Monday, March 15, 2010

Oh, Andrea!

This is pretty amazing, I have to say:

"ANDREA is the first award-winning designed air filter capable of absorbing toxic gases, such as formaldehyde, from home and office environments by enhancing the natural absorptive properties of living plants."

The air filtration properties of plants are widely known, but by using the ANDREA, gas removal rates are increased more than 1,000 times faster than by using plants alone.  It is completely natural and requires no replacement filters.  Instead, it has a fan system that pulls dirty air in through the holes at the top of the plastic unit, swirls the air around the leaves, and then sucks it down through the soil, roots, and water. Cleaner air is released through the vent at the back.  And any type if household plant can be used.  ANY. Which means you can pick your favorites.

  • Transforms any household plant into an
    effective air cleaner for your home or office
  • Cleans air locally and rapidly, therefore can
    be turned on and off throughout the day
  • Uses any household plant (sold separately)
  • Absorbs and metabolizes noxious chemicals
  • Biochemically transforms waste
  • Ozone-free operation
  • Low power consumption
  • No replaceable filters
  • Complements any décor

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Earth Day Cometh

Earth Day this year is April 22nd. It is a day in which we celebrate our beautiful Earth and take part in activities that are beneficial to the environment.  At the heart of it, it's about creating an awareness and an involvement in greener practices and environmental policies.  The more we know, the more we can do to initiate change and the bigger a role we can each play in shaping our own futures!   It's deep, I know.

Many of you may have memories of planting a shrub in grade school or picking up liter as a high school student.  I do.  It's a wonderful thing that our schools have done over the years to get students involved in Earth Day.  However, few of you may know that this is the 40th Anniversary of the original Earth Day, which was conceived in the early 1960s and organized in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson. A Senator. One politician who looked at the state of the environment and knew that a change had to happen.  He took the necessary steps and started a grassroots movement that organized over 20 million demonstrators, schools, and communities around the country to stand up and say for the first time, "We care about the health of our planet." That was a pretty big deal.

Without the advent of Earth Day in 1970, environmental issues would likely still be in the background, and the mess that the planet is in now would likely be ten times worse.  I know it's easy to think that Earth Day is just another calendar day and doesn't really matter, but today, in 2010, it matters now more than ever.

Forty years later, what will you do to recognize this symbolic day?  I encourage you to check out your own local communities to see what events are being held and participate! Get involved!    

Here are 50 little things we each can do to start, that actually make a difference: 
(from the Department of Environmental Conservation)

  • Set the refrigerator temperature between 38 F and 42 F.
  • Set the freezer temperature between O F and 5 F.
  • Microwave whenever you can.
  • Don't wash dishes with the water running.
  • Use napkin rings and cloth napkins.
  • Use washable plates, cups and silverware.
  • Serve condiments from recyclable containers.
  • Provide personal glasses for soft drinks.
  • Wash and dry only full loads.
  • Wash with warm water instead of hot.
  • Rinse with cold water instead of warm.
  • Hang wash out to dry.
  • Shut off the sink while brushing your teeth.
  • Shut off the shower while soaping or scrubbing.
  • Install a low-flow shower head.
  • Reduce the volume of water in your toilet tank.
  • Switch off unnecessary lights.
  • Dress warm: don't turn up the furnace.
  • Dress cool: don't turn on the air conditioner.
  • Raise shades on winter days; lower them in summer.
  • Reverse your fans for summer and winter operations as recommended.
  • Compost leaves and grass clippings.
  • Avoid pesticides, use nontoxic alternatives.
  • Apply only as much fertilizer as the lawn needs.
  • Water the grass early in the morning.
  • Plant a tree.
  • Recycle motor oil, antifreeze and car batteries.
  • Drive at the speed limit.
  • Avoid sudden starts or stops.
  • Don't overfill the fuel tank.
  • Check the tire pressure monthly.
  • Change air and oil filters regularly.
  • Send electronic copies whenever possible.
  • Copy reports and memos on both sides.
  • Circulate rather than copy paperwork.
  • Reuse tubes and envelopes for mailing.
  • Recycle.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Hike, row, sail, ski or paddle - don't motor.
  • Build campfires with care.
  • Observe, don't disturb wildlife and plant life.
  • Share books, cds, magazines and dvds with friends, hospitals and prisons.
  • Copy bulletins and exams on two sides, make notes and drafts on scrap paper.
  • Reuse textbooks and school supplies.
  • Serve reusable trays, dishes and silverware.
  • Compost cafeteria vegetable wastes.
  • Recycle!

Sneak Peaks!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010