Tag Archive for friendly

New Computer? Check this Out

Doing some last-minute shopping for a computer for your college student?  Look for an eco-friendly one that saves money.  Buy one of the new energy-efficient models with a fan that doesn’t run constantly.  If just a moderate number of us did this we’d cut computer energy use in half and save $5.5 billion.

[For more easy, money-saving, Earth-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/view/7000 or your favorite e-book seller and download to your computer or e-book device. Totally free, with no strings attached.]

Enjoy a Climate-Friendly Yard

Are you thinking about redoing part of your yard, or even all of it?  Now is a good time to do some eco-thinking.  The right yard can be friendly to our planet, easy to keep up, cheap to maintain, and beautiful, all at once.  Before reaching for your gardening tools or taking a trip to the local plant nursery, consider what is in the article How to Put Your Yard to Work for the environment.”

 

Kill Stains, Not the Earth

Instead of toxic and expensive stain-fighters, use an eco-friendly dish soap like Dawn.  Rub a few drops into the stain and toss the garment directly into the wash or into the hamper for wash-day.

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[For more easy, money-saving, earth-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-book seller.]

School Clothes Shopping Idea

School clothes–two more Back-to-School ideas that are earth-friendly:  Shop for school clothes made out of organic cotton or hemp. Look for recycled-plastic totes.  Shop at thrift stores, which have like-new and even new items people bought then discarded.

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[For more easy, money-saving, Eco-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/ view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-tailer.]

 

 

Clean Up Safely and Cheaply

 

Time for Summer house and garden clean-up projects.  Do something different.  Instead of spending a bundle on weed-killers and preventatives or cleaning products, make your own.  Search the Web for “non-toxic weed (or insect) control” and “homemade cleaners.”  Or send me an email at SmThingsCount@gmail.com and I’ll email you back a whole bunch of alternatives and recipes to do those jobs more cheaply and with far more earth-friendly substances.

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[For more easy, money-saving, Eco-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/ view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-tailer.]

Drink, But Save Your Energy

Drink up!  But instead of buying bottled water, get a faucet-mounted or pitcher-type filter system for drinking water.  Save money and energy, pollution created in producing and shipping bottles, plus bottles themselves.

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[For more easy, money-saving, Eco-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/ view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-tailer.]

 

 

Valuable Old Sneakers (Smelly or Not)

Get new sneakers for Christmas? Don’t toss out your old ones.  Donate outgrown but good ones by going to www.shoe4africa.org or to http://oneworldrunning.blogspot.com.  Nike even takes those disgusting ones (any brand) and makes Nike Grind,  used for surfacing basketball courts and running tracks.  Drop them off at the Gilroy Outlets (408-847-4300) or contact Nike for other locations near you.

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[For more easy, Eco-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/ view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-tailer.]

 

 

More Economic Travel

Help air quality and your wallet when traveling by leaving unnecessary weight at home.  Ask if your hotel or the people you’re visiting have hair dryers, clothes steamers, etc.  Or share such items among those in your traveling group.  Take along travel sized toiletries rather than heavier large sized containers. Pack it all in lightweight, soft luggage. Saved weight in your luggage often means less cost per checked bag at the airlines and always means better fuel-mileage for the airplane.

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[For more easy, money-saving, Eco-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/ view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-tailer.]

 

 

Freshening Up the House

When freshening up those dingy walls, use eco-friendly paint.  It’s is healthier—even dry paint can emit vapors that trigger headaches, allergies, and asthma—and, when discarded carelessly, one gallon of regular paint can pollute 250,000 gallons of water.

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 [For more easy, money-saving, Eco-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/ view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-tailer.]

Easy Black Friday

I actually ventured out today.  Normally Black Friday finds me cowering in bed, head covered against the cruel world.  But we’re doing some work on our house and have workmen coming soon, meaning that we needed to purchase a few items sooner rather than later.  We’ve run out of time to order and wait for delivery.

Out we went late this morning, fortified by an extra cup of coffee.  We drove into the parking lot and had our choice of parking spaces.  We walked into the store and there was hardly anyone there. When we had a question, there were lots of friendly, helpful sales people nearby but not in our faces.  There was no blood on the floor from the mad rush of shoppers, or people being carted away in straight jackets or police cars after they dropped over the mental/emotional edge while shopping in an overheated crowd. In fact, shopping was easier than on a typical NON-Black Friday, and with Black Friday deals.

Where is this marvelous store, you may ask?  Next year, try your local home improvement center (we did Lowes and Home Depot).  You’ll find it a satisfying oasis in a tumultuous sales sea.