Los Angeles Needs To Recycle Its Recycle Bins

In an effort to encourage recycling , the city of angels has missed the mark….by a mile. Although, Los Angeles and its surrounding incorporated cities have given it homeowners a free recycling bin and weekly pick up, emptying and sorting couldn’t be more confusing.  The trash bins ( which are used for non biodegradable waste ) , are royal blue while the recyclables are to be dumped in a black canister.

While this may seem minute, i cant count the number of times i almost threw recyclables in the trash, simply because the trash bin is blue.

I realize that it may not have been cost effective in the initial stages of the program to replace all the bins to a different color. However the user mistakes have to be a problem that affects the programs integrity in the first place.

Los Angeles as a city, has a backlog of issues to deal with such as homelessness and potholes, but it would be nice if the programs instituted to encourage a greener L.A. were made fool proof so that they would actually work

Free E Waste Round Up Event

Don”t miss this opportunity to recycle your e waste for FREE!  This is the perfect opportunity to get rid of all your old electronics the green way and de clutter for the new year

Eligible items include

  • Televisions
  • Monitors
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Cell Phones
  • Ipods
  • Stereos
  • Gaming Consoles
  • DVD / VCR players
  • Printers
  • Fax Machines
  • Modems

Saturday Dec 19th 9am – 1p.m.

825 S. Sunset Ave, West Covina.  See you there!

Keep Your Clothesline Clothes Soft

When it comes to clothes-lining, there is nothing worse than putting on a t-shirt as stiff as cardboard, or a pair of jeans that’s so hard they can stand up on their own.  This is actually one of the biggest inconveniences of line drying your clothes, however it can be easily fixed.  Vinegar is a product that can be used in a variety of ways to green cleaning enthusiasts like myself.  It also serves as a great fabric softener in your laundry room.

Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to your laundry at the beginning of your rinse cycle

or

Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to your HE washers fabric softener dispenser

The vinegar removes all the alkaline left behind from laundry detergent, which is what makes the clothes hard while drying.  It also helps to hang the clothes out of direct sunlight since over exposure to sun can also cause hardness.

Hopefully this will help you make your green lifestyle a little more comfortable.  Please feel free to share you green cleaning and green laundry tips with us!

The Green Way To Remove Gum From Hardwood Floors

The problem with gum is that is sticks to everything from clothing to hair and can be a real pain to remove without damaging its sticky partner.   The floor seems to be one of the places it can be found the most and with households increasingly being upgraded to hardwood flooring, we decided to share our little tip for removing gum from your hardwood floors…the green way.

Its actually really simple.  All you have to do is get a piece of ice or an ice pack and rub it on the affected area for  a few minutes.  The ice allows the gum to harden and loosen from the flooring.  You can then use the peel of an orange or lemon to remove any excess residue left behind.  We tried this technique at a friends house and it definitely worked as shown in our image.

There you have it, you saved your floor, some cash, and your indoor air quality by not using any chemicals!  Please share any other green tips with us that you may have!

Laundry Stain Remover Removes More

One of my favorite parts of green living is finding multiple uses for a household item. It saves time, money, and space for other useful green cleaning products. Well your laundry pre-treater can be used in other places besides the laundry room. It is great at removing adhesive left behind from tape on solid surfaces. Know of any other uses for laundry pre-treat? Let us know in comments

Green Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Whether you’re shopping for a traditional gift for Dad that’s sustainable, or a unique green Father’s Day gift, your sure to find an idea or two with our green Fathers Day gift guide.

This hammock is durable and weatherproof because it’s made from recycled soda bottles. This hammock is also “as soft and comfortable as cotton.” This eco-friendly choice will keep Dad snoozing all weekend long for years to come. Goes great with organic beer. ($139 at gaiam.com)

Handcrafted by David and Christopher Steinrueck out of redwood beams reclaimed from salvage yards in the San Francisco area, this mix-and-match crate is bound to become Dad’s best drinking buddy. Smooth, stained wood slats hug craft beers and sodas snuggly keeping clinks to a minimum and giving your favorite fizzes a cheer-worthy mode of transportation and presentation. Handmade in San Francisco, California. ($35.00 at UncommonGoods.com)

For the meat-loving grill-master dad, try these grassfed  Cut Sirloin Steaks .  These grass fed Center Cut Sirloin Steaks are grass fed and grass finished.
Portion size: 14 oz Portion quantity: 2 Steaks ($38.00 at SimplyFineGourmet.com)
Dad is sure to become a sun worshipper once he sees how it keeps this dynamic modern solar powered timepiece alive and ticking. ($45.00 at Sears.com)
Please share any of your green Dad’s day gift ideas with us in comments.


Free E-Waste Recycling Event

Recycle Your Old Televisions, Monitors, Cell Phones and more at the Free E-Waste Recycling event Saturday Jan, 28th, from 8 a.m. to 2p.m. at St. Philip the Apostle School.  1363 Cordova St, Pasadena, CA  91104.

Here is your chance to do your part in protecting our planet…and the best part…It’s FREE!!!!

10 Quick Tips for Green Cleaning

1) Use cleaning products made from safe natural and not-toxic ingredients to prevent exposure to the hazardous synthetic chemicals conventional cleaners often contain.  You can now easily find green cleaning products in the household isle of your local grocer or convenient store.  Popular brands include Seventh Generation, Ecover, Mrs. Meyers, & Method brand cleaners.

2) Dust with a damp cloth to ensure that household dust, which can collect toxins, is removed from surfaces and not stirred back into the air.  A micro-fiber cloth works best and because of it’s technology, you don’t have use as much cleaning solution to get the job done.

3) Open windows and doors occasionally (even in winter!) to rinse out any air pollutants that have accumulated inside.

4) Don’t use aerosol products. They fill your home with microscopic droplets of whatever is being sprayed. These droplets remain suspended in the air for hours and are easily inhaled.

5) Avoid room deodorizers or other air “freshening” products, which are frequently made from unhealthy chemicals.

6) Don’t use any pesticide products in your home, your yard or garden, or on your pets. Instead, supplement a preventative strategy with natural pest control methods.

7) If you decide to use them, keep conventional cleaners and other chemical products out of your children’s rooms.

8) Use chlorine-free dishwasher detergent. The chlorine in conventional detergents is easily vaporized by hot dishwasher water and then released into your home’s air.

9) Ask guests to remove their shoes when entering your home. That way, they won’t track in pollutants.

10) Buy a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. These special filters trap unhealthy dust and allergens.

These fast and easy tips will help you clean your home the green way without costing you and extra money.  Please share with us any quick green cleaning tips you may have with our community

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