September 23, 2009

Let's Talk Alternative Fuel!

Ethanol- made from corn and sugarcane.
Biodiesel - made from soybeans.

Nice thought, but what about all the water, land, and food that will be destroyed? And how will we be able to feed our demand?

Hybrid technology - uses gas and electricity.

They get around 40 miles per gallon, but their battery system has high energy needs and causes pollution - some poisonous.

Electric cars - run on electricity.

If you are travelling a short distance, under a hundred miles, they are good because they will reduce the nasty tailpipe emissions. Then you have to find a place to charge it and wait an hour or more for it to charge. The pollution from the power plants is a concern, but not a bad option.

Hydrogen - made from natural gas.

It takes a lot of energy to produce hydrogen, and the emissions are carbon monoxide. Not Good.

There are others, but whatever you decide, investigate it thouroughly before you make a major purchase.

September 13, 2009

Green Products

Try to buy organic or all natural products.

September 9, 2009

Natural Furniture Polish

Everyone wants their furniture to look nice - especially when they are having company. There's nothing like a shiny, polished look, but are these polishes safe?

Conventional furniture polish can contain many nasty chemicals - always check the label. How about making your own?

1/4 cup white vinegar or lemon juice
1/4 tsp. jojoba or olive oil
a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Mix them all together and rub them onto your wood furniture.


September 5, 2009

Shower Curtains

Use natural shower curtains made of organic cotton or bamboo.