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TitlePicture Yourself Going Green: Step-by-Step Instruction for Living a Budget-Conscious, Earth-Friendly Lifestyle in Eight Weeks or Less (Environmental Issues)
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Table of Contents
                            Table of Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1 What Is Green?
	Green Is Necessary
	Green Is Inspiring
	Green Is Healthy
	Green Is Affordable
	Green Is the Future
Chapter 2 Ten Simple Steps
	1. Recycle
		A Whole Lot of Rubbish
		Toss It in the Bin
	2. Install Energy-Saving Light Bulbs
	3. Drink from a Reusable Water Bottle
	4. Tote a Reusable Shopping Bag
	5. Buy Green Power
	6. Buy Carbon Offsets
	7. Add Organic Food into Your Diet
		What Is Organic?
		Where Can You Find Organic Foods?
	8. Take a Five-Minute Shower
	9. Unplug at Home
		What to Power Down
	10. Plant a Tree
Chapter 3 Week One: Green Your Home
	The Air We Breathe
	Clean Up Your Act
	Making Your Own Green Cleaners
	Waste Not: The Problem with Trash
	Waste Not: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
		Reduce
		Reuse
		Recycle
	Becoming Paper Savvy
	Using Recycled Paper Products
	Becoming Water Conscious
	Conserving Water
	Greening Your Home Office
	Green Review: Changes to Focus on During Week One
	TrueGreen: More Smart Ideas for the Home
		Buying Green Linens
	SuperGreen: More Big Ideas for the Home
		Eco-conscious Renovating
Chapter 4 Week Two: Green Your Energy
	The History of Energy
	How We Use Energy
	The Pros and Cons of Conventional Energy Sources
	The Thing About Clean Power
	Buying Clean Power Locally
	Switching to CFLs
	The One-Degree Difference
	Powering Down
	Offsetting Your Energy Use
	Green Review: Things to Do During Week Two
	TrueGreen: Go with ENERGY STAR
	SuperGreen: Perform an Energy Audit
Chapter 5 Week Three: Green Your Appetite
	The Pesticide Proliferation
	Pesticides and the Environment
	Going Organic
	The Most Bang for Your Organic Buck
	Moving Over to Organic Milk
	Buying Green Eggs and Ham
	Fishy Business
	Buying Safer Seafood
	Buying Locally Grown Food
	Shopping at the Farmer's Market
	Drinking Clean Water
	Green Review: Changes to Focus on During Week Three
	TrueGreen: Joining a CSA
	SuperGreen: Take the Challenge
Chapter 6 Week Four: Green Your Yard
	The Problem with Fertilizers, Herbicides, and Pesticides
	Using Sustainable Lawn and Garden Practices
	Building Strong Soil
	Using Holistic Pest Management
	Employing Natural Weed Control
	Water Use in the Yard
	Conserving Water
	Green Review: Changes to Focus on During Week Four
	TrueGreen: Learning to Compost
	TrueGreen: Which Items Can You Compost?
	SuperGreen: Converting to a Push or Electric Mower
Chapter 7 Week Five: Green Your Wardrobe
	Pesticides Aren't Just for Food Crops
	What Is Genetically Engineered Cotton?
	Adding Organic Cotton Into Your Closet
	Clothing Production, Chemicals, and Your Health
	Choosing Earth-Friendly Fabrics
		The Beauty of Bamboo
		Hallowed Hemp
		The Power of Wool
	Choosing Recycled Clothing
	The Green Style Movement
	Buying Green Accessories
	Green Review: Changes to Focus on During Week Five
	TrueGreen: Choosing a Green Dry Cleaner
	SuperGreen: Buying Fine Jewelry with a Conscience
Chapter 8 Week Six: Green Is Beautiful
	Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep
	Do Some Housecleaning in the Bathroom
		10 Key Ingredients to Avoid
	Reading Ingredient Labels Before You Buy
	Switching to "Green" Personal Care Products
		Lathering Up
		Brushing Up
		Sweat Equity
		Protecting Safely
		Moisturizing Naturally
		Accentuating Beautifully
	Green Review: Changes to Focus on During Week Six
	TrueGreen: Monitoring Your Fluoride Levels
	SuperGreen: Whipping Up Homemade Products
Chapter 9 Week Seven: Green Your Transportation
	Why Carbon Emissions Matter
	The World's Waning Oil Supply
	Driving for Better Gas Mileage
	Fine-Tuning for Better Gas Mileage
	Considering Alternative Modes of Transportation
		Telecommuting
		Carpooling and Hopping on Public Transit
		Biking to Work
	Green Review: Things to Do During Week Seven
	TrueGreen: Offsetting Your Emissions
	SuperGreen: Buying a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle
Chapter 10 Week Eight: Green Your Travel
	How Does Travel Tax the Planet?
	Considering a Staycation
	Embracing Slow Travel
	Choosing Ecotourism
	Supporting Green Businesses When You Travel
	Green Review: Things to Do During Week Eight
	TrueGreen: Buying Carbon Offsets
	SuperGreen: Booking a Volunteer Vacation
Chapter 11 Extra Credit: Eco Kids and Green Pets
	Why Should Kids Be Green, Too?
		Greening Your Children
	In Utero: What to Avoid When You're Expecting
	Creating a Healthy Nursery or Bedroom
	Buying Safer Toys
	Teaching Kids to Love and Respect the Planet
	How Conventional Pet Products Affect Pets… and Us
	Choosing Natural Pet Food Options
	Using Safer Flea Controls
	Selecting Safer Cat Litter
	Green Review: How to Green Your Kids and Pets
Chapter 12 Five Ways to Go ÜberGreen
	Become an Activist
	Get a Green Collar Job
	Buy a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
		The Scoop on Hybrids
		The Deal with EVs
	Inspire—or Move to—a Transition Community
	Buy, Build, or Remodel a Green Home
		Green Review: Ways to Go ÜberGreen
Glossary
	B
	C
	E
	F
	G
	H
	I
	K
	L
	M
	O
	P
	S
	T
	V
	W
	X
Index
	A
	B
	C
	D
	E
	F
	G
	H
	I
	J–L
	M
	N
	O
	P
	R
	S
	T
	U
	V
	W
	X–Y
                        
Document Text Contents
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Week Four: Green Your Yard Chapter 6

Lastly, a 2001 report by CALPIRG, California’s
largest environmental, consumer, and good
government advocacy group, found that the
recycling of hazardous industrial wastes into
fertilizers was sending toxic metals like lead and
mercury into our lawns and gardens. From 1990
to 1995, the steel industry alone sent fertilizer
companies over 80 million pounds of waste
because of its high zinc content, which is an
essential nutrient for plant growth. However, this
waste can also include arsenic, cadmium, nickel,
and dioxin, all highly toxic substances. The
CALPIRG report found that 29 tested fertilizers
contained 22 toxic heavy metals that have been
linked to human health hazards. Because fertilizer
labels lack critical information on ingredients—
most states only require beneficial ingredients to
be listed on packages—consumers are left in the
dark when it comes to determining what’s best
for their health, their homes, and the planet.

On the pesticide front, one of the most commonly
used is glyphosate, which is also marketed under
other brand names. It is estimated that Americans
make 25 million applications per year of this
pesticide. While glyphosate is only considered to
be “mildly toxic,” it is still reported to cause skin
and eye irritation plus lung congestion and an
increased breathing rate. In the long-term, it can
cause liver and kidney damage plus reproductive
effects. Because of these issues, the EPA has set
standards for the presence of glyphosate in our
drinking water.

How does a pesticide make its way into our
drinking water? While your intention may purely
be to create a beautiful lawn and garden for all
to enjoy, the chemicals you use there can harm
those who come into contact with them in the
yard, plus even those who do not. Pesticides,
herbicides, and fertilizers can make their way
into our homes (and those of others) on shoes
and they also have a tendency to drift via air
and even enter groundwater, streams, and rivers
when they’re washed away in a rainstorm. In the
end, they make their way into our water supply.

As you can see, employing these products con-
tributes to environmental issues that reach far
beyond your own home. They can also impact
pets and wildlife more severely, due to their
smaller systems. A 2004 study conducted by sci-
entists at Purdue University found that Scottish
Terriers were four to seven times more likely to
develop bladder cancer if they had been exposed
to lawn chemicals. It is also estimated that lawn-
care pesticides kill approximately seven million
birds in the U.S. each year.

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Eco Fact
Have you ever have a can of RAID
in your cabinet? This generations-old
common cure for household pests
(like ants and roaches) contains the
now-known toxin diazinon, which
was also commonly used as a lawn
and garden pesticide for decades.
In 2004, the EPA banned consumer
sales of diazinon because it was
found to severely impact neurological
development, especially in children.
It is still currently approved for use
in agricultural application, but is
slowly being phased out.

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D
itch the fertilizers, pesticides,
and herbicides in your life and truly
“green” your yard by putting a few sim-

ple and natural lawn and garden care strategies
into play. Knowing your outdoor space is safe
and healthy for your family, your pets, and the
local ecosystems will bring a whole new sense
of accomplishment to your gardening endeavors.
Whether you are starting to plan for the growing
season ahead or are in the thick of it, these
simple steps will ensure that your yard is
eco-friendly.

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Using Sustainable Lawn and Garden Practices

Is your lawn safe for consumption?
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Eco Fact
Do you need a wheelbarrow full of chemicals to have a green, attractive lawn? New
York City says “No.” In 2003, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation won an
award from the EPA for excellent environmental stewardship of its nearly 29,000 acres of
open space—it greatly scaled back on the use of pesticides and fertilizers plus it widely
employed the practice of non-chemical pest management techniques. In Central Park, the
application of insecticides dropped from 220 pounds in 2001 to a mere 45 pounds in
2003. At the same time, herbicide use decreased from 70 pounds in 2000 to only 7.5
pounds in 2003. Instead, the Department of Parks & Recreation relied on organic fertilizers
plus organic, non-toxic pest control products, including one made from corn gluten.

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RASTRA block, 51
rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone), 83
rechargeable batteries, 37
recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), 83
RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates), 22, 68–69
recycled clothing, 127
recycling

aluminum cans, 15

batteries, 37

bins, 15

curbside, 15, 38

deposit/refund programs, 15

as eco-conscious lifestyle change, 14–15

fluorescent bulbs, 17, 63

garbage, 14–15

motivating children to recycle, 190

National Recycling Coalition, 14

in the office, 46

paper, 15, 39–41

redenticides, 76
reduce (the three Rs), 37
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), 6
renewable energy, 68–69
Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), 22, 68–69
renewable energy sources, 21–22
reusable shopping bag, 19–20, 37–38
reuse (the three Rs), 37–38
RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative), 6
roofing, 50

S
Salmonella, 85
Seventh Generation earth-friendly products producer,

10, 34
shampoo, 137, 142–143
sheets, 48–49
shingles, 50
shoes, 130
Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, 82
shopping bag

eco-conscious lifestyle changes, 19–20

reusable, 19–20, 37–38

shower gels, 142–143

showers, limiting time in, 27, 44
shredding paper, 46
skin care, 136–137
slow travel movement, 173
SmartWay designation, 167
soap, 137, 142–143
soil, 103
solar power

eco-conscious lifestyle changes, 21–22

panels, 69

pros and cons, 59

solvent-free cleaning products, 34
Spremberg Germany test plant, 58
sulfates, 142–143
sunscreens, 145–146

T
tax credits, 72
telecommunication, 45, 160
teleconferencing, 46
television, 67
thatching, 114
The Compact group, 10
thermostat settings, 64
Three Rs, 28, 37
toilet bowl cleaner, 35
toner, personal care products, 151
toothpaste, 137, 143–144, 151
tourism, 174–175
towels, 49
toys, 188–189
Tradable Renewable Certificates (TRCs), 68
transportation. See also travel

Air Pollution Score, 167

alternative modes, 159–164

biking, 163–164

carbon emission and, 154, 166

carpooling, 161–162

cruise control, 157

electric vehicle, 203–204

fuel-efficient vehicles, 167

gas mileage, driving habits and, 157–159

Greenhouse Gas Score, 167

Picture Yourself Going Green Index

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transportation (continued)
hybrid vehicle, 203�204

idling, 157

octane level, 159

oil supply, 155�156

public transit, 161�162

SmartWay designation, 167

telecommunication, 160

travel. See also transportation
air, 170�171

ecotourism, 174�175

foregoing costs and stresses with, 172

slow travel movement, 173

supporting green business through, 176�178

volunteer vacations, 181

TRCs (Tradable Renewable Certificates), 68
trees, 29
triclosan, 138

U
Union Square Greenmarket, 91
U.S. Department of Energy

green utility programs, 61

Home Energy Save audit, 72

U.S. Geological Survey, 2
utility programs, green, 61

V
vacation. See travel
vegetables, 82
vehicle. See transportation
ventilation, household environment, 33
vermicomposting, 111
VOCs (volatile organic compounds), 32
volunteer vacations, 181

W
waste. See garbage
water

antibiotics in, 92

clean drinking, 92�93

conserving, 44

drought conditions, 42

eco-conscious lifestyle changes, 27

filtration systems, 18, 93

herbicides in, 92

inorganic contaminants in, 92

lawn care, 107�108

lead in, 92�93

leaky faucets, 44

microbial contaminants in, 92

pesticides in, 92

quality reports, 93

radio active contaminants in, 92

reusable water bottles, 17�18, 93

showers, limiting time in, 27, 44

water-efficient appliances, 42, 44

Water Partners International, 27
weed control, lawn care, 105–106
wet cleaning clothing, 132
wildlife, ingestion and entanglement of plastic, 14
wind power

eco-conscious lifestyle changes, 21�22

pros and cons, 60

wool, 125–126
World Health Organization, 32

X–Y
xeriscaping, 106

yard. See lawn care

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