July 13, 2015 Health & Beauty

Home-made beauty products

“Make your own beauty products?  Sounds hard, but it’s actually quite simple.  Aside from saving a little money, many commercially produced beauty products are packed with nasty chemicals that can do damage to your body.  As mentioned in our Caring About Personal Care article  (link to article), there are Parabens, Phthalates, Tricolosan, Oxybenzone and Formaldehyde in many of the beauty products we use every day. We are Doing A bit Better here by making a few of our own. We promise these DYI beauty products are as easy as going to your kitchen and pulling a few things together.

Homemade Perfume

An easy way to smell delicious in a snap is to grab a sauce pan, lemon juice and vanilla extract.  Mix the two, heat them up and you’ll have a sweet homemade fragrance just like that.  Pour the rest in a glass jar for continued use.

Use Vegetable Oil to Condition Your Hair
Is there anything vegetable oil can’t do?  In addition to being used for cooking and fueling some cars, it can also work as an amazing conditioner for your hair.  Grab some all-natural oil (organic is the best), pour in your hand, rub at the scalp and then comb through to the ends.  Let sit a few minutes and rinse.  You’ll be left with soft conditioned hair!

Exfoliate with Strawberries
We can all use exfoliation once and a while – after all, it’s a great way to make your skin feel baby-fresh.  So instead of reaching for store bought exfoliant, why not just grab some strawberries?  Strawberries have natural fruit acid that helps in exfoliation of your skin. All you need is 8-10 berries, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of coarse salt (sea, kosher, etc).  Mix all the ingredients together and then massage it on your hands, feet, face or any place that needs a gentle scrub.

Make Your Own All Natural Lip Gloss
Looking for a clean, fresh gloss to sooth those dry lips and make them shine too?  Make your own lip gloss by mixing 1 teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/8 teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Stir until smooth, then use right away, storing the rest for later.

Homemade Deodorant
Homemade deodorant is easy as sprinkling a little baking soda onto a damp wash cloth, and applying it to your underarms. It’ll keep you fresh throughout the day!

 

These are just a few ways to look and feel good naturally and to know that you are Doing A bit Better!”

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Food

Monday Tip of the Week – Being a Greener Professional

“Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day, that we forget about our better-living-goals when we’re on the go. ... Read

“Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day, that we forget about our better-living-goals when we’re on the go.  Here are some reminders and possibly new ideas that can get you going!

Morning Coffee
If you’re not the type to make your own coffee in the morning (which could potentially save you over $300 a year), then you’re probably stopping into the local coffee shop before you hit the office.  Here are some ways to Do A bit Better at your java-stop:

-Bring your own cup.  You’ll get a discount on your coffee, and you’ll stop seeing those white paper cups pile up in your recycling bin

-Skip the sleeve – If you insist upon the paper cup, consider not using the sleeve or reusing the sleeve.  There’re also a variety of reusable silicone sleeves for sale across the net.

-Pour it, don’t packet! Sugar packets and stir sticks add up. Pour your sugar from the provided dispenser instead of tearing open a few packets, and let nature do the stirring for you. If you keep your sugar and milk at the office, it will stay hotter longer.

Lunch time!
If you work downtown, you’ll notice how many people scuffle around in a hurry to get their lunch and go. You’ll also notice everyone carrying a paper bag, with a sandwich also wrapped in paper inside – followed by a paper soda cup. That’s a LOT of waste. Consider this, instead:

-Bring a reusable bag – they’re not just for grocery shopping anymore!

-Skip the soda – on top of it being incredibly bad for you anyway, those soda cups pile up in the landfill. We have a water carbonator in our office to substitute for soda, and the carbonated water helps trick our bodies into thinking we’re drinking something more sugary! Win-win.

Meetings
You’ll impress your clients and business partners if you look a little greener!

-Don’t provide bottled water – leave some empty glasses and a pitcher of water on the table for all to enjoy.

-Put your presentation on a thumb drive – all of those paper versions you pass out will likely just get tossed out anyway.  If you HAVE to print it, print on both sides to use half as much paper!

Now you’re on your way to being the model professional for a better world!”

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Doing A Bit Better

5 Tips for Doing Better for Your Pet

“Don’t reach for the bleach – Next time your furry, little friend leaves a special present on the living room... Read

Don’t reach for the bleach – Next time your furry, little friend leaves a special present on the living room carpet, use vinegar to clean up the stain instead of bleach.  Vinegar is an eco-friendly odor-remover and effective at killing mold and bacteria.

Bio-bag-it! – Instead of using plastic bags to pick up after your pet’s poop, grab a biodegradable bag.  In addition to NOT immortalizing your pet’s #2 underground, biodegradable bags come in easy to use refillable dispensers that can be easily attached to any leash.

Dump the Junk –Many pet food brands you find at the supermarket consist of reconstituted animal by-products, otherwise known as low-grade wastes from the beef and poultry industries–you know, inedibles you wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot fork. So treat your pet to some natural or organic pet foods!  The potential benefits are numerous, including the reduction of skin ailments and allergies, more energy, healthier weight, fewer digestive disorders, better overall health, and a stronger immune system.  Don’t know where to start?  Just look for foods marked with USDA certification symbol proving that they have met the requirements.  (And don’t forget to recycle the bags and cans!)

A Sustainable Pet – Like babies and trophy wives, pets require an unusually large amount of gear.  So let them Do A bit Better by buying products and supplies made from sustainable materials.  Just about everything that your pet uses can be produced from sustainable materials: collars, leashes, beds, toys, and grooming products can be made out of hemp, recycled or organic cottons, and even recycled PET bottles!  Even better, enlist a little upcycling to turn old tube socks into puppy tug toys and yarn scraps into great cat toys!

Adopt! – Rather than buying your pet from local pet stores or breeders, adopt your next pet from a local shelter!  In addition to providing animals with loving homes, shelters tend to use donated or recycled materials for animal bedding. If you don’t know where to start, check out www.Petfinder.com to find a shelter near you.”

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Solar

Spring Cleaning Your Solar Panels

It’s spring cleaning time.  Aren’t you excited?   We have had a few questions about how to clean solar panels.  After... Read

It’s spring cleaning time.  Aren’t you excited?   We have had a few questions about how to clean solar panels.  After all, dirt, debris, and even bird droppings can quickly reduce the amount of electricity your system will produce.  Please keep in mind, this is how we clean our panels, however, we deeply encourage you to follow the specific instructions outlined in your user manual.

-We recommend you spray down your panels at least twice but preferably four times per year.  In doing so, you will spend a very short time cleaning your panels
–              You should spray in the morning.  You don’t want the water to evaporate due to the heat of the day

-Inspect after you spray.  Yes, this means you will most likely have to climb up on your roof
–              If you see a stubborn stain, typical glass cleaner will remove it quickly
–              Just one other safety note: never climb onto your roof if you are not comfortable with this activity.  Also, never do it alone…have someone hold the ladder

-Inspect the panel while you are cleaning it for cracks in the glass. Solar panels most often malfunction because of water damage. If you notice any cracks, fill the crack with a high-temperature silicon seal.

-Inspect wire connections as well for any sign of damage or decay. If you find a damaged wire, replace it immediately. Keep these connections clean and as dry as possible.

That’s it.  Now, get the kids to clean out the garage!

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Garden

Use Solar Lanterns to Light your Garden

As we are nearing the end of September (yikes!), it’s always nice to do a little sprucing up to the... Read

As we are nearing the end of September (yikes!), it’s always nice to do a little sprucing up to the yard as the weather starts turning. One things that we love about the fall are the early nights, and what better way to take advantage of them than by installing solar lanterns on a walk way or flower bed. They will be powered all day by the sun, and shine brightly as the sun goes down–you never have to worry about batteries or burying miles of extension cords. With solar lanterns you simply put them in your garden and let the sun do the work for you. Plus (and it’s a big plus) you’re doing a bit better for the earth, and your wallet–bye bye higher electric bills.

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Food

Quick Tips for a Better Pregnancy

“Pregnancy can be one of the most special and amazing times in a woman’s life.  But there’s no question that... Read

“Pregnancy can be one of the most special and amazing times in a woman’s life.  But there’s no question that it can also be incredibly difficult, too.  On top of major bodily changes, there is the constant need to make sure you are keeping yourself and your future baby healthy!  So here are a few tips to help you make your pregnancy a bit healthier.

The No-Brainers – While these tips may be obvious, they are still very important.  Cut out alcohol, caffeine, and stop smoking.  And when taking your prenatal vitamins, be sure to opt for the types that contain natural ingredients with fewer dyes and ingredients.

Water – It is important to increase your water intake while pregnant.  In addition to keeping you vitally hydrated and your skin glowing, water carries nutrients through your blood to your baby.  Water also helps prevent common bladder and digestion pregnancy problems.  And contrary to popular belief, the more fluids you drink during pregnancy, the less your body retains.  So if your feet and ankles are swollen, drinking more water actually helps!  Just remember to use a water filter (like Britta or PUR) and drink out of a glass, not plastic, when possible.

Cleaning Products – During your pregnancy, opt for all natural brands that are free of harmful chemicals such as bleach and ammonia.  And when possible, enlist a friend to help with the cleaning – you’ll avoid inhaling any chemicals and give you a chance to kick your feet up and rest!

Looking Glamorous – The natural pregnancy ‘glow’ is a real thing of beauty.  But if you still want to continue using makeup, be sure do a quick inventory of your beauty products.  Much of your current makeup may be loaded with chemicals that can unsafe for your baby.  Additionally, old makeup can be loaded with bacteria which can clog pores and cause breakouts.  Since no makeup is FDA certified as organic, look for credible sources to buy from such as our friends at Organic Beauty Now, Skincare By Alana and Yves Rocher.

Eating Right – Organic foods are the way to go while pregnant.  You’ll be avoiding harmful pesticides and preservatives used to treat the foods.  If money is tight or you can’t find organic foods, opt for fruits and veggies that traditionally contain the lowest levels of pesticides:  asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, kiwi, mangos, onions, papaya, pineapple, sweet peas.  And for the carnivores, look for fish low in mercury, and avoid unpasteurized foods or cheeses.”

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Housewares

Lint=dinner

Did you know that tests have shown that keeping the lint trap clean in your gas or electric clothes dryer... Read

Did you know that tests have shown that keeping the lint trap clean in your gas or electric clothes dryer may provide savings of up to $34 in energy costs each year (ENERGY STAR).  So basically you could go out to a decent meal from the saving of lint.

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Family

DIY “UpCycled” Crayons

“Here’s a fun one for the whole family. What do you do with those boxes of old, heavily used (but... Read

“Here’s a fun one for the whole family.

What do you do with those boxes of old, heavily used (but loved) crayons?  You turn them into a DYI project with the kids!  They can be melted down and turned into great recycled, different shaped writers that your young and older children can both enjoy.

Here’s what you need:

  1. Kitchen knife
  2. Old crayons
  3. Mini –cake or muffin tins (cute heart or various shapes are fun!)

Directions:

  1. Parents use the knife to chop crayons in to pea-size pieces. Have the kids help remove any remaining paper.
  2. Preheat oven to 150 degrees
  3. Have children fill tins with crayon pieces, mixing colors to make cool designs.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or just until the wax has melted
  5. Remove the shaped crayons after they have cooled.  If they stick to the tray, place in the freezer for an hour and they will pop out.

Tip:  If you don’t want to devote your tins to the melted wax, line them with tin foil

Now you and your kids can color away!”

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Celebrity

Actress Jessica Alba Starts Green Parenting Company

“Working mom Jessica Alba is adding entrepreneur to her many titles, shifting from movie star to businesswoman with a venture... Read

“Working mom Jessica Alba is adding entrepreneur to her many titles, shifting from movie star to businesswoman with a venture that provides parents easy access to eco-friendly natural products for babies and homes.

Alba, who wed husband Cash Warren in 2008, has taken motherhood to heart, and mind, focusing on being a hands-on parent to her two daughters, 4-year-old Honor and newborn Haven.

“”Motherhood has affected me greatly and in so many ways,”” the Fantastic Four actress told Reuters.

“”I didn’t know that I would feel so comfortable and so at ease and so natural. When I became a mother, I felt the most comfortable in my own skin than I had ever felt in my life.””

While preparing for motherhood four years ago, the 30-year-old actress found that her biggest challenge was trying to find eco-friendly natural products for her baby and her home.

“”There are a lot of toxic chemicals in baby products, and these toxic chemicals are linked to not just allergies and asthma, but also autism and ADHD and lots of childhood cancers, and I was horrified that products that were made for babies and children would have these toxic chemicals,”” said the actress.

Alba founded The Honest Company along with Christopher Gavigan, former CEO of non-profit group Healthy Child Healthy World, after discovering that toxic chemicals were often disguised as “”fragrances”” on product labels and finding that not all eco-friendly and natural products worked efficiently.

Together, they came up with an online business model to launch an eco-friendly range of baby and household products, tried and tested by themselves and their own babies. They are toxin-free, aesthetically pleasing and can be delivered straight to your door.

“”I really wanted to make a company that was for parents, by parents,”” said Alba, adding that Honest Co. was “”one company parents could go to that had household products and products to clean your kid with, and also fulfill diapering needs.””

The actress took her fight against toxic products to Washington D.C. in May 2011 while pregnant with her second child to lobby on behalf of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition that supported the Safe Chemicals Act.

“”Even government officials aren’t aware that chemical companies don’t have to test their chemicals before they sell them to product companies. They can just put them in there, and we are the guinea pigs,”” said the actress.

While Alba’s energies are focused on her children and new business, her fans will be glad to know she has no plans to retire from acting. She voices a role in animated film Escape from Planet Earth due out next year.

“”I’m excited to get back into movies and I feel more adult and more grown up and ready to get back into it. And my mentality is different,”” she said.”

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Garden

Letting the Lawn Lay is the Best Way

“We all want the best looking lawn on the block- but it may be surprising that spending less time on... Read

“We all want the best looking lawn on the block- but it may be surprising that spending less time on your lawn will actually make it greener.  Most grass species are best kept at least 2.5 inches tall.  At this length, the lawn is able to absorb more sunlight into it’s overall surface than that with a shorter length.  With more sunlight absorption, you will get a thicker turf and deeper roots which also means you don’t have to water as often.

Another little lawn tip is let the lawn clippings lay.  Lawn clippings actually add nitrogen to the soil, and discourages weeds from germinating.  You will therefore use less fertilizer and herbicide.

So the next time you see “”Cut the Lawn”” on your honey-do list, you can tell your significant other that you’re Doing A bit Better by not cutting it.  You’re welcome!”

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Environment

Chrysler Recognizes its Green Dealers

In a push to green-up an industry that’s already not-so-green, Chrysler has recognized 30 of its more eco-friendly auto dealers... Read

In a push to green-up an industry that’s already not-so-green, Chrysler has recognized 30 of its more eco-friendly auto dealers across the U.S. – and more than a third of which are in, you guessed it: California.  Some of the achievements recognized include:

– A 2,000 square foot solar system in Arkansas

– A heating system based on used motor oil from oil changes in Michigan

– Collection and recycling of rain water in Oklahoma

For a full list of the honored dealers (just in case you’re in the market for a new Chrysler), check out the press release.

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Solar

The White House is Doing a Bit Better!

It was announced in October 2010 that the White House would be installing solar panels to its historic rooftops–we understand... Read

It was announced in October 2010 that the White House would be installing solar panels to its historic rooftops–we understand the delay, Mr. President. You’ve had a lot on your plate.

The big day is finally here! Solar installers have begun their work this week. We’re excited to hear that one of the most famous addresses in the world will soon be home to clean energy. Good on you 1600 Penn Ave! We hope this will inspire everyone to Do a Bit Better.

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Doing A Bit Better

Setting the Bar – Eco-Friendly Beauty Spas

Here at DabB we love to uncover environmentally-friendly, green places of business and you’ll be happy to know that you... Read

Here at DabB we love to uncover environmentally-friendly, green places of business and you’ll be happy to know that you can even be papered in an organic and natural way!  In Morristown, New Jersey lives such a place called “Salon Botanique Eco-Chic.”   This salon is New Jersey’s premier Natural and Organic Salon and Spa.  “Botanique” is the French word for “botanical,” and inspires them to use the finest natural and organic products from all over the world.

Not only are the products used here 100% organic, but the entire building has been redesigned with a customized water purification system using low VOC paints and flooring made of bamboo with most of the furniture from reclaimed and recycled wood. Additionally, all the spa robes and sheets are 100% organic cotton.

Check them out. Getting pampered never felt so right and good for the environment!

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Food

Monday Tip of the Week: Mayonnaise: Not Just for Sandwiches!

“If you’re looking to cut fat and cholesterol from your diet, don’t be in a rush to throw out that... Read

“If you’re looking to cut fat and cholesterol from your diet, don’t be in a rush to throw out that lurking jar of mayonnaise.  It has a surprising number of beauty-boosting possibilities.

Shiny hair. Forget expensive leave-in conditioners! Massage some mayo into your scalp, cover with a shower cap, wait five minutes, and shampoo.  Your hair will be all sorts of shiny.

Strong nails.  It’s this simple: plunge them into a bowl of mayo for five minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Glowing complexion. Gently spread whole-egg mayonnaise on the visage.  Rinse after 20 minutes.

You’ll look fabulous when you head to the curb to recycle the jar!”

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Solar

Vermont’s PUP program is helping people Do A Bit Better!

Recently, the local clean energy advocacy group, Energize Vermont,  announced the “Power Up Program” which is an unique partnership with... Read

Recently, the local clean energy advocacy group, Energize Vermont,  announced the “Power Up Program” which is an unique partnership with American Clean Energy Supply, LLC. Together, they are bringing affordable, high quality solar installations to Vermonters all over the state!

Way to go Energize Vermont! Thanks to your PUP program, you truly are Doing A Bit Better.

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Food

Put a Cork In It

“Nothing says “Sonoma Countryside” like an abundant collection of wine corks filling a tall glass floor-vase in the corner. What... Read

“Nothing says “Sonoma Countryside” like an abundant collection of wine corks filling a tall glass floor-vase in the corner. What happens, though, when corks (inevitably) overflow? What do you start to do with all of those extra corks?  Well we found these inspirations for DIY projects that will make you regret any of those corks you’ve ever thrown out.  Sorry, we don’t have any DIY projects lined up for boxed wine (no judgement!)

The first place our minds went was to the material – cork – traditionally used for wine, insulation, and… corkboards! So how does the cork make it from your Pinot Grigio to the wall? Check out these instructions from Wineintro.com. The hardest part will be finding corks that are exactly the same size. After not much work, you’ll have a great looking corkboard for the office or the kid’s room, or for recipes in the kitchen.

A similar but less expected way to reuse those same-size corks is to make a DIY bath-mat, which will add a touch of elegance and spa glamour to your bathroom. Freshhomeideas.com published this great step-by-step guide for creating such a luxury for your home.

Now that we’ve covered the office, the kid’s room and the bathroom, what about the kitchen?  One of the great properties of cork is its ability to diffuse heat – which makes it perfect for a Trivet and will be sure to impress your friends during the next dinner party. While you can use the same square-frame concept as the corkboard or the bath-mat, but if you want to step outside the box (get it?), try a circular pattern instead, and for about $3 you can have one like this one from greenluv.org.

Interested, but not a drinker? Corks are often available from wineries if you ask – they may charge a small premium or shipping on the used ones from the tasting room, but it’s still a lot cheaper than buying them from the craft store!

There you have it – now you can empty out that trophy-jar of corks and start over again, but with a few neat accessories around the house – accessories that you made yourself – and accessories that helped you Do A bit Better!”

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Solar

Top 10 Questions for Your Local Solar Installer

“So you’ve decided to go solar – congratulations! But now what? Well, it’s time to research your local solar installers.... Read

“So you’ve decided to go solar – congratulations! But now what? Well, it’s time to research your local solar installers. If you live anywhere near any of the major DMAs, there’s bound to be plenty of options. That said, we’d like to suggest a few questions to ask the solar installers you interview.


How long has your company been installing solar electric systems?

In our opinion, you should look for a company that has been installing in your area for 4+ years.  With this level of experience, they understand local installation requirements, and have a long enough track record for you to review consumer comments on websites.

How many of your employees have solar panels on their homes?
We love this question.  If their employees don’t believe in solar, they why should you believe in them?

How many NABCEP certified employees work for your company?
A very large majority of licensed electricians do not have training or experience with solar electric systems.  NABCEP provides a well-respected certification process that requires the installer complete classroom hours, lead multiple PV installations, and pass a comprehensive exam.   If the installer is not NABCEP certified, we would encourage you to look for a new solar installer.

Will everyone working on my system be an employee of your company?
Sub-contractors are not always a bad thing.  However, you want to make sure that you meet everyone working on your home.  Additionally, if a company is using a sub-contractor, you should ask how long the two companies have worked together.  You are looking for a long-term relationship (no online profile required).

Can I see a list of ten clients that you have installed solar electric systems for?
An installer who has pride in their work will always be able to supply you a list with at least 8 names on it.  When contacting these customers, see if you can drive by their house to see the installation.

How do you determine your system output data?
We love installers who will come to your home free of charge at least once during the first year to evaluate how your solar installation is performing.  We believe a check-in at the six month mark is ideal.

How long is your warranty on all of my components and your work? 
In addition to manufacturing warranties, a qualified solar installer will also back their work.

Does your panel manufacturer perform quality control audits on your installations?
Few solar panel manufacturers will audit installations to measure the quality of the companies that sell their products. In our opinion, preference should be given to those companies who are audited.

What is the efficiency of the panels that you are proposing to install?
Positive Energy answer:  More efficient panels require less space, and allows you to get more energy output per square foot.  A smaller array footprint is very important to avoid shaded areas, when shading is an issue.  It also means less weight for the roof, fewer attachment points, less labor and less installation material required.

How does your company implement its values?
One way companies vote for a more sustainable world is with their dollars.  We give preference to companies who buy many of their products and materials locally.  Additionally, we believe that an employee-owned company with a profit sharing program shows a commitment to employees.

Now that you’re armed with an arsenal of important questions to ask, we think you’ll be able to find the right solar installer for the job! If you’re interested in being connected with a trusted, certified solar installer in your area, check out our solar page!”

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UpCycle

Quilt it and Forget About it

Can’t bear to part with your kids’ little league baseball shirts?  Don’t want to donate, throw away, or store?  Consider... Read

Can’t bear to part with your kids’ little league baseball shirts?  Don’t want to donate, throw away, or store?  Consider making a memory quilt of your family’s favorite tees.  If you don’t sew, you can find a lot of people online that will happily do it for you.  Bump up the “green” factor: snuggle with your kids under the blanket, turn down the heat, and save on energy costs.

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Doing A Bit Better

There’s a BETTER App for That

“With the increase of smartphone ownership in the U.S., there really is an app for pretty much everything you could... Read

“With the increase of smartphone ownership in the U.S., there really is an app for pretty much everything you could think of.  So there’s no surprise that there are dozens (if not hundreds) of apps out there to help you Do A bit Better every day! From local green-business maps to energy consumption meters to carbon footprint calculators, there really is something for every aspect of living green.  Here’s a few apps we suggest for your day-to-day living.

Meter Readings: This app is great for monitoring your home’s monthly energy usage, water usage, and costs.  After enough data has been entered, this app will start plotting graphs so that you can visualize trends.  See how low you can get your energy bill!

Ecobee Smart Thermostat: With this app, you can control your home thermostat through WiFi to heat, cool and ventilate your home.  Note that this app is free but is used in conjunction with the Thermostat hardware that you install in your home. Manage your daily heating profiles, vacation settings and more from anywhere you go, and decrease your home’s energy / gas usage.

Yoink: Rather than taking that old couch to the landfill, find someone who can use it! List/find local, free items and avoid an exhausting trip to the thrift store.

Carticipate: If you’re the kind of person who likes to live life in the fast-lane (the carpool lane), then this app is for you. Coordinate carpools with local drivers and riders, and get to work more quickly while reducing CO2 emissions!

Of course this is just a short list of many green apps, so look around! Whether you’re managing your utilities, cleaning out the garage, or getting to work, there’s plenty of information literally at your fingertips to help you Do A bit Better.”

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Recycle

Doing Better Than Your Next Door Neighbor

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans throw out nearly 5.5 billion pounds of electronics a year—such as TVs,... Read

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans throw out nearly 5.5 billion pounds of electronics a year—such as TVs, stereos, cell phones and even computers.  As a results, million of pounds of chemicals and heavy metals end up in the ground.  Despite local agencies making it rather clear how easy it is to recycle electronics, our neighbors have yet to catch on.  So the next time you are at your next block party and you overhear someone talking about how much they hate their blender tell them to go to www.mygreenelectronics.org to find a local recycling center in their area.  The site also provides a list of electronics, from laptops to baby monitors, that are easier on the environment  and your energy bill.

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Food

Monday Tip of the Week – When to Choose Organic

“Obviously, it’s a better choice to “choose organic” as much as possible.  But when organic choices aren’t available, or don’t... Read

“Obviously, it’s a better choice to “choose organic” as much as possible.  But when organic choices aren’t available, or don’t necessarily make it into the grocery budget, which organic products should we consider over others?

Meat, Dairy & Eggs
Organic meat, dairy & eggs cannot be raised with growth hormones, and the animals aren’t fed with anything grown with pesticides. Even more importantly, animals raised organically aren’t given antibiotics, which means they don’t develop any antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Potatoes & Peppers
Non-organic potatoes are treated with twice the amount of chemicals, including pesticides and fungicides.  Fungicides are added directly to the roots (which is, the potato itself).  Peppers, alternatively, have such thin skins that they absorb pesticides more quickly than other fruits and vegetables.

Baby Food
It pretty much goes without saying that, when it comes to our little ones, the food we put in them should be just as gentle as the products we use on them.  Babies don’t have the immune systems we do and can’t handle the harsh chemicals on food as well as we can.

So when you make your next grocery list, consider investing a little more in the important things – You’ll be glad you did.”

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