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We didn’t have the green thing back in my day!

 I got this e-mail the other day and I thought I would share it with you.  Pretty much says it all.

 

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should
 bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren’t good for the
 environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the
 green thing back in my day.”
 
 The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. The former generation did
 not care enough to save our environment.” He was right…that generation
 didn’t have the green thing in its day.

 Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles
 to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and
 sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So
 they really were recycled. But they didn’t have the green thing back in
 that customer’s day.
 
 In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in
 every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and
 didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two
 blocks. But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

 Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the
 throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
 machine burning up 220 volts - wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.
 Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always
 brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green
 thing back in her day.
 
 Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house - not a TV in every
 room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a hankerchief, not a screen the
 size of the state of Montana.. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred
 by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for
 you.
 
 When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded
 up old newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
 
 Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the
 lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by
 working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that
 operate on electricity. But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing
 back then.
 
 They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or
 a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled
 their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the
 razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just
 because the blade got dull. But they didn’t have the green thing back then.
 
 Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to
 school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour
 taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank
 of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a
 computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find   the nearest pizza joint.
 
 But isn’t it sad, the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks
 were just because they didn’t have the green thing back then?
 

Recycling at it’s finest!

Found this article and wanted to share it with you!

 Rubber flooring has become quite popular and the use of it has become widespread nowadays. Commercial rubber flooring is in demand in almost all places. May it be in the gyms, sports complexes, homes, dog care centers or even kids play areas; it is highly important to go for rubber as an ideal material because of a lot of advantages. This is the reason why even architects and property developers need to understand the benefits of commercial rubber flooring in any project. Due to the benefits and advantages of commercial rubber flooring, many property developers are choosing rubber as the primary option. The first and the foremost reason is that it is a cost-effective option and it can also ensure the safety. If you actually look at a sports center, people are prone to various kinds of injuries there. If a person falls down while doing an exercise or performing any kind of sport, if the flooring is quite hard and rough, the injury would be quite serious. This is the reason why rubber flooring is used in such areas as the level of risk is drastically reduced. Not only that but in such places there are high chances of the floor being damaged due to the humidity as well as the sweat. Not only that due to the kinds of equipment that is moved here and there, the floor is prone to a lot of scratches and wear and tear. So rubber is the ideal option which can actually protect the floor from various kinds of damage. The material is quite durable and also cost-effective. When it comes to commercial rubber flooring, if you can actually opt for recycled rubber, you’re doing a lot of good to the environment. Recycled rubber is made out of used tires and this way lot of power and energy is saved. Apart from that, it is more durable and also affordable. Not only that, commercial rubber flooring can add lot of beauty to any place where it is used.

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Ways to Protect Our Water

1.      Re-vegetate or mulch disturbed soil as soon as possible.

2.      Never dump anything down a storm drain.

3.      Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly.

4.      Check your car for oil or other leaks, and recycle motor oil.

5.      Take your car to a car wash instead of washing it in the driveway.

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Here are a few more ways to save water!

§  Check and fix any water leaks.

§  Install water-saving devices on your faucets and toilets.

§  Don’t wash dishes with the water running continuously.

§  Wash and dry only full loads of laundry and dishes.

§  Follow your community’s water use restrictions or guidelines.

§  Install a low-flow shower head.

§  Replace old toilets with new ones that use a lot less water. We have a new dual flush toilet that helped our water bill drop $20!

§  Turn off washing machine’s water supply to prevent leaks.

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A Few More Tips to Help You Create Less Trash

1.      Buy rechargeable batteries for devices used frequently.

2.      Reuse packaging cartons and shipping materials. Old newspapers make great packaging material.

3.      Compost your vegetable scraps.

4.      Buy used furniture - there is a surplus of it, and it is much cheaper than new furniture.

5.    Shop your local thrift stores and be unique and creative with what you find!

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A Few More Tips to Help You Create Less Trash

1.      Reuse items like bags and containers when possible.

2.      Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.

3.      Use reusable plates and utensils instead of disposable ones.

4.      Use reusable containers to store food instead of aluminum foil and cling wrap.

5.     Remember to take your re-useable bag with you when you go shopping instead of using paper or plastic bags.

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A Few Tips to Help You Create Less Trash
1.      Buy items in bulk from loose bins when possible to reduce the packaging wasted. 
2.      Avoid products with several layers of packaging when only one is sufficient. About 33 of what we throw away is packaging. 
3.      Buy products that you can reuse. 
4.      Maintain and repair durable products instead of buying new ones. 
5.      Check reports for products that are easily repaired and have low breakdown rates. 
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A Few Tips to Help You Create Less Trash

1.      Buy items in bulk from loose bins when possible to reduce the packaging wasted.

2.      Avoid products with several layers of packaging when only one is sufficient. About 33 of what we throw away is packaging.

3.      Buy products that you can reuse.

4.      Maintain and repair durable products instead of buying new ones.

5.      Check reports for products that are easily repaired and have low breakdown rates.

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Here are a few more tips for the yard:

1.      Minimize pesticide use, or use natural pesticides.

2.      Create a wildlife habitat in your yard.

3.      If you have to water, be sure to water plants and grass early in the morning. It’s best if you use the rain barrel instead of the hose.

4.      Rent or borrow items like ladders, chain saws, party decorations and others that are seldom used.

5.      Take actions that use non hazardous components (e.g., to ward off pests, plant marigolds in a garden instead of using pesticide).

6.       Put leaves in a compost heap instead of burning them or throwing them away.

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Here are a few more ways for you to be more Eco-friendly-
It’s getting to be that time here in the Midwest!  A few things to remember:
 In Your Yard-
Avoid using leaf blowers and other dust-producing equipment. 
Use an electric lawn- mower instead of a gas-powered one. 
Leave grass clippings on the yard-they decompose and return nutrients to the soil. 
Use recycled wood chips as mulch to keep weeds down, retain moisture and prevent erosion. 
Use only the required amount of fertilizer. Try natural fertilizers like compost, eggs shells and coffee grounds or worm poop!   You will be amazed at the results!
 
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Here are a few more ways for you to be more Eco-friendly-

It’s getting to be that time here in the Midwest!  A few things to remember:

 In Your Yard-

  1. Avoid using leaf blowers and other dust-producing equipment.
  2. Use an electric lawn- mower instead of a gas-powered one.
  3. Leave grass clippings on the yard-they decompose and return nutrients to the soil.
  4. Use recycled wood chips as mulch to keep weeds down, retain moisture and prevent erosion.
  5. Use only the required amount of fertilizer. Try natural fertilizers like compost, eggs shells and coffee grounds or worm poop!   You will be amazed at the results!

 

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Here are a few more ways for you to be more Eco-friendly-

1.Use cold water instead of warm or hot water when possible.

2.Connect your outdoor lights to a timer.

3.If you have an older home, have paint in your home tested for lead. If you have lead-based paint, cover it with wall paper or other material instead of sanding it or burning it off.

4.Use traps instead of rat and mouse poisons and insect killers.

5.Have your home tested for radon.

6. Use cedar chips or aromatic herbs instead of mothballs.

 

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 Reduce Toxicity in Your Home-
1.      Eliminate mercury from your home by purchasing items without mercury, and dispose of items   containing mercury at an appropriate drop-off facility when necessary (e.g. old thermometers). However, please use CFL’s but be sure to dispose of them properly.
2.      Learn about alternatives to household cleaning items that do not use hazardous chemicals. www.adifferentshadeofgreen.com has safe and effective products you can use without worry.
3.      Buy the right amount of paint for the job. If you need just a small amount of paint, ask your friends.  They might have some left over from a job they finished.
4.      Review labels of household cleaners you use. Consider using, scouring pads, or a little more elbow grease. 
5.     When no good alternatives exist to a toxic item, find the least amount required for an effective, sanitary result. 
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 Reduce Toxicity in Your Home-

1.      Eliminate mercury from your home by purchasing items without mercury, and dispose of items   containing mercury at an appropriate drop-off facility when necessary (e.g. old thermometers). However, please use CFL’s but be sure to dispose of them properly.

2.      Learn about alternatives to household cleaning items that do not use hazardous chemicals. www.adifferentshadeofgreen.com has safe and effective products you can use without worry.

3.      Buy the right amount of paint for the job. If you need just a small amount of paint, ask your friends.  They might have some left over from a job they finished.

4.      Review labels of household cleaners you use. Consider using, scouring pads, or a little more elbow grease.

5.     When no good alternatives exist to a toxic item, find the least amount required for an effective, sanitary result.

www.adifferentshadeofgreen.com is the best place to start when you are trying to rid your house of toxins that can hurt your family!

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In Your Office:

 

1. Use recycled paper.

2. Use discarded paper for scrap paper. The back of junk mail works great!

3. Encourage your school and/or company to print documents with soy-based inks, which are less    toxic.

             4. Use a ceramic coffee mug instead of a disposable cup.

 

             5. Don’t print it if you don’t need to!

 

 

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In Your Office:

·         Copy and print on both sides of paper.

·         Reuse items like envelopes, folders and paper clips.

·         Use mailer sheets for inter-office mail instead of an envelope.

·         Set up a bulletin board for memos instead of sending a copy to each employee.

·         Use e-mail instead of paper correspondence.

 

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And yet 5 more ways to save money and the planet!

  1. Install weather stripping around all doors and windows.
  2. Shut off electrical equipment in the evening when you leave work.
  3. Plant trees to shade your home.
  4. Shade outside air conditioning units by trees or other means.
  5. Replace old windows with energy efficient ones.

 

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 5 more ways to save money and the environment!

1.      Only use electric appliances when you need them.

2.      Use compact fluorescent light bulbs to save money and energy.

3.      Keep your thermostat at 68 in winter and 78 in summer.

4.      Keep your thermostat higher in summer and lower in winter when you are away.

5.       Insulate your home as best as you can.

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