April is Earthday month… so here is a “Green” Reminder…

For quite a few years now we have heard about the need to become “Green.” However, many people are still unaware of what they should do to really make a difference.  Here are some reasons why we need to remember to be responsible and how to implement some of the Green Best Practices that are practical and affordable.

Why should we be concerned about implementing Green Best Practices in our homes and in our community? There are 3 reasons.

1. Reduce the Effects of Global Warming. While there is some controversy over whether or not we are responsible Global Warming, or if we can still reduce enough to make a difference will yet to be determined. However, is the statistics of the changes that are occurring to our planet is alarming. For most people, they would prefer to err on the side of reducing one’s carbon footprint rather than wishing later that we had taken action when we could.  Check out this free carbon footprint calculator: https://www3.epa.gov/carbon-footprint-calculator/

  1. Improve the Quality of our Natural Resources. Our natural resources are depleted. We do not have clean air, clean water, clean soil. We have too few trees, too few native plants, and too few animals in their natural habitat. A scientist for NASA did a study about how plants and trees help us to grow “fresh air.” https://www.amazon.com/How-Grow-Fresh-Air-Plants/dp/0140262431
  2. Improve Our Health Today We have seen an increase in the number of health ailments directly related to our unclean environment today. There is an increase in asthma, allergies, cancer, attention deficit disorder and other physical and emotional difficulties. These have been associated with the chemicals and toxins in our food, products we use, and our lack of a natural environment. Check out this site to determine if what you use has unsafe chemicals https://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/ What are some things we should do? There are 4 types of changes we need to make: 1. Use less fuel and utilize alternative energy sources. While you may not be able to afford a hybrid car, you can do other things to reduce your fuel consumption such as, drive less, use a bicycle or a motor scooter. Replace appliances with solar or energy efficient brands. Turn off the lights in your home and use cfl’s. 2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. These actions need to be done in order. The first thing is that we want to use less and consume less. This reduces the amount of products in our landfills. Landfills are one the biggest sources of greenhouse gas that affects the environment and a source of toxins in our water and soil. The most important items that need to be reduced are plastic grocery bags, plastic water bottles, and product packaging. 3. Use Product from Natural and Sustainable Sources Our food, household products, and personal care products should also not contain artificial ingredients, colors and artificial fragrances. Products can receive a seal of certification that their ingredients are natural and there are websites that will tell you about the ingredients of the products.
  3. Purchase from Green Companies. It is popular today to let others know you are a “green” company. However, there continues to be those who are misinformed about what being green means and thus may be “greenwashing.” See: www.terrachoice.com/sixsinsofgreenwashing

It is up to you the consumer to know some of the criteria for choosing a green company. Here are two questions to ask:

Do they have a green product or service? This would be something that has a direct impact on reducing greenhouse gases, part of the reduce, re-use, recycle process, or reduces the effect on our natural resources. Scientific studies also should indicate that they have done their homework and their product is effective.

Do they implement best green practices in their organization? For example, while a real estate person may not have a green product or service, but as a company they implement best practices. Among other things, they would decide to not use disposable cups, plates, and other such items. Other things are that they minimize the packaging and use recycled materials. There are organizations that are recognizing other organizations for following best practices. A couple examples would be the Climate Neutral Award, the Stevie Award, or FGBC (Florida Green Building Council). But most importantly, you can check out an organization’s website for more information about what they are doing to implement Best Green Practices. This is usually found under a link from the home webpage to information about the company. Going Green is a Win-Win situation. It helps to reduce Global warming, protect our natural resources, makes us more healthy, and is good for the economy. Knowing some of the best practices and making a commitment to implementing some changes can make a difference.

Shaklee Corporation is one company that “walks the talk” by implementing best practices. They have been a pioneer in the area of creating safe and effective nutritional, household and personal care products. Check out this pdf on Shaklee’s Environmental Heritage. http://images.shaklee.com/canada/environmental-heritage-e.pdf

Shaklee products are Always Safe (non-gmo, no chemicals, artificial ingredients, extensive quality control) Always Work (proven by athletes such as the U.S. Olympic Ski Team and scientist that they work- see www.Landmarkstudy.com) and Always Green (Green Seal certification, Kosher Certification and more.) You can check them out and try them for yourself.

Try our Get Clean Starter Kit at: http://bit.ly/2iFLBJQ  and get a free membership and free shipping during the month of April. Using Shaklee products a significant way for you to go “green” and make a difference in the your health, the health of your family and pets, and the planet.