Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Catch The "Go Green Bug"

It seems in today's world that everyone is going green. Recycling, organic foods and fuels, and energy efficient appliances seem to have become all the rage. So why not catch the "going green bug" and take a few easy steps to improve the health of our planet. Below is a list of twelve products you should stay away from if you are trying to go green, thanks to CNN.com.

1. Styrofoam
Carry your own reusable coffee mugs, skip the fast food, and use glass and metal storage containers whenever possible.
2. Plastic food containers with bisphenol-A (BPA)
If you really must use plastic, choose BPA-free varieties (such as those marked with No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 codes). And be sure to recycle them when you're done.
3. Tropical hardwoods
Don't know where the wood in that magnificent dining table was sourced? Leave it at the store, and look for goods manufactured through certified forestry programs.
4. Aluminum in cosmetics
5. Incandescent bulbs
6. Petroleum-based fabric sheets and laundry detergent
 Switch to vegetable-based laundry soaps and seek out less potent alternatives.
7. Overpackaged goods
8. Paper towels and napkins
There are some messes best cleaned up with paper, but couldn't you use more kitchen cloths?
9. Plastic utensils
Consider some alternative strategies: portable metal mess kits for picnics, or simply washing plastic goods and using them again.
10. Disposable batteries
With all the electronic devices in our lives these days, it makes environmental (and financial) sense to switch to rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries. They're less toxic and save you money.
11. Commercial insecticides
 But there are less toxic and nontoxic ways of controlling bugs, from borax (a poison) to essential oils, select plants, and ways to make common insects feel less welcome in your cupboard.
12. Household cleaners
Baking soda, vinegar and salt are the backbone of a cleaner-and-greener home.

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