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How to Remove Indoor Toxins

July 29, 2011 15:17 by Brandon
            

Many of us who suffer from allergies, headaches, and fatigue attribute our chronic symptoms to the outdoor environment.  But according to an article on EarthEasy.com, a Web site dedicated to bringing people practical eco-friendly giveaways and solutions, many of these illnesses can be caused by indoor pollutants.  Thankfully, as reported in the article, there are natural ways to help defeat these impurities.

EarthEasy.com lists 10 plants that can help remove toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air inside of our houses.  From palms, such as the Areca palm and the Bamboo palm, to the Boston fern, these plants can remove chemicals from the rooms in our houses.

However, not all of these plants are easy to care for.  The custom imprinted plant guide wheel, which features instructions on how to grow and care for the 56 most popular house plants, will help to keep these air-purifying plants healthy. 

So if you're suffering from a number of ailments but cannot seem to determine the cause, you might want to consider bringing in some of these chemical-removing houseplants.  They can clean pollutants in offices, homes, factories, and more! 

US Must Go Green for Job Growth

July 26, 2011 16:42 by Brandon
            

Current job reports reflect more of the same:  our nation's job creation efforts quite simply do not cut it.  Despite government programs already in place, the employment rate in America is generally not improving. However, according to an article by Kiley Kroh on ThinkProgress.org, one piece of the economy is growing.  That part, reports Kroh, is the clean economy, which increased by 8.3% in the past seven years.

Kroh reports that the growth of the clean economy is "almost double what the overall economy grew during those years."  Furthermore, Kroh explains, 2.7 million individuals are employed by the clean economy. 

One job sector of the clean economy in which there is room for further improvement is that of offshore wind energy.  Although America hasn't invested in offshore wind turbines yet, other nations, such as France, are seeing much success.  "France waded into the fray most recently with the announcement of a plan for five offshore projects," reports Kroh.  The French are expecting more than 10,000 jobs to be created as a result.

Many US groups and organizations are fighting for offshore wind projects.  What's holding America back is the fact that some worry the benefits of offshore wind turbines do not outweigh the potential dangers.  At the same time, though, European and Asian countries are erecting offshore wind farms at a fast pace and consequently creating billions in wages and salaries.  Will America soon catch up, and if so, will our economy experience a rebound?

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Eco-friendly What?

July 22, 2011 15:16 by Brandon
            

When it comes to environmentally-friendly promotional products, we're all familiar with the usual suspects:  bamboo kitchen utensils, recycled pens and pencils, biodegradable plastic bags, etc.  But there are also plenty of eco-friendly products that would surprise you.  Let's take a look at some promotional products that'll have you saying, "Eco-friendly what?"

1.  Hats

If you're like most people, you had no idea that a cap could be made in an eco-friendly way.  But if you don't leave the house without something on your head, you're totally going to fall in love with these custom eco friendly caps and hats.  These high-quality hats are eco-friendly because of their organic materials.  For example, the super-attractive promotional Dri-Duck wildlife organic hat is made from 100% organic cotton chino twill.  Not only does this fine material allow the cap to be extremely comfortable, but it also means it was made with limited impact to the environment. 

2.  Electronics

Although we've all used a solar-powered calculator at one point or another, few people know the extent to which electronics can be eco-friendly.  But there are actually many different promotional energy-friendly products!  One great example of an electronic item that'll make you say, "That's eco-friendly?" is the promo water powered alarm clock.  This amazing item uses just a splash of water to keep you up-to-date on the time.  Users simply fill with water to activate.  There are also energy-friendly flashlights, eco-smart dynamo cell phone chargers, and more. 

3.  Messenger bags

While we absolutely love recycled tote bags and biodegradable plastic bags, many people don't realize that fancy bags can be eco-friendly, too.  Take the logo natural recycled cotton messenger bag, for example.  The fact that this bag is environmentally friendly is going to blow them all out of the water!  Made from 85% recycled cotton, this product can be used for everything, from commuting to work to carrying books to and from class.  Everyone's going to be thrilled to know such a trendy-looking bag is also safe for the environment! 

The next time you choose to go green for your promotional campaign, remember that you're not as limited as you think!  In fact, there are pages and pages of environmentally friendly promotional products through which you can browse.  We love recycled pens and biodegradable bags, but sometimes it's fun to think outside the box.  Plus, you're just going to love hearing people say "Eco-friendly what?"

Introduction: Nicholas Palumbo

July 21, 2011 17:08 by Nick
            

Hey all,

It's Nicholas from the Merchandising department at your favorite promotional products website, Motivators. Some of you may not know this but I used to work for an eco-friendly publishing company! I know my way around a ton of the eco-friendly products we carry and can easily answer questions you might have about products here. So it was only a matter of time until I became a contributor for  the Go Green Blog! 
With that said, I spent one year at Our Green Book, an annual publication that includes articles on green products and services and an overwhelming directory of green and eco-aware companies. The best part of working for Our Green Book was all the research and products I got to test out.
My favorite product to use was a promotional eco-friendly water bottle. On the Motivators site, it's #53462. The bottle was huge and the logo for our company came out superbly. But what makes this bottle stand out the most (besides its neon hue) is that this bottle is made in the USA which saves on shipping fuels and decreases carbon footprint. And the bottle itself is a promotional biodegradable product! There really isn't a thing about this bottle that I would consider bad for the environment.
And with that, I will have more recommendations of products I have used, played with or come across as well as other cool recommendations to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

 

Stay green,

Nicholas Palumbo

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Less Meat and Cheese: Good For Our Health AND Our Environment?

July 19, 2011 15:46 by Brandon
            

Somewhere deep down we all know that we should limit our intake of red meat and fatty cheeses.  Many of us realize that these high-fat sources of protein can't be good for our bodies.  Some go as far as to suggest that too much meat can increase the risk of disease and some cancers.

But what might come as a surprise is that eating less meat and cheese can help lessen our impact on the environment.  According to a Huffington Post article by Lynne Peeples, a recent report released by the Environmental Working Group asserts that "if each American cuts meat and cheese from their diet for one day a week it would be equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road."

This estimate is incredibly shocking.  And although cattle are necessary for keeping soil nutrient rich for crop fertility, the fact remains:  "During the digestive process, the ruminant animals naturally generate methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide."  Less consumption of red meat would decrease our need to breed cattle, and therefore help limit the release of the harmful methane gas.

The report certainly gives everyone something to think about.  How willing are you to cut back on your daily intake of lamb, beef, pork, and cheese in order to help the environment?

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What Kind of Eco-Friendly are You?

July 15, 2011 15:17 by Brandon
            

There are several different categories of items that can be defined as "environmentally friendly."  Some are biodegradable, while others are made from natural products.  Everybody has his or her own preference.  So what kind of eco-friendly are you?

Some of the most popular environmentally friendly promotional items are ones that are made from recycled materials.  These make great giveaways because their recycled properties are very recognizable, and will therefore impress all recipients.  You'd be surprised by how many recycled items are available to choose from, too.  A great recycled item is the custom imprinted nine inch flyer.  It's made from 100% recycled materials, and offers a large imprint area for customized messages.  This recycled promotional product will help your company soar to success! 

Others prefer biodegradable items.  This group of products can be easily broken down by living organisms, so the products have a less harmful impact on our beautiful earth.  The types of promotional products that can be made to be biodegradable are almost limitless.  They include bags, water bottles, pet dishes, and more.  Explore our huge selection of biodegradable promotional products to find the perfect green item for your next promotional campaign!

Another group of highly popular eco items is organic promotional products.  These items are particularly great because they are made from materials that were grown without any harmful pesticides or fertilizers.  There are t-shirts that are made from organic cotton, as well as lip balm that's made from organic ingredients like palm oil and beeswax. 

No matter what kind of eco-friendly products are your favorite, one fact remains true:  Buying environmentally friendly promotional products is beneficial to our earth and generations of people to come.  So whether you're a biodegradable type of person or prefer products made from organic materials, keep up the good work!

What's Stopping Us? Slow Pick-up of Solar Panels

July 12, 2011 16:39 by Brandon
            

Solar power plants, which produce power through the conversion of sunlight into electricity, have been in existence for over 30 years.  And yet most of us still rely on traditional forms of energy to light our homes and offices.  What's the deal with solar energy, and why have Americans been so slow to adopt it?

According to a New York Times article by Diane Cardwell, despite Mayor Bloomberg's push of a "go green" lifestyle in New York (which includes huge incentives for installing and utilizing solar panels), very few city residents have gone through with the process.  This is at least in part due to the fact that not every building is eligible for sun-driven power, reports Cardwell.  "Not every building is suitable; the panels should be placed at a 30- to 40-degree angle facing south to maximize their power," Cardwell's article states.

 

Similarly, according to Cardwell, installing solar panels on roofs that are too small or do not receive enough direct sunlight is simply a waste of money.  The mess involved in having these power devices put in is understandably a turn-off for many residents.  However, Cardwell reports that the Buildings Department in New York is responding to this dissatisfaction with a plan to change its procedures.

Once these provisions are made, we're certain New Yorkers and Americans in general will begin to pick up on the solar energy technology.  After all, a $7 electricity bill and incentives that cover installation fees almost 100% are too good to pass up.

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Keeping Beaches Clean

July 8, 2011 16:47 by Brandon
            

As you're flocking to the beaches this summer, remember that many items we usually take to the shore many not be the most environmentally friendly.  From plastic beach toys that get swept away by the sea to the trash that never ends up in the garbage, the summer months can certainly take a toll on the sand and the surf.  But fortunately there are products you can confidently take to the beach without worrying about their negative impact on the environment. 

The custom imprinted recycled sand pail is a clean alternative to the harmful plastic toys families often take to the beach.  It's made from 100% recycled material, so you can feel good about passing this out to the kids.  Plus, it's sure to help them make some killer sand castles! 

For more mature beach-goers, the custom imprinted ECO blanket is also a great choice.  The eco-friendly blanket is perfect for sprawling out on the sandy beach.  The extra-soft fleece blanket is made from 80% rayon (which is a material derived from bamboo) and 20% cotton.

As you can see, there are plenty of promotional eco-friendly outdoor products from which to choose.  So the next time you're headed to the beach, make the responsible choice.  Keep the beaches clean for all to enjoy!

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Making Fuel from Fatty Foods?

July 6, 2011 16:17 by Brandon
            

Several news sources reported earlier this week that fast-food giant McDonald's will run its trucks in the United Arab Emirates using a very unusual form of fuel.   

According to an article by Vivian Salama on Bloomberg.com, "McDonald's UAE and privately held Neutral Fuels LLC formed a venture to produce biodiesel using recycled vegetable oil from the fast food retailer's outlets in the United Arab Emirates."  This will be the first plant in the Gulf nation that is licensed to make biodiesel, reports Salama. The new form of fuel will be used in all delivery trucks within the Arab country, eliminating the need to import diesel.

This isn't the first step McDonald's has taken to clean up its act.  As reported on CBSNews.com, according to the Associated Press, biofuel is already being used in the company's vehicles in England and Austria.  Hopefully other large corporations will soon follow in McDonald's eco-friendly footsteps. 

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Have an Environmentally Friendly Fourth

July 1, 2011 15:22 by Brandon
            

Monday is the 4th of July, which means that this weekend will be chock-full of barbeques, picnics, and more. You can make it an eco-friendly fourth by incorporating some of the following eco-friendly promotional products into your weekend plans. There are many items you can opt to use in order to reduce your negative impact on the environment.

If you're planning on hosting an Independence Day BBQ, then you'll be pleased to know you can utilize eco-friendly items. For example, you can use this eco-friendly, custom imprinted non woven apron.  Made from 90 gram non-woven polypropylene, this item is sure to have a limited impact on our Earth. Plus, it's great-looking! 

Another big part of the 4th of July is the fireworks. However, in the dark night, people can trip and harm themselves or others. To prevent accidents in the dark, stock up on this fantastic environmentally-friendly dyno light. Its bulbs are powered by a hand crank, so you won't have to worry about wasting electricity. What a great way to light up the night without negatively impacting the environment! 

It's an unfortunate reality that not all of us will experience blue skies and gorgeous weather conditions this July 4th. So if rain's in your town's forecast, then you'll definitely want to think about investing in an eco-friendly umbrella.  These fabulous items are so attractive that you won't believe they're made from recycled materials!  They'll keep you dry and happy, even if the forecast calls for a soggy Independence Day.

 

No matter what your plans are for the holiday weekend, you can make it an eco-friendly Fourth by following these tips.  Just because it's a holiday doesn't mean our planet should suffer!  Remember to always consider your impact on the environment.

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