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Cost-Efficient Ways to make your Home more Eco-Friendly [Infographic]

Originally Published on Huffington Post

Let’s face it: Reducing your home’s negative impact on the planet will likely require a huge amount of work.

But solar panels and temperature-regulating walls aren’t the only ways to help your household adopt more eco-friendly practices. There are a ton of easy — and fun — ways to conserve energy.

Luckily for us, UK-based magazine Good To Be Home has some clever ideas on other ways to do it.

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GreenHab your Office [Infographic]

Originally Published on Quill

Because a picture-and statistics-speak a thousand words, Quill created this handy visual guide (you can print on recycled paper, of course) to all-things green office supplies and services for your business. Read on to find easy ways to make a huge difference in how your office effects the environment. From c02 emissions and water heating, to paper use efficiency and lighting, here’s everything that plays a part in your company’s carbon footprint. We’ve made it easy to read and now it’s all in one place, for your reference at any time.

While we don’t want to ruin the fun of reading it for yourself, you’ll find topics such as recycling printer ink and toner, and simple ways to conserve energy all day long. When it comes to cleaning and lavatory essentials, switching to green cleaning supplies, recycled toilet paper and paper towels and ordering products in bulk takes little effort but will have positive effects on your inside office, as well as the environment outside, too.

 

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Eco-Friendly Tips for a Tidy Home

A few tips can help you avoid many chemicals, non-biodegradable plastic tools, and energy-sucking appliances—and it’s easier than you might think. Here are ideas, tricks, and recipes to help your family begin a greener cleaning routine.

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Regular dust busting and de-greasing are important to any well-maintained home. But it’s also critical to keep your home as eco-friendly as possible. With hundreds of brands and products in the supermarket and big box stores, it may feel like an impossible task to navigate.

Why is having a greener cleaning routine important? Chemical and toxins found in cleaning supplies have been linked to cancer, asthma, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and irritation, and accidental burns and poisonings. A home that’s free of these chemicals in one more step you can take to keeping your family safe.

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Green Documentaries: The Cleantech future

What if we could live in a clean world?

A world in which energy would be 100% renewable, water no longer polluted, transportation truly green and production methods clean and regenerative? There will be such a world. In this documentary VPRO Backlight explores the unprecedented possibilities of a new industrial revolution: Cleantech.

Duration: 60′ | Director: Rob van Hattum | Producer: VPRO Television

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How to clean Fruit & Vegetables chemical free via @shaedesign

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How To Clean Fruit & Vegetables Using Apple Cider Vinegar

If you are like me and don’t have easy access to organic food (or refuse to spend $3 on a tomato) and don’t enjoy eating pesticides and chemicals then you should definitely be cleaning your fruit and vegetables. It is really easy, takes little time or effort and uses one simple and cheap ingredient: apple cider vinegar.

ACV has so many different uses. I use it a lot in vegan mayonaise or sour cream recipes to give it that tartness. But ACV is also excellent for cleaning and medicinal uses because it’s anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial.

I have been using this method of cleaning my fruit & veggies since my Dad told me about it 6 months ago. You only need to wash veggies that you plan on eating the skin of, like: greens (spinach, kale, lettuce), tomatoes, capsicums, cucumber, zucchini, pears, apples etc.

My favourite brand of ACV is Braggs ACV. Use the code ZIV994 at iHerb and get $5 off your first order.

How to Clean Fruit & Vegetables Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Step 1: In a big bowl, cover veggies in water and add 1 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar

Step 2: Let the veggies sit for 5 – 10 minutes (I usually skip this step, I’m too impatient!).

Step 3: Scrub the veggies with a brush (make sure its a brush dedicated for this purpose only).

Step 4: Wash scrubbed veggies with water.

Step 5: Let veggies sit on a tea towel and dry, or hand dry them.

And you’re done!

Source: The Vedge