Monday, July 4, 2011

Every Day Is Earth Day: Week 8

"The planet is fine.
The PEOPLE are f*cked."
-George Carlin

Filter your water.
In 2009, the public water supplies in 19 of America's largest cities contained contaminant levels exceeding EPA limits.
These days, if your water comes from a municipal system, it's a good idea to install an activated carbon filter on the kitchen tap.
Be doubly safe: Install a whole house reverse osmosis system, too.

Green means:
Reducing your negative impact on the planet, living with nature instead of trying to subdue it, and choosing products for positive impact on home, health, and environment.

Don't allow your toddler to mouth your cell phone or remote.
These and other electronics contain toxic fire retardants that can harm your child's development.
Always wash their hands prior to eating.

FACT:  Every year since 1986, the U.S. EPA has warned that indoor air pollution is a major health threat.
The pollution is caused not by where houses are located, but by the products we bring into them- a direct result of the proliferation of industrial chemicals since World War II.

Reuse paper bags.
Few paper bags are made of recycled fibers, meaning trees are cut down to make them.
True, many communities recycle paper bags, however paper fibers can only be recycled a few times before they start to break down.
So, before recycling them, reuse them as wrapping paper, shopping bags, liners for trash cans or animal cages, covers for books.  Get creative.

Be wary of dry cleaners:
Hand wash delicates and take them to the cleaner for pressing only.
When you do enlist the services of a dry cleaner, make sure it doesn't use perc or other petroleum-based solvent, which can be hard on fabric, hard on the environment, and unhealthy for those who use it.
The best green methods appear to be wet cleaning and liquid carbon dioxide.

*~ Have a Beautiful Day! ~*

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