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What if your tap water isn't safe?

is your tap water safe?We all know about the environmental impact of bottled water.  Most people know about how tap water is less regulated than bottled water.   But what happens if your tap water isn't safe?

In the U.S., 89.3% of tap water was considered safe in 2007, which actually went down from 92% in 2006.  Those still seem like pretty good numbers, but that still leaves 29 million people who don't have safe tap water to drink.... read more

Telecommuting to go Green

Telecommuting seems like a pretty sweet deal.  Working on your laptop on the couch in sweatpants with your cat keeping you company?  Not bad! The perks of telecommuting go beyond the relaxed environment and not having to brush your hair.  It can also really help the environment.

The average American spends 49 minutes a day commuting.  Unless this commuting time is spent on bike, foot, or public transportation, it can really take a toll on the environment.  (And your health!  A study in Los Angeles showed that 33% to 45% of all the pollution that commuters were exposed to in a day came from their commute.)

Not all jobs are conducive to telecommuting, but many are, and your boss might be more receptive than you think.  PlanetGreen even has tips on how to approach the subject with your boss.

To make an impact, you don't even need to work from home full-time.  ... read more

A Green Glossary

There are a lot of buzzwords when it comes to the environment these days.  For some of the stuff, it's hard to figure out what it all means.  What is carbon offsetting really?  What are photovoltaic panels?  Why am I seeing products boasting that they're BPA-free and PVC-free?

Here's a list of some of the green terms you might be hearing these days, from A to Z.  Well, actually, it's from A to X, because I couldn't think of anything for Y and Z!... read more

Particle Board & the Environment

These days, most affordable furniture is made out of particle board.  One thing that's good about particle board furniture from an environmental standpoint is that it is often made from leftover sawdust and lumber scraps, which means that less trees will need to be cut down.  This isn't always true, however, so if buying particle board furniture try to find out the origins of the wood.  

Other than that, particle board can be very bad for the environment.... read more




Clothes Shopping the GREEN Way!

When it's time to update the ol' wardrobe, there are a lot of things you can do to keep "green" in mind. 

Look for:

Organic cotton.  Plain old cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops on the whole planet and over 10% of all pesticides sold go to the cotton farming industry.  Switch to organic cotton when you can!

Hemp.  Sustainable and durable, and contrary to what some believe, it is not smokable!  It can also be grown without pesticides.  Unfortunately, it can't be grown in the US, but you can get it from regions such as China, Eastern Europe, and Canada.... read more

Cloth diapers, disposable diapers, chlorine-free diapers, biodegradable diapers: What's Best?

There's no doubt that disposable diapers are the most convenient.  As for cloth diapers, in recent years I've heard the argument that cloth diapers use up so much water to wash them that they are just as bad for the environment as typical disposables.  I don't buy that.  When you take into account the fact that regular diapers cannot decompose, it seems like cloth is the clear choice in terms of eco-friendliness.  It's pretty horrifying to think that dirty diapers I wore have been sitting in a landfill somewhere for over 25 years.  Disgusting!... read more

According to JilliansDrawers.com, and The Natural Baby, the studies that claim that cloth diapers are just as bad for the environment were actually funded by disposable diaper companies and that recent independent studies have proven that cloth diapers are better for the environment.


Is McDonald's Going Green?

Many of you probably read Newsweek's story about the greenest big companies in America.   Some of the listings on there really surprised me.  The biggest one that surprised me was McDonald's and its ranking of #22.  In the magazine's green rankings, they don't go into great detail about what the companies are doing to go green, but I was in such shock to see McDonald's have such a high ranking that I had to look into this for myself.

As it turns out, McDonald's is making some solid efforts to go green. ... read more

Help Undo Bush-Era Environmental Policies

Funny picture of BushIt's going to take a lot to undo all of the bad environmental policies that came about during Bush's 8 loooong years in office. 

Here's one of the many disturbing things Dubya did: 

The Bush administration illegally changed the rules and allowed dirty water transfers to happen throughout the country  without a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit. The CWA was established to eliminate release of high amounts of toxic substances into water and it requires permits in order to help reduce pollution. The Bush administration also created loopholes in the CWA by claiming that 60% percent of the headwaters of America's rivers were not "waters of the United States."  Huh?

Today, Change.org created a petition to go to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.  Please visit and sign

Obama is working to undo a lot of the environmental policies that came about during the Bush era.  Let's hope they happen, because we really need the help! 

 

Stop Junk Mail!

It's time to put an end to junk mail.  Some not-so-fun facts about junk mail:

- It destroys about 100 million trees
- It uses more energy than 3 million cars from the production and disposal
- It largely goes unopened.  Studies have shown that 44% of bulk mail remains unopened
- According to a 2002 survey, only 1.9% of junk mail recipients “really appreciate” them
- Less than 36% of junk mail gets recycled

Now that I've disgusted you with all of those facts about junk mail, what can you do to stop receiving them?... read more

Ten Things that are NOT Typically Recyclable

Ten Things that are NOT Typically RecyclableThere are a lot of things out there that you might think of as being something that you can recycle at home, but they actually are not.  By putting things in the recycle bin that are generally not recyclable, you are doing more harm than good.

One thing to keep in mind is that this can vary from city to city.  Some cities might take some of these things, but many may not, so check with your local municipality's DPW.   Earth911 has a search feature so you can find out where you can recycle some of these items if your city doesn't take them.   

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