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Natural Home magazine’s editor-in-chief discusses this news :

http://www.naturalhomemagazine.com/Natural-Home-Living/Sigg-BPA-Water-Bottles.aspx

Natural Home magazine just sent out an email and I thought I would share–there are lots of great green jobs out there, including solar and wind energy, environmental consulting and green sales and marketing. Visit www.greatgreencareers.com and you can search for jobs or post your resume. There is also a “green career resources” and if you post your resume, you will receive a copy of the e-book, “Finding a Green Job.”

Seems like it could be a great resource for those of you out their looking to green your career! Good luck!

Looks like there may be some money to subsidize replacing your old refrigerators and dishwashers!

Check out this article in the Washington Post: http://news.yahoo.com/s/bw/20090824/bs_bw/aug2009db20090821304909

And this article in the The Washington Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/x-17020-DC-Green-Living-Examiner~y2009m8d26-Cash-for-refrigerator-clunkers-new-federal-program-offers-appliance-rebates

Have you checked your home’s indoor air quality lately? Check for pollutants, such as stuffy air, pet odors, lack of air movement, dirty filters on your HVAC, mold or mildew. Test for radon–get a test kit at www.nsc.org or through your hardware store (or ask us for a testing company). Get a carbon monoxide monitor.

A few ways to immediately improve your home’s indoor air quality include:
1. Ventilate! Open windows, make sure you’re using exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom, etc.
2. Use non-toxic cleaning products, or homemade cleaning products, when possible (baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice).
3. Take off your shoes when you enter the house! All kinds of bacteria enter a home on the bottom of your shoes–this is particularly a concern if you have carpet.
4. Change your HVAC filters!
5. Clean and vacuum carpets and rugs frequently.
6. Pay attention to moisture in your bathroom and basements, install exhaust fans or use portable fans where moisture seems to be an issue.

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_17824.cfm

I recently received an email from Toys ‘R Us promoting Huggies Pure & Natural Diapers. They are being advertised as containing organic cotton (on the outside of the diaper, not on the inside where it counts). They are fragrance free and supposedly hypoallergenic.

I wrote to Huggies to ask them if their diapers contained the polymer gel which causes discomfort and diaper rash on babies bottoms. The response I received was that the Huggies Diapers DO in fact contain the urine-absorbing polymer POLYACRYLATE.

More information on polyacrylate can be found here: http://chemistry.about.com/od/howthingsworkfaqs/f/diapers.htm

A green take on the issue can be found here:
http://greenhome.huddler.com/wiki/the-dangers-of-disposable-nappies

from that site:

“Sodium Polyacrylate- Ever noticed little gel balls on your babies bottom after wearing a disposable nappy? Welcome to Sodium Polyacrylate – A Super Absorbent Polymer that turns urine into gel and can absorb 100 times its weight in liquid. This is a substance which was banned from use in tampons in 1985 due to its link with Toxic Shock Syndrome. Employees in factories producing Polyacrylate suffer from female organ damage, fatigue and weight loss. No long term studies have been conducted to assess the risks of 24/7 exposure to this compound on a babies vulnerable genitals.

Due to its extreme absorbency, this chemical has been found to draw moisture from the skin, causing severe nappy rash and bleeding of perineal and scrotal tissue. Sodium Polyacrylate is also lethal to cats when inhaled.”

Readers–make your own decision, but make it an informed one!

greenpizzabox1

How awesome! A pizza box that comes with plates. Genius!

http://blog.deleteyourself.com/post/99373578/new-pizza-technology-the-greenboxs-lid-is