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Greener Living at Home

Step Three: Get the Family Involved

It’s easier to make changes in the household routines if everyone is on board. Talk about why you want to make these changes. Get feedback from the kids on what steps you can take together to make your home healthier and greener. Everyone can pitch in: have the kids help with online research and decisions about new products. Even the littlest ones can help sort the recycling.

Making your home a little greener will not just make you feel better about your home, it will make your home a better place to live.

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In the Know

Here are some definitions of terms associated with green and natural claims.

Renewable Resources
A natural resource qualifies as a renewable resource if it is replenished by natural processes at a rate that’s equal to the rate of consumption by humans.

A biodegradable material is something that has the ability to safely and relatively quickly break down into the raw materials of nature and disappear into the environment.

A sustainable product is something made from renewable resources, which means they can grow back quickly and can be harvested with minimal harm to the environment.

Petrochemicals are chemical products made from raw materials of petroleum.

Definitions courtesy of the makers of Green Works Natural Cleaners.

There are many easy things you can do to make your home a cleaner, greener place to live.

  • Living Room: One of the easiest ways to save energy is to turn off the television when you leave the room.
  • Kitchen: Use kitchen cloths, napkins or hand towels made from bamboo or organic fibers. They are made from renewable resources.
  • Bedroom: Use rechargeable batteries for toys and electronics. If you use disposable batteries, be sure to recycle them properly.
  • Bathroom: Save water by placing a bucket in the shower or tub while waiting for water to get warm. Use it for watering plants or rinsing dishes.
  • Yard: Clothes dryers are one of the least energy efficient household appliances. On a sunny day, line-dry your laundry.

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Updated Thursday, May 14th, 2009
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