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Keeping Your Garage or Warehouse Clean

When shopping the grocery store aisles, you see a lot of cleaning products that claim to be the best. They kill 99.99 percent of germs or remove 98 percent of stains from bathroom fixtures, they remove soil build-up on your hard floors or get rid of the smell left over from your pet’s accident on the carpet. Perhaps these chemicals and other products live up to their reputations, or perhaps they don’t; either way, it is worth considering whether those products do what they say they will as well as how they do it.

Garages and warehouses are some of the dirtiest places so you want to make sure you buy a cleaning product that works and is cost effective for such a large space.

Most commercially manufactured cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to humans and the environment, but they actually aren’t much more effective at cleaning than many green options. These tips can help you make the adjustment for a healthier and more environmentally-friendly cleaning process for your garage, shed or warehouse.

  1. Switch to Green Cleaning Products: A lot of the time commercial chemicals come with numerous warnings, but what if you didn’t have to take such care with your cleaning supplies? Try a new brand of healthy, biodegradable and nontoxic cleaning supplies to make sure that you are taking care of your health and your environment while you are cleaning. Whether you are cleaning the floor or a  high hard to reach place, most of the time a natural product, or even just vinegar or baking soda, does just as well as the commercial chemical brands. Using distilled white vinegar with warm water (1/4 part vinegar, 3 parts water) will also lower costs of buying cleaning products.... read more

RECYCLE IT! Recycling Tip of the Week #2 - Bring it to the Recycling Center

recycling styrofoamHappy Monday, folks!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend!  

In last week's RECYCLE IT! series, I wrote about how you can recycle bottle caps right along with the bottle!  In this series, I want to make all of our readers the most efficient recyclers they can be.  There are a lot of items where the average person might be unsure whether or not it's recyclable.  Sometimes it's confusing.  We all know the basics - recycle your jars, cans, and newspapers.  Put them in your recycling bin, drag it curbside, and your duty is done.   Right?  Well, not always.

 But, some things are a lot less clear.  Some items are totally recyclable, just not through curbside recycling.   That brings us to...

Recycle It Tip #2: Call your city and go to the recycling center!  ... read more

10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Use

plastic bottlePlastic is a HUGE problem for the environment.  Yes, some of it is recycled, but they’re technically downcycled. Instead of a milk jug being recycled into another milk jug, it gets turned into lower quality plastic which is not recyclable.  Not all plastic is readily recycled, and it ends up just sitting up in a landfill.  And another enviornmental problem with plastic is that it’s made from oil.  

We can reduce our plastic usage easily.  You may not realize how much plastic you use on a daily basis, but here are 10 tips to reduce how much plastic you use:... read more

Reducing Air Pollution

air pollutionWhy is it so important to care about air pollution?  Janice Nolen, National Policy Adviser and State of the Air Project Director for the American Lung Association answers that question: "Because all of us have to breathe it. We don't have choices."  

Contributing to air pollution is something that we do every day and it can be hard to totally avoid.  However, there are still plenty of small steps that you can take to help clear our air.  ... read more

A Greener Day at the Beach

On a sizzling summer day, why not head to the beach?  Keep yourself and your families cool and enjoy some outdoors time and sunshine. Here are some tips to keep your beach visit as keen and green as can be! 

Picking the beach - I love to go to beaches at state parks.  Even though it's usually not free to park, I like to support state parks and their conservation efforts.  I usually get a season parking pass to our state parks here in Massachusetts and throughout the summer we visit local state parks with ocean beaches, lakes, and ponds.    You can also find the cleanest area beaches on the EPA website.    

Getting to the beach - Look for beaches walking/biking distance, public transit accessible, or the closest to home.  Maybe you don't live near the ocean, but there might be a lake beach narby.  If going with a group, consider carpooling.   ... 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

Youth Empowerment for the Green Campaign

Environmental problems have become adversely diverse and extensively threatening in the modern times. In the past, humanity was only dealing with a simple pollution problem but now the enormous world population, climate change, global warming, and many other serious problems are already endangering the Earth and every life form.

 

Scientists, environmentalists and experts have been working together to discover scientific breakthroughs and other methods to address the aggravating issues. Environmental organizations and concerned citizens are also doing their part to contribute in the effort to save Mother Earth. ... read more

The “Green" Mission: An Outdoor Enthusiast's Urgent Call


The urgency of maintaining ecological balance is undeniably alarming. Global awareness on distressing environment issues and concerns calls us to participate on the mission to rehabilitate and save Mother Earth, and all life forms.

 

Will you allow losing the priceless gifts of nature? If you loved the great outdoors, you will definitely not. It is a natural therapy that revitalizes ourselves after a day or a week of hard slog. There is no substitute for the regenerating sound of nature, the refreshing green sceneries and the cooling fresh air.

 

On my personal perspective, comprehensive education and public awareness programs should constantly be running to remind us of our huge responsibilities to the environment. There are so much to discover and enjoy in the great outdoors. But if we would just do it to feed our lust for thrill and adventure, we should know that it could impact to the whole ecosystem.... read more

Incinerator Moratorium Update

The Massachusetts DEP has released their “Master Plan” for solid waste management in Massachusetts. The major components in the plan include increase in recycling, reduction in overall waste, monitoring and enforcement of waste bans, and modification to the incinerator moratorium. The proposed modification of the incinerator moratorium would encourage the use of alternative technologies, such as gasification, for converting waste to energy or fuel under certain conditions (nma.org).

The incinerator moratorium was introduced in 1988. At that time there were fourteen applications at DEP for new incinerators to be built. Fourteen were way too much for the DEP to handle. Having that many incinerators would mean our state would be burning all trash/MSW. Possibly hurting municipal recycling programs. ... read more

Smoking can harm you…and it harms the environment too

cigarettes and the environmentTraditional tobacco cigarettes contain around 4000 known chemicals, which can greatly harm the smoker, those who breathe in the second hand smoke, and contribute to air and ground pollution. Many people are aware of the harms of the smoking to the human body, but not everyone is aware of the damage being done to the Earth through smoking.

The cigarette butts that many people feel free to throw onto the ground take around 25 years to fully break down. While they are slowly breaking down, all of the chemicals that are sucked through the filter are also being absorbed into the ground and by plant life.... read more

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