Eco-designer Danny Seo from HDTV â€œRed, Hot and Greenâ€ shows simple ways to update you home with earth-friendly materials which complements the whole idea of ecotourism and eco-living.
Ditch the Paper Towels!
Instead, pick up micro-fiber cloth towels to use all around the house. Thousands of tiny little fibers literally grip and hold onto the dirt and bacteria. The best part! They are machine-washable, so you can use them over and over again. Just spray a surface with a non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner and wipe away with the micro-fiber towels.
The next time you brew a cup of fresh coffee at home, donâ€™t toss the used coffee grinds into the trash. First, spoon some warm grinds into your hands and mix it with your favorite hand soap. Now scrub away. The grinds will exfoliate dead skin off your hands and the soap will keep everything squeaky clean. Scatter the remaining grinds around your evergreen shrubs and trees â€” itâ€™s an energizing fertilizer for them!
When burning candles around the house, be sure to choose clean-burning soy candles. Traditional candles are paraffin-based, which is made from non-renewable petroleum. When burned they emit soot and smoke into the air, polluting your indoor air. Yuck! Soy candles are a much cleaner choice and made from â€” you guessed it â€” soy beans! Theyâ€™re easy to find and the best part is they burn longer than paraffin candles, so you get more soothing scents for your cents. One final tip: Place unlit soy candles in your sock drawer to gently scent them.
Bring on the Bandanas
Try bandanas instead of paper napkins when entertaining. Theyâ€™re colorful, reusable, inexpensive and a fun way to dress up a table. You can find bandanas in most discount stores and military surplus shops. If you must use paper napkins, look for recycled paper versions that are made from used paper, not trees. Use a decorative hole punch to dress up the edges.
Source: HGTV – Red, Hot and Green
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