Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Every Day Is Earth Day: Week 7

"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man
if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature
and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority"
-E.B. White

Green your chocolate choice.
Much of the cocoa produced around the world is grown using unsustainable farming practices.
That sweet little treat could be contributing to deforestation, toxic pollution, and expolitive labor practices.
Look for organic, fair trade-certified chocolate.

The surest way to kill phantom load (aka standby or low power mode) is simply to pull the plug.
When you're done with your coffee pot, cell phone charger, toaster, microwave, hair dryer, and other devices, disconnect them totally from their power source.

Use cold water, not hot.
For most laundry loads, cold water works just as well as hot.
Cold is just as effective when it comes to washing hands, too.
Friction and soap are what really gets hands clean.

Don't microwave in plastic, even if the container says "microwave safe".
Ceramic and glass are better options, and go from fridge to microwave and back again without breaking or leaching toxins.

Stop getting phone books.
Up to 5 million trees are cut down each year to create the white pages of phone books.
Taxpayers spend $17 million each year to have these books recycled.
In this electronic era, you can use free online directories and mobile applications to find the contact information you need.
Sign a petition to opt-out of receiving phone books at

Avoid anti-bacterial products.
Experts fear that overuse of antibacterial agents will render them useless and lead to germs developing resistance faster than new alternative controls can be discovered, tested, and brought to the market.
It is best to avoid anti-bacterial products and save antibiotics for the times when you really need them.

*~ Have a Beautiful Day! ~*

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