Friday, August 28, 2009

Do You Know of A Green Credit Card Company?

Hello everyone! I got an email this morning from a reader asking me which credit card company is the greenest. I am stumped and have no idea. Can you help us out? Do you know a a green credit card company? If so, please either email me at or post a comment. Any help is appreciated!

Going green applies to back-to-school purchases, too | | The Detroit News

Going green applies to back-to-school purchases, too | | The Detroit News

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Greenest Solution to Rodent and Pest Problems: Prevention

Most pesticides are made from very toxic ingredients. The greenest way to take care of pest problems is to prevent them from happening at all. The fall is the season that most pest problems occur so I thought I would share some tips on pest prevention for your home or business.

  1. Visually inspect your home or apartment for holes or cracks and if you find some make sure to seal them.
  2. Store all food in air-tight containers and keep food off of the ground.
  3. Clean up! Pests can easily hide in a cluttered home.
  4. If you have pets do not leave their food dishes out at night and also make sure to keep the pet food sealed in an air-tight container.
  5. Inspect anything you bring into your home for pests.
  6. Keep trash away from your home or office, preferably in a bin or trash can.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

How To Reuse and Recycle Old Pots And Pans

If you've recently updated your kitchenware or you have pots and pans that are worn out, DON'T THROW THEM AWAY! There are many ways to reuse and recycle your old pots and pans.

  • Remove the handles and use the pans as pet food or water dishes. The heavy weight makes them work well for this.
  • Give them to kids to play with in their pretend kitchen.
  • If they are in decent shape, consider donating them to Salvation Army, Goodwill, or another charitable organization.
  • If you are into camping, consider saving old pans to take on camping trips to save your newer or nicer ones from getting damaged.

Find out what the pan or pot is made out of. If the item is aluminum, it can be put in most recycling bins. Magnets do not stick to aluminum so this is a good way to test the item if you are unsure. If it is steel, check with your local steel scrap yard to see if they will accept them. Many scrap yards will pay your for the steel!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Guest Posting From the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center

Green Living: Improving Health For Today and Tomorrow

Much attention has been paid in recent years to what seems to be a growing environmental conscience in the United States. Going green used to be considered expensive and a luxury for those who could afford the trend. Now it appears that we are learning that not only is adopting more environmentally conscious attitudes good for our economic situation, but also our….health? Yes, if we dig a bit deeper we can see that dirty industries and backwards policy is actually harming the health of the earth for our children and the health of her inhabitants today.

How Does Environmental Policy Affect Public Health?

There are two levels of health consequences associated with dirty industry, both direct and indirect. The direct consequences are examples like increased asthma rates in areas with high smog indices. Chlorofluorocarbon release into the atmosphere has shown to decrease the filter of direct sunlight on the planet, resulting in more concentrated ultraviolet light reaching the surface of the earth. Perhaps it is no surprise then that in countries with depleted atmospheric gas, skin cancer rates are among the highest in the world.

The indirect health consequences are harder to see immediately, but closer examination reveals that these are, in fact, perhaps the most hazardous. Bi-products of dirty and backwards industries, such as coal and oil processing, include cancer causing substances like asbestos and benzene. A U.K. study conducted in 2002 indicated that coal and oil industry workers are at a much higher risk of developing mesothelioma and leukemia. Dr. Robert Taub among many other doctors who specialize in this area understand that these are substances that can be directly traced to antiquated pre-regulation equipment in industries whose environmental hazards are even more inherent.

Can we really afford to continue on the path we were on before? Investment in clean industry means not a healthier planet for our children and grandchildren, but also a healthier place for us to live today.

--August 16, 2009 Written by James O’ Shea with the maacenter

Saturday, August 8, 2009

'Going green' easy for anyone living on-campus

'Going green' easy for anyone living on-campus

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How To Recycle Old Textbooks

how to recycle textbooksMany textbooks become outdated very quickly. New information becomes available and many professors require students to purchase the most recent edition. eBay is a great place to sell textbooks of recent editions, but once a newer edition is released some textbooks are worth next to nothing. Here are some ways to recycle your old textbooks that keep them out of the landfill:

  1. Contact your local library to see if they would like the textbook.
  2. Check out Books For Africa. They take books less than 20 years old.
  3. Check your local recycling program. Most centers now allow you to place hardcover books into your recycling bin.
  4. Check and coordinate efforts to get a textbook recycling bin dropped off at your school.
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Friday, August 7, 2009

EarthTalk: Greener ways to cut the grass |

EarthTalk: Greener ways to cut the grass |

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Get Your News The Green Way With Electronic Editions of Your Newspapers

Think about all the energy and materials used just to make and distribute a single paper. In addition to the obvious use of paper and ink, you must also consider the fuel it takes to get the paper to the delivery person. Most paper delivery drivers, at least from my life experiences, use a car for at least part of the paper route. All of these resources are used for a paper that usually only gets read once or twice, and then (hopefully) recycled. What a waste?!

Most papers now offer an electronic version of the paper for a fee. Usually this fee is lower than the price of getting the paper delivered to your door. In addition to being able to access the news each day, most online subscriptions also allow you to search archives of all their previous editions. You will also benefit from not having to store all of the old papers until the day your recycling truck comes. Think of how much paper, ink, and fuel could be saved if everyone did this!

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Amusement parks giving green rides --

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How to Recycle Old VHS Tapes

recycle vhs tapesMany of us don't own any VHS tapes anymore but some still have shelves full of them. As people convert their VHS collection to DVD's many old VHS tapes are making their way to landfills. Stop! There are greener ways to recycle your VHS tapes. Here they are:

  • Check eBay to see if the title is selling. A good way to tell is to do an advanced search for completed listings. You can see how much similar items have sold for recently.
  • Put the tapes on Craigslist for free, as long as the taker is willing to pick them up. This give you a way to get rid of the tapes without having to do any extra work.
  • Send them to GreenDisk to be recycled. See their site for instructions.
  • Take them to Goodwill or Salvation Army drop off locations.
How to Recycle CD's and DVD's

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

How To Recycle Old DVD's, CD's and Hard Drives

I found a great website today and wanted to share it with all of you. The site is Back Thru the Future. You can send them old CD's and DVD's to be recycled for free. According to their site you must only send in the discs, no cases or packing material, to Back Thru The Future, 150 Main Street, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439, and write "FREE CD/DVD RECYCLING" on the package. It may be a good idea to click on the link above before sending to make sure their offer is still valid. I've never tried it, but next time I have an old disc I am going to send it there and will update this post for everyone.

Some quick facts on CD and DVD recycling from Back Thru the Future's website:

  • A cd/dvd is considered a class 7 recyclable plastic
  • To manufacture a pound of plastic (30 CDs per pound), it requires 300 cubic feet of natural gas, 2 cups of crude oil and 24 gallons of water
  • It is estimated that AOL alone has distributed more than 2 billion CDs. That is the natural gas equivalent of heating 200,000 homes for 1 year
  • It is estimated that it will take over 1 million years for a CD to completely decompose in a landfill
This sounds like a great way to recycle your old discs that most local recycling centers won't take. Please feel free to leave comments about any experiences with this recycling website. Thanks!
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Sunday, August 2, 2009

How To Know A Product is Organic

In the US and EU there are standards that products must meet to be able to put an organic label on their product. Both have an organic label that can be printed on a products label if the product is at least 95% organic. Here are the labels:
A product label can have the word "organic" on its label if it made of at least 70% organic ingredients. It cannot have the USDA or EU organic label unless it's at least 95% organic. If a product is made up of less than 70% organic materials, the word "organic" can only be next to the ingredient in the "ingredients" section of the label, and it cannot be used on the main part of the product label.

Many people are surprised to find out that a food with the EU or USDA organic stamp can still contain up to 5% unnatural products. This was true for me, too. The best way to find out if your organic product is truly organic is to get to know the company that makes it. Many organic producers have websites or offer tours of their facilities. It's a great way to learn about your favorite products.

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