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Eco Friendly Environment for Your Nursery

How to Make an Eco Friendly Environment for Your Nursery

This was written by Alyssa Clarke of Born Rich.

Once you become a mother, you will need to take care of very minute things related to the health of your baby, ranging from clothes to toys, from cots to linens. Here we shall be discussing about the things you need to keep in mind while setting up a nursery for your child. Not only should the nursery be safe, it should be Eco-friendly as well. Making the environment in which your baby lives healthy and Eco-friendly shall help in his/her healthy development. To fulfill this purpose, you need to keep some things in mind while buying things for your little one. These include the furniture, the mattress, the linen and the toys.

The furniture of your baby wouldn’t include many things. All that you need to buy especially for your baby is the cot. Cot is the baby’s bed where he/she shall be sleeping until the age of two and spending most of his/her time until they start off to walk or crawl. In the cot, the baby spends the maximum part of his/her development years. A cot is also the first thing which your baby will start chewing when he/she is teething. That is why special attention is to be paid while buying a cot. Firstly, it should not be made from any toxic wood or be painted by toxic paints. Secondly, it should have safety latches and the bars should not be far apart, so as to prevent the baby’s legs or arms from getting stuck in between them. You should avoid getting carried away by the beautiful designs and colors of the cots as the paint and lacquer in them can be quite harmful for your child. Thus, make sure that your baby’s cot is made from non-toxic wood and varnished with non-toxic paint.

The second thing you should pay attention to is the mattress. Common mattresses are generally made up of synthetic fibers and harsh metal springs. Moreover, these mattresses are sprayed with a multitude of strong chemicals and disinfectants that can be quite dangerous for your kid, who is used to with sleeping on this mattress. Just leave these ones behind and opt for the mattresses made from natural organic fibers, which will also help your baby in regulating his/her, body temperature during all seasons.

Next comes the linen of your baby. Linen is such an important thing when it comes to your baby’s safety. It is another thing which stays in touch with your baby’s body most of the time. So you need to be very choosy while shopping for all these things. Using organic linen wherever possible in advisable, but try to make use of more sustainable fibers like bamboo, cotton and wool.

Finally, you should take ample care about the toys with which you baby has been playing. Toys made of plastic can be the worst ones for the health of your baby. Plastic is one of the most toxic elements on earth and should be evaded by young, old and especially the little ones. For this reason always avoid plastic and go for bamboo or wooden toys instead with non-toxic paint.

With these easy to follow tips, you can surely succeed in the build-up of a healthy and Eco-friendly home environment for your baby.

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Home Improvement Tips to Cut Down on Water Waste

Home Improvement Tips to Cut Down on Water Waste

This was written by Kelli Cooper of APM Buildings.

We take our natural resources for granted, thinking that they could never possibly run out. Nothing could be further from the truth and over the next several years, dozens of states are expected to face water shortages. The push to be more environmentally friendly is getting stronger and there are a lot of things we can do as individuals that can make a big difference. In fact, you can start right in your own home; here are some easy ways to use less water.

Install Low-Flow Shower Heads and Faucet Aerators

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to cut down on water use is to install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators, devices that reduce the amount of water that comes out when you turn on your shower and sink. Changing your showerhead can reduce water usage by at least 750 gallons per month…that is a lot of water!

Put Float Boosters in Your Toilet

Float boosters in your toilet tank can save up to 300 gallons of water a month. Make sure you have at least three gallons of water in the tank before putting them in or else the toilet will not flush properly, leading to greater water waste due to multiple flushes. You can even make some yourself by putting one inch of sand or pebbles in the bottom of two sealed plastic bottles filled with water. If you are in the market for a new toilet, get ones that use less water—low flush toilets use about one to two gallons per flush compared to three to five for standard toilets.

Check For Leaks

Little leaks can add up to huge amounts of wasted water. A leaky faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water a  day while a leaky toilet can use an extra 1,000! You can check for leaks in your toilet bowl by putting some food coloring in the toilet tank; if you flush and see the coloring seep into the toilet, you have leak. Faucet leaks are often very easy to fix, eliminating the need to call a repairman. Home improvement stores have inexpensive faucet repair kits.

Monitoring your water meter can also let you know if there are any leaks. Get your reading and check it again after a two-hour period where there was no water being used. If the reading is different, there is a leak.

Insulate Hot Water Pipes

Insulating your hot water pipes will help produce hot water more quickly, causing you to run water for less time waiting for it to warm up.  This will also help you reduce energy use because it will not take as much heat to get your water hot.

Get More Efficient Appliances

Switching to a more water-efficient washing machine can dramatically cut down on water use for laundry, which accounts for about 13 percent of household water use. A machine with an efficiency rating of at least 4 stars can reduce water use by up to 2/3.

Closing Thoughts

There are so many easy ways that you can cut down on water use and committing to making these small changes helps you do your part in being more eco-conscious. The best part is, these changes will also help your pocketbook by reducing water and energy bills. We have reached a point where we all must get serious about being a better friend to the environment and if we all do the little stuff, we can make big changes.

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Going Green Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

Going Green Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

This guest post is by Erika Celario of TONERGREEN blog.

“Going Green,” you’ve probably encountered this term a thousand times over the internet, in newspapers or ad campaigns on TV. You might also be wondering, “what does it really mean?” Well, if you think taking an action to preserve our natural resources to help the environment needs a considerable amount of time and effort or a serious devotion to our planet, then you might want to reconsider that thought. “Going Green” actually doesn’t need to cost you that much effort, time or money. It actually can be one of the easiest things to do. In fact, “Going Green” actually saves you money. All you need is to simply change some habits and the products you support to easily put a tint of green in your lifestyle.

Going Green In Your Home

You can go green at your house, simply by using electronic appliances and products. Why don’t you change those regular bulbs you use to CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lights) and LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs? These types of light bulbs are more energy-efficient and last up to ten times longer than incandescent bulbs. Or why don’t you choose buying Energy-Star qualified appliances the next time you hit the market for new electronics? Energy-Star qualified appliances use less energy, save money and protect the environment. You can also cut down the amount of chemicals you are using in your kitchen and bathroom by using eco-friendly products instead. Companies like Coleman, Woolrich and Desert Essence make green soaps, shampoos and lotions. Incorporate the 3Rs in your everyday life: reduce, recycle and reuse. There are a lot of non-biodegradable materials that you can still use like those plastic bags. By simply reusing your plastic bags, you are helping the environment reduce waste on its landfills. And talk about non-biodegradable waste, plastic takes 500 years to break down.

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“Don’t blow it—good planets are hard to find.”
- Times Magazine

Going Green In Your Office

You can easily incorporate a green lifestyle even in the office. You might even suggest the following eco-friendly tips to your management considering the fact that these tips doesn’t just help the environment they also reduce your office’s expenses: (1) develop a green purchasing policy, most eco-friendly materials cost less, like recycled papers and remanufactured toner cartridges, which are also called eco-friendly cartridges in your office printing; (2) use power strips to turn off electronics when not in use. 75% of the electricity used to power office equipment can be consumed while these electronics are turned off. You can simply avoid this by pugging them into a power strip that can be shut off at the end of each day to consume less electricity; (3) buy Energy  Star qualified electronic products, Energy Star computers, printers and other business machines conserve up to 75% of your electricity compared to standard models. Energy Star products saved Americans more than $3.5 billion in energy costs; (4) recycle your office materials, you don’t have to throw away those unwanted one-sided printouts, they can be used for printing drafts and writing notes; and (5) green commuting, according to the 2011 Annual Urban Mobility Report, American workers spend an average of 47 hours per year commuting through rush hour traffic. You can avoid this hassle by carpooling, taking public transit, biking or walking. This reduces the considerable amount of 23 billion gallons of gas wasted in traffic each year.

You see, “Going Green” won’t necessarily complicate or change your lifestyle drastically. It just requires simple changes to make a positive impact on our environment. “Going Green” doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s actually the other way around. By making small changes in your everyday routine, you can save yourself some green while helping the world become greener place.

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