green http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4897/all en-US Ask the Readers: What Are Your Green Goals? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-green-goals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-green-goals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/recycle-4430183-small.jpg" alt="recycle" title="recycle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-green-goals#comment-627822">Rebecca</a>, Ashley, and Jennifer for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>A few weeks ago, we asked you about the green habits you already have. We got a lot of solid, tried-and-true green practices and many creative ones, too. This week, in honor of Earth Day &mdash; coming up on Monday, April 22! &mdash; we want to know what lifestyle changes you want to make to be even <em>more</em> earth friendly.</p> <p><b>What are your green goals?</b> Do you want to be more efficient with what you already do, or is there something else you'd like to try? What are the obstacles to reaching your green goals?</p> <p>Tell us about your green goals and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> <a id="rc-79857d28" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d28/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, April 22nd at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after April 22nd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your green goals and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-green-goals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-i-used-to-but-now-i">Ask the Readers: I used to __, but now I __ to save money.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-watch-your-movies">Ask the Readers: How Do You Watch Your Movies?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-will-you-buy-with-your-tax-refund-win-turbo-tax-prizes">Ask the Readers: What will You Buy with Your Tax Refund? (Win Turbo Tax Prizes!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers Earth day green Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:36:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 973428 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Green Garage Makeover Tips http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-green-garage-makeover-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-green-garage-makeover-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5631480650_c1f71c3a05_z-1.jpg" alt="Green Garage Makeover Tips" title="Green Garage Makeover Tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on green makeover tips for your garage, ways to overcome embarrassment, and tips for using a credit card outside of the US.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/cleaning/green-clean-makeover-the-garage-117137">9 Green Clean Makeover Tips For The Garage</a> &mdash; Give your garage a green makeover by cleaning the floor. [Re-Nest]</p> <p><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/therese-borchard/overcoming-embarrassment_b_850549.html">10 Ways to Overcome Embarrassment</a> &mdash; Overcome an embarrassing moment by laughing about it. [Huffington Post]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2011/05/7-tips-for-using-a-credit-card-outside-of-the-us-.html">7 Tips for Using a Credit Card Outside of the US</a> &mdash; Are you traveling outside of the US and planning on using your credit card? If so, be sure to let your credit card company know you will be traveling. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.creditkarma.com/step-by-step/personal-finance/the-real-costs-of-extreme-couponing/">The Real Costs of Extreme Couponing</a> &mdash; While extreme couponing may save you money on your grocery bill, it will cost you a lot of time. [Credit Karma Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://sweatingthebigstuff.com/inexpensive-tips-for-successful-garden/">Inexpensive Tips for a Successful New Garden</a> &mdash; Save money on your new garden by not purchasing plant food. [Sweating The Big Stuff]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/life-style/faux-fashion-alert">Faux Fashion Alert!</a> &mdash; If you think you've found a great deal on a designer purse, be sure to check the label to make sure it isn't a knockoff. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/making-outdoor-vacations-work-for-you-and-your-kids">Making Outdoor Vacations Work For You AND Your Kids</a> &mdash; Be sure the whole family enjoys the outdoor vacation you planned by making sure you have the right gear. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2011/05/12/six-steps-to-fix-your-business/">Six Steps to Fix Your Business</a> &mdash; Are you self employed and want to improve your business? Try implementing better bookkeeping practices. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/qualities-of-a-great-tutor.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GradMoneyMatters+%28Grad+Money+Matters%29">Teaching Excellence: 10 Qualities of a Great Tutor</a> &mdash; Want to bring in extra money and be a tutor? Be sure you are patient! [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/picks/archive/would-you-be-guilty-of-insider-trading.html">Would You Be Guilty of Insider Trading?</a> &mdash; If you are standing in line for coffee when you happen to overhear a couple of executives talking about a business deal and you decide to purchase stock based on what you hear, you are not guilty of insider trading. [Kiplinger]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-green-garage-makeover-tips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/skills-that-can-save-you-money-part-1-parallel-parking">Skills That Can Save You Money Part 1: Parallel Parking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/109-random-acts-of-kindness-you-can-start-doing-today">109 Random Acts of Kindness You Can Start Doing Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips best money tips garage green makeover Fri, 13 May 2011 10:00:23 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 542288 at http://www.wisebread.com The Ultimate Thrift Store: How Far Will You Go for a Bargain? http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-thrift-store-how-far-will-you-go-for-a-bargain <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-ultimate-thrift-store-how-far-will-you-go-for-a-bargain" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/KeaauDump_0.jpg" alt="" title="Kea&#039;au Reuse &amp; Recycle Center" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="226" height="124" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My neighbor, NJ, dropped by the house recently with a gift bag. &ldquo;Just a little something to brighten your day,&rdquo; she said. Inside the bag was a beautiful blouse bearing the label of Coldwater Creek. I was thrilled, and started to thank her profusely. &ldquo;No biggie,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I got it at the dump.&rdquo;</p> <p>The next week, I saw my co-worker, Rosemary, in the hall. She was wearing a flattering denim skirt. I complimented her. &ldquo;I got it at the dump,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It was a quarter.&rdquo; She proceeded to tell me about two other name-brand finds. I was hooked.</p> <p>I am not a clothes snob. I shop regularly at thrift stores and consignment stores. But the <i>dump?</i> Dumps, to me, conjure up visions of garbage mounds, broken glass, seagulls and the occasional dismembered body. However, I knew that shopping at the dump thrift store was a story I had to investigate for you, the refined readers of Wise Bread. Were there better bargains there than thrift stores or yard sales?</p> <p>Rosemary gave me instructions for this excursion. I&rsquo;d need a trash bag to hold my items &mdash; I&rsquo;d want to have it when I started shopping, so that I wouldn&rsquo;t have to hold all my finds while digging through the bins. (Digging?!?) She said they didn&rsquo;t have shopping carts. (I wouldn&rsquo;t have thought so.) I invited my husband, hard-core bargain lover, to go.</p> <p>My husband sang, &ldquo;To the Dump, to the Dump, to the DumpDumpDump&rdquo; (to the tune of the William Tell Overture) while gearing up to go. He&rsquo;s a hoot. We found the facility easily. It was not called The Dump, but rather, a Reuse&amp; Recycle Center. As it turned out, &ldquo;the dump&rdquo; was an unfortunate moniker.</p> <p>There were no mounds of garbage. Instead, there were dumpsters, recycling and composting areas, and my destination, the thrift store. The area was surrounded by leafy palms and tall canopies of trees.</p> <p>To be honest, we both noticed a little odor as we drove in, but that quickly dissipated. Inside the first, uh, &ldquo;building&rdquo; (which, in Hawaii, includes tents made of plastic tarps) we found clothes, bedding, books, and household goods. Here was some serious thrift store competition. Coffeemakers, in very decent condition, were $2. Dishes were from a dime to a quarter, and there were even matching ones. There were also toasters for $2. If I were a big Christmas decorations person, I would have snatched up the multitudes of lights ($1 per strand). There were also some of the name-brand clothes hanging up. $5 would have snagged a London Fog raincoat. I found their 48-hour return policy to be very fair.</p> <p>My husband pointed me toward the other room. Aha: the bins. It was a little overwhelming. For the first 1/2 pound up to 25 pounds, the cost was $1.00. Unable to fathom buying more than 25 pounds of clothing, I didn&rsquo;t even write down the price of the next increment.</p> <p>Digging through bins was hard. When you spy something at the bottom, you sort of have to pull it up. After the second bin, my back started to hurt. I was joined by an older lady who quickly put my technique to shame. She smashed all the clothes to the right of the bin and sorted them two at a time to her left, trash bag at the ready.</p> <p>After the third bin, I&rsquo;d had enough. My back hurt, and I kind of wanted to wash my hands. I did not buy anything &mdash; not because there weren&rsquo;t some good bargains, but they just weren&rsquo;t things I needed. But, you ask: would I recommend it? Yes. If you are a starving student, I think you could easily outfit your kitchen basics from a dump thrift-store for under $20. Seasonal decorations were plentiful and very inexpensive. For crafters, there were grab bags of fabric and supplies for about $2. And, in retrospect, I should have purchased some vases for my flower class.</p> <p>Paul, the site coordinator, kindly explained their thrift-store system to me. All of the clothing is donated. Staff members sort and grade it. Prices are kept low, so as to encourage re-use. But it wasn&rsquo;t just about clothing or household goods! Around the back of the store were pieces of lumber, windows, sinks and toilets, all perfectly useable. These, too, are bargain-priced to encourage re-use. The program was originally funded with a federal grant in 2003; the County has kept it going since, on a year-to-year basis. The goal is zero waste. There are even classes in composting. This year alone, 221 tons of waste have been diverted. Admirable!</p> <p>The great news for penny-pinching readers: there are other similar facilities out there.</p> <ul> <li>For those of you near Humboldt County, California, check out the <a href="http://www.arcatarecycling.org">Arcata Recycling Center</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I&rsquo;d love to get to <a href="http://www.cartm.org/">Cart'm Recycling</a>, a &ldquo;dump&rdquo; thrift store located near Nehalem Bay State Park in Oregon, which gets glowing on-line reviews.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Colorado, predictably, had a spiffy website to showcase their <a href="http://belocalnc.org/">re-use options</a><span style="text-decoration: underline;">.</span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you are looking to score on deals for recycled &ldquo;house-parts,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1537576,00.html">This Old House</a> has is a listing of house-part thrift stores.</li> </ul> <p>You may have a recycling center thrift store near you. They are worth checking out, not only for the great deals, but the reward of buying &ldquo;green&rdquo; products.</p> <p>While it wasn&rsquo;t glamorous, it was a new dimension in thrift-store shopping. And there weren&rsquo;t any seagulls or bodies in sight.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-thrift-store-how-far-will-you-go-for-a-bargain">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-not-to-buy-at-a-farmers-market">What NOT to Buy at a Farmers Market</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-end-of-the-energizer-bunny-six-products-that-dont-need-batteries">The end of the Energizer bunny: SIX products that don&#039;t need batteries.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-10-items-to-borrow">The Best 10 Items to Borrow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-diy-magazines-can-help-you-be-self-reliant">These DIY Magazines Can Help You Be Self-Reliant</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-2010-gift-wrapping-challenge">The 2010 Gift Wrapping Challenge</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Shopping dump store green thrift store Fri, 09 Oct 2009 15:00:03 +0000 Marla Walters 3696 at http://www.wisebread.com Are Most Businesses Going Green Just to Save Some Green? http://www.wisebread.com/are-most-businesses-just-going-green-to-save-some-green <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-most-businesses-just-going-green-to-save-some-green" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/335844468_8938ff60cd.jpg" alt="green green" title="green green" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">I heard an interesting story the other day. A radio DJ was annoyed because when he went to pick up his boarding passes from the check in counter, he was handed them without any kind of ticket wallet to keep them together. The reason: <em>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s our effort to save the environment sir.</em>&rdquo; But was it really just an effort to save money?</p> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p>&nbsp;</p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><p><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">When you think about it, airlines are hardly the greenest of companies. When you get to you gate, you are presented with your jet plane complete with thousands of gallons of fuel. The haze of fumes rising from the fuel is enough to make you think you&rsquo;re witnessing an oasis in the desert.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But still, every little helps. And yet when the DJ was informed of the disappearing wallets for boarding passes and ticket stubs, he was more than a little cynical. <em>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t buy it. Are they being green, or just saving some green?&rdquo;</em> he asked his audience.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s a legitimate question. Is it fair for businesses to hide cost-cutting exercises under the guise of environmentally friendly intentions? It seems more than a little sneaky to me. After all, if they&rsquo;re making these cuts for the planet, and not for profit, then shouldn&rsquo;t we see some of that money coming back to us in the form of lower prices?<span style=""> Most likely, any cuts that are made benefit the corporations and their shareholders, not the general public.</span></p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><p><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">When I started looking for other examples of &ldquo;green initiatives&rdquo; I did start to wonder if the planet really was the cause for the change, or was it simply done as a way to increase the health of the corporation&rsquo;s bottom line.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">From cheaper, recycled toilet papers, to decreased services in hotels and restaurants, I noticed the influence of the environment everywhere. On a flight recently, I was asked to re-use the same plastic cup. In a hotel, the towels were only washed if I specifcally requested it. At a New York pizzeria, napkins were limited to THREE per customer. (I only needed one by the way, but if you've ever eaten out with young children, those three napkins would have been stretched thin.) Ironically, in that same pizza place I saw that the prices had actually gone up, with makeshift stickers being placed over cheaper prices. The economy is certainly taking its toll, and yet the environment is supposedly the cause of the cutbacks.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Now I, for one, like that we&rsquo;re saving the planet in any way that we can. And I love that our corporations are embracing it. But it does make me wonder what the real reason for change is.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Have you noticed these changes around you? Have you been charged MORE for green products and services that actually cost less to produce and maintain than the non-green versions? Have you ever felt a nagging doubt that profit was the real reason for change, not the environment?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">At the end of the day, I suppose it shouldn&rsquo;t matter too much. After all, if the business saves money and helps the environment in the process, regardless of their intention, then that&rsquo;s a good thing, right? But when you see no added benefit in the form of a price reduction, or you even see a price hike for going green, well that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.</p> <!--EndFragment--><!--EndFragment--><p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-most-businesses-just-going-green-to-save-some-green">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/there-are-cheaper-ways-to-return-to-a-greener-earth">There are Cheaper Ways to Return to a Greener Earth</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-the-courtesy-flush-dead">Is the courtesy flush dead?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-end-of-the-energizer-bunny-six-products-that-dont-need-batteries">The end of the Energizer bunny: SIX products that don&#039;t need batteries.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/super-cheap-building-supplies-and-a-way-to-help-your-community">Super-Cheap Building Supplies and a Way to Help Your Community!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/our-obsession-to-clean-is-making-us-trashy">Our Obsession to Clean is Making Us Trashy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Green Living cutbacks environment green prices Wed, 02 Sep 2009 14:00:03 +0000 Paul Michael 3564 at http://www.wisebread.com Bamboozled! The 4 Ways that Bamboo Products May Not be All That “Green” http://www.wisebread.com/bamboozled-the-4-ways-that-bamboo-products-may-not-be-green <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/bamboozled-the-4-ways-that-bamboo-products-may-not-be-green" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bamboo new.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">We&rsquo;ve all been there.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Bopping down the aisles of your local home furnishings retailer and seeing all the &ldquo;earth-friendly&rdquo; products and tools that claim to be &ldquo;sustainable.&rdquo;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Many of them are branded with green lettering, logos, or pictures of the earth and trees.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Many more are made with bamboo.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Before you get all weepy from the impact you&rsquo;ll be making by buying into this trend, read on for the 4 ways bamboo may not be the act of stewardship you thought it was.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Now don&rsquo;t get me wrong.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Bamboo in and of itself, &ldquo;can&rdquo; be a better option for manufacturing.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>According to <span style="">Leigh Anne Van Dusen of <a href="http://www.oecotextiles.com/">O Ecotextiles</a> (who helped me put together this piece), &ldquo;bamboo is the fastest growing grass and can grow a yard or more a day.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></span><span class="il"><span style="color: black;">Bamboo</span></span><span style="color: black;"> reaches maturity quickly and is ready for harvesting in about 4 years. <span class="il">Bamboo</span> does not require replanting after harvesting because its vast root network continually sprouts new shoots which almost zoom up while you watch them, pulling in sunlight and greenhouse gases and converting them to new green growth. And <span class="il">bamboo</span> does this the natural way without the need for petroleum-guzzling tractors and poisonous pesticides and fertilizers.&nbsp; In addition, <span class="il">bamboo</span> seems to be wonderfully carbon positive:&nbsp; a stand of <span class="il">bamboo</span> neutralizes 30 times more CO2 than an equal size stand of hardwood forest.&rdquo;</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black;">Sounds good, huh?</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black;">The issue of bamboo products as &ldquo;sustainable&rdquo; comes in when you try to use it to make stuff.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Here is where the process gets tricky (and less &ldquo;green&quot;.)</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <ol type="1" start="1" style="margin-top: 0in;"> <li style="color: black;" class="MsoNormal"><strong>How is the bamboo obtained in the first place?</strong><span style="color: black;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></li> </ol> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black;">The opportunity to be an eco-friendly alternative begins at harvest.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>To be certain that the bamboo is truly sustainable, it must be harvested from FSC-certified plantations, and not stolen illegally from the wild (where it could impact panda populations.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span>As of this writing, obtaining FSC certification for the supplier has not become a reality.</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <ol type="1" start="2" style="margin-top: 0in;"> <li style="color: black;" class="MsoNormal"><strong>How does the bamboo get here?</strong><span style="color: black;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></li> </ol> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black;">Let&rsquo;s be real.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>While there is great opportunity for a material like bamboo, anything that has to be shipped over will use fuels in its transportation.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>There are certainly better ways to do this than others, but unless we are certain that importation is done in a smart way, the act of shipping it over could negate any useful, green impact.</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <ol type="1" start="3" style="margin-top: 0in;"> <li style="color: black;" class="MsoNormal"><strong>How is the bamboo &ldquo;processed&rdquo;</strong><span style="color: black;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></li> </ol> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black;">Bamboo has to be transformed somewhat before it can be used for consumer goods.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Clothing, for example, has a rather extensive process that must be completed before the raw bamboo can be made into cloth fibers.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Here is just a bit of what Leigh Anne Van Dusen had to tell us:</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <blockquote><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black;">&ldquo;There are two ways to use <span class="il">bamboo</span> as a fiber in textile: (1) naturally retted <span class="il">bamboo</span> can be spun into yarn and (2) the <span class="il">bamboo</span> can go through the viscose process to produce a regenerated cellulosic yarn.&nbsp; The <span class="il">bamboo</span> viscose is much cheaper than the natural <span class="il">bamboo</span>, but they are quite different animals.&nbsp; The natural <span class="il">bamboo</span> is very much like hemp or linen in character &ndash; strong, abrasion resistant, some natural texture, good drape.&nbsp;&nbsp; It gets softer with each washing and can be ordered pre-washed (in fabric form).&nbsp; The viscose is silky, and soft, but rather limp.&nbsp;&nbsp; It is less strong than natural <span class="il">bamboo</span>, less abrasion resistance, will pill more, will shrink more.&nbsp; It has a luster like other viscose, which many designers choose to avoid as &ldquo;too shiny&rdquo;.</span><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black;">Almost all the <span class="il">bamboo</span> on the market today is produced using the viscose process. <span class="il">Bamboo</span> viscose is a high-tech process that includes refining <span class="il">bamboo</span> pulp through hydrolysis-alkalization and multiphase bleaching. The resulting pulp is extruded through spinnerets and hardens in a sulfuric acid bath; although the resulting yarn is non-toxic, the waste could create an environmental hazard.</span><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black;">However, a (very) few enlightened manufacturers use bacteria and enzymes to neutralize the sulfuric acid, as well as not using another common chemical in the process (sodium hydroxide) and thereby returns wastewater to the ecosystem that meets stringent &nbsp;drinking water standards. There is some out gassing of the sulfuric acid to the air &ndash; air pollution.&rdquo;</span><span style="color: black;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> </blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black;">The clothing industry isn&rsquo;t alone it is reputation for misusing the goodness of bamboo to peddle &ldquo;greener&rdquo; wares.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The bamboo flooring industry (and other &ldquo;hardwood&rdquo; goods) has been notorious for using </span>urea-formaldehyde (UF) adhesive in the lamination process (which not surprisingly, can compromise indoor air quality.)<o:p></o:p></p> <ol type="1" start="4" style="margin-top: 0in;"> <li style="" class="MsoNormal"><strong>How is bamboo sold?</strong><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></li> </ol> <p class="MsoNormal">Is the retailer showing consistently &quot;green&quot; values in their business practices?&nbsp; While I can&rsquo;t even go into all the tactics that retailers could engage in that would counter the positives of selling a truly sustainable bamboo product, they certainly do exist.&nbsp;<span style=""> </span>The distribution of a &ldquo;green-washed&rdquo; bamboo product most certainly won&rsquo;t redeem any egregious or wasteful company-wide policies.<o:p>&nbsp; Simply put, if a store lacks the ability to display good stewardship in their own business model, the bamboo point is moot.<br /> </o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">So what&rsquo;s a wise, eco-conscious consumer to do?<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Use common sense and caution when buying anything new.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Chances are, you have a perfectly good, used alternative to that new bamboo piece you are considering.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(My favorite cutting board, for example, came from an estate sale and was made from original hardwood from the 50&rsquo;s.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span>If you can get away with a used product that was destined for a landfill, for example, your green karma will go up drastically.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Those of you who insist on the look and feel of bamboo are encouraged to do your research and ask questions of your retailer, supplier, and manufacturer.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>A green bamboo solution is in reach.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Many thanks to <span style="">Leigh Anne Van Dusen of <a href="http://www.oecotextiles.com/">O Ecotextiles</a>.</span></b><span style=""><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">For additional reading, see:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>TerraChoice&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://www.terrachoice.com/Home/Greenwashing/The%20Six%20Sins">Six Sins of Greenwashing</a>&rdquo;</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Money Pit&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://www.moneypit.com/repair-improve/going-green-what-s-hype-and-what-helps.html">Going Green:<span style="">&nbsp; </span>What&rsquo;s Hype and What Helps</a>&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><a href="http://www.greenyourdecor.com/">Green Your Decor</a></b></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bamboozled-the-4-ways-that-bamboo-products-may-not-be-green">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/affordable-sustainable-seafood-choices-for-your-table">Affordable Sustainable Seafood Choices for Your Table</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-diy-magazines-can-help-you-be-self-reliant">These DIY Magazines Can Help You Be Self-Reliant</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/super-cheap-building-supplies-and-a-way-to-help-your-community">Super-Cheap Building Supplies and a Way to Help Your Community!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/look-waste-in-the-face-and-save-more-than-money">Look Waste in the Face (and Save More than Money)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cfl-bulbs-greener-than-most-but-not-green-enough">CFL Bulbs: Greener than most, but not green enough</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living bamboo green sustainable Fri, 03 Apr 2009 15:55:38 +0000 Linsey Knerl 3005 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways To Lower Water Heater Costs http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-lower-water-heater-costs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-lower-water-heater-costs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shower_0.jpg" alt="water shower" title="water shower" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="175" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your water heater can account for <a href="http://www.fypower.org/res/changing-habits.html">13% of home energy costs</a>.&nbsp; The good news is that there are small, easy tweaks you can make to lower those costs and conserve energy at the same time.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Use less</strong><br /> Nora has a bunch of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/saving-the-planet-one-drop-at-a-time">great suggestions to reducing water use</a>, but when it comes to hot water specifically, it's the shower that keeps most people raising the dial on their water heaters. Use low-flow showerheads, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-a-shower-in-sixty-seconds-or-less">take quicker showers</a>, turn off the water when you are soaping up, and stick with mild, lukewarm water. It's really not so bad -- trying to change your shower habits.&nbsp; Try <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-hot-water-now-what">going without a water heater at all</a>, and you'll realize you need a lot less hot water than you think.</p> <p>Also consider using cold water to wash your clothes. About <a href="http://www.fypower.org/res/changing-habits.html">90% of the energy use</a> in a clothes washer goes to water heating. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big">Cold water washing</a> also helps clothes last longer!</p> <p><strong>Turn it down</strong><br /> Your water heater maintains its temperature 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.&nbsp; That takes a lot of energy.&nbsp; The standard setting is 140&ordm;F but most households should get by comfortably at <a href="http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwiprint.php?article=6503">120&ordm;F</a>.&nbsp; For every 10&ordm;F you turn down on your water heater, you save <a href="http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=13090">3%-5% in energy costs</a>. Turning it down to 120&ordm;F could cut your costs by 6%-10%.&nbsp; As long as you are reducing your use with the tips above, you won't even notice.&nbsp; Make sure to consult your manual for proper instructions on adjusting the thermostat. For example, the <a href="http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=13090">electricity should be turned off</a> before adjusting electric water heaters.</p> <p><strong>Turn it off</strong><br /> If you're going off on vacation, turn the temperature way down, or completely off. When you get home, you'll just need to wait about <a href="http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwiprint.php?article=6503">an hour to reheat</a> before the hot water gets back in service. If you have a gas heater, make sure you know how to <a href="http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=13090">relight the pilot light</a> before turning it off (or just turn it down without completely turning it off).</p> <p><strong>Insulate</strong><br /> Adding insulation is inexpensive and can reduce standby heat losses by 25%-45%, saving you <a href="http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=13070">4%-9% in water heating costs</a>. Check to see if your heater has a R-value of at least 24 (if your water heater is less than ten years old, it&rsquo;s likely it&rsquo;s already <a href="http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwiprint.php?article=6503">optimally insulated</a>). You can also do a touch test &ndash; if it&rsquo;s <a href="http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=13070">warm to the touch</a>, it needs additional insulation. Make sure to check your manual for insulation instructions.</p> <p><strong>Set a timer</strong><br /> Again, a lot of energy is used to keep the water hot 24 hours a day. And really, you only need it a few times a day. If you have an electric water heater, a timer can be installed to turn it off during off peak hours (at night after you go to bed). This can save <a href="http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=13110">5%-12% of energy</a>. For gas heaters, you can keep it turned down most of the time, and then manually turn it up about a half hour before you need it. Timers cost about $60 and should <a href="http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=13110">pay for themselves in about a year</a>.</p> <p><strong>Reuse </strong><br /> Hot water that goes down the drain carries away energy with it. That can be <a href="http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=13040">80%&ndash;90% of the energy</a> used to heat water in a home. Drain-water (or greywater) heat recovery systems capture this energy to preheat cold water entering the water heater or going to other water fixtures. Heat can be recovered from hot water used in showers, sinks, dishwashers, and clothes washers. Prices for drain-water heat recovery systems range from $300 to $500 (and you&rsquo;ll need a qualified plumbing and heating contractor to install the system). It can take <a href="http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=13040">2.5 to 7 years</a> to recover that cost in savings, depending on how often the system is used.</p> <p><strong>Buy a more efficient one</strong><br /> If your water heater is old, it might be good to look into getting a new one. New water heaters today are considerably <a href="http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwiprint.php?article=6503">more energy efficient</a> than those of 20 years ago. In addition, Energy Star models can be <a href="http://www.fypower.org/res/tools/energy_tips.html">15% more efficient</a> than standard models. Look for one with heat traps, which <a href="http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=13100">prevents convective heat losses</a> through the inlet and outlet pipes. Find the <a href="http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic=12770">best type of water heater</a> for your home and look for <a href="http://www.fypower.org/res/tools/rgl.html">rebates and incentives</a> for energy-efficient appliances and equipment.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-lower-water-heater-costs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/as-the-wood-burns-the-top-3-biomass-heating-sources-revealed">As the Wood Burns: The Top 3 BioMass Heating Sources Revealed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-daylight-saving-time-a-complete-waste-of-energy">Is daylight-saving time a complete waste of energy?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/six-ways-to-stay-warm-and-reduce-the-heating-bill">Six Ways to Stay Warm and Reduce the Heating Bill</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hold-off-on-heating-with-these-10-warming-ways-0">Hold Off On Heating with These 10 Warming Ways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/there-are-cheaper-ways-to-return-to-a-greener-earth">There are Cheaper Ways to Return to a Greener Earth</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks bills conserve energy environment green heating water heater Mon, 12 Jan 2009 01:24:22 +0000 Lynn Truong 2730 at http://www.wisebread.com Is the courtesy flush dead? http://www.wisebread.com/is-the-courtesy-flush-dead <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/is-the-courtesy-flush-dead" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2433639188_d0b4823567.jpg" alt="Toilet graveyard" title="Toilet graveyard" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="rteindent1">Nora&rsquo;s recent article &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/saving-the-planet-one-drop-at-a-time">Saving the planet - one drop at a time&rdquo;</a> rang a bell with me as I was sat in the men&rsquo;s bathroom at work yesterday. All the stalls were occupied and every minute I heard flushing. It was constant. This once kind act of &ldquo;courtesy flushing&rdquo; may now be offensive considering the state of the planet&hellip;and the price of the water bill. </p> <p><a href="http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-courtesy-flush.htm">WiseGeek </a>describes the act of courtesy flushing in some detail:</p> <blockquote><p class="rteindent1">A courtesy flush can occur during or after the act of defecation, particularly when using public facilities. A courtesy flush is meant to be just that, a courtesy for others. If you know ahead of time you are about to pay the price for last night's overindulgences, you may want to consider flushing the toilet several times during your visit in order to minimize unpleasant odors. The common belief is that most unpleasant odors are generated between delivery and reception, if you get my drift. This type of courtesy flush is supposed to take the offenders out of the game as soon as possible, thus reducing the total exposure time for others.</p> <p>There are others who suggest a courtesy flush should be coordinated with emanations of unknown origin. Trapped gases or explosive diarrhea can create embarrassing sounds, along with a vapor cloud banned as inhumane after World War I. A well-timed courtesy flush should cover up any unexpected developments both tangible and intangible. Arguments against a courtesy flush of this type generally involve the principles of flowing water and suction. Finally, and I for one cannot use that word quickly enough, there is the post-ceremonial courtesy flush. No one likes to leave a bad impression, and few things qualify as well as an unflushed or underflushed toilet. For some users, the paperwork may not be completely finished, which should prompt a courtesy flush in order to leave a clean bowl behind. Others may find a second or even third courtesy flush may be in order to deal with things which cannot seem to accept their fate with dignity.</p> </blockquote> <p class="rteindent1">I think that covers it. But look at the number of uses contained in that long write-up of the humble courtesy flush. There&rsquo;s pre-flushing, mid-flushing, post-flushing, stubborn-stain flushing and strategic flushing to cover embarrassing sounds. </p> <p>In the perfect storm of a bad stomach upset and a particularly embarrassed toilet user, there could be as many as six or seven flushes in one sitting. It could even get into double figures. Even with today&rsquo;s low-flow toilets that use only 1.6 gallons per flush (toilets in the 50&rsquo;s used SEVEN gallons), you&rsquo;re looking at over 10 gallons of water for one toilet visit. </p> <p>Even if you only do one courtesy flush, you&rsquo;re still doubling the number of gallons that should be used in a &ldquo;number two&rdquo; scenario. Now consider that the <a href="http://www.waterinfo.org/resources/water-facts">average African family</a> uses just five gallons of water per day, compared to the astonishing 176 gallons of the average American (not American family, just one American). </p> <p>A courtesy flush here or there may seem like nothing, but you&rsquo;re literally flushing away one of the most valuable commodities on the planet. We use it with reckless abandon while in third world countries, people are traveling for hours in the baking sun for water that we wouldn&rsquo;t wash our dogs with. This is messed up. </p> <p>I say the courtesy flush should be no more. Banish it. Forget it. I don&rsquo;t care if you&rsquo;re producing noxious aromas that would shame a flatulent elephant, it&rsquo;s just not worth it. And as for the embarrassment factor, are you serious? Show me one person who doesn&rsquo;t make sounds in the bathroom and I&rsquo;ll show you a liar. We all do it. So what?</p> <p>If the smells are really troubling to you, there are other solutions. You can invest in odor reduction toilets which release small amounts of deodorant during your toilet stay. You can also buy sprays like <a href="http://www.courtesyflush.com/shoppingcart/">Courtesy Flush </a>which banish odors with a simple squirt.</p> <p><img src="http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t81/pmsuggett/2037335070_4d57b0c66d.jpg" style="width: 339px; height: 254px;" alt="" /></p> <p>Some toilets in Europe have been fitted with two flushes, one heavy and one light, to deal with number one and number two. Makes sense, although some customers have been using the light flush as the courtesy flush. Not good enough. </p> <p>Bottom line; the planet can&rsquo;t afford the courtesy flush any more. If we&rsquo;re down to saving the planet one drop at a time, we can certainly make a difference by eliminating the millions of gallons wasted every year due to politeness or shame. Do your part folks.&nbsp; <br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-the-courtesy-flush-dead">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/there-are-cheaper-ways-to-return-to-a-greener-earth">There are Cheaper Ways to Return to a Greener Earth</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-end-of-the-energizer-bunny-six-products-that-dont-need-batteries">The end of the Energizer bunny: SIX products that don&#039;t need batteries.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oprah-asks-a-great-question-what-can-you-live-without">Oprah Asks A Great Question; What Can You Live Without?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/our-obsession-to-clean-is-making-us-trashy">Our Obsession to Clean is Making Us Trashy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-most-businesses-just-going-green-to-save-some-green">Are Most Businesses Going Green Just to Save Some Green?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Consumer Affairs Green Living Lifestyle bathroom environment flushing green toilet Thu, 11 Dec 2008 18:49:29 +0000 Paul Michael 2641 at http://www.wisebread.com Look Waste in the Face (and Save More than Money) http://www.wisebread.com/look-waste-in-the-face-and-save-more-than-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/look-waste-in-the-face-and-save-more-than-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/water waste.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="374" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">If someone would have told me that I could save money by living like a prairie settler, I would have laughed.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>My time, after all, is worth something.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>But it was only after I suffered a horrible year of remodeling (which is not quite completed), that I began to realize how much my family uses, and how that is ultimately affecting my bottom line.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Here are the facts, and how I reconciled what I should have already known.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Hot water.</b><span style="">&nbsp; </span>Remember when my <a href="../../../../../../no-hot-water-now-what">hot water heater tanked out</a>?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Living in a rural area with gobs of sediment leaves my heater needing a little TLC every year or so.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The last time it went out, I suffered through days upon weeks of boiling my own water for baths, cooking, and even dishes.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Not only was it disgustingly tiresome, it helped me appreciate my hot water usage.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Showers don&rsquo;t need to be so luxuriously long now.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Kids share a bath.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I have adapted my dish-washing techniques to accommodate dunking instead of rinsing.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>My water (and electric bill) sing my praises.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Check out Myscha&rsquo;s <a href="../../../../../../how-to-take-a-shower-in-sixty-seconds-or-less">60-second shower technique</a> for a jump-start to your own water conservation.)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Plumbing.</b><span style="">&nbsp; </span>What started as a little ol&rsquo; clog in the kitchen sink turned into two months of demo work and whispered cursing from my husband, as he used massive DIY efforts to rebuild our waste plumbing.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Not only did we find out that it was an expensive task, we watched my muscles grow as I hauled full five-gallon-buckets of yucky sink water outside after every household chore.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I became irritated with the process, looked for ways to use less water, and refined my scrubbing and cooking techniques to limit my bucket-dumping.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The effects were lasting.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Two weeks since the final piece was put in place, I still only let the water run in little trickles when I&rsquo;m rinsing off a single piece of cutlery.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Food.</b><span style="">&nbsp; </span>Those of you with garbage disposals may be unaware of how much food you are truly wasting.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I was, as well, until the acquisition of a dozen chickens and a few barn cats prompted me to get a little savvy with our mealtime scraps.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>With one bowl for chickens (veggies, fruits, and grains) and one bowl for the mousers (meats and dairy), I watch each plate-scraping pile up until the end of the day, when I use our cast-offs as discounted supplemental nutrition for the animals.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Lucky for us, we have a use for our scraps.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Others I know just let it go down the drain, not fully realizing how many pennies and dollars end up in their waste pipes.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Since our little project began, I&rsquo;ve been serving smaller portions, carefully assessing requests for &ldquo;seconds&rdquo; and wrapping up any tiny morsel that could be used as a reincarnated dish.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>You pay the same amount for food that you digest as you do for food that you toss&hellip;.so put it to a very good use.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Trash.</b><span style="">&nbsp; </span>We live in the country, where trash service is a luxury.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We bit the bullet a few years back, and subscribed to twice-a-month pickup services.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We get 3 bins emptied for $28 a month.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Some weeks, when we do a massive de-cluttering operation, we overflow the bins.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Other weeks, we don&rsquo;t even come close.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The goal is always to &ldquo;just make it all fit.&rdquo;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Last week, however, there was a payment mix-up (meaning that my trash guy dropped my check into the ditch, where I found it many weeks later), and I didn&rsquo;t get my regularly-scheduled pickup.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I panicked.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Where would I put all my stuff?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We started to get creative:<span style="">&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;Here kids, color on all these envelopes and bills.&rdquo;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;Let&rsquo;s throw all these boxes in your room.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I&rsquo;m sure you can find a good use for them, huh?&rdquo;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;If I fold this <st1:address w:st="on"><st1:street w:st="on">box</st1:street> 100</st1:address> times, I can possibly fit it inside this other box and toss it into the woodstove.&rdquo;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>You get the picture.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We are now looking into local recycling (which is rarely used and not so conveniently offered to us country folk.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The waste situation has to improve.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">What if you lost a vital service or utility tomorrow?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>What would you do?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>How would you cope?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Would it change your perception of resources, usage, and waste?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>If so, can you begin to do little things today to change your habits and save dollars down the road?</b></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/look-waste-in-the-face-and-save-more-than-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-really-need-soft-water">Do You Really Need “Soft” Water?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-diy-magazines-can-help-you-be-self-reliant">These DIY Magazines Can Help You Be Self-Reliant</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/would-you-accept-200000-if-you-didnt-know-where-it-came-from">Would You Accept $200,000 If You Didn&#039;t Know Where It Came From?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living DIY Green Living frugality green money save water Mon, 24 Nov 2008 16:16:55 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2600 at http://www.wisebread.com Eco-Capitalism - How to make money from garbage http://www.wisebread.com/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/garbage_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="333" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of us probably have sold a few bottles and cans and got a couple dollars, but could you believe that some people have made millions or even billions of dollars from trash? Here are some stories of these innovative and garbage loving entrepreneurs.</p> <p><strong>Alchemy Goods </strong>- Eli Reich is the founder of this Seattle business where old bicycle innertubes are stitched together into messenger bags. According to BusinessWeek, he made his first bike inner tube bag after his messenger bag was stolen. The mechanical engineer soon received requests for his sturdy innertube bag and launched Alchemy Goods. Now he has a few employees and a <a href="http://alchemygoods.com/bags.html">whole line of products</a> made out of old innertubes, seatbelts, and outdoor ad banners. </p> <p><strong>TerraCycle</strong> - I read about the <a href="http://www.inc.com/magazine/20060701/coolest-startup.html">story of Tom Szaky and Jon Beyer</a> a few years ago and it was hard to forget. These two young men built a <a href="http://www.terracycle.net/">multi-million dollar company</a> out of garbage through a lot of hard work and crazy experiments with barf inducing worms and solid waste. Their main product is a plant food made out of earthworm poop packaged in used soda bottles collected by kids all over North America. Their website still lists their main product as &quot;worm poop fertilizer&quot; and states that &quot;TerraCycle Plant Food is the first mass-produced consumer product to have a negative environmental footprint&quot;.</p> <p> <strong>Energy from garbage </strong> - Turning garbage into energy is not a new concept. Hundreds of garbage dumps across the country already capture the natural methane gas generated by the mountainous piles of solid waste. The City of San Francisco actually has a program that <a href="http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/2006news/06-dog.htm">collects dog poop</a> and turns it into energy through a anaerobic digester. Some cities sell the methane gas they produce from their garbage to energy companies and some others use the energy to power buildings, and many private companies are getting in on the garbage energy business. One company named Solena Group actually plans to build a plant in Gilroy, California to <a href="http://www.eponline.com/articles/60091/">produce jet fuel from garbage</a> . </p> <p><strong>Nine Dragons Paper </strong>- You probably have never heard of Zhang Yin, but this <a href="http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/01/15/business/trash.php">Queen of Trash</a> from China is probably richer than every other woman in the world. She has a personal wealth of more than $1.5 billion and she got it all through recycling and manufacturing paper. She moved to America from Hong Kong in the 1990s and she remembered that China does not have many trees for manufacturing paper. So she scoured the garbage dumps of America with her husband and exported all of the paper she could get to China. Eventually her company Nine Dragons Paper made deals with American scrap yards and shipped huge amounts of paper back to China. Her company went public in 2006 and it is still growing because China has a insatiable demand for paper products.</p> <p> The bottom line is that garbage is big business and some people are <a href="http://www.chiefengineer.org/content/content_display.cfm/seqnumber_content/3479.htm">even risking fines and jailtime to collect it</a> . Besides these examples in this article, there are thousands of companies and people around the world that deal with the processing, disposal, and transportation of garbage. Even so, the EPA <a href="http://www.epa.gov/garbage/recycle.htm">estimates that only 32%</a> of the United States' solid waste is recycled. Could there be a business opportunity for you in the millions of tons of trash we throw away every year?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-you-ever-seen-such-amazing-junk">Have you ever seen such amazing junk?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/theyre-turning-paris-hiltons-trash-into-cash">They&#039;re turning Paris Hilton&#039;s trash into cash.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-tax-deductions-for-bloggers-and-freelancers">101 Tax deductions for bloggers and freelancers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-recycling">Make Money Recycling: Get Paid to Recycle by 15 Websites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-cut-down-on-garbage-and-save-money-too">12 Ways to Cut Down on Garbage and Save Money Too!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship Green Living business garbage green money recycling trash Thu, 28 Aug 2008 23:54:39 +0000 Xin Lu 2379 at http://www.wisebread.com There are Cheaper Ways to Return to a Greener Earth http://www.wisebread.com/there-are-cheaper-ways-to-return-to-a-greener-earth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/there-are-cheaper-ways-to-return-to-a-greener-earth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/green burial.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">The web is full of ways to live green, but have you ever thought about being Earth-friendly in your death?<span> </span>While it’s not always pleasant to think about, maybe we should.<span> </span>If you want to be sure that you have a full and ecologically responsible life, maybe “greener” burial products are for you. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">The <a href="http://www.greenburialcouncil.org/">Green Burial Council</a>, founded in 2005, has a unique perspective on death and burial services.<span> </span>In an attempt to reduce the “waste” that is caused by traditional American practices, it has created a host of sustainable deathcare options.<span> </span>Yes, I said “deathcare.”<span> </span>Whether you are looking to be buried or cremated, there are better choices, and many of them are far cheaper than the norm.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Before my look at the Green Burial Council, I was unaware of the dangers that come with the continuation of our current burial practices, which include: </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Embalming</strong> – This traditional process uses fluids containing formaldehyde, which has the potential to seep into groundwater.<span> </span>While the EPA acknowledges its role as a possible carcinogen, the World Health Organization goes a step further, labeling it as dangerous. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Vaults</strong> – These large concrete “tombs” make up 1.6 million tons of reinforced concrete, which end up below ground.<span> </span>They are not required by law, but are often a basic requirement by traditional home funerals and burials. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Cremation</strong> – While it leaves far less behind to deal with, cremation has started to cause concern with the amount of fossil fuels required to perform the procedure.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As an increasing number of Baby Boomers make plans for their departure, this has never been a more relevant time for change.<span> </span>With the Council working to <a href="http://www.greenburialcouncil.org/standards.htm">standardized requirements</a> to become a “<a href="http://www.greenburialcouncil.org/conservationburialground.htm">Conservation</a>,” “<a href="http://www.greenburialcouncil.org/naturalburialground.htm">Natural</a>,” or “<a href="http://www.greenburialcouncil.org/hybridburialground.htm">Hybrid</a>” Burial Ground, there may be hope in our lifetime for more responsible practices. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">It may take some adjusting to accept the Best Practices of the GBC, which include home funerals, dry ice preservation for open viewings, and bio-degradable paper shrouds.<span> </span>But if the cost of these uniquely old-fashioned methods is any less than what funeral homes currently require, I think people will become more open to it.<span> </span>For a complete list of green funeral providers, cemeteries, and products near you, see the Council’s <a href="http://www.greenburialcouncil.org/providers.htm">approved list</a>. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><em>Want to see the most fabulously comprehensive piece on green funerals?<span> </span><a href="http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/03/how-to-green-your-funeral.php">This article at TreeHugger</a> has everything you need to know about green funerals, how to make your wishes known, and where to begin the journey for planning out the end of your journey.</em></strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/there-are-cheaper-ways-to-return-to-a-greener-earth">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/times-are-tough-would-you-consider-a-diy-funeral">Times Are Tough; Would You Consider A DIY Funeral?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-the-courtesy-flush-dead">Is the courtesy flush dead?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/our-obsession-to-clean-is-making-us-trashy">Our Obsession to Clean is Making Us Trashy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oprah-asks-a-great-question-what-can-you-live-without">Oprah Asks A Great Question; What Can You Live Without?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-most-businesses-just-going-green-to-save-some-green">Are Most Businesses Going Green Just to Save Some Green?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Frugal Living Consumer Affairs Green Living burial cremation environment funeral green Wed, 14 May 2008 03:46:32 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2090 at http://www.wisebread.com Have you ever seen such amazing junk? http://www.wisebread.com/have-you-ever-seen-such-amazing-junk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/have-you-ever-seen-such-amazing-junk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Picture 3.png" alt="Bird" title="Bird" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="211" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My recent post about reusing old plastic bottles inspired me to look around at other ways to use, well, garbage. And I found a site that really made me think twice about the contents of my own garbage can.</p> <p>This Australian site, called the <a href="http://www.hweg.com.au/">Hunter Waste Education Group</a> , has been enouraging people to make art from garbage since the year 2000. And the results are simply astonishing in some cases, with submissions from adults and schoolchildren alike.</p> <p>When you visit the site, go straight to the gallery <a href="http://www.hweg.com.au/gallery.htm">here</a> . The art is collected into submission years and runs the gamet. Everything from junk metal, used board games and scrap wood, to plastic bottles, beer caps and old tires are transformed from the ordinary to the simply extraordinary. A selection of my favorites are below...</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_1_5.png" alt="tire car" title="tire car" width="500" height="422" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_4_3.png" alt="hair dog" title="hair dog" width="289" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_5_1.png" alt="bottle lamp" title="bottle lamp" width="272" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_6_1.png" alt="Metal crab" title="metal crab" width="500" height="419" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_7_0.png" alt="Can head" title="Can head" width="281" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_8.png" alt="used games" title="used games" width="288" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_9.png" alt="cap dog" title="cap dog" width="500" height="413" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_10.png" alt="slide frame" title="slide frame" width="500" height="406" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_11.png" alt="plastic book" title="plastic book" width="500" height="423" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_12.png" alt="cap turtle" title="cap turtle" width="500" height="424" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_13.png" alt="bag chair" title="bag chair" width="500" height="423" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_14.png" alt="PCB lamp" title="PCB lamp" width="237" height="500" /> </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_15.png" alt="Disc sculpture" title="Disc Sculpture" width="500" height="427" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_16.png" alt="CD tower" title="CD tower" width="278" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_17.png" alt="x-ray bag" title="x-ray bag" width="291" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_18.png" alt="football boots" title="football boots" width="500" height="390" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_19.png" alt="jean chair" title="jean chair" width="500" height="442" /></p> <p>Those are just a handful of the submissions on the site. There are over 200 in the gallery and each one is unique and wonderful. If you have 10 minutes to spare, <a href="http://www.hweg.com.au/gallery.htm">check them all out</a> .</p> <p>Now, in this day and age of iPods and MySpace, personalization and individuality has become an important part of our culture. We&#39;re all looking for ways to differentiate ourselves, and accessorize accordingly. Here&#39;s a way to add something unique and interesting to your home or office environment made simply from the stuff you throw out daily. Some are complex, some are simplistic. With a tube of glue and a few dozen of those AOL CDs, you could make a Stairway To Heaven style tower. It doesn&#39;t take any real effort to keep all you old, used plastic bags stuffed inside a bean bag chair. And the board-game work of art could be thrown together in a few hours and make a stunning feature on any wall.</p> <p>There&#39;s a Jack Johnson song on the Curious George soundtrack that says &quot;Reduce, Re-use, Recycle&quot; and I think that&#39;s good advice for all of us. From simple plastic milk bottles to old plastic shopping bags, think twice before you throw them out. Maybe you can make something from them, and if they&#39;re good enough for you then they could certainly be good enough to sell. One man&#39;s trash is absolutely another man&#39;s treasure in this case. </p> <p>Put your creative thinking caps on and get to work. And if you do something cool, why not share it with all of us? Have an inspired and &quot;green&quot; day.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-you-ever-seen-such-amazing-junk">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage">Eco-Capitalism - How to make money from garbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-cut-down-on-garbage-and-save-money-too">12 Ways to Cut Down on Garbage and Save Money Too!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-diy-magazines-can-help-you-be-self-reliant">These DIY Magazines Can Help You Be Self-Reliant</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fun-and-frugal-things-to-do-with-origami">8 Fun and Frugal Things to Do with Origami</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/search-online-for-a-fix-before-you-toss-that-broken-gadget">Search Online for a Fix before You Toss that Broken Gadget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Green Living art Art and Leisure DIY garbage green recycling trash Fri, 02 May 2008 17:11:41 +0000 Paul Michael 2057 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Snag a Bag (For Free!) http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-snag-a-bag-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-snag-a-bag-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grocery bag.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="233" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Reusable shopping bags are growing in popularity, and while they are a super way to save on plastic, they can be pricey for those of us who lug home two full carts of groceries every other week.<span> </span>Here are the best ways to score free reusable shopping bags from your favorite retailers! (But hurry!<span> </span>Several end today.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Home Depot</strong> &ndash; It&rsquo;s not too late to get in on the <a href="http://www6.homedepot.com/earthday/index.html?&amp;cm_sp=creative%2d%5f%2dhomepage%2d%5f%2dhero%2d%5f%2dgo%5fgreen%5fthink%5forange%5fand%5fsave%5f042008%2d%5f%2dshop%5fnow">free tote bags</a> given away at participating Home Depot Stores nationwide.<span> </span>They are handing them out on Earth Day and until they are all gone.<span> </span><a href="http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreFinderView?langId=-1&amp;storeId=10051&amp;catalogId=10053&amp;cm_sp=THD_Marketing-_-EarthDay08-_-Tote_Giveaway-_-Find_Store">Call your local store</a> to see if they have any left!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Earthbound Farm Organic</strong> &ndash; Put your thinking caps on, and <a href="http://www.ebfarm.com/AboutUs/Environment/conservationquiz.aspx">take a quiz</a> to see how well you know your conservation facts.<span> </span>If you score a 9 or better (easy to do if you check the site a bit), they will send you a free tote!<span> </span><strong>Offer expires April 30th</strong>.<strong> </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>L.A.</strong><strong> Neighborhood Grocers</strong> &ndash; Get in on this last opportunity to score a free bag from local grocers in the Los Angeles area.<span> </span><a href="http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/consumer&amp;id=6093352">Participating stores are listed here</a>, and <strong>it ends today! </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>H-E-B &ndash; </strong>This store chain will give you a coupon for a free reusable shopping bag when you drop at least 5 plastic bags into the recycling bin at <a href="http://www.heb.com/yourHEBStore/specialPromotions-EarthDay.jsp">participating stores</a>.<span> </span><strong>This offer is for today only, until 7 p.m.!</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Wescoe Beach</strong><strong>, Kansas</strong> &ndash; OK, so I&rsquo;m not headed there anytime soon, but check out the cool promotion going on this Thursday and Friday at Wescoe Beach!<span> </span>Four companies got together and decided to hand out 755 free tote bags as part of an initiative to cut back on plastics.<span> </span>The best part?<span> </span>Bringing the bag to any of the four participating retailers entitles you to special discounts and promotions.<span> </span><a href="http://www.kansan.com/stories/2008/apr/21/free_reusable_bags/">See all the details HERE</a>.<strong> </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>SoCal Honda Dealers</strong> &ndash; Car dealers are hoping to get your green business by offering free bags and even planting a tree in your name, from now until the end of April.<span> </span>All the details can be found at <a href="http://www.socalhonda.com/">SoCalHonda.com</a> and <a href="http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/04/11/socal-honda-dealers-hand-out-reusable-bags-and-plant-trees/">AutoBlogGreen</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>An old t-shirt</strong> &ndash; That&rsquo;s right.<span> </span>No Impact Man&rsquo;s <a href="http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/2007/08/the-ultra-cool-.html">no-frills instructions</a> for making your own tote bag from that Hard Rock Café shirt you&rsquo;ve been saving since High School is relevant to anyone with a sewing machine or a simple whip stitch.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Garage Sales</strong> &ndash; It&rsquo;s not uncommon to find all kinds of canvas totes and reusable shopping bags stuffed into the FREE bins or boxes at local yard sales.<span> </span>If you see some that are unmarked, offer to take them off of the seller&rsquo;s hands for free when you purchase something else you need!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Local Food Events</strong> &ndash; We recently attended some local organic grower events, food fairs, and green events where the free reusable bags were flowing like honey.<span> </span>Check out local events coming up in your area, and don&rsquo;t forget to bring a reusable bag to stash all those NEW reusable bags in for the trip home!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Any other ideas for free bags?<span> </span>Let us know.<span> </span>We love free stuff!</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-snag-a-bag-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-taco-oct-30">Free Taco Oct. 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lots-of-free-eats-for-leap-year-babies">Lots of FREE Eats for Leap Year Babies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rejoice-its-haagen-dazs-free-scoop-day">Rejoice - it&#039;s Haagen-Dazs FREE SCOOP DAY.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/got-a-blog-get-over-1000-free-ebooks-now">Got a blog? Get over 1000 FREE eBooks, now.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-12-month-supply-of-contact-lens-cases-coupons">Free 12-month supply of contact lens cases &amp; coupons</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies bag freebies green grocery Tue, 22 Apr 2008 20:25:34 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2034 at http://www.wisebread.com Wal-Mart Celebrates Its Own Green Efforts with Free Reusable Shopping Bags http://www.wisebread.com/wal-mart-celebrates-its-own-green-efforts-with-free-reusable-shopping-bags <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wal-mart-celebrates-its-own-green-efforts-with-free-reusable-shopping-bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/recycle.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Wal-Mart gets its fair share of negative press (and Wise Bread bloggers aren&rsquo;t excluded.)<span> </span>However, a recent article in the new National Geographic&rsquo;s Green Guide magazine really had me thinking about some of the ways Wal-Mart has led the way with environmentally-friendly initiatives.<span> </span>Regardless of how you feel about Wal-Mart&rsquo;s status as a commercial superpower, you really have to take a look.<span> </span>(And while you&rsquo;re at it, snag a free shopping bag!)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">On April 19th, Wal-Mart stores everywhere will be celebrating Earth Month by partnering with Kellogg&rsquo;s and <a href="http://walmart.triaddigital.com/Sustainability-Article_ektid39874.aspx">giving away 1 million reusable shopping bags</a>.<span> </span>The bags will usually cost a buck to buy, but starting 8AM next Saturday, you can have one free!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Wal-Mart gets its fair share of negative press (and Wise Bread bloggers aren&rsquo;t excluded.)<span> </span>However, a recent article in the new National Geographic&rsquo;s Green Guide magazine really had me thinking about some of the ways Wal-Mart has led the way with environmentally-friendly initiatives.<span> </span>Regardless of how you feel about Wal-Mart&rsquo;s status as a commercial superpower, you really have to take a look.<span> </span>(And while you&rsquo;re at it, snag a free shopping bag!)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">On April 19th, Wal-Mart stores everywhere will be celebrating Earth Month by partnering with Kellogg&rsquo;s and <a href="http://walmart.triaddigital.com/Sustainability-Article_ektid39874.aspx">giving away 1 million reusable shopping bags</a>.<span> </span>The bags will usually cost a buck to buy, but starting 8AM next Saturday, you can have one free!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I have been following Wal-Mart&rsquo;s plastic waste war for quite some time.<span> </span>The recent article in Nat Geo&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.thegreenguide.com/magazine/">The Green Guide</a> detailed Wal-Mart&rsquo;s journey from their plastic bag recycling receptacles to finished sustainable products and charitable donations to community organizations.<span> </span>(The full story can be seen in the debut issue.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">However, it is Wal-Mart itself who seems to have the most to say about their green efforts.<span> </span>Wal-Mart&rsquo;s goals to generate zero-net waste is a lofty one, but they have taken amazing steps toward eliminating unnecessary waste, including:</p> <ul> <li class="MsoNormal">Implementing the &ldquo;Sandwich Bale&rdquo; &ndash; a method of pressing loose plastic (shopping bags, etc.) between two stacks of cardboard before bundling for transport to recycling centers.<span> </span><strong><em>Wal-Mart estimates that this effort alone has diverted more than 97 million pounds of plastic from landfills</em></strong>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="MsoNormal">Developing the &ldquo;Super Sandwich Bale&rdquo; &ndash; this new practice from 2007 allowed Wal-Mart to include aluminum cans, plastic hangers, water bottles, office paper, paperback books, and other recyclables into ONE gigantic bale for transport.<span> </span><strong><em>Wal-Mart estimates that this has resulted in the diversion of millions upon millions of pounds of aluminum, office paper, and plastic from landfills.</em></strong></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li class="MsoNormal"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><strong><em><a href="http://www.kidsrecyclingchallenge.com/index.html">The Kids Recycling Challenge program</a></em></strong></span><strong><em> </em></strong>currently rewards schoolchildren with $5 for every 60 gallon collection bag they bring in to Wal-Mart recycling centers, in addition to cash prizes for the most motivated classrooms!</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Additional efforts include the recycling of cardboard boxes, paper recycling efforts at the corporate office, tire recycling at the auto repair centers, and a procedure for closed-loop recycling for suppliers (which allow some of the recycled materials to go back to manufacturers for the creation of new product at a lower cost.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Granted, all of this green goodwill won&rsquo;t give Wal-Mart a free ticket into the hearts of many Americans.<span> </span>In fact, USA Today mentioned in a Sep 25, 2006 article that <span>&ldquo;<strong>Wal-Mart </strong>isn&rsquo;t pushing sustainability solely out of the goodness of its heart. It has realized that it can make money by selling products that are environmentally friendly. <strong>It can make millions selling recycled trash </strong>and save hundreds of millions by cutting transportation costs.&rdquo;</span><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">But is this so bad?<span> </span>Whether companies are motivated by money or morals, the outcome can be a great one for our planet.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I&rsquo;m taking advantage of the free bags on April 19, and if you&rsquo;re in the neighborhood, you might as well, too!<span> </span>Kids can also get free Wild Flower Seed Cards from Wal-Mart and Nickelodeon on this special day.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>(More information on Wal-Mart&rsquo;s initiatives can be found on their fact sheet <a href="http://walmartstores.com/Media/factsheets/fs_2323.pdf">at this link</a>.)</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wal-mart-celebrates-its-own-green-efforts-with-free-reusable-shopping-bags">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-patriotic-grab-a-free-national-guard-t-shirt">Feeling patriotic? Grab a free National Guard t-shirt.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-8gb-ipod-touch-from-bbva-compass-bank">FREE 8GB iPod Touch From BBVA Compass Bank (Colorado)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-to-self-with-a-free-subscription">Treat yourself to SELF with a free subscription</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-out-the-vote-and-grab-a-tall-starbucks-coffee-for-free">Get out the Vote and Grab a Tall Starbucks Coffee for Free!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-snag-a-bag-for-free">9 Ways to Snag a Bag (For Free!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies freebie green recycle shopping bag Wal-Mart Sun, 13 Apr 2008 02:09:16 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2000 at http://www.wisebread.com CFL Bulbs: Greener than most, but not green enough http://www.wisebread.com/cfl-bulbs-greener-than-most-but-not-green-enough <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cfl-bulbs-greener-than-most-but-not-green-enough" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cfl.jpg" alt="CFL Light bulb" title="CFL bulb" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I’ve embraced the compact fluorescent light bulb revolution wholeheartedly. I preach their money-saving abilities and cite statistics about energy. I comment on brands and varieties (daylight bulbs remain my favorite). I even point to them as environmentally friendly options since the use of CFL bulbs practically guarantees less light bulbs kicking around the local landfill. But, with the growing use of CFL bulbs, a little problem with that claim that a purchase of a CFL bulb is support for environmentalism. You see, when more CFL bulbs are used, more are also thrown away. And CFL bulbs contain mercury.</p> <p>Mercury is one of those substances that worry health experts. Pregnant women are supposed to avoid exposure. Dentists prefer to replace mercury fillings. Heck, we’re even supposed to limit our intake of tuna fish because of concerns about the mercury levels in the fish.</p> <p>Now, all is not lost. CFL bulbs are still a better option than most of their counterparts — as long as users take a little care with disposal. Essentially, environmental experts, such as Brad Heavner, the state director of Environment Maryland, recommend recycling your CFL bulbs, rather than just throwing them away. Since mercury is classified as hazardous waste, recycling the bulbs guarantees that said waste doesn’t get dumped somewhere that they could harm water supplies and other parts of the environment.</p> <p>The problem? Very few recycling programs actually accept CFL bulbs. Heavner said in an interview with the Baltimore Sun: “I have a bucket of bulbs in my basement, and they’re going to stay there until they do make it easier.” That’s right — even the environmental expert doesn’t have access to an easy way to recycle his CFL bulbs. At this point, only nine states in the U.S. have reasonable CFL recycling programs. Activists, such as Heavner, are working on the rest.</p> <p>In the meantime, though, if you don’t have easy access to a CFL recycling program, you have fairly limited options. You can use Heavner’s bucket-in-the-basement strategy, or go ahead and throw out your bulbs. Some stores will also take used CFL bulbs, including all Ikea stores and some Ace Hardware and Tru-Value Hardware stores. If you don’t have access to such stores, consider stopping by the manager’s office at the store where you buy your bulbs. Tell them you’re interested in a recycling program — many companies seem to just be waiting to hear about customer interest.</p> <p>A side note: If you break a CFL bulb in your home, the EPA recommends the following: clear everyone (both humans and pets) from the room, ventilate the area by opening windows, and shut off the furnace. You can then commence clean up procedures. These precautions are merely that: you don’t need a hazmat suit to clean up a broken light bulb.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cfl-bulbs-greener-than-most-but-not-green-enough">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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In fact, I’m not a fan of anything that steals one hour of precious sleep away from me. But I always took comfort in the fact that it was at least good for the environment, saving energy and money. However, a new study says “maybe not.”</p> <p>The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB120406767043794825-UOLcfJA8x9Gw9ozbCz77MiLmtaE_20080327.html?mod=tff_main_tff_top">Wall Street Journal </a> has brought to light a study based in Indiana that challenges the very idea of DST. Until a few years ago, just 15 of the 92 counties in Indiana set their clocks one-hour ahead in spring (and back again in fall). This was due to farmers not wanting to work in the dark; but in 2006 everyone was put on DST. And that gave some bright sparks at the University of California-Santa Barbara the perfect chance to test the effectiveness of DST.</p> <p>Over the course of three years, a staggering seven million monthly meter readings were taken from households in southern Indiana. And the results? <strong>Switching to DST costs Indiana households an additional $8.6 million in electricity</strong>. And in this day and age, can we afford to be throwing away money like that?</p> <p>Well, what the study doesn&#39;t take into account are the social implications of DST. There have been other studies done showing that DST results in lower crime, less traffic fatalities, a lot more recreation time and most importantly, increased economic activity. So, perhaps the money lost on the time change is made up in other ways?</p> <p>It’s not like we can do anything about it anyway, DST is the law of the land and we have to abide by it. But it will certainly make getting out of bed at 6am instead of 7am even tougher come Monday morning.</p> <p>Strong coffee anyone?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-daylight-saving-time-a-complete-waste-of-energy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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