Step By Step Blueprint: How To Start Living Green

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Green living is becoming quite popular among people of all ages. Due to increasing awareness and media attention of depleting valuable resources, people have become more responsible in an attempt to reduce the use of earth’s natural resources. Using substitutes or altering methods of energy consumption, transportation, water usage and so on can help you contribute in the preservation of natural resources.

 

Green living aims at meeting present societal, ecological, and economical needs. Water pollution, air pollution, soil contamination, resource conservation, wildlife protection, waste disposal are some major environmental challenges being faced by mankind.

 

When it comes to achieving sustainability, every individual should play a role. Any person can adopt green living with easy to follow tips that you can practice on a daily basis, without compromising on your lifestyle and routine. Here are some tips of having more sustainable lifestyle and working towards them.

 

Presenting… “The Green-Living Blueprint”

A.K.A

How to start living green

- for people who are currently destroying the earth :)

 

Get Out Of Your Car

If you have a car or any other vehicle that uses fuel, it is advised to ditch your car and take bicycle to move around the time. Train your kids or other family members to use fuel-less vehicles to commute to nearby areas. This will be double beneficial for you. First you’ll save on fuel, second you will get time to exercise, even when you can’t afford to hit the gym. `

 

Forget Plastic

In many countries, plastic bags are banned and using them is against the law. Plastic bags are non-biodegradable and thus do not breakdown. They end up in water bodies and affect our wildlife. In order to prevent damages from this non-biodegradable substance, it is advised to use glass and reusable water bottles and paper bags to store water and carry things. You can also use canvas bags to carry grocery items. Wrap your sandwiches or baked food in wax paper or choose snack bags.

 

Reduce Usage of Oil/Petroleum/ Gasoline

This is one of the most complex problems in the contemporary world. About 90% of the fuel and energy sources used in modern civilizations are powered and based on awfully finite resource and that is oil. Scientists have already reported that we have passed the “peak oil”, which means that all type of such resources are already on the declining scale. Thus, it is very important to learn using things less that are directly or indirectly derived from oils.

 

Learn To Grow Food

Producing food in your backyard or garden can prove to be one of the best ways to contribute to green living. There was a time when every family used to grow its own food and today, people are not even concerned to know the origin of food supplies they get to eat every day, in the comfort of their home or office.

 

Large scale food production has led to substantial increase in pollution, production of more risky food systems, contributing to upsetting loss of biodiversity and encouraging waste of depleting resources.

 

So, even if you have a small backyard or terrace garden, you can make some efforts and provide for yourself some tasty and daily use vegetables to reduce the burden from large scale productions. You can even talk to your neighbors and start a small food production project in your neighborhood, where everyone can contribute to grow daily-use vegetables.

 

Beginner Gardening: How To Start Growing Your Own Food

Reuse Water

Water is another valuable and still finite resource. Even though earth constitutes of about 80% water, there is only 5% fresh water that is suitable for drinking. There are number of ways that you can use to save this valuable resource for sustainable living. First of all, it is advised to wash your dishes with hands, instead of using dishwashers as they tend to consume more water. You should restrain from having water fountains and similar things, as they require a lot of water, for both functioning and cleaning. You can use sink-water to flush toilets, greywater for irrigating garden. Best tip is to start water harvesting. Rainwater harvesting is the best practice one can adopt to make successful attempt to green living.

 

Changing your lifestyle in order to be more eco-friendly and sustainable offers ample of opportunities to prevent abuse of depleting resources, save money, increase quality of life, as well as build stronger local community. Continue learning how to be organic, eco-friendly and live a green life.

How To Make Your Job More Green

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It is no secret that today’s corporate and small business outfits are some of biggest culprits of pollution today. Thousands of people competing for raises and pats on the back leave little room for green living. Part of our responsibility as keepers of our city is to ensure that we surround ourselves with green! And place we can have the biggest impact is our job.

The question shouldn’t be how to find a green job but should instead be how can I make my job green? If we are going to enact change, then it needs to happen everywhere. Not just in places that it is easy. Here are a few steps for making your own job more green.

 

1. Look for ways to reduce paper consumption.

This is a huge environmental saver. Simply putting a recycling bin next to the copier instead of a trash bin can save tons of paper. Use electronic communication whenever possible.

 

2. Turn off your computer at night!

Did you know that electricity use is one of the biggest pollution generating activities today? Most electrical plants are powered by coal burning furnaces which emit lead, acids, and even radioactive pollution. Turning off your computers at night is an easy way to immediately cut down on electricity consumption.

 

3. Ride a bike instead of taking private/public transit.

The next simple idea is to stop using fossil fuel cars whenever possible. America is unique in that cars are the main method of transportation. And because of this, we also have the highest per capita oil usage and highest obesity rate! Swap that car for a bike and get some exercise while limiting your carbon footprint.

 

4. Ditch Your Polluting Job!

If all attempts are cleaning up the workplace meet resistance and no change, sometimes the best thing you can do is find another place to work. There are practically an unlimited number of jobs out there which you can find and try making green. If you are having troubles finding a job or nailing the phone/in-person interview check out artofinterview’s phone interview tips. I am confident that you will be able to find a job where you can make a difference to the people around you.

 

Until next time, Stay Green!

Green Camping: The Tent Isn’t The Only Green Thing at My Campsite

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So it’s summer and that means it’s camping time (for me, anyway!)

You can’t get much greener than living off the land, pitching a tent, and roughing it, but I did come across a really cool tool recently that takes “green camping/hiking” to a whole new level.

When you’re camping, how do you eat? Well, unless you’ve got a state of the art RV with a full kitchen, you start a campfire to cook your meal.

While I love to camp, hike, and do anything outdoors – I’m not exactly Bear Grylls. You won’t see me rubbing to sticks together with much luck, so I always try to remember a lighter or box of matches.

Well – this new little tool I discovered eliminates a need for a box of matches that creates more garbage, and also saves me from having to remember anything, because it comes with a key-chain!

It’s called the EverStryke Match and it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

It’s a permanent match, that means you can start it over and over and over again and never need to create waste by throwing away the used matchsticks. It’s also pretty darn tough! Supposedly superman couldn’t even destroy this thing, but I’m sure I’ll put it to the test.

Anyway, just thought I’d share – it’s definitely a new favorite tool of mine!

P.S. – It’s free, just pay for the shipping which was just a couple bucks.

Organic Tattoos WTF?

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Disease control has been a hot issue in the tattoo industry (Thank God!).

However, now companies are starting to opt for “Organic Ink” and other tattoo supplies.

Kuro Sumi is a tattoo supply company that now produces organic ink.

Kuro Sumi says that their organic (and secret) formula is not only safer, but provides better results.

 

We asked them what their marketing plan was and they said that have one tattoo school on board to start educating their students about the benefits of going green and opting for safer, environmentally safe tools and supplies for their tattoo shops and businesses.

 

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m all for safe tattoos I think disease control should be much more of a concern than artistic capability, but I don’t like that the formula is “secret”. Ah well.

 

But the organicness (is that even a word? lol) doesn’t stop there – another company in the tattoo industry is now stepping into the marketplace with an “Organic tatto butter” the company is named Ohana Organics and their tattoo butter is said to be a much better choice for after tattoo care as opposed to the traditional Bacitracin oitment.

 

What do you think? Is the tattoo industry an appropriate place for organic/environmentally friendly products or are these companies just trying to find a marketing angle for their products?

 

Living Green With Pets: Tips To Keep Fluffy Safe and Happy

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Pets tend to be more susceptible than people to toxin exposure around the house. Since pets are small, they are nearer to lawns, carpets, lawns, garage floors, and confined spaces that may have chemical and pesticide residues. Their innate curiosity, along with insufficient consciousness about harmful hazards, increases the likelihood to come across substances detrimental to their overall health. Animals likewise have faster metabolic systems and smaller lungs compared to us. Their bodies must work harder in an attempt to remove these toxins. They are not only processing these chemicals faster, but are also inhaling them more rapidly.

 

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Most owners employ great lengths to take care of their pets, however , there are hidden health risks to pets that are commonly overlooked, but easily avoided. What follows is a list of possibly toxic materials that could be impacting the long-term wellness of your pet.

Flea repellent products branded as natural’ can still be toxic for your pet. The chemical d’Limonene, produced from citrus peels and located in several organic anti-flea products, can be toxic to cats. Flea dips and sprays that contain “all-natural Pyrethrin” could be toxic for some pets, and Pyrethroids , artificial derivatives of pyrethrins, presents your pet to additional chemicals. Employ Electric flea traps, also known as plug-in’ flea traps, that work well for managing flea populations and are also safe with regard to indoor use around animals. These traps are affordable and simple to use.

 

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De-icing salts for ice and snow pose a danger to pets. Whenever a dog licks its paws just after having walked on areas previously treated with de-icing salts they can become sick. Water-proof pet boots’ are advised during wintertime strolls on treated surfaces. Sand, crushed cinder, as well as cat litter can offer traction on frozen pavement, even though they usually do not melt ice. De-icers made up of potassium chloride or calcium chloride are better for pets but are more costly. Calcium chloride costs around three times more than sodium chloride. De-icers advertised as “pet friendly” are recommended for proper use, however prolonged exposure could cause discomfort to pets.

EPA says, 50 percent of illnesses is often linked to indoor pollution, which may be directly linked to the employment of household cleaners. Nellie’s 100% natural Dish-washing Powder uses bio-degradable, non-toxic ingredients to wash dishes safely. Soap Nuts Laundry Detergent substitutes chemical-based detergents using the natural cleaning components of saponin, taken from Soap-berry trees..

 

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Formaldehyde is found in most new furniture, household cleaners and several construction materials. It is actually considered toxic if breathed in or absorbed via the skin. In line with the EPA, formaldehyde was proven to lead to animals having cancer. Dog houses must be made from solid wood. Plywood and compressed wood products must be avoided, but if these are utilized, both sides need to be painted. 

New dog pillows and blankets need to be washed or kept outdoors to let off-gas for a few days before letting your dog sleep on them. Dogs kept in small homes or apartment throughout the day need to have available clean air. Keep a window screen open whenever possible.

 

Last one… I promise :)

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Pets often have strong senses of hearing and smell which alert them to threat, however they do not have defense from the hidden hazards of chemicals in your house. Being a pet owner, you will have to find the existence of these unseen dangers and take safety measures to maintain your pet’s long-term good health.