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The Lowdown on Asbestos in the Workplace

Asbestos has been banned from use since 1990 due to the many health risks that it was discovered to cause. However, it is still a dangerous substance that yet exists in a number of old yet still utilized homes and buildings today. While it is no longer an active ingredient in household and construction products, the risk for exposure to this harmful substance still exists not only in homes, but also in workplaces.

 

But what exactly do we need to know about asbestos in the workplace?

 

1. History of use

 

Asbestos was widely used in a lot of construction and household products a few decades back – and with good reason. Asbestos fibers are strong and durable, and proven to be resistant to heat and fire, making them good substances for many a building products. It’s a fact well demonstrated by the presence of asbestos in many homes and buildings that were built between the 1950’s to the late 1980’s.... read more

An Affordable LED Lightbulb

led lightbulbsOnly a few years ago, LED (or light-emitting diode) lightbulbs were prohibitively expensive for the average consumer.  Even though some LED bulbs should be able to last decades while consuming much less energy than an incandescent or CFL lightbulb, many cost over $20 a bulb!  Until now.

Philips just released a new LED lightbulb - a 2 pack for just under $5!  They are selling like hotcakes and are backordered on Home Depot.  These bulbs are 8.5-watt LED which is equivalent to a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb.  They use 85% less energy than the old school incandescent bulbs.  Incandescent bulbs aren't actually manufactured at all anymore.  ... read more

Go Green for the Patio Season

With the warm weather returning, you may be starting to plan for your backyard and deck area.   Making choices outside your home that support your commitment to sustainable living is getting easier, with many new recycled product introductions.  Non-renewable resources such as non-recycled plastics that create harmful emissions during manufacturing can be completel... read more

Gardening Tips for Beginners

Spring has definitely sprung and tis the season to start your gardens!    Growing your own food is a wonderful way to be green and save money, too.  Even if you think you might not have a green thumb, gardening certain things can be easier than you think.  

Here are some tips for someone just trying to get into gardening:... read more

Running a Basically Self-Sufficient Home

Homesteading: a lifestyle of self-sufficiency.... read more

Eco-Friendly Patio Furniture

Ah, summertime. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and everyone is out and about enjoying the outdoors—which means lots of barbeques, pool parties and patio time. If you're planning to host any of the inevitable get-togethers, there's a chance you might want to update your outdoor entertaining space.

Sure the half-broken fold-out lawn chairs sufficed when you were a poor college student barely getting by, but now that you are an eco-friendly consumer you long for a bit more. If this sounds like you, there are a number of options available from which you can choose. Read on for a list of just some of the choices you have when furnishing your outdoor space.

Gaiam Outdoor

With numerous products made from recycled materials, Gaiam offers its customers lots of sustainable furniture and décor options. From glass wasp catchers to door mats made from old flip flops, the selection is far and wide—ensuring there is something for everyone.... read more

Rain Harvesting Quick Facts

watering garden

As I write this blog post, I'm hunkered down at a coffee shop next to a window, watching the April Showers come down.  While the rain will help those tulips bloom, there is even a better way to make use of the rain.  Collect it and reuse it!

Here are some rain harvesting quick facts:... read more

Swap it for Silicone — New Ways to Live Green

menstrual cup

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

A Greener Easter Basket

My son is almost 5 and a half, and every year I have a blast putting his Easter basket together.  It's easy to stock up on stuff like plastic eggs, candy, and Easter grass from the drug store, but it's even more fun to think creatively and keep your easter basket Keen AND Green!  

Be practical.  I like to include stuff that my son will really play with, instead of something that will end up broken or in the garbage by the end of the week. Things like a t-shirt, some lightweight spring/summer pajamas, or a reusable water bottle.  I also like to include things to ring in the warmer weather, like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, or seed packets.  ... read more

Everything You Need to Know About Indoor Air Pollution

Humans breathe in an average of 3,000 gallons of air each day, and spend about 90% of their time indoors. But did you know that indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air?

 

 

Those fumes from insect sprays, cleaning agents, beauty products, and even from the food being cooked in the kitchen all contribute to indoor air that could add up to an alarming amount of pollutants.

 

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