What does it mean to be GREEN you ask? Well, we can all start by taking a good look at how we live in this world and ask ourselves what we can do to improve upon it and learn to make better choices. Let's face it, old habits are hard to break, that is why they are called habits, but if we all pitch in and do our part, we can leave a better world for our children. Take these few observations into consideration and please visit some of these links below for more information.
Household Cleaning Supplies
Most cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that are bad for your health and the environment. Luckily there are a bunch of new products on the market today that are safe for you, your family, and the earth. You can now find everything from laundry detergent, multipurpose cleaner, glass cleaner, carpet cleaners as well as a whole line of personal care products all made from natural plant based materials and contain no harmful ingredients. Please visit your local New Leaf Market, Wholefoods, or Safeway and give it a try.
We should all know by now that plastic bags are bad for the environment and take years to biodegrade in our landfills and often end up in our waterways killing all kinds of marine life. Whenever possible, insist that your groceries be bagged in paper bags. Most paper bags today are made of recycled paper. An even better solution is to purchase canvas or other reusable bags and carry them in your car at all times.
The amount of water bottles that end up in our landfills is astronomical. On top of that there are many articles written and available regarding the purity of these waters not to mention a host of health related problems from the plastics used in these bottles. Please consider purchasing a counter top or other type of filtration system and refill a stainless-steel container.
Please consider purchasing rechargeable batteries. The rechargeable batteries produced today are far more efficient than they were even 5 years ago. They are a little more expensive than normal batteries but they pay for themselves after 2-3 charges and can be recharged hundreds of times before they need to be replaced. That adds up to a lot of money over the years especially if you have small children with many electronic toys.
Printer Ink Cartridges
Most Hewlett Packard printer cartridges come with a small postage paid envelope to drop your old cartridge in and mail to them. If you do not own an HP printer please contact your printer website support department to get further instructions on their recycling process or drop locations.
We will be adding to this list over time. Please visit us again for further information about how you can do your part and start living green.
Green Resource Links
Will be continue to add to this list on a regular basis in an effort to promote green awareness and local businesses. If there is something missing from this list and feel it should be on it please bring it to our attention.
This is a California State Government site that provides consumers with a list of "Certified Green" businesses in geographic areas throughout California.