An Eco-Friendly Home
Are you ready to go green? All kinds of people are trying to be more eco-friendly, and what better place to start than in your own home? Here are some tips for creating a greener home:
l Make recycling easy. Set aside a space for your own recycling center and make sure everyone, down to the smallest tyke, uses it. Buy products with easily recycled packaging. Try to avoid containers that are made of combined materials (cardboard and plastic for example).
l Buy eco-friendly cleaning products. Better quality and less expensive than in the past, these products can be found right in your neighborhood grocery store. Stay away from products that contain chemicals like petroleum, which take a hefty toll on the environment. You can even make your own, with safe ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and olive oil.
l Compost! Keep a coffee can under the sink to toss vegetable peels, egg shells, coffee grounds (but no animal products!) Use the resulting mix for fertilizer in your garden.
l Use fluorescent light bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs. Fluorescents last three to four times longer and have a lower impact on the environment.
l Redecorating? Choose paints that contain low volatile organic compounds (VOC). These paints won't off-gas or produce noxious smells.