As many of you already know Clorox has recently acquired Burt's Bees and now they are even going a bit "green". The product line is called Green Works and includes a variety of household cleaning products. The ingredients are said to be at least 99% natural, and with a little research and the help of Tree Hugger I found the are mostly "natural" and a big step up from other conventional products. As a "natural cleaning product expert", I decided to give them a shot. So I purchased the all-purpose spray and the bathroom cleaner. As far as scent goes, they are citrusy and not too over-powering and they actually did a decent job. I will most likely stick with my own concoction of baking soda and Dr. Bronner's or Mrs. Meyer's(can't get enough of the lavender), but for those that have been devoted to Clorox for the past 20 years this might be an easy and green switch!
Friday, January 25, 2008
Check out the "Discover Green Building Exhibit" on January 25-27th at the Charleston Home and Design Show. The show will be located at the Gaillard Auditorium in Charleston (admission $7.00 per person). There will be over a dozen green building companies there to answer you questions and provide information to the public on the benefits of green building. Seminars will also be held throughout the day to provide a more in depth understanding of what goes into creating a healthy, earth-friendly home. Some of the key topics are: green construction, eco-friendly remodeling, alternative energy, water and energy conservation, and creating a non-toxic home. The "Discover Green Building Exhibit" is free with admission to the show.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Imagine having the freshest produce and grains delivered right to your doorstep. That is what Gary's Organics does all over Charleston. The fruits and vegetables are USDA certified organic and guaranteed to be fresh. Gary offers Go Boxes of various sizes that are customized to your needs and likes. Eating organic is beneficial for many reasons. First being there are no chemicals on your food, they contain up to 50% more vitamins and minerals, and organic food just tastes better! Check out Gary's web site and online shop for yourself, and GO ORGANIC!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Yeah! That ever so complex question, “Paper or Plastic?” will soon disappear at Whole Foods. Whole Foods will no longer carry plastic bags as of Earth Day 2008. To celebrate this event they are offering these great shopping bags for only 99 cents. The bags are made of 80% post-consumer waste, another plus. Another positive point is that you get a 5 cent refund for every reusable bag you use while you shop. Plastic bags will not only sit in our landfills for thousands of years before they break down, but they are harmful to wildlife when disposed of in-properly. So say good-bye to those plastic bags and join the movement! Any old bag will do!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Did you know that one cup a day at your local coffee shop equals about 23 lb.s of paper waste per year. So why not bring your own reusable cup? Many coffee shops even offer you a discount for doing so. Check out Eco Travel Mugs. They are made of corn plastic and a bit of oatmeal for strength. These handy mugs will even compost after 2 months in your compost pile! For locals, check out The Sprout in Mount Pleasant for a similar mug. This way you can continue to enjoy a nice cup of fair-trade java with out the eco-guilt.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Today I was reading one of my new favorite magazines PLENTY and came across an ad for Birdbath, a "green" bakery in NYC. I decided to check it out on the web @ www.buildagreenbakery.com. The entire store is made of green materials. The walls are made of wheat, the bakery is wind-powered, all ingredients are organic, the floors are reclaimed wood, and I could go on & on. They bake all their goodies in the East Village location and transport them by bike rickshaw to the shop in the West Village. Birdbath also offers a 25% discount to those who arrive by bike or skateboard! The web site is great and provides details on their local ingredients and eco-friendly building supplies. Next time you are in NYC stop in for a muffin and some locally roasted coffee.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
- Start small, tackle one place at a time. Pick one drawer or closet a day.
- Spend a specific amount of time on that space.
- Ask yourself these two questions. Does it celebrate me or something I am passionate about? Is it functional and useful at present time? If not it is clutter, and is holding you down.
- Recycle, donate, or pass on before you change your mind.