"Do Good Feel Good" Tips for Going Green in the Home
Did you know that if everyone in the US replaced just one box of 85% virgin-fiber facial tissue with 100% recycled ones, we could save 280,000 trees?
Simple adjustments to everyday life make a huge impact on our society. As part of their philosophy of being an environmentally and socially conscience company promoting economic sustainability, Organic Bouquet, a leading online retailer of sustainable gifts, consistently creates new ways to promote sustainable practices within its company and for those buying their products.
Just recently, Organic Bouquet added green tips from user/reader feedback and suggestions on how to live a more sustainable life. The new "Do Good Feel Good" page showcase user tips for a "greener" way of life in the office, kitchen, garden, and more. Some of the tips include:
· Natural microwave cleaner
The easiest way to clean the greasy gunk build up in your microwave also allows you to "recycle" fruit. If you have lemons that are about to go off, instead of throwing them away, cut them into quarters, squeeze the juice into a microwave-safe glass bowl, then put the quarters in the bowl. Add about 1/4 cup of water, and set the dish in your grimy microwave. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. The steam from the lemons and water cut through the grease and eliminate lingering food smells. Wipe down the interior of the microwave with a clean, damp cloth and compost the lemons.
· Natural disposal deodorizer
Deodorize your garbage disposal with a lemon or lime cut into small wedges. Throw the wedges in the garbage disposal and run some hot water while it works. Your entire kitchen will smell of fresh lemons/limes, and you will not be putting any harsh chemicals down the drain to refresh the smelly disposal.
· Natural clothing softener
Naturally soften your clothes without chemicals, remove detergent residue, save money on softener, and help the environment.
When washing your clothes, add two cups of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Or for an experiment, do laundry as you normally would except add two cups of white vinegar instead of detergent. Watch as clothes suds up when washing - just as if you put detergent in.
· Help yourself, help others
When you prepare a sandwich for yourself, make an extra one to give to someone you see in need. You will be amazed at how good that makes you feel.
Join a giving site such as www.freecycle.org that recycles items that people no longer need. Just sign up and you can donate furniture or other items you no longer use. You can stipulate if a person has to come to your home or meet somewhere to pick up the item.
· Natural toilet bowl cleaner
Here’s a toilet bowl cleaner that is safe for pets and the environment: Pour 3 cups of white vinegar into the toilet bowl. Swish around and up under the rim. Let sit for 30 minutes. Flush.
· Reuse your water
In an effort to conserve and recycle water, use the water leftover from a vase of flowers, the water used to rinse out your milk jugs, or the water left in the stock pot after boiling corn on the cob or other veggies to water house plants and your garden. It saves many gallons of water and the nutrients left in the water from the previous use act as vitamins for your plants!
All of Organic Bouquet’s flowers are grown in a manner that are not only environmentally friendly but also provides outstanding resources for farm workers and artisans.
"Being sustainable is not just about our company," says CEO Robert McLaughlin. "It’s about our partners, our industry associates and our customers. A sustainable product is more than just one farm and one plant; it’s about an industry, a country and a global understanding."
The company focuses its efforts on responsible practices in every step of production - from the environment to the growers through the distribution chain to the final consumer.
As the largest online provider of sustainable flowers and eco-elegant gifts, all the floral arrangements and gourmet gifts to unique home accessories have been certified by third-party agencies, such as USDA, Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance and/or provide for environmental benefits through our participation in Carbon Offset programs.
For more information about the company or for more green tips visit the Do Good Feel Good page at: www.organicbouquet.com/Info.aspx?pid=564