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  1. Eco-footprint Info

    , 03-20-2014 at 10:34 AM
    "Research from Murtaugh and Schlax at Oregon State University shows that a hypothetical American woman who switches to a more fuel-efficient car, drives less, recycles, installs more efficient light bulbs, and replaces her refrigerator and windows with energy-saving models, would increase her carbon legacy by 40 times if she has two children."
    So, the number of children over one is a huge multiplier of eco-footprint.
  2. Going Green With Gardening

    by , 09-07-2012 at 04:12 PM
    There is hardly a better way to make your yard a sustainable and replenishing haven than growing an eco friendly garden. Gardening can be a fun and relaxing project for you and your family. Here are a few ideas on how to be green in your gardening endeavors.

    Beginning Your Garden
    When you are shopping for plants, look for plant containers that are made from recycled materials. Many companies now make containers that will decompose and add nutrients to the soil after planting. If you start your own seeds, use recycled plant trays.

    There are lots of damaging chemicals in fertilizers and potting soil which harm the environment. Instead of using fertilizers and chemical-filled potting soil while planting, use organic soil which adds nutrients to your garden soil. Many organics soils are just as effective as potting soil and much more sustainable and earth friendly.

    Composting is also a fantastic way to be green and add essential nutrients to your soil. When composting kitchen scraps, make sure that you only compost organic products. This is a great way to boost your plants’ health while going green in your eating habits and gardening.

    Water Plants Efficiently
    An often overlooked way to be green while gardening is conserving water. To eliminate wasting water, plant your garden in groups according to water needs. If at all possible, avoid using sprinklers for watering. Instead, place the water sprayers at the roots of the plants and water only when needed. Keep your garden well mulched or plant it with a cover crop. This will hold the water in the soil and cut down the need for frequent watering.

    Things To Avoid
    Pesticides are filled with chemicals that not only harm the environment, but they also deter garden-friendly critters. Bees, butterflies, and other friendly bugs are beneficial for your garden’s health. Spraying with nasty insecticides and pesticides will scare ...
  3. Tips for Going Green at Home

    by , 09-04-2012 at 04:22 PM
    There is talk everywhere of “going green.” You see ads on television. When you go to the supermarket, there are the reusable bags that eliminate the need for the disposable paper and plastic ones. Many products that we buy are labeled as “green.” There are many ways of “going green,” including recycling, but today I would like to discuss efficient energy usage at home. This concept involves being aware of how much energy you use while completed everyday tasks at home and seeking ways to be more efficient with this energy usage.

    The first major way of using green energy in your home is with your climate control, your heat and air conditioning. Check to make sure you house is properly insulated. Lack of proper insulation means that your HVAC unit is working much harder than necessary to keep your home at the ideal temperature. This will definitely use a lot of unnecessary energy. If you find that your home lacks proper insulation, invest in having it reinsulated. This investment will definitely be returned to you in your savings on your energy bill over time. Also check for any drafts in windows and doors and make sure not to leave doors and windows open. Open windows and doors can interfere with efficient energy usage.

    Another way of “going green” with your heating and air conditioning is to heat/cool only the parts of your house that you use. Heating and cooling that guest bedroom that you use only when you have someone stay at your house is a waste of energy. You can save by closing off the vent in rooms such as this one and opening it before you need to use the room.

    There is another practical way of using green energy in your home. That is with the lighting. In rooms with large windows, consider opening the blinds and curtains during the day rather than turning on lights. When purchasing light bulbs, look for ones labeled “Energy Star.” These light bulbs not only give you efficient energy, but they last a very long time, ...
  4. The Locavore: Be Green. Be Local.

    by , 08-28-2012 at 12:22 PM
    Carnivore . . . Omnivore . . . Herbivore . . . Locavore?

    Chances are, you’ve heard the term “locavore” before. You might, however, still be asking the question: “So what exactly is a locavore?” And can being one help you be green?

    Well, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, a locavore is “someone who eats locally whenever possible.” This definition, however, touches only the what, not the why of locavore-ism. And another question remains, with the myriad of healthful choices advertising their green business practices just an arm’s length away in your supermarket, why would anyone go through the trouble of sourcing their own local food? Consider a few reasons.

    Less gas pollution
    Locavores generally start their quest toward greener eating by setting themselves a mile radius. Any food raised or made within this radius, they consider local food. Depending on the availability of foods in your area this range could be anywhere from 100 to 500 miles.

    So why set this radius and go through the trouble of sticking to it? How can it help you be green? The truth is, even if you’re favorite yogurt company advertises their green, biodegradable packaging, they probably aren’t giving you the down low about the pollution from their delivery vehicles. Imagine the level of pollution caused by a semi-truck traveling from one coast to the other, all so you can have your 32 oz of vanilla yogurt.

    When you drive down the street to pick up your locally produced groceries, however, the gas you use to get there, may, in many cases, be the only fuel pollution spent on your groceries.

    Less wasteful packaging
    Sure, looking for biodegradable or recyclable packaging is better than haphazardly buying whatever looks good, but what if you had an even better option? Buying local foods offers even more green business.

    For example, if you buy vegetables from the farmer’s ...
  5. Putting the Reuse Back in Conservation

    by , 08-10-2012 at 11:10 AM
    Reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s the old mantra of green education. In today’s disposable culture, however, we often forget the order and put recycling before reusing. Chances are, however, reusing may rank as one of the best options for increasing your part in environmental protection. Don’t recycle when you can reuse.

    Reusing Your Trash
    Recycling your waste is easy. Reusing your trash, on the other hand... Well, that’s where the creativity comes into play. Here are some ideas to get you started down the road of environmental protection:

    Reuse containers for food storage: Instead of buying new, expensive containers, reuse your yogurt and dip containers. Store food in the fridge or take it to work.
    Organize with egg cartons: It may not look pretty, but if you keep it out of sight in a drawer, in an egg carton can make an excellent receptacle for organizing small odds and ends.
    Save brown paper and newspaper for wrapping paper: If you have kids, get them involved in this one. Use crayons, paint, and stamps to turn old brown paper into creative wrapping paper. If you have old comic sections from the newspaper, wrap your kids’ presents with it. They’ll love reading their wrapping paper.
    Reuse glass bottles: Glass jars can make elegant storage containers or even cute, countrified vases.
    Use junk paper as scrap paper: Don’t throw out that incorrectly printed document. Use the back to write out your grocery or to-do list. Jot down notes. Write down reusing ideas.
    Brainstorm: Don’t stop with these few suggestions. Search the web. Ask friends. And, most importantly, sit down and think up a few of your own ideas. Green education often starts with the willingness to innovate.

    Choosing Reusable Products
    Reusing as a route to environmental protection often starts at the supermarket or department store. Put your green education into action and try choosing packaging that lends itself toward ...
  6. What Does Your Carbon Footprint Look Like?

    by , 08-07-2012 at 11:06 AM
    Just a few years ago, the term “green news” was more likely to refer to financial matters than environmental concerns. Global warming was an unfamiliar term, and efficient energy sources like electric cars were only found in science fiction. Another concept, still unfamiliar to some but quickly gaining attention, is that of the “carbon footprint.”

    So, What is It?
    If you don’t already know what a carbon footprint is, here are the basics. It doesn’t have anything to do with your feet; instead, it is a way of measuring the net amount of carbon dioxide that an agent (a person, company, or country, for example) produces. If you know how big your carbon footprint is, you can calculate just how much or how little you are contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, global warming, and other environmental problems.

    Seeing Your Footprint
    Estimating the amount of carbon dioxide that you produce might seem simple enough on the surface. Driving a car and using appliances at home are the two most obvious ways that we produce greenhouse gases. Using efficient energy, of course, is a powerful way to reduce the size of your carbon footprint—at least the “direct” component of it. The indirect component, according to green news reports, is actually much larger. It is almost impossible for an individual to accurately estimate the size of this component!

    Everything Counts
    Anything you use that was manufactured created some amount of carbon dioxide gas during its production. Food, plastics, cleaning supplies—the manufacturing of all these things contributes to the carbon footprints of the people who use them. And that’s only what happens before you use these products. After you discard trash, there is more carbon dioxide gas produced as trash trucks pick it up and take it to a landfill.

    What Can You Do?
    People who are serious about doing their part to prevent global warming, in addition to switching to ...
  7. Green Living

    by , 07-31-2012 at 04:46 PM
    You eat green. You shop green. You drive green. Now you feel ready for the next socially responsible step, living green. It’s time for the green house.

    Whether you’re buying a new house or renovating an old one, here are a few tips to make your journey a little easier.

    Buying a Green Home

    Getting Started

    The first step, is knowing where to look. Here are a few suggestions:

    Network: Networking isn’t just for your job. Try it for house hunting. Tell your friends, family, the clerk at the grocery store. Chances are, somewhere along the way, someone will have a lead.
    GreenHomesForSale.com: This site offers a database of options. Simply click on your state and search the listings.
    Your realtor: Get your realtor on your side. Whether you search an online database for a green realtor or simply clue-in your current realtor, having a professional scouting out the options for you can mean the difference between settling and “house charming.”

    Set Your Priorities

    Start by setting your price range. Can you afford the green home of your dreams? Or will you need to practice realism and compromise in some areas? If you fall in the latter category, start setting your priorities. Divide your wants into three categories: must-haves, desires, and negotiables. Which is more important to you? Alternative energy or formaldehyde-free carpeting? Having these categories will help you make up your mind when the tough choices come. Being socially responsible doesn’t mean breaking your budget.

    Renovating Your Home Green

    Renovating an old home--it can be both the most sensible and, if done incorrectly, most disastrous solution to the socially responsible, green home dilemma.

    Start Small: Starting with the biggest project first, especially if you’re new to the remodeling process, can stop you before you begin. You may end up so bogged ...
  8. Energy Solutions for a Better Future

    by , 07-20-2012 at 11:57 AM
    Our world faces many environmental problems today. The increasing population, with its expanding technology, brings a growing impact on the environment, while our philosophy of throw-away consumerism produces overflowing landfills and constant pollution. Because of these increasing problems, researchers are exploring options to keep the world a safe and healthy place for future generations. A key area of exploration is finding ways to conserve and maintain energy supplies. One of the current solutions to environmental problems is developing means of using sustainable energy sources.

    What is sustainable energy?
    Sustainable energy supplies energy sources that both provide for current needs and allow for the needs of future generations. These sources continue to provide energy without a heavy pollution output. The two key elements of sustainable energy are energy efficiency and renewable energy.

    Energy efficiency
    By reducing the amount of energy needed to sustain life as we know it, we can reduce our environmental impact and leave energy resources available for future generations. There are many approaches to energy efficiency, including streamlining technology to reduce its energy requirements, lowering the amount of energy needed to transport products and services, and using natural means for heating, cooling, and lighting needs. Businesses regularly examine their practices to see how they can cut back on energy use. These measures save significant costs and also help address the environmental problems we deal with each day.

    Renewable energy
    Renewable energy refers to energy that comes from natural resources. These resources include rain, wind, sunlight, geothermal heat, and tides, all of which are naturally replenished. By choosing renewable energy sources rather than traditional sources such as oil and wood, we can leave the earth in better shape for future generations. The rising costs of oil, coupled ...
  9. USDA Organic, All Natural, Free Range, Hormone Free, Heirloom and More... What's the

    by , 07-17-2012 at 03:33 PM
    More and more people today are looking for solutions in buying healthier food. There is a difference between USDA organic, all natural, free range, hormone free, and heirloom produce and livestock. The need to be green in the environment, in the consumption of food and in the way of living is reaching an all time high in this nation. A vast majority of the population now feels socially responsible for saving the planet.


USDA stands for the United States Department of Agriculture. This department inspects and helps control the crops and livestock that are raised and sold in the United States. They track and help control diseases and inspect food products that come into the States from other countries.


The different departments aid in the growing and raising of healthy food, assist farmers in crisis situations, help in disaster events and are socially responsible for researching good nutrition. The produce and livestock must have been grown without the help of chemical or unnatural additives and be 95% organic to pass organic regulations.

    All natural products are raised in the most natural way. This would exclude the use of chemical pest controls, soil enhancers, antibiotics, hormones or any other unnatural way of making the food or livestock produce better. Many people believe that they are being socially responsible by buying products of this nature.

    Free range usually applies mainly to livestock. This is the method of raising livestock outside of kept pens or barns. The animals roam freely in fields, fenced or unfenced and consume naturally grown plants and hay. The USDA regulations deal with poultry only and then it states that the only stipulation is that the animals are allowed to roam outside from time to time. Farmers who raise free-range livestock are doing their part to be green and raise healthier meats for the consumers.

    The USDA regulates all livestock ...

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