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ARE YOU READY TO HELP YOUR Goddess?
 
This page is dedicated to your Earth! Without her we have nothing! Please watch the video on Global warming!

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Since you know a bit more about Global warming by watching the Video. Let's get some tips on going Green! It's not just to Recycle,Reduce, Reuse it's much, much more. It helps Mother Nature,our Goddess or some call her Gaia.Even if you don't completely believe Global Warming.  It will save you some green dollars too.
 
 
 Also another good way to help the Earth. It's easy and it helps! It's to clean with natural materials around the house. There is no chemicals and it smells a lot better. It's better because they don't add harmful stuff back into the ground and water supply. Here is a video to help find good and nice recipes.
 
 

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Recycle
 
Recycling is more than just Plastic, Paper, Glass, and Metal. Even Though it is a fact that "1 soda can saves enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours, and a TV for 3 hours."
 
Tips:
 
What  you can recycle?
 
* most paper product and cardboard

* cans and bottles(be careful not to recycle items that contained chemicals example, bleach bottles)

* Glass of all kinds

* oil from cars and tires

* if you get junk mail and don't read it go to the post office and have them stop in in your mail. One less printed only to be garbage.

* All Batteries can be Recycles. Just look at package it came in will give you details.

* Used Printer Ink Cartridge. You can bring them back to Staples and get a discount on your new ones. Dell gives you a post marked envelope to send used ones back. To reuse you can also refill them.

* Your Electronics: Electronics have revolutionized our lifestyle with telephones, radios, TVs, computers and cell phones. These items make up the bulk of electronics that threaten the environment, because of the dangerous elements in them, such as Mercury and Lead.

Reuse and recycling prevents electronic items from reaching landfills, creating less waste, providing usable items to organizations that need them and recapturing valuable resources. As new products hit the market, relevant information and resources are necessary to ensure old items are properly discarded.

* You can always save your soda cans and bottles. Get the deposit back. Get some money in your pocket!

Did you know...

If one ton of paper is recycled, the following is saved: green house emissions, 7,000 gallons of water; 380 gallons of oil; enough power to run an average house for six months.

 

*One last great way to Recycle! If you are a gardener you love this one. Yes you know it....

Compost:

Composting Basics

It's easy to cook up your own compost. Just layer organic materials -- garden clippings, dry leaves, kitchen vegetable scraps, shredded paper -- and a dash of dirt to create a concoction that turns into humus, the best soil builder around.

Before you start piling on, recognize that there are two types of composting: cold and hot.

Cold composting is as simple as collecting your yard waste or taking out the organic materials in your trash (such as fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, and egg shells) and then corralling them in a pile or bin. Over the course of a year or so, the material will decompose.

Hot composting is for the more serious gardener and you get compost in one to three months during warm weather. Four ingredients are required for fast-cooking hot compost: fresh "green" plant material, dry "brown" plant material, air, and water. Together, these items feed microorganisms, which speed up the process of decay.

To create your own organic hot-compost heap, wait until you have enough material to make a pile at least 3 feet deep. Then, to ensure an even composition, create alternating 4- to 8-inch layers of green and brown materials. Green materials consist of vegetable scraps, grass clippings, and plant trimmings. Brown materials include dried leaves and shredded newspaper. Sprinkle water over the pile regularly so it has the consistency of a damp sponge. Don't add too much water or the microorganisms will become waterlogged and won't heat the pile properly. You can check the temperature of the pile with a thermometer or simply reach into the middle of the pile with your hand.

During the growing season, you should provide the pile with oxygen by turning it once a week with a garden fork. The best time to turn the compost is when the center of the pile feels warm or the thermometer reads between 130 and 150 degrees. Stirring up the pile helps it cook faster and prevents material from becoming matted down and developing a bad odor. At this point, the layers have served their purpose of creating equal amounts of green and brown materials throughout the pile, so stir thoroughly.

When the compost no longer gives off heat and becomes dry, brown, and crumbly, it's fully cooked and ready to feed to the garden.


Good Greens for Your Compost
  • Fruit scraps
  • Vegetable scraps
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Grass and plant clippings

Good Browns for Your Compost
  • Dry leaves
  • Finely chopped wood and bark chips
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Straw
  • Sawdust from untreated wood

Bad for Your Compost
  • Anything containing meat, oil, fat, grease
  • Diseased plant materials
  • Sawdust or chips from pressure-treated wood
  • Dog or cat feces
  • Weeds that go to seed
  • Dairy products

To Find out more please visit Better Homes and Gardens Website. http://www.bhg.com/bhg/story.jsp?storyid=/templatedata/bhg/story/data/AllAboutComposting_110304.xml

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Reduce
 
Tips:
 
Reduce your fuel consumption by:

* don't let your car sit and idle.
* keep your tires at the right pressure.
* keep your air filter clean.
* Taking a few more walks.
* car pooling. (this is more fun)
* pre planing trips and making lists(This one can be a real time saver to) .
* Buy a Automobile with better fuel Mileage. Buy Hybrid or other Alternative fuels.

Reduce your power consumption by:

* turning everything off when not in use.
* unplug  (this is actually better because many thing draw power just by being plugged in. If it is a Electronic that goes on standby. That is anything that leaves even that one little dot! If you use a VCR/DVD, TV, or Sterio You can put them on a surge protector with a switch. Then you can easily turn them off at once.
 
* turn the furnace down at night or when no one is home and start warring a sweater so you can turn the thermostat down a degree or two when you are home.

* change your light bulbs to the new energy efficient kind.

* have your Computer Monitor on Energy save. You can set how many minutes. Your monitor if not being used will turn off. Move your Mouse it'll come back on.

Reduce your water consumption by:

* taking Showers
instead of baths new shower heads that are efficient
* shut the water off when brushing your teeth
* only do full loads of laundry and dishwasher
* water your lawn in the early morning or late evening
* Catch rain water in a bucket or can. For watering plants and flowers. When it's done raining though make sure you cap it. To prevent child drowning or Mosquitos.
* purchase a low flow toilet
* fix all leaky Faucets

Reduce toxic waste:

* Use only environmentally friendly cleaning products and personal products. Change your shampoo,soap, floor cleaner kitchen and bathroom cleaner, laundry soap, makeup and cologne. I'm sure you get the point.(this also has health benefits)


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Reuse
 
Reuse whatever you can:

* plastic bags.
* gift bags or wrapping paper, or wrap in the comics from the newspaper.
* use newspaper when washing your windows.
* Buying and Giving things at garage sales and secondhand shops when possible. You also claim on your taxes. I haven't done that though.
* Think about something before throwing in the trash. Maybe it can have a new home or a new use. Maybe that empty egg carton could be used in the next parcel you ship to a loved one as packing. It's light enough. Yogurt containers for planting seeds.

*More ideas for reuse are crafts. Here is a website with a lot of ideas for kids!http://crafts.kaboose.com/1C2EC53CB12E449A9840ABAF5A243DF8.html


Now that you got a lot of ideas on how to Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse! There is many more ideas out there on how to go Green. Please don't just stop here. Go and research as many ideas as possible! Here is more Ideas on going Green. As I said it's not just the three R's.
 
More Tips!:
 
* Replant! Go out and plant a tree simple as that.
If you do a live Christmas/Yule tree:  Recycle and reuse when finished with the holidays. Use it for next years Yule log. You can pretty decorate or use to burn it. If you have a chipper use it for the compost or mulch. Use the needles for making scented oil. Better yet use a tree that you can plant in the spring.
 
* Vote! Find out who your voting for is for helping  Environment.
 
* Clean: When your walking if you see garbage pick it up! Bring a bag with you. Don't throw junk out your car window! Every bit counts. Volunteer to help clean up parks and roadways.
 
* Use refillable: If you get coffee use refillable cups. Alot of times it's cheaper. Alot of things to buy out there is now refillable. Just check out your grocery store! Don't use the plastic grocery bags ( if you do you can recycle them by bring them back to the store). Use the refillable/reusable tote bags when buying in a store. Use a refillabe water bottle instead of buy plastic bottled watter. Use a water filter on you faucet.
 
* Where: Do you know where your energy is coming from? Is wind, Nuclear, solar,  Hydro, Ect. Make sure that it's coming from a good energy field.  If you got the money get your own energy!  :)
 
* Make a pledge! To help at Live Earth.
 
You can also add you own ideas if I forgot any. You can add in my guest book or email me and I'll add it to this page.
 
Here is also more information Websites!
 
 
The Alliance For Climate Protection: http://www.climateprotect.org/
 
Live Earth: This website has great ways to Calulate how much you yourself impact the earth. http://www.liveearth.org/news.php
 
Fuel Economy: How does your car stack up on fuel admissions! http://www.fueleconomy.gov/
 
World Wildlife Fund: A foundation for years has helped the Earth and Our animals. To help keep our friends on this Earth.
 
Other way to help MotherEarth's Creatures
 
ASPCA: A Society that helps prevent cruelity to Animals. http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer
 
National Humane Society: http://www.hsus.org/
 
 

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