Rebecca's Monthly Green Tips

Green Tips for February 2013

Do you ever wonder what those numbers on your produce mean? 

  • A 4 digit number means it’s conventionally grown,
  • A 5 digit number beginning with 9 means it’s organic
  • A 5 digit number beginning with 8 means it’s genetically modified 

Thinking about updating or replacing your landscaping?  Use native water-wise plants - they require very little water or maintenance once established.

 

Save water and money too. Santa Clara County residents can receive up to $125 by when replacing an old, high water-use toilet (uses 3.5 gallons per flush or more) with a high-efficiency version (uses 1.28 gallons per flush or less). Pre-approval is required, go to www.valleywater.org or call 877-874-8479 for details.

 

Green Tips for January 2013

Is eating healthier on your list of New Year’s resolutions? You can eat better and support your local farmer and joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program to receive a weekly supply of seasonal, locally-grown veggies, fruits, & flowers. A few Bay Area options include:  Full Circle Farm, Hidden Villa Farm, and Live Earth Farm. To find out about CSAs and Farmers Markets in your area, go to www.localharvest.org.

Buy yourself a few new plants to spruce up your home for the New Year.  A two year study done by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of American showed that many common indoor plants can be used as sophisticated pollution-absorbing devices for your home or workplace. Great options include: Bamboo Palm, Chinese Evergreen, Chrysanthemum, Gerbera Daisy, Peace Lily, English Ivy, Dracaena Massangeana or Marginata, Corn Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.

Reuse those old toothbrushes.  First, throw them in the dishwasher to clean and then use them for spot-cleaning upholstery, those tight spaces around your kitchen faucet, the track of your sliding doors, your jewelry, electric shaver, vents & blinds, etc…

 

Green Tips for December 2012

Americans send 2 billion holiday cards per year.  For an eco-friendly choice send ones made from recycled paper.  Producing recycled paper reduces water pollution by 35%, air pollution by 74% and eliminates many toxic pollutants; it also uses up to 70% less energy!

If each of us wrapped just 3 of our holiday gifts in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields!  Now that’s a great use for those comic strips!!!

Buy yourself a programmable thermostat for Christmas.  The $100 gift will pay for itself in less than a year.  And, turn down that thermostat – for every 1 degree you will save approximately 3% in energy.  Maybe you’ll find a new sweater under the tree!

Happy Holidays Everyone!  Here’s wishing you and yours All THE BEST!!!