Bath Accessories

Bamboo Bath Accessories

Bamboo has become one of the most versatile materials in the last few years. It can be eaten, worn, decorated with and some even believe it may bring good luck.  However, EnviroCitizen.org wonders if you have ever considered just how perfect bamboo is for your bathroom. Bamboo is often used like a wood or fabric. Many consumers think that it is a tree as we often hear of “bamboo forests”.  However, bamboo is actually categorized as a grass and not a …

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Children's Checklist for Going Green

Children’s Checklist for Going Green

If you’re a parent and want your children to live a green life, there are lots of things you can do to make their environments greener, like using green cleaning products to clean their rooms and toys. Companies like Seventh Generation, Method, and Mrs. Meyers all make green cleaning products, or you can make your own cleaning solutions with vinegar or baking soda. Vinegar is a disinfectant and a great glass cleaner. Baking soda neutralizes both acids and bases, eliminating …

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Why traditional personal care products aren't Eco-Friendly?

Why Traditional Personal Care Products Aren’t Eco-Friendly?

Frequently, environmental concerns are coupled with health concerns. Personal care products are an excellent example of this relationship, because the ingredients in traditional personal care products can have adverse effects on both the environment and your health. For example, do you know what is in the shampoo that you used this morning or in the mascara that you use? Sure, the ingredients are listed on the back, but what exactly is tocopheryl? What is retinyl palmitate? What is octenylsuccinate? What is methylparaben? …

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Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture refers to how well a farm indefinitely produces food. Also taken into account is the amount of severe or irreversible damage the farm inflicts on the ecosystem. There are two important issues involved in sustainable agriculture: • Biophysical- The long term effects of the various techniques and practices used on the soils in the process of creating essential crop productivity. • Socio-Economic- The long-term ability of farmers to obtain inputs as well as to manage other farming resources …

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Cooking methods to save energy

Cooking Methods to Save Energy

We all need to eat. It’s a fact. One of the concerns is over how much energy we use when we cook food. There are ways to minimize energy use for cooking. There are several appliances that are certified by ENERGY STAR to save money and energy. Gas units are preferable to electric when it comes to heating food, but if you don’t cook often, the savings may not be as much. As far as the types of gas burners, …

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LEED-Certified

How to Get Your Building LEED-Certified

EnviroCitizen.org has found many individuals who feel that getting their homes LEED-certified makes a lot of sense. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it’s the United States Green Building Council’s rating system for buildings that are energy-efficient. It’s the best standard for green building since it’s an independent, thirty-party system. LEED-certified buildings have lower operating costs because they’re more energy-efficient and the certification increases your asset values. LEED-certified buildings reduce the amount of waste generated and …

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Do Green Alternatives really cost more?

Do Green Alternatives Really Cost More?

If you’re wondering if green alternatives cost more than conventional choices, the short answer is NO. It also depends on what kind of costs you’re considering. If you’re looking at the economic cost of green alternatives, some green choices will cost more. But you also have to look at the long-term economic and environmental costs. A green alternative might come with a bigger initial investment, but could also yield lower costs over time. For example, if you incorporate clean, renewable …

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Green Building: What is it and why do we need it?

Green Building: What is It and Why Do We Need It?

Green building is the idea of designing a home so that it is environmentally friendly. Anne Frej of the Urban Land Institute defines it as, “A sustainable building, or green building is an outcome of a design philosophy which focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use – energy, water, and materials – while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building’s lifecycle, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal.”   There are different focuses, …

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US Self Sufficent

How Much Land It Would Take to Make the U.S. Entirely Energy-Independent

Making the United States energy-independent is quite possible; it all depends on how Americans go about doing it. To start, there’s the question of renewable energy versus clean energy. An energy source might be renewable, but not clean. Take, for example, the idea of clean coal. The first and most important thing you need to know is that there is no such thing as clean coal. Clean coal is like a healthy cigarette; there is no such thing. However, using …

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Green Baby Bath Products

Green Baby Bath Products

At bath time, we try to find the most effective, gentle bath products when it comes to our babies. You’ll be happy to hear that the transition to a green lifestyle can easily begin with baby products that will help you accomplish just that. What’s healthy for the Earth is also usually safe for infants. With so many products being recalled on a daily basis, it is easy to be motivated to make the switch to worry-free, eco-friendly baby bath …

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