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Easy Family-Friendly Ways to Live A Greener Life

Still not sure how to incorporate green living in your life?  Here are some ideas to help you get started:

Food.  Strive to eat eat as locally and organically as you can.  Log on to to find a farm near you.

Water.  Americans go through about 70 million water bottles a day and only about 14 percent get recycled.  Plus, the manufacturing of plastic bottles requires two times more water than the bottles will ultimately contain.  Try filtered tap water instead.  Avoid hard polycarbonate bottles marked with the resin code 7 on the bottom – they can contain bisphenol A, a possible carcinogen.

Beverages.  Pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used to produce juice, milk, coffee, tea, wine, and even cocktails.  Try organic, shade-grown coffee, cocoa and wine instead.

Fish.  Since some fish are near extinction and their habitats are being damaged, going green is important.  Choose seafood that reproduces in great numbers and is obtained without damage to any natural habitat.  Text Blue Ocean Institute at 30644 with the message “FISH” and they will send you better alternatives.

Paper/Plastic.  The united States alone goes through 100 billion plastic bags per year, less than 1 percent of which get recycled.  Bringing a tote wherever you go is one of the easiest changes you can make for our Earth. 

Growing Veggies and Herbs.  Even if you have a small outdoor space or windowsill, try and grow something.  There is nothing like eating your own home grown food!  Try growing tomatoes, beans, and greens.

Ordering Out.  The next time you order food out, decline the paper napkins, plastic utensils and individual condiment packets.  

Processed Foods.  Almost 30 percent of the energy used by the food industry goes into processing the things we eat.  Eliminating all processed foods could cut your food-related carbon footprint by a third.

Meat.  Big industrial beef and pork farms pollute water and threaten biodiversity, and the methane emitted by cows is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.  Producing enough meat for one hamburger emits the same amount of gas as a six mile car ride.  Cutting down by preparing or ordering less, automatically reduces your carbon footprint.

Maid Brigade House Cleaning Services cares about our environment and health of you and your family.  For more information on healthy green living and green cleaning, please log on to and  To learn more about the hidden allergy and asthma triggers in your home, log on to

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