Eco-friendly

Get Closer to Nature with Clotheslines

Want to make your backyard a little more beautiful this spring? Why not start with a clothesline or a water fountain. If you don’t already use a clothesline, this spring is a great time to start!

Many people like to see humming birds in addition to other amazing birds in their yard during the spring and summer. in addition to food sources, convenient perching opportunities will make your yard more hospitable to them. Hummingbirds in particular spend roughly 80% of their time sitting on stems and clotheslines.

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Photo courtesy of newviewartglass.com

Solar water fountains are another great Eco addition to your backyard that will welcome in nature. A water fountain is a stunning addition to any garden and will draw in both butterflies and birds alike.

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So plant a garden (and stay tuned to the blog later in the spring for garden entries), hang your clothes to dry on a clothesline or rack, and invite natures beauty into your backyard while resting assured you are doing your part to keep it that way!

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Earth Hour 2013

Saturday March 23, 2013 at 8:30pm marks Earth Hour.  The simple idea to switch off your lights for an hour has become the world’s fastest growing global environmental movement. From 8:30pm-9:30pm people all over the world will be switching off their lights to support sustainable environmental practices.Image

“Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch off their lights for one hour as a demonstration of concern for the greater environment.” For more information on Earth Hour 2013 and how you can take part please visit http://earthhour.org/ and don’t forget to hit the lights tomorrow night!

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Creating a Healthy Home

Whether you live alone or have a large family, creating a healthy environment is an important step to well being and living a longer, happier life. Making a healthy home does not mean you need to change your whole lifestyle but starting with a few small steps can lead to bigger ones in the long run.

The Center for Disease Control provides a comprehensive list on their website of things you can do around the house to make it a healthier place for everyone. It gives you tips by each individual room such as things you can do in the kitchen, garage etc. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyhomes/byroom/index.html

Better Homes and Gardens offers over 20 suggestions to create a healthy home including using low VOC paint and replacing carpet with easy to care for wood. They also suggest saving electricity and water through changing not only fixtures but also the way in which you use them. You can read all of their helpful ideas at http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/advice/expert-advice/25-tips-for-a-healthier-home/

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Some easy first steps include adding more energy efficient products to your household, using natural cleaners, drying your clothes on the clothesline, and installing a whole home water purification system.

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Clotheslines for Valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

Clotheslines are an amazing way to save money and energy for laundry purposes and contribute to a greener lifestyle. If you have your clothesline at home and use it to dry laundry, why not use it and the accompanying accessories for other creative purposes? Now you can incorporate your old clotheslines and clothespins into your Valentine’s Day Festivities and present ideas.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by using your clothesline and clothespins to decorate the house. When your kids bring home all of their valentines from school or you collect Valentine’s cards from friends and family, they can be showcased by hanging them on a clothesline. If its nice outside, you can even use a clothesline as the center of the party and hang Valentines or cut out hearts from the lines.

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These adorable Valentine’s Day cards with clothespin candy holders can be made in any colour or for any holiday http://simplykierste.com/2010/01/clothespin-valentines.html

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Decorate clothespins with hearts to close treat bags with this Martha Stewart tutorial http://www.marthastewart.com/271608/clothespin-valentine

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Using clotheslines and clothespins for holiday crafts can help introduce family and friends to the idea of clotheslines while saving money through crafting.

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Turn Green This Valentine’s Day

Turn green this Valentines Day, and not with jealousy. Saving money and the environment by choosing homemade and Eco-friendly gifts will leave you feeling and having more green in a holiday dominated by red. The following websites have provided some amazing ideas to make or recycle gifts for anyone in your family.

The Daily Green offers an extensive list of green and Eco Valentines Day ideas such as Fair Trade items (with proceeds going to charities around the globe) and where to find organic flowers.

http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/fair-trade-valentines-day-gift-ideas#slide-1

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Casa Diseno provides DIY Valentines Day gift ideas on a budget. Some of the ideas and tutorials include homemade tea bags, sharpie mugs and themed pillows.

http://www.casa-diseno.com/budget-styles-diy-valentines-day-gift-ideas/

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Martha Stewart seems to always come up with current Valentines Day crafts and this year is no different. Browse the 33 suggestions she gives for homemade gifts including felt coffee cup sleeves, heart shaped pot holders, and homemade candy wrappers.

http://www.marthastewart.com/274866/valentines-day-crafts/@center/276967/valentines-day

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If you are looking for ideas that help the community and others, why not adopt an animal? Name a tree in an arboretum, or donate to a community cause. Next week at Greenway Home Products we will be having a bake sale with proceeds going to local charity organizations..stay tuned for pictures.

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Green Roofs in the Winter

We have all heard of green roofs, but one has to wonder if it would work in the cold winter months. According to a study done by the University of Toronto, the green roof increased conservation of heat by reducing wind speeds and modifying the micro-climate above the roof. It also found that the potential heating energy savings were roughly between 5.63 percent and 5.95 percent, with savings up to 61 percent for upper-level floors. Read the full article about the study at http://greenlivingonline.com/article/green-roofs-winter

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Another article written on the subject from Science Daily reinforces information gained from the University study http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051126141309.htm

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Calculate Your Water Footprint

If you have ever wondered how much water you use in a year and how it compares to the consumption of others, there are some great resources for finding out!

The Water Footprint Calculator from National Geographic offers a water calculator along with tips and tricks for reduction and an option for you to pledge to reduce water use. This calculator is for U.S. residents. http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-footprint-calculator/

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The water footprint calculator from Zero Footprint takes only one minute to complete and can be changed based upon whether you reside in Canada or the U.S. http://goblue.zerofootprint.net/

Another calculator from Waterfootprint.org provides both a quick and extended version to gain insight into your water consumption. This calculator also takes into account diet and coffee/tea intake. http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=cal/WaterFootprintCalculator

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Green Kitchen Countertops

If you are going to be, or want to renovate your kitchen, green countertops are a great way to add something new and environmentally friendly into the house. Eco kitchen counters can be a bold focal point or a minimalistic accent thanks to the many different options now available for use. The following articles provide more information on the many types and styles of green kitchen countertops,

Green Living offers narrative on 4 of the most used green recycled countertops:

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http://www.greenlivingonline.com/article/green-kitchen-countertops

This article from The Kitchen Designer provides over 15 examples of resources that are used as green countertops and is a great read if you are looking for something beyond the normal Eco kitchen materials:

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http://www.thekitchendesigner.org/journal/2007/10/15/green-kitchen-countertops.html

The last article from the Reliable Remodeler website outlines materials used for kitchen countertops that make a statement:

http://www.reliableremodeler.com/blog/index.php/2008/07/01/kitchen-countertop-materials/

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Indoor Drying Options

It’s easy to forget about Eco-friendly drying practices in the cold winter months. The last thing you want to do is trek out into the snow to gather your clothes from a frosty clothesline. If you would rather stay in the comfort (and heat) of your home, like most of us would, that’s fine because there are great options for indoor drying.

Greenway laundry racks come in different sizes and many models can be used both indoors and outdoors. The racks offer great drying space and fold up when not in use. The Greenway Laundry Lift is another space saving option that features adjustable stainless steel rods, child safety strings, and a unique stop and lock pulley system.

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Whichever option you choose, indoor drying is a great way to continue your green laundry practices throughout the winter months.

See all of the indoor laundry products available at http://www.greenwayhp.com/home_products/category_list/category/indoor_laundry_products/#.UO3DmPH_wmU

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Green New Year’s resolutions for the whole family

This New Year make resolutions that can be a benefit to both your family and the environment. Green New Year’s resolutions such as hanging your laundry to dry, using a water dispenser over bottled water, and saving energy in the home can also be seen as money saving resolutions. Personal green resolutions such as riding your bike or walking over taking the car, using green cleaning products, and recycling can be extended by teaching children and spouses to do the same.

See more green resolution ideas at http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/green-new-years-resolutions10.htm or http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/green-new-years-resolutions-10109

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