Posts Tagged ‘eco-friendly’

Eco-Friendly Gardening Toolkit: Microfibre Cloths

Plain, old water is the purest, greenest solvent for cleaning.

Plain, old water is the purest, greenest solvent for cleaning.

One of the greenest tools you can use these days is a microfibre cleaning cloth, slightly dampened by plain old water. It’s my eco-friendly tool of choice for cleaning dust and grime off leaves. I use microfibre cloths and water to dislodge bugs like scale and mealybug off houseplants. For cleaning your garden tools it’s fantastic too. Microfibre lets you enter a world of chemical-free cleaning.

Microfibre is a combination of polyester and nylon, with fibres so small they trap dirt and bacteria, allowing you to clean using only water.Water is nature’s purest solvent. You simply can’t get any more organic. As a matter of fact, using a detergent or other chemical cleaning product with a microfibre cloth actually makes it work less, not more. Explain That Stuff explains microfibres here.

Microfibers are able to attach themselves to even the smallest, most microscopic dirt particles—ones that normal cloth fibers (positively giant in comparison) crudely brush past.

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Earth Day in Toronto

 

Today, Monday, April 22nd, is Earth Day, the largest, most celebrated environmental event on the planet. Or more technically, International Mother Earth Day, as determined by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2009.

“International Mother Earth Day promotes a view of the Earth as the entity that sustains all living things found in nature. Inclusiveness is at the heart of International Mother Earth Day; fostering shared responsibilities to rebuild our troubled relationship with nature is a cause that is uniting people around the world.”

-Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, United Nations General Assembly President

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Interview with “Consumed” Author Sarah Elton

Sarah Elton’s latest book launches on Earth Day, I sent her a few questions recently to inquire as to how she maintains her food activism in her daily life. She replied with some answers that we can all learn from. Read more about “Consumed” here.

Sarah Elton is a celebrated author, food activist and the food columnist for CBC’s Here and Now

What are some things that we can do around the house to offset the dire future you look at in Consumed? 
There’s lots we can do at home because the choices we make will have an impact on our future. Continue »


Spring Cleaning Can Be Fun

Spring cleaning can be fun. Really.

Spring is almost here and you know what that means. Well, it means a lot of things, but to those of use with a little Joan Crawford in us it means it’s time for Spring Cleaning, an annual ritual that some of us actually look forward to. Elevate your work space with regular Dazzle recurring house cleaning. If you’re like most offices that haven’t yet hired a cleaning company then it’s pretty likely lots of things are getting missed. Most businesses find that it’s just more efficient to have highly trained cleaners come in and do the job right. Continue »