Go Green in the New Year! – Tips for Ways of Going Green

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A lot of us make New Year Resolutions each year, always having the best intentions.  Most have to do with personally bettering ourselves… becoming more fit, eating healthy, losing weight etc.  This year, in addition to personal well-being, why not consider doing something with a more global impact?  The catch phrase “Going Green” is everywhere these days and with good reason.  With 7 billion people on Earth, we need to start focusing on what we can do to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy a healthy, thriving planet.

In addition to simply trying to do the right thing, there are many ways to save money by being more environmentally conscience. The Worldwide Institute recently published a list of simple things you can do today to help reduce your environmental impact, save money, and live a happier, healthier life.

Recycle

  • There is little excuse these days.  Most local municipalities offer some type of pick-up or drop off service.
  • Check for specific items including plastics, paper, glass, aluminum at the minimum.
  • Keep electronics out of the trash as well, such as cell phones, computers and other E-waste.  These products contain mercury and other toxins which are a growing environmental danger. Donate them or find a recycling center.recycle-green

 

Eat and drink smarter

  • Buy local, organic meat, eggs, dairy and produce.  Visit your local farmers’ markets.
  • Eat “low” on the food chain so as to not deplete resources.  Seafood, for example, has become highly over fished leading to a dangerously low supply of certain species.
  • Don’t buy bottled water when there are so many water filtration alternatives that allow you to save money and reduce container waste. Visit Filtersfast.com for a variety of choices from filtered pitchers and water bottles, refrigerator water filters, faucet mount filters to whole house filtration systems.

Make your own cleaning supplies

  • By using a few simple sustainable ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and olive oil, to name a few, you can make your own non-toxic cleaning supplies.  There are recipes available online.
  • By making your own, you will reduce environmental pollution created by the manufacturing and disposal of chemically, mass produced cleaning supplies.

 

Save energy

  • Invest in a programmable thermostat.cfl-green-energy
  • Switch to CFL light bulbs.
  • Wash laundry in cold water (heating water uses 85% more energy).  Air dry clothes instead of using the dryer.
  • Unplug appliances when not using them or use a smart power strip. Appliances can drain energy even when turned off!

 

Save water

  • Take shorter showers and use a low-flow shower head.
  • Use a faucet aerator on each faucet.  This will keep pressure high while conserving heat and water.
  • Consider landscaping with drought tolerant plants – reducing amount of water needed.

 

Save gas

  • Enjoy the health benefits of walking or biking – this reduces cosno-car-signt of gas and parking
  • Telecommute if possible
  • Car-pool

 

Going Green in the New Year is a great way to help the environment. There are so many small things we can do that will have a positive impact. This time, when thinking about your New Year’s resolutions, consider not only bettering yourself personally, but also bettering the world we live in.  Cheers to a happy 2014!

Going Green By Recycling Water Filters for World Water Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is not the only reason why we’re celebrating “Going Green.” With Spring announcing its arrival next week and World Water Day falling on March 22, the call to action for being good stewards of our environment is more urgent than ever. If we don’t take care of our environment, our environment will definitely turn on us. We are paying homage to the value of going green as it relates to water. It comes as no surprise that the birthstone for March is an Aquamarine. This pale blue gemstone whose name originates from the Roman word “Aqua” meaning water and “Mare” meaning sea resembles the color of seawater.

For decades, we have grown familiar with the term “Going Green.” It is a ubiquitous statement that defines our worldwide ecosystem and the lives of humans and animal life everywhere. Around the world people, businesses and charities are making great strides by building communities to raise awareness about caring for and nurturing our neighbors and our planet.

As we prepare to celebrate World Water Day on March 22, Filters Fast would like to recognize some of our water filter vendors who have implemented impressive recycling programs for their products and going green initiatives.

Mavea offers a comprehensive recycling program where every part is broken down, cleaned and re-used. Nothing goes to the landfill. Return a minimum of 6 “Mavea” filters (only). They will pay the shipping costs. Simply request a pre-paid shipping label. https://www.mavea.com/mavea/mavea-recycling.html?L=0

Rainshow’r is now proud to partner with Active Recycling, an environmentally aware recycler, who understands our desire to limit our impact. For more information about their recycling program visit http://www.rainshowermfg.com/page6/page6.html.

Brita has a recycling campaign that recycles its carbon filters for the pitchers and faucet attachment models. For more information on recycling your Brita, filter visit http://www.brita.com/.

ZeroWater recycles their filters by separating each filter, then sending the plastic along with the materials inside to be sent to various facilities for reuse. Visit http://ww2.zerowater.com/recycling/ for more information.

Everpure water filtration products are recyclable and details on recycling locations can be found at www.everpure.com/ or  you can contact Everpure at (800) 323-7873.

Make sure you are only sending filters made by these companies to avoid being charged for additional shipping. Through recycling, we can significantly reduce the amount of waste that litters our landfills and save energy compared to creating new waste with new products. Everything we do or don’t do plays a vital role in the health and dynamics of planet Earth.