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Recycle tip for plastic bags…

30 Nov

Recycle Used Plastic Bags (Even Ziploc Sandwich Bags)

Who knew? Plastic sandwich and kitchen storage bags can be recycled along with plastic shopping bags in supermarket recycling bins

Plastic storage bags may be easy and convenient, but they’re also disposable and wasteful. We often toss sandwich and freezer bags after using them only once, tossing those fossil fuel-derived plastics into landfills and incinerators. However, now we have the option of recycling these bags at any plastic bag-recycling bin, like those now found at many grocery stores and supermarkets. That’s right – those bins we all thought were for plastic shopping bags are good for other plastic bags, too, according to a Ziploc spokesman.

A recent partnership between Ziploc and RecycleBank means consumers can claim rewards for each Ziploc bag they recycle. RecycleBank rewards individuals for being green by assigning points for recycling and other actions. The points can be redeemed for rewards like gift cards and discounted products, similar to the way the rewards systems work on many credit cards.

So, if you can’t reuse plastic storage bags, clean and dry them, then recycle them along with any other plastic bags you have cluttering up the kitchen in a supermarket recycling bin.

**The article above (and image) was taken from: http://www.thedailygreen.com/going-green/tips/recycle-ziploc-bags

Seventh Generation Product Review: Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner

21 Aug

Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner (Information below from an email newsletter I received from Seventh Generation, then my review of the product).

 Kills over 99.99% of household germs* BOTANICALLY

*Kills over 99.99% of household germs, specifically: Influenza A viruses including H1N1, Rhinovirus (type 37, the Common Cold virus), Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa on hard, nonporous surfaces

Seventh Generation Named #1 Greenest Brand in the U.S

We’re thrilled to announce that Seventh Generation has been named the #1 greenest brand in the U.S. by the annual ImagePower Global Green Brands Survey. We last appeared on the list in 2008 at a #7 ranking. Thank you for the support that has helped us rise to the top! We’re in great company on the list:

 Seventh Generation
Whole Foods
Tom’s of Maine
Burt’s Bees
Trader Joe’s
The Walt Disney Company
S.C. Johnson
Dove
Apple
Starbucks, Microsoft (tied)

The ImagePower Global Green Brands Survey features 9,000 respondents in eight countries measuring perceptions and sentiments of green actions by industries, products, and brands. The survey is sponsored by WPP companies Cohn & Wolfe, Landor Associate, Penn Schoen Berland, and partner company Esty Environmental Partners.

The news was announced at the Sustainable Brands Conference earlier this month.

 

YAY Seventh Generation! I’m new to using more ecofriendly products and natural cleaners but I’ve found that I really like the 7th Generation products so far. I have purchased this cleaner as well as their Glass & Surface cleaner and both work well. I feel like they’re still picking up all the grime that my old cleaners would and they smell much less like chemicals. At first, the smell was a surprise, it smells almost like oregano to me which I definitely do not associate with cleaning. But after a few uses I’ve gotten used to the smell and much prefer it over our old products (like 409 and windex).   The hubbby still prefers our old cleaners arguing that the harsh chemical bad-for-the-environment smells make him feel like the products are doing their job better and getting things cleaner. I’m not hard set on only using these products in the future but I would like to when possible. Plus, how can you argue with a company that was just named #1 greenest brand? =) Very cool, go Seventh Generation!

Next up, I’m looking to try some of their laundry detergent for our clothes. Will post a review when I try it!

Throw out the air freshener, get a plant!

7 Aug

So I found this article in the Seventh Generation newsletter I receive via email and I thought it was worth sharing. I’m new to using Seventh Generation products, but so far I’m enjoying them! You can also become a member (FREE) and receive some of their coupons!

Boston Fern & Other Indoor Plants Improve Air Quality

According to a study performed by NASA, as noted in the book “Naturally Clean” by Seventh Generation founder Jefferey Hollander, the top five plants for improving indoor air are the Boston fern, Areca palm, Lady palm, Bamboo palm, and Rubber plant, in this order.  I recently added some Boston ferns to my apartment and the air quality drastically improved, and much more than provided by the Rubber plants that I already had.  Plants add negative ions to the air, which improve air quality, reduce dust, and improve your sense of well being and your health.

This article here, although a bit more scientific than general reading, provides excellent information about improving indoor air with indoor plants.

In my experience so far, two of the above plants in every room substantially increases the quality of indoor air.  The challenge is to place the plants effectively to avoid cluttering your home.

~~~Do you have any of these plants in your home? We have to be careful with the plants we get in our house since our cats like to eat almost everything green that I try to grow indoors. We have african violets, several christmas cacti and a few other miscellaneous plants that the cats don’t have much interest in, but as soon as I get a new plant the cats inevitably have to taste it. (Which then means barf to be cleaned up, ugh!)

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