The two recommendations below are, I hope, the beginning of a renewed HH commitment to promoting worthy environmental education and activism.
1) The Sierra Club recently launched "Green Home," an educational website that offers an excellent introduction to ecologically conscious home improvements.
"Sierra Club Green Home was developed with a simple mission in mind: to help Americans make their homes more energy efficient, environmentally sustainable and healthy. We do not sell products or services. Instead, we provide great education to help you have a more sustainable home and make it easy for you to find local green businesses."If you don't own the apartment or house that you live in, some of the site's suggestions won't be sensible investments, though you might consider introducing the Green Home ideas to your landlord. But if you're fortunate enough to own your residence, the site offers many terrific resources that will get you rolling on lifestyle "greening" (and, in the long run, saving another kind of green).
Green Home is the latest Sierra Club initiative that I've been impressed by. Loyal HH readers know that I'm particularly encouraged by the environmental group's efforts to bridge the "sportsmen" and environmentalist divide.
2) More immediately practical is this non-toxic home cleaning guide by Annie Bond.
"Most modern synthetic cleaning products are based on age-old formulas using natural ingredients....Going back to the original naturally derived ingredients is a way to make cleaning products that work, don’t pollute and save you money. Most are found in your kitchen cupboards. Mix and match with well-chosen and environmentally friendly green cleaning products found in health food stores, and you can easily and simply transform your home into a non-toxic and healthy haven."I'll definitely be taking advantage of the window cleaner and all-purpose spray cleaner recipes.