Friday, April 11, 2008

Events Past and Future

Event Past

We want to share with you some snippets from our Non-Toxic Home Workshop Wednesday night for those of you who missed it.

Our Sustainability Coach, Deborah, offered myriad non-toxic tips in kindness and consciousness.  Here are a couple from her super helpful handout for workshop participants:

"Make Wise Choices as a Consumer. The main question is: Does this (product, service, material) add to the toxicity of my home or not? Consider the positive impact that creating a non-toxic home has on ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors, and the world!"

One practical thing to say no to in our homes: paints with VOCs (volatile organic compounds).  They offgas and pollute the air for years after application.  Read more about problems with paints at eartheasy here.  And check out our friend, Jill's Paint, who sells zero VOC varieties.

One practical thing to say yes to in our homes: indoor plants.  Bringing plants indoors connects us to the natural world and can help clean toxins we'd otherwise be breathing in!  Especially good ones are in the Dracaena or Helix (ivy) family and Mother in Law's Tongue/Snake Plant.  Spring is the perfect time to start an indoor garden!

Events Future

And, at our workshop next week:

Saving Energy Saves Money: A Guide to Green Home Energy and Rebates
Wednesday, April 16th
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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