Ritz-Carlton Moving to “Green” Bottles

Ritz-Carlton Moving to “Green” Bottles

Ritz Carlton’s U.S. and Caribbean hotels (which account for 40 of the chain’s 73 hotels) will stop offering plastic water bottles and will switch to plant-based, biodegradable material for their hotel branded water bottles.  This move towards using an environmentally much friendlier material for water bottles is thought to be the first among hotel chains.

The new bottles are made totally from plants and being all natural can decompose in 30 days in a commercial composting facility.  Alternatively these “green” bottles can be reprocessed and 100 percent remade into new bottles.  The benefits are many including that making one new bottle uses half the fossil fuels of a traditional plastic water bottle, as well as 45 percent less energy, and generates 75 percent less greenhouse gases. The bottles hold water normally without fear they will decompose in front of you or while in the refrigerator.

Lest anyone think that this is largely an empty gesture, Ritz Carlton distributes five million 16 oz. water bottles per year, according to the Marriott owned brand. The positive environmental implications could increase dramatically if all Marriot hotels follow Ritz Carlton’s lead.

Other chains cannot dismiss switching to environmentally friendly water bottles based on cost concerns, since Marriott has announced that the new bottles will cost the same as the old water bottles. Ultimately, the cost of such bottles will likely be lowered as they become more common. As with many environmental advances, the initial cost is a reason for concern, but once they become the standard, many times the price comes down to equal or even lower than the item they replace.

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Complete Home Solar Power System – DIY Solar Power Panels

Complete Home Solar Power System – DIY Solar Power Panels

A lot of people today are saving heaps of money on their power bill by creating their own free solar power panel electricity. There are volumes of information available online to help you create your own home solar power system.

Google search for homemade wind power generator, make small solar panel or an

alternative power source that describes creating your own electricity, you will find dozens of websites that offer you a downloadable instruction package.
Make sure they offer a full 60 day money back guarantee.

Fifty dollars would be top price to get a good instruction package, with online video tutorials as well as PDF instructions.

Connecting your home solar power system to the power grid allows you to qualify for net metering in many states. Net metering measures the excess power you generate with your combination of solar power panels and homemade wind power generator and direct it back into your local power grid.

Solar Energy.  [http://www.make-a-solar-panel.com]

Solar energy is one source of free power that is renewable and accessible to all home owners. Solar power can be attainable by all home owners, even if you can’t afford to install commercial solar power panels to power your entire house, you can begin using small solar power panels and reduce your power consumption if only by the  smallest of margins. All reduced power equals reduced electricity which means you save Money.

The money saved on your power bills can be put into making additional solar power panels and further reducing the power and saving more money until you reach a stage were you are generating excess power than you use and start feeding the power back into the grid and this excess power is then credited to you and the power company starts paying you money.

Fossil fuels are not going to be able to sustain our energy consumption as the world heads into the future at the rate we are using this energy source. That alone is a good reason to build a home solar power system. Even a smallest solar power generator used to power your workshop or outside security lights is a start to saving our planet and the environment.

By generating your own solar power we are producing less toxic fumes and using fewer chemicals that are the by-products of the energy sources we use today. Solar power generators and small solar panels need very little maintenance to keep them working in peak condition for many years.

A diy solar power panels or grid inter-tied home solar power system does not have to be expensive exercise as you can start to build your home solar power system for under 0.  
Complete inter-tied home solar power system is going to cost you more and it depends on the number of solar panels you install.

With so many packages available on the Internet to find instructions on how to make a small solar power generator you can be confident of receiving the right information but you have to be very careful as to the one you choose as there is a lot of energy packages that are complete rubbish.

You do not need to be an electrician and use expensive machinery or tools to build your home solar power system, most likely the material is easily accessible from your local junk yard and hardware store.

Most packages available are easy to read, easy to follow, fully illustrated  instructions to build and install your home solar power system and most internet packages explains the secrets to finding the  inexpensive solar cells.

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Building a homemade wind power generator for home use is quickly becoming an attractive option for many environmentally conscious home owners to use as an alternative energy source helping to reduce both environmental damage and fossil fuel use.

Homemade wind power generator is becoming common place as home owners install them on large and small home solar power installation. A wind power generator converts the wind into a home electricity source. Which is free, unlimited, renewable, and naturally green!

Wind power generator works by transforming physical motion, natural wind flows to turn the blades causing rotation into electricity using strong permanent magnets. The free home electricity produced can then be wired to devices for immediate usage, stored in batteries, or wired back into the power grid.

Two things that are very important to know before you get too far into a diy homemade wind power generator system for your home are

1 You have to live in a windy area for a home wind power generator to function properly to supplement the homes energy needs. Home wind power generators needs lots of wind for it to operate correctly, otherwise you need to keep with solar energy.
2 Home wind power generator may only be an addition for the home solar power system.

You are probably trying to decide if you can learn how to build a diy wind power generator yourself – so you want to know…

# How much will a diy wind power generator cost to build?
# Can I get reliable, easy to follow wind generator plans?
# How long will it take to build a diy home made wind generator?
# Home made wind generator comparable to commercial models?
# Parts to build a homemade wind power generator easy to find?

Yes!  – You can build a diy wind power generator for under 0 in about 2 weekends by following the guides in the packages.

Renewable energy [wind power] works on the same basis as hydroelectric power, only it is wind driven not water driven.
Summary

Two relatively easy to install DIY projects to help with the energy crisis. Whether you go for the suns solar power or use wind power, you will be saving our natural resources and saving the planet and the environment.

Many illustrated guides are available online to teach you step by step how to make a small solar power panels and diy home wind power generators.

How to make a complete home solar power system with as many solar power panels as you want to install depending on your financial position to go partially or go totally off the power grid

If you’re into do it yourself, these guides will ensure the success to making your home less dependent on fossil fuels and more dependent on renewable energy while reducing your power bill.

If you assume that the average home pays over 0 per month that is a yearly cost of around 00 for your electricity.  Installing a home solar power system you start to reduce your power usage and that saves you money.

Use natural gas to heat or cook with. This could amount to several hundred dollars a year in power savings. Outside cooking is a way of life in some countries and you could adapt to the same reducing the power demand on your home solar power system. This means less solar power panels lowering the cost to make and install your solar power system.

Using a do-it-yourself approach to home solar power systems you can do your part to help the Earth’s environment and remove part of your carbon footprint.

What the home owner needs to do now is use-free clean renewable energy!”

Bret Parker comprehensive manuals and Videos on how to make a solar panel.com and home made wind power generator construction.
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Discover An Environmentally Friendly Way Of Buying A Greetings Card

Discover An Environmentally Friendly Way Of Buying A Greetings Card

It is thought that using recycled paper and card is beneficial for the environment, some greetings cards are produced using partially or all recycled materials, however, during this process many chemicals are used to bleach the card to a commercially attractive white, and also there is the journey this recycled card makes around the globe before ending up on the shelf of a high street store.

Billions of tonnes of recycled card, and finished greetings cards, are produced in Eastern countries, and is shipped in containers across the seas to the UK, belching out C02 into the atmosphere as the boats that are used burn fossil fuel. The majority of these vessels are decades old, and were not built in a time of environmental conscience, so they are not efficient and run on the planet’s dwindling fossil fuels.

The greetings cards and recycled paper pulp to make greetings cards arrive in the UK in containers and are then offloaded onto diesel lorries. The greetings cards are driven the length and the breadth of the UK to distribution depots, which unpack the containers, and reload onto vans and lorries to distribute to high street shops and supermarkets.

In the UK we send on average 55 cards per person per year. That’s a lot of cards. The most popular annual occasions being Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Fathers Day, when these dates pass, the cards are taken off the shelves. Many stores are on a sale or return agreement, so back to the East they go, packed back into containers, and returned to the recycling plant, and the cycle starts all over again.

Consider the benefits of buying FSC accredited card, from sustainable sources, where trees are planted and replaced as the felling takes place. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is founded on inclusive and shared responsibility for setting high social, environmental and economic standards for forest management. This type of card arrives in the UK in huge sheets on pallets and is stored when it arrives at a printing company. There is no need for further distribution by road and rail.

The sister company of Funky Pigeon, (Brunel), is FSC accredited; all of the paper, card and packaging that is used is sustainably sourced. The Company is the B2B side of the business, producing and printing hundreds of thousands of personalised calendars and corporate greetings cards every year for companies in the UK.

A websites and technology continually improve, many greetings card orders are taken online. Consumers take advantage of software that enables consumers to personalise a card, as opposed to a mass-produced card on a rack in a store with the same stock design. Personalisation has reached new levels, with photo upload, and image manipulation allowing any text to appear in thousands of designs on file. In this way the consumer has the freedom to create a keepsake card which is unique to them.

When the order is placed, the design is sent to the printers that print to order. Sheets are printed, cut and folded, and best of all, no waste is produced. The card is then sent direct to the recipient using the UK’s most efficient postal service, the Royal Mail.

So, the next time you are browsing a greetings card in a high street shop, take a moment to consider whether you would benefit from using an online personalised greetings card company like www.funkypigeon.com. This website has a print on demand ordering system producing personalised cards, posters and calendars which are environmentally friendly and also offer the consumer total control when designing a card online.

Nina Greaves – serial internet shopper and online addict

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How to Keep Things Out of Your Recycling Bin: Tips to Get the Most Out of Trash

How to Keep Things Out of Your Recycling Bin: Tips to Get the Most Out of Trash

EnviroCitizen.org is a big fan of recycling! It keeps a lot of waste out of landfills and helps our society to be more efficient. By definition, waste is unused refuse. The key here is “unused”. So, the question becomes: How can you use it?

Try to think of creative ways to use the items that you are planning to put in your recycling bin. Could it be used instead of recycled immediately? Again, recycling is great, but it takes energy to recycle stuff, which uses fossil fuels and emits pollution. If you can make use of your recyclables you can reduce your environmental impact, your carbon footprint and the amount of stuff that recycling plants have to process.

A few suggestions of what you can do with different recyclable goods by EnviroCitizen.org:

What could you do with the egg crate that you normally recycle? Many people reuse egg crates for planting. They make perfect single-seed planters! They can also be added to your compost pile.
What can you do with the cardboard packaging that you normally put into your recycling? You can use it to write on if you’re a list-maker, give it to your children to draw on, use it to package gifts or and you could even draw or paint on it to make a more personalized gift.
What could you do with the soda cans that you usually recycle? Soda cans can be great materials for art projects! Try making a mobile. You could cut up the cans and transform the pieces into unique shapes!

EnviroCitizen.org strongly advocates recycling, however, we also want to point out there are other alternatives to managing waste.    You can use your creativity and imagination to think of different ways to use things that you would usually recycle. You’ve probably heard the popular catchphrase, “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” By coming up with innovative ways to manage your waste, you can implement all three components You can reduce both the waste that you contribute to the landfill and the waste that you contribute to recycling plants. You can reuse the recyclables that would normally go into the recycling bin. When you can’t reuse something or when you’re done reusing the recyclable item, you can recycle it!

EnviroCitizen.org knows that it’s up to us to make smart decisions that reduce our waste, whether it’s through buying products with less packaging, buying in bulk or deciding to reuse recyclable goods. Let’s all try to reduce our environmental impact and carbon footprint through creative, eco-friendly thinking!

Envirocitizen.org is a comprehensive ecommerce website that combines robust commerce, content, and community.  We believe that we have created the most comprehensive site to date to make eco-friendly products, services, and information available to individuals who wish to live a green, more eco-friendly lifestyle.  Our site offers a very broad and diverse array of eco-friendly products as well as comprehensive, authoritative information and environmental education.  Additionally, users can enjoy the sense of community created by participating in our Forum.

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An Innovative Way To Natural Beauty

An Innovative Way To Natural Beauty

Global warming and climate change are now major concerns for humanity and our natural environment, due to ever increasing levels of atmospheric CO2 (Carbon Dioxide). Without Government regulations to enforce change industries and companies must take their own initiative to adopt more sustainable practices.

Organic Care is a hair care brand developed by Australian based Natures Organics P/L who has initiated the world’s first bio-pack in the hair care industry. Setting an industry benchmark with an innovative and environmentally responsible solution that took a shift away from crude oil based plastic bottles, into corn-based packaging. Natures Organics estimated it would prevent 300,000 kg’s of CO2 going into the atmosphere in the first year of Organic Care’s Bio-pack.

The future of Bio-Plastic will see the bottle either recycled for re-use, or being placed into green waste bins and taken to a commercial composting station. The degraded material will then be available for use in gardens and farms to grow new crops. Polylactic acid (PLA) is a technology that could replace many traditional polypropylene bottles that rely heavily on fossil fuels, which result in an estimated 3.4kg of CO2 for every kilogram of plastic. In contrast, the growth of plant material such as corn starch to sustain PLA production will generate a carbon filtration process, and support a new era in sustainable plastic production and the offset of CO2 emissions.

Organic Care demonstrates that there are alternatives available that reduce an environmental footprint, while not diminishing the quality of a product. Natures Organics is proud to be the first in the world to provide bio-packaging for hair care products with Organic Care.  At a time when consumers demand environmentally responsible products Natures Organics has responded with more sustainable packaging, a technology that deserves attention and support in today’s marketplace.

All products of Organic Care are BFAD approved and available in all Watson’s outlets – for more environmental tips and information, visit www.naturesorganics.com.

Gem T. Atienza

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Strenghten your branding through green printing Do more to reach out to constituents and less to damage the earth By: Alpa Patel

Strenghten your branding through green printing Do more to reach out to constituents and less to damage the earth By: Alpa Patel

Like most nonprofits, your organization likely produces several printed pieces a year to appeal to donors, attract new members, promote events, and report to funders. When designing this collateral, you want to create a piece that successfully represents your organization, fits within your budget, and generates positive change while advancing your cause, raising awareness, and furthering your mission.

But if your print vendor employs traditional methods to produce this — using virgin-fiber paper, petroleum-based inks, toxic solvents, and chlorine-bleached papers — your printed piece might be doing less to reach out to constituents and more to damage the environment.

Luckily, there are eco-friendly ways to make your print projects, the earth — and your organization — look good.

Damage to the Environment

It’s no secret that paper production taxes forests, water, and energy supplies. In fact, eco-advocacy group Environmental Defense  estimates that producing one ton of virgin uncoated paper — which accounts for 90 percent of the United States’ printing and writing paper — requires three tons of wood, 19,075 gallons of water, and generates 2,278 pounds of solid waste.

“The printing industry is the single largest air polluter and the third-largest consumer of fossil fuels in the world after automobiles and steel manufacturing,” said Renourish Founder and University of Illinois Design Professor Eric Benson. “On a typical day, [printers] use trillions of gallons of water that must be treated for its toxic chemical content and released back into our waterways.”

Meanwhile, adhesives, bindings, and foils used in printing and packaging can render the final product unrecyclable, virtually guaranteeing that it will end up in a landfill. There, petroleum-based inks can cause lasting damage to the environment, leaching volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — which can cause cancer and birth defects — into the ground, contaminating soil, groundwater, and, upon evaporation, the air.

The printing process itself is equally hazardous: Many of the solvents, shellacs, driers, and other solutions employed in producing film, printing plates, and cleaning the presses are toxic pollutants that can cause chronic health problems — including kidney and liver damage, and even death — among press operators, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Not exactly the message your nonprofit wants to convey.

It’s Easy Printing Green

For some nonprofits, the solution might be to eschew printing in favor of online marketing. Yet for nonprofits that rely on printed marketing campaigns for support and publicity, cutting out paper altogether might not be an option.

By printing green, you are sending a powerful reminder to your audience that you care about what’s to come. You’re also enhancing your brand image by making the statement that you care about the environment. Environmental degradation has a wide-reaching impact, from poverty and disease to war and famine. By pursuing green printing practices, you are in a sense embracing all good causes — not least of all, your own.

“Your donors, board members, and prospects will see that you care and this will resonate positively to them,” said Nilesh Patel, Owner and President of We Print, an environmentally friendly printer located in Orange, California. “Every point of contact with your constituency should reinforce the idea that you are not only saying the right things but doing the right things. Printing is a very visible part of that, particularly for a membership organization. Doing the right thing environmentally and then advertising it goes a long way [toward establishing] the integrity and sincerity of your organization. It’s a wonderful way to underscore your mission.”

Happily, eco-friendly options are on the rise — and there are many resources online that can help you locate them.

Among We Print’s recommendations:

1. Choose paper that is 100 percent post-consumer waste (PCW), processed chlorine free (PCF), uncoated, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, made by renewable energy sources like wind or solar power (Mohawk Paper is a leader in this area), or even treeless (hemp and kenaf are two options).

2. Use vegetable-based inks or soy inks instead of petroleum-based inks. These alternatives are both low in VOCs and competitively priced. When using Pantone colors — an industry standard — avoid colors (mostly metallics and warm reds) that contain barium, copper, and zinc, which can cause health problems in humans.

3. Try waterless printing, which eliminates the dampening systems used in conventional printing. Digital printing, which avoids the film and chemicals in traditional printing processes, is another good alternative.

4. Avoid using bindings, adhesives, or foil stamps in packaging.

5. Reduce the amount of inks you use by going with one- or two-color designs; you can also save paper by asking your designer to use standard press sheet sizes.

6. Familiarize yourself with industry standards. The Environmental Protection Agency mandates that federal agencies must use uncoated printing and writing papers containing at least 30 percent PCW content; coated papers must contain 10 percent, notes We Print.

Other Printing Considerations

Those nonprofits that print a lot of exhibit or signage materials should opt for a printing process called dye sublimation — rather than solvent-based inks, which use petroleum and other VOCs, according to a September 2005 article in Print magazine. Digital printing and appliqué (which works particularly well with banners) are also cleaner, more sustainable options; look for fabrics like Ecospun, which are made out of recycled materials.

Good Design Is Up to You

“Shouldn’t this be the designer’s responsibility?” you might ask. Fortunately for you — and the environment — the answer is no. Ultimately, as the client, the burden falls on you to make sure your project is as green as possible. And with the growing number of options out there, it isn’t difficult to locate eco-friendly paper vendors, designers, and printers that can help you do just that.

If you can’t locate a green design firm or printer in your area, don’t worry — easy-to-use technologies like PDF readers and compression utilities (see TechSoup’s Free Downloads section for good options) make file transmission quick (and often free) via email and FTP, allowing you to work with the vendor of your choice regardless of your location. Many print vendors will allow you or your designer to upload files directly to their sites and will then ship the printed materials to you.

Even if a design firm doesn’t promote itself as “green,” it may be willing to accommodate your request. If you have a long-standing relationship with a designer, discuss ways you can make your project as eco-friendly as possible.

A good designer should be able to meet your needs by locating the proper vendors and working within the requested perimeters. If a designer tries to talk you out of using a two-color design or dissuade you from choosing an alternative printing technique, get a second opinion.

Often, designers mark up paper and printing by as much as 30 percent, so be wary of those that insist you use expensive paper, printing, binding, coating, or foiling to make your piece look good — they may just be trying to increase their own profits and reduce the time and overhead involved in researching alternatives. A truly competent design firm can make your project beautiful regardless of the specifications.

Dispelling Green Myths

Green (Paper) Is Beautiful

One common misperception among nonprofit and for-profit organizations alike is that eco-friendly means lower quality.

We suggests that nonprofits talk to an eco-friendly printer to better understand their options. “The biggest deterrent to [printing green] is lack of information,” he said, noting that a printer can help you determine what types of papers, inks, and coatings can give you the quality you want and stay within your budget.

Offsetting Costs

Another common deterrent is the misconception that printing green is always more expensive than using traditional printing methods. However, this isn’t always the case. Vegetable-based inks are often competitively priced with petroleum-based; carbon-neutral printing is no more expensive than traditional methods; and many recycled, TCF, and ECF papers are in fact less expensive than virgin.

We would also notes that because there are many factors that contribute to a printed piece’s price — including the size of the project, the press you use, and even the time of year — it’s important to work with a printer that can find the best solution for your organization’s budget.

Keep in mind, too, that as more organizations like yours invest in eco-friendly options, the price will eventually decrease. “It is cost-efficient to make recycled paper as it requires less energy [than virgin],” said Benson. Yet, “there is often a slightly higher premium for recycled paper. That is largely based on supply and demand issues. The more we request recycled, PCW [paper], the more the paper industry will supply, and costs will even out. Printers pollute and pollute badly. Why should this be OK? Choosing to not support those practices is to vote with your dollar.”

Even if you discover that going green means paying more, there are still many ways you can offset the costs:

1.Consolidate

Instead of holding four mail campaigns a year, try sending out three eco-friendly ones. The positive publicity generated by going green may in fact improve response rates, and you’ll be more likely to make the most of what you do send out. Or, offset costs with creativity: “Design multifunctional projects — for example, self-mailer/program combos — to economize when using more expensive paper,” suggests Dynamic Graphics’ in its Printing Green article. “Also, combining projects whenever possible is wise; one idea is to print business cards and postcards from the same recycled paper.”

2.Bypass the Middle Man

Sourcing and managing a print project is not as complicated as it might sound, and will help you avoid high markups from graphic designers. Ask your designer to send you print-ready files, and then work with the printer on delivering and proofing them. Explain that you are a nonprofit and are trying to save money: many printers will be happy to help you through the process. Alternatively, some designers may even be willing to forego the markup when they know they’re supporting a good cause.

3.Share the Glory

Another way to offset costs is to ask a vendor to chip in. Some printers will reduce their price if they can put their logo on the piece, and many will do so unobtrusively. Likewise, you could ask one of your funders to help cover the costs in exchange for a small promotion on the piece.

4.Keep It Exclusive

Some printers will offer discounts if you bring all (or most) of your business to them. “Choosing a printer to print your literature exclusively can result in a contract that can reduce costs the more work you send them,” he said.

If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It

If you print your project on recycled paper using soy-based inks or wind-powered presses, by all means, let your constituents know about it. Add a simple line of text explaining how the piece was printed on the bottom of the postcard, or include a discreet Forest Stewardship Council, Soy Seal, or Processed Chlorine Free symbol if it applies.

Alternatively, you can tally up the piece’s impact for your readers: Neenah Paper’s eye-opening Environmental Savings Calculator can help you calculate the environmental savings — in trees, water, energy, solid waste, water-borne wastes, and atmospheric emissions — in selecting papers with higher levels of post-consumer fiber content.

Promoting green practices not only makes your nonprofit look good — it can motivate others to do the same. For when other organizations see how good your piece looks, they might be inspired to go green.

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    What is Green Living All About?

    What is Green Living All About?

    Green living is a lifestyle that is adapted by those who want to save the Earth’s natural resources and its environment. This type of living enables you to live your life in an eco-friendly and responsible manner. When you decide to carry out this lifestyle then you have to minimize the size of your ecological footprint. This lifestyle teaches you how to conserve organic food choices, alternative energy, green construction, sustainability, recycling, resources and other environmental topics.

    Green Lifestyle – It is true that your decision of accepting the green lifestyle will definitely affect the environment in a positive way. Your ecological consciousness and care for the earth really benefits the whole environment and all the human beings. Green living contains proponents that play a very important role in preserving the earth for future generations of human beings and other life.

    Green Technology –The importance of this technology is evident from the fact that it works wonders when it comes to conserving the energy, green nanotechnology, green chemistry, environmentally preferred purchasing, green building and soil health. You can easily develop green technology through smart electricity grids, toxic-waste-eating tress and floating environmental sensors.

    Green Building –This is known as the practice of applying eco-friendly building materials. In doing so, most residential and commercial projects are designed in order to be more energy efficient.

    Green Energy – According to green technologists, the production of energy should take place with the help of world’s fossil fuels and natural resources instead of using the entire world’s coal.

    Organic Food – The food items come under the category of organic food that are processed, produced and packaged without taking the help of chemicals. In the present scenario, most people are using this food as this alternative provides more health benefits as compared to conventional food.

    Renewable Energy – This energy is considered as the center of green living and encourages the one to use the wind, solar and other alternative forms of energy.

    David Drennan is a famous writer who comprises several dedicated years of experience on providing the content on various ultimate and advanced traditions for living well. He also covers topics ranging from natural living, natural remedies, quick healthy meals, health and wellness, inspirational stories, spirituality to work and family.For more information visit Green living.

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    Sustainable Products Protect The Environment

    Sustainable Products Protect The Environment

    Environmental damage is becoming more and more of a concern with each passing year. For centuries we have been doing great damage to the environment through the way we produce products and through the products that we use. Now everyone is starting to see that the damage done is serious and we must begin to change our ways.

    Sustainable products are one way to help minimize the damage to the environment. Sustainable products are products that do not do damage to the environment at all. In many cases, sustainable products are actually beneficial to the environment.

    Building Better

    One of the easiest to use sustainable products is wood. Wood is produced naturally, it comes from trees that are good for the environment and it is used in construction, which is one industry which has done major environmental damage.

    Another sustainable product that can be used is clay. Clay has a lot of uses. It can be used in construction as well. It is a great building product because it is easy to use and it provides long lasting benefits to the consumer. A home, for example, that is built using clay will have natural insulation from the properties of the clay. This helps keep the home warm in the cold and cool in the heat.

    What’s For Dinner?

    Another area where a lot of environmental damage is done is related to food. The containers used that are made of plastic are very harmful to the environment. Better options are paper packaging. Additionally, pesticides used on vegetables and other crops can be very damaging to the environment. Organic foods are much healthier for you and the environment. They are also readily available at supermarkets all over the place.

    Energy

    Perhaps, the largest cause of environmental damage is energy. Energy has long been derived from fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are not renewable. They are often difficult to get and harvesting these fossil fuels causes great environmental damage. Burning fossil fuels produces a great amount of pollution, as well.

    Natural energy options are much better. These sustainable products are clean to use and they are a source of energy that will never be depleted. Renewable products include solar energy, wind energy and thermal energy. There are vehicles on the market that use electricity to operate instead of gasoline. There are energy companies that are using natural energy sources rather than using fossil fuels. There are many changes being made on the front of energy that are moving us towards using more sustainable products.

    Using sustainable products is one of the top things that we can do to help save the environment, reduce damage and prevent future damage. In many cases using sustainable products is simple. You simply need to make the choice of a sustainable product over one that is not. In other cases, it can take a major change to switch to sustainable products, but when you consider the benefits then you know that it is well worth your time to make the change.

    Rod from Sustainable Products Site provides help and guidance for your Sustainable Living

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    Sustainable green floating houses covered with flowers and plants made of recycled polystyrene, GreenRexwall; the sustainable solution to packaging pollution. A Michel Kreuger, Anne Holtrop and Patrick Blanc production on exhibition at National Architecture Institute Holland
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    Global Warming: 4 Tips To Help Slow it Down

    Global Warming: 4 Tips To Help Slow it Down

    Global Warming is happening, and it’s up to us to stop it. Every time we step into our car to run an errand, or buy take out for supper, we are adding to the affects our world’s over consumption of fossil fuels is having on the environment.


    Global Warming isn’t just about adding a few degrees to the world’s overall temperature. It’s about melting ice caps that will slowly erode some of the world’s most fertile farmlands, making growing the food the world consumes harder and harder. It’s about people displaced in places like London, New York and Bangkok, because of rising ocean waters that will flood most low-lying homelands across the globe. And it’s about the spread of what were once inoculate diseases to the western world, like malaria and TB, as insects which thrive on higher temperatures continue to breed and spread diseases at a faster rate.


    Global warming affects everyone. And it’ll take a little work from everyone across the globe to get it under control. It’s no longer “their” problem. It’s ours. Here are 4 things we can all do help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide being released (and trapped), into our atmosphere every minute of every day:


    Conserve Electricity. There are dozens of ways every person on earth can conserve electricity every day – without interfering with the way we live our lives:


    -Turn off lights, appliances, TV’s and computers when not in use. One computer monitor left on overnight uses enough energy to print more than 5,000 copies.


    -Buy only energy efficient appliances.


    -Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible.


    -Wrap your water heater and keep the temperature at 130 degrees or lower.


    -Install a programmable thermostat.


    -Turn off the AC and open the doors and windows.


    -Replace traditional light bulbs with newer, long lasting and energy efficient varieties.


    Save Water. Everyday precious fresh water resources are lost to laziness and neglect. Help save the world’s water supplies by:


    -Put a plastic bottle full of water inside your toilet tank. Toilets use between 3-5 gallons of water with every flush. By eliminating some room in the tank with the bottle, you’ll save up to 1 gallon of water every time it’s flushed.


    -Fix leaky pipes and drippy faucets right away.


    -Wash only full loads of laundry.


    -Collect and use rain water to water plants, feed animals and wash outdoor furniture and cars.


    Recycle and Reuse. It can take 5 years for a cardboard milk container to biodegrade in a landfill. Try these recycling tips to help save the earth:


    -Fill those community-recycling buckets. Check with your municipality to see what types of items they offer recycling pickup for, and then kick all of your newspaper, magazines, junk mail and assorted paper products out to the curb. Don’t forget about your household plastics, aluminum and cardboard.


    -Stop buying disposal utensils, plates, napkins and cups. Use washable items and save a ton of landfill space, as well as money.


    -Reuse food containers such as mayonnaise jars, coffee cans, even those cute little plastic baby food containers. They’re great for storing leftovers and other small items.


    Go Green. Get back into nature by:


    -Plant a backyard garden or a few trees at the neighborhood park.


    -Switch to all-natural cleaning supplies.


    -Start a compost pile in your backyard or with a group of neighbors.

    Buy organic.


    -Eat only fresh fruits and vegetables. It’ll save on packaging waste.

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    Over 400 people stopped by Madison Square Park in NYC on Saturday, September 19th to kick off Recycle Glass Week and recycle their empty glass containers, cans, and plastic bottles. On Sunday, September 20th Little Bottle met up with glass recyclers in NYC, stopping at celebrated landmarks. On Monday, September 21st, ‘friends of glass’ held up Little Bottle’s posters in the outdoor broadcast area of Rockefeller Center at the Today Show to spread the word about the benefits of glass container recycling. They even got to meet Matt, Meredith, and Al, who as expected, are ‘friends of glass’! Find out more at www.gpi.org!
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    The Bottled Water Myth

    The Bottled Water Myth

    The average American uses 170 plastic water bottles in one year totaling 50 billion plastic bottles a year. In fact, Americans spend more than billion on bottles water every year and most of these bottles never get recycled. Our responsibility to make a positive difference in our environment is evident as our population and demand on natural resources grow.

    Waste management has become a large problem in the world with landfills growing to immense sizes while recycling rates remain low. Add to that the energy that is required to manufacture and transport the sheer number of plastic bottles produced each year to market severely drains limited fossil fuels and presents a significant strain on the environment. The production of plastic bottles produces many byproducts that are extremely harmful to the environment. The most common plastic used in water bottle manufacturing is PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a substance that is environmentally unfriendly. Producing bottled water also requires 17.5 kilograms of water to produce only 1 kilogram of PET thus more water is used making a PET bottle than is actually put into it. The bottled water trade group reported that 11.7 billion water bottles were sold in the U.S. in 2007 and only 10 percent were recycled making 90 percent of bottles ending up in the trash. That is an extra 12.6 billion plastic bottles ending up in the landfills with water that is not healthier than the average tap water.

    Bottled water is much less regulated than tapped water. In fact, bottled water companies, because they are not under the same accountability standards as municipal water systems, may provide a significantly lower quality of water than the water from a tap. Bottled water is one of the least regulated industries and is usually held to less-stringent standards than ordinary tap water. Since tap water is a public resource the quality and content must be made public to the consumer. Bottled water has no such regulations and is regulated more like a soft drink than a public resource. The truth is that often bottled water is little more than tap water in a bottle. The Federal regulations that govern the quality of bottled water only apply if it is transported across state lines, and then they only require it to be as good as tap water. Most bottled water is bottled and sold within the same state to avoid Federal purity standards therefore there are no assurances or requirements that bottled water is any safer or better than tap water.

    Not only is there a high price to pay on the environment those cost impact the public as well. In the year 2007, Americans alone spent more than billion on bottled water at an average cost of more than a bottle-representing billion in sales. For some people who do not like the taste of tap water the most recent and innovative solution to the problem of bottled water is the purchase of water filters. Water filters currently provide the best and healthiest solution to the problems of both bottles water and tap water. Water filters remove chlorine and bacterial contaminants providing better tasting and smelling drinking water. Purchasing a counter top filter results is a resource of clean, healthy drinking water that costs less than bottled water, protects the body from disease and is good for both the consumer and the environment.

    Rebecca Dorville http://www.aspenwaterfilters.com

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