Ends on Sunday November 15!
Bring in your working or non-working incandescent holiday lights into Home Depot between November 5-15 for safe recycling, and receive a $3, $4 or $5 off coupon on energy star LED lights. Limit 5 redemptions per customer. More details.
KYFChicago (Know Your Food, Know Your Farmer) is organizing their Second Annual Fill Your Pantry event at the Paper Crown Gallery, 1518 E. Algonquin Rd, Arlington Heights on Saturday, October 25, 1-4 pm. Support your area farmers who will be selling food items that can be stored and consumed over the winter. Items available to purchase will include dry beans, whole grains, flours, nuts, honey, roots, garlic, onions and winter squash. There will also be activities for the kids, so bring the family. Attendance is limited, so please register: Fill Your Pantry or call Mary Green at 847-230-0544 for more information.
Personal care products such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and cosmetics can contain almost any ingredient the company wishes to use, including some that may be considered hazardous. Launched in 2004, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep database rates personal care products for safety (based on toxicity of ingredients), allowing consumers to make informed decisions about the personal care products they purchase. The database allows you to search for specific products or browse by a variety of different categories. For more information about the rating system or to find out where EWG gets their information, check out their About Skin Deep/Methodology page.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes an annual Guide to Sunscreens. Besides listing the best and safest sunscreens (based on toxicity), they provide tips for protecting adults and children when exposed to the sun. Also provided are ratings for most all sunscreens on the market today (over 700 are included) so you can search for your current brand to see how it compares to the 149 they deem the best.
Do you often find yourself standing in the produce section of the market, wondering which fruits and vegetables are most contaminated with pesticides? Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases information on which fruits and vegetables are most likely to be contaminated with pesticides, broken down in two helpful lists, thus making it easier for consumers to decide between purchasing organic or conventionally grown produce. This shopper’s guide was recently updated for 2014 and is available on the EWG website. After you take a look at the shopper’s guide, take some time to read through the report for more information.
How much do you know about what you’re eating? Do you worry about GMO labeling and safety? Check out these informative and entertaining documentaries on DVD for answers to your questions. Please see the Reference Desk for more information.
Ends on Sunday November 17!
Bring in your working or non-working incandescent holiday lights into Home Depot between November 7-17 for safe recycling, and receive a $3, $4 or $5 off coupon on energy star LED lights. More details.
See below for links to materials related to the May 13 program: “Chemical-Free Home Landscaping,” presented by Sarah Neville from the Midwest Pesticide Action Center.
ChemicalFreeLawnCare –this is the powerpoint she presented.
The Food Network has 10 Eco Friendly Kitchen Tips on their website. Here are just a few ideas that offer some very simple ideas to help make a difference.
Keep an eye on the “9.”
If the numbered stickers on fruits and veggies start with the #9, that means your produce is organic and free of pesticides.
B.Y.O.B. – “bring your own bag.”
More and more supermarkets are selling reuseable shopping bags. Take advantage of this option and stop using plastic bags whenever possible.
You can reduce the cost of Air Conditioning bills by grilling outdoors. An outdoor grill not only takes less energy than your stove but also helps keep heat out of the house.
Another way to save cooling and electicity costs is to fill empty space in your refrigerator or freezer with crumpled newspapers or full water bottles.
To see the entire list go to the Food Network: 10 Eco Friendly Kitchen Tips