PA Green Team Cleaning Tips
Spring is FINALLY here! Throw open the windows and let the fresh air in. But before you begin this year’s spring cleaning, consider these ideas from the Nobles PA Green Team.
The Issue: Americans discard an estimated 68 pounds of clothing a year and, of that, about 99 percent of it could actually be recycled.
The Solution: Donate unwanted items to organizations like Cradles to Crayons who reuse and “down cycle” your goods. (FYI: The Nobles PA will be volunteering at C2C’s Giving Factory on Wednesday April 24 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Items can be dropped at the school in advance of the date OR you can bring them with you when you volunteer. To sign up, email Jill Dalby Ellison at email@example.com)
Curious to learn more clothing and landfills, check out this site: http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/recycled-clothing-2916.html
The Issue: The water it takes to produce the average American diet alone—approximately 1,000 gallons per person per day—is more than the global average water footprint of 900 gallons per person per day for diet, household use, transportation, energy, and the consumption of material goods.
The Solution: Reduce your water footprint by choosing from 100 tips at http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/index.php.
Curious to know what your water footprint actually is? Calculate it at: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water- footprint-calculator/
The Issue: Many household cleaning products contain dangerous ingredients loaded with strong, artificial colors and fragrances and harsh cleansing agents like bleach, ammonia and acids and that these chemicals can produce indoor air pollution by off-gassing toxic fumes that can irritate eyes and lungs. (Children and pets are most at risk.)
The Solution: Make your own cleaning supplies. Even the biggest messes and toughest stains can be attacked effectively with baking soda, borax, lemon juice, vinegar and other simple ingredients. Even ketchup! Sound crazy? To learn more, go to http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/green-cleaning-spring-cleaning-460303#ixzz2OeHZRV55
Learn more about what is in the popular arsenal of household cleaners, check out the Environmental Working Group’s database of more than 2,000 cleaning products at http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners