It’s not ez being green Posted on July 27, 2008, 0 Comments

Or maybe it is.

One of my past e-mails that's worthy of being printed again, especially for those who missed it the first time... 

Practice the info below and spread the word to friends and family:

EAT ORGANIC

--for each 1 percent increase in organic food consumption in the U.S. alone, pesticide and herbicide use is reduced by OVER 10 MILLION POUNDS PER YEAR.  Organic food also tastes better and is FAR healthier than conventional food. 

www.naturespath.com for baked goods

www.organicvalley.com for dairy

www.freerangechicken.com for poultry

www.eggland.com for eggs

www.realfoodsmarket.com for red meat

www.ecofish.com for fish

www.applegatefarms.com for deli meat

www.ebfarm.com for veggies

www.cfarm.com for frozen fruits/veggies

www.wholefoodsmarket.com

www.traderjoes.com

Of course, you should all go to http://www.georgiaorganics.org/ to find CSA's, organic grocerystores, organic restaurants, etc.  The above links are just a few of the many possibilities for finding organic foods.  And local organic food found from the Georgia Organics website is even better.

GO CARBON ZERO

--for $99/yr through nonprofit www.carbonfund.org you can offset your carbon footprint (the amount of ghis key greenhouse gas produced thru your life activities) with that organization's contributions to renewable power, energy efficiency, and reforestation projects.  It takes about 5 minutes.  I just did it!  And with April 15th around the corner, it's TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

RECYCLING

--The avg person in the US produces 1609 POUNDS OF WASTE EACH YEAR.  Recycling can cut that waste stream by up to 75%.  If each of us recycled just paper, glass, and metal, we would save 162 MILLION TONS of material entering American landfills EACH YEAR.  Plastics (from bottled water and other sources) can also be recycled. 

www.seventhgeneration.com

DENYING DISPOSABLES

--"disposable" is a dirty word.  If we all used a glass instead of a water bottle and a coffee mug instead of a styrofoam cup, we would save 244 BILLION bottles and cups made from petrochemical-based plastics from entering the U.S. waste stream each year.

www.biotaspringwater.com  for those who have to have bottled water--this one has a bottle made from corn plastic that actually bidegrades over 12 weeks.

SWITCHING TO NATURAL PERSONAL CARE

--Using natural personal care has a double benefit--keeping TOXIC chemicals off your body and then keeping them out of the ENVIRONMENT after they wash off your body.  If you wouldn't eat it, DON'T put it on your body!

www.seventhgeneration.com

www.jason-natural.com

www.aubrey-organics.com

www.eccobella.com

USING NATURAL LAWN CARE

--The avg suburban lawn uses SIX TIMES the HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS PER ACRE than conventional farming (which, as I've preached, uses A LOT).  If just 10% of us switched to natural lawn care, over HALF A BILLION POUNDS of SYNTHETIC FERTILIZERS, PESTICIDES, nad HERBICIDES would be prevented from entering the environment and our bodies.

www.gardensalive.com

www.naturalhomeandgarden.com

CLEANING GREEN

--Collectively we dump 32 MILLION POUNDS of TOXIC CHEMISTRY down our drains EACH DAY, just from household cleaning chemicals.  That doesn't even count what goes into our indoor air.  Switching to green alternatives keeps these chemicals out of our air, our water, and our bodies.  www.seventhgeneration.com

www.SixWise.com

www.earth911.com

www.nontoxic.com

FILTERING YOUR TAP WATER

--Filtering your tap water to remove CHLORINE and FLUORIDE provides pure, clean, great-tasting water at a FRACTION OF THE COST OR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF EXPENSIVE AND WASTEFUL BOTTLED WATER that COSTS MORE PER GALLON THAN GASOLINE.  Plus, no harmful PHTHALATES (xenoestrogens) will leach into your water.

www.newwaveenviro.com

www.aquasana.com

www.greenfeet.com

INCREASING ENERGY EFFICIENCY

--Insulate your home and use energy efficient transportation.

www.fueleconomy.gov

www.findsolar.com

www.3phases.com

www.eere.gov

STAYING INFORMED

--Subscribe to the many green magazines to stay informed.