is another link
so you can do some environmental shopping!
how you rate as an
environmental shopper! Take the QUIZ
and find out what Mother Earth says about your shopping habits!
products are great for skin, hair, and overall sanity and everything
they produce is not only made from all natural ingredients but the
process considers and mitigates water and air pollution, habitat destruction,
waste generation as well as various other impacts to our earth.
|| Whether it's a Walkman or an MP3 - Use rechargeable
batteries! Make your choice of battery online from Sanyo! Of the 2 billion disposable and rechargeable batteries
Americans use every year, the vast majority are tossed out with household
and office garbage rather than being treated as hazardous waste, which
they are. Batteries contain toxic substances that can contaminate
the soil and ground water. Whichever battery you buy, try and recycle
them. The Rechargeable
Battery Recycling Corporation gives some great information on
where and how to recycle them!
Duracell has voluntarily eliminated all of the added mercury from
its alkaline batteries since 1993 .
||We can't see without light- sunlight
during the day and electricity and light bulbs at night. Why don't
you stroll down to your nearest IKEA
and pick up some energy efficient fluorescent light bulbs. Also check
out some other forms of energy efficient lighting from Creative
Energy Technologies. You might think back to those college days
when you tried to get rid of that horrible lighting by putting a tapestry
over the light, but the little bulbs are really much softer, and they're
better for your eyes. I won't tell you n\how much you'll save, but
you'll be happy with your next electric bill.
||oh what goes into your mouth. From what we eat and
drink- think of all of that packaging and waste to get food and water
into our mouths. Do you know our body only lasts three days without
water? Don't try it.
|| Behind the wheel of an SUV? Don't
do it. You'll waste over $1,300 in gas costs alone. You think you'll
feel safer? Uh- NO. In fact, studies show that you actually get a
false sense of security with these things and act less cautious and
more like an idiot. These beasts roll over more, have more blind spots,
and don't maneuver any better on ice than a small car. Now, if you're
in Alaska, with snow drifts of 40 feet and, unfortunately for the
deer, are transporting your venison home for the winter, I can see
the need for something more than a Cooper. Nevertheless, any city
or suburb dweller should really think small- think Honda
hybrids. Check out the Honda
Insight too. Awesome cars, there is nothing different about the
car except that it saves you money. You don't have to "plug it
in" or find a gas station with hydrogen, you just put your gas
in and go. And you get a $2000 tax rebate.
||All right, let's face it. The waste that we make (that
comes out of our body, that is) is REAL tough to make into organic
fertilizer. It can be when dried, but that in itself is another story
and at least another Peace Corps service. Anyway, not all of the waste
we create is flushed away. Take a minute to read Our
Mummified Trash and think about starting a compost pile.
||Well, this is dedicated to the American
ladies and avid cyclists who shave the legs -and actually for guys
if they shave their face- but I'm down to the legs and so I'll just
talk about all razor products here. First, stop being a sissy and
go get those sticks waxed!
You'll waste some organic wax and cloth which will biodegrade faster
than you can have 4 kids and watch them grow up into responsible,
environmentally conscious adults! For guys, use a hand razor and just
replace the blades. An interesting fact: Go to your parents' or grandparents'
house and look in the medicine cabinet. Do you see the slits there
about the size of a razor blade? That's where grandpa and pops used
to dispose their used razor blades - a lot less waste than throwing
away a full razor, no? Check out some razors by Merkur.
||What gets most people on their feet
in the mornin'? A cup a JOE. Now I am not sure what to tell you if
you need a double caramel latte with a shot of vanilla, but I do know
that on trash night behind Starbucks they don't recycle ANYTHING.
So, if you do like exotic teas, try Boston's
tea varieties. Otherwise, go with Greenmountain
Coffee roasters- you'll be impressed with their commitment to environmental
and social responsibility.