Friday, February 13, 2015

ReThink Disposable (infographic)

Clean Water Action

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cleaning carpets with eco-friendly methods

After a winter of slush and snow, homeowners prepare for Spring cleaning, especially carpet cleaning. Even a mild exposure to the usual industrial carpet cleaners can cause eye irritation and skin sensitivities for family and pets.

Carpet Cleaning
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But today, many carpet cleaning companies are using eco-friendly methods to ensure safe and clean homes. Consumer concerns about chemicals prompted companies to now clean with naturally occurring enzyme-based cleansers including common table salt, antimicrobial salts, citric acid, and soda ash. Enzymes are a protein molecule that speed up the reactions of other chemicals. Enzymatic cleaners break down the chemical bonds in the stain. Many stains found in carpets are organically based, such as food, grass, soil, pet accidents, blood, even cigarette smoke. An enzyme based cleaner is a safe alternative without the side effects of typical cleaners.

Enzyme based cleaners have no corrosive or toxic side effects which makes them a preferred choice for homeowners. The environmental impact is lower, they do not affect indoor air quality.

Before you do you make plans for Spring cleaning, take some time to research and find out your different options when you clean your carpets.

Thank you to today's post sponsor for reminding us of the eco-friendly alternatives for clean carpet. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Ensuring safe water

By jenny downing (glass half-full)
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Water Works

Water is an amazing liquid that has many uses all over the earth. It can provide human beings with the hydration that is needed in order to stay alive. Water is a valuable resource that cannot be overlooked.

Common Uses

Each day in many parts across the United States, people can a shower, wash their hands and enjoy drinking water whenever they want. In addition to this, water is needed for cooking and flushing a toilet. A number of people have grown up with the modern convenience of water within a home. A water heater can keep water temperatures quite comfortable for young and old alike. Oftentimes, people do not realize how much they depend on water until it is taken away for a time due to unhealthy conditions.

Wonderful Helps

There are wonderful helps that are available to communities that are looking after the safety and quality of water. Special systems and meters can identify the quality of water that goes into homes and buildings. In addition to this, there are tests that can be done to determine whether it is safe for human consumption. Companies like McNab have the water quality control systems that communities need. Click here for more information.

Whether water is being used at the home or in a community pool, safe water is necessary. Communities do have resources and specialists who can help ensure that water is safe. This fact alone can bring great peace of mind to families, singles and couples.

We'd like to thank today's sponsor for reminding us that safe drinking water is as close as the nearest faucet. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Benefits of using a solar snake repeller

Warding snakes away from your home, especially in the summer, is incredibly important and so is doing it in a humane way. Snakes can cause a lot of concern when they are nesting or inhabiting areas around your home. While deaths from snake bites are very uncommon; bites, just from the venomous kind, total tens of thousands every year around the world. If you live in a popular snake area then protecting your home against them is a necessity to ensure that you live a safer and worry-free life. Solar snake repellers are a popular an effective way of warding away snakes while keeping them and your family safe at the same time.

It is advised not to approach a snake, even if you know the type and breed; many snakes have evolved with the ability to mask their markings, making it hard to be certain about their species. A snake is a very instinctive animal and if they feel threatened and unable to escape it is likely that they will strike out at whoever is approaching them. With aggressive and venomous varieties, they may not need any disturbance in order to attack nearby people and will do so because it is a part of their nature. Keeping all types of snakes out of your home will safeguard you against unprecedented attacks as it is not always possible to know when you could be disturbing a snake nest.

Humane and effective

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Using this device to ward off snakes is an extremely humane way to keep them off your property and away from your family. The repellers create ultrasonic vibrations that turn your otherwise snake-friendly garden into an unsuitable snake habitat. The vibrations from the solar snake repeller ensure that the ground is uncomfortable for the snakes without harming them. The disruption will generally cause any snakes that have already set up home in your garden to leave and that any new snakes are discouraged from approaching or returning to their previous hiding spots. Constant use of the repellers will keep your home and garden snake free even during the more popular summer months when snake sightings considerably increase.

The solar snake repellers are designed to be easily incorporated into your garden and especially around the property boarder. The units are powered by the sun and will more often than not, dependent on the brand, also emit a light similar to that of normal solar garden lights. The vibrations will work constantly if the solar snake repeller receives adequate light to charge the batteries. The repellers are not dangerous to people as the nature of the design means that the vibrations are not felt by humans and are only noticeable to the snakes themselves.

Benefits of having a solar snake repeller

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There are many benefits to seen by having a solar snake repeller or multiple repellers around your garden. Significantly the vibrations should ward off any approaching snakes before they enter your property line. If the repellers are placed in the correct places they should completely protect your garden and home from snakes of all varieties. When it comes to children who like to explore and be active in the garden, being able to do so with less worry about running into any snake nests is extremely beneficial. Snakes can be hard to see and many will be easily camouflaged in shrubbery or long grass.

Snakes actively seek out their prey and while in most cases this is not humans it will be most warm-blooded animals. This can include most pets and they have been many cases where snakes have killed family pets such as dogs or cats. Even the scent of these animals on a human could attract them closer and mistake the scent as the animal itself. Thoroughly covering the border to your home with solar snake repellers will act to keep them from seeking out the prey on your land. There are a lot of benefits that the repellers bring to your family, pets and general home safety.

A special thank you to SnakesAway for showing us sustainable, safe, and humane ways to share our planet with all the animals. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Scrubbing the air of smog (repost from

Mary Anne Hitt

Even when air-quality alerts give parents the all clear, kids could still be breathing in dangerous chemicals

I can only imagine the fear that must grip a parent when his or her child suffers an asthma attack. And I can scarcely fathom how much time and energy they spend doing everything they can to avoid triggers for these potentially deadly attacks.

A major asthma trigger is smog — also known as ground-level ozone. Smog-induced asthma attacks send tens of thousands of people to the emergency room every year. Children and seniors are especially at risk.

To keep families safe from smog exposure, the EPA issues air quality warnings — like its “code red” and “code orange” alerts — to let people know when they should stay inside.

But it turns out that the medical information behind these alerts is outdated. In fact, it takes a lot less smog to threaten your health than scientists previously understood. So even when air alerts give parents the all clear, kids could still be breathing in dangerous levels of pollution.

 That means that updating the smog standards is a matter of life and death.
This is why the Sierra Club, along with many other environmental and public health organizations, is urging the EPA to strengthen the current 75 parts per billion (ppb) standard to one that accurately reflects the most recent medical science on the health effects of smog.

The standard was last updated in 2008. That year, the Bush administration rejected the recommendations of expert scientists and medical health professionals who warned that the 75 ppb standard was insufficient to protect public health.

That could be about to change. Last November, the EPA proposed lowering the ozone standard to somewhere in the range of 65 ppb to 70 ppb, while also seeking comment on setting it as low as 60 ppb. This update is part of a regular review of the standard, as mandated by the Clean Air Act.

Research has shown that smog exposure can cause asthma attacks and other respiratory problems. It can also affect the nervous and cardiovascular systems, and can even lead to premature death.

Asthma is the No. 1 chronic health problem that causes American children to miss school. It costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars each year in missed work and health care costs.

It’s for these reasons that the EPA should limit smog pollution to 60 ppb, which is what health professionals recommend, when it finalizes the standard in October of this year. That would be a breath of fresh air for thousands of Americans who suffer needlessly from asthma attacks, nervous system disorders, and heart ailments when exposed to smog.

Another reason the EPA should limit smog to 60 ppb is to ensure that the public is getting the most accurate information available on the quality of their local air. The EPA’s code red and orange alerts — which warn vulnerable people to stay indoors when smog levels become dangerous — are considered the gold standard on environmental health by news organizations, school boards, and other community organizations tasked with informing people about the air outside.

A 60 ppb standard would reflect the most accurate medical science today on lung safety and empower communities to make healthy decisions about outdoor events — like sports games, carnivals, and fairs — that can expose them to dangerous pollution. Parents and caretakers of the elderly will especially benefit, since it will allow them to better protect their vulnerable loved ones. 

The American people shouldn't have to wait any longer for action on cleaning up the smog. It’s time to clear the air and protect our families.

Mary Anne Hitt is the director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.
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