Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Every Day Is Earth Day: Week 13

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself"
-Andy Warhol

Iron less, stay wrinkle free.
Typical irons draw as much power as 10 to 18 100-watt incandescent light bulbs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
To prevent wrinkles from forming, remove clothes from the dryer and hang them up or neatly fold them while they're still warm.
Hang creased clothes in the bathroom while you shower and the steam will straighten them out.

If you must use disposable paper products, choose those with the highest post-consumer waste content.
And make sure they are free of chlorine bleach.
Seek out brands that tout 100% recycled content with more than 40% post-consumer waste.

Ten fair trade products to look for:
coffee, tea, sugar, apparel, chocolates, bananas, olive oil, vanilla, rice, wine.

The FCC's standards for cell phone radiation were set 17 years ago, when cell phones and usage patterns were much different.
The standards are based on the effects of radiation on a "200-pound man with an 11-pound head" who talks for just six minutes a day, according to The Daily Green.

Dry laundry on an outdoor clothesline.
Sunshine is free and a natural disinfectant.
Drying laundry outside cuts your carbon load by a whopping 4.4 pounds, and can save $100 a year, according to The Daily Green.

Choose reusables over disposables, always.
Next time you're faced with using a disposable item, think twice.
Can you replace it with something you can reuse again and again?
With the exception of toilet paper, reusables are always the better choice.

*~ Have a Beautiful Day! ~*

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