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Is The Water We Drink Pure?

What’s in The Water after Treatment?
In America, we enjoy one of the cleanest water drinking supplies in the world, supplied from our many water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Contrary to water’s pristine view, it can be contaminated by surrounding farms, manufacturers or urban areas. The water we use is passed through municipal water systems or private sources for purification for our human use. The quality of water is highly regulated and tested for contaminants, but some chemicals linger even after treatment.

Unregulated Chemicals
Many of the technological conveniences that we rely on to make our lives more comfortable contain various unregulated chemicals that end up in our water. We enjoy fragrances and artificial flavors that enrich our senses. Artificial coloring for looks and inexpensive plastic for its ease of use. All these products we use in our day to day lives are coated with and contain synthetic chemicals that are released in small amounts into our water systems. Neither large scale municipal water systems, septic systems, sewage treatment plants nor private water sources, such as wells or aquifers, remove all of these chemicals.

Researchers refer to these chemical compounds as either tentatively identified compounds (TICs) or pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs), many of which we wash down our drains daily. The list is endless, but includes antidepressants, caffeine, birth control pills, beauty products such as nail polish or deodorant and household cleaning products such as carpet cleaners and air fresheners.

High Levels Could Pose a Problem
Most contaminants found in water are probably not hazardous to our health but if they reach unsafe levels they can pose a threat. Studies have revealed that minute concentrations of chemicals are in many water supplies, some of which are not regulated because of the assumption that low levels pose no risks.

Although human health effects to these contaminants are unknown, many people agree on following a precautionary principle. If you have reasonable suspicions then take the necessary precautions to avoid any possible effects on the quality of your water. Solutions such as adding a filter system into your home are inexpensive and can further treat drinking water to remove most of these chemical compounds including things like chlorine.

Turn Your Whole Wash “Green”

Laundry is no one’s favorite chore, but there’s no reason to add injury to insult by polluting in the process. There are environmental considerations on Wash Day, including the energy used to wash, dry, and iron clothes, and the products used to make clothes come out whiter, brighter, and smelling like a sunny day in May. Here are some tips to consider:

 

  • Warm up to cooler water
    Using hot water for both washing and rinsing uses three and a half times more energy than washing in warm water and rinsing in cold.
  • Get efficient
    The newest, most-efficient washers use four times less energy than the least-efficient machines, and save up to $70 a year in energy costs.
  • Don’t overheat
    Lowering your water heater’s temperature to 120 will suffice for most household needs and cut energy costs.
  • Get loaded
    It takes less energy to do one big load than two smaller ones. But don’t overload the machine or nothing will get clean.
  • Go with the flow
    Check your dryer’s outside vent. Make sure it is clean and closes properly, or it could allow cold air into your house.
  • Hang it up
    Reduce the need for ironing by taking clothes out of the dryer slightly damp and hanging them up. That can save energy – including yours.

 

 

Using Natural Cleaning Products

Using Natural Cleaning Products

We had A Hazardous Materials Stockpile in Our Home
I’ve been cleaning house since I was 18 years old and on my own. I spent all of my twenties as a bachelor, and kept a nice house so I wouldn’t scare off my guests. All those years I bought household cleaners from the supermarket; the regular commercial stuff like ammonia-based window cleaner, drain cleaner, aerosol polish, detergents—you name it. It all worked pretty well. Then I got married, had kids, and started moving around the country. During our last move, I gathered all our household cleaners together; we had over twenty containers of chemical substances. That’s when the thought occurred to me that we had amassed a small hazardous material stockpile in our own home! And where did most of it all go when I used it? You guessed it; down the drain.

Out with the Old, In with the New
When we moved into our new home, I cleaned the place with our old poisons to get rid of them (I didn’t want to dump them in the trash) and replaced them with toxin-free cleaners like natural soaps, citrus-based surface cleaners, and soda-based laundry and dishwasher agents. So far, I’ve found all the earth-friendly products to work as well as, or better than the hazardous stuff. For me they’re more efficient, fun to use, and I’m not worried about it going down the drain or poisoning my family.

Keep Your Home, and the World Healthier
I believe if more people start using non-toxic cleaners in their homes, it will benefit the environment and keep us healthier. That’s why when greenfeet.com approached me to write reviews about the natural cleaners they carry, I jumped at the opportunity to share my experiences with these products. I’m here to answer your questions about cleaning naturally, and how products from greenfeet.com can help.

Air / Water Generators

At the Enviro Week show in St. Maarten, we met Bruno Therond and his water makers. He kept us hydrated all weekend with these awesome machines:

The Air/Water Generator (AWG) Technology condenses moisture in the air “water from the atmosphere” and purify it into a superior grade of purified, potable water. While the principle & technology is well known as a refrigerated dehumidifier the application to AWGs are fairly new and the water collected is purified and stored instead of being disposed off.
The key challenge is to keep the clean drinking water purified until consumption.
The water produced remain purified through an elaborate system using 5 stages of filtration including ultra violet light to ensure complete sterilization of all water born bacteria.
These environmentally friendly, low voltage, chemical free, 100% independent automatic water supply can provide from 24 to 5000 liters of water per day for drinking water and additional purposes & water needs, (irrigation, cisterns, animals, etc.)
There is no connection to any water supply what so ever, no bottles to be delivered, no pipes.
The purified water quality is free of chemicals, chlorine, chalk or any other preservative agents.
It is a dehumidifier.
It also recycles and cleans the air you breathe.

http://www.watermakercaribbean.com/

Make Your Personal Computing Carbon Neutral: 12 Easy Steps

What can you do to make a positive impact on the environment as you use your desktop or laptop computer? Dell implemented an aggressive global energy-efficiency campaign and increased purchases of green power, verified emission reductions and renewable energy certificates. You may not need to spend the amount of money that Dell did in their quest, but you can follow their example through the following twelve tips:

http://greenwebhostingcoupons.com/2008/make-your-personal-computing-carbon-neutral-12-easy-steps/

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