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Monday, June 1, 2009

Quick Tips for an Eco-conscious Lifestyle

It’s become easier to “live green” by recycling, reducing waste, conserving energy and using sustainable materials.

Studies have shown that the air inside the average home is two to five more polluted than the air outside, due to products and materials we use (carpets, paints, lacquers, adhesives, chemical cleaners, among others) that release harmful gases known as VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). Chronic exposure to VOCs has been linked to liver, kidney and central nervous system damage.
  • Replace old light bulbs with LED or compact fluorescent bulbs (look for the Energy Star label).
  • Unplug cords and chargers for electronics that are not in use constantly. Even if you turn the appliance or computer off, the cord still uses power.
  • Sunshine is free. Take advantage of that resource and buy solar lights for your yard and patio.
  • Use water mixed with lemon juice as a cleaning product that’s chemical free.
  • Use glass and ceramic reusable kitchenware rather than plastic.
  • Take fabric shopping totes to the stores instead of paper or plastic.
  • Use lunch pails or other reusable containers for taking your lunch to work or school.
Online Resources
www.grist.org
www.enviroblog.org
www.thegreenguide.com
planetgreen.discovery.com

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