Vote Green in the 2010 Elections!

In the spirit of politics, I’m going to allow myself to get very honest today…

I must admit – writing this post felt like pulling teeth for me – mainly because I’ve never really taken much of an interest in politics. However, when it comes to caring for our environment, I’m always interested, and our political leaders should be too.

Every year, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) publishes a National Environmental Scorecard to help voters be more informed about the stance of political candidates on certain key environmental issues, including:

Climate Change & Clean Energy
Public Lands Protection
Environmental Funding
Greening Schools
Clean Water Funding
Budget
Offshore Drilling
Water Resources
Chemical Security
Land and Water Conservation

The LCV has taken the time to map out the voting records of each Congressional candidate for each environmental issue since 1970. As one writer recently pointed out, and as many jaded Americans may already know, merely judging a politician by his words is not enough. Actions speak louder than words, and some of this year’s candidates have been “blowing green smoke” for quite some time. The LCV website has an online archive of every National Environmental Scorecard published, leaving voters with no excuse when it comes to knowing which candidates truly care about the environment. Take a look at the voting record of the representatives in your state, before you vote on November 2, and make sure to vote green this year!

Filter Tap Water to Avoid Cancer Risks From Drinking Water

Tap Water Faucet Filter

The President Cancer’s Panel urges you to filter your home’s water. This PUR Faucet Filter is a Consumer Report’s Best Buy.

In a recent article on MSNBC’s site entitled “13 Everyday Ways to Avoid Cancer,” Richard Laliberte provides a dozen and one ways to decrease your chances of getting cancer. He begins the article with some great advice:

1. Filter your tap water
“You’ll reduce your exposure to known or suspected carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals. A new report from the President’s Cancer Panel on how to reduce exposure to carcinogens suggests that home-filtered tap water is a safer bet than bottled water, whose quality often is not higher—and in some cases is worse—than that of municipal sources, according to a study by the Environmental Working Group. (Consumer Reports’ top picks for faucet-mounted filters: Culligan, Pur Vertical, and the Brita OPFF-100.) Store water in stainless steel or glass to avoid chemical contaminants such as BPA that can leach from plastic bottles.”

We wrote about the President’s Cancer Panel‘s report back in May. The 240-page report listed several different contaminants, and explained how they could enter not only our water, but also our air and soil as well. As Laliberte points out, the Cancer Panel recommends that you filter your tap water at home with a faucet water filter. The use of reusable water bottles to carry this water with you, such as the Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle, is also advised.

We carry the three faucet filters recommended by Consumer Reports that Laliberte mentions in the MSNBC article. The Culligan FM-15A Faucet Filter and PUR FM-3700 Faucet Filter were named best buys by Consumer Reports. The Brita OPFF-100 (also known as the Brita On Tap Faucet Filter) is also one of our more popular faucet water filters.

Most tap faucet filters install with little to no tools. Installing a water faucet filter is one of the easiest ways to filter your home’s drinking water. Be sure to read the rest of the article for a dozen more ways to avoid cancer!

“Be Green For Halloween” Eco-Friendly Costume Contest

Since we didn’t get much response from our Facebook fans about hosting an “eco-conscious” Halloween costume contest this year, we thought you might need some inspiration. We’ve scoured the web for some common eco-themed costume ideas and listed our top picks below. However, we’d still like to extend the opportunity for you to submit your green-themed costume idea for the chance to win your very own orange Vapur anti-bottle. If you haven’t been a winner in one of our previous weekly Facebook giveaways, this might be your golden opportunity! Just submit a photo of yourself, wearing your “green-themed” Halloween costume, along with a brief description, to selwa@filtersfast.com by Nov. 4 for your chance to win. We’ll post all pictures in a photo album on our page. If you’re having trouble coming up with an idea, this list should help get your creative juices flowing…

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb

Wear all white and wrap a dozen or so inflated white balloons around your body from your chest to your hips in a “spiral” fashion, and voila! You’re an eco-friendly light bulb.

Mother Earth Overheating

Dress up as Mother Nature for Halloween and add some red face paint to give you that “heated” look. For an extra touch, carry a toy thermometer and a spray bottle full of water to spread the message that Mother Earth is overheated.

A Hobo

This one’s not so green-themed, but it is eco-friendly, because you won’t have to go out and spend money on another Halloween costume. Rather, you can look to your own closet for inspiration. That old box of worn-out clothes that was gonna go to Goodwill? Don’t throw it out just yet… wait ’til Nov. 1.

A Tree

Wear brown leggings and a green shirt. Collect fallen leaves from outside and attach them to your shirt. Now you’re a tree. Alternatively, you could be a…

Treehugger, instead.

Dress like a hippie, make your own tree prop from cardboard or paper mache, and walk around hugging that tree all night long.

The Pacific Garbage Patch

This one’s easy. Dress in all blue. Then use tape to secure plastic bottles, plastic bags, milk jugs, used beer bottles, and all types of other trash items to your body. The more you tape on, the bigger you’ll get, and since the Pacific Garbage Patch is about the size of Texas, that’s really the point.

Greenwashed (or Green Man)

Wear all green. Paint your face green. Paint your body green. Or if you’re a fan of the FX TV series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, buy a Green Man costume and kill two birds with one stone. (Not literally – as that wouldn’t be very earth-friendly…) Green Man makes several appearances in the TV show, so don’t feel lame about wearing your costume again for several years to come, if you really want to be green.

Al Gore

Simple and classic. Wear a dark suit and don’t forget your prop – “An Inconvenient Truth,” under your right arm. It’s bound to start some interesting conversation.

Captain Planet

This one’s another classic. You can buy the already-made, ready-to-wear costume, or you can be really eco-friendly and make your own.

Willie Nelson

Get yourself a long grey wig and braid it into 2 long pigtail braids, if you’d like. Top it off with a bandanna, a cowboy hat and a fake grey beard, and you’re done… almost. Don’t forget the acoustic guitar. Write a country song about biofuels, and you’ll really impress your friends.

That’s all we have for now. Submit your ideas, and we’ll choose a winner next week. Good luck and Happy Halloween!