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Dixie Somers posted a blog entry in The Green Machine BlogMost people are aware of the impact commercial farms have on the impact with their use of pesticides. What many do not realize, however, is regular home and garden use of pesticides adds up to 160 million pounds of chemical use every year, which is more than the government and businesses combined. Want to do something to help the environment while keeping pests away from your home? Green pest control methods can be just as effective as chemicals or even work better without the use of chemicals that can harm the environment, pets, and children. Eco-friendly pest control methods can be effective against all types of pests, including rodents, cockroaches, termites, and more. What Makes Pest Control "Green?" Eco-friendly pest control strives to use the least toxic method first to control a pest problem. In general, green pest control solutions are less damaging to the environment and less toxic to living creatures not targeted by the treatment, such as pets, humans, insects, and aquatic life. This approach to pest control often begins with making your home and garden as inhospitable to unwanted creatures as possible by removing food and water sources and using natural compounds that deter pests. From there, chemicals with reduced toxicity can be used to combat an existing problem. Here's a look at several highly effective green pest control solutions that can help protect your home. Bora-Care for Termites Bora-Care is a boric acid system that works as a stomach poison against termites. Bora-Care can be used to protect wood from becoming a food source for termites and its low-toxicity, unlike the chemical sulfuryl fluoride that's used in fumigation. A pest control professional can help you decide if Bora-Care is a good solution for your home. Eco-Friendly Cockroach Control You can stop and track down cockroaches in your home without chemical bait. Simply use store-bought sticky traps or make your own by adding banana peel to a Mason jar and lining the rim with petroleum jelly. Place the jars near pipes and sinks then wait for the roaches to get trapped. Once you track down where they're collecting, inject boric acid into crevices and cracks. Boric acid is a low-toxicity chemical that causes dehydration and death in roaches by affecting their exoskeleton. It's far safer than the alternative, organophosphates, which are the most common types of pesticides to poison people. When working with a pest control professional like All Seasons Pest Control, ask if they use eco-friendly solutions. You can also request non-chemical solutions whenever possible to help control or prevent an infestation.
RachelleW posted a blog entry in Shades of an Apple Green HomeThe desire to create a greener office space is driving business owners to re-think office organization and to institute protocols that make the most of materials and energy usage. A number of systems can be integrated into the average office to use less energy, lower the amount of emissions, improve work efficiency and provide a healthier environment for workers. Recycle Paper Even in the computer age, the amount of paper that is generated creates a problem for disposable and a waste of previous resources. Systems should be put in place to recycle paper products of all types. Paper and boxes can be re-used within the office system and ultimately placed in containers that can be picked up by local recycling companies. Go Energy-Efficient Take a close look at how the office uses energy throughout the day. Using energy efficient light bulbs can save hundreds of dollars. Make sure areas that are not used throughout the day, such as storage rooms, have motion-sensitive lighting that turns off automatically. Choose the Right Office Furniture Office furniture that utilizes materials responsibly and does not add to the accumulation of volatile organic compounds in interior spaces can be an important step in making your office space greener. Emissions coming from synthetically-produced parts should be minimized to prevent reactions to the chemicals and long-term health problems. Some companies, like Affordable Business Interiors, know that furniture should also be recyclable, that is, it should break down easily into component parts that can be re-used in other ways. In this way, your office can comply with the highest standards of creating a green interior environment. Turn Off Computers and Equipment Computers are often left on, even when people have left the office. This habit results in a waste of electricity that adds hundreds of bills to utility bills each year. Workers should be encouraged to use “sleep” settings on the computer for daytime use and shut them down completely during the night hours. Add Natural Plants Natural plants create a more natural atmosphere that improves working conditions. Not only are plants visually pleasing and remind workers of outdoor spaces and recreational activities, but they also add oxygen to the air, which increases healthy breathing and neutralizes some of the toxic gases that build up in offices from synthetic materials. Hardy plants only require a minimum of care, yet they provide many benefits for those who work in the areas where they are located. Going green is a growing trend in today’s offices that not only makes sense for the bottom line but can also improve work environments for employees to achieve greater productivity and worker satisfaction.
HannahWhittenly posted a blog entry in HannahWhittenly's BlogYou hear about stories of people who become sick after drinking from the tap in their house, and there are always warnings about the pollutants, bacteria, minerals, and other substances in your water. So how do you know if you water is ok to drink? It's not as hard as you think. Get a Report Checking in with your water company for a consumer confidence report is the first step to knowing if your water is safe. Your water company is required by law to provide you with this report. This report will show any pollutants that have come into contact with your water supply over the past year. Knights Plumbing & Drain also recommend looking at your pipes to make sure they aren’t old or rusting which might give off a strange taste. Government Resources The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has 18 states participating in their Drinking Water Watch program. This program links to a database of information regarding water quality violation, hazards, and any actions taken by the state to clean up these issues. If you live in a state that participates in this program(Indiana, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and others), all you have to do is enter the name of your county or your public water system number, and you will receive a report of the quality test results. If you received a data report, you can then look up any or all the contaminants listed within the EPA's chemical database. Please, be aware that the data does differ depending on the state of which it was pulled. When you're water supply comes from a private well, you can still look up your well in a state guide, but it becomes a little more cumbersome. If you can't find what you are looking for in the state guide, then you can contact the state government directly to resolve your issues. Often times the state government has more up-to-date information. Test Yourself In many cases, there is no way to be absolutely sure your water is safe to drink besides testing it yourself. To do this, call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline to connect you with your local water testing agency. The Water Quality Association can also help you connect with a testing agency. Once connected simply schedule a time they can come to help test your home’s water sources. Using these steps will help you determine if your drinking water is safe to consume, and will help you keep up to date with issues that have happened recently with your water supply.
HannahWhittenly posted a blog entry in HannahWhittenly's BlogThe green trend is spreading across the globe, as our world continues to change and feel the consequences of modern life. More and more people are realizing the benefits of less harmful products, including the pesticides that protect many of our foods. Numerous companies are investing in this trend because people continue to buy the eco-friendly goods deemed less harmful for human consumption. Due to the sensitivity many people have expressed over concern for their environment, more natural pesticides are becoming favorable and demand is increasing worldwide. Organic pesticides are harmless to the environment, while also being free of other harmful components for human consumption. Here is how the science of organic pesticides are changing. Green Chemistry Green chemistry allows for the engineering of products without excessive amounts of hazardous substances. For example, chemical equations are being altered so as to make harmless water the byproduct of many chemical reactions instead of harsh chemicals such as ammonia. Synthetic Chemicals Synthetic chemicals tend to make up most of the common pesticides used in food production across the world. However, it is difficult to regulate these man-made chemicals, an alarming concept for consumers. Government regulations are beginning to encourage the production of products that use green chemicals instead of synthetic, allowing the consumer to better understand these chemicals and make informed decisions about what they are purchasing. Methods Used to Make Chemicals More Green Chemicals are becoming more green in many ways. Reducing formaldehyde, eliminating ozone-depleting gases, and developing sustainable methods for the production of less harmful chemicals are all practices that are being explored by scientists in order to make the world a safer place for both humans and the environment in which they live. By reducing the effects of creating chemicals, pesticides are becoming more green, and reducing and eliminating the harmful byproducts of the chemical processes that go into the traditional method of creating pesticides are making these chemical compounds safer. Both through individual effort and the efforts of those who battling to protect the earth, along with governments around the world, green pesticides are becoming more and more common, creating a safer environment. Even in local businesses, pest removal is becoming less harmful and more humane. ICE Pest Control and Wildlife Removal, a pest control company based in Toronto, says they are always working on natural ways of removing dangerous animals and insects. Everywhere, more and more companies are doing more to fix the problems associated with harmful chemicals and sprays. Organic pesticides are one way of creating a more sound environment for consumers interested in a more natural and green way of life. These pesticides contain no GMOs, added chemical compounds or colorants. The result is a safe, natural, and green product that continues to protect crops as traditional pesticides have before. By using up-to-date equipment and experts in the related fields, research is always expanding and developing new methods to attain these green chemicals.