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Green Living presentation – topics include responsible sourcing, local materials, toxic ingredients in beauty supplies, green travel, carbon offsets, open source software and green investing.

Green Living presentation – topics include responsible sourcing, local materials, toxic ingredients in beauty supplies, green travel, carbon offsets, open source software and green investing.

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  • 1. Four Guiding Objectives When deciding what you, as families, can do to make the shift to a sustainable lifestyle, you must consider four guiding objectives: 1. Eliminate your contribution to fossil fuel dependence and wasteful use of scarce metals, minerals and natural resources. 2. Eliminate your contribution to dependence upon persistent chemicals and wasteful uses of synthetic substances. 3. Eliminate your contribution to encroachment upon nature (e.g., land, water, wildlife, forests, soil, ecosystem). 4. Meet human needs fairly and efficiently.
  • 2. Green Living • Home – Furniture – Paint – Flooring – Countertops • Clothing • Beauty • Travel • Offsets • Open Source • Investing
  • 3. Home The air in your home is 5 to 10% more polluted than the air outside. What to examine: • furniture • paint • flooring • counters
  • 4. Home - Furniture Unless you bought your furniture from a company that implements sustainable standards, they are releasing toxins into your home. • Formaldehyde, found in: • particleboard (pressed wood) • adhesives • PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) found in: • foam cushions • mattresses
  • 5. Home - Furniture Do you consider where the wood in your furniture comes from? • FSC - Forest Stewardship Council • harvested from sustainable sources • Exotic Wood • teak • mahogany
  • 6. Home - Furniture Do your research! • IKEA • 2modern.com • Evo.com $5,998 FSC wood & cotton rope • BranchHome.com $399 sustainable sources
  • 7. Home - Paint That “clean” smell from fresh coat of paint are VOCs -- volatile organic compounds. • worsen asthma symptoms • cause nose, skin & eye irritation • headaches, nausea, dizziness • respiratory problems • extreme cases: nerve damage, liver & kidney disease
  • 8. Home - Paint Look for low- or no-VOC paints & varnishes. • BioShield – Retailer in Blanco, TX www.BioShieldPaint.com • EcoSpec Paint – several Tarrant retailers BenjaminMoore.com • Kelly-Moore Enviro-Cote www.kellymoore.com
  • 9. Home - Flooring Carpeting and adhesives in wood flooring also offgas. Alternatives include: • FLOR® tile carpet - www.flor.com • FSC Wood/Reclaimed Wood • Marmoleum - linseed oil, cork flour, jute, limestone, rosin – Green Living • Cork – Lumber Liquidators, Green Living • Bamboo – Lumber Liquidators, Green Living
  • 10. Home - Countertops Make sure your countertops are from a renewable and local source: • EnviroGLAS® in Plano
  • 11. Clothing Until the 20th century, all clothing was “natural.” Although clothing made from synthetics is strong, it is not breathable. Although cotton is breathable, it’s laden with pesticides. Cotton – uses 25% of the world’s pesticides.
  • 12. Clothing Alternatives • organic cotton - Target, Wal-Mart • virgin wool Organic cotton • hemp • soy • bamboo Soy • wood pulp • corn – Ingeo fiber Bamboo/Organic Cotton
  • 13. Beauty Wandering the cosmetics aisle can be like walking through a minefield of toxic chemicals. Two of the biggest hazards are: • Carcinogens • coal tar colors (FD&C, D&C) – hair dyes, dandruff shampoos, cosmetics • formaldehyde – shampoos, nail polish, nail hardeners, hair-growth products • DEA, TEA and MEA – shampoos, body washes, soaps
  • 14. Beauty • Endocrine disruptors – interfere with normal function of hormones • Phthalates – in 3/4 of 72 popular beauty products – perfume, hair-care products, nail polish, hand lotions • Surfactants – shampoos, hair dyes, shaving creams • Parabens – mimic estrogen & adversely affect testosterone levels in men – found in almost any cosmetic or personal- care product
  • 15. Beauty Alternatives • Natural cosmetics from plant extracts • Hair products – tea tree oil, coconut oil, olive oil, castile, wheat, soya proteins • Hair colors – plant dyes made from beets, walnuts, tea or marigolds • Skin- and body-care – macadamia nut oil, cocoa butter, vitamins A & E
  • 16. Beauty Alternatives • Oral Care – toothpastes with zinc citrate, peppermint, fennel • Nail Care – green tea extracts, shea butter No Miss Nail Polish Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste
  • 17. Travel/Tourism Tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries, according to the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization. Part of tourism is supposed to be supporting the local economy. However, that is typically far from the truth. Support the local economy by hiring local guides, paying to enter protected areas, use local transportation and buy souvenirs from local shops or crafts cooperatives.
  • 18. Travel/ Tourism Flying Conscientiously In 2004 alone, 1.9 billion passengers traveled by air. Choosing to fly, however, is a decision with serious environmental consequences. If flying is your only option, carbon credits – or offsets – can be purchased to offset the harmful emissions released during flights.
  • 19. Travel/Tourism Carbon Offsets Carbon offsets can be purchased through a number of companies. You pay according to the number of miles you’re traveling. A carbon calculator is used to calculate your “carbon footprint.” The money funds clean energy and efficiency projects such as wind farms, solar power and tree planting.
  • 20. Travel/Tourism Airlines/travel agencies that offer carbon offsets when purchasing tickets: • Continental • Virgin Blue • Lufthansa • Qantas • Swiss • Cathay Pacific • Travelocity • SAS Group • Delta • Silverjet • Expedia
  • 21. Travel/Tourism Another way you can travel more environmentally is through “eco-tourism,” “responsible tourism” or “sustainable tourism.” Recent studies suggest that 4-7% of all tourism worldwide is eco-tourism. The International Ecotourism Society states that eco-tourism aims to conserve the environment and to improve the well- being of communities, by sponsoring responsible travel to natural areas.
  • 22. More on Offsets The Federal Trade Commission is holding a series on green marketing. The first one, in January, focused on the carbon offset industry. The three that more companies are turning to? • TerraPass.com • CarbonFund.org • ConservationFund.org
  • 23. More on Offsets What can you offset at home? • air travel • hotel stays • home energy use • commuting • weddings • dorm rooms
  • 24. Open Source Software Because most large software companies protect their “source code,” no one can build on that software without explicit permission. This stymies the opportunities for new ideas, security patches, better ways of working and software improvements. Open source software is open to build on, improve and start another version.
  • 25. Open Source Software Operating systems • Linux • Red Hat • SUSE • Ubuntu (South Africa) For almost any software you can purchase, there is an equivalent open source alternative. • SourceForge.net • OpenSourceMac.org
  • 26. Investing Why give your money to an unsustainable company? Socially Responsible Investment – investors are demanding corporate transparency, accountability and socially responsible standards. Watchdog and Research Organizations • AsYouSow.org • IRRC.org • Ceres.org • KLD.com • Socialinvest.org
  • 27. Microfinance Got a few dollars left over at the end of the month? Check into Microfinance. Grameen Foundation provides tiny loans to poor women entrepreneurs to help them escape poverty. GrameenFoundation.org Opportunity International provides financial services to the poorest of the poor and trains them in basic business practices. OpportunityInternational.org
  • 28. Microfinance Or you can donate breeding pairs of livestock to an impoverished family through Heifer International. When a family receives a breeding pair they get meat, milk or eggs. They can also sell the offspring. Each recipient must agree to give one breeding pair of offspring away to another family, paying the gift forward. Heifer.org
  • 29. Micro-lending If you want to loan your money, not just make a donation, there’s Requesting $300 to purchase vegetables for resale in Cambodia. micro-lending. Kiva lets you lend to a specific entrepreneur in the developing world. You can watch their progress online. The course of the loan is usually 6-12 months. At the end of the loan, you can take your money out or re-loan it. www.Kiva.org
  • 30. Thank you! And good luck on your journey toward sustainability!