Chemical weed, fungus, and bug killers all fit under this category and should be avoided both inside and outside of your house. Researchers have linked these pesticides to various forms of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; insecticides have been connected to brain damage in kids. Combating an indoor bug problem is as simple as cleaning up […]
Bees are having a hard time, but we can all do our bit to help save the bees. You do not need to become a beekeeper. Indeed, many other pollinators (not just honey bees) are in serious decline too. For example, in some countries, like the UK, some bumblebee species have gone extinct already. Many […]
Yes, to be really, really green, you would always cook at home with all that wonderful produce from your garden or the local farmers’ market. But sometimes, that’s not possible. Next time you place an order, say you don’t want any paper napkins; if every American gave up one paper napkin a day, we’d save […]
It doesn’t get more local than this. Sure, you’re probably not going to grow enough food to feed your family every night. But if you have a wee bit of outdoor space or a windowsill, you can grow something. It’s much more satisfying to walk a few feet and pluck leaves for dinner than to […]
Avoid air fresheners, which leave gaseous chemicals like those found in moth balls.100% pure and natural air fresheners are the way to go!
Use deodorant instead of antiperspirant. Sweat is normal, but blocking pores is not. Avoid deodorants that contain aluminum and phthalates, which are plastics to help the fragrance stay on our skin (blocks endocrine functions) and parabens.
Food accounts for at least half of your water footprint…Eating less meat is the key to reducing it, because of all the water needed to raise the livestock. Start by skipping red meat — it takes 1,857 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef. (Pork, chicken, and lamb require much less.)
It’s not just about all that plastic that ends up in landfills. “Three liters of regular water go into making just one liter of bottled water,” says the NRDC’s McRandle. Instead, opt for reusable water bottles.
Harmful bacteria from poop can wash into storm drains and pollute water supplies, leaving us less of the clean stuff to use. Water conservation and neighbor-friendly to boot!
WAIT TO WASH. Wash clothes in the morning or evening when its cooler. Sounds silly but the heat generated by the dryer will warm the house and in the summer months your air conditioner will use more energy to cool your home. Additionally, use biodegradable laundry soaps that cause further harm to our environment.