Posts Tagged ‘green living and design’

GF09web300x250-fallOctober 10th and 11th is the DC Green Festival!

Visit the Convention Center in downtown DC for the DC Green Festival sponsored by Global Exchange and Green America. There will be more than 125 speakers, including Ed Begley, Jr., Medea Benjamin, Amy Goodman and more!

There will be more than 350 green businesses displaying their products and services. A list is here: http://www.greenfestivals.org/exhibitor-directory/browse-by-city/washington-dc/. There will be live music, organic food and wine, gifts products, a fair trade tent and more!


The Solar Decathalon houses are available for public viewing on the National Mall!

The Solar Decathalon is a contest among college and university students to build the most innovative, attractive, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. The competing houses are open to the public for viewing. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

  • Oct. 9-13—Houses are open to the public
  • Oct. 15-18—Houses are open to the public
  • solardecathlon

Visit http://www.solardecathlon.org for more details!


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


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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.

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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:

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!

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


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Monsanto Corporation is trying to wield its power again–while its disgusting hormones wage war on healthy milk-producing cows. Now that people are hip to the hormones, and buying organic milk, Monsanto wants to change the rules and DUPE the American public. TAKE ACTION!

More here: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/642/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27022

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Today, I received the SERRV catalog in the mail. The website for SERRV is http://www.serrv.org.

This catalog has the most amazing items! From $8 fair trade coffee and $5 chocolate, to $12 salad bowls and handwoven baskets, to $10 earrings and wall art! Amazing items!

I am adding this site, as we speak, to http://www.greenlivinganddesign.com/living_green.aspx
so it can be included in the “Living Green” page.Feathered Drop Earrings from SERRV.ORGZebra Candle Holders from SERRV.ORGCau Vong Bowl Set from SERRV.ORG

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