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Why My Purse is Green

Because I believe…

  • the fastest, most effective way to stop polluters is by pressuring them in the marketplace
  • women can be the world’s most powerful economic and environmental force if we intentionally shift our spending to the best green products and services
  • women have the power right now to solve many of our most serious environmental problems by using our green purses to make a difference
  • women must act – intentionally, collectively, and with the full force of our purse power behind us – if we hope to leave our children and grandchildren a better world.
  • December 11, 2013

    Is It Time to Give Your Office a Green Make-Over?

    Greencleaning  People spend almost a third of their lives at work, yet many offices and industries haven’t taken important steps to “green” their facilities. That’s a mistake, for two key reasons:

    ·         1) Research shows that productivity increases when people work in a healthier environment.

    ·         2) Cleaning green can actually save companies money by reducing waste and materials use as well as the number of sick days employees claim.

    Plus, conventional cleaning products can have a negative impact on the environment. Aerosol sprays emit fine particles, contributing to air pollution that can irritate the eyes, skin or lungs. Wastewater flushed down a drain can enter the water system and harm aquatic life. Throwaway cleaning materials, like paper towels and single-use plastic bottles, can create a lot of trash.

    But how do you make the transition to green cleaning? GreenFacilities, an environmentally certified cleaning consultancy based in the UK and the underwriters of this article,  recommend a process that can work for many kinds of businesses, from retailers to gyms to hospitals and everything in between.

    Start with an Audit

    Take stock of how your business is currently being cleaned. For example,

    ·         * What chemicals are in the cleaning products that are being used? They may be “standard” to the cleaning industry, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are safe when people are exposed to them repeatedly over time. 

    ·         * What machinery is being used? Is it effective at actually pulling dirt and dust out of your indoor environment, rather than simply displacing them? Does it operate as efficiently as possible, using energy and water wisely?

    ·         *How much waste does the cleaning process generate? Do cleaners use throwaway paper towels and one-use plastic bottles, rather than reusable containers and washable cloth?

    ·        * How much time and money are being spent on cleaning currently? Where can you shift spending to greener products and services that will protect the workplace as well as the environment?

     Develop a Green Cleaning Plan

     Once you have the complete picture, take steps to green every part of the process.

    ·         * Ensure that any chemicals used in your workplace minimize human exposure to toxins and have no negative environmental impacts. Look for certifications from non-profit organizations like Green Seal, which have issued environmental standards for green cleaning products used in offices and industrial settings.

    ·         * Replace old and outdated equipment with newer models that save energy and water and are effective at eliminating dust and dirt.

    ·         * Switch to cleaning cloths, refillable bottles, and any other cleaning accessories that can be reused, rather than thrown away. Determine what can be recycled, and ensure that it is.

    Create a Schedule

     With new green processes in place, optimize your current cleaning schedule to increase effectiveness while reducing costs. In most cases, the transition from “dirty” to green cleaning should be straightforward and easy to implement in relatively short order. Your employees – and the planet – will thank you!


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    April 18, 2013

    Easy #EarthDay Action: Go Paperless

    I usually don't like info graphics but this one makes it very clear why it's important to use less paper. Thought many of us have already cut back on the amount of junk mail we receive and documents we print, here are five resources that will help you get to almost zero paper in no time. What strategies do you use to save paper?

    • 1. Swap your print catalogs for digital catalogs via Catalog Spree
    • 2. Stop unwanted paper mail via PaperKarma
    • 3. Read your magazines on apps like Zinio
    • 4. Read your newspapers on your iPad with apps like Flipboard
    • 5. Subscribe to e-statements from your banking and financial institutions
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