Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
It is true that many household cleaners contain potentially toxic substances, so parents especially should make an effort to keep them out of the reach of children or, better yet, replace them with safer alternatives. Read More
Friday, February 28, 2014
We have just added these beautiful Coyuchi table Linens to our store. These beautiful organic table linens were created with natural fibers and colors . The new collections include tablecloths,table runners.placemats,napkins and kitchen towels.
You can check them out here.
Monday, August 12, 2013
There has never been a better time to renovate green, given the abundance of Earth-friendly building material choices as well as contractors well-versed in energy- and resource-efficiency. Many homeowners don’t realize that they can save money in the long run, despite the up front costs, by choosing materials and strategies that will lower utility bills and reduce maintenance and replacement costs moving forward.
For starters, look for building materials that contain post-consumer or post-industrial recycled content that can be easily recycled later. Also, make sure the materials are sustainably sourced—such as wood certified as sustainably harvested by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). And try to minimize the distance any building materials need to travel to help reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.
In areas of the renovation that are not a complete tear-down and re-build, tighten things up by plugging holes, patching or replacing roofing or siding as needed and adding weather-stripping around doors and windows. Also, switch out older single-pane windows with more efficient modern double or triple pane styles. This can pay for itself in energy savings within just a few years while improving comfort. Also replace or add insulation to walls, attics and other spaces to keep heat inside and cold out (and vice-versa). And you can save lots of energy by swapping out old appliances with newer models that qualify for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s EnergyStar label. Such appliances must be 20-30 percent more energy efficient than standard models, and will reduce not only your carbon footprint but also utility bills.
For guidance on how to renovate as sustainably as possible, check out the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Green Home Guide, a free online resource which bases its recommendations on its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines for certifying “green” buildings. This site allows users to ask an experienced contractor questions on sustainable materials and techniques or find green home professionals nearby qualified for larger green renovation jobs.
Another valuable resource is the REGREEN website, a joint project of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the USGBC, which offers case studies for green remodeling projects, interactive tools and basic guidelines written so even do-it-yourselfer can understand. A REGREEN Strategy Generator widget can provide tailored tactics for specific green remodeling projects. “For example, if you enter the parameters ‘bathroom’ and ‘water efficiency’, the widget might suggest the installation of faucet aerators and low-water-use showerheads,” reports USGBC.
Talking over projects and options with a design professional at a retail green building supply store like Green Depot, with locations in 10 states, can also help homeowners source cutting edge materials that will save energy and money in the long run. Green Building Supply, which offers an extensive free “online learning center,” will ship a wide range of green building materials anywhere in the U.S.
CONTACTS: FSC, www.fsc.org; EnergyStar, www.energystar.gov; LEED Green Home Guide, greenhomeguide.com/program/leed-for-homes; REGREEN, Green Depot, www.greendepot.com; Green Building Supply, www.greenbuildingsupply.com.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Many commercial cleaners contain harmful chemicals that can cause an array of allergic reactions, skin sensitivities, and headaches. Many families are choosing to switch to natural cleaning products and homemade cleaners. Hydrogen peroxide is a great alternative for whitening clothes, removing stains on clothing (always color test first) and cleaning urine stains from mattresses (works great). You can freshen up the bathroom and kill germs by wiping counter tops,toilets and other surfaces with an equal mixture of peroxide and water. Freshen toothbrushes by soaking them in peroxide for a few minutes. Kill germs in the kitchen by wiping down kitchen counters with equal parts of peroxide and water mixture. These are just some of the many uses for cleaning with peroxide in the home.
Friday, August 09, 2013
There are many simple things we can do to save energy. Unplugging household appliances when not in use is one of them. This will save energy and may even cut down on your electric bill a little. TV's, VCR's kitchen appliances, computers and even cell phone chargers still use electricity even when turned off. Try unplugging some of these and see if you save on your next electric bill. It may not be a lot but every penny counts.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
To vacinate or not is a personal decision every parent must make. If you have decided not to vacinate your children and are looking for information on getting an exemption Dr. Mercola shares information on the different types of vacine exemptions and how to get one. Check out his article here - How to Legally Get a Vaccine Exemption