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5 Easy No-Cost Steps To Make Your Home Green

Going green is smart for the environment, your family and your finances. A green home is safer and healthier than one filled with dangerous chemicals. It doesn’t require a great deal of effort, and most of the green tips can be started just by changing a few of your habits. Get the kids involved to make a greater impact, and improve the quality of your everyday life and save money by embracing green habits throughout the home.

Save Water

Make the transition from baths to showers, and try to make those showers as short as possible. Use a timer to turn it into a game and see how fast you can exit the shower. When washing hands or brushing teeth, start turning off the water while you are scrubbing. Wash small loads of dishes by hand, and use a basin of soapy water to rinse dishes rather than letting the water run over them.

When it comes to using the machines around your home, wait until you have a full load of clothes or dishes. Defrost food in the refrigerator rather than with hot water, and only use enough water to cover noodles or vegetables when boiling them.
If you have a leaking faucet in the home, take the time to fix it. Even a slow drip can add up to wasted gallons in a short period of time.

Save Paper

Start reusing scrap paper by letting the kids draw on the backside of junk mail or printed items. Rather than using paper towels for cleanups, grab a dish cloth that can be washed. Go electronic whenever possible for paying bills. Most banks offer this service free of charge now, and you’ll reduce the waste of paper and envelopes. You’ll also save by not having to buy stamps. Some companies offer benefits like discounts when you use their online statements rather than paper bills. Whenever possible, opt out of junk mail and unsolicited advertisements to stop the flow of paper into your home.

Reduce Plastics

Cut back on the plastic entering your home by taking a few easy steps. Instead of using plastic bags for sandwiches and lunch snacks, use reusable containers that can be washed. Rather than using disposable plastic bottles that are thrown out all the time, opt for reusable sports bottles and fill them with tap water or drinks from home. Use a water filter at home to avoid spending the money on bottled water.

There are countless plastic containers that are thrown out every day, but they can be used for storing leftovers, food, crafts and other small items. These include butter, yogurt, sauce and other containers. When you go shopping, take your own reusable cloth bags so the store won’t give you more plastic ones. When you do bring plastic shopping bags home, use them to line your small trash cans.

Save Energy

Saving energy is good for the planet and it lowers your utility bills. When you aren’t using appliances, take a moment to unplug them. Some items, like phone chargers, pull energy even when you aren’t charging the appliance, so take the time to unplug electronics that aren’t in use You can also invest in smart surge protectors that allow you to shut down power to a bank of electronics without actually unplugging anything.

Teach the kids to turn off lights when they leave a room. During the day, open the curtains and shut off interior lights to bring in natural light. Reduce the dry time on your clothes dryer to avoid overdrying clothes, or hang them out on the clothesline to dry in the sunshine. People in their old age who are looking for a place where they can spend their retirement should look into energy efficient retirement homes. They usually have lower costs while providing greater amount of comfort.

Green Cleaning

You can also save a small fortune by switching to green cleaning methods. Vinegar is a fine cleaner for polishing mirrors, disinfecting toilets and scrubbing hard surfaces. Lemon juice is excellent for removing greasy stains, and it can be used as a non-toxic bleach on clothes. Olive oil makes a great furniture polish that nourishes the wood and shines it.

The beauty of these tips is that most of them cost nothing to implement, yet they will help you save money. Start embracing the green lifestyle today to lower your expenses and make your home safer. In addition to helping your finances, you’ll also help the planet.

 

Alissa Young is a community manager and property caretaker at MeadowBrookPoint where she tries to make sure that every home is as green as possible.

 

5 Food Items That Can Cause Cancer

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You probably do not think about food being carcinogenic. And you are right, because food that is natural does not cause cancer. But unfortunately, man has succeeded in manipulating natural food to make it inexpensive and hassle free to produce. Food is processed using chemicals to preserve, add taste and color. These additives have transformed food into carcinogenic agents.

Here are 5 foods items that can cause cancer if consumed on a regular basis:

Soda

Soda is a normal item in most households and the number one reason for obese children in the US. It is loaded with sugar and useless artificial ingredients. Soda has no benefit whatsoever and it causes more harm than good. A single can of soda contains 10 packs of sugar. Apart from other health concerns, soda increases the risk of cancer. According to a study carried out by the University of Minnesota, people who drank at least two soft drinks per week were at an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Dark colored soda contain 4-metthylimidazole which is a chemical process byproduct used for creating artificial dye to give color to sodas. This chemical has been linked with cancer. Recently Pepsi as well as Coca Cola announced modification of the chemical in question.

Processed Meat

Meats which have undergone processes such as smoking or salting, or which contains chemical preservatives have a high risk of causing colon cancer. Most processed meats contain a carcinogen called sodium nitrate. A study carried out in 2005 by the University of Hawaii revealed that the risk of pancreatic cancer was increased by 67% upon consumption of processed meat. Hot dogs particularly are made of those parts of the animal which are otherwise discarded. After an extensive research involving clinical studies about the relationship cancer and diet, the World Cancer Research Fund came to the conclusion that consumers should stop eating processed meats. These include sausages, pepperoni, hot dogs, salami etc.

Potato Chips

Apart from the fact that potato chips contain high amounts of trans fat, sodium and glycemic carbohydrates, they also contain a carcinogenic substance called acrylamide formed due to high temperatures. According to professor Dale Hattis of Clark University, acrylamide causes a number of cancers in people consuming potato chips.

Apples

Before you rush to any conclusions, apple as a fruit is very healthy; however it is the pesticides that make them unfit for human consumption. According to a survey carried out by the Environmental Working Group, among all the fruits, apples are highly contaminated by pesticides. When more than 700 samples were tested, nearly 98% contained pesticides. Other fruits with high amounts (90%) of pesticides include grapes, oranges, cilantro and strawberries. Not only are the pesticides toxic, they are also linked with certain kinds of cancers. So it is time to put a stop to this by buying organic foods.

Farmed Salmon

According to David Carpenter, M.D, Director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the University of Albany, farmed salmon not only has low vitamin D but is also high in contaminants and carcinogens along with pesticides such as DDT. Carpenter states that such salmon can be consumed only once in every 5 months without the risk of getting cancer.

These are just a few of the food items we consume that pose the risk of cancer. We should become more aware of what goes inside us. Supporting local farmers who grow food organically and buying their produce can help us keep cancer at bay.

Author bio: Ralph Coleman is a medical writer who writes well-researched, in-depth cancer articles which provide relevant information to help patients combat the deadly disease. Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) prides in providing the best cancer treatment solutions to patients who have endured to various cancer types.

Top Story – Why Are All The Guns Sold Out And Hard To Find?

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As more and more disasters happen, it seems as though everybody has a different reaction. Some people are working harder than ever to get their concealed weapons permit, and get the best protection for themselves. Others are looking towards the government to regulate and take away certain weapons.

No matter which side you fall upon, it is hard not to notice the drop in availability of guns around certain areas of the country. This begs the question: why are guns becoming so hard to find? And why do the production companies not just make more?

Increase purchases

There are certain circumstances that increase sales within the public. Justin Bieber claims to like a certain brand of clothing, and pretty soon all teenagers are sporting the same logos.

When Hostess shut down, people clamored to buy out every store of their Twinkies and Ding-Dongs. I have friends who went and fought their way through the chaos to buy the last few boxes of Twinkies. Their plan was to sell them on eBay after some time had passed, hoping to make some money off of them.

Unfortunately for my friends, the Twinkies brand will be bought by another company, and sold under a different logo than Hostess. They might get a little extra cash for the Hostess brand, but nowhere near what they would have gotten if that was the last day a Twinkie would ever be produced. The same type of thing is happening now, except with firearms.

My brother-in-law is all about guns and the right to own them. He attends gun shows, and proudly carries with his concealed weapons permit wherever he can. When there were questions about the future of firearms, he made sure to purchase the gun he wanted as soon as possible. He wanted to make sure and have what he wanted before he could no longer buy it.

People are nervous about the legislation some government officials are pushing for. There is such a wide spectrum of opinions; it is hard to know exactly what is going to happen in the future with availability. There are people buying guns for every reason, whether it is for protection, or to exercise your right to carry. This is causing a huge demand for something that has a limited supply.

Regulations

In certain states the regulations are getting stricter. It is preventing the way gun manufacturers look into the future for producing their line of firearms. If the regulations are set in place, the gun manufactures will have to discontinue at least a part of their products.

By their logic, there is no reason to beef up the means of production for a line that will be short lived. The gun manufacturers are keeping at their normal pace in anticipation of the changing rules, despite increased interest by the public.

No matter which side of the gun law debate you fall on, there is no denying that changes are happening in the way guns are bought and distributed. There are people trying to make changes within the industry, some in favor, others against. No matter your opinion, it is best to be informed on the changes that are happening, and learn how they directly influence your life.

By +Cassie Costner

Cassie writes for cannonsafe.com on the ways to keep a firearm safe. She is interested in the way legislation influences gun sales, and what motives consumers to purchase a gun.

How The Air In Your Home Is Killing You

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The Good and Bad of Indoor Air Quality

When you own a home, there are a lot of things you have to worry about. From basic repairs to home security, it can be tough to keep up with everything. There is one thing, however, that should never fall off your radar: the quality of the air in your home. Good air quality can lead to healthier lungs and an overall better quality of life, but bad air quality can have disastrous consequences.

Good Items for Indoor Air Quality

UV Lights: Getting UV lights installed in the air ducts of your home helps to destroy viruses and bacteria. Ultraviolet lights are powerful enough to kill viruses and bacteria that the human eye cannot see. What’s even better is that purchasing UV lights is not extremely expensive and they are easily installed in your duct work.

Filters: If you look around your home, you probably have several different types of filters. There is a filter in your vacuum, in your pool and even screen doors are a type of filter. Your air conditioning system and your furnace both uses filters too. How are these filters good for your indoor air quality? Well, the filters remove larger particles from the air and prevent you from breathing them in.

Vacuums & Mops: Anything that is used to clean your home almost always improves the indoor air quality. Vacuums are a great product to improve the indoor air quality because they help to remove allergens and dust flying around your home. Mops help to kill bacteria and viruses that could also affect the quality of air that you breathe.

Bad Items for Indoor Air Quality

Cleaning Products: One reason so many families are switching to non-toxic cleaning products is because of the toxins in many cleaning products sold on the market today. When you use strong cleaning products it can harm your ability to breathe correctly indoors. If cleaning products don’t completely eliminate the bacteria they can create new viruses that are immune to cleaning products.

These products also irritate your eyes, face, and skin. If you are going to use these types of products, then you need to ensure you are mixing the cleaning products correctly. Also, make sure you are using proper ventilation while cleaning.

Smoke: Smoking inside of your home can really create bad indoor air quality. Smoke stays in the home for long durations of time. It also affects everyone in the home and not just the person smoking. Even with proper ventilation, smoke has a way of staying inside the home and affecting the air quality.

Carbon Monoxide: An invisible gas that reigns in the home of many people is known as carbon monoxide. If you have this gas roaming in your home, then your indoor air quality is compromised. Placing carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home could be a lifesaver. Homeowners that suspect carbon monoxide should have their home inspected by a professional.

Conclusion

Quality air in your home may not be something you think about each and every day, but maybe now is a good time to start. By replacing the bad items in your home with the good items such as ventilation, plants, and non-toxic cleaning products you can dramatically increase the quality of your indoor air.

Written by Blake Quinn.

Secret Pleasure – How To Keep Your Vibrator Quiet

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Forget about diamonds: vibrators are a girl’s best friend. These wonderful little sex toys are designed to give you a fantastic buzzing sensation on your sensitive clitoris which will result in many powerful, body-shaking, earth-shattering orgasms. Vibrators are small, discreet and very easy to use. However, their only issue is the sound that they make.

Depending on the size and strength of your vibe, it likely makes a buzzing sound when you turn it on due to the motor inside. Many women are worried that the other people in their house, such as flatmates or family members, might hear the buzzing noise and wonder what they are up to. It can be difficult to get turned on and really enjoy yourself when using your vibrator if you are self-conscious about all the noise it is making. Even if you are using the vibe with a partner, the loud buzzing noise can be distracting.

So how can you make sure that using a vibrator is a quiet experience? Here are some things to keep in mind.

Buy a Quiet Model

When you are shopping for a vibrator, look to buy one that is advertised as being very quiet. It might be worth it to pay a little bit more for a higher quality vibe so that it will be better constructed and less noisy. You can also read reviews online for that particular type of vibrator and find out whether or not other users find it noisy.

As a general rule, hard plastic vibrators tend to make more noise because they have motors and other parts that will rattle around and the noise will resonate through the hollow plastic case. A vibrator that is covered in rubber could possibly be quieter because the rubber will absorb some of the sound.

You could also cover the vibrator with a jelly sleeve or an extender. This can help to lessen the noise and it will also add some ribs or nubs and a different feeling to your sexy love toy.

Keep it Well Maintained

When your vibrator motor starts to make a lot more noise, it’s time to take a close look at it. Sometimes there can be a loose wire or a battery that doesn’t fit well in the casing which is rattling and causing the noise. If you can fix the problem, the vibrator will likely run a lot quieter.

Turn on the Tunes

Another way to cover up the sound of your vibrator is to mask it with another sound. While you are using it, turn on the stereo and play music or turn on the TV. The chances are that if anyone else in your house is listening to what is happening in your bedroom, all they will hear is the sound of the TV or the music.

The other noise will also help to obscure the sound of the vibrator so that even if someone can hear it, they will assume that it is part of the music or the television show.

Mute the Noise under the Covers

Another great way to disguise the noise of your vibrator is to cuddle underneath a thick comforter while using it. The sound will be muffled by the blanket so that it is not able to be heard. Also, you will be warm and snug while you are enjoying the pleasures of your wonderful buzzing best friend.

Don’t let the noise of a vibrator stop you from enjoying all the pleasure that it brings! There are many ways to keep things quiet so you can keep your pleasure a secret.

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4 Important Facts About Drinking Water And What It Does For Skin

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Here are some facts about what drinking water actually does for skin. Read on and discover the power of water.

Water makes you healthy. It comprises two thirds of your body and, would you believe, 70 % of your skin tissues. And, it’s a fact; without water, you’ll not last a week.

It’s very interesting to note how water can influence your skin because of its dominating presence. Any water imbalance in your body will really affect your skin. What drinking water actually does for skin is something that you should be highly aware of?

  • First, drinking water will help blood circulation. Blood carries nutrients to all the cells in our body. If the cells are healthy, so are the tissues and the organs. Not only does water help normal body circulation, it also helps improve organ function.

Since our skin is an organ, it’ll also benefit from the effects of drinking water. Want to know more about what drinking water actually does for skin? Then keep reading.2.

  • Second, the skin is the considered the barometer of our body. When we’re healthy the skin is alive and healthy. It’s smooth and wrinkle free. But if we’re sick, our skin will also look anemic. Now one function of water is to flush out body toxins.

Drinking an exact amount of water daily will really help flush these toxins from our system. However, if the need is direr than just drinking, you can use a water enema to hasten water’s therapeutic property and bring you back to your health faster than just drinking it. A regular water enema with other health ingredients will do wonders not only to your health but also for your skin.

A water enema brings faster results than what drinking water actually does for skin. Whether you drink it or use it in any other way, the water will always bring positive effects on your skin.

  • Third, So what drinking water actually does for skin aside from the other two mentioned already? Water increases body lubrication. It does not only lubricate the joints, it also diminishes the friction between tissues.

When we move around one of the most visible effects that water has working is when our joints are working perfectly. Water per see doesn’t do the lubricating, but it increases our organic lubricants like the synovial fluid to reduce cartilage friction.

This helps reduce pain in the joints and brings back health to a person. And we know that a healthy body makes healthy skin.

  • Fourth, and concerning tissue friction, or muscle friction, when we move inter tissue or inter muscle friction occurs. Now if we drink less water, natural body lubricants will also diminish. It will produce heat and heat causes wear and tear. What happens to the muscle will also affect the skin.

And remember: the skin is 70% water. When water is lacking the skin will suffer like dry and withered leaves. Keep that water a flowing and your skin a glowing. So what drinking water actually does for skin is really beneficial to it.

Kevin Lee writes regularly for Skin Care Tips for Women, a authority blog which is provide useful information about acne, arthritis, moles, warts, skin tags and many more. 

8 Ways to Recycle at Home

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The average American produces about 4.5 pounds of waste per day. It’s estimated that the recycling levels in this country are high enough to produce electricity for 9 million homes every year. You can play a part in reducing unnecessary energy waste around the house by using these home tips:

1. Use Doggie Bags When Eating Out
This lets you save leftovers after a night out. You can refrigerate these and have them at a later date, eliminating the need to cook every other time when there’s food you can use in your fridge.

2. Start a Compost Heap
Instead of throwing out organic waste, create a pile of shavings, newspaper clippings, egg shells, vegetable stalks and others at one corner in your garden. After a while, you’ll have a rich compost source that you can use to plant vegetables in your garden for use in your cooking.

3. Give Away Electronics
After replacing your old computer with a new one, give it away to a friend or relative, or the local Salvation Army place. Electronic waste can be hazardous when dumped in landfills as it contains material that isn’t biodegradable or recyclable, so giving it away should be the next sensible step.

4. Use Storage Bins
After finding out what kind of recyclable materials your local recycling center uses, make sure to get a couple of clearly designated bins that you can use to sort out your trash before taking it to the recycling center. This helps save you time, as well as making the whole process more efficient for everyone involve.

5. Be Careful With Hazardous Materials
Oils, paints ad cleaners shouldn’t be chugged down the drain; find out the best way to dispose of these without adversely affecting the environment around you. You can have a couple of clear bottles that you can use to collect these chemicals and have them taken to the recycling center for proper disposal.

6. Buy In Large Quantities
Whenever you go out shopping, make sure to buy stuff in large quantities to reduce the amount of packaging and waste you’ll have to eventually throw out. At the same time, be careful when buying large quantities of food that may spoil in a short amount of time; because of this, stick to dry and canned foods, or those that have an expiry date of more than a year.

7. Use Cloth Napkins
These help you reduce the amount of paper-based disposable substitutes, some of which contain harsh chemicals and dyes. You can keep a large amount of these napkins handy for use as you go along, and wash them in cycles to ensure that you always have a fresh supply within reach.

8. Reuse Laundry Water
After doing your laundry, you can use the water that remains to clean your patio or the bathroom. Doing this helps manage your water and energy use, and at the same time keeping your water bill down.

This article is brought to you by Urban Clotheslines. Using a laundry drying rack is also a great way of helping you save energy, which is tied to recycling.We hope that these tips will help you make the best decisions when it comes to recycling around the home. Be creative and involve the kids to make this exercise a daily and fun habit for the whole family.

Ways to Give Back Without Spending Any Money

Just about everyone wants to give a little something to those in need.  Whether it is donating to a good cause that serves the poor, wildlife, shelters, or medical research, or donating goods and services to others who are needy, giving back is good for the soul and can make you feel wonderful, knowing that your actions and contributions have helped make someone else’s life better.

Not everyone can afford to make donations on a regular basis, however.  As it becomes increasingly difficult to afford housing and necessities in today’s economy, more people are scaling back on their expenses and their donations.  Whereas in years past they may have been able to make small or large donations to worthy causes, nowadays, it may not be possible at all.  This is evident in the non-profit sector’s annual reports, where it is clear that the donations they have been receiving have dwindled, keeping them from fulfilling their own goals.

Nevertheless, there are still ways you can give back, even in times when your wallet may be too tight to donate money.

Give Away Your Old Stuff

From used clothes to books, computers, and electronics, there are many organizations out there that collect these valuable items as donations and then give them out to those in need.  Even if your used equipment is damaged or old, it can be refurbished and then given away or recycled to keep the toxic elements found in electronics out of the environment.  And if you have old clothes that do not fit you anymore, or the style just does not appeal to you anymore, dropping it off at any one of the many non-profits that collect clothing for people in need at home and abroad is a great way to keep the clothes out of the trash and in hands that can make good use of them.  Shoes, too, can be given away, but they usually should be in decent condition in order to be worn properly.

Charity Credit Cards

There are several credit cards available that will donate a portion of the sales you charge.  In this way, every time you make a purchase, you are also making a donation to a worthy cause of your choice.  If there is a particular organization that you would love to contribute to, check out their website for ways to donate and to see if they offer a special credit card that will donate a percentage of sales to the charity.  You do not need to pay anything at all, but rather simply use your credit card anywhere you shop, whether in stores or online, and you have the peace of mind of knowing that your money is also working towards a great cause.

Volunteer

Many non-profits do not need money as much as they need manpower.  Volunteering for an organization whose work you admire will not only enable you to experience new things and meet great new people, but it will also allow the organization to continue its important mission, thanks to people like you who are willing to help out.

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Article Provided By: You do not need to feel helpless if you cannot afford to donate to your favourite charity.  Instead, donate supplies, volunteer your time, or sign up for charity credit cards to help out.

Why Everyone Should Recycle

The need for each person to do their bit for the environment has been emphasised for a very long time and it is among the most continuous requirements that there could ever be. A lot of facts and figures are stated on a frequent basis in an attempt to get those who are disaffected by the importance of looking after the world in which we live to take notice. A consequence of the nature of appealing in this way over such a long period of years and decades is that people can become desensitised and can learn to disregard the message behind it. Nevertheless, the need to help the environment is stronger than it has ever been and recycling is an extremely prominent part of this.

Why is the need for recycling so relevant?

The fact of the matter is that a very sizeable percentage of litter that is not recycled could have been. The more waste that has to be dealt with the more damage it does to the environment, not to mention the increase in cost that occurs as a result. Emissions given off from the process of waste incineration cause a degree of pollution and often it is wholly avoidable. Recycling is not an issue that takes millions of people before the effects can be measured, the need starts with one person because even a small action such as recycling a can or bottle can save a large amount of energy.

How can you recycle?

There are so many ways for you to make a big impact in the vital process of recycling and some may be surprised to know that it goes a lot further than taking empty bottles to the nearest container. The step towards changing your habits for the better can start by simply using less plastic shopping bags when you can fit them into one, or purchasing items that come in multi-packs rather than individual items that use a greater amount of packaging. Recycling paper is very important because the amount of trees that are cut down unnecessarily has a lot of ramifications.

Look for the symbol!

The universal indicator for products that use recycled material or can be recycled is recognizable to people all over the world and it comprises of three arrows pointing to each other in a continuous cycle. Keep an eye out for this symbol on products that you buy.

Article written by Luke Farley on behalf of the provider of environmental maintenance facilities, from bundled storage to recycling bins – yellowshield.co.uk/site-maintenance/wheelie-bins.html.

 

What Is It Like to Be a Sponsored Child?

Many people may have thought about sponsoring a child – or even actually sponsored one. However, what is it like for the child who is being sponsored? It can be quite hard to imagine this, and is often easier to focus on the positive feelings we get from doing something good for someone else. Let’s take a look at what it might feel like to be a sponsored child.

Improving Life

Say, for instance, that you live in a deprived area of Zimbabwe. There’s no electricity, no running water and the only water that you have access to is unclean. Sometimes, it makes you sick and even though you are only six years old, you know people have died from drinking the water. Yet there is no other option. There is no decent healthcare service where you live, so if you are sick, there are very few options.

Most people in the region where you live are farmers, but they find it hard to grow enough food to even feed their families, let alone make a proper living. As a result, you are malnourished and small for your age, and at risk of catching different diseases due to a lack of good quality food.

From this, it’s easy to see what a difference even a small amount of outside help could make, such as someone sponsoring you – that child living in rural Zimbabwe. For instance, the sponsorship money could be used to provide healthcare to the local people, such as offering vaccinations and HIV education to the children and others to stop people getting ill. It could be used to provide a clean water supply so people are able to drink the water safely, without worrying that it might do them more harm than good.

Improving the Surrounding Environment

The sponsorship money could also provide things such as crops that are able to grow in difficult climates, or some farm animals to give that child milk to drink and meat to eat, as well as offering better potential for the child’s parents to make a living from their farm. As a result, the child’s health would be likely to improve, they would grow better and they would be able to see a real future for themselves.

Of course, one person sponsoring a child alone will not be enough, but it can still make a significant difference and the more people who sponsor children like this, the bigger the difference we can make. You’d be surprised how little it costs to change something permanently for the better, so why not give it a go?

Guest post on behalf of World Vision charity giving working to make a lasting difference to poverty around the world.

Resolutions to Help Us Change the World

At this time of year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions focused on improving our health, advancing our careers, or improving our finances.  But what about the world around us?  We may be going through an economic downturn, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t try to reduce waste, protect the environment, and minimise the effects of climate change.

Eco Friendly Economics                  

Energy expenditure amounts for around 8% of the worldwide GDP, and yet produces 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions.  That means, on a global scale, we could do a lot for the environment if we replaced current energy generation methods with more sustainable ones.

Many countries are already phasing out the use of fossil fuels, and in some parts of the world, restoration of forests, protection of topsoil, and preservation of peat bogs is becoming a priority.  Britain’s topsoil holds more carbon than the forests of Western Europe, but it is in danger thanks to building projects, transport network growth, and the expansion of housing projects.  As a country, we need to make protecting our topsoil a priority, and think long-term rather than focusing on short term economic boosts.

Personal Resolutions

What does the above mean for us, on a personal scale?  Well, in the long term, more and more companies will come to realise that they can reduce waste and go carbon neutral without damaging their profits, but until that happens, it will be important to keep the environment in the back of your mind when you’re making purchasing decisions.  You don’t have to pretend you’re a cast member in The Good Life in order to go green – although you could start your own vegetable garden if you wanted to, but thinking about the impact of your purchases will go a long way.

Try the following ideas to reduce your carbon footprint over 2012:

  1. Switch your energy supplier:  Many suppliers have green tariffs where the energy is generated using wind farms or similar green initiatives.
  2. Get a bag for life: Instead of wasting energy by taking plastic bags every time you go to the shops, carry a re-usable bag around with you at all times.
  3. Drive less: Use public transport whenever you can, join a car pool, or walk if you aren’t going far.
  4. Use carbon offset programs: When you book a flight, you often have the option of offsetting the carbon emissions by donating to a green initiative.  In an ideal world, people would just fly less, but since that isn’t possible; this is the next best thing.
  5. Recycle more:  You probably have a recycling bin already, but do you use it properly?  Learn what can and can’t be recycled, and make a point of sorting your trash this year.

You can’t singlehandedly save Britain’s topsoil, prevent the extinction of endangered species, or slow climate change, but if everyone was just a little more mindful of the energy they use and the waste they produce, it would mount up to a huge improvement in our environment.  Start today, and encourage others to start too – it will all mount up.

This article was written by James Harper on behalf of Garden Topsoil Direct, suppliers of organic topsoil.

October Charity of the Month – The Nature Conservancy

The vision of The Nature Conservancy is to leave a sustainable world for future generations.

Today’s society faces unprecedented challenges. Dwindling natural resources, declining economies, a rapidly changing climate and other threats require that all of us begin working together to reach common solutions.

More than ever before, we must find innovative ways to ensure that nature can continue to provide the food, clean water, energy and other services our growing population depends upon for survival.

Now is a time of opportunity. A time to move conservation from the sidelines of global priorities to the center of the world stage—because human wellbeing depends on a healthy, diverse environment.

Please click the Social Vibe link in the sidebar of this website to donate to The Nature Conservancy for free!

Thank You!

Charity of the Month: Environment

Carbonfund.org is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce & offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. Carbonfund.org achieves its goals through:

  • Climate change education
  • Carbon offsets and reductions
  • Public outreach

Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t™

Carbonfund.org supports third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change.

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