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The Hidden Dangers of Asbestos

asbestosAsbestos was widely used as an additive to quite a number of products in the past for its heat resistant and insulating properties, as well as its ability to strengthen the products that it was added to.... read more

Reuse Old Socks

One of the most important ways of maintaining a green lifestyle is to reuse items and get as much use out of them as possible.  For instance, what do you do when your socks get holes in them?  Or when the washing machine seems to make just one sock magically disappear?  Don't throw out those old, holey, or mismatched socks yet!   There might be a little more life in them.  There are many ways to reuse an old sock and get the most out of it.... read more

Green Ways for Businesses to Prosper During the Winter

green ice meltWinter months can be quite costly on any aspect of life including business. Dropping temperatures cause you to invest more money into maintaining heat while ice-covered walkways could prove hazardous to your customers. Instead of putting money into methods that are not conducive of a green way of life, even when everything around you is white, there are alternatives to promote sustainability in the workplace during the harshness of winter.

Organic Ice Melt - Instead of using rock salt, there are organic methods you can use that provide a more sustainable future for the ground water table and surrounding plant life. Many of these products can be bought at a dollar per pound or less. The organic and natural deicer compounds are friendly to the environment as well as animals that may frequent your business. While you may not have pets on site, why not provide a safe pathway on the sidewalk for pets of your potential customers? It could even be used as a great method for marketing your business as environment and pet friendly.

Sugar Beet Juice - A growing trend for many is the use of sugar beet juice on roadways to prevent ice from forming. This non-corrosive, biodegradable and non-staining substance has been used in various cities as a way to promote a less-costly way to keep citizens safe. Not only does this require less material in order to provide expected results, but it is much safer for the environment than other chemical alternatives and requires no cleanup in the spring.... read more

Airtight Shelter: Save Money on Your Energy Bill

Opening up a costly energy bill is one of the worst possible results from a trip the mailbox. No one wants a high bill - but families don't always put forth the effort to make sure the bill remains on the modest side. There are plenty of ways -- in the cooler months as well as in the warmer months -- to make sure your electric or gas bill does not reach astronomical heights. Most of them are easy and can be accomplished even in older homes. In fact, not one of these measures requires the skill of an engineer.

The first thing to do is to let your family know that you'd like to take control of the energy bill. Have a meeting with your spouse and kids and share information with them about the ways to cut energy costs. Wondering whether the kids will care about this issue? Explain that the money saved on the energy bill could be used for more fun family activities, such as vacations and outings.... read more

Greening Skiing

A Skier at Stowe Mountain ResortA Skier at Stowe Mountain ResortWith the ski/snowboarding season in full swing and a fresh load of snow recently dumped on the northeast, many skiers and riders are already making the most of the great conditions. Unfortunately, however healthy the sport is for its enthusiasts, it creates an substantial environmental footprint.... read more

A Guide to Beautifying Your Garden Before Spring

Spring gardeningSpring is on its way, finally! We’re all looking forward to longer, sunnier days and time spent out in the garden. The great outdoors is stunning in Spring, with all the plants and flowers coming out of their Winter hiding. However, the colder months can damage your garden and make it look rather uninviting. If that’s the case, we’ve got a whole guide here on making your garden beautiful before Spring gets here.

Start with the basics

It is always best to work from the ground up, when it comes to your garden, so that is exactly where we are going to start. Wind, rain and snow can do some dreadful things to a garden, especially to the soil. If you once had a beautifully green garden and now see nothing but mud, it may be time to lay some turf. You can use a company such as Turf Express to have whole rolls of turf delivered to your door. If you’re not keen on a green garden, then perhaps laying down concrete, paving stones or decking would be best for you. Just remember to leave some space for the greenery.... read more

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Green Tips for Cleaning Upholstery

cleaning upholsteryNo matter how clean you keep your home, sofas and leather chairs eventually get dirty. Whether your upholstery needs cleaning because of a spill, stain or dirt, using the right cleaning method is important. 

Many of today’s commercial products are loaded with harsh chemicals and can be very expensive. So instead of buying these agents from the grocery, it’s better to create your own.... read more

10 Ways to Green your Super Bowl Experience

Each year the National Football League (NFL) spends time and energy on Green-oriented projects throughout the city where the Super Bowl is taking place. ... read more


Although most of us won’t be going to the actual game a good segment of the population will watch it from the comfort of their own homes and likely in the company of groups of others.

These gatherings, sometimes large, can be a lot of fun as Super Bowl Sunday takes on a life of its own in many communities. Nevertheless, the event has the potential to produce large amounts of waste and wasted resources across the country.

Composting in the Winter

If you live in a climate with cold winters, do you compost year-round?  Should you compost year-round?  The answer is, YES!  You can compost throughout the winter.  We usually do, though I've been known to take a break when it's really snowy making it difficult to access our compost bin.  Feel free to keep composting.  

Your compost will stop breaking down during the colder temperatures, but once spring arrives, it will continue.  The University of Illinois Extension explains:  "Low winter temperatures will slow or temporarily stop the composting process. As air temperatures warm up in the spring, microbial activity will resume.”

However, when the temperature drops, microbes that cause your compost to breakdown can sometimes remain active in the compost pile.  The middle of your compost pile can still be warm and actively breaking down because of heat generated by bacteria.  ... read more

Solar Energy in Cold Weather

Sunlight Solar, a solar installation company, dispels many misconceptions about solar energy in their blog.  One of the most common myths about solar energy is that it doesn't work in cold weather, such as a New England winter. With much of the country bracing themselves for yet another big snowstorm, I thought I'd discuss the reality of solar energy in cold weather.

As it turns out, solar panels can be very effective in a cooler climate. In fact, solar panels can be more efficient in a cold climate than in hotter places with stronger sun, such as Arizona or California. "Solar panels actually work more efficiently in a cooler climate because heat degrades electricity," the Sunlight Solar blog says.... read more

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