Chlorine Free Paper Products

Using Chlorine Free Paper Products

We all are fairly aware of how paper products destroy forests, but we also are becoming more aware of how the bleach in the new paper is toxic. When we choose to use chlorine free paper, it prevents the dioxins and other poisons created during the manufacturing process. When these accumulate in aquatic environments and in the air from they are known to cause cancer. Chlorine is used to give paper its whiteness and to remove the agent in wood …

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Thermal Energy

How Thermal Energy Impacts the Environment

How much does thermal energy actually impact the environment? The answer is, a lot. Thermal energy removes a large amount of stress from the environment by using a renewable source. This renewable source uses no fossil fuels, creates no pollution, and emits no greenhouse gases. An interesting concept to consider is that 25% of commercial business energy usage comes from cooling, heating, and ventilation. A full 50% of residential energy use is also from these things. Using thermal energy can …

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Eco-friendly Baby Food Utensils

Eco-friendly Baby Food Utensils

When it comes to meal time, it’s easy to see why plastic has been the common choice because it is easy to clean and reuse.  However, substances such as bisphenol A (BPA) used in polycarbonate plastic products, Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and melamine (a hard, colorful plastic common in baby dishware containing formaldehyde) have all been linked to serious environmental and health problems.  Non-toxic dishes and utensils, such as PVC-free and BPA-free plastics, bamboo utensils, stainless steel products and glass dishes, …

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Brush Your Teeth to a Better Earth

Brush Your Teeth to a Better Earth

Toothpaste is a perfect example of the kind of thing that you can change easily, quickly and cost-effectively. There are a lot of problems with conventional toothpaste, such as the long list of dangerous chemicals found in the ingredients—diethylene glycol (an ingredient also found in anti-freeze), Triclosan (a registered pesticide), etc. As if the toxic chemicals weren’t enough to make you think twice about conventional toothpaste, there’s also the issue of the containers, which are made from plastic. Unfortunately, billions …

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Geothermal vs. Thermal

How Does Geothermal Energy Differ from Thermal Energy

Geothermal energy is energy derived from the heat stored in the earth. This is very different from thermal energy, which is energy that manifests itself from a change in temperature. Geothermal energy originates from the original formation of the planet, as well as from the absorption of solar energy which is absorbed at the surface of the earth. Geothermal energy is currently used for generating electricity. Geothermal electric energy is used for district heating, space heating, spas, industrial processes, and …

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Ecotourism Ideas

Top Green Ecotourism Ideas

Ecotourism is a matter of thinking about the impact of traveling on the environment and asking oneself how one can travel in an environmentally-responsible manner. Vacationers, travelers and globe trotters in general have been very much in the forefront of the important movement of ecotourism which is mainly defined as the responsible and conscientious travel to natural destinations. This is combined with the goals of conserving the environment, improving the well-being of the local people and preserving the local culture. …

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Natural Pest Control

Natural Pest Control

We have always wanted to be a part of nature, but some things of course do not belong in our own homes such as ants, roaches, and gophers. Getting rid of these critters with poison was one way to keep them under control, but research has shown that those same chemicals are harmful to our pets and humans as well. Also, typical pesticides simply treat the symptoms of pests, but not the causes. There are a few tips to keep …

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Nontoxic Cleaning Basics

Nontoxic Cleaning Basics

It’s important to read warning labels on cleaning products. When these products are misused they can release toxins into our environment. There is a misconception that being clean and being eco-friendly are mutually exclusive. That isn’t true at all. There are many ways to keep a clean, safe environment and be toxin-free. Environmentally friendly cleaners can be purchased at the local store, and some can even be made with existing household items! Home produced cleaners can be made very inexpensively. Baking sodas, washing soda, …

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Eco Achievers

Eco Achievers

Eco Achievers is one of the best online resources for educating yourself on renewable energy and creating a green energy home. It’s a free service that offers courses designed by professionals. Eco Achievers is dedicated to quality learning and is one of the few learning institutions that meet U.S. Green Building Council Education Provider Program standards. As their website claims, they are “committed to enhancing the ongoing professional development of the green building industry through top-quality, third-party reviewed education courses.” …

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What Does LEED Cerfitifed Mean?

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program in order to provide standards for green building and renovations. The LEED assessment is a well-constructed process that is completed by third party, independent parties, ensuring that it maintains its reputation as a verifiable, reliable, excellent method of measuring a building’s green features. There are four levels of LEED certification: Certified Silver Gold Platinum There are one hundred possible points when you have …

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