
our green actions today 
will affect the outcome 
of what will be 
to every lake, stream, and tree 
(our own well-being as well).

So go for the green 
this year on Earth Day 
by doing our part 
to aid our earth by going green 
helps us all in so many ways.

Here are a few green Earth Day tips 
to help you begin to go for the green: 
Walk today where you can, 
take in a lovely green earth scene.

Turn off the lights 
when you depart from a room 
and grab a filtered tap water 
in an aluminum mug to reuse.

Think Green 
before your day even starts. 
Conserve to preserve; 
use, don’t abuse.

Living green is a way 
we can all choose 
to have our say 
to ensure a green earth today.

Turn up the air 
and turn down the heat 
better yet, make it easy 
by installing a green thermostat.

Unplug an appliance 
when you are all through
Use water sparingly 
Make this your pledge 
and to the earth you will always be true.

And when doing your chores, 
there is even more you can do: 
When shopping 
take reusable green totes 
with you to the store.

Use green cleaning products 
to keep our water pure 
and wash in cold water 
to conserve even more.

Hang towels and sheets 
on the line out to dry, 
for a fresh air scent 
that money can’t buy; 
for nothing is better than 
fresh air scented sheets on your bed.

And to ensure the purity 
of our land and water sheds, 
donate unused items 
do not throw them away; 
recycle old cell phones 
and other electronics today.

Conserve to preserve; 
Use don’t abuse 
To go for the green 
Is really not hard 
These little green acts 
may even provide relief on your tax.

This Earth Day make it your resolve 
for children to come, go for the green 
and to them you will leave 
an Earth Day legacy.…

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products: Organic and Nature All-Purpose Cleaner, Bathroom Cleaner, Dish Liquid and More

Eco-friendly cleaning products play a very important role in family and everyday life. The safer the products used in and around your family members, the safer they are in terms of health. By using available eco-friendly cleaning products and the many easy to use natural products available, consumers not only do their part in sustainable living, but also contribute to the well being of those around them. No matter which eco-friendly cleaning products you may use, you are doing your part towards living Green.

 

There are a wide selection of eco-friendly cleaning products designed to meet the everyday needs of the homemaker from furniture wax to glass cleaners and more. All-purpose cleaners are a bit part of daily life and therefore eco-friendly all purpose cleaners are one of the more popular eco-friendly cleaning products. The Organic and Nature All-Purpose Cleaner is available in either lavender, grapefruit, or unscented. Made from natural essential oils, the cleaner is pleasant and non-toxic while still having the ability for durable cleaning efficiently and effectively. The plant based eco-friendly product is safe to se around children and pets while still getting the job done. The Organic and nature All-Purpose Cleaner retails for $8.99 for 16 fluid ounces.

Finding an eco-friendly bathroom product is particularly difficult for such a tough area. The Organic and Nature Bathroom Cleaner is available in a fresh grapefruit scent with ingredients such as tangerine oil, essential oil blends, lemon oil, grapefruit oil, and orange oil. The eco-friendly product has the ability to remove scum, grease, and tough dirt and grime without having phosphates and other harsh ingredients. Available in grapefruit, lavender, or unscented, the Organic and Nature Bathroom Cleaner retails for $8.99 for 16 fluid ounces.

All households need a basic all purpose dish liquid for miscellaneous clean ups. Organic and Nature Dish Liquid is an eco-friendly cleaning product which is a great choice for all purpose household clean ups. Available in either grapefruit or unscented, the eco-friendly all natural dish liquid has the ability to remove grease and grime, while still being gentle to sensitive skins. This eco-friendly product is made from all natural ingredients such as organic aloe vera gel, natural spring water, and natural surfactants, the 16 fluid ounce eco-friendly Organic and Nature Dish Liquid retails for $8.99.

The Organic and Nature product line offers many other eco-friendly products for the household including; floor cleaner, hand soap, air freshener, plant boost, stain remover, window cleaner and more. For more information on the eco-friendly cleaning products reviewed above, visit the Web site for Shop Blue House, or call 877-276-1180.…

Going Green at Home

How can we live a healthy and happy life and save the planet at the same time? We see climate change and the loss of once beautiful land and it saddens us. Many people want to know how we can fix it. We want to preserve and restore our land so future generations can see the beauty of this magnificent planet. One of the best ways to do your part is by going green at home! Here are some helpful tips that can get you started.

 

Replace Some Light Bulbs

Instead of using incandescent bulbs that burn out quickly, try using CFLs. CFLs are more efficient and last a lot longer. They are more powerful, cheaper and they save energy!

Clean Green

Instead of using sickening household products loaded with harsh chemicals, choose from green certified cleaning products. Baking soda and water can be used for many cleaning projects, as can simple vinegar and water. Also, a great product, which is slightly expensive, is Melaleuca’s line of all-natural products. Even though they’re expensive, the products are highly concentrated so a little goes a very long way. Plus, it’s as strong, and in some cases stronger, than any industrial cleaner.

Watch Your Flow

Try taking shorter showers and hand washing your dishes instead of using the dish washer to lower the cost of your water and heating bill. Invest in a low flow shower head. It lowers the amount of water used without affecting the pressure. You can also try low flow toilets.

Buy “Green” Paint

Only use paints that are low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds). The best paint to use is AMF Safecoat. You’ll breathe easier knowing the unique formula helps block toxic emissions from seeping into your environment. You also don’t have to sacrifice style for health. It produces a vast spectrum of beautiful contemporary and traditional colors.

Buy Recycled

Start buying recycled products instead of products that go straight into the landfill once the consumer is done using them. A term used for recycling is Cradle to Cradle. This is the idea that one man’s waste is another man’s food. Also, recycle your own things. Take old clothes to thrift stores and recycle plastic, glass and paper.

If you’re not completely sure what to buy when it comes to getting green products, here are a few tips on things to avoid.

• Try to avoid products with harsh chemicals or that could potentially be harmful. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for green alternatives.

• Watch out for excessive packaging.

• If you can’t pronounce it, do not get it.

By simply going green at home, you can save the earth, save your health, save money, save the economy and just feel amazing about how you’re changing your life for the better. By going green at home, we not only benefit ourselves but also the future generations that we are leaving this planet to. I believe we were given the Earth to use and take from, but I also feel it is our job to use it responsibly and take care of what we have.

Works Cited:

http://www.benefitsofgoinggreen.com/pages.php?id=31

http://www.melaleuca.com/…

Grass is Green

Here’s a bit of silly poetry about grass (not your lawn):

 

grass is green 
grass is good 
grass is often misunderstood 

grass is soothing 
grass is funny 
grass is costing too much money

grass is awesome 
grass is good for me 
grass enhances creativity

grass is natural 
grass is medicine 
grass is opposite of amphetamin(e)

grass is sweet 
grass is fine 
grass is better when its mine

grass is mellow 
grass; it mends 
grass is best when shared with friends!…

How to Create an Eco Friendly Homeschooling Space

An eco friendly homeschooling space is not only great for the environment but there are other benefits as well. You will find that instead of tossing out stuff in the garbage you can reuse them right in your own home. You will be saving money, and lowering the amount of garbage that you, and your family create on a daily basis. The process itself is really very simple.

 

The first thing you will want to do is purchase several plastic bins. If you already have recycling bins than there is no need to purchase a bunch of bins. You will need one bin for the items that will be going out in the recyclable garbage that you can not use, and another been full of items that you can use. I have found it very useful to do a simple online search to find items that you can make out of recyclable goods. For example if you have a bulletin board in your homeschool area, you can use some of the recycled items to make nice boarders around the board. Plastic bottles can be used to hold school supplies like pencils, pens, and markers. Make up a list of things that you may be lacking in your homeschool area. Place this list on the refrigerator, or on the plastic container where the items will go. This way each time you have an item you can check it against your list. If it is something that you can use, you can save it, by leaving it in the bin. Even if you are not ready to create your items you can keep them their until you are ready to use them.

Another suggestion is to recycle the items that you currently use for your homeschool. For example if you have purchased several boxes of items, see if you can find ways to recycle the boxes, and use them for storage. When it comes to paper, you can make a scrap paper bin from recycled items. Place any paper where you may have only used one side, or part of the paper. Each time you have a scrap piece of paper you can put them into the scrap bin. This will cut down on the amount of money that you end up spending on paper, and notebooks. You can work with your kids, and help them make up a recycling list. List any items that can be recycled, or reused. There are plenty of green networks that you can look at, for tips and ideas on how to make your own recycled crafts and turn your home schooling space into eco friendly areas. Last but not least avoid using anything that can not be recycled in your home school.…

Green Newspaper Boxes

I got my first job working with my grandpa on his newspaper route. It was ten dollars a day if one could last through the whole five hours which to me then was a good sum since I planned on working all summer when I first started. , I really didn’t know much my grandpa at all, only what I had heard about him from my family, and he really didn’t know much about me either. It was an awkward first couple of hours afterwe got past the conversation of us both being fine and that it was chilly thatmorning, but we quickly learned that it takes communication between the driver and the folder to make it work.

Some customers are really picky and particular about what conditiontheir paper is in and how they find it on their lawn or in their box, and beingnew I didn’t know who was who yet. I just quarter folded the papers, stuck a rubber band around it, and threw it down by my feet to be used later because I learned that you can’t wait for each box to fold the paper, and Grandpa would do the things that that the customer liked after few days I caught on what to do and where, but we still didn’t talk much. During the week our hours were from 10am to 3pm or later, it depended on how quick the press printed that morning,but on Saturdays anywhere from 2am – 8am were our hours. Trust me it’s a lot different in the dark! We messed a lot of boxes and he’d back up whichgot me confused on when to do the specialty papers not to mention I wasfalling asleep while I folded because it got so monotonous. The first time I fell asleep at a box, Grandpa just smiled and tapped my shoulder so I could put the paper in the box. He then asked me the first real conversation-starting question we’d ever shared, “Is this what you want to do for the rest of your life?”

Of course I answered no, knowing that this wasn’t what he wanted either. He then asked me what I wanted to do, and being in eighth grade going into ninth, I didn’t have a clue. At that time I was still just an ornery kid having fun with no real plan for the future, and school was the last thing on my mind. He knew all of that since he’d talked to my mom and saw me with my cousins, but he decided he wanted to help me understand the world that would be before my feet in four years. We talked about everything from finances, school, college, marriage, children, and even about the uncle I never met because he died before I was ever thought of. He taught me that life is no bed of roses like I once believed and he opened my eyes to what I had to do.

That next school year, I worked harder on my studies than I ever had in my life and earned straight almost perfect A’s, and I was only able to go on the paper route with him on Saturdays, but I enjoyed our time we shared. One time I was doing my homework until ten on a Friday night and only slept for four hours. Grandpa noticed what I was doing, and I’ll never forget what he said to me, “You can work your whole life away if you’re not careful. Sometimes you get what you work for, but it’s the little things in life that bring us happiness; don’t miss those little things by working too much. Work hard but have fun.” After seeing my report cards, my mom kept asking my grandpa what he did to get me to work so hard. He just looked at me, smiled, and said, “I didn’t do anything; she did it all.” He changed my life and I have everything to thank him for, but he insists that all I have to do to thank him is keep working hard and being happy. He made me the person I am today and I have to smile every time I …

How to Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly

Making your home more energy efficient can both help the planet as well as lighten the burden on your monthly gas, electric, and water bills. The website www.climatecrisis.net -a site originally dedicated purely to the film An Inconvenient Truth but since become a guide to green living- is a truly fantastic resource for accomplishing the goal of energy efficiency.

 

The site lays out some basic suggestions on how you can impact the environment through your daily life on an incremental basis. Here are some highlights, both from the site and my own suggestions/experiences:

Purchase fluorescent light bulbs. 
This is possibly the most basic yet effective method of reducing the amount of energy and natural resources you draw on in your home. Fluorescent bulbs use less energy, last longer, and, lets be serious, with their spiral shape, just look cooler. It is estimated that this will reduce your carbon emissions by 150 pounds per year/per light bulb.

Low flow shower heads. 
This, in effect, does two things to produce a positive environmental impact. First, the very obvious effect of using less water for each shower you take. Worldwide water shortages, particularly in the American Southwest, make it necessary that water conservation methods be foremost on our mind. Secondly, if you are like me and enjoy hot showers, the low flow head will decrease the total amount of hot water you use, lessening the need for energy to warm the water. It is estimated that this will reduce your carbon emissions by 350 pounds per year.

Use cold water instead of hot. 
Whether it is washing your clothes or washing your hands, cold water saves an expediential amount of energy when compared to warm or hot water.

Monitor your thermostat. 
Cooling your home in the summer and heating it in the winter uses a considerable amount of energy. By lowering your thermostat in the winter and only turning on your AC on the hottest of days in the summer, you will be limiting your carbon usage by a significant amount. Insolating your house properly is also a big factor, since it limits the amount of air actually needed to cool and heat your home. Many companies have begun to pop up in major cities offering a full inspection of your home to discover where poorly insulated spots may be. I would not dissuade anyone from utilizing these services, since they can be beneficial, but with a can of compressed and a watchful eye you should be able to find the problematic spots in your house and insulate them on your own.

Purchase energy efficient products. 
Virtually every electric appliance on the market now has an energy efficient counterpart. The best part is, most of them include the “Energy Star” symbol which is only added to products that undergo an independent review process, thus weeding out the frauds.

Unplug you appliances. 
Most people don’t realize that every second an appliance is plugged in, whether it is in use or not, it is utilizing energy. Granted, the amount of energy actually used at any given point in time is minuscule, however, as is the case with almost anything, in the long run it adds up. You should unplug things not in use and unplug everything when you go on extended trips.…

Ways to Live a Green Life

If you were to look up green living homes or as I did “green living domes” because my husband has always thought he would love to live in this manner, you will find pictures that would have you believe that you are in any typically built home. Windows, doors, decorations, it all looks pretty much the same on the inside but when it comes to the outside, that’s a whole different story.

Said to be a unique experience I feel that the idea takes a bit of getting used to when you have spent years growing up deciding what type of home you would like to live in and that did not include living in a dome.

With many factors to consider noise is top on the list. There is wind and rain, and in some areas concerns for tornadoes and more. Typically there is noise from traffic sources such as cars, motorcycles, heavy duty vehicles hauling oversized trailers and your everyday Semi’s. Living in a dome is said to be a really quiet experience where looking out the window would be the only way for you to know certain conditions existed.

Conventional homes typically have high gas and electric bills while living in a dome home there are no meters to read and your monthly bills are substantially lower due to the fact that your floors are heated by your hot water. What a great way to experience those cold winters without having to bundle up. A quick hop out of bed will find your bare feet warm and cozy just as they are.

Let’s face it, there are several things to consider but in today’s world the more green we can live the better it is for our planet and it does not take a rocket scientist to know that it is suffering in many ways. You don’t have to live in a dome home to do your part but even the simplest of things like separating your recyclables from you trash or can make a huge difference.

I don’t know if I will ever live in a dome home but I will go so far as to say that it is not out of the question and just might be the home of choice for my husband and me for our retirement years. Once he sells me on the idea he still if faced with where do we build it and that too takes a lot of consideration but hey, we have plenty of time to do so.

 
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Green Homes

Green homes building is a concept that seems to be gaining more and more adepts. It embraces principles such as sustainable architecture, ecology protection, natural construction, solar energy, recycling, renewable energy, and healthy living. In fact, this conception involves much more than building green homes, it involves a change of habits, it is a lifestyle.

 

Green homes take within the idea of providing all possible housing necessities while living lightly on earth. There is a constant search of ways to make an adequate and less harmful use of natural resources. There is the idea of lowering the impact we make on our planet and ecosystems and still have our needs fulfilled .

When it comes about green homes, it is about building a cozy, comfortable and welcoming home. There are many house styles among green homes, from conventional to rounded , organic, earth sheltered, and even lightweight concrete. Styles depend on the owners taste and materials he wants to use when building it.

Basically, green homes use many different materials, mostly natural even though, as mentioned above, some concrete might be used and still adhere to the concept. Owners imagination and specific location of the house determine the materials that will be used, as people building green homes tend to take advantage of the materials they have around, making their home fit the place, so that will depend on the area the green home to be will be located. These houses do not follow mainstream building techniques at all. Earth, wood, natural clay, rocks , volcanic stones, straw and sand are some normally used materials. Some of the resources used for constructing green homes are renewable ( like trees and straw)others not but are actually pretty inexhaustible (sand and rocks for example).

Recycled materials are used too, to mention an example, many people use old glass bottle pieces decorating walls.

Energy is an important concept to take care of here. The idea is to make an efficient use of it and try to use renewable energy is what they aim. Sun, water and wind can produce enough energy for living needs, anyway there has to be a careful and conscious use of it because you are a bit limited.

Sun is being taken most possible advantage of in green homes. Not only can it provide energy through solar panels but there is also the idea of using it for lightning and heating purposes. A good and thoroughly thought design will allow the owner a proper illumination during the day, just from the sun. Also heating of the home can be obtained from it, a proper solar design of the house will permit sun light enter the rooms and the surrounding thermal mass, normally masonry materials, walls will be absorbing warmth that will be given back to the room after down. Thermal mass works as if it were a battery that stores the sun heat preventing the house to get too hot during the day, and gives it back later.

Insulation plays a fundamental role to keep heat inside. Rocks for example a good mass but bleed warmth.

The same way houses need heat, they need cool too. Digging into the earth and building a part of the house down under will make it too cool to live there, lets say for bedrooms or dining rooms, but can be a good basement that will be moderating the thermal fluctuations of above. Insulation is mandatory in this part of the house too.

Water conservation is an underlying concept within green homes conception. A ten percent of regular people average use of water would be enough for living. You could drop down water usage to a 10% changing some habits and taking some measures that will help you on your purpose. You can put a flow restrictor to shower heads, use low water capacity toilets; you can deviate showering and laundry water to water your plants or lawn. Of course, rain water is always there to catch it!

Growing your own food and canning are associated with green homes too. You do not need a big piece of land to grow you vegetables, a small parcel will be enough. Even pots can be …

Easy to Be Green

Nowadays, everyone is aware of the need to go green and the steps we need take to reduce our environmental impact. Unfortunately, not many people are taking that step for whatever reason they may have, but the most popular reason is that it is too much work to live green. It is a huge misconception that it takes a lot to go green, in fact it is the complete opposite. Here are three simple steps to get you on the green track.

Reduce

When you’re cleaning your driveway or porch, don’t use water to remove the dirt. Sweep! Yes, using your water hose is easier and faster to remove dirt and leaves, but remember you’re taking a green approach. Avoid the water hose as well when you’re cleaning your outdoor windows, use an eco-friendly window cleaner instead. If you’re cleaning your gutter, get up there and get dirty. Clean up the gutter with your hands and a scooper, it doesn’t hurt to get a little dirty. Only use your water hose to water your lawn, and don’t overdo it, watering your lawn once every 10 days is good enough. If your city does not have water restrictions, consider applying water restrictions to your home. We all need to reduce the amount of water we waste in a daily basis, plus reducing your water use reduced your water bill.

Reuse

We all have things in our home that we just keep for no reason and don’t even use at all. To steer clear of becoming a hoarder, give away what you no longer use and you know someone else can use it for their home. Look around in each room of your home, collect items that you no longer use or don’t need and donate it to your local goodwill or charitable organization. Donate your gently used clothes, electronics, appliances, kitchenware, old cell phones, hardware, photo frames, and any item you no longer want. Someone else can benefit from the items that you have lying around in your home. You’re cleaning out your home and doing a worthy act of thoughtfulness.

Recycle

If you don’t recycle, get started a.s.a.p.! Develop a small recycling station in your garage, backyard, or kitchen. Start by creating bins and label each bin for its purpose, aluminum, paper, plastics, and cardboards. Don’t throw away your ink cartridges and toners, Office Depot and Office Max offer recycling services for such items. Many of us use our garage for storage instead for its actual purpose of parking our cars, garages are a goldmine when looking for items to recycle. If you have used oil stored in containers and old batteries in your garage, recycle them. Many auto parts stores take in used oil, old batteries, used auto parts and some stores actually give you credit for those items. There’s several organizations and businesses such as Wirefly.com, Ecosquid.com and Yourenew.com that give you cash to recycle your old cell phones and electronics. Be less wasteful because it does pay to recycle.

Living green doesn’t take a major change to your life; in fact it gives you structure and organization. We can all benefit from using the three R’s, it saves you money, de-clutters your home and provides less wastes for our landfills. Be active in finding new ways to live green and spread the word.…