Friday, July 22, 2011

Every Day Is Earth Day: Week 10

“So many people spend their health gaining wealth,
and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.”
-A. J. Reb Materi

Avoid Bisphenol A (BPA), a nasty hormone disruptor that leaches from plastic.
Do not microwave or heat plastic cling wraps.
Do not plastics in the dishwasher.
Do not put warm or hot liquids in plastic.
Avoid canned foods with plastic linigs.
Look for a "BPA-free" guarantee.

Five products you should always buy green.
Paint  (Look for no or low-VOC)
Paper  (Look for products with high post-consumer waste content)
Light Bulbs  (CFLs and LED)
Appliances  (Look for Energy Star
Fruits and Vegetables  (Look for Organic, in season, and local)

How healthy is your tap water?
Check the tap water database at to see what you're drinking.

Save energy ironing.
If you have to break out the iron, save energy by doing a large load at once.
Don't overheat the iron.
Iron lightweight fabrics first on lower heat settings, then work your way up.
Dry ironing tends to use less energy than steam.
Iron at night, when electricity is cheaper and loads are lower.

Repair and mend rather than replace.
Reuse. Reuse. Reuse.

Use water and vinegar to wash produce.
According to, a diluted vinegar rinse gets rid of 98% of bacteria on produce.
No store-bought washes necessary.
Mix three parts water to one part distilled white vinegar.
Rinse with water after spraying.

*~ Have a Beautiful Day! ~*

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