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Super speedy green oven tricks


Ovens are not actually a high energy use appliance in most homes. For example a fridge, your dryer, the AC all use more energy but that doesn’t mean you can’t save some energy all around, right?! To save more energy when using your overn do the following:

Don’t use it at all. Microwaves cook faster while using less energy than an oven. When you can use the microwave.
Keep the door shut while food is cooking. Each time you open the door to peek at that cake, the oven releases energy.
Clean your oven regularly. A dirty oven is less efficient.
Turn it off [...]

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Super speedy green oven tricks

Green Review: Vaska herbatergent


I’m a die hard Biokleen detergent users, but I’m always willing to try something new. Options are good. Today a review of Vaska’s herbatergent.

PRODUCTS: Vaska’s herbatergent (unscented) from Vaska
USES: Washing clothing; suitable for adult and baby clothing. High efficiency friendly.
INGREDIENTS: Plant based surfactants, vegetable conditioner, water-soluble degreasing agent, lavender extract (leaves no scent) and filtered water.
COST: $9.99 for 48 oz – 32 loads (but I think it works out to more – read review below)
ECO-PERKS:

100% biodegradable.
Graywater safe.
Disclosure of ingredients at website and on packaging.
Hypoallergenic.
Phosphate free.
Awarded “champion” status by the EPA – the highest possible award as [...]

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Green Review: Vaska herbatergent

Super cute green toy alert!


My Wondercube makes a ton of adorable eco-friendly products for wee ones, but I really adore their namesake the Wondercubes. Wondercubes are pretty little cube toys that are ideal for babies on up. There are three sweet cubes to choose from and each comes with fun fillings tucked inside…

The Little Wonder Jersey is soft, machine washable, and each square of the cube features sounds such as a bell, squeaker, rattle or crinkle. It is presented in a stylish eco-friendly display box.

The beautiful Fair Trade My Wondercube is made from organic woven cotton and each square has a different
texture – silk, [...]

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Super cute green toy alert!

Tesla to Base Other Cars on Model S


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Tesla Motors
knows how to keep media attention focused on them.  They’re always giving out little tidbits of information that keep us talking.  In that vein, the company posted an update on their blog about how they’ll be using the DOE loan money they received this year and revealed that the Model S drivetrain will be used for three different future Tesla models:  an electric minivan, an electric crossover-utility vehicle and an electric utility van for fleets.

As far as the government money goes, it will be allocated to two projects.  The first will be the complete production and assembly of the Model S in the U.S.  The second is a California facility that will manufacture EV drivetrain components for other carmakers in order to help them get EV models on their lots.

We’ll let you know more about these new models and which automakers will be using their drivetrain as soon as there’s any more information.

via Tesla

ECOBAGS Organic Bag Choices


ECOBAGS offers all sorts of organic reusable bags that can help you green your world. Why use a reusable bag?
Reusable Bags offers these (and other) facts related to plastic bags:

500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used per year – or one million per minute. Insanity; um yeah. Most don’t make it to a recycling facility.
“According to Australia’s Department of Environment, Australians consume 326 plastic bags per person, per year.”
“Plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris most often found in coastal cleanups, according to the nonprofit Center for Marine Conservation.”
In 2001, Ireland consumed around [...]

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ECOBAGS Organic Bag Choices

August Marked Highest New Car Average MPG


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The Cash for Clunkers program could have done better at upping the fuel efficiency of America’s cars and its results remain questionable, but on the bright side, it does appear that the incentives have lead to a new record for new car MPG levels.

In the month of August, new cars hit an average of 23 miles per gallon, an eight percent jump from August of last year.  American auto companies alone saw an increase of four percent from last year.   Toyota had the highest average for cars sold in August with 26.9 miles per gallon.

As Cash for Clunkers sales taper off, the average may decrease again, but the CAFE standards will hopefully pick it right back up when they go into effect.

via Autoblog Green

Minimizing plastic exposure


Minimizing plastic exposure is one of the easiest green kitchen and lifestyle choices you can make that offers big rewards in terms of personal health and planet health. Why?
Many plastics are made with polycarbonate, which in turn is made from bisphenol A (BPA) a chemical correlated with hormone disruption, obesity, adverse neurological effects and other not so cool health issues. When plastics aren’t made with BPA they’re still a major drain on the planet and resources. Even if you recycle (which plenty of Americans don’t) recycling is expensive and causes another whole set of environmental problems.

How BPA gets to you: [...]

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Minimizing plastic exposure

Senate Version of Climate Bill More Aggressive on GHG Emissions


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The Senate version of the climate bill, updated from the version passed by the House back in June, will be released on Thursday, but a draft has been made available ahead of time.  While similar to the House version, it takes a more aggressive stance on greenhouse gas reductions.

The latest version of the bill calls for a 20 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, where the earlier version called for a 17 percent cut by 2020, but the goal of an 83 percent reduction in emissions by 2050 remains the same.

Another major change is that it allows the EPA to factor in GHG emissions when considering biofuel-related land use changes, while the House version didn’t allow emissions to be considered for the first six years.

Some changes other changes that should appeal to the opposition include more support for new nuclear power and protections for utilities to keep costs in check for emissions permits.

The new draft is 801 pages long and an abridged version is available for download here.  All reports have indicated it faces an uphill fight in the Senate.

via LA Times

 

Alternatives to Toxic Mothball


Mothballs seem harmless enough but in reality are pretty darn toxic. Naphthalene, the main pesticide in mothballs can cause adverse effects on the structural integrity of the red blood cell membrane, body weight gain, chronic inflammation of the lungs, liver changes, and more following exposure. In fact the back of a box of mothballs will note that you should be extremely careful – avoid skin contact and avoiding any vapors from said mothballs in your living area.
Now, why would you have these in your home; around clothes and other textiles you use? Good question? To avoid musty clothes and pests [...]

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Alternatives to Toxic Mothball

Alternatives to Toxic Mothball


Mothballs seem harmless enough but in reality are pretty darn toxic. Naphthalene, the main pesticide in mothballs can cause adverse effects on the structural integrity of the red blood cell membrane, body weight gain, chronic inflammation of the lungs, liver changes, and more following exposure. In fact the back of a box of mothballs will note that you should be extremely careful – avoid skin contact and avoiding any vapors from said mothballs in your living area.
Now, why would you have these in your home; around clothes and other textiles you use? Good question? To avoid musty clothes and pests [...]

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Alternatives to Toxic Mothball