My, how quiet we are this week!
I'm going to start making a little joyful noise by sharing a few links I read through recently. Here's a cheer for gradual changeDetox Your Home
The products we rely on to keep us safe from germs actually contain hundreds of chemicals associated with health concerns such as asthma, allergies, skin and eye irritation—even cancer.
There’s no need to call in the EPA—here’s how to detoxify your home and start cleaning with eco-friendly products.
What I like about Health.com is a broad and consistent entry-level compilation of health-related information that is practical, easy to read, and linked to deeper resources. There's also a fair level of encouragement, without preaching or browbeating. Everyday Envitonmentalist
Remember when "environmentalist" meant…recycling?
It's not so simple anymore. Being an environmentalist today calls for a whole new level of greener thinking — from what you choose at the grocery store to how you commute to work every day.
So check out these tips from Nature Conservancy staff and leading environment bloggers on how to make personal, science-based choices to help save the planet
I like the one about using a push mower: cutting the grass for one hour with a gasoline-powered mower creates about as much air pollution as a 100-mile car ride: up to 4,000 micrograms per hour of potentially cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Besides linking to the study, in Environmental Science & Technology
, he mentions that using a push mower burns more calories. The combination of serious science and hands-on daily life perspectives is attractive to me. I like Nature Conservancy's bit of additional depth where the science is concerned, and their low use of ads that move is much appreciated.
I thought this blog post on Recycling e-waste
from geeks.com was perfect "green" food for their readership.
More than 1.5 million tons of e-waste—TVs, computer monitors, desktop computers, cell phones, batteries etc., are thrown into landfills and incinerators around the United States every year. These electronic computer parts contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. Did you know that a typical 17-inch computer monitor contains about 2.2 pounds of lead and a 27-inch television could produce as much as 8 pounds? As a result, the toxins are released into the air and water, making e-waste a public health issue as well an environmental one. Beryllium is commonly found on motherboards and connectors and is a known human carcinogen.
When I was young and unknowing I tipped my first dead TV into a dumpster. Never again. At this point I look at TV/monitor ownership as a cradle to grave responsibility: they shall be recycled.
All three of these reminded me of how different a way of life can look after a few gradual changes take root over time. 20 years ago we got curbside recycling service from the garbage company, and I felt great about recycling paper grocery bags. This week's grocery shopping came home in my own cloth bags. Last year some of the grocery store clerks were a little thrown by me bringing my own bags. This year it's old hat.
On a web content dev level, I appreciate seeing links to solid science factoids along side common sense. It gives validity to the text, and offers readers a feeling of depth. I like a little light reading that comes with a sense of having learned something. Besides, anyone can write an article about a shoulda-coulda-woulda. I appreciate seeing information presented persuasively, but in a way that is respectful of readers who like to think on their own. That adds to both trust and curiosity.
Edited by AbleReach, 21 April 2008 - 11:28 PM.