>> Thursday, February 11, 2010
Trees provide shade.
Solar heat absorbed through windows and roofs can increase your air conditioner use. Incorporating shading concepts into your landscape design can help reduce this solar heat gain, reducing your cooling costs. - U.S. Department of Energy
Forests are the world's second largest carbon reservoirs (oceans are the largest). Unlike oceans, however, we can grow new forests. Planting new trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess CO2 from the atmosphere. One acre of forestland will sequester between 150 - 200 tons of CO2 in its first 40 years. - American Forests
Trees are fun to climb.
Leaves, rocks, sticks, acorns, creeks, trees, and good old fashioned dirt will challenge children to create their own games and worlds of wonder. These simple, natural items are the building blocks of great play and countless adventures, and are there at the ready. - Grass Stain Guru
Who else cares about disposable paper products?
:: The Natural Resources Defense Council provides an extensive guide to paper products, including comparisons of different brands of disposable paper products.
:: To help you get over the paper towel addiction, give Skoy cloths a try. They're 100 percent biodegradable and last as long as 15 rolls of paper towels. (I've never tried these, but many people really like them.)
:: The New American Dream shows you how to Junk Your Junk Mail.
:: Having trouble finding FSC certified paper? Go straight to the source: The Forest Stewardship Council's retailer database.
:: Next time you have a package to wrap, reach for cloth instead of paper. Here's a guide to folding furoshiki style.
:: Crunchy Chicken hosts a Cloth Wipe Challenge every year to encourage people to switch to cloth "toilet paper."
:: Smart Family Tips shows you how to make your own cloth napkins.
:: SouleMama created a fantastic bag for storing hankies to keep them from getting dusty.
Why do you care?
You have hereby been challenged to go green in a year without going broke! Check out the last challenge, or view the whole list of Challengicious Mondays.
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