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Extreme Solar Flares And Window Tinting Protection Against UV Radiation

The need for installing solar control window tinting to protect against harmful UV radiation has never been more urgent. 

In May 2013, the sun emitted three significant solar flares in under 24 hours, the final eruption in the trio being the strongest of the 16 flares seen this year with particles erupting at a staggering 745 miles per second. 

Extreme solar events are believed to occur only once about every 100 years. The current activity began in late 2012 with the sun’s 22 year magnetic energy cycle coinciding with its 11 year peak in intense sun spot activity. 

Records suggest that 1859 was the last time a huge flare affected the earth when eye witness reports claimed a large proportion of the sky was covered in a bright red haze.... read more

Making your family home eco-friendly

Families are now becoming more and more aware of the environment and the threats to it that our modern way of life has created.  Green issues, such as sustainability of resources, saving energy and water, and decreasing the negative impact on the environment are now high on the agenda for many people.  In the search for ways to live in an environmentally-friendly way, the family home naturally becomes a starting point.  Beginning with the design and furnishing of the home and extending into positive habits for day-to-day life, making the family home eco-friendly is simple and fun. 

Eco-friendly changes in the home 

One of the best ways to make a positive impact on the environment right from home is to furnish it with eco-friendly materials and pieces.  Far from being boring, eco-friendly furniture is made from some of the finest and most unique materials in the world.  

Wooden furniture is a very popular option with a wide variety of modern and traditional designs available to complement any décor.  Eco-friendly wood furniture is constructed from lumber that was harvested from approved harvesting sites located around the world.  These certified sites grow their trees from seedlings and constantly raise new generations of trees as they harvest the mature ones.  ... read more

Edible Utensils: Cutting Waste

Eating on-the-go is a way of life for most people. We are busy, and we don't apologize for it. With that lifestyle come certain compromises that we otherwise would prefer not to make. For instance, we may opt to eat fast food rather than a home-cooked meal. And when we grab that fast food, we are also likely to grab a plastic fork or spoon to eat with.

No matter how you look at it, plastic utensils result in a lot of waste. Whether it relates to recyclable goods being tossed into the rubbish, the packing materials the utensils come in, or the manufacturing process required to make the plasticware, there is waste involved.

Where's this garbage going?

Just a Few Facts

The typical plastic spoon or fork, just like the ones you pick up at your local deli or fast food restaurant, is made from petroleum. When it comes to the length of time it takes for a plastic spoon or fork to decompose, online resources vary greatly; the range found is between 10 and 100 years with a maximum of up to 1,000 years. Of course, it should be remembered that while the material is decomposing, it is releasing unhealthy substances into the earth.

But if you are on-the-go and hungry, you have to eat, and you may not have a lot of choices. There's a good chance you will need to grab a plastic fork or spoon from time to time. After all, you can't always be expected to have just what you need readily available.... read more

Tips for Being as Eco-Friendly as Possible When Traveling Internationally

Individuals who are intentionally environmentally friendly at home often try to carry their eco-conscious way of living with them when they travel abroad. An eco-friendly style of travel is beneficial to other countries and also makes the person a goodwill ambassador for their home country.

Whether a person travels for business or pleasure, there are plenty of ways to take care of the environment no matter where the individual goes.

It takes seconds to toss trash in the garbage, but the positive impact lasts years.

Environmentally Friendly Tips for Travel Overseas

    • Rent a Hybrid Car.

      The use of hybrid cars, at home and on vacation, prevents gas and oil pollution that affects the environment and our health. Renting a hybrid car while overseas is beneficial to the immediate environment and may also introduce the driver to a new way of taking care of their home environment.... read more

Top Eco-Friendly Clothing Companies

Eco-friendly clothing companies are gaining in popularity, and many people are proud to champion them along. Eco-fashions have a lot going for them: They are environmentally friendly, and they are fashion-forward in every sense of the word. Sustainable fibers make it possible to create high-quality garments that are comfortable and that last.

If you ask shoppers what the appeal is, you are likely to get a range of responses. For instance, some may simply say they like the fact that they are doing something nice for the environment, but other consumers may say they like the style or fashion design, and still others may insist that the reason they buy eco-friendly fashions is because pesticides are not used in growing the materials.

Designers of today have lots of choices when using eco-friendly fabrics. ... read more

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent - No Borax

dishwasher detergent recipe w/o boraxWhile I've made homemade cleansers and washing machine detergent in the past, I was wary of making homemade dishwashing detergent.  I envisioned everything coming out dirty or with a sticky residue.    Until recently, that is.  It was a late night (when most stores were closed), we had a ton of dishes to do, and we were taking an early morning flight.

I quickly did some Googling, but all of the recipes called for borax or washing soda, which we didn't have.  I finally found a recipe that called for neither.  I was definitely skeptical, but it wound up working like a charm.  It's cheap, too!

Here's how to do it:... read more

A Greener Summer Guest Room

greener guest roomGuest rooms come in all different shapes and sizes but they aren’t always set up with the environment in mind. This may not matter to family and friends visiting from out of town because they are only passing through. However if you have a lot of guests visiting over the course of the warmer months implementing a few green upgrades to the guest room may tip the scales so it’s working more with the environment than against.

That being the case with the summer vacation season fast approaching consider some of the following tips for a greener guest room:

  1. CFLs: Change all incandescent light bulbs in the guest room (and adjacent bathroom if there is one) to compact florescent lights (CFLs). These energy saving bulbs will use up to 80% less power meaning if a guest leaves a light on it won’t show much on the electric bill.

    2.  Drafts: Guests arriving over the summer are sure to use the air conditioning on warm nights, especially in humid regions like Fort Lauderdale. For this reason its important to make sure the system is working efficiently and not draining unnecessary power. This means fixing any drafts around windows and doors and cleaning or replacing filters.... read more

Urban Farming

The word "farm" often conjures up images of pigpens, silos, and acres of corn, not urban “farmers” living in a city.

Urban farming isn’t new. Ancient Persia had urban farms, and so did Macchu Picchu. However, now with the popularity of green living, urban farming has become more common. The environmental benefits of urban farming are numerous. Cities are often the most environmentally-friendly places to live, with public transportation and being able to walk everywhere. If you can grow your own food, it just adds to the “greenness.”

One hurdle when it comes to urban farming is space. Here are some ways around that:... read more

Myths About Asbestos

With asbestos-related diseases occurring more frequently than ever, asbestos has been a popular topic of discussion lately. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about the mineral. Awareness is an amazing, life-saving thing, but it’s important to be aware of the truth.

Below, we debunk three common myths about asbestos:

Myth # 1: Asbestos is banned in the United States.

As a known human carcinogen, you’d think asbestos would be banned in the United States. More than 50 countries outlaw the use of the fibers – but we aren’t one of them.

We do ban a few asbestos products: corrugated paper, rollboard, commercial/specialty paper and flooring felt. However, everything outside this range is still fair game. Companies may independently choose to use asbestos alternatives to protect their workers and avoid lawsuits, but it’s purely up to them.

Legislation did once seek to implement a nationwide ban on all asbestos products. However, asbestos lobbyists had the law reversed just a few short years later.... read more

Four Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

Most everyone around the world understands the importance of going green. They want to try to keep this eco-friendly idea running throughout all they do. This includes wrapping gifts, home items and being aware of what items you use or reuse. For those who are looking for a way to go eco-friendly with their gifts it is easier than you might think. Wrapping paper is not the only way you can wrap you gift for giving. There are actually many ways you can present your gift to a friend or family member while staying environmentally friendly. Check out these wonderful options for the next time you need to give a gift. You will be glad you did when you see how easy it is to go green with gift giving. 

Reusable Gift Bags 

While gift bags are quite popular a new trend is arising. Reusable bags are a great way to give your gift but also give a little something extra. These bags can be found in many department stores and are a great idea to put with your gift. They can reuse the bags for shopping, trips to the library or even pass it on to a friend. These bags have an endless amount of use to them and are not going to end up in the trash can. They can be used for trips to the beach or a picnic to the park. They typically have designs on them as well and you could even have them personalized. Many stores offer them so you can use them again and again to buy your groceries. Some stores even give you a discount for bringing in your own bags. ... read more

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