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  1. When you consider that household cleaners are the number-one cause of poisoning in children, it’s important you’re vigilant about which products you use to clean your kitchen. This room is probably the most important, since you prepare food and spend the most time here, especially with kids. What’s more, the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are about three times more likely to cause cancer than air pollution. If you’re anything like the average home in the U.S., which has more than 1,000 different chemicals in it, it’s time to clean up – the safe and green way. All-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner There are plenty of all-purpose cleaners on the market that will take care of tough stains while being hard on your health. For a green all-purpose kitchen cleaner, combine two tablespoons of vinegar, a teaspoon of borax or baking soda, and two cups of hot water in a spray bottle. Shake it, and then add a quarter-cup of liquid soap. Spray your counters and appliances, and wipe clean. Dish Soap When purchasing a dish soap for your kitchen, stick to detergents that are non-phosphate. To make your own detergent, purchase a bar of plain castile soap, place it in a bag and add water in a ratio of one part soap to four parts water - by height. Let it sit for five days, adding 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oils like lemon, orange, and lavender for even more disinfecting power. Drain Cleaner To clean your drain without losing cells in your brain, pour a half-cup of baking soda down it followed by a half-cup of vinegar. Let it bubble for about 15 minutes and pour a pot of boiling water over it. It's that easy! Oven Cleaner Typicaly oven cleaners often include some of the harshest chemicals to your health. Have you ever used one and once you smelled the fumes, literally choked? That's a clear sign that whatever is in that cleaner shouldn't be around you or in your home. To clean your oven safely, generously sprinkle water over the bottom of it. Cover the water with baking soda, leave overnight and wipe clean. TIP: Ovens are notoriously hard to clean if they're spills are abandoned. To help, sprinkle salt on spills immediately while the oven is still warm. When the oven cools down, scrape the area and wipe it clean. Stain Removal If you're unable to lift the stains with the green all-purpose kitchen cleaning solution that you've made, try sprinkling the surface with salt and squeezing lime or lemon juice over it. Let it sit for a few hours and then rub it out. Pest Problems With a clean kitchen, you'll keep the critters away. But if you do have a pest problem, investing in an organic pest service instead of a traditional one is also important if you want to save you and your family's health. Examples like Greenleaf Organic Pest Management specialize in “low-impact” solutions to get rid of bugs easily and safely. What green cleaning solutions do you rely on to keep your kitchen and home clean?
  2. If you're like most people, many of the habits you formed as a child remain second nature to you as an adult. Consequently, as a responsible parent, helping your children form their own positive habits is something you have to think about daily. When caring for the environment is concerned, the habits and thoughts kids have now can forever shape the way the earth holds up. Here are a few eco-friendly habits worth passing along to the next generation. Buying Products with Green Credentials Besides reducing harm to the planet's delicate balance, buying eco-friendly products encourages corporations to clean up their act. Involve your children in purchasing decisions for everything from LED light bulbs, to phosphate-free dish soap. Explain to them why you're avoiding products with certain substances and making a statement with your wallet. Recycling Appliances & Materials Wisely There's more to recycling than separating aluminum cans from plastic bottles. Finding a quality recycling company that can properly handle more problematic refuse like PCs, TVs, and smartphones is the key to eco-friendly recycling. Bring the kids along when you take in your recyclables to get them familiar with the process. You should also use companies like Ware Disposal to help get you on a regular cleanup and pickup schedule. Scheduling Activities to Reduce Energy Usage If you're a savvy consumer, you know that energy waste can be easily curtailed with a little forethought. Plotting routes using Google Maps to reduce unnecessary car trips can eliminate literally tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Show your kids the ropes by setting a forward-thinking example in everyday scenarios and kill two birds with one stone by helping lower energy and waste as well as your bills. Considering Potential Environmental Impacts Nearly everything we do affects the environment in some way. Demonstrate the importance of making those effects positive by involving children when undertaking a landscaping or home renovation project. If you're a city dweller without a yard, start a balcony garden and educate your kids on the importance of cultivating non-invasive plant species. Going with the Local Option When Possible As you should know by now, transporting goods from one end of the world to the other generates a ton of carbon dioxide. Buy local products instead to cut back on emissions and get started by creating a compost heap with your kids rather than buying commercial topsoil for your organic garden. How to Make Those Teachable Moments Count Getting your children on the green bandwagon isn't terribly difficult. Focus on areas that interest each child so that green life lessons don't seem like homework. Parcel out tidbits of wisdom gradually so that they have a chance to sink in. If you keep things light and take your time, kids will form eco-friendly habits that last a lifetime.
  3. Soil excavation is a process of digging soil with an aim of cleaning the soil, making trenches for water drainage and infrastructural purposes. The excavated soil may be used for treatment or for disposal in a landfill. Excavation has various advantages as it helps to unravel the harmful debris that could contaminate groundwater and also pollute the soil. Agriculture makes the back born of different economies in the world. Soil fertility is of key importance for plant growth and development. When a soil is contaminated, agriculture is affected negatively and hence affect productivity of a nation. The excavation process might take long depending with status of the contaminated soil. It may take long if the soil is highly toxic and requires extra safety precaution. It will also take some time to dig a deep, large or below the water. Time will also be consumed if the soil contains a lot of rocks, debris etc. Excavation is a process that involves various stages including; Identification of contaminated areas: This involves a thorough research of the site by identifying what could have led to soil contamination and testing the soil for impurities. Choosing the right instrument for exaction: After the soil has been found to be contaminated, right equipment is used to dig the soil. Depending with the purpose of excavation there are different types of excavators. This equipment are mainly leased as they are costly and purchasing them for a single project might not be cost effective. Therefore, various companies offer these hire business e.g. Eastern Plant Hire. The contaminated or unwanted soil is excavated by standardized excavators such as backhoes and excavators track hoes. It all depends on the location of the site e.g. a site surrounded by buildings will require a smaller excavator. Some sites may have soil contaminated in a deeper situation requiring use of long arm excavators which can dig up to one hundred feet below ground. In some cases, soil might be excavated from below the water table which require pumping of water to facilitate dry excavation. Soil transportation: When the soil is disposed of, it may be loaded directly into a dump truck to the landfill. It is deposited elsewhere for treatment and covered to prevent soil erosion through water, or by the wind. If excavation is aimed at infrastructural purposes, the soil is used to fill holes and landscaped to prevent erosion. In conclusion, excavation is a soil engineering technique with more benefits such as cleaning the environment for healthy plants and landscaping to make planet earth beautiful.
  4. Shaping an eco-friendly business

    Running a profitable business is extremely important but it is not the most important thing in the world. Just think of it this way, what good is all the wealth in the world if we ruin our planet in the process. However, the best thing lies in cognition that eco-friendly business and profitable business are not in contrast. In fact most of the planet-friendly practices are also friendly towards your budget. With this in mind, there is lot to be gained by going green and here are some tips and tricks on how to do so. Power Saving Appliances First step you need to do in order to significantly improve eco friendliness of your business is revolutionize your power management system. On this front, whatever is good for your budget is good for the planet as well so one could safely call this state of things a win-win scenario. By investing a bit into low spending appliances, you are bound to make a difference. Now, word investment terrifies some people but, observing things in this fashion is pretty short-sighted. Keep in mind that you will need to buy these appliances only once, but they will continue to save your money for ages to come. In a manner of speaking, given enough time, these appliances pay themselves off. Replacing Your Bulbs One more thing you can do in your eco-friendly endeavors is replace all your traditional light bulbs with LED ones. Seeing how this can slightly reduce your power bills this is another small victory for both your business and the environment. The most important thing here is to be realistic and know what to expect from such a change. If you aim to buy a new car off of this saved money you will be quite disappointed, but if you plan to make nothing more than a noticeable difference you will do just fine. Recycling Paper Next pressing matter that requires your full and undivided attention is the issue of pollution. Namely, it is estimated that an average office worker prints over 10,000 sheets of paper annually. Alarming as this figure may seem, there is a way to remedy the effects of this devastating statistic. First of all, you can switch from regular paper to recycled one. There is no difference in quality whatsoever and plus sides of buying the latter one are that it is both cheaper and endorses recycling endeavors. Printer Ink Still, taking care of your paper needs is not the only pressing matter here. You need to do something about your ink spending as well. Seeing how 10,000 sheets per one member of your staff is not a figure one should take lightly, you need to look for the best deal on printer ink that you can find. Another planet friendly thing to do would be to refill your own ink cartridges. Even though it may sound complicated, this process is actually quite. All you will need is some basic gear like rubber gloves, one syringe and some old newspaper to place underneath. Changing The Commute Finally, you can also make a difference by changing your commute to work and urging your staff to do the same. Carpooling or using a public transportation are vast improvements over driving to work. Furthermore, for those not lacking in spirit and stamina, cycling or walking to work are even better since they are free, healthy and completely green means of commute. In the end, raising your awareness about any of these things is equally as important so make sure to preach the word amongst your employees. By managing to introduce some or all of these changes you will leave a better world to our descendants. One more way in which all of this helps is that these practices will make your business labeled green which is something that both your clients and partners are going to appreciate.
  5. Whether you are thinking about converting to an electric or hybrid car or simply making a few green changes to your existing ride, eco-friendly cars are significantly more beneficial to the environment. You might be surprised by a few of the benefits and additional perks. Environmental Benefits When you use less gasoline, it creates a positive environmental chain reaction. The first perspective most people consider is the immediate reduction in emissions which directly affects the reduction of pollution. This is increasingly important in cities with high pollution and smog which is negatively affecting quality of life of millions of people and creating significant health problems in children and adults alike. It also directly affects the state of the ecosystem. When you use less gasoline or eliminate your need altogether, you will decrease the demand for new drilling and pipelines which can have devastating environmental repercussions whether it be land, air or sea. Another benefit resulting from a reduced demand for oil is that it greatly reduces the number of short-haul and long-haul trucks on the road which release even more environmental-destroying emissions than your car. When you reduce or eliminate your need for gasoline, you are actually taking more vehicles off the road than simply your own. You can also choose a number of ways to make your existing car more eco-friendly. You might choose refurbished or recycled materials for everything from tires to car seats. These are materials that are typically taken to landfills and pollute the ground which can, in turn, eventually pollute ground water. Additional Perks In addition to saving the environment, you will also be able to save money. You do not have to buy a new car to go green. You can start by using ethanol gasoline, which is often less expensive than premium. Also, routine maintenance allows your existing vehicle to operate cleaner and longer than normal. To save more money, check the daily updated carparts.com coupon codes and other sites that provide discounts on the car parts upgrades and the replacements you need to make your existing vehicle environmentally friendly. And, do not forget that the government provides tax rebates to people who buy environmentally friendly vehicles. Every effort you make to create a more eco-friendly car will help save the environment. All it takes to start is to replace old tires or an old muffler. After that, you can work up to more significant changes to have an even greater impact. Each person does make a difference.
  6. We live in an increasingly eco-conscious world, where both home-owners and brands are driven to create a prosperous natural environment. This is even true in major metropolises and cosmopolitan hubs such as the U.S., where nearly 40% of all consumers now make purchasing decisions based on the use of sustainable materials and processes. There is no doubt that brands and business-owners are leading this drive, however, as the rising prevalence of corporate social responsibility (CSR) continues to compel them. This is empowering consumers to live more sustainable and Eco-friendly lifestyles, while also serving as a template for others to follow. 3 Lessons that Home-owners can Learn from Leading Brands With this in mind, let’s take a look at three of the major lessons that home-owners can learn from businesses and brands when creating an Eco-friendly living environment: - Think in terms of ROI when creating a sustainable home One of the biggest issues facing home-owners is a lack of forward planning, which makes it extremely difficult to create a budget and execute potentially costly Eco modifications around the home. Many may even be deterred by the cost, regardless of the long-term benefits or whether they have the financial resources to complete the project. This is where savvy entrepreneurs would consider the ROI of a specific modification, measuring this against the potential ecological benefits before making an informed decision. There are energy reduction specialists that can help you to calculate the cost and ROI of Eco-friendly modifications, so before to consult with these in addition to amending your existing mind-set. Create a culture of Awareness among those involved This is perhaps the most pertinent lesson that can be learned by business owners, quite simply because long-term environmental gains cannot be made without a culture of awareness. Just as businesses strive to educate their employees on the importance of sustainability and equip them with the tools to work in a socially responsible way, home-owners must empower fellow residents to maintain a cost-effective and energy-efficient home. This can be achieved by spending time with residents and educating them on how sustainable living can contribute to an improved natural environment. Start by involving fellow residents and family members in the project, creating enthusiasm and a genuine sense of accomplishment in the process. Pay Attention to small and seemingly insignificant details Businesses and corporate ventures have a huge advantage when looking to implement Eco-friendly measures, simply because they can delegate specific tasks while maintaining a strategic overview of costs and goals. This makes it far easier to pay careful attention to small and seemingly insignificant details, which in turn can help individuals to manage costs accordingly. While home-owners may lack this level of human resources, they can at least recognise the importance of detail and how it underpins any successful modification project. In terms of home-modification, this applies to executing small and affordable measures before investing in solar panel. More specifically, you should ensure that your home as interior insulation, which is cheap to install and helps structures to retain heat during the winter. Similarly, you should also look to address any gaps that adorn the walls or doorways, using basic polyfilla or draft excluders. Statistics suggest that this reduces energy loss by 20%, which translates into tremendous efficiency and significant savings.
  7. While prominent estate agent Knight Frank has recently claimed that the annual price of real estate in the capital dropped to 2% in June, widespread growth throughout the UK has more than compensated for this. Even with June’s figures down on last years’ corresponding number of 8.1%, there is still ample opportunity for home-owners to sell their properties for a handsome profit. We are still in the midst of a sellers’ market, meaning that anyone who is gripped by a ‘sell house fast’ mentality can optimise the resale value of their home while executing a quick sale. There are several elements that are crucial to achieving this, but the decision to invest in eco-friendly modifications is arguably the most important in 2015. These will not only offer a considerable return on investment (ROI), but they will also make your home appealing in a competitive sellers’ market. So, here are some ideas for three crucial rooms within the home: - Emphasise Insulation and Materials for your Living Room Let’s start with the living room, which is arguably the focal point of any home. Often a hub of activity, it is crucial that this room is energy efficient and capable of fulfilling its core purposes. You must therefore that it is insulated effectively, and while this is a standard feature of all homes built post-1996 older properties may lack this and leave you exposed to increased consumption. You should also use materials wisely when modifying your living room, prioritising fittings that are sustainable and constructed using non-toxic natural glues, wool batting, renewable woods and organic latex foam. Create a Functional and Energy-efficient Kitchen In terms of the kitchen, this room has evolved into the heartbeat of the modern living space. It must therefore be both functional and stylish, while it must also remain energy efficient given the rate of carbon emissions that it is typically responsible for. The first step is to invest in multipurpose and energy efficient appliances, each of which should have an EPC rating of A or better. Think carefully about whether or not you need specific appliances too, as you do not need to invest in a separate washer-dryer as this is not efficient all year round. On a final note, look out for a water aerator, as this is a standard faucet attachment that pumps air into the water and negates the need to operate the taps at full blast. Repurpose Fixtures to create an Efficient and Rustic Dining Room The dining room is an unusual space, as while it serves multiple purposes it is often overlooked from a design perspective. It is ideal for experimenting with repurposed fixtures and materials, however, as this can save you money and help you to drive energy efficiency in the home. Consider repurposing discarded chairs, old kitchen cabinet doors and table tops into freestanding storage solutions, for example, while also using renewable woods to create new unit doors. You can be creative as your skills allow when repurposing materials, although the key is to adopt a simple plan of action that can easily be maintained. Image: Pixabay
  8. 5 Alternative Uses for Paper Bags

    With concerns about the environment, shoppers are now being advised to avoid using plastic carrier bags. One alternative to these is paper bags. Once you have accumulated a few of these at home, you may wonder if there are any other uses for them instead of leaving them stashed in a cupboard. Here are five unusual ways to utilise any spare paper bags. Make a Gift Bag Paper bags are ideal to use as a cheap gift bag. It is simple to transform a plain bag into something really pretty. Either tie a colourful ribbon at the handles, ass some glitter or sequins, paint a design or add a collage of interesting pictures from magazines. Let your creativity run wild. Store Mushrooms Most people will have encountered the problem of buying mushrooms in a plastic container, putting them in the refrigerator and coming back the next day to find that the mushrooms are all slimy. The best way to avoid this problem is to put your mushrooms in a paper bag when you get home and this will keep them fresher for longer. Rehydrate Stale Bread If your bread has started to go stale, then most people will usually just throw the remains of the loaf away. However, this is not necessary as it is easy to rehydrate stale bread. Just put the bread into the paper bag, pour some water over the outside and put into the oven. This then creates a steaming effect and returns your bread to its original condition. Clean the Windows A crafty cleaning tip is to use the paper bag to clean the windows. Spray the windows with white wine vinegar and then wipe off using paper bags scrunched into balls. They absorb any grease and leave a streak-free finish. Ripen Fruits If it seems to be taking your fruit a while to ripen, then put it into a paper bag at the top part of the refrigerator. This will help your fruit to ripen faster. There is so much more to a paper bag than meets the eye and there are lots of different uses for them. So, unless you are planning to recycle them, don't throw your used paper bags away, give them a new purpose instead.
  9. An Eco-Friendly Christmas

    Christmas is, for most of us around the world, a time for seeing family, eating good food and giving presents, but there is a catch. Christmas tends to leave us with a lot of waste materials. Wrapping paper, food, boxes, plastic packaging, and surprisingly quite a large amount of this is not recycled. Business in particular need to be doing more to ensure that their products are providing an effective solution for an eco-friendly Christmas, which can be worked in with all of your seasonal marketing to give an excellent result. For example; making packaging thinner, including less packaging, reducing the glossy effect on wrapping paper, reducing the use of hard plastics and so on can help to reduce the amount of waste that isn’t recycled. What a lot of people don’t know is that wrapping paper isn’t always recyclable, it requires more specific, high standard machinery to break it down and recycle it because of the glossy finish, and attempting to recycle it in an area unable to do so can result in a fine, and this fine isn’t exactly a small one – in some areas it can cost you £1000, just for your attempts to recycle your wrapping paper. So, before you try sticking the paper in the recycling bin you should check with your local council to ensure that they are able to process and recycle the wrapping paper, rather than you ending up with a problem. What do you do if you can’t recycle it? Well – personally I’m all for reusing, which is particularly easy to do if you have kids; after all they’re happy to do crafts with an bits of scrap paper or material you might have lying around; so giving them something pretty and shiny like wrapping paper will open a whole new range of creative possibilities for your children. Of course it isn’t great that more than half of our Christmas fails to be eco-friendly, and even if you are able to make up for the failings of the companies responsible there should be more done to ensure that our annual festivities aren’t creative a problem for our environment. Companies producing wrapping paper should be making moves to make them a more eco-friendly, biodegradable solution, as well as packaging companies doing more to produce environmentally friendly packaging and reduce the amount of packaging that their product do use. These efforts would help to reduce the amount of waste materials in our homes during the Christmas period, and drastically help to promote recycling during this period. There are of course things that you can do at home – keeping wrapping paper that is still usable and using it to decorate boxes, workbooks and so on, reusing it to wrap gifts or even shredding it to use as a protective padding for small or fragile presents during transit, and this makes for a more attractive solution than plain shredded paper, but is not as secure as bubble wrap. There are plenty of options for crafts using wrapping paper, with the range of colours, designs and materials offering a perfect and basic solution for decoration, with the material offering a generally more durable option than some of the alternatives. They make a great option for protecting workbooks, notebooks and sketchbooks as well as a selection of other things. Try creating some interesting crafts with your left-over wrapping paper this year and share with me what you’ve done – I would be very interested in seeing it!
  10. Greenify Your Life and Your Home

    In recent years, going green has not only become a proper movement, but a whole way of life, and you only need to look around yourself to see why it is so important. We have become hungry for power, and we are recklessly treating nature, spending all the resources it has to offer, without even caring about whether that is sustainable or not. We read all the time that members of endangered species are dying out, we feel sad and maybe click a like, then we continue doing what we do best – ruining this planet. But what can you do, practically do, so that you decrease your influence on this planet and maybe even help out? Going green is used everywhere, yet only a few people know what that really means, and it is truly a whole way of life, which everyone will have to get accustomed to, or we will all face dire consequences. Buy Smart and Buy Green Many people do not even know what green means, but it is a whole concept which is created to define something that is renewable, sustainable and overall - eco-friendly. This is especially important when you visit the store where you are surrounded by products that you need, but not everything is that simple. It is your responsibility to buy those products that are produced by clean technologies and services, which do not harm the environment and which dedicate a percentage of their earnings to develop new ways of protecting nature or repairing the damage that has been done. All the chemicals that you buy for cleaning or for any other purpose need to be in accordance with some environmental standards, and to be safe for you to use at the same time. When it comes to food, it is important to avoid buying food on which a lot of pesticides were used since they can contaminate not only food and water, but also all the animal life around the area where they were used. They can also have negative effects on humans, too, so, always read the label, and try to buy local groceries, produced on nearby farms. Greenify Your Home Making your home greener is important because of two reasons. The first one is obvious, you will be doing a favor to your children, and their children, while the second one is from a financial point of view. If you try and use green technologies, you will be able to save a lot of money, especially when it comes to heating and cooling your home. If you use certified green appliances for doing that, your electricity bill will go down significantly, and after that, it is important to switch from incandescent light bulbs to their more energy-efficient cousins – compact fluorescent lamps. Even having LED lamps installed is a good idea, as they spend around 80% less energy, and offer the same amount of lights. When it comes to the rest of your home, it would be important to have all the doors and windows properly sealed so that your home stays at a desired temperature. Insulation should also be added to walls, ceilings and attics as a great addition. It would be wise to first remove all mold from your home - as it can not only present a health hazard to you and all the other occupants - before installing any kind of insulation. Other good ideas that you can use for your own home is to have a water barrel installed so that you can reuse rainwater as a free source, and during summer, you can even heat it up and have hot water anytime. Reuse, Reduce and Recycle These three Rs are extremely important for you to both save money and protect nature. There are many things that we buy only to use once and never again, so why not borrow it? This is a simple example of how reusing something can be a much better solution. Do not waste anything, and think carefully before printing out anything – just imagine how many trees we could have saved if we printed only what was truly necessary. These small changes can mean a lot for the environment, and you only need a little dedication to change your life for the better.
  11. Green technology can be a confusing concept for many people, and one of the reasons for this is because there are no official criteria for what makes technology green. For example, an app on your smartphone, an energy efficient fridge and a wind turbine could all be categorised as green tech. Because of this, there are many misconceptions about green technology, and this can make it hard for consumers to make the best decisions. Here are a few myths that you may want to keep in mind when it comes to greener technology. Everything About Green Technology Is Eco-Friendly When you buy a green technology product, you may think that it is going to be made from greener materials, but this is not always the case. Its green credentials may be that it uses less power, but the actual materials may not come into it at all. Or it may save you energy, but it may not be made from materials that can be recycled. Quite simply, not all manufacturers will take this into account when they design technology products. Try to look for technology that is green in more ways than one. Not just in its use of less power, for example, but also in the materials it is made from and how it is recycled. Green Products Are Always the Best Option Sometimes you may be led to believe that simply by choosing an eco-product you are doing your bit for the environment. You may see a new computer advertised as eco-friendly because it uses less power, but leaving that computer on all day may use more energy than turning off another non-green computer when you are not using it. Green technology is not therefore automatically better, and it requires your input to get the most out of it. Green Is Always More Costly Many people will automatically assume that green tech is always the more expensive option. Sometimes this is true, but not always. Green technology is often about longer-term benefits. You might pay more in the immediate future, but down the line you may be able to make large savings. And you have to remember that savings also come in the form of environmental savings. Other green technologies could help you to make more immediate savings. Something like the Nest Learning Thermostat, for example, could be considered green technology, and it could really help you to save you money by cutting the amount of energy you use. The new smart meters may also be able to help you cut down on your energy usage by increasing your awareness of how much energy you use each day. When it comes to saving money, there are many factors to consider, and it's important to look at all of these together. For example, you may want to use something like the Nest thermostat while also choosing a more suitable energy tariff to reduce your bills. You could also use an online tool to help you do this, such as the Tariff Information Label search tool on the npower.com website. So don't just rely on one type of technology to save you money, and consider all your options. It's How You Use It that Matters The most important thing to remember is that it is how you use green technology that matters. Reducing your energy use may well involve choosing greener options, but don't stop at that and assume you are doing enough. The fact is you may also have to change your habits to cut energy usage and reduce your bills.
  12. I am moving to a new house soon with a big garden. So I was just wondering how I can make my new garden as green and eco-friendly as possible? For the moment it only has a two trees, some bushes and large areas of grass. But I want flowers, some nice bushes and maybe even a little pond.
  13. People do not always think of the eco-friendly when it comes to gigantic limousines used by CEOs of large companies or celebrities. The world is becoming increasingly concernend about the environment and what would be left for future generations to come. Whenever people decide to get a limousine hire, they want a limo hire service that is friendly to the environment. Limo hire services have numerous limousines that are eco-friendly. Eco-friendly limousine hire services are becoming more common. Factors That Make A Limo Eco-Friendly * Cleaner fuel - The fuels that limos use now are the most important factor that is allowing huge limos to have less of an impact on the environment. Flex fuels can be power some of these limos. They have superior miles-per-gallon. These limousines are more suitable and emit less greenhouse gases as well. * Bio-diesel - There is about 90 percent less greenhouse gases emitted. * Combo engines - The hybrid cars made these engines famous. This includes the Prius. A number of limos have these gas/electric engines installed in them. The miles-per-gallon can be lower in these engines with the help of the battery. The battery can also supplies power for the electrical components. * E85 - This is also known as ethanol. It generates 60 percent less ozone-forming emissions. It is also renewable. * Compressed natural gas. This also has fewer greenhouse gas emission than LPG, diesel, or gas. It is safer to use as well. Limos That Are Eco-Friendly * Prius limo - The hybrid car revolution was led by the Prius. This vehicle helped to start the eco-friendly limo revolution. The idea of making a limo out of a Pirus came from someone from Canada. Many people know this car as the Primo. This limo has six doors and eight seats. This vehicle gets 50 miles-per-gallon. You may be get a limo hire and have a Prius roll up as part of the limousine service. * Nissan Leaf stretch limo - The first completely electric limo is the Nissan Leaf. It was built for Emabassy Suites in Franklin, TN. There is an eight person capacity. This vehicle can go for almost 100 miles from one charge. * Knight XV - This is an armored limo. It is ideal for a night on the town. * Chevy Tahoe Hybrid limo - It was transformed into the first hybrid SUV limo in the world. This limo gets better gas mileage than a Tahoe that is not a hybrid. It is about 80 percent better as well.
  14. Eco-Friendly Homes - Today's Popular Focus There's a good reason home buyers and homeowners focus heavily on eco-friendly homes. Solar energy is today's cleanest, most convenient way to cost-effective home ownership. The beauty of solar energy is how it has improved in the past decade. Today, solar panels are diverse and are barely perceptible installed on roof tops and siding. One important factor is the progress in hi-tech solar energy production. For homeowners, heating and cooling their homes can literally pay the cost of solar panel installation within half a decade. The great news is that solar energy can be installed by professional HVAC experts. For those living in high temperature regions, a conversion to solar air conditioning cuts energy consumption and costs. Solar and Aircon for the Home Today's eco conscious homeowners strive to reduce their fossil fuel use. For newly built homes, home buyers can choose air conditioning produced from solar energy. There's a wide range of choices for solar energy installation. In some states, solar air conditioning installations are offered on a lease-to-buy arrangement, month-to-month usage or full purchase of a solar air conditioner. With full purchase, it's important to check state and federal tax credits with regard to reduction in energy use. Solar and Aircon for the home is a perfect duo to consider when air conditioner installation is the next major home improvement. Air conditioner installation pros today are fully experienced in converting or adapting an A/C system to function with existing solar energy sources. How to Find a Solar and Aircon Installer In most states, solar energy professionals include electricians, air conditioner installation experts, electricians, construction contractors and electrical and mechanical engineers. To insure highest standards are met, these professionals are tested and receive licensing and certification. To find a solar HVAC installer to replace an existing air conditioner or central air system, look for an installer who can provide licensing and certification of their expertise. Today, licensed electricians possess a diverse background of study in the newest, eco-friendly forms of energy in addition to their knowledge in a broad range of electrical installations. For eco conscious homeowners, this makes it easier to find the most proficient solar installer. Experience and Attention to Eco Conscious Customers Discuss the potential for savings with an electrician with solar experience. Homeowners will find the installation process for solar A/C is reasonably priced and worth the savings over the long term. Depending on the A/C system chosen, an electrician with solar experience will have homeowners enjoying a cool, comfortable home, secure in the knowledge they are maintaining an eco friendly environment that's clean and safe.
  15. There is only one earth and it is up to its occupants to keep it clean by introducing eco-friendly practices on a daily basis. One of the best places to begin is in and around the home by using products that are intended to protect the environment. Creating an atmosphere of comfort based on the philosophy of greener is better promotes a healthier world filled with positive energy. A persons home should be a sanctuary where they can relax in the knowledge that they are doing all they can to make the world a better place to live. This is not just for the people of today but for the generations still to come who deserve the opportunity to live in a clean and protected place. They can raise their families knowing that everyone has made decisions based on what is best for the planet. A great way to begin the foray into an eco-friendly kitchen is to know what materials are sustainable. These materials are produced without depleting the supply of non-renewable sources or disrupting the balance of the natural environment. The best tip for creating a greener kitchen is to use materials and products that are eco-friendly such as bamboo, recycled materials, and cork. Anything used in the home should be non-toxic to ensure safe living conditions. Kitchen benchtops are used for food preparation and serving areas, so they need to be made of materials that are strong and safe from any dangers. They are the most used surfaces in the home, so durability, practicality, and safety should be considered before purchasing new kitchen benchtops. There are many new eco-friendly products that are designed to work well for the kitchen while providing wonderful service for many years. A goal for everyone around the world should be to reduce their carbon footprint, creating a cleaner healthier environment for generations to come. The first step in achieving this is to follow simple tips on going green in the kitchen such as using benchtops that are manufactured using sustainable or recycled materials. They need to be non-toxic and made using eco-friendly products that are suited for high usage work areas. Flooring and cabinets are also a great way to incorporate sustainable materials into the home while giving it a modern up to date look. There are many different styles and colors available to fit today’s modern kitchen décor or layout for both new builds and renovation projects. Saving the world begins with the people of today who want to preserve the earth by using products that are eco-friendly throughout the home and especially in the kitchen where people gather for good food and great times. Now is the time to check out all the ways to become greener in and around the home using innovative eco-friendly products.
  16. Our society is rapidly moving towards Earth friendly behaviors and practices. Even profit hungry businesses are going green by investing in renewable energy resources and using products that are environmentally friendly. Many commercial cleaning businesses have also made the transition to green practices. Businesses that hire cleaning services should be aware that plenty of these companies have made an effort to “go green” in an attempt to save the planet while procuring customers. These green cleaners utilize cleaning methods and substances that are healthy for their own workers, the client's employees and our planet. The Green Cleaning Movement In order to clean in a “green” manner, custodial services make a concerted attempt to only select cleaning products that are environmentally and health friendly. They go out of their way to find sprays, soaps and other cleaning fluids that don't contain harmful chemicals. Green cleaners also perform their cleaning functions with methods that will not harm any of the employees on the premises. They are extremely mindful of the ramifications of bargain rate commercial cleaning solutions that can negatively affect their own employees, the employees of the work site and the actual building that needs to be maintained. Rest assured that all of these considerations are accounted for without sacrificing the quality of the office cleaning. The Value of a Green Clean A green clean isn't merely limited to the use of environmentally friendly cleaning supplies. Green cleaners go to great lengths to properly train their employees about the right cleaning methods. Shoddy techniques can be damaging to not only the client's building but also the people who spend time there. Green cleaners are trained on how to clean surfaces and facilities in a manner that will not leave them tainted with potentially harmful sprays and liquids. This means that the cleaning staff is taught about proper disposal methods and green cleaning procedures that will remove dirt and kill germs without leaving any residues. Businesses and individuals interested in using conventional cleaning solutions should be aware that these products typically contain nasty chemicals that can prove poisonous not only to the building that is supposed to be cleaned but also the people that occupy it. Traditional cleaning products that are left on sink surfaces, in toilet bowls or sprayed into the air (aerosols) have the potential to harm our air and water supplies. The results can be disastrous. Our air becomes more toxic, our water is tainted with chemicals and aquatic life can be mutated or killed. So, anyone looking to hire a cleaning service should be proactive and do a little bit of research to find a cleaning company in the area that is committed to green practices and products. Reasons to Go Green The primary reason for a business to hire a green office cleaning service is to preserve the health of employees. Sick people aren't very productive. Compromising indoor air quality to save a few bucks on a cleaning contract just isn't worth it. Green cleaners also utilize products that don't contain allergens so there is less of a chance that the building's staff will experience allergy symptoms. Be aware that green cleaners can offer competitive rates even though they aren't purchasing bargain basement cleaning products. Economically efficient green cleaning services are out there. Take a moment to find one and go green today.
  17. More and more homeowners are choosing to use eco-friendly carpet cleaning products. Professional carpet cleaners are also choosing to use products that are more environmentally-friendly. Regardless of whether you choose to use your own steam cleaners or hire a professional company, there are a number of ways that you can benefit from eco-friendly carpet cleaning. Below are some of the benefits that you can reap: Healthier For You And Your Family Most of today’s carpet cleaners contain dangerous chemicals. Perchloroethylene is one of the most dangerous chemicals that is found inside of a lot of carpet cleaners today. It has been shown to cause fatigue, dizziness and nausea if it is inhaled. Health experts have also stated that this chemical can potentially cause damage to the liver and kidneys. Traditional carpet cleaners are even more dangerous to pets, children and people who suffer from allergies. On the other hand, eco-friendly carpet cleaning products are safe to use around everyone. If you use an eco-friendly carpet cleaner in your home or workplace, then you will be able to rest assured that you are not putting anyone’s health at risk. Additionally, your carpet will be smelling fresh and clean for a long time after you get it steamed cleaned. Saves Time Eco-friendly steam cleaners will also help you save time. If you use eco-friendly methods, then your carpet will be able to get cleaned with less water. This means that your carpet will be dry in less time. In fact, your carpet may dry in just one hour. It can take up to five hours for your carpet to dry if you use traditional carpet cleaners. Better For The Environment The chemicals used in traditional carpet cleaners are not only bad for your health, but they are also bad for the environment. Eco-friendly cleaning products bio-degrade very easily, and they do not pose a threat to the environment. Detergents and chemicals do not decompose easily. That is why they endanger the lives of living organisms. Prevents Mold Mold grows in environments that are moist. A wet carpet is very likely to develop mold. Because eco-friendly carpet cleaning methods use less water than the traditional carpet cleaning methods, your carpet will be less prone to developing mold. Keep in mind that mold is a health threat. If you need to clean your carpet, then you should definitely consider using eco-friendly methods. Eco-friendly cleaning methods are better for the environment and save time. They also help prevent mold from developing. Furthermore, eco-friendly methods are better for your health.
  18. Make Your Roof More Eco-Friendly

    The roofing on a house is arguably one of the most important features. The quality of the materials chosen will either protect against weather and insect damage, or leave a home vulnerable to costly repairs. Roofing can also be used to make a house more eco-friendly. Properly chosen and installed, roofing can cut down on the environmental impact of a home, from the production stage of materials to the amount of energy a house uses daily. There are hundreds of products to choose from, and narrowing them down can take some time. Here are a few options to consider in several different price ranges. http://homedesignlover.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/7-green-roof.jpg 1. Metal Roofing Metal roofing one of the most affordable, eco-friendly options for roofing. It is durable, low maintenance, and relatively inexpensive to have installed. One product that is popular in the Australian market is Colorbond roofing. It comes in many different colors and choosing a light color will help keep the roof cool. Colorbond is produced to withstand the weather and insect life specific to Australia. As with any roofing the color will begin to fade over time. However, rather than having to replace the entire roof (as you might with asphalt shingles) you can simply have a professional repaint the steel roofing. Roof painting should be done by a professional as they are best equipped to provide an even, well-blended finish. Here you can read about the stages of roof painting: http://www.myroofline.com.au/roof-painting.html 2. Recycled Materials The pricing on recycled roofing materials can vary widely. One option is to use synthetic tiles made from recycled postindustrial waste. This helps prevent waste from ending up in a landfill, and many of these synthetic tiles are also recyclable. That means that when it comes time to replace the roof, the materials can be recycled rather than thrown in the rubbish. Recycled synthetic roofing tiles tend to be a fairly affordable option for most homeowners as well. Another option for recycled roofing is terracotta tiles. These tiles are beautiful, and can be made from old pavers, bricks, or roofing tiles. They do tend to be more costly and they add quite a lot of weight to a roof. Before installation, it is important to make sure the underlying supports can withstand the extra weight. Chipped or cracked tiles will need to be replaced periodically, and old tiles can be recycled. 3. Green Roofs Green roofs are a trend that is catching on in Australia. They consist of installing a lip around an existing, generally flat, roof. From there, a waterproof membrane is installed along with a root barrier. Finally, plants are used to cover the roof, providing excellent insulation. They also create much needed greenspace in urban areas. The cost of installing a green roof is fairly high, and there is a bit of upkeep to them as well. It is also very important to check that your local area can support the water needed to maintain a green roof as many areas in Australia have a limited supply of freshwater. That said, they are an attractive and extremely eco-friendly option for roofing. For more information on green roofs follow the link below: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/green-rooftop.htm
  19. Organic And Eco-Friendly Fashion

    Nowadays more and more people and institutions become really concerned about the environmental issues the humanity faces up every day. A lot of organizations were established in order to make people understand the importance of preserving the natural beauty and resources. The fashion industry has always been blamed for being careless towards the nature. A lot of campaigns against the animal abuse and the fur used for making over expensive clothes. Luckily a great number of world famous designers took the standpoint of the society into consideration and slowly but surely we see the first signs of the eco - friendly also known as a sustainable fashion worldwide. The term organic fashion itself is mainly associated with materials such as cotton, wool, silk etc. Although these materials, at its initial condition, are harmless, their usage in the fashion industry is a subject to fierce discussions. We are constantly encouraged and advised to keep the nature clean, to eat organic food and use non – toxic cleaning detergents but the reality is that even if we buy a piece of clothing made of organic we fool ourselves. The cotton and the other eco – friendly materials go through a thorough process where bleach and other chemicals are used, which makes the eco fashion tendencies useless. Let's take the most popular material – cotton as an example. It is thought to be the most popular clothing material but how can it be eco- friendly when there's a soil erosion, the usage of water should be reduced and the soil is treated with different pesticides and chemicals whose intention, by all means, is not to help the cotton grow as an ecologically clean product. And despite the fact that the sustainable fashion has it's opponents, more and more Hollywood celebrities become fans of the eco clothing and obviously they are the main reason for its popularity lately. Their dedicated fans follow every action of their idol and if he is wearing a cotton shirt, made of organic cotton that's a fair reason for the fans to buy the same. This method really works and the world designers see perspective in it. The attention of the international press has also been attracted towards the eco- friendly fashion benefits. In other words every newspaper and environmentally concerned website would recommend making a clearance of your wardrobe, stop wearing clothes made of a material different than cotton, wool, silk and even bamboo and buy stuff that doesn't pose a danger to the biodiversity. You probably know that the organic fashion items are a way more expensive but if they help us to preserve the environment clean, then the amount of money pays off. You can easily find on – line stores where the clothes are believed to be eco – friendly and the fact that designers, whose names have always been associated with luxury and stylish dresses take part in such a tremendous initiative such as making the eco- fashion clothes popular and desirable items is more or less convincing reason that the organic fashion is somehow better than, say it, the nylon. Even if you can't afford to have all your clothes made of natural materials you can at least be mindful about what and how you recycle. Every attempt to keep the nature clean is worthy of trying. Author Bio: Connie Jameson is passionate blogger who loves to write about fashion, beauty, health, cleaning and many other topics. She currently works as a manager of London carpet cleaners and she has a lot of knowledge and creative ideas to share.
  20. Eco-friendly housekeeping

    Nowadays many people realize the degrading effects store-bought detergents have on the environment, because it is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with accordingly. If we do not stop polluting mother earth, who knows what will happen; global warming, war, famine etc. No one knows because not once in the history of the human race, have we influenced our habitat this much. And if we do not control our wicked ways, sooner or later we will suffer the consequences of our own ignorance. That is especially true for people who aren't even aware that there is a problem, and that is staring them right in the face. So please, read about eco-friendly housekeeping; educate yourself so we don't tarnish our playpen to the point of no return. Here I have compiled some materials I gathered from my friend who is an expert on green/environmentally sound cleaning and works for house cleaning Finchley. Detergents Make All The Difference When people talk about eco-friendly housekeeping, you can be 100% sure that it is somehow related to the evil, commercial detergents that are pushed down our throats. There aren't that many aspects that should be taken into consideration besides this , but if we can substitute even one detergent with something green and eco-friendly, we've done our work. Here are some substitutions I find to be just as good as store-bought detergents, if not better: Sodium Bicarbonate – although this name brings close resemblance to another inorganic chemical (sodium hydroxide), it is not nearly as corrosive or as damaging. Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is perhaps the most powerful housekeeping detergent that can be found in almost any kitchen drawer. It works wonders on removing saturated dirt/grime as well as keeping bad odors down to a minimum. White Vinegar – works just as well as baking soda. Usually the vinegar is diluted in water to keep acidity levels down as much as possible. For more heavy contamination, pure white vinegar might be employed, depending on the material in question. Lemon Juice – lemon contains an ingredient known as citric acid. Citric acid exhibits stronger acidity compared to white vinegar. It is used for treating deeply saturated filth and grime. Like white vinegar, it is best to dilute the acid in water, unless the situation demands it. Hydrogen Peroxide – considered quite the powerful oxidizer, hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean stains, whiten whites, clean counter-tops and cutting boards etc. It is absolutely safe to handle, with not ill effect on the environment. Rubbing Alcohol – alcohol had been used as an disinfectant for thousands and thousands of years. It is the perfect disinfectant, for it kills up to 99.9% of all common bacteria. It evaporates rather quickly, making it ideal for treating hard-to dry materials. Additional Tips One thing that wastes a lot of Earth's natural resources is the over-production of paper for the household. In fact, nowadays almost every home is accustomed to using paper towels. And there is nothing wrong with that – paper towels are awesome! Or that would be the case if making paper towels didn't involve the systematic chopping-down of trees for cheap commerce. Use a rag or a microfiber towel to soak up spills. Wash and they are as good as new – no killing of trees required. Also, try to use as little water as possible!
  21. 3110 Evolve: Nokia

    Nokia recently released its brand new 3110 Evolve. It's a new, greener, phone from Nokia (maybe they wanted to impress Greenpeace?). The new phone uses "bio-covers" that, are said, to be made from over 50% renewable material. It also uses smaller packaging made of 60% recycled content. Nokia have also thrown in their best energy efficient charger. The charger uses 94% less energy than the Energy Star requirements. If you are in the need for a new phone this one might be worth to take a closer look at. But please, do not throw away your already working phone.