Published June 18th, 2014 by

As a environmental lawyer, I’ve often pondered how much other lawyers make.

I mean, here I am, trying to save the earth. But does doing good actually do good for you bank account?

The field of law is competitive, and not to mention, diverse. The earnings of lawyers in this field highly depend on their skill, practice, as well as their specialization. This article highlights the 7 different types of lawyers in the field and how much they make as a living.

  1. Family Lawyer

A family lawyer is often hired to represent legal formalities on family matters such as adoption, divorce, child custody, support and others. The salary range of a family lawyer depends on education, experience, reputation, qualification as well as territory. Thus the range stays between USD 48,000 – 118,000 every year. This is not yet including bonuses and sharing.

  1. Bankruptcy Lawyer

The entire process of filing and declaring bankruptcy may turn out to be complicated if there is no need from a lawyer. In order to process all formalities, a bankruptcy lawyer can help you out. A bankruptcy lawyer earns around USD 58,000 – 105,000 every year. Again, the salary also depends on different factors.

  1. Environmental Lawyer

An environmental lawyer deals with cases in which human activities have caused unlawful and detrimental impact on the environment. Most of the time, an environmental lawyer deals with companies that pollute their surroundings. The average salary range is USD 92,000 – 136,000 every year.

  1. Corporate Lawyer

The corporate world is a complicated world. It is ruled by many different codes, customs, laws and regulations. A corporate lawyer typically works for a company, helping them in getting all formalities completed, and helping them save millions in return. The annual salary of a corporate lawyer ranges from USD 49,000 – 287,000 depending on different factors, such as territory.

  1. Life Insurance Lawyer

The services offered by a life insurance lawyer are often needed in order to execute formalities revolving around life insurance concerns. At the same time, they make sure that payments are duly received from the insurance company. The salary range varies depending on various reasons, such as state and location, but ranges in between USD 49,000 – 157,000 every year.

  1. Criminal Lawyer

Criminal lawyers are the ones hired to deal with criminal cases. Usually, they serve for the defense of the accused individual. The crimes also vary, which imposes variation on the salary range as well. Criminal defense lawyers typically earn between USD 39,000 – 140,000, depending on the case, as well as the people involved. Again, this figure does not include extra income.

  1. Tax Lawyer

A tax lawyer definitely needs to be good in order to deal with individuals and companies, assisting them in filing their tax returns, as well as other formalities. These lawyers may earn between USD 57,000 – 211,000, depending on factors such as territory, state, as well as profit sharing and bonuses.

Indeed, there are lots of topics to practice in law. Therefore, if you need an attorney to assist you with something, it is very important to start with identifying which type of attorney you need to hire.

Published June 13th, 2014 by

Camping is a very exciting activity. Some people, especially those who are busy all year round even have to schedule a camping trip beforehand in order to make sure that things will fall into place. Imagine your frustration when, upon reaching your destination, you suddenly remember that you have forgotten a very important item for the trip.

In order to free yourself from worries and frustration, here is a check list for camping that you can use. Notice that these items are very obvious, but are among the things that are often forgotten during a camping trip.

  1. Batteries

It is very important to bring batteries of different sizes, depending on the gadgets and devices that you bring along with you. After all, you’ll never know when you might need them.

  1. Duct Tape

True, you may never know when you will need it, but a duct tape can work its magic. It has the capability to repair rips in vinyl, canvas, plastic, and can even hold together cables and wires. Aside from its common uses, it also has hundreds more. It can be very useful for an outdoor adventure.

  1. Ice

Unless you have with you your refrigerator as well as other kitchen items, ice is considered as a luxury. It is very useful in storing items that need to stay cold, like milk, food, and medicines. Ice can also prove to be helpful for emergency reasons.

  1. Plastic Tablecloth

As an alternative to a picnic table, you can simply bring along with you a plastic tablecloth if you are planning to serve and enjoy a meal wherever your destination will be. You may easily see a table anywhere, but a plastic tablecloth can assure you that you will enjoy a dirt free meal on your next camping trip.

  1. Hammer/Hatchet

If you have been into camping for a long period of time, you may have already realized the importance of these tools. If you are a newbie in camping, you will soon find out that it is important when you need to split wood, or to pound stakes for your tent. If you also need to build something in the woods, you will find it necessary to use a hammer or a hatchet.

  1. Chargers

While some camping sites may have some form of electricity sources, some may not, especially if you want to go to the most primitive camping sites. Aside from batteries, chargers are the next most important things when you are dealing with gadgets and devices.

  1. Wood

It may not be obvious that you need it, but if you are planning to roast or grill without having to find wood along the way, bringing your own wood would be the more convenient option.

Again, these items are pretty obvious, and it may seem that you will not be able to go out for your trip without them visibly seen in your bag. Still, there is nothing wrong with being prepared overmuch. After all, your next camping trip may be a rare opportunity for you to bond with your loved ones.

Published June 13th, 2014 by

As an environmental lawyer, it comes as natural for me to care about the environment, and all the living things in it. While it may seem as passion on my part to advocate concern towards the environment, I also find practical benefits in doing so. As a result, I decide to forego all the technicalities and will simply talk about how to achieve a green and sustainable living, as well as everything that you need to know about it.

What is Sustainable Living?

Sustainable living is considered as a lifestyle choice which is currently becoming more popular these days. An individual, or a group, that creates a certain environment which is entirely self supporting is said to achieve a sustainable living as their way of life. This actually means that they do not really need to depend on other people in order to maintain and survive.

A certain aspect in sustainable living that is considered essential is sustainable design. This concept is created in a way that removes the negative impact on the environment. This is addressed through the use of skilful design. In order for this to be achieved successfully, utilization of non renewable resources is required. At the same time, there is a need to develop a rather harmonious union with the ecosystem, as well as with other people in order to avoid the unfavorable effects later on.

Green and Sustainable Living

The humankind is faced with a mutual mission, that is, to save the Earth. With a collective strategy and measures, it is possible to do so. There are many ways in going green, and eventually restoring the therapeutic capability of our planet. Some of the easiest, yet notable ways of practicing a green and sustainable living includes recycling of household materials, avoiding the pile up of trashes, as well as creating compost for vegetables and leftovers. This may also include conservation of water.

Another way to support this advocacy is by purchasing green products. This is, by far, one of the most effective alternative methods in sustaining a green living. This can be achieved by using sustainable products, which comes from plants or animal fur, recycled products, recyclable products, as well as organic products.

These products are proven to help our planet get its life back. Of course, the strategies to be implemented are not only confined to the use of these products. There are several other measures that can be implemented in going green and eventually restoring the beauty of our planet. Before thinking of a bigger change, take a small leap and you are assured that everything else will follow. While you may not be aware on how to start doing so, implementing simple things such as making sure that you are conserving water is already a good start in your endeavor. Educate yourself and find ways to promote sustainable living to other people. In this way, you are also sharing knowledge to other people. Word of mouth is a good way to spread the news.

Published July 23rd, 2014 by

The planet is in dire need of saving and going digital when it comes to keeping health records or photos. The environment needs caring for in order to minimize pollution and promote natural and healthy surroundings.

Clean and natural surroundings will result to less infections and also enable the animals that depend on a natural and pollution-free environment to survive. One way that has majorly contributed to a better environment is the use of digital health records in medical institutions and the use of digital photos by majority of people.

Millions of Trees Are Saved

Digital recording eliminates the need for cutting down trees which are used to make paper where the records and the photos are printed on. Millions of trees are saved from being cut down, something that will result to the preservation of animal habitats and water towers that supply the rivers with clean water. It has also helped to streamline the world of healthcare. Medical billers for example, are now much more efficient at processing claims… and their rising incomes prove it!

Less Pollution

A lot of harmful fumes emitted during the manufacture of the paper will be avoided. This will protect the ozone layer and the air around will remain safe and clean for people to breathe in. There will be fewer cases of people getting sick because of breathing contaminated air. Because the trees will be in plenty and the paper industry will not be in operation, the environment will no doubt be a better place to live for both people and animals.

Less Exposure To Pollution Effects

With digital health records it will now be easier for doctors to file online prescriptions without having the patients come to their offices or the drugstores. There would definitely be less driving by patients to the doctors, something that will significantly reduce the fumes emitted from vehicles that pollute the environment and affect anyone in the vicinity. There is also a significant reduction in the use of those harmful chemicals such as silver nitrate or hydroquinone thanks to the digitalization of X-rays and the various types of scan available.

The environment is also safe from the fumes that would have been emitted during the manufacture of the paint used to print out the records and photos. With the environment safe from the pollution factors, it will definitely remain pollution-free and natural for a long time. This has really been a blessing to me in terms of outdoor activities. My trail cameras of today are 100% digital and do not harm the environment I strive to find out more about!

Less Waste

Millions of wrongly printed papers are usually destroyed by burning and then creation of others continues. The same thing applies when it comes to records that are no longer needed. Millions of papers are disposed daily because they aren’t needed anymore, something that causes a lot of wastage of the resources that were used to manufacture them in the first place. When burnt, fumes are also released in the air and they cause a lot of pollution and discomfort to the environment-conscious people.

The benefits of digitalizing health records are many and greatly outweigh the only drawback that digital critics say, that more energy is used to access the digital records through the computers. This is not true because more energy is used during the manufacture of the papers and more trees are cut down because of that. Digitalizing health records and photos is one of the best ways that modern medical institutions have used to promote a healthy environment for everyone.

Published July 23rd, 2014 by

Everyone these days knows the importance of making an attempt to ‘go green’, or at least to do their part in some way to help conserve resources that are being depleted at a rapid rate. Figuring out just how best to do that can be hard though, especially for those who don’t wish to disrupt their lifestyles too much or spend too much extra money. There is one way that everyone – even businesses – can become more environmentally conscious and help conserve precious natural resources; by becoming as ‘digital’ as possible.

The revolution is well underway though, as more and more things that once had a physical presence have become digitally based. And it is working. Trees are being saved by a reduction in the amount of paper and cardboard used, landfills are emptier and thousands of on road miles, and the use of emissions spewing vehicles are being cut. How? Here are just a few examples.

The E Reader Evolution

About a decade ago it was hard to imagine a world without physical books and yet with every passing month that reality is getting closer. In addition to e reader tablet devices like the wildly successful Amazon Kindle any number of computer and smartphone apps have made it possible for people to carry entire libraries of books around with them and even schools and colleges are finally giving in to the idea of classrooms without physical books.

Although for some businesses this decline in traditional book sales has had a negative impact the positive impact on the environment has been great, as has an increase in the number of people actually taking the time to read, simply because doing so is so much easier and cheaper.

A Paperless Business World

Almost everywhere you go today you are given the opportunity to conduct your business digitally and people make that leap in droves every day. For example, when was the last time you wrote a check? Chances are it was a long time ago, as almost every bill the average person receives can be paid online, whether they use their credit or debit account or take advantage of online banking.

Remember all of those patient files you used to see tucked away in cabinets at your doctor’s office? Those are all gone too now, as medical records have all been digitized, which not only saves on a great deal of paper but also makes it far easier and more efficient for medical professionals to treat their patients. And walk into any office and for the most part that annoying screechy fax machine sound is gone too, as sending an email is so much faster and far more efficient.

Online Everything

The Internet has changed a great many things, including the way we spend our leisure time. The days of the record, the cassette tape and even the CD are numbered as most people prefer the convenience of digital music. The same is true of DVDs. Why drive to a store when services like Netflix put thousands of movies at your fingertips, meaning that you do not even have to leave your couch to catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters?

Digitization has even affected the way we game. Not simply because of gaming consoles and online video games but because casinos, betting shops and even bingo halls have all gone online. Gone are the days when you had to save up for a trip to a fancy resort casino to enjoy a game of high stakes roulette, you can now do so in the comfort of your own living room. There is no more taking a bus to the bingo hall either, as online bingo is available, in many different forms, almost 24/7.

Published July 21st, 2014 by

For anyone working in construction or a manufacturing, or any other field where protection of a higher level is needed, steel toe boots are a must. In most of the cases the company that you are working for, or its insurance agency, requires you to wear some kind of footwear that contains re-enforced toe areas in order to protect you from injury. In some other cases, there is no official requirement for wearing these boots. Nevertheless sometimes it would be best if you wore shoes with steel toes in order to reap the benefits of the protection these kinds of shoes provide.

There is another case that requires protective footwear. Say you work in the sales department and your work needs you to go to places where re-enforced footwear is a necessity. The following article will let you know how you can choose the best steel toe work boots for any circumstance or situation.

First of all, before purchasing a pair of steel toe work boots, make sure that they are certified by the American Society for testing and Materials (ASTM). The boots should have a clear label of ASTM certification. This label can either be stitched onto the shoes or stamped in a visible place. The ASTM standards are voluntary and thus, cannot be enforced, however, several manufacturers have adopted these standards.

The relevant standards in America for men’s work boots are ASTM F2412-05 and ASTM 2413-05. It is also imperative that your steel toes shoes fit you in an appropriate manner. When you are buying these shoes consider the fitting of the protective caps. There are several shapes, sizes and styles of the protective caps available. Your task is to choose one that fits you best.

You may also shop online for the best steel toe work boots. However, you must be able to contact the manufacturer in order to discuss with them the fit of a specific boot. The online retailer should be of high repute and must have a toll free number that you can call. It is much better if there are ways of communicating directly with the manufacturer like live chat and an expert section on their website.

Before finalizing the deal, make sure that the boots that you are purchasing satisfy the requirements of your employer. Does the organization simply want you to wear steel toe boots or do you also need to wear heat resistant soles? It is your job to ensure that your boots fit all the requirements. Moreover, the boots should be very comfortable to wear.

You must choose the highest quality of steel toe boots in order to get maximum protection from them. Just imagine how much damage can be caused to your feet in the case of an accident. Also think about how much this kind of injury can affect your ability to work in future. Think of the cost of these boots as a kind of worthwhile long-term investment.

The material of the steel toe shoes is also very important. You will find shoes that have been manufactured from recycled material such as old tires for soles, PET (Polyethlene Terephthalate, what clear plastic water/soda bottles are made of) for laces and of course steel for the toes. Other materials include, canvas, rubber and Gore-tex (a synthetic waterproof fabric). However, the best steel toe shoes are made of leather since it has the ability to mold to your feet in a very short time.

Published July 10th, 2014 by

We never really considered home appliances as forerunners in the drive for environmentalism. In fact, we never even thought that one day we would resort to making energy-efficient and eco-friendly appliances because the old ones were now affecting our environment, so to speak. The Energy Star Rating on our household gadgets has been a great help to proponents of eco-friendliness and has inspired others to follow in the same footsteps. However, these devices don’t have anything against those gadgets that were green and eco-friendly to begin with. An eco-friendly water heater may not be able to compete against a water heater that was designed to help save the environment.

What are these amazing eco-friendly appliances?

Xeros washing machine

The Xeros Washing Machine is a prototype but this washes promises to clean clothes with just one cup of water and using thousands of nylon beads to absorb dirt and stains. It boasts of a carbon footprint that’s 40% less than most of the eco-friendly washing machines today. From the get go, Xeros will only be available commercially but it will be available for home use afterwards.

Equator 375 Refrigerator

This is an amazing refrigerator/freezer because it only uses $50 of electricity per year. It’s also very quiet because of its sealed components. The only downside to this refrigerator is that you have to manually defrost this. Compared to your average Frigidaire, this baby measures at 6ft 2 inches.

Aeromatic oven

We’ve seen this alien-looking oven before and while it may not be able to cook dinner for four as quickly as a stove can, its high-efficiency allows it to grill, broil, fry, toast, steam, and even roast smaller mills in minutes. It’s like putting your food in a microwave because you’ll be done in minutes, but it uses 80% less energy.

Bosch Evolution 800 Plus

Dishwashers are known to be very wasteful and greedy of energy and water, but this one, the Bosch Evolution, is proven to be 160% more efficient than other traditional models, equipped with two eco-friendly modes and the capacity to hold 15 dishes at once. But this kind of efficiency comes with a price, literally. The Bosch Evolution comes with a price tag of $1650.

AO Smith Vertex 100

The AO Smith Vertex is the new forerunner in the tank water heater setup. If you want to own your first water heater, you can’t go wrong with the Vertex 100. The Vertex 100 is proud of its 90-efficiency rating, which is better than anything else on the market. This equates to up to 30% of savings on your utility bills.

Tankless Hot Water Heater

The Tankless Hot Water Heater is the revolution of old-fashioned water heaters. These tankless systems can help you lower your costs and help you save time on hot water delivery. You will be shelling out a lot of money upfront and it will be a while before you can earn back what you spend on this water heater. I can tell you that this water heater is very worth it.

Published July 8th, 2014 by

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Consumers nowadays are searching for vehicles that are more fuel efficient in order for them to save money. They want to gas up without having to sacrifice the amenities they want. Fortunately, automakers are attuned to the needs of their customers and have taken the necessary steps to manufacture vehicles that meet their changing demands.

SUVs or Sport Utility Vehicles are one of the types that are increasing in demand. SUVs are designed with the traction from the AWD All-wheel Drive or the 4WD four-wheel drive system in combination with nice approach angles, departure angles and round clearance. This means that these vehicle makes are able to go to light off-roads. SUVs are tougher than the common passenger cars; it has higher hip/H point for easier egress and entry, elevated driving position and easier access for loading and unloading.

If you’re thinking of making the switch from a regular car to an SUV, here are a few models, which might be worth looking into. They have different features and styles and will benefit families or individuals looking for a smoother and more eco-friendly ride.

  • Renault Kangoo. This is leisure activity type vehicles as well as a light commercial vehicles. It comes with a front engine and is front wheel drive. It is manufactured by Renault. It comes as express, maxi and compact model.
  • Holden Captiva 5 and 7. Holden is an Australian car manufacturer. The Captiva series of Holden SUVs comes with six- and seven-seaters for Captiva 5 and Captiva 7, respectively. It comes with a heated front seat; front and rear park assist, electric park brake, car-like handling and both are designed for versatility and space.
  • Mitsubishi Outlander. This SUV from Mitsubishi comes with all wheel control, six speed automatic transmission, paddle shifters and two fuel-efficient engines called MIVEC. It comes as seven-seater SUV and has automatic climate control inside, power remote tailgate and one touch start/stop engine switch.
  • Lexus CT200h. For those wanting to go for a luxury ride, this is the vehicle to get. This luxury hybrid vehicle comes with 43-mpg combine rating, improved handling, driver centric cockpit, sporty look, sustainable and versatile.

Choosing a green SUV is being smart – you can save money on gas and help the environment as well. It helps to contribute to helping nature get back on its feet by lessening our own fuel consumption and choosing a vehicle that leaves a smaller carbon footprint. Find out more about SUV’s by visiting this website, suvscout.com.

Published July 2nd, 2014 by

Green living through an eco-friendly lifestyle is becoming not only more popular, but also more necessary. Everyone has heard of the problems the world will face if people do not stop destroying the environment for energy and materials. With this worrisome climate change occurring at a faster rate than ever, it is important to be aware of environmentally friendly options that can be integrated into daily life. We’re not talking about green living like smoking your marijuana. Green technology is a growing field dedicated to developing renewable energy and products. Countless scientists, researchers, and students work around the clock to design more efficient ways to harvest renewable energy for everyday life. Here are a few new technologies that make green living easy.

One of the more pressing issues in the climate debate has been energy sources. Developing environmentally friendly and cost-effective renewable energy for green living has been challenging. Solar energy is one of the more exciting technologies. There is an endless supply of sunlight that, if harvested correctly, can produce a lot of energy. The problem has been creating solar cells with a high efficiency, or high energy production. Up until now, most solar cells have been only around ten to twenty percent efficient. Recently, however, researchers at the University of Utah have made great progress on this front. They have designed a very cheap optical element, made of a thin layer of plastic or glass, that concentrates sunlight and can increase solar cell efficiency to almost fifty percent, an incredible number. This new technology can be adapted into offices, buildings, and homes to produce electricity, making green living effortless.

Another exciting new green technology has come from Altaeros Energies. The company has developed a high-altitude wind turbine that will float at 1,000 feet above Alaska. This turbine, called Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT), will have access to consistent, powerful winds found at high altitudes, generating a dependable source of energy. While still too expensive for most people to adopt into their green living plans, the new technology will find a home in military bases, mines, and disaster zones.

Windmills are an older form of green technology, but interest in them has only recently begun to skyrocket. In 1995, there were 54 wind farms, but by 2012, there were over 45,000 wind turbines across the country, paving the way for more people to practice green living. Windmills are an incredibly efficient source of green energy; just a single three megawatt transmitter can power the average home for a year after only a few hours in the wind. Recent design changes such as more precise measurements and fiberglass blades increase the energy output, and their cost is starting to become more reasonable. It is now not uncommon to see windmills near homes, farms, schools, and office complexes, providing their electricity and energy.

There are so many options for people looking to practice green living. New developments in renewable energy offer eco-friendly alternatives to previous sources that wreck havoc on the environment. Green living is becoming easier to accomplish thanks to rapid advancements in technology in the past few years.

Published June 27th, 2014 by

rechargeable  batteryRechargeable batteries are batteries which can be recharged and used many times. Most of the folks choose to use it as it saves cash and reduces waste.

This non disposable battery was used in automobiles. Now it’s used in mobile phones, notebooks, video cameras, MP3 players and power tools.

Rechargeable batteries can be found in different types like the ion Lithium polymer cells, lithium ion and the cadmium Nickel cells, Nickel metal hydride cells. The cadmium nickel battery has less storage electricity so the nickel metallic hydride cells in long run slowly replaced it.

The two much efficient kinds of non disposable batteries comprise the Ion Lithium polymer batteries and also the Lithium Ion. It’s usually used in notebooks as it’s understood to be economic and efficient. It tends to continues for a longer duration of time.

Edges of Rechargeable Batteries

In comparison with the average disposable battery, the rechargeable batteries are ingrained with several valuable qualities. Some of the advantages that are most significant are as follows.

Cost effective: Although the non disposable batteries are higher priced than the ones that are disposable, it continues for a longer duration of time as it can be recharged many times. Thus, it is regarded as efficient and cost effective.

Environment friendly: It’s additionally regarded as eco friendly as it reduces total waste. Disposable cells are lost after use which will cause environmental pollution. Nondisposable battery could be recharged and also used innumerable times.

Varieties: In the earlier days, rechargeable batteries were made in limited sizes there are enormous varieties of non disposable batteries made by some of the leading firms around the world. It may be utilized in various kinds of electronic devices including cellular phones, notebooks, lamps, torches and calculators.
Now most of the electronic devices is utilized by it as it’s efficient and long-lasting.

Recyclable: Most of the cells that are nondisposable are recyclable. It thus helps to reduce pollution to an excellent extent. In addition, it reduces the negative effect on the environment.

Increased Use: When compared with the disposable battery, it can be used more than 500 times. Some of the most recent products can be recharged and reused more than 1000 times.

Incredibly strong: Modern technologies have facilitated the creation of strong battery cells that can be recharged and reused efficiently. Most of the electricity-hungry devices need enormous quantity of electricity.

Rechargeable flashlights are an excellent means to put a conclusion to always having to purchase batteries. You do not need to worry about attempting to locate them when you want a torch the most and stocking a supply of batteries. There are all makes and models of rechargeable torches accessible.

It’s possible for you to discover them in hand held sorts that are little to big heavy duty versions that are crush evidence. They’re additionally obtainable in helmet lights and lamps too.

These kinds of torches are great for people who use one on a pretty routine basis. Purchasing 4 D size batteries or a large battery pack can get expensive after some time, but a rechargeable battery takes the high-priced and inconvenience from the image. Just place in the charger and you will be all set for many hours of use.

Now these devices are developed with added attributes which contain capabilities that were better, more self-dispatching shorter recharging times, rates and lower cost rates.

Various sorts of chargers is, in addition, made available now at various on-line portal sites. A few of these chargers have inbuilt microprocessors that are exceptional.

Published June 18th, 2014 by

These days,  more and more people are choosing to live green. This is not limited to eating right and living healthy. Homeowners have also become conscious about the materials they use when renovating and the equipment they have around their homes. After all, the effects of pollution to our environment can be felt now more than ever. If you are a "green" homeowner, here are some of the things you can do to make your home as eco-friendly as possible.

1. Use Eco-Friendly Paint

Toxic fumes emitted by chemicals are one of the causes of ozone depletion. Some of these chemicals can be found in paint used in homes. According to EPA, the indoors of an average home is even more polluted than the outdoors. This is mainly because of volatile organic compounds (VOC) found in paint. Most people don't know that VOC slowly emit gases for years after the paint was applied. It won't kill you because the amount of toxic gas that goes into your body is a miniscule dose. However, you can't overlook the fact that you are still inhaling toxins in your own home.

Low VOC and Zero VOC Paint

It's a good thing there are companies that offer eco-friendly paint. No VOC paint is made of natural materials such as milk casein, plants oils and dyes as well as essential oils. A downside to choosing this type of paint is there is a limited range of colors available. This is because only dyes found in plants are used to achieve colors. On the other hand, low VOC paint offer a wider variety of colors. Manufacturers use ingredients that contain VOC to achieve a specific hue.

If you are painting a large area, it is best to go for a paint sprayer.  However, not all types of sprayers are suitable for this type of paint. Before you buy one, visit the Paint Sprayer Judge for information on the best paint sprayer for low or zero VOC paint.

Low or zero VOC paint is a little more expensive than regular ones. Your walls may also become dull or the color may fade away faster. However, it is still a good choice because you will be protecting your family's health.

2. Get a Gas-free Lawnmower

There are two types of eco-friendly lawnmowers available in the market – electric and reel mowers.

Electric mowers come in corded and battery variants. The former is lighter thus, easier to navigate. However, it needs to be plugged in when in use. As such, you would have to be ready to deal with the trouble of having an extension cord in the lawn while you mow. If you have a big yard, it is best to go for a mower with a rechargeable battery. It may be heavier but at least you won't have to worry about having an extension cord long enough so your mower can go around your lawn.

If you are looking for the most eco-friendly lawnmower in the market, a reel mower is what you want. These types of mowers are no longer as hard to use as they used to be. Of course, you would have to exert more effort than you would with an electric mower but just think of it in a positive light. Not only are you lending a hand in saving the environment, you are saving on your electric bill and getting an exercise. If want to read reel mower reviews, visit the Lawn Mower Judge. Reading what other homeowners have to say about their reel mowers will help you decide which one to purchase for your home.

The best way to keep your home eco-friendly is to make sure everyone in your family is onboard. If you train your kids early on how to live green, they will carry it on for the rest of their lives.   

Published June 14th, 2014 by

Some of us think that if we have to do something about the greenhouse gasses or global climate change we can only do that by stopping burning coal.

In a way that makes good sense. Although there does not seem to be a viable alternative that also (and this is important) can count on the political backing of politicians.

Of course there is solar power, and wind turbines that could take care of a lot of our energy needs. However, in the short run that will not work.

Plus there is the consideration that whatever effort we put in the Western world to clean up our environment, that effort would have a multiple effect in much more polluting countries like India and China.

No World Politics Needed

OK, ok, I got carried away in the introduction. The point I’m trying to make is that you don’t need world changing events to make a greener world.

There are plenty of simple everyday household things that you (and me) can do to make this a better place. Here’s a list of five real simple things to consider.

Five Simple Things We All Can Do

Don’t shave in the shower

Many men take their shaving kit into the shower and do a wet shave there. I used to be one of them. Until I realized it took about 3 minutes for me to shave. All that time the hot (and cold) water was running, and I was burning precious gas, and wasting precious water. Do the math with me: if you shave every other day this is 182,5 shaves a year. Times 3 minutes and you’re looking at 547.5 minutes of wasted water and gas. Why not consider growing a beard? Or a stubbly beard? Simply get yourself a beard trimmer and your ready to go.

Don’t ask for plastic bags (nor for paper for that matter)

Slowly but surly those plastic bags are disappearing from our stores and supermarkets, and that’s a good thing. There is so much plastic at the bottom of our ocean; it’s not even funny.

Next time you’re offered “paper or plastic” simply pull out your own bags. IKEA has wonderful bags that easily double as shopping bags.

In winter, wear a sweater inside

This one is so simple, I feel embarrassed mentioning it. In winter, when you’re at home, don’t take off that thick sweater. Simply keep it on, and turn your thermostat one or two degrees lower. Good for the environment and your wallet.

Buy single wrapped cookies

I’m amazed how much plastic wrapping cookies need. Ever wondered about this? These days I make the conscious decision to buy only cookies that are single wrapped, and not double wrapped. If you have a good cookie jar there is no need for them to go stale.

Empty your car

Next time you use your car, check the trunk, and see how much unnecessary stuff you’re dragging around with you everywhere you go with your car. It’s important that you realize that it doesn’t travel for free. For every pound you carry extra, your car will need to burn a bit more fuel. Take that stuff out; clean up your trunk and safe money!

With these simple things you can already make a difference. I also hope that this list has given you some inspiration to expand, and find new things you can do too.