Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Keeping it the bathroom

Still not feeling my best, so I thought I'd just post a couple of personal grooming green tips for you. These are from The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen.

Did you ever think about all you could save by using a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner rather than buying/using them separately? Well, consider this:
  • You'd save money
  • You'd save on plastic bottles
  • You'd save water (it wouldn't take as long to wash and condition your hair...oh look, that translates to saving money as well!)
  • You'd save time -- something we all seem to need more of
According to The Green Book (page 100), "If one in seven U.S. households replaced its shampoo and conditioner purchase with a single two-in-one bottle, the amount of plastic saved per year could fill a football field twenty-seven stories high." That's some serious saving!

For those of you who are heavy sweaters out there -- you might not like this one. When buying deodorant, skip the antiperspirants. Why? Well, antiperspirants contain aluminum salts which seal up your pores -- this is potentially toxic to you. Besides the health risk, there is also the fact that mining aluminum requires an enormous amount of energy. For each stick of deodorant you buy sans aluminum, you save enough energy to power up a laptop for a half hour. Doesn't seem like much of a savings, does it? But, if only five percent of adults crossed antiperspirants off their shopping lists for life, the yearly energy savings could buy 250 new computers for classrooms in the United States every year.

More tips tomorrow.

Keeping it green,


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