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The In’s and Out’s of Composting

Three Reasons To Compost at Home: 

1) Composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually, or your washing machine produces in three months. 

2) When waste is sent to a landfill, air cannot get to the organic waste. Therefore, as the waste breaks down it creates a harmful greenhouse gas, methane, which damages the Earth’s atmosphere.

3) Compost is a nutrient-rich food for plants that will provide your garden with improved soil structure and balanced soil structure, while maintaining moisture levels and suppressing plant disease. 

How to Compost at Home: 

Ideally, place your compost bin on soil in a sunny area. The sun will help to speed up the composting process and the soil will allow access for beneficial microbes and insects as well as help with aeration and drainage.

What can you put in your bin? An easy rule of thumb is anything GREEN or BROWN

GREENS

  • Tea Bags
  • Grass Cuttings
  • Vegetable Peelings, Fruit Scraps, and Salad Leaves
  • Old Flowers
  • Young Annual Weeds

BROWNS

  • Coffee Grounds and Filter Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Egg Cartons
  • Scrunched-Up Paper (not exactly brown, but you get the idea)
  • Fallen Leaves
  • Sawdust 
  • Twigs, Branches, and Bark

DO NOT COMPOST…

  • Meat
  • Cooked Vegetables
  • Dairy Products
  • Diseased Plants
  • Perennial Weeds or Weeds with Seed Heads
  • Animal Feces (although some people would disagree, avoiding adding this to your compost will help keep the smell down)

It can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months for the compost to completely decompose. It really just depends on what you have added to your bin. But once it has, you have created a natural, organic food that will help your garden flourish without the cost and helped to prevent your waste from harming the environment.

Add comment July 19th, 2010

The Green Seal of Approval

With companies “greenwashing” worldwide, it can be difficult to distinguish products that are truly eco-friendly from ones that are not. Green Seal, founded in 1989, has been working towards making this distinction easier for consumers. Green Seal provides science-based environmental certification standards for manufacturers, industry sectors, purchasing groups, and governments, evaluating the level of “green” from material extraction to product manufacturing and use, and ending with recycling and disposal. In order to receive a Green Seal, products must undergo rigorous testing and evaluation. Upon receipt, the products must continue to meet the Green Seal standards and are subject to continued monitoring. Products may use their Green Seal on packaging, advertisements, product descriptions, etc.

Click here for Green Seal Household Cleaning Products.

And here for Green Seal Paper Towels, Napkins, and Tissue Paper.

Or just visit the Green Seal Product Page to find other products!

Add comment July 13th, 2010

Costanoa: Discover the Pace of Nature

Costanoa, an eco resort an hour south of San Francisco, is nestled in the wilderness of the California coast and abounds with opportunities to enjoy the surrounding nature.  They have both a lodge and camp, and offer many activities (from horseback riding to surfing lessons!) to help guests take advantage of the surrounding wilderness.

Sustainable Living Group, Inc. has teamed up with Costanoa to offer green products to visitors.  If you’re ever at Costanoa, keep an eye out for our products!

Costanoa truly is green.  If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend you visit this beautiful resort – help support our green efforts and enjoy all that Costanoa has to offer!

Check them out at www.costanoa.com!

Add comment July 5th, 2010

Sustainable Décor

In the wake of environmental disasters, namely, the BP Oil Spill and the growing garbage patches in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, sustainability and making smart, eco-friendly choices is becoming even more important. With that in mind, Sustainable Living Group strives to inform the population on different ways to be green in every aspect of their lives.

One of the many ways that people can make environmentally conscious decisions is in their own home through sustainable décor! Sustainable décor focuses on the integrity of the workmanship and the materials used in order to create stylish, yet eco-friendly products that can cater to many design tastes.

Mark Macek crafts beautiful sideboards, cabinets, shelves, desks, tables and storage systems from sustainably forested maple and hardwood veneers, bamboo plywood, and composite board made from scraps of waste pine.

Worried about the chemicals you may be inhaling and ultimately disposing when you paint your living room? Anna Sova has created a line of milk-based paint with 94% food-grade ingredients, eliminating the toxic chemicals contained in most paint.

Reclaimed and sustainable wood flooring from ecofriendlyflooring.com gives you gorgeous floors with the peace of mind that you have not contributed to the millions of trees cut down every year. Eco Friendly Flooring gets their timber from demolition companies and farmers in Wisconsin taking down their old barns.

So next time you think about doing some decorating or renovating in your home, take time to think about where your materials are coming from and how they will affect the bigger picture in our environment.

Add comment July 3rd, 2010


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