Sunday, December 30, 2007

Eco-drycleaning


Drycleaning in today uses a lot of chemicals and your clothes come back with that strange smell. There are cleaners now that are chemical conscious.
http://www.prestovalet.net/Hours_and_Locations.html


Here is more info on the non-toxic style of drycleaning.
http://www.greenearthcleaning.com/

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

UGO-GRUEN!


I just got back from spending some time in Germany.
It was so great to see different ways they Go Green in their daily life.

- None of he buildings I was in have Air Conditioning. Since it rarely gets really hot there, they can open a window.
- They have great radiators for heat. You can use on the one in the bathroom to hang your towels. They also have a temperature gauge on the shower faucet so you can set the water to a constant temperature.
- You see green architecture in the building construction and they build to last.
- I was near Frankfurt and they have villages or towns with lots of space between them. There are a lot of local farms and yard gardens.

I wish I could have seen more, but it is great to travel and see how other countries live.

Here more things I learned since then.
- The German Green Party was the first successful party with an environmental agenda.
- The recycling program and waste management has a lot of critics, but here is some info on how they do it.
- Conservation work - WWF
- Pollution - German Embassy

Monday, December 3, 2007

Instilling good habits


My office recently moved into a new space and we are no longer near the recycling drop. We are also no longer near a bathroom, but that is another matter.
I've noticed that my office mates are throwing their recycleables in the trash! The last guy who said something about not throwing out cans ended up with a case of empties strewn on his desk. Well, maybe not a case, but it was a lot of cans. I was happy to see all of the cans not in the trash.

So what am I doing about it? Nothing yet, but I plan to set up a little recycling collection in the new office area. Then I'll have to remember to take it out once a week. :)

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Back in the box

My mom can be a defeatist. Everything has chemicals, nothing is good for you. You spend too much time worrying about the ingredients. But the ingredients are everything and when you take a look at what is in that pretty packaging you would be amazed.

Amazed in a good way. I found this great skincare line called Mychelle . This product is great because not only does it not use harsh chemicals, but the price is also reasonable AND it works! I also found Kiss My Face skincare is rated well in not using toxins or harsh chemicals. I just got a sample kit so I'll have to get back to you on the effectiveness. I did try Burts Bees, but it made me breakout....too much wax. :)

The sad news is that my Mary Kay products have a ton of harsh chemicals. I sent a letter and emailed Mary Kay asking them to start an organic line and to stop using the harsh chemicals in their formulas. I did get a nice letter back thanking me for my recommendations. As I go through each product and check the ingredients, I'm not liking what I'm finding. So, I'm sending them back. I packed all of the products with chemicals linked to cancer back in the box with a letter.

I really hope I am able to make an impact. I really like the company and I think it is important for them to create a line that is safe to make and safe to use over time.

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