The top five tips to naturally improve your indoor air quality, in no particular order:
Get rid of toxic "cleaners"! This especially includes what you're washing your clothes and bedding with since your skin is the largest organ you have and it does absorb what you surround it with.
As the eligibility for home efficiency upgrades under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds draw to a close, now is the time to make your home more energy efficient. To help you get ready we will be doing weekly segments on various qualifying home improvements as we count down to the last day of eligibility for the ARRA tax credit which will be Friday, December 31st.
Solar water heating has been around since the Mayans used stones heated by the sun to warm their sacred baths. A well-designed solar thermal water-heating system can operate efficiently practically anywhere in the United States.
Working with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Walmart and H&M, two of the world's largest clothing retailers, have committed to working with their Chinese textile suppliers to reduce water, energy, and chemical use in their supply chains. Walmart announced its work with NRDC's Clean by Design project at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) today, helping strategically selected mills adopt Clean by Design practices. H&M initiated a similar agreement with NRDC in mid-September.
A new analysis finds that Lake Tanganyika, the second oldest and the second-deepest lake in the world, is warmer than it has been in more than 1,500 years.
At first glance, you might not even notice the dead fish in the picture above -- there are too many of them. But no, that's not a gravely parking lot. It's a section of the Mississippi River that has been clogged with thousands of dead fish in the wake of the BP Gulf spill. And while investigation as to the cause of the mass fish kill is still underway, there are fears that new toxins in the water from spilled oil or chemical dispersants have played a role.
Colleges and Universities around the country are looking for ways to 'Go Green'. From installing solar arrays on buildings, commissioning new LEED rated buildings, to investing in fuel cells, finding the next big money saving green technology is what it's about. Although there are numerous ways to go green it's important to remember that sometimes saving energy is literally as easy as changing a light bulb.
How can we really teach our kids to be responsible citizens and thoughtful contributors to a bright and sustainable future? As far as I'm concerned, the pivotal point of this concept has nothing to do with composting, carpooling or having them put their toys away when they're done playing with them. Of course, while those are all the types of personal responsibility and eco-conscious lessons that you want to impart, when it comes to truly modeling the most important eco-conscious habits that will stick with them for a lifetime, the key has everything to do with teaching your children to simply connect to common sense, common courtesy and their own sense of propriety and fairness.
For the past year, Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and its consortium of Philadelphia-based partners have worked hard to create a cutting-edge program called "CommonSpace" – an online mapping application that is designed to encourage community-building and sustainability by exploring local venues and promoting social networking in Philadelphia. Although the program is still in its pilot phase it has caught on rapidly within the city of Brotherly Love.
When Braxton's Animal Works in Wayne decided it was spending too much money on its electrical-lighting bills, it went to the Green and Save company in Devon for help.