Paint it Green
To say that I spend a lot of time in my office would be an understatement. So, when it came time to paint said office, I certainly wanted to choose a paint that was not only friendly to the environment, but also odorless, easy on the pocketbook and, I admit, convenient.
The paint that I found that met those criteria was Sherwin Williams Harmony interior latex paint. Even though TreeHugger.com has this product on Greenwash Watch, I was very happy to know that it uses a no-VOC formula and can say from personal experience that the lack of odor is significant compared to regular paint.
So if you are looking to do some painting in the future, don’t forget that there are lots of options out there to choose from that won’t leave you, or the environment, with a headache.
Note: If you are interested to see how our home office turned out, you can see a photo of it here.
Earth Hour 2009
From the pyramids to Paris, people around the world are shutting off their lights for Earth Hour 2009. Do your part and switch off your lights on Saturday night from 8:30-9:30 pm. Learn more about the movement at EarthHour.org.
Afraid of the dark? Look for others doing the same in your city. In you are in Indy, hang out with the gang from Green Piece Indy at South Bend Chocolate Cafe. Check out their site for more details.
Depending on where you are located, you may be either planting or beginning to think about what to plant in your garden this year. For me, I admit that most of the things I grow in my our little vegetable garden provide instant gratification such as fresh tomatoes, green beans, peppers and basil. However, on a recent trip to my grandmother’s house (who still lives on the farm my mom grew up on) I got to eat some of delicious homemade pickles and was inspired to try to make my own this year.
When the time comes, I will get my grandmother’s recipe, but for those of you who can’t wait, I suggest checking out this great post on how to make your own pickles.
And until then, I was able to get some pickles from Farm Fresh Delivery that are grown in Indiana, Ohio or Michigan and then made here in Indiana. They are crisp and tasty and it’s nice to see the ingredient list only contains six things — all of which I recognize and can pronounce!
Celery Street Giveaway
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Last year, we mentioned Twist products for the first time and since then, they have become a regular part of our kitchen clean-up routine. Since then, Twist has come out with some new products that go beyond the kitchen, including the Bamboo Cloth shown in the photo above.
This cloth is made from 82% bamboo, 18% corn and is 100% bio-degradable — not that you’ll be tossing it anytime soon, considering it’s strong enough to be cleaned in the washing machine. Soft to the touch, the Bamboo Cloth is perfect for dusting and cleaning furniture. And as with all the Twist products, the packaging is as eco-friendly as what’s inside. So check out the Twist web site for locations and start “Twist”ing to add some green to your clean.