Avoid Watering The Driveway

Garden Hose Fitting for Water ConservationMany states are experiencing drought conditions and people are well aware of water restrictions. Some of them have limited days of the week to water their lawns and most understand the importance of making sure the water falls on the grass – not the sidewalk or driveway. This can seem like a fussy thing to some people but when you multiply the water savings by the population of a city, state, or region, the savings can be monumental.

It’s also beneficial to water your lawn and garden in the evening. This gives the ground ample opportunity to absorb all of the water. If you water in the morning, much of the water will begin to evaporate with the rising sun.  Watering in the afternoon can waste a lot of water and even burn your lawn or shrubs due to the heat of the sun. [Read more…]

Consider Changing Your Cookware

eco friendly cookwareBack in the day, we all believed in the miracle of Teflon. We quickly relegated our heirloom cast iron to the bottom cabinet and went to work making cheesy scrambled eggs that slid right out of the pan. But do you remember when it started to scratch and then peel? It was unsightly but we just bought another pan and carried on.

Eventually we learned it may not be safe to use and we began seeking other, safer, sources for cooking our food. There are several new options on the market. They are being made from several materials such as aluminum, ceramic, and even stone. They are coated in such a way as to mimic the non-stick benefits we used to get from Teflon without the risky chemical fumes it releases while cooking with it. [Read more…]

Going Green With Household Cleaners

natural cleaning suppliesThere is a trend today of people paying attention to the chemicals that make up the cleaners they have typically used at home for years. We never really questioned it but now are learning there are things inside that counter scrub or toilet bowl cleaner that can actually be detrimental to our health.

The challenge is in finding products that are safe and effective to replace the old standbys we’ve used for years. Many people are turning to homemade recipes and going back to using ingredients like baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar for cleaning. When we consider the toxicity of the products we’ve used in the past and the potential for harm to our family it seems worth the time to mix our own formulas in order to know for certain that what we are using is safe. [Read more…]

Recycling Paper Makes a Big Difference

Paper RecyclingWhen we really start looking at the amount of paper we use in our everyday life it is easy to see that recycling it is a good idea. We are sometimes surprised to find out just how big an impact recycling paper can have on the earth’s resources.

You may have seen the statistics that recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, and it can save more than 3 cubic yards of space in the landfill. What may make these numbers easier to relate to is the fact that those 17 trees can save enough energy to power an average home for 6 months. That’s a lot of juice. [Read more…]

The Benefits of Recycling

recycled plastic cupsFor a long time it was rumored that recycling cost more than it could return and many were reluctant to get involved. Over time, that is being found to be untrue. We are finding that a well designed recycling program can save money in many ways.

It can save the family money by reducing the amount they pay for trash removal services. Businesses save that way as well. It creates jobs for communities at a rate of 4 to 1 when compared to waste management and disposal industries. [Read more…]

List of How to Recycle Things A to Z

A to Z Recycled ItemsThere are lots of odds and ends that we don’t know if we can recycle or, if so, how. This website How to Recycle Anything lists volumes of items to answer those questions. Some items are listed with a link to a website for more information.

A – Aerosol Cans
If you completely empty the contents and pull the plastic nozzle of the can, you can usually recycle this with other cans. It is important to empty the contents, however, as they can be combustible. [Read more…]