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The Greener Way to Keep your Home Mold-Free

Molds are nature’s little helpers, and are considered part of the natural environment. However, you wouldn’t really want to share your home with them, as they tend to not only break down the things on which surfaces they grow on, they can also cause health problems. Most people employ harsh methods of removing mold and spores from inside their houses, but rather than using bleach or borax which could affect pets or the environment, there are other natural and eco-friendly ways to kill mold at home. 

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Swap it for Silicone — New Ways to Live Green

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So many everyday products increase our exposure to harmful chemicals, but the increased use of silicone is creating new ways for us to avoid these products. At the same time, silicone provides another way for us to reduce our waste and reuse products.

Since you're already in the early phase of spring cleaning, it's time to open up your supply cabinets and start swapping metal and plastic products for silicone.

What's the Big Deal?

Silicone is being used across the board in everything from medical devices to toys. Liquid silicone rubbers have a high level of purity and are even hypoallergenic. They can even withstand extreme levels of heat without a risk of releasing hazardous chemicals. Why? Because there aren't any.... read more

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

Reusing Used Coffee Grounds

Reuse coffee groundsI don't drink coffee, but my husband does and he is always making a mess with those coffee grinds.  They ultimately end up in the compost bin, but not before they leave a trail all over the kitchen counters and sink.  But, after doing a little reading, I've learned that there are other things you can do with used coffee grounds.  Now I'm trying to respect those usually annoying coffee grounds, because they can be quite useful!

For instance...

You can fertilize plants with them!  Mix your seeds with used coffee grounds.  Apparently this will also help keep pests out of it.  Works best with carrots and radishes.  I'll have to try this next spring!

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5 Ways to Save Green by Going Green

Non-renewable energy comes at a price. The more of it you use, the more you’re going to pay. In the same way, our consumption of these energy resources comes at a price to our local, regional and global ecosystem – and its cost might be higher than we were ever willing to pay.

Unfortunately, there seems to be a commonly held misconception that it’s infeasible to offset our individual costs and those on the environment. Well, I’m here to tell you that this it’s totally feasible, and anybody can save green by going green.

You just have to do a little bit of homework before you get started.

Research, Research and More Research

What you’re trying to accomplish is a systemic switch in which type of energy you use, and how much you’ll be consuming. This is going to be a great deal more extensive than just changing out lightbulbs, so it’s going to require a good bit of research on your part.

Here are just a few questions you’ll want to ask yourself to give you a starting point:

  • Where do you live? You need to determine your region’s climate and how your energy is commonly supplied in your local area.
  • What is your living situation like? Do you rent or own? What are you currently using for energy utilities?
  • What is your current budget for the project? Think of this switch as more of an investment than an overhead cost.
  • What can you do (rather what do you want to do)? Some changes might not be possible, given your living situation, due to space or legal issues.

 

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Why is Hemp So Great?

hemp is awesomeFirst of all, hemp is awesome.  There are so many uses for hemp from food to fuel to home insulation.

One thing is that hemp is extremely versatile.  You can use either the seeds or the fiber.  From hemp seeds, you can make milk, oil, or other foodstuffs.  It’s a source of omega-3s, protein, and calcium.   The fiber is used for paper, clothing, jewelry, and lots more

Hemp has been used as a material throughout time.  The Western Han Dynasty in China used hemp paper as far back as 200 BC and historically hemp ropes have been used by sailors.  In recent years, hemp has been making a comeback in terms of popularity because it’s touted as an eco-friendly alternative to a variety of common materials.... read more

Using Hemp as an Alternative Fuel

Although the majority of eco-friendly car headlines relate to the advances in hybrid and electric battery technology, there are many other alternatives to petrol out there. Alternative biofuels can be created out of cooking oil, algae, and liquefied petroleum to reduce carbon emissions and improve efficiency. Another type of plant that can be used to fuel cars is hemp. This humble plant can be used to create paper, clothing, and food, but it's often overlooked as an alternative fuel source. Yet there are signs that hemp is on the rise as a potential alternative fuel. Canada has given the go-ahead to fund research into hemp oil, while university studies have shown that it could be a viable alternative to petrol.

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Hemp's Eco-Friendly Qualities

Some of the concerns that have been put forth related to biodiesel or biofuel include the fact that crops such as palm and corn oil can put strain on the environment, somewhat defeating the purpose. Unlike olives, peanuts, or rapeseed, hemp doesn't need to use up high-quality land that could be used for food instead. Hemp can grow without clearing land, and is able to flourish in a variety of climates. It's a hardy plant that leaves the ground in a better condition than when it was planted, which makes it unique among biofuel sources. Hemp can be grown without a great deal of water, fertilizer, or other input, and the plant is used in many parts of Europe and Asia for the fibrous stalks. Yet the oily seeds are often discarded as a waste by-product. These could instead be used for fuel, while still producing fibres used in other products.... read more

Go Green, Go Alternative, Help Save the Planet

image from sxc.huEvery day, people around the world do, deliberately or unconsciously, some activities that would affect the environment. No matter how big or small these activities are, they would still create an impact. Some of those effects would create an irreversible damage that also build ripples affecting humanity and all life forms. 

 

 

While it is true that scientists, environmentalists, enthusiasts, and advocates are working hard to protect and help the planet recover from the tremendous problems, the real truth is, the earth is everyone’s responsibility. We think it is a very difficult job to help, but there are actually a lot of simple things we can do to take part on this environmental rehabilitation and protection program.... read more

Mold Removal: Homemade vs Store Bought Products

Mold development is common to many homes. There are numerous reasons as to why molds develop in certain parts of the house. Moisture is often the primary culprit of mold formation. Notice that those places which usually get wet becomes the favorite sanctuary of molds. Other causes of mold growth include incomplete dying of concrete materials, leaky roofs, plumbing problems, etc.

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When talking about mold removal, several products are readily available at the household section of the department store. However, some homeowners opt to use homemade solutions to eradicate the molds. And so, the big question is what are the benefits of using each option. Will there be a big difference?

 

Let’s try to see both sides to distinguish which option works best.... read more

Bathroom Renovation 101: Parts of the Bathroom that can Go Green

Green initiative has been widely promoted these days at home, workplace, schools and just about everywhere.

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As a way to support the go green advocacy, many homeowners carry out renovation with the use of eco-friendly materials. One part of the house that should be renovated into green is the bathroom. Unless nobody is at home, this particular room is used everyday. Thus, water and electricity consumption in the bathroom is pretty high. In addition, most bathroom constructed years back are usually made from not-so environmentally friendly materials. All of these facets of bathroom contributes to the worsening effect of global warming.... read more

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