Green Products Furniture

Recently climate change and pollution have become polarizing words and though experts may disagree about whether or not the ice caps are melting most people can tell that something is happening to the world. Really, when is the last time New York could boast a 70-degree day in January? Shorter milder winters and drastic weather around the world lends credence to the global warming theory. With all that, being said what could one person or family do to make a difference. The problem seems so monumentally huge and the idea of selling all the appliances and living off the land simply does not appeal to many. The good news is by using green products and making small changes in your life you can have a big impact on the environment.

Green Products Furniture

Light Bulbs

Something as small, as changing your light bulbs can have a positive impact on the environment. Research suggests that if everyone switched five regular light bulbs in their home for the new CLF bulbs it would save enough electricity in a year to close 21 power plants. Now this is a green product that would be simple to use and will save you money in the long run. You see saving the planet does not have to mean taking drastic measures; simple tasks can mean a lot.

Home Improvement

You can also use several different green products for your next home improvement project that goes a bit beyond changing the light bulbs. Painting is a very basic way to improve the look of your home; however, most latex paints smell atrocious and contain harmful chemicals. Benjamin Moore paints now offers an environmentally friendly option with their Natural paint. It is completely odorless and contains no VOC colorants.

When you have wood floors or furnishings that you would like …

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Green Product Claims: What Does It Really Mean To Be “Eco-Friendly”?

Consumers are increasingly interested in taking steps toward a greener lifestyle, and going green includes buying products that are consistent with greener living. Businesses have responded to this demand from customers with claims of a wide range of environmental benefits. A Products now boast a wide range of sometimes mystifying claims about being eco-friendly, biodegradable, natural, or organic. But what do the words “environmentally-friendly” on a household cleaner really mean? The fact is that in many cases the meaning is unclear.

Green Product Claims: What Does It Really Mean To Be "Eco-Friendly"?

The Federal Trace Commissions (FTC) is taking steps to remedy this situation. No longer will companies be ale to make vague claims about far-reaching environmental benefits. These claims must be more specific and the words used must have meanings that are better defined.

For example, the FTC’s new proposal would clarify the meaning of the tern “Biodegradable.”A Under current law, biodegradable simply means that a product decomposes “within a reasonably short period of time” after normal disposal. What does that mean? No one really knows. The new proposal would make this claim more definite and clear. The FTC proposes to modify the language so that to claim that a product is biodegradable, it must break down in a period of time “no more than one year after customary disposal.”

In addition, the new guidelines would be more specific about claiming that a product is “free of” a particular chemical. Such a claim is deceptive if that particular chemical has not been present in similar products in the past. Thus, claiming that orange juice is “free of pesticides” would not be allowed if orange juice had not been found to have contained pesticides in the past.

Another proposed change to the labeling law is that claims of carbon offsets would be scrutinized more carefully. Companies would need to provide “competent …

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Washing Machine Shopping Tips

If you’re in the market to purchase a new washing machine and you haven’t shopped for a washer recently, or perhaps ever before, you might be surprised by the sheer number of choices to choose from. These days there are more brands than ever before to choose from. On top of that, some brands offer 10 or more models to choose from. Also, gone are the days where washers came in only a bland white color, for a premium price, most brands offer premium colors, like red or blue. With all these choices, shopping for a washer can be a daunting task these days.

One bonus for consumers these days is the availability of online resources to aid in shopping. For example, say you’ve got a family that produces a lot of laundry and you’re thinking about getting amid sized front load washer, and you’ve gone to your local appliance store, like a Home Depot, and something like the LG WM2240CW. If you’re lucky and the washer is on sale, you might be able to pick it up for around $700. This is a lot to spend at one time for most people, and you want to make sure that you’re spending your money in the best way possible. One of the best ways to do this is to read as many LG washer reviews of the WM2240CW as you can.

Washing Machine Shopping Tips

Most online retailers have a reviews section where you can read through what other people have said about their experience with this washer. The problem with this route is that for some models there are literally hundreds of reviews out there, that many of which are poorly written, or don’t offer much useful information at all. Reading through these can be a boring and time consuming task. You can …

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Car Shopping Tips And Tricks To Saving Money

Are you one of those people who grabs on to a certain manufacturer and never lets go? All over the country, you will find loyal Ford lovers, or those people who will buy nothing less than a Toyota, BMW, or Chevrolet. What makes them so loyal to a certain company or another? What makes them so emphatic on putting down all other manufacturers of vehicles? While we certainly cannot discover what deciding factor encourages each of these people to so firmly grasp their preferences, we can tell you some of the differences often found between foreign or domestic cars.

In the past, it was not uncommon to hear that cars made by foreign manufacturers tended to last longer. In fact, some cars of today have been known to have a lifespan of about 250,000 miles if they are treated well. That is an incredible number, especially when you think about the other things owners of these cars have to say-things like “I never had to replace more than my tires and windshield wipers..” Often, these cars are well-made, and known for their great durability.

A few years ago, some people might have commented on the domestic vehicles of the time. While perhaps more accessible than the foreign cars, these were not made with a quality quite as notable. Some vehicles were found to break down more easily, and require more maintenance and repair attention. However, this may not be the case today.

In fact, if you were to scan the different reviews made to compare the features and elements of foreign cars and domestic cars, you might see that there is little difference between the two-depending on the model being compared. With improved technology, the engines, bodies, and other features of American-made cars have become much more efficient, trustworthy, and …

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Beware of Green Products That Aren’t Really Green

Like a growing number of the world’s population I hold to the belief that protection of the environment is of the utmost importance; and that the new role for our political leaders is to work with each other to solve the pressing problems of climate change, impending food and water shortages, and the on-going pollution of the planet. It is becoming more and more obvious to more and more people that the ideological clash between left and right, conservative and liberal, radical and moderate is only of secondary importance to green issues.

Beware of Green Products That Aren't Really Green

Quite simply put, without a world there is no politics, injustice or capitalism. Think of that recent movie ‘The Road.’ Once eco-armageddon hits all of society and its mores collapse. Humans degenerate into cannibals.

I expect that I’m largely preaching to the converted but I needed to state my position so I can introduce my topic. I want to discuss how buying ‘green’ is another consumer trend that big business and internet marketers are exploiting to make money and to do this they are not performing due diligence. Namely, they are not really interested in checking to see if a ‘green’ product is really environmentally friendly.

My first example is the light bulb. We all realize that the incandescent bulb is not the best. It takes valuable resources to make and has a life expectancy of only a year or so. On top of that they use a lot of electricity compared to LED lights. Indeed LED lights are the way forward. They can be easily connected to solar panels via batteries, they last a long time and they are cheap to produce. The only problem is that LED lights often don’t give out enough light. At this point enters the villain, the CFL or Compact Fluorescent Light …

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