Thursday, March 24, 2011

Every Day Is Earth Day: Week 2

"What's the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"
-Henry David Thoreau

Buy local food:
Keep your food dollars in the local economy.
Ask where your food comes from.
Buy at farmers' markets.

Get crocked:
Winter is the best time to bring out the crockpot and get dinnr going in the morning before heading off to work.
That way your dinner will be ready when you get home, saving a considerable amount of electricity while providing high nutritional content and a tasty meal.

Avoid PBDE and DECA:
They are harmful fire retardants found in carpets, sleepwear, and foam products from pillos to mattresses.
Scientists have found that exposure to minute doses, at critical points in development, can damage reproductive systems and cause deficits in motor skills, learning, and more.
Opt for less flammable fabrics and materials like leather, wool, and cotton.

Nix the garbage disposal:
If your disposal breaks, remove it and do without.
Garbage disposals bring unnecessary energy and water consumption to the waste process.
Composting, and even regular trash disposal, are better options.

Turn off your dishwasher's Dry Cycle:
This easy adjustment can reduce your home's energy use by 15-50% and could save $26 a year in electricity bills, according to
If there's no off switch for the drying cycle, open the door when the cycle starts and let the dishes air dry.

Lower the heat:
We've gotten too used to the luxury of constant temperature.
In reality, an indoor climate that fluctuates six to eight degrees is healthier for the human body and keeps the mind alert.

*~ Have a Beautiful Day! ~*

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