Green Living

10
Dec

What’s So Wonderful About Wetlands?

The United States has degraded or destroyed half of the nation’s wetlands. In California, that amount is 90%. So, what’s the big deal about wetlands? Why are they important? Here are ten benefits of wetlands. They: Protect one-third of the country’s threatened or endangered species. Protect communities from floods. Filter pollution. Block storm surges. Reduce potential wind and swell wave

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3
Dec

The Scoop on GMOs

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are developed in laboratories to withstand harsh forces of nature; modifications may include enhanced resistance to pesticides. While research is unclear on GMOs’ impact on human health, consumers around the world are increasingly demanding their governments plainly label food products that contain GMOs.   More than 40 nations currently require GMO labeling of food. Research shows

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26
Nov

Stop Your Cat from Killing Birds

It may seem like a throwback to ancient days in the wild, but domestic cats killing birds is a bigger problem than most of us may realize. According to National Wildlife surveys, free-ranging household cats are killing nearly 4 billion birds and up to 22 billion mammals per year in the United States. While the habit may seem to fit

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19
Nov

Don’t Go with Illegal Wildlife Products

If you’re traveling, especially overseas, you can do your part to squash the selling of illegal wildlife products. Here are some tips for being more environmentally conscious as a tourist: Don’t buy wildlife products, such as ivory, meat, skins, and traditional medicines. Choose local handicrafts instead. Before buying souvenirs, ask questions to determine if the products were sourced legally. If

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12
Nov

Looking for Easy Money?

You may be able to find easy money “laying” around your house—in the form of potential energy savings. Consider the facts: Americans spend nearly 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than for tap water. Your refrigerator? It consumes about 17% of your home energy bill. Opening your refrigerator door alone costs you about $30-$60 a year in electricity.

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5
Nov

Timber! Wasting Tissue and Paper

Following the paper trail is easy in the United States. The average American uses 50 pounds of tissue per year. To reduce your use of paper (tissue in particular), look for post-consumer recycled material. Get either 100% recycled or FSC-certified tissue. (FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council.) Go with e-billing to help reduce paper waste. Paper bills produce nearly two

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29
Oct

Travel the Eco-Friendly Way

What’s the world’s largest industry? It’s tourism, and ecotourism is the single, fastest growing segment within the industry. Here are some tips to make traveling more earth friendly: Go with accredited ecotourism companies. Take a look at International Ecotourism Society’s directory at http://www.ecotourism.org/membersearch. When possible, fly direct or take a train. Use airlines’ special ecofriendly programs. Some airlines offer passengers

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22
Oct

Clutter, Clutter, Clutter!

Clutter is defined as “a crowded or confused mass or collection.”  We all understand clutter. We strive to reduce it, but inevitably, for many of us, it always seems to return. So, how can we win this battle against clutter, once and for all? Here are six tips for killing the clutter: Respect your stuff. When you buy a lot

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15
Oct

Going Green in the Bathroom

Who’d have thought you could be environmentally friendly in the bathroom? Let’s look around to learn more. Toilets made before 1992 likely use seven gallons of water per flush. Newer toilets can use less than 1.3 gallons per flush. High-efficiency toilets save water. Older showerheads can pour water at three gallons per minute and sometimes more. Efficient shower heads reduce

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8
Oct

Green Tips for Eco-Friendly Renovating

You’ve always been focused on environmental matters. You want everything you do to be eco-friendly. And now you want to do some home renovations. How do you renovate and remain earth friendly? Here are six tips: Reconsider adding space. More room doesn’t necessarily make for more comfortable living. But it does add to utility and furniture costs. Do an energy

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