Saturday, January 24, 2009

Reaction To Going Green Laundry Segment

I just watched a web clip of a South Carolina news channel discussing greener ways to do laundry. In the segment, the news anchor stated that "the average American does 400 loads of laundry every year". I can't believe this! Do you do 400 loads of laundry a year? My household of three, two adults and a two year-old child, does two loads of laundry each week. That comes out to 35 loads per person each year if you include my son, or 52 loads if you only count the two adults. So what the segment is telling me is that the average American does four times as much laundry as I do!

Four hundred loads a year would be more than one load per day. Who dirties this many clothes? Beyond that, who has the time to do 400 loads of laundry each year? That's more than 7 loads each week! What a life, spending that much time in the laundry room and folding clothes! Do people really do this much laundry, or was this news channel's research wrong? Please drop me a line and let me know what you think!

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Great Article on How Going Green Benefits a Business

I came across a great article on titled "Going Green to Create 'Green' for Your Business". This is a great article, especially for those of you who own your own business. Check it out:

Are Plastic Credit Cards Recyclable?

I got an email from a reader, Joanne, asking me if fake or real plastic credit cards are recyclable. This is a great question and I am not sure so I'm wondering if anyone can help us out. I don't know of a way but feel free to leave some in the comments section. Either way, if it's a real one I would recommend cutting it up. Any help is appreciated!

Greener Driving 101: Ten Tips To Save Gas and Money

Here are some tips to make your commute a greener one:

  1. Plan your trips before leaving and plan your stops efficiently. Don’t backtrack whenever possible. This will also save you time.

  2. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. This can save you up to 5% of your fuel.

  3. Make sure air filters are clean. Dirty air filters decrease engine efficiency.

  4. Don’t brake hard or accelerate rapidly. Watch ahead for stop signs or lights and take your foot off the gas when approaching one.

  5. If your vehicle has overdrive, use it. This slows the speed of your engine, saving gas and increasing the life of your engine.

  6. Take anything out of your vehicle that you don’t need. A lighter vehicle will get better mileage.

  7. Carpool or take public transit if available.

  8. Only use air conditioning when needed. Air conditioning causes your gas mileage to decrease.

  9. Keep your vehicle maintained. Regular tune-ups and oil changes will ensure your vehicle is running efficiently with minimal emissions.

**image courtesy of Flickr user Toni_V

Monday, January 19, 2009

Green Gift Wrapping for Valentine’s Day

Here are some ways to make your Valentine’s Day a little greener. Instead of using wrapping paper try the following:

  • Newspaper or magazines
  • Wrap the gift in a related gift like a blanket, towel, sweatshirt, etc.
  • Use the bag from the store, some stores offer special gift bags for Valentine’s Day
  • Gift bags that can be saved for next year
  • If you must use wrapping paper, use paper that can be recycled. This is just as important as whether or not the paper is made from recycled paper. Just because wrapping paper was made from recycled paper does not mean it can be recycled. Some papers have glitter or dyes that make it unable to be recycled.

Change Your Air Filters for Cleaner Air and Lower Bills

Furnaces and air conditioners have air filters. When these filters become dirty airflow slows down through your units. This makes for less efficient units and wastes time and money. It also helps to keep your home free of dust.