Posts Tagged going green
Do you have an opinion on fake flower arrangements in the home? I’m not talking about your grandmother’s old artificial magnolia tree, but buying new blooms can get expensive! I bought a couple of arrangements like this one from Target. If you’re not opposed to faux floral arrangements, do you have a good source? We found Carefree Green online and thought they looked legit.
Econscious Market is an online retailer that carries greener products and also donates 10% from each purchase to a charity of your choice (examples: Amnesty International, Breast Cancer Fund & Ecotrust). You choose the charity when you choose the product:
The website’s slogan is “Giving – it’s the new getting.” What a novel concept!
Low Impact Living, my new source for all things green, has created a list of tips to help renters become green. It’s difficult when you feel like you’re not in charge of everything, but you can make a difference and reduce your footprint! Here are a few highlights I took from their article:
1. Make sure all doors and windows are sealed completely. This will reduce the amount of energy literally floating right out of your door. It will also save you money on your electric.
2. Switch light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs (they’re usually the twisty ones). Tip: these bulbs contain mercury, so it is important that if you ever break one, you open the windows and leave the apartment for at least an hour to avoid getting sick.
3. Get a ceiling fan. They help circulate warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer. LIL has a large selection of energy-efficient fans.
4. Reduce, reuse, recycle. This one is obvious, but if your apartment building/complex does not have a recycling pick-up, propose getting one to your landlord. If (s)he’s not inclined to help you, get like-minded neighbors to switch off duties taking recyclables to the nearest site.
5. Clean up your pet’s waste with biodegradable bags like these from PoopBags.com.
6. Use reusable shopping bags. I got some Detroit Red Wings bags from my boyfriend’s mom this Christmas (expertly combining my love of eco-friendliness and hockey).
So over the weekend, I found myself wondering how I could be greener. I recycle. I drive a fuel-efficient car (though I do have quite a commute). All of my appliances are energy-efficient. Then I sort of wondered how I could get my four-legged friends involved. There are twelve pet legs in my home, after all. I found Great Green Pet on a simple Google search and got very excited about the prospects for them. There is a doggy duvet (to keep you from having to throw away stinky dog beds) for $20-95:
There’s an all-natural cover-up for your pet’s odoriferous stinky-ness called “Dog Smog Remedy” for $12.99:
They’ve also got all natural dog blankets and hemp cat collars. You can imagine where I’m going with this. Lots of great things for your pet that aren’t too expensive, functional and green. Go Fido, Go!