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The “Renewed” Green Revolution

If you are anything like me, you know that “going green” is not a new trend, cutting-edge ideological change or massive historical discovery of this century. Growing up at my Grandmother’s house, I learned to cover leftovers with slightly used shower caps, store dry items in old jam jars, and recycle my soda cans. I even watched as she saved vegetable trimmings to feed to her unbelievable rose gardens. I guess you could say that I grew up green before green got trendy.

However, while I don’t view conserving resources, recycling products or even composting and home gardening as new trends, I do appreciate how this current “green revolution” introduced us to all-natural and organic home cleaning products. I grew up cleaning my home with heavy bleach solutions because, well, bleach works and it works well (especially if you’re cleaning up after messy boys). I never thought of the consequences of using harsh chemicals in my home. I never thought how synthetic chemicals damage and kill our natural environment. Looking back now, I feel like an idiot.

Luckily today, we all have a choice in cleaning products. We can now rely on supermarkets to carry cleaning options with effective and environmentally-friendly ingredients. Cleaning products with 95% natural and bio-degradable ingredients, use cruelty-free testing processes and stray away from synthetic, harsh chemicals. We, also, now live in an era where companies use all-natural, green practices and products. They too make an active choice to improve healthy living for our homes and environment. For that, I do thank this renewed green revolution.

The Recycled Wedding – Part II

Bride & Bouquet | Flat Rate Carpet BlogLast week we discussed paperless wedding invites, as a way of saving time, money and trees.  This week we’re talking about registering for gifts.  Why not choose a company that works a bit more unconventionally – that encourages your friends and family to buy you gifts that are environmentally-friendly and help merchants who are sensitive to the planet.

Check out  Everything is made in the USA, and made from sustainable sources.  They’re uniquely designed and the company’s ethos is that if we all make just a little more effort, the world will really become a better place!

Or if you have everything you already need, why not ask your guests to make a donation to a good cause.  The “I Do” foundation is a great way to go… check out the website, Your guests donate money and you choose the charity you want it to go to.  It’s a fantastic way to help others share your happiness.

You don’t have to compromise on quality either.

The Recycled Wedding – Part I

Wedding Decorations | Flat Rate Carpet BlogGreen weddings are trending in a big way, according to the designers, with more and more people wanting to do their bit for the planet and use fewer resources for their special day. So what kind of things help make a wedding environmentally-friendly and can you really use recycled products where it counts?

One way of doing this is by choosing paperless invitations – after all, who doesn’t have email these days? You can design an invite yourself – it will be completely personalized and you’ll be saving a few trees, as well as time and money. Check out Glo at It’s reasonably priced and a very chic and personal

Say goodbye to envelope stuffing!

Going Green in Your Home Part II

If you want to cut down on the harmful VOC’s in your home, there are some easy steps you can take, all of which will protect your health and will significantly reduce your carbon footprint too.

  • Increase ventilation indoors – open windows regularly
  • Don’t store partially used containers – fumes can leak out
  • Avoid disinfectants and paint thinners that contain high concentrations of the chemicals propane, butane, methyl chloride, formaldehyde, acetone, ethyl alcohol, or hexenol

But the single most important thing you can do is to switch to “green” cleaning products. They’re available in every city, and they’re non-toxic, and bio-degradable, containing no harsh chemicals or unpleasant fumes.

Companies like Green Depot and Earth Choice are committed to producing solutions that are made from renewable resources, and making sure that you get a safe and healthy clean. Your home will be just as clean but your kids and pets won’t be breathing in VOCs, and you’ll be doing your bit for the planet too.

Get buying!

Going Green in Your Home – Part I

Watch out for the VOC’s in your cleaning products!

VOC’s are chemical carbon compounds that evaporate in your home, under normal temperatures. What many of us don’t know is that that they can be found in all kinds of cleaning products and can really compromise the health of you and your family. And they thrive indoors, because there’s a lack of air circulation.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) explains that health problems such as “eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system” can all be signs of exposure to VOC’s.

It’s no surprise then that more and more people are turning to green products when they clean their homes, because they want to stay healthy. But knowing about VOCs isn’t enough – you have to know how to make your home “green”. In part II, we’ll be discussing steps you can take to make green living a reality for you.