Archive for July, 2010

Daily Gardening Tips – A Substitute For A Green Thumb!

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Home and garden owners in the country and city alike are the type of people who’d love to see their garden in bloom, even the tiny patches of land they may have because a garden in bloom is a thing of beauty and refreshes weary spirits anytime of the day. Even otherwise, a well-kept garden is a thing of pride for the owner and also gives home owners something to tend to with their own hands and watch it flower before their eyes, so they have the satisfaction of having grown something with their own hands right before them, which is very fulfilling.

If you are limitations of space and live in a small city apartment, you need not get disheartened as even you can ingeniously use small spaces to create garden-area, such as planter boxes, window-sill boxes, potted plants in the space you usually reserve for storing BBQ items or even the narrow confine of a corridor space used for stacking the bicycle. Hanging overhead pots and indoor plants is another good idea for bringing in some greenery into your home, especially when you are strapped for space.

Not only is it relaxing to have a soothing green space filled with lovely plants and flowers outside, but even the inner sanctuary can be much brightened up and used to reflect nature’s beauty by using container plants for growing greens.

Many city dwellers keen to utilize the balance of organic food have taken to growing their own veggies in a small kitchen garden area and easily grow tomatoes, herbs and flowers using simple, gardening tips for daily tending.

Balconies are especially good spaces, whether long and narrow or short and wide, for growing shrubs, trees and plants of different heights if only the ends and corners are trimmed properly, regularly. One can create interesting points of décor around the area where potted plants are kept, such as using bright, colored flowering plants in a semi-circular arrangement, split-level pot arrangements or even placing colored stones and rockery designs around it.

The other way to show off bright and beautiful colors is to set-off the shades with mirrored back-ground, pieces of colored glass and beads to reflect the colors of the flowering plants or simply placing them on a window sill that can also be viewed from inside the house.

If you live in a cold place, then it is only wise to move plants indoors or line the containers with foam to protect them from the chilly climate. City gardeners need to be especially wary of frost and excessive rain when wanting their apartment blooms to stay that way. Hibiscus blooms are pretty, tall flowers that grow to a good 3-4 feet in height while the miniature Alberta white spruce has lovely gray-green dense needles that beautifully offset these bright flowers, so are a good addition for a beginner gardener.

You can also have the pretty, light-colored sweet potato vine growing over a pot end over darker plants and remember to water the plants daily besides checking for their balance of soil and sun.

Abhishek Agarwal

Understanding The “Green” Movement in Your Marketing Efforts

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Companies, cities and individuals are getting involved in the green movement. They are doing there part to keep the environment healthier by reducing humans’ impact on the land, using recycled metals and nontoxic substances, organic gardening, adding more green space, building using environmentally friendly materials and more.

An increasing number of businesses are beginning to see it as a market advantage, especially when you consider organic foods is one of the fastest growing markets.

Here are some reasons that organizations and businesses have moved in that direction:

  • Employees care
    o According to a recent survey by progressive community network Care2, 48 percent of employees say they would work for less pay, if they could work for a socially responsible company. And they would work hard; according to the survey 40 percent of employees would be willing to work longer hours for a job at a socially responsible company.

  • Research dictates they need to be concerned
    o Turner Construction company conducted a study that revealed more than 70% of executives believe that green buildings enhance student performance.

  • Environmental groups are forcing companies to become more responsible
  • Due to pressure from environmental groups, now the top 30 banks have stopped funding environmentally and socially irresponsible corporations and have become more “green.”
  • Competition from other environmental activities pressures companies to change their marketing initiatives
  • Levi’s is introducing its 100% organic jeans this fall.
  • Nike is making organic sportswear and talking about becoming a responsible citizen.
  • A growing number of retailers are experimenting with more environmentally sensitive and energy efficient stores.
  • McDonald’s started serving Fair Trade Certified™ coffee in 658 of its restaurants in New England and Albany, NY. These locations switched 100 percent of their coffee products over to Fair Trade Certified™ organic coffee from Newman’s Own Organics, roasted by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. They started this as a regional launch and with a goal of expanding it across the country.

Even more so, companies are starting to recognize that they need to be concerned with the triple bottom line-how they make decisions based upon the economic, environmental and social impact.

Unfortunately, the majority of people believe that green marketing refers solely to the promotion or advertising of products with environmental characteristics. This is only part of the equation. Green marketing incorporates a broad range of activities, including product modification, changes to the production process, packaging changes, as well as modifying advertising.

Here are some of the things you can do to incorporate the green movement into your marketing efforts:

  • When manufacturing your products – consider using recycled materials for packaging and incorporating organic fibers or other materials. Once you have changed the way you manufacture, then make sure to make people aware that your product packaging or materials are made using natural materials that do not harm the environment.
  • When renovating or building new – consider choosing alternative, environmentally sound building materials and using more insulation to minimize energy use. Make people aware that you’re a company who practices socially responsibility.
  • Designate a place to recycle for both your internal and external employees as Staples does. They promote recycling programs at its stores for printer cartridges and consumer electronics.
  • Identify local and global causes where your company and employees can get involved and make a difference in the environment. o Consider the efforts of Clif Bar Co., which was aware of scientific predictions of global warming and how it would diminish the snowpack by up to 70 percent in western U.S. coastal mountains over the next 50 years. Last winter, it launched a campaign to help ski resorts, skiers and snowboarders combat global warming. Research dictate consumers care about the environment. Even in the Midwest, consumers feel the same-eight-four percent of general consumer population indicate they care about protecting the environment, according to the Ohio Health and Wellness Research Report©, a research report by The Marketing Insider found in its August 2005 survey of 1,100 consumers in Ohio. They want to know that companies care as well and the only way they can know is if you tell your story.

Colette Chandler

The Use of Green Tea in Home Remedies

Friday, July 30th, 2010

There are a plethora of natural home remedies from brown sugar to eliminate heartburn to corn syrup to control nausea that can be used by those who want alternatives to over the counter medications. More than a tasty, hot beverage, green tea is an important part of home remedies from skin and teeth care to general preventative measures and everything in between. For specific examples to ways to use green tea to get excellent benefits read below.

Green Tea and Skin Care

Positive skin effects in the area of skin care have been found with green tea. Acne and eczema are two specific areas. Green tea is a great, cheap alternative to the expensive toners and astringents used for acne. Green tea is used to make a concoction with other ingredients that can be applied to clean skin with a cotton ball. Some notice a decrease in the presence of acne by simply drinking the tea, even though you should be careful with the increase of the caffeine to your diet since this is linked to an increase in acne breakouts. Olive oil can also be added to green tea to make a treatment for eczema.

Homemade Mouthwash

Green tea can also be used as part of a homemade mouthwash in addition to skin care. You will have to avoid adding sugar and honey. The presence of fluoride in this light drink helps keep your teeth healthy by preventing tooth decay and strengthening your teeth and gums. The most basic recipe is adding the brewed tea to spring water. Although it can be added to other ingredients if you want to create flavors for your homemade mouthwash.

Preventative Medicine

Your overall health and well-being is thought to be helped by a daily intake of green tea. Free radical in our body can cause damage to cells and the tea is full of antioxidants that bind free radicals to our bodies. Cancer prevention has been linked to green tea through several studies. Green tea is also thought to promote an increase in metabolism as an essential benefit that helps burn fat and lowers cholesterol in the body. Green tea may also play a part in reducing the intensity of rheumatoid arthritis because of the antioxidants present in the tea. The benefits of green tea are a great reason to drink it whether it is to drink it by and open fire or to get rid of unwanted acne breakouts.

Colin Holcomb

Earth 4 Energy – is it Really the Best DIY Renewable Energy Guide?

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Earth4Energy is a set of instruction manuals and support videos that shows you how to save a staggering amount of money on your home energy bills. You do not have to build a 500 hundred foot high wind turbine to save money on energy, you can get the same results by building a much smaller one using the Earth4Energy kit.

The Earth4Energy kit is the best do it yourself system for people looking to save money on their home energy bill. There is no other kit out there that explains in such detail in it’s manuals or even includes videos with their kit. With the Earth4Energy kits, construction of your alternative energy machine is extremely easy. It is meant to be this way so that as many people as possible will have access to alternative solar and wind energy.

If you have a weekend or even a few extra hours to spare you can save yourself and your household a ton on your home energy bills. The Earth4Energy kit with just one alternative energy device has been shown to drop home energy costs by 50-80%! Installing multiple devices could drop you energy bills to virtually nothing. In fact, the kit includes information on where to get free batteries for your project. Using these batteries you can store the alternative energy so that if the weather is not cooperating you can still use alternative energy. All the alternative energy devices that Earth4Energy teaches you to make are very portable. You can take them anywhere, for any use!

Eartth4Energy is simply an instruction manual ‘Do-It-Yourself’ system for alternative home energy. There is no other system available that makes itself so user friendly that you can put it together in a matter of hours. So if you are truly interested in saving yourself from high energy bills, you should start to save big on your home energy costs!

Jonathan Valentine

Lawn Care Tips and Advice For The Home

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

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Quit Being Lazy! Remove Your Labels… Quick Recycling Tip:

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Here's a quick recycling tip. If you don't remove the labels from aluminum cans, the cans you put in the recycle bin may end up thrown out anyway. So save your local recycling people some time, and remove your labels before you put the cans in the recycle bin.

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Go Green energy for your home

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DIY Solar and Wind Power Generator for under $200!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Build you own solar power and wind turbines with full illustrations for just under $200!

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Tips on Creating a Green Playroom for the Home

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

No, this isn’t a treatise on how to paint your playroom walls green – although it’s certainly an option as well as a very nice, versatile color. No, this is how to create a child’s playroom using earth friendly alternatives. If you’re a parent who wants to go green for both the environment and your children’s health, here are some tips to help you decorate and furnish a playroom the eco-friendly way. Your children will be able to play in an area that is healthier for their bodies and a playroom done over in an eco-friendly format is likely to become a selling point if you decide to market your home in the future.

The floor of the playroom should be done over in an easy to clean, natural material, such as bamboo or cork, both sustainable alternatives. If you’re after a warmer touch, consider scattering natural fiber rugs around. They are both more sustainable than a new carpet (especially if you make or reuse them) and easier to clean.

The walls should be painted with a low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compounds – very bad for lungs of all sizes!) paint, or covered with earth friendly wallpaper, sustainable natural products or fabric. One terrific option is painting with chalkboard paint, something that allows the kids to unleash their creativity on the walls without rousing parental wrath!

Lighting should be ample. Energy efficient compact fluorescent or low level LED light bulbs will give you the best bang for your buck. A playroom should have a mix of overhead and close lighting. A couple of good reading lamps will provide light for both reading and craft projects.

Furniture should be mixed for big and little users. Re use old couches, chairs and tables – they can be made to fall in with a room’s décor with a coat of paint. You can repurpose old clothes and leftover fabric to make pillows and patches for old upholstery. Consider making your own bean bags and filling them with recycled Styrofoam bits that come in packaging of various items or may be got cheap or free from local stores. Plenty of bins and shelving will help contain toys and craft supplies and lessen clean up time.

While toys, craft supplies and books are important parts of a playroom’s appeal, don’t rush out to buy them new. Many popular books can be found in secondhand shops. Stuffed toys can be found in secondhand stores as well – run them through the washer before giving them to children.

Crafts are another area where you can go green. Instead of buying construction paper, consider reusing things that already come into the home, such as cardboard boxes and newspaper. There are a number of instructions on the Internet that will teach you how to make a nontoxic “play-dough” from household baking ingredients.

After expending a lot of time and effort to make your playroom eco-friendly, it doesn’t make much sense to use a bunch of chemicals to clean it. Most cleaning can be done with water, rags, a broom and a mop. For more serious cleaning, consider natural products like enzyme or orange oil cleaners. Many natural cleaners leave behind a pleasant scent as well.

Congratulations on choosing the green alternative for your children’s play area! You are helping out the environment and creating a cleaner, healthier atmosphere for your children. With more parents looking for earth-conscious living spaces, a playroom done over in an environmentally friendly way will also be a good marketing point if you choose to sell your home in future.

Mike Taylor

Living Green in Yonkers

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

In the middle of 2008 Yonkers put together its Green Policy Task Force. This task force was put together to help make Yonkers cleaner and healthier. The task force has the power to pass city policy and legislation. When the task force was put together they worked with the Code Protections team and Code Enforcement teams as well as the Board of Education and the Transportation to figure out how to make sure that they were up to speed on current laws.

Eventually the Green Policy Task Force for Yonkers will work with the schools to help put together a curriculum that helps educate students on how to live “greener” lives and be friendlier to the environment. The city of Yonkers is determined to keep up with the larger cities that are already known for their green practices (like the city of Portland, Oregon which was named the Greenest city of the year for 2007).

By now most people already know the basics: recycle soda pop cans, walk or take the bus instead of driving, but there are more creative ways to reduce reuse and recycle as well! Here are some hints to help you get started:

1. Instead of buying brand name spices, buy some small containers and use them for the spices that you can purchase in bulk. Some stores in Yonkers are starting to offer spices and other things like flour, sugar, pastas, oatmeal, etc. in bulk. Buying these foods helps to reduce the amount of packaging you throw away.

2. Use Tupperware containers instead of plastic bags to transport sandwiches and store leftovers. The Tupperware is recyclable and you can wash it out between uses. This will reduce the amount of trash that you produce by quite a lot!

3. Figure out how to reuse things like soup cans, cardboard boxes, etc—the things you would normally throw away. Cans make great pencil jars. Cardboard boxes can be broken down and used for padding or patching of things.

4. Rather than purchase expensive home cleaners use home made cleaners—vinegar is a fantastic cleaner.

5. Instead of using sponges use washcloths that you make from old clothes. The washcloths can be washed and it will keep you from throwing out your sponges and old clothes. This saves quite a lot of space in Yonkers’ landfills and town dumps.

6. Invest in some canvas bags and reusable bags to go shopping with. These bags last a long time and will cut down on the number of plastic shopping bags that you take home from the grocery store and other stores around Yonkers.

One of the best things about living a “green” lifestyle is that it can save Yonkers’ residents quite a lot of money. Reusing products means that you do not have to replace them with new products. Recycling things cuts down on the amount of space needed for Yonkers’ landfills and dumps. Living green is beneficial for everyone.

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John Parks