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Go Green the Healthy Way

January 08, 2011

Did you know that by "going green," you can make a positive impact on our environment as well as on your health?  Here’s how:  

Support Farmer’s Markets.  Buying local has a dramatic impact on both your health and the environment. While you achieve the goal of supporting local, organic, independent farmers, you also have the opportunity to eat seasonally and raise the bar for yourself in terms of healthy eating habits.   By eating organic, you will be filling your body with produce that is at its freshest, and increasing your consumption of organic produce is incredibly beneficial. The National Resources Defense Council notes that much of the U.S. produce will travel an average of around 1,500 miles before it makes its way into your super market. The negative impact on the planet is huge – think of the pollution alone that is created in that transport.  

Recycled Toilet Paper.  When choosing recycled toilet paper over non-recycled, you are helping the environment by increasing the number of trees saved.  

Cold Water Washing.  Washing your clothes in cold water is easy to do, and the environmental impact is great.  If we all started to use cold water in our washing machines, we could save enough energy to light two and a half million homes for a year. 

Bad Bottled Water Habits.  According to National Geographic magazine, Americans buy approximately 7 billion gallons of bottled water a year. This amounts to roughly 22 billion plastic bottles that eventually get thrown away, and often not in the recycling bin. Consider the 1.5 million barrels of oil that it takes to produce those plastic bottles annually.  This amount is enough to fuel nearly 100,000 cars for an entire year. 

Buying a water filter and drinking tap water that has been properly filtered is better for the environment.  

Reusing Gift Wrapping Paper.  The amount of paper that could be saved is astronomical, if each of us were to recycle wrapping paper from just a few gifts each year.
Get a bag or a box, and start saving bows, ribbons and neatly folded, carefully removed gift wrapping.  

Grocery Bags.  Paper or plastic?  Neither!  Buy reusable cotton or hemp bags and keep them in the trunk of your car for shopping. 

Houseplants.  Many green house plants can assist in the process of removing indoor air pollutants if you cultivate and care for them indoors. Plants like English ivy and Golden pothos practically grow themselves. Plants can also help keep indoor environmental toxins at a minimum too.

Eliminate Junk Mail.  Visit the Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service and register to not receive junk mail any longer. The process may take a few months, but eventually, you won’t get so much trash in the mail. 

Buy Bulk.  Reducing the amount of packaging materials that you use can make a big difference to the environment. 

Green Your Driving.   If you can afford it, buy a hybrid vehicle. If you cannot, there are plenty of other ways to do something about fuel consumption and vehicle pollution. Carpool when you can.  Bike to work if you can – you’ll be getting exercise and helping the planet at the same time.  Drive smarter when you get behind the wheel by getting timely tune-ups and keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure to ensure maximum gas-saving efficiency. If you take long trips on the highway, switch to cruise control to improve your mileage. Take off from stops less aggressively, brake more gently and slow down when you can.

Maid Brigade House Cleaning Services cares about the health of you and your family.  For more information on healthy green living and green cleaning, please log on to greencleancertified.com or maidbrigade.com.  For more information on "Household Cleaning Products and Breast Cancer", please watch our video at www.greencleancertified.com/greentv.

 

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