With Earth Day only a month away, it’s time to look for options that can make your home and lifestyle as earth-friendly and green as can be! Beyond participating in your community's recycling program, what other ideas can you incorporate to contribute to the care of our environment?

Here are some ways to get you started:

Furniture: Rather than purchasing a new kitchen table to impress the neighbors,  choose to upcycle something you already own! “Upcycle” is defined as taking something old and refurbishing it in a way that brings it new life and increases its monetary or sentimental value. If you have an old door that has a lot of character, it can be refinished with a natural wood finish and turned into a table. Voila!

Detergents and cleaners: There are various brands of laundry detergents and home cleaners that are eco-friendly. They are chemical, dye and fragrance free, yet still do the job of cleaning. Environmental Working Group has researched over 2000 products you can search to find what is safe, and what is toxic. You can also make your own cleaners. A basic clean-everything concoction is baking soda with just enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Another option is baking soda with white vinegar to make a spray.

Skin and body care products: Unfortunately, the cosmetics and body care product industry is not regulated. What is put on the skin is absorbed by the body, so it is important to know what is harmful to health. Environmental Working Group has a pocket guide that identifies ingredients to avoid. They also have a searchable database of 79,000 products from nail care, to sun screen with an easy color rating system. 

Gardening: Did you know food is shipped an average of 5000 miles? That adds pollution to our air. There are several reasons that gardening has become the number one hobby. Though 58% of people who garden do so to enjoy better tasting organic food, growing your own vegetables and fruit is very green. Not only does it save money on groceries, people want enjoy higher quality, fresh, and safe food. Do you lack of space, time, or gardening experience? Tower Garden is a vertical aeroponic garden that is a simple system that uses little space and water, has no dirt so there's no weeding (a great time and back saver!), that is as easy as plug and play. 

When it is time to remodel, there are many green remodeling strategies that will save money. Besides increasing the home's energy efficiency, and reducing the amount of water used, also consider the interior home environment. With buildings having a better insulation seal, you will want to choose cabinets, flooring, and paint that do not off gas toxic chemicals into the air. To really make a difference in the community, when its time to replace your roof, consider using the innovative award winning smog eating roof tile!

There are plenty of ways you can celebrate our earth with a green home life. Why not get started today?


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