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The Eco-Friendly Benefits of Reusable Snack Bags & Sandwich Wraps

Reusable Snack Bags & Sandwich WrapsReusable snack bags and sandwich wraps allow you to make a worthy and sound contribution towards creating a cleaner and greener environment. These eco-friendly lunch bags and wraps are a perfect reason to ditch using toxic and non-sustainable plastic bags that are traditionally used as snack bags and sandwich wraps for children.

Plastic bags may seem convenient and cheap, but using reusable snag bags and sandwich wraps are more economical and environmentally friendly at the same time. Additionally, some plastic snack bags can have a negative impact on your child's health if the toxic substances (like BPA's) are used.

So in addition to be safer and more cost-effective over time, reusable snack bags and sandwich wraps are made with a fabric material that's more colorful, attractive, safe to use and reuse over time.

If you're still not sure about investing in reusable snack bags or reusable sandwich wraps, learn more below about some of the eco-friendly benefits of using these crafty alternatives.

A Sustainable Alternative to Regular Snack Bags

Reusable snack bags are made of soft and eco-friendly cloth materials that are bio degradable. Unlike plastic bags that can never degrade even after you could discard them, fabric resuable snack bags take less than 45 days to degrade.

Simply put, these snack bags and sandwich wraps are a more sustainable alternative than plastic bags for packing lunch because they pose no health risks, especially if you place a hot snack inside. Similar to a plastic bag, these fabric reusable snack and sandwich wraps are also spill proof and can protect your food fresh for a longer span of time.

Reusable Snack Bags Come in Countless Designs

Made from all types of fabrics and different designs, reusable sandwich wraps and snack bags are available in a huge variety of colors, patterns, and sizes. These eco-friendly snack and sandwich bags are made using non-toxic substances including harmless coloring agents.

These reusable bags can even be used to make your child happier by adding more color and excitement to their lunch kit. Starting from simple floral designs till animal prints, choose a design from this bag collection and it is easily available.

Reusable Sandwich Wraps & Snack Bags are Low Maintenance

There is not much of work involved in caring for your reusable cloth bags. They can be washed in cold water and can be ironed to use again. To hold the lunch and snacks safe, they come with velcro attachments and some offer handles for easy portability. These bags are recommended for packing lunch to school, office, for picnics, and other trips. Using these bags also helps you make the lunch pack light without any need to carry those heavy steel, or plastic boxes.

Most importantly, these reusable sandwich wraps and snack bags contain no Velcro hence you can stay really peaceful while using it as the food does not stick to the Velcro making it difficult for you to clean the bag by the end of the day.

Reusable Snack & Sandwich Bags are Pocket Friendly

Most reusable snack and sandwich bags are not just eco-friendly, but they are pocket friendly too. They can be used and reused which can save you a lot in comparison to buying those zip lock or plastic lunch bags.

Colorful and attractive reusable snack bags and sandwich bags are easily available in all organic stores, grocery stores, supermarkets and the best way to shop them is shopping online in bulk. Online shopping of reusable snack bags saves you a lot of money by reducing your traveling expenditure and also your shopping time.

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5 Simple Ways to Be More Eco-friendly Around the Home

Eco Friendly HomeNothing is more pleasing than relaxing all year round in a home that embraces nature. A home that keeps you cool in summer, warm in winter and everything you need in between. A truly eco-friendly home is one that blends both the indoor and outdoor living, it not only has the ability to feed your family, but also sustains the environment.

An eco-friendly home not only helps you save the planet, you'll also be saving money. So if you love saving money and you want more options to help pinch the pennies, there are plenty of ways around the house to start practicing eco-friendly alternatives and cut back your carbon footprint.

1. Create a compost pile

Food and yard waste can be put into a compost pile, rather than going to the landfill in a plastic bag. Composting not only produces amazing soil for future gardens, but placing food scraps in a compost pile eliminates the need to toss them in the garbage (minimizing nasty garbage odors and having to take out the trash).

The soil produced through the composts is rich in nutrients and can used for you lawn, garden or flower beds. It is also much cheaper to make your own compost rather than going to the garden store to buy one.

2. Use a non-polluting power

From solar hot water to photo-voltaic electricity to wind turbines and energy efficient lighting, your home is designed for a sustainable and eco-friendly power use. Find out which organizations offer green power in your state. The results will include utility green pricing programs, renewable energy certificate (REC) products, and retail green power products offered in competitive electricity markets.

3. Start recycling

Many households already embrace an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Whether you invest in bins from your local waste management company or you opt to use your own bins to take to a local recycling center, recycling will help you minimize reusable materials that goes into the garbage and land fill.

It is probably realistic to argue that one person turning down his thermostat or recycling a magazine isn't going to save the planet, but if we all make our own contributions, we can have a positive impact on our immediate and wider environment. Recycling can be as simple as using a used tin as a plant pot for herbs or as complex as recovering an old chair. However, the good thing is that what might be seen as a waste can be given a new lease of life.

4. Use inexpensive reusable water bottles

Avoid disposable plastic bottles. Most people usually claim that the reason why they do buy bottled water is because of convenience, supposed health benefits and better taste. Yet, majority of these people cannot identify any valid reason why they choose bottled water over reusable bottles. Drinking bottled water increases waste.

It's estimated that American's throw away over 2 million water bottles every single hour, and even though some people recycle, the recycling rate is estimated to be around 27% meaning that still, majority of plastic bottles that are produced end up in water systems and landfills. So what are your options? Start using reusable and environmentally friendly reusable water bottles, it is not only beneficial for our wallets, but for our health too.

5. Invest in reusable snack bags and lunch gear

Stop using disposable bags. Order some reusable snack bags for lunches, picnics and travelling or you can make your own which is insanely easy. By investing in reusable snack bags and lunch gear, you can minimize the expense and effectively manage the waste produced by plastic bags. One reusable bag can replace hundreds or even thousands of single-use plastic bags over the course of its lifetime.

Earth-wise bags are great for carrying about anything and using them is an environmentally responsible thing to do- they offer durability, convenience, multiple uses, safety and protection.

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Easy Ways to Minimize Waste Around the Home

The average household waste for a family of four is estimated by the U.S. EPA to be around 16 pounds per day.  Of this waste, 75%-85% goes to the landfill or is incinerated and only a small portion is recycled and composted.

While you may not have the time or ability to compost and recycle everything around the house, you can make a positive impact simply by reducing the amount of waste which you generate every day. Over time small changes can make a big difference.

Tips on Reducing Your Home's Waste

Plastic

Plastic, while very useful, plastic has its drawbacks. One of the biggest is its lack of bio-degradability. Considering that plastic forms the majority of landfill waste, reducing it is very important. Using the following items can help you easily reduce your plastic waste.

  • Reusable Water Bottles: Instead of purchasing disposable water bottles, buy a reusable water bottle with a built in filter. This option is environment friendly since most filters can be used around 300 times before being replaced.
  • Eco-Friendly Reusable Bags: Use reusable bags made of materials such as jute, organic cotton or paper. These reusable bags are stronger than plastic bags, and can be recycled easily when necessary. These are great for groceries, clothing and other items. Even if you just switch to reusable grocery bags vs. plastic you will make a significant impact over the year.
  • Reusable Utensils: It’s tough to risk taking your good silverware on a picnic, sending it to work or worse yet to school possibly never to be seen again. Plastic utensils have become the travel replacement in an effort to preserve our nice silverware collections, but now there are better options. You can invest in a few sets of bamboo utensils. They are hand crafted, certified organic, light, stronger than wood, stain resistant and anti-microbial.  Hands down they are cooler than plastic and if you loose a spoon it won’t break the bank to replace it.
  • Eco-Friendly Reusable Snack Bags:  Switching to reusable grocery bags may be obvious but the small plastic bags and containers you use for lunches and snacks every day add up too.  The perfect example is your child’s school lunch. Typically it may include a plastic sandwich bag, a plastic snack bag, a disposable juice container, a plastic yogurt cup and plastic spoon. Lets give this eco-friendly snack or lunch box an environmental makeover: add a reusable eco-friendly bamboo spoon, reusable metal drink bottle, reusable yogurt container and eco friendly reusable snack bags.

Paper

The amount of useful paper that is thrown out is astounding. By reducing the amount of paper that you use, not only will you lower landfill waste, you help to preserve forests and reduce pollution created during the manufacturing process. A few easy tips to reduce your paper waste:

Food

Around 30 million pounds of good food is thrown out in the United Sates each year. Take these steps to waste less food.

Hazardous Wastes

While most hazardous materials have to be discarded, you can reduce the amount of dangerous waste by taking the following steps:

A large part of landfill waste is unnecessary. By following these easy tips you can reduce the waste your family creates.  Over time the small changes that you make will create a significant difference in the world that future generations inherit. 

  • Cloth Napkins: Instead of paper napkins that you simply use and throw, switch to cloth napkins.  They are classy, have beautiful designs and will last for years. Look for organic cotton napkins to protect people and the environment from unnecessary synthetic pesticides.
  • Cloth Towels:  Much like cloth napkins, cloth towels are often a better value, do a better job at cleaning up the mess and are far more attractive. Purchase organic cotton towels whenever possible.
  • Reuse and Reduce Printing Paper: Read documents on a screen, and send them via e-mail whenever possible. When you do need to print use both sides if you can.  If you have one-sided pages, use the back as scrap paper, then shred and use in packaging or recycle.
  • Recycle Newspaper: Consider reading the newspaper online and unsubscribe to unnecessary paper mailings.  Recycle the old newspapers you receive or ask a local animal shelter if they could use them.
  • Reusable Plates: Invest in reusable plates in your picnics or outside parties instead of disposable.  Sturdy plastic or bamboo plates are great durable long lasting options.
  • Reuse Leftovers: Reuse the leftovers from dinner one night to invent a new meal for the next day. There are lots of cookbooks that specialize in showing you how to make delicious easy meals this way.
  • Buying what you need: Grocery shop with a list.  It will prevent you from buying perishable items that you already have at home and help to ensure that all of the items you buy can be used together to make great meals.
  • Composting: Since food is biodegradable, consider the use of a compost bin to create rich fertilizer to use in your garden and backyard.
  • Purchase Reusable Batteries: One single pair of rechargeable batteries can prevent you from purchasing countless new ones.
  • Give Away & Donate: Working electronic items including a used cell phone, iPad, computer, iPod, Game Boy and GPS navigation device is always appreciated at Goodwill and other non-profit organizations.  Even if your electronic device is broken you may be able to sell it online or donate it to be refurbished.
  • Recycle: If you have batteries, chemicals, ink cartridges or electronic items that cannot be reused or refurbished then please recycle them properly.

This article was contributed by the cleanly, eco-friendly house sitters at SanFranciscoHouseSitters.org. Personally known as Tyler & Paloma, these individuals provide no-trace, eco-friendly house sitting services in San Francisco.

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Leave No Trace with Eco Friendly Luggage Sets

Eco Friendly LuggageEco friendly luggage can be beneficial for shoppers, but also for luggage manufacturers. Consumers can benefit by using luggage that has been created using environment friendly practices, in addition to luggage manufacturers that want to contribute to green causes and eco friendly processes.

The manufacturing process of traditional luggage can produce a lot of chemicals that can have an impact on the air we breathe and the marine life. To learn more and see options of quality eco friendly luggage sets, read on!

Materials Used in Eco Friendly Luggage

In essence, the materials used in eco friendly luggage sets are those that do not harm the environment when the bags are disposed. This means that the possible waste resulted from creating eco friendly luggage is reduced to a minimum. Often times, reusable materials can be the best to use. Safe materials for people and the environment can be the ones that are non-corrosive, non-toxic and non-allergenic.

For example, the use of plastic is not recommended, because the quantity of waste that is generated by them is huge. Plastic bags are usually of a lower quality and can easily become damaged. Eco friendly luggage can be great for travel, but also for shopping.

Eco friendly luggage can be made of non-woven polypropylene, which is a one hundred percent recyclable material, but the products can also be made from different recycled materials. If you have to transport food and drinks in the bags, you can do it safely, as they can store them quite well. The temperature of the drinks can be maintained because of the insulation.

Eco Friendly Features

Even if the materials used are different than the ones of regular luggage, they can be durable and very strong. An eco friendly bag can be used many times before disposal. According to studies, a green bag can be used more the 350 times before it has to be disposed. The products can be quite stylish and suit any preference and they can be more affordable. You can find large versions that are more than enough for your needs, as they can have much space for anything you may want to carry inside them. The products are multifaceted and they can have different sizes, shapes and forms.

Examples of Eco Friendly Luggage Brands

One of the best brands in the industry for eco friendly luggage is Patagonia. Patagonia, which offers an array of awesome solutions for travelers, has the Freewheeler and the MLC Wheelie. The Freewheeler is not very cheap though. Plus Packaging Inc. is another manufacturer. It produces eco friendly products, bags and packaging. Jay Peak 32" Wheeled Duffle from the company called Timberland is a durable product, made from polyester, which can resist to rough weather conditions.

The normal durability of the typical eco friendly luggage set is typically just a few years, but it depends on how much it is used. Because the impact of regular bags on the environment, which means one trillion plastic bags are disposed yearly, eco friendly products can be very helpful for lowering the damage to the environment.

The demand for eco friendly luggage is increasing today. Discount luggage stores can benefit from providing these environment friendly products to their customers, as they are cheap and people can consider them great alternatives to regular products. Eco friendly luggage can be cheap, useful and stylish. Companies in the industry can use their logos on the products and be proud of them, because they represent and promote a better environment.

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Low Carb Snacks for Reusable Snack Bags

Reusable Snack BagsLow carbohydrate diets are quickly growing in popularity, and for good reason. Cutting back on your carbohydrate intake is an excellent way to improve your health and lose weight. Though the benefits of a low carb diet may be easy to find, portable low carb snack options are decidedly more difficult. The key to sticking to your low carb diet is to take healthy snacks with you so that you are not tempted to buy an unhealthy snack alternative when hunger strikes. Invest in a few reusable snack bags and get ready to eat on the go.

Vegetables

Vegetables are low in carbs but high in fiber and nutrients. Celery with peanut butter, pepper slices, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower all make tasty and low carb snacks on the go. These foods also fit perfectly in ecofriendly snack bags so you can place them in your lunch bag or reusable snack bag with a cold pack without a worry.

Cheese and Meat

Cheese and meat are a great source of healthy fats and protein. As such, they make a great choice when it comes to choosing low carbohydrate snacks for resuable snack bags. Pepperoni slices, cheese cubes, cheese sticks, jerky, and lunchmeat can all be stored in a portable lunch bag and eaten throughout the day when you get hungry.

Nuts and Seeds

If you are looking for a crunchy, satisfying snack, but want to avoid the carbohydrate overload of crackers and chips, nuts and seeds are the way to go. Sunflower seeds are a popular option. Nuts, such as cashews, almonds, and peanuts also provide a high protein and low carbohydrate snack that is easy to include as part of a healthy lunch or snack and are easy to carry in a small reusable snack bag.

Eggs

Eggs are full of healthy protein. Though raw eggs are not portable in resuable snack bags, you can prepare eggs in a couple of different ways and pack them for lunch or snack. The two most popular options are deviled eggs and hardboiled eggs.

Something Sweet

A low carbohydrate diet does not need to be void of all sweets. Rather, there are ways that you can modify your low carbohydrate snacks and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. Sugar free Jello is a versatile sweet snack option. You can add nuts and cottage cheese, or combine it with coconut milk in order to add a bit of sweetness without adding to the carbohydrate count. Retailers also provide a number of low carbohydrate snack bar options to choose from.

Now that you have a lot of great new ideas for your low carbohydrate snacks. Grab your eco-friendly reusable snack bags and pack them with nutritious snacks for you and your family.

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How Clean Fuel Utilization Contributes to a More Sustainable Environment

Bad FuelGlobal warming is looming and is continuously surging to become one of the world’s biggest environmental threats. Regardless of other factors which are responsible for this thriller, bad fuel is partly to blame.

With the rise in technology, more automobiles are produced, which means that more fuel is needed. Unless this fuel is clean, then our environment is in trouble. Therefore, we should utilize the available hydrocarbon resources efficiently in an eco-friendly manner which minimizes the release of carbon dioxide and carbon into our environment but we should lay our focus more on using clean fuels.

The Importance of Clean Fuels

What exactly do we mean by clean fuels? These are fuels which upon their combustion in engines, the resultant output is energy (clean) and there is no presence of water and debris. In essence, this constitutes clean fuels such as liquefied petroleum, blends like gasohol and natural gas, among others that tend to produce no pollution. They are often regarded as vital substitutes for the fossil fuels.

The Eco-friendly Role of Biofuels

Biofuels is one of the best alternatives to fossil fuels. These fuels include mostly bioethanol and biodiesel, they are currently available in the market and they are quite compatible with many sedans.

These fuels are produced from plants and recycled products of the food chain. The advantage of using biofuels as one of the ways to curb climate change, is that materials used to make them are naturally available. Besides that, this is a renewable form of energy.

Actually, with the rising concerns on the effects of the fossil fuels on our environment, we need to embrace the use of clean fuels. With this hi-tech world, hydrogen has also been tapped to produce clean fuel source. Hydrogen fuel is not yet common but it is slowly gaining popularity.

Hydrogen is naturally available in our environment and it is in galore basing the fact that 70% of the earth is covered with water. Hydrogen has a lot of clean energy held in elemental form. When burnt, hydrogen fuels produce just the required energy and water. There is no carbon which is always detrimental to our environment released.

Electricity as Clean Fuel Source

Do you know that electricity is part of clean fuels? Electricity is a clean source of fuel as it is obtained through hydro-power generation process. The final products of electricity is usually heat, light and energy. It is not associated with any output that compromises the quality of the environment. Electric cars uses rechargeable batteries. Electric cars don’t emit either carbon or carbon dioxide which are the major culprits when it comes to climate change.

Have you ever thought of nuclear energy as a clean source of fuel? Nuclear energy is produced through fission of radioactive elements like uranium. It forms a reliable, cheap and environmentally friendly fuel source. Unlike coal and other fossil fuels, it produces no carbon at all or any of the GHGs (Green House Gases) hence it is a sustainable fuel source which allows us to live in a clean environment.

Fuel CleaningApart from utilizing these clean fuels to maintain a sustainable environment, we also have to look at services to keep fuel tanks clean. Fuel storage tanks should be cleaned regularly so that it does not compromise the quality of fuel. Poor quality fuels may lead to release of GHGs into the environment.

Keeping our environment pollution-free and curbing the climate change can be attained with proper utilization of clean fuels. It is a challenge implementing the use of these fuels, because fossil fuels are readily available and requires little or no technology to harness them. However, we should embrace the use clean fuels for cleaner environment.

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How to Create a More Eco-friendly Household in 5 Easy Steps

Creating an eco-friendly home offers many advantages. Not only does an eco-friendly home environment play a role in living healthier and more cost-efficiently, but it also transpires to community sustainability.

Establishing an eco-friendly household is not as hard as most people think, but you must be ready to embrace change and new ideas. Here are five tips on how you can make your home eco-friendly:

1. Use reusable eco-friendly products

Reusable Sandwich WrapIt is high time that you get to know environment- friendly products such as reusable snack bags, DIY paper towels, bamboo reusable towels and even compostable waste bags. These products in addition to cutting down on waste considerably, ensures that you live an eco-friendly lifestyle both at home and away.

For instance, eco-friendly reusable snack bags are the most common today in lunch packing. They have eliminated the use of plastic bags which are the worst pollutants as they are thrown away after every use and that they do not decompose. Reusable snack bags also reflect eco-friendly lifestyle away from home whether at school or at work. It is always good to be take care of the surrounding and these reusable eco-friendly snack bags will help you achieve that.

You may consider getting a couple eco-friendly snack bags: one for yourself to use at work or on the go, and one for your kid! Creative reusable snack bags, such as those produced by Eco Lunch Gear can not only inspire creative ways of making your kids eat healthy but it also make them have an enjoyable and fun experience while taking lunch. At the very least, these eco-friendly reusable snack bags are highly practical and effective at saving money in the long run.

2. Invest in solar panels

Solar panels have become the cheapest, most reliable and environmental friendly source of energy. If you are thinking of getting one now, then you have a brilliant idea. Go ahead! Solar energy is pure and can heat water pretty much easier. As an added advantage, energy can be transferred to a battery so that it will be used in the future.

Similarly, you can use eco-friendly light bulbs that help in saving energy. Are you afraid of using these light bulbs because of brightness issue? Most people fear or rather are reluctant to use these bulbs due to claims that they are not that bright. Far from it though. The reality is that these bulbs light brightly without necessarily consuming a lot of energy. It is high time you try out and be ready to be surprised.

3. Create a compost pile

Creating a compost pile is one of the ways of creating an eco-friendly household. It is actually an easy way of reusing goods and includes composting organic substances provided that they do not reduce the oxygen content. Examples of organic materials include grass, leaves, hay and some food products. When these products are decayed, the end product is fertile and can be used in gardens.

While composting, you need to be careful not to compost bones or meat, diseased plants and perennial seeds as they attract pests. Also note that sawdust can be put on the compost once it has been proved to be clean and that it is fit for the purpose.

4. Start recycling

Recycling is yet another popular technique of creating an eco-friendly household. It is the process whereby waste management facilities collect items such as bottles, tin cans, paper and cardboards. You definitely need an all-time healthy environment. It is high time you act by contacting your nearest waste management facility to be briefed on what to do with these recyclable items. In some instances, though rare, waste materials can be converted into their original form. It is expensive though.

What matters however, is for you to understand the importance of recycling and work hand in hand with waste management facilities in creating a healthy environment. Give them those materials that can be recycled so that they recycle them.

5. Install Skylights

As a way of conserving energy, installing skylights on roofs is recommended. There is solar energy at day time and so why not put it into use? Besides, it is absolutely free! It will allow natural light into the room making the almost impossible possible. I mean lighting even the darkest rooms. It is high time you take a step to install skylights and experience the difference. You will actually save a lot of money.

Creating an eco-friendly household all begin from you. Provided you are willing or rather you understand its importance, it is possible to achieve this. If only you get to know these five tips, then you are good to go. Always have in mind that where there is a will, there is a way. It all starts from you!

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5 Natural & Eco-friendly Tile Cleaning Solutions You Can Make at Home

Natural Tile CleaningWhen it comes to cleaning tile and tile grout, avoiding chemical-based cleaning solutions is not always easy. The simple fact is that these store-bought tile cleaners do actually work and they're convenient to buy.

But don't settle for the convenience that chemical-based cleaning solutions offer. There are many natural, at-home tile cleaning solutions you can make with simple ingredients. These natural tile cleaners are far more healthy and eco-friendly. In addition, they work!

The 5 Natural Tile Cleaners

Below are the basic ingredients that can serve as the best natural tile cleaner. You can try combining some ingredients (such as lemon juice and salt) to make an even more effective solution.

Distilled White Vinegar – This readily available form of vinegar is very effective when it comes to cleaning grease and dirt from tile. In addition to being a safe and natural tile cleaning alternative, distilled white vinegar alse has deodorizing effect that can help eliminate bad smalls. It works for just about every area around the home. Just take a bowl of part vinegar and part hot water, and use a soft sponge to clean the tile.

Washing Soda – Also an effective at-home and natural remedy for cleaning tile is washing soda. When it comes to cleaning hard-to-remove grease and stains, washing soda might just be your best friend in the kitchen. It's a great alternative to chemical based cleaners and will leave your tile looking flawless.

Lemon Juice – The acidic properties of lemon juice is known to have a bleach cleaning effective on tile and other hard surfaces. In addition to helping to clean tile, lemon juice can deodorize the surface leaving your kitchen or bathroom smell fresh and citrusy.

Borax – Although not the most popular or well-known clean solution alternative, Borax can indeed help clean or protect tile. Borax is commonly used to control pests, cockroaches, and other bugs that can make tile dirty and unsanitary. So in addition to cleaning tile, Borax can also help to minimize pests from crawling all over your clean tile flooring.

Salt – As one of the most popular ingredients in almost every kitchen is salt. Conversely, not many individuals are aware of salt's incredible cleaning properties. Salt can be used to effective sanitize as well as deodorize all forms of tiles. Make your cleaning solution with salt and hot water. Perhaps add a little lemon juice for aroma and added cleaning effective.

So there you have it - five highly effective, natural, and eco-friendly cleaning solutions that you can create with simple ingredients from your home.

Do you have any additional ideas to share? Please make your comments below!

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Feng Shui Tips for a Clean, Eco-friendly Living Environment

Feng ShuiThe Ancient Chinese Feng Shui is a philosophy which promotes health and prosperity in persons who follow its principles by creating equilibrium between the natural environment and a person’s home or general household. Among some of the important tips to be followed for a clean eco-friendly household (based on the Feng Shui philosophy) are noted below.

1. Avoid Chemicals

Most cleaning products are manufactured using toxic chemicals for their bleaching effect. Replace these toxic cleaning products with environmentally friendly and healthy cleaning products. It is advisable to purchase eco-friendly detergents for dish-washing and cleaning. Some of the best alternatives include white vinegar which can be used for toilet cleaning and baking soda for laundry cleaning.

2. Open your doors and windows and remove barriers

Opening of windows and doors will let in fresh air into your house while getting rid of pollutants. This creates a cool atmosphere and provides your home with clean air for breathing. Breathing of clean air will immensely benefit your lungs and promote good breathing to you and your family.

3. Lighten your household

Lighten your house and shed light in the dark places. Encourage maximum penetration of light into your house and also by use of artificial lighting to brighten up your household. Natural day light promotes good health to you and your pets. This will help you avoid the health problems and depression which may arise from living in poorly lit environments. It is also advisable to plant healthy flowers and plants in corners to make them lively.

4. Avoid using air fresheners and fragrance laundry products

Air fresheners and laundry products have chemical compounds which activate air pollution when used and thus are not environmentally friendly. Avoid using them and make use of eco-friendly products. Healthier garments and laundered items are free from smell. Air-dry your sheets after laundry too.

5. Use fabrics made from 100% certified organic cotton

100% ccertified organic cotton is far superior to polyester. Therefore use cotton products and clothing whenever possible. From basic clothing items to more unique products like Eco Lunch Gear's eco-friendly snack bags, cotton fabric is long-lasting and soft on skin. Try to use only 100% certified organic cotton products as most cotton is contaminated by the pesticides, fungicides and herbicides that they are exposed to during growth.

6. Avoid using colored towels and toilet papers

The brightly colored toilet papers and towels are composed of chemical dyes such as aniline. These chemical dyes are chemical toxins which are usually partially absorbed by your skin when they fade. Find better alternatives like eco-friendly reusable napkins and recycled toilet paper for use by your households. Use toilet paper which is not bleached using chlorine and is unscented. Use products with no dyes too.

7. Use recycled & reusable products

It is a kind choice to use household products made from recycled materials. These products are eco-friendly and will not harm the environment when produced, used or when disposed. Use recycled products helps in the conservation of the environment by reducing pollution and emission of the harmful greenhouse gases which are also harmful to the planet. Feng Shui principals, when applied to your home space will create a desired and eco-friendly atmosphere.

Do you have any Feng Shui tips to create a more clean, eco-friendly living environment? Please share your ideas in the comments below.

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Eco-Friendly Tile to Give Your Home a Natural Feel

At the dawn of the 21st century, green is no longer just a color, but a symbol of honor for those who consistently act to safeguard the future of our planet. Individuals who are aware of the plight of our environment continue to use materials, which are considered environmentally friendly.

In response to the worldwide advocacy to protect the environment, green tile came to light. "Green tile" is simply a way to label tile that's been created using a more eco-friendly and sustainable process. Some of these tile options also help give your room a more natural feel (such as bamboo and cork tile.)

If you're interested in such eco-friendly tile, below we highlight five of the most popular green tile flooring options.

Bamboo Tile Bloomington1. Bamboo Tile

Bamboo tiles are gaining quite a popularity and considered a popular alternative to wood. Although bamboo tiles share almost similar qualities with a hardwood in terms of durability and ease of maintenance, they actually come from a type of grass.

Compared to trees that can take as much as twenty years to mature, bamboo grows to maturity within three to five years. Moreover, the bamboo used for tiles are generally grown on a natural vegetation, making it a sustainable and eco-friendly tile material. Bamboo tiles are lightweight and are available in various colors, grains, and hues, allowing customization for any décor or setting.

2. Cork Tile

Although cork is relatively new, it has gained a large following in the flooring world because it is a great material that can last up to 30 years. Cork is a renewable source because it is harvested from the bark of the trees, commonly found in the Mediterranean forests.

Moreover, the bark grows back within three years, as the trees are not cut down. Just like wood, cork is durable for use in any part of the house. It also comes in various finishes to match any design style or color scheme. Cork tile have natural anti-microbial properties, effectively reducing allergens. Cork also has fire retardant properties and can also work as a natural insect repellent.

Glass Tile3. Glass Tile

Glass tile are fast becoming a brilliant tile option for the floors, kitchen walls, and bathroom. They are often translucent, luminous, colorful, and graphic, bringing new energy to the entire space. Glass is a renewable, eco-friendly tile material, which are recycled from wine bottles, beer bottles, and other industrial glass. Glass tiles are also easy to maintain, as they are stain resistant, non-absorbent, and do not develop mold or mildew even in damp environments.

As a great alternative to leeway ceramic tile, glass tile come in an attractive array of patterns, colors, and finishes, perfect for almost all types of design schemes. Glass tile also provides natural layers of light as they reflect light, rather than absorbing it.

4. Reclaimed Hardwood Tile

While hardwood is generally not considered an eco-friendly tile material, hardwood tiles can still be a green flooring option. Traditionally, hardwood floor materials were made of maple, ash, oak, cherry, and walnut. They can still be an option if you use wood tile made from reclaimed hardwood.

Reclaimed hardwood tiles are made from salvaged hardwood that were cut down and chopped many years ago. These tiles can look sublime when used in a beach cottage or in traditional-style home.

5. Linoleum Tile

For many years, people have interchanged the term vinyl and linoleum. In reality, vinyl is made of synthetic, chlorinated petrochemicals. On the other hand, linoleum is an eco-friendly tile option because it is created from a mixture of ground limestone, wood flour, cork dust, tree resins, linseed oil, and natural pigments.

Linoleum tiles are water resistant and fire retardant. Although the popularity of linoleum has eroded by the introduction of vinyl many years ago, it has reemerged in an array of vibrant colors and finishes, on the onset of high demand for environment-friendly floor tile.

Green solutions consider the very nature of the materials, the cleaning consideration, the installation application, and its ability to be recycled, reused, or integrated back into the environment, without affecting the sustainability of the environment. Thus, the emergence of the eco-friendly tile shops is probably one of the best innovations designed, for home and commercial spaces.

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