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Green Products are safe, recyclable, reusable, sustainable and a lot healthier for you and the planet, the same planet that provides you with life. Living Green - Bio-Plastics.

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Eco-Friendly Product SealThings that are meant to be thrown away should only be made when they can be effectively recycled.

Planned Obsolescence is abusive and wasteful, and it should be illegal because it's the same thing as stealing. Smart Development.

Green-Washing is a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization's products, aims or policies are environmentally friendly. Greenwashing is when an organization spends more time and money on marketing itself as environmentally friendly than on actually minimizing its environmental impact. It's a deceitful marketing gimmick intended to mislead consumers who prefer to buy goods and services from environmentally conscious brands. Nature-Rinsing is when polluting companies use images of charismatic animals, green plants, and wild landscapes to suggest that they’re more environmentally friendly than they actually are.

Seven Sins of Greenwashing. The sin of the hidden trade-off describes a situation where an environmental issue is seemingly solved, but this solution contributes to. The sin of no proof describes environmental claims that are not backed by factual evidence or third-party certification another concerning issue. The sin of vagueness describes environmental claims that lack specificity and so are deemed meaningless. The sin of worshipping false labels describes the creation of false certifications or labels to mislead consumers. The sin of irrelevance describes products and services that advertise an obvious environmental feature that simply doesn’t matter. The sin of lesser of two evils states the environmental benefits of a product or service that have no environmental benefits to begin with. The sin of fibbing describes environmental claims that are blatantly false.

Chevron Ad. Nothing is more precious than life, except money. (youtube)

Money Influences Bad Behavior - Illegal Logging.

Keep Companies who claim they're Green Honest (Green Washing Index).

Propaganda - Hypocrites - Scammers - Monopolies

Planet of the Humans is a 2019 American environmental documentary film that examines mainstream environmental groups partnerships with billionaires, corporations, and wealthy family foundations in the fight to save the planet. Green energy technology is increasing, but at the same time, oil and natural gas use and production is increasing. Most green energy technologies still rely on oil and natural gas to some degree. So biomass energy, wind power, and solar energy are not as clean and renewable as they are portrayed to be. But there is some propaganda in this film, even when the film talks about propaganda, which is weird. The millions of people who are living off grid are the only people who will be protected when the system collapses. But even then, vulnerabilities and risks are still present. Energy Use Reduction.

The Fraud of Plastic Recycling. How Big Oil and the plastics industry deceived the public for decades and caused the plastic waste crisis. Evidence that Big Oil and the plastics industry knew they were deceiving the public about plastic recycling, including never-before-seen documents published here for the first time. Petrochemicals are components derived from oil and gas that are used in all sorts of daily products such as plastics, fertilizers, packaging, clothing, digital devices, medical equipment, detergents and tires are becoming the largest drivers of global oil demand, in front of cars, planes and trucks, according to a major study by the International Energy Agency.

Tech Companies Underreport CO2 Emissions. Study reveals missing data for scope 3 greenhouse gases. Companies in the digital technology industry are significantly underreporting the greenhouse gas emissions arising along the value chain of their products. Across a sample of 56 major tech companies surveyed, more than half of these emissions were excluded from self-reporting in 2019. At approximately 390 megatons carbon dioxide equivalents, the omitted emissions are in the same ballpark as the carbon footprint of Australia. The research team has developed a method for spotting sources of error and calculating the omitted disclosures.

Clarity needed for businesses to achieve greenhouse gas mitigation. Despite efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, companies are not set up for success, due to conflicting national and sectorial targets and differing availability of abatement options, a new study reveals.

Green doesn't always mean clean: Cleaning products urgently need better regulation, researchers warn. Many cleaning products labeled as 'green' emit just as many harmful chemicals as regular products, new research has revealed.

Ecolabel Index is the largest global directory of ecolabels, currently tracking 456 ecolabels in 199 countries, and 25 industry sectors.

Greenopia is an independent rating system for eco-friendly businesses and services making making it easy to eat, shop and live green.

Package Free Shop sells sustainable, green, eco friendly, plastic free products to help you live a zero waste, minimalist, and low impact lifestyle. (137 Grand Street Brooklyn, NY 11249 Open Daily 11:00 am - 7:00 pm).


Water Use and Pollution during Clothing Production. About 20 percent of industrial water pollution is due to garment manufacturing, while the world uses 5 trillion liters (1.3 trillion gallons) of water each year for fabric dyeing alone, enough to fill 2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools. The world now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. This is 400% more than the amount we consumed just two decades ago. As new clothing comes into our lives, we also discard it at a shocking pace. The average American now generates 82 pounds of textile waste each year. 20,000 liters of water just to make one shirt and one pair of pants from one kilogram of cotton. Recycling Textiles.

3 creative ways to fix fashion's waste problem: Amit Kalra (video and text)

Waste Couture: Environmental Impact of the Clothing Industry. The fashion industry leaves a pollution footprint, with each step of the clothing life cycle generating potential environmental and occupational hazards. For example, polyester, the most widely used manufactured fiber, is made from petroleum. With the rise in production in the fashion industry, demand for man-made fibers, especially polyester, has nearly doubled in the last 15 years, according to figures from the Technical Textile Markets. The manufacture of polyester and other synthetic fabrics is an energy-intensive process requiring large amounts of crude oil and releasing emissions including volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, and acid gases such as hydrogen chloride, all of which can cause or aggravate respiratory disease. Volatile monomers, solvents, and other by-products of polyester production are emitted in the wastewater from polyester manufacturing plants. The EPA, under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, considers many Textile Manufacturing facilities to be Hazardous Waste generators. Issues of environmental health and safety do not apply only to the production of man-made fabrics. Cotton, one of the most popular and versatile fibers used in clothing manufacture, also has a significant environmental footprint. This crop accounts for a quarter of all the pesticides used in the United States, the largest exporter of cotton in the world, according to the USDA. The U.S. cotton crop benefits from subsidies that keep prices low and production high. The high production of cotton at subsidized low prices is one of the first spokes in the wheel that drives the globalization of fashion. Much of the cotton produced in the United States is exported to China and other countries with low labor costs, where the material is milled, woven into fabrics, cut, and assembled according to the fashion industry’s specifications. China has emerged as the largest exporter of fast fashion, accounting for 30% of world apparel exports, according to the UN Commodity Trade Statistics database. In her 2005 book The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, Pietra Rivoli, a professor of international business at the McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University, writes that each year Americans purchase approximately 1 billion garments made in China, the equivalent of four pieces of clothing for every U.S. citizen. According to figures from the U.S. National Labor Committee, some Chinese workers make as little as 12–18 cents per hour working in poor conditions. And with the fierce global competition that demands ever lower production costs, many emerging economies are aiming to get their share of the world’s apparel markets, even if it means lower wages and poor conditions for workers. Increasingly, clothing being imported to the United States comes from countries as diverse as Honduras and Bangladesh. Once bought, an estimated 21% of annual clothing purchases stay in the home, increasing the stocks of clothing and other textiles held by consumers, according to Recycling of Low Grade Clothing Waste, a September 2006 report by consultant Oakdene Hollins. The report calls this stockpiling an increase in the “national wardrobe,” which is considered to represent a potentially large quantity of latent waste that will eventually enter the solid waste stream. According to the EPA Office of Solid Waste, Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year, and clothing and other textiles represent about 4% of the municipal solid waste. But this figure is rapidly growing. Landfills.

Sustainable Urban Apparel

Ethical Clothing - Ethical Clothing Australia

Hartshorn salt and 'baking' solves a serious environmental problem. Polyester is the second most used textile in the world and an environmental menace, especially because most of it never gets recycled. The fabric, a blend of plastic and cotton, has been difficult for the industry to separate and therefore recycle. Now, a group of young chemists has invented a green and surprisingly simple solution using a single household ingredient.

Eco Fashion World - Zero Impact Gear

Purity Style - Corbeaux Clothing

Lab Fresh - 100% premium cotton shirts repeals stains and odor and is moisture wicking.

Venturi Adjustable Belt - E-Conscious

Eco Clothes Hangers - Bamboo Hangers

How to Iron a Shirt (youtube)

How to Fold Shirts Perfectly (fold, roll and tuck)
Clothes Color Dying, Dyecoo

Allmade Eco-Friendly T-Shirts, made for a living wage, benefiting orphan care and prevention in Haiti. 2 billion t-shirts are produced every year, using fibers like industrial cotton, which is often grown in regions with minimal regulations—directly exposing workers and the environment to deadly pesticides and herbicides that are outlawed in the U.S. These materials are then transported across the globe using bunker fuel, a heavy oil residue so toxic most countries won’t let ships use it within 200 miles of shore. They are then spun into yarn, knitted into fabric, and sewn into garments by workers, some of whom are children, in sweatshop conditions, for a wage that does not allow them to meet even their most basic needs. In countries like Haiti, this translates to an increase in orphans, many of whom’s parents were forced to give them up because they couldn’t afford to care for them. All of which allows a handful of large manufacturers to sell the blank garments at a low, wholesale rate to screen printers, who then sell t-shirts with printed designs to consumers. The increased cost of sustainable materials often prevents screen printers from offering better choices to their customers, many of whom are unknowledgeable about the conditions under which their shirts are made—resulting in a pattern of exploitative production.

Stony Creek Colors is American grown natural colorants that are a cleaner and safer replacement for synthetic dyes used in the textile and fashion industry.

High-Quality Silk Biopolymers - BioSteel high-strength based fiber material made of the recombinant spider silk-like protein extracted from the milk of transgenic goats, made by Nexia Biotechnologies. Future Craft Bio-Fabric.

Recombinant DNA molecules are DNA molecules formed by laboratory methods of genetic recombination (such as molecular cloning) to bring together genetic material from multiple sources, creating sequences that would not otherwise be found in the genome. Recombinant DNA is possible because DNA molecules from all organisms share the same chemical structure. They differ only in the nucleotide sequence within that identical overall structure.

Transgene is a gene or genetic material that has been transferred naturally, or by any of a number of genetic engineering techniques from one organism to another. The introduction of a transgene has the potential to change the phenotype of an organism.

Pact Organic Cotton. No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton. It doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton. Organic certification in manufacturing requires dyes to meet biodegradability/eliminability standards, the proper treatment of water, and prohibits the use of toxic heavy metals. Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safe. They are not exposed to toxic chemicals in the field or through their food and water supply. It also means farmers grow more than one crop which supplements their food and income. In India, farmers have the added benefit of earning the Fair Trade premium. Our organic cotton is certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. One of the key pillars of GOTS is the protection of workers’ rights. Employment is freely chosen, working conditions are safe and hygienic, living wages are paid, no discrimination is practiced, and no child labor is used.

Conventional cotton
uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides. In addition, the World Bank estimates that around 20% of industrial water pollution in the world comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. Not to mention the issues around forced labor, child labor, and factory collapses.

Biomass Plants

Cotton of the Carolinas offers a level of transparency you won’t find anywhere else. Every shirt can be tracked from the farm to the finished product using a combination of unique color threads found on the inside of each t-shirt. If you’re tired of buying clothing with nothing but a meaningless country of origin on the tag, then this is the shirt for you! Know what you’re buying and who it impacts! Grown in the USA. Certified organic cotton. Made in the Carolinas. Transparent supply chain. Water-based inks. No-feel print with REHANCE. Medium weight: 5.4oz. Shirt Attributes: 100% Carolina-grown cotton, 5.4 oz ring-spun jersey. Double needle stitching on critical seams. Shoulder-to-shoulder interior neck taping for added durability. Small, inconspicuous size tab in the neck.

A Scientific Advance for Cool Clothing. Stanford Engineers Use SDSC’s ‘Comet’ to develop a Plastic Fabric that Cools the Skin.

Researchers design moisture-responsive workout suit. Ventilating flaps lined with live cells open and close in response to an athlete’s sweat.

Shoes made from Ocean Plastic.

Parley - The Shoe that Grows

Custom Fit Sandals for Personalized Comfort. The world's first custom-fit sandals, digitally mapped from your smartphone. 3D printed in USA.

Coalatree Trailhead Pants, Packable, Durable, & Stain Proof and waterproof, durable, packable, & versatile, making them the ultimate everyday mountain to city pant.

Wearing clothes could release more microfibers to the environment than washing them. Scientists from the Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials of the National Research Council of Italy (IPCB-CNR) and the University of Plymouth compared four different items of polyester clothing and how many fibres were released when they were being worn and washed. The results showed that up to 4,000 fibres per gram of fabric could be released during a conventional wash, while up to 400 fibres per gram of fabric could be shed by items of clothing during just 20 minutes of normal activity. Scaled up, the results indicate that one person could release almost 300million polyester microfibres per year to the environment by washing their clothes, and more than 900million to the air by simply wearing the garments. In addition, there were significant differences depending on how the garments were made, which the researchers concluding that clothing design and manufacturer has a major role to play in preventing microfibres from being emitted to the environment. The study compared four different garments, which were washed at 40°C with any released fibres being collected. It showed that anywhere between 700 and 4,000 individual fibres could be released per gram of fabric during a single wash. The polyester/cotton garment showed the greatest release during both washing and wearing, with a woven polyester one releasing the least quantity of microfibres. However, based on the overall results, the researchers say previous estimations of microplastic pollution have actually underestimated the importance of synthetic textiles since they did not take into account the quantities released directly into the air.

Clothes Dryers are an underappreciated source of airborne microfibers. A pilot study reports that a single dryer could discharge up to 120 million microfibers annually -- considerably more than from washing machines.

Cooking Food using the Sun

Solar Cooker is a device which uses the energy of direct sunlight to heat, cook or pasteurize drink. Many solar cookers currently in use are relatively inexpensive, low-tech devices, although some are as powerful or as expensive as traditional stoves, and advanced, large-scale solar cookers can cook for hundreds of people.

Solar Ovens - Solar Oven (amazon)

Solar Cooking

Parabolic Reflector is a reflective surface used to collect or project energy such as light, sound, or radio waves. Its shape is part of a circular paraboloid, that is, the surface generated by a parabola revolving around its axis. The parabolic reflector transforms an incoming plane wave traveling along the axis into a spherical wave converging toward the focus. Conversely, a spherical wave generated by a point source placed in the focus is reflected into a plane wave propagating as a collimated beam along the axis.

Parabolic Mirror Solar Cooker (concave mirror, solar funnel cooker)
SolSource Classic Solar Cooker. Powerful 1,000 watt cooking zone so you can grill, sauté and boil.

Concentrated Sunlight - Solar Heat
Compare Solar Cookers
Solar Cookers Basics

Solar Grill Collects thermal energy from the sun and store it to allow cooking times for up to twenty five hours at temperatures above 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Solar Grill
SMILE (youtube)
Solavore Solar Oven
Gosun Stove
Infinity Bakery
Bio Cutleries
Edible Cutlery

Portable Stoves - Induction Cooking

Z Grills Elite 900: Affordable Wood Pellet Grill Grills, Smokes, Bakes, Roasts, Braises and BBQs. Digital Heat Control & Perfect Temperature Smoking.

Biocopac Plus product aims to replace BPA or Bisphenol A. Sustainable bio-based coating from tomato processing by-products for food metal packaging.


Toilet or Loo is a piece of hardware used for the collection or disposal of human urine and feces.

Potty is a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination.

Toilet Info Graph (image) - Info-Graphic (image)

Dry Toilet is a toilet that operates without flush water, unlike a flush toilet.

Waterless Toilet - Water Efficient Toilets - Niagara Conservation

Composting Toilet is a type of toilet that treats human excreta by a biological process called composting.

Natures Head Composting Toilet is self-contained, waterless and urine diverting.

Compost Toilets - Composting Toilet

Pyrolysis is the thermal decomposition of materials at elevated temperatures in an inert atmosphere. It involves the change of chemical composition and is irreversible.

Anaerobic Digestion is a collection of processes by which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.

Anaerobic Organism is any organism that does not require oxygen for growth. It may react negatively or even die if oxygen is present. (In contrast, an aerobic organism (aerobe) is an organism that can survive and grow in an oxygenated environment.)

Compost Era - Compostera - Janicki

Bio-Energy - Waste Energy - Human Poop is Fuel to Burn

Portable Toilet is a toilet that may easily be moved around. They may be toilets that can be brought on site, such as a festival or building site, to quickly provide sanitation services. Others may be toilets within mobile vehicles, such as boats or caravans. Some are re-usable and may be moved on to further sites, others are easily installed but become permanent once in place. A major characteristic is that most types do not require any pre-existing services to be provided on-site, such as sewerage disposal, but are completely self-contained.

Iota - Folding Toilet (youtube)
Francis de los Reyes (video)
Living Machines (biomimicry)
Michael Hoffman's Toilet is Solar Powered and Generates
Hydrogen Gas and Electricity
Waste Energy
Sanitation Technologies
Janicki Bioenergy

Incinerating Toilet is a type of dry toilet that burns human feces instead of flushing them away with water, as does a flush toilet. Incinerating toilets are used only for niche applications, which include: Apartments with limited or difficult access to waste plumbing. Houses without access to drains, and where building a septic tank would be difficult or uneconomic. On yachts and canal barges, as an alternative to a "black water" holding tank, which needs to be pumped out occasionally. On mobile homes, RVs and caravans/(trailers). Incinerating toilets may be powered by electricity, gas, dried feces or other energy sources. Incinerating toilets gather excrement in an integral ashpan and then incinerate it, reducing it to pathogen-free ash. Some will also incinerate "grey water" created from showers and sinks.

Sanivation growing waste processing need from septic tanks and pit latrines.

Omni Processor is a group of physical, biological or chemical treatment processes to process fecal sludge – a mixture of human excreta and water – in developing countries.

Bidet or Toilet Paper? - Best Bidet Toilet Seat Washlet

Portable Toilet Waste Bags - Rest stop Solid and Liquid Waste Bag. Reliance Products Double Doodie Toilet Bag. Reliance Products Hassock Portable Lightweight Self-Contained Toilet. BioBag Toilet Waste Compostable Bags.

Pay Toilet is a public toilet that requires the user to pay. Bowl Movement Knowledge.

Public Toilet is a room or small building with one or more toilets (or urinals) available for use by the general public, or by customers or employees of a business. Public Flush Toilet Kiosks.

Outhouse is a small structure, separate from a main building, which covers one or more toilets. This is typically either a pit latrine (long drop) or a bucket toilet, but other forms of dry (non-flushing) toilets may be encountered.

2,400-Year-Old Toilet Found in China. According to a China Daily report, the lower parts of a flush toilet estimated to be 2,400 years old have been uncovered in northwestern China’s ancient city of Yueyang. The toilet consists of a bowl, which was situated indoors, and a pipe that led to an outdoor pit. Servants are thought to have poured water into the bowl every time it was used.

You Don't Know Sh*t: VICE (youtube)

More than 53 percent of Indian homes, about 70 percent in the villages, lack toilets. According to the UN, around 595 million people, or nearly half of India's population, defecates in the open.

2.5 billion people lack access to hygienic sanitation. Inadequate and unhygienic sanitation is the second largest cause of disease in the world. It leads to contaminated waterways and food supply, as well as infections like diarrhea, caused by direct contact with human waste.

Diarrheal disease kills nearly 1.6 million children each year. Children under age 5 suffer more from diarrheal diseases than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. This affects not only individual families, but entire economies. Developing countries lose ~2% of GDP each year due to lost worker productivity from sanitation-related diseases.

Eliminate Open Defecation - Hygiene

Sulabh International - Boeing Self-Cleaning Toilet uses Ultraviolet Light to kill 99.99 % of germs.

World Toilet Day - Toilet Day

Water, Sanitation for the Urban Poor

Community Led Total Sanitation

My Toilet - Smart Pipe

High-Quality Sanitation Facilities Recycling System for the toilet (youtube)

Sanitation Infrastructure

Aerosolization is the process or act of converting some physical substance into the form of particles small and light enough to be carried on the air, an aerosol can arise from flushing a toilet.

Pee Power Light - Urine-tricity

Poo-Gloos - Bio-Bomes

Water Saving Tools

Low-Flush Toilet is a flush toilet that uses significantly less water than a full-flush toilet. Low-flush toilets use 4.8 litres (1.3 US gal; 1.1 imp gal) or less per flush, as opposed to 6 litres (1.6 US gal; 1.3 imp gal) or more. They came into use in the United States in the 1990s, in response to water conservation concerns. Low-flush toilets include single-flush models and dual-flush toilets, which typically use 1.6 USgpf for the full flush and 1.28 US for a reduced flush. (also known as low-flow toilet or high-efficiency toilet).

How to Fix Condensation on a Toilet Tank before the dripping water rots out your bathroom floor. If you've noticed what happens to an iced drink on a humid summer day, you'll have an idea why your toilet is sweaty. When warm, damp air hits a cold surface, condensation forms. Just as you slip a coaster under a sweaty glass to prevent condensation from leaving a wet ring, you can install a drip tray under the toilet tank to catch the excess moisture. Insulate the Tank. installing a new low-flow toilet that uses less water at each flush. anti-sweat valve mixing valve.

Slow Closing Toilet Seat lowers very slowly and makes no sound when it comes to the closed position. Designed with special toilet seat hinges it closes on its own as soon as you start to push it down.

Bidet or Toilet Paper

Americans use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper every year, representing the pulping of some 15 million trees. This involves 473,587,500,000 gallons of water to produce the paper and 253,000 tons of chlorine for bleaching, toilet paper manufacturing also requires about 17.3 terawatts of electricity annually, and then on top of that, significant amounts of energy and materials are used in packaging and in transportation of toilet paper to retail outlets. A single roll of toilet paper requires 37 gallons of water, 1.3 kilowatt/hours (KWh) of electricity and some 1.5 pounds of wood. The average person in the U.S. uses about 100 rolls of toilet paper each year.

Bidets water use amount is trivial compared to how much water we use to produce toilet paper.

Nebia Bidet

Almost 80 percent of all infectious diseases are passed on by human contact and that only about half of us actually wash our hands after using the facilities—making hands-free bidets a safer alternative all around.

Bidet with a composting sawdust toilet could make the ultimate green bathroom.

The ideal method for cleaning your butt after a bowel movement would probably be a water bath followed by careful, gentle, and immediate drying, whether that’s with toilet paper or a jet of warm air. 

Bidet Shower sometimes colloquially called a "Muslim shower" or "bum gun" is a hand-held triggered nozzle, similar to that on a kitchen sink sprayer, that delivers a spray of water to assist in anal cleansing and cleaning the genitals after defecation and urination.

Toilet Types

Japanese Toilet. The innovation in modern Japanese toilets is actually in the seat. These electric toilet seats spray water to cleanse one’s bottom or female genital area. The spray of water is initiated by a remote control panel near or attached to the seat. In addition, these toilet seats can come with a lot of bells and whistles: heated seats and spray, pressure sensors to only activate when someone is sitting on it, dryers, motion sensors to open the lid when someone walks in the room, the ability to speak, and brushed steel luxury remote controls - almost any feature you can imagine actually. What if there is a power outage and your electric toilet seat is rendered inert? You can still use toilet paper and flush it like a regular toilet. In fact, you don’t have to use the bidet functions of the Japanese toilet at all, but you will because they are awesome! Even still, many users of bidets use some amount of toilet paper, especially for drying purposes.

British supermarket Sainsbury's discovered that reducing the size of a toilet paper tube from 123mm to 112mm would allow more rolls in each truck, taking 500 trucks off the road and reducing carbon emissions by 140 tonnes.

What does my poop say?

Showers for the Homeless

Shoes made from Wool Polymer-Opals Natural Colors

American Manufacturers

Enrou Market Place socially responsible brands to curate rare and beautiful products.

Overflow in a Bathroom Sink serves two purposes: 1: It diverts rising water back to the drain pipe. This helps prevent water from spilling onto your counter or floor, which could result in water damage. 2: The overflow allows air into the piping so your sink can remove water quickly.

Vitreous china is an enamel coating that is applied to ceramics, particularly porcelain, after they've been fired, though the name can also refer to the finished piece as a whole. The coating makes the porcelain tougher, denser, and shinier, and it is a common choice for things like toilets and sink basins.

Lighting - Light Bulbs

Incandescent Light Bulbs last about 1,000 hours or less than a year. ( Average $ .50 cents).

Compact Fluorescent Lamp or CFL bulbs last up to 6,000 hours or four years. (Average $2.00). CFL can save over $40 in electricity costs over the lamp's lifetime when compared to Incandescent .

Philips’ Endura LED A21 17-watt LED bulb has a rated life of 25,000 hours or 17 years and is 80 percent more energy-efficient than the traditional Incandescent Bulb (Consumes 80% less energy) This replacement for a 75 watt Incandescent Light Bulb has a light output of 1,100 lumens, has a color temperature of 2700k and a Color rendering index (CRI) of 80. ($45.00). Almost as good as the Centennial Light Bulb

LED Lights

The same CFL consumes 18–25 watts of energy but lasts only 4 years. So you have to ask how much time, people and resources it takes to build an LED and a CFL, and then also find out what's the environmental impact when building it and recycling it? When this is done you can then determine the actual cost of the product.

Fluorescent Lamps and Health - Hazard Waste - Cleaning a Broken CFL - Radio Waves

Toxic Stuff

Under the current law, the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA can only call for chemical safety testing if there is evidence demonstrating that a chemical is dangerous. The EPA has required testing of fewer than 200 of the 62,000 chemicals that were “grandfathered” in without testing for human safety when the TSCA was first enacted in 1976. As a result, many chemicals that scientists and environmental groups have raised concerns about continue to be used in common products like household cleaners and kitchenware, even though their safety has not been established.

Chemical Safety Improvement Act - Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 - Pollution - Consumer Protection - Toxins in Products

Home Made Product Ideas

Cleaning Tips Info-Graph (image)

How to make your own environmentally friendly cleaning products (youtube)

Robb's Homemade Life (DIY Videos on youtube)

DIY Information Resources

Rubbing a walnut directly over a scratch or ding in the wood can help the damage become less noticeable.

15 Exceptionally Useful Ways To Declutter your Life with Binder Clips

How to easily clean a Microwave in minutes with no cleaning products (youtube)

Unshrinking a Shrunken Sweater. Fill two basins with warm water, and add a cup of baby shampoo to one of them. Fold the sweater and gently place it on top of the shampoo-mix water. Let it sink on its own, approx. 15 min.. Gently transfer the sweater to the clean water basin — don’t wring it out! — and help ease the sweater until it is submerged in the water. Gently transfer the sweater to a towel (again, no wringing), unfold it and roll it up in the towel to remove excess water. Unroll the towel, then stretch the sweater to the size you want it. Let it dry on its own.

Sharing - To Share

Share is to divide something fairly and evenly. To give a piece of something to someone else. To give out your portion to be use jointly or in common.

Sharing is the joint use of a resource or space. In its narrow sense, it refers to joint or alternating use of inherently finite goods, such as a common pasture or a shared residence. It is also the process of dividing and distributing. There are many examples of this also happening in nature. When an organism takes in nutrition or oxygen for instance, its internal organs are designed to divide and distribute the energy taken in, to supply parts of its body that need it. Flowers divide and distribute their seeds. In a broader sense, it can also include free granting of use rights to goods that can be treated as nonrival goods, such as information. Still more loosely, "sharing" can actually mean giving something as an outright gift: for example, to "share" one's food really means to give some of it as a gift. Sharing is a basic component of human interaction, and is responsible for strengthening social ties and ensuring a person’s well-being. Earth Sharing.

Sharing Economy is peer-to-peer based sharing of access to goods and services which enables the optimization of resources through the mutualization of excess capacity in goods and services.

Wealth Sharing - Supplies - Caring

Taking Turns means that each person should have an equal amount of time sharing something that there is only one of.

Allocation is the act of distributing a portion or share of a resource for a specific purpose or plan.

Rationing is to allow each person to have only a fixed amount of a particular commodity. Rationing is the controlled distribution of scarce resources, goods, services, or an artificial restriction of demand. Rationing controls the size of the ration, which is one's allowed portion of the resources being distributed on a particular day or at a particular time. There are many forms of rationing, and in western civilization people experience some of them in daily life without realizing it. Supply and Demand.

The Ethics and Reality of Rationing in Medicine. Rationing is the allocation of scarce resources, which in health care necessarily entails withholding potentially beneficial treatments from some individuals. Rationing is unavoidable because need is limitless and resources are not. How rationing occurs is important because it not only affects individual lives but also expresses society’s most important values.

Public Trust Doctrine holds that certain natural resources like navigable waters are preserved in perpetuity for public use and enjoyment. Applying a banking analogy, the state serves as a trustee to maintain the trust or common resources for the benefit of current and future generations who are the beneficiaries. The principle that the sovereign holds in trust for public use, some resources such as shoreline between the high and low tide lines, regardless of private property ownership the sea, the shores of the sea, the air and running water was common to everyone.

Generous is willing to give and share unselfishly.

Mutual is something in common to be shared by two or more people. "mutual respect".

Shared Services is the provision of a service by one part of an organization or group where that service had previously been found in more than one part of the organization or group. Thus the funding and resourcing of the service is shared and the providing department effectively becomes an internal service provider. The key here is the idea of 'sharing' within an organization or group. This sharing needs to fundamentally include shared accountability of results by the unit from where the work is migrated to the provider. The provider on the other hand needs to ensure that the agreed results are delivered based on defined measures (KPIs, cost, quality etc.).

Buy Nothing Project encourages people to share what they have with others, without money changing hands. In five years the project has spread around the world with the help of more than 3,000 volunteers.

Communicate - Equality - Wealth

Give is transfer something concrete or abstract to somebody or to offer something in good faith and allow someone to have or take something from you. To Convey or reveal information or transmit knowledge or skills. To contribute to some cause. To bring about or bestow a compliment, a smile, a physical gesture, a regards or attention to someone. To be flexible under stress of physical force.

Present is to hand over something or give something formally, especially as an honor or as a reward. Present can also mean to bring something forward and cause something to become known personally to the mind.

Gift is something acquired without reciprocation. The act of giving. Gift can also mean to have natural abilities or qualities.

Gift Economy - Reciprocation - Working Together

If you don't share the same hobby as your friend, you still support them because you're happy to see them be happy enjoying their hobby.

Give a Little Bit is the opening song on Supertramp's 1977 album. - Give a little bit, give a little bit of your love to me. I'll give a little bit, give a little bit of my love to you. There's so much that we need to share, So send a smile and show you care. Give a little bit, I'll give a little bit of my life for you. So give a little bit, give a little bit of your time to me. See the man with the lonely eyes, Oh take his hand you'll be so surprised. Give a little bit, give a little bit of your love to me. I'll give a little bit, I'll give a little bit of my life for you. Now's the time that we need to share, So find yourself we're on our way back home. Oh we're going home, Don't you need, don't you need to get back home. Oh yeah we're going back. We got to get a feeling, Got to get a feeling. Get a feeling right now. We've come a long way, Oh what a long ride. We've come a long way, Oh can we sing it tonight.

Caring - To Care

Care is to feel concerned and interested in someone's wellbeing or to be concerned about something important. care is giving attention to someone and having responsibility for the safety of someone so as to avoid harm or danger to that person. care is the work of providing treatment and attending care for someone or something in need. Care is the activity involved in maintaining something in good working order.

Compassion - Duty of Care - Caring is Sharing.

Nurture is to care for and encourage the growth or development of someone. To help someone develop and grow by providing nourishment and knowledge. Caregiving - Child Care.

Concern is to have something on the mind that interests you because it is important to someone or something or that it affects you personally and is also relevant to the current situation. Concern is having a feeling of sympathy for someone or something.

Practical is concerned with actual use or practice. Guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory. Being actually such in almost every respect. Having or put to a practical purpose or use.

When something doesn't effect you, you don't care about it, or you don't care about something unless it effects you. You don't have to be personally effected by something in order to care about it. You care about something because you understand that a particular problem needs care. It's not that you care because you don't want to look like an ungrateful selfish asshole, or look like a scumbag. You care because caring is human nature. You care because you love to care. You care not to make yourself feel better, you care to make the world feel better. Caring will always be better than not caring, and the world will always be a better place when more people care and more people are caring.

Renting - Lending - Temporarily Borrowing

Renting is when something is needed only temporarily, as in the case of a special tool, a truck or a skip. When something is needed that may or may not be already owned but is not in proximity for use, such as renting an automobile or bicycle when away on a trip. Needing a cheaper alternative to buying, such as renting a movie: a person is unwilling to pay the full price for a movie, so they rent it for a lesser price, but give up the chance to view it again later. Renting is good for the environment if products are used more efficiently by maximizing utility rather than being disposed, overproduced and under utilized. Sharing.

Peer-to-Peer Renting refers to the process of an individual renting an owned good, service, or property to another individual. It is also referred to as Person-to-Person rental, P2P renting, Collaborative Consumption, the sharing economy and Product Service System. The term is mainly used to describe online enabled rental transactions between individuals.

Borrow is to receive something temporarily with a promise to give back at a specified time. Library.

Lend is to give someone something temporarily and let them have something for a limited time.

Loan is the temporary supply of money for a limited time. To give something useful or necessary to someone with a promise to give back at a specified time.

Collaborative Consumption the set of resource circulation systems, which enable consumers to both "obtain" and "provide", temporarily or permanently, valuable resources or services through direct interaction with other consumers or through a mediator. Collaborative consumption is not new; it has always existed (e.g. in the form of flea markets, swap meets, garage sales, car boot sales, and second-hand shops).

Co-ops - Creative Commons - Open Source

Common Ownership refers to property owned jointly by agreement, such as a public park freely available to everyone.

Happy Sharing - All You Need Next Door (youtube)

The case for collaborative consumption: Rachel Botsman: (video and interactive text)

Zilok for when you can't afford the gear that you need, you can borrow or rent gear from someone nearby.

Peerby Locate things to borrow.

Eco Freek searches over 45+ websites and 10,000 libraries worldwide for free and swappable items being given away by people who no longer need them.

Borrow Baby Stuff

Street Bank community-driven trading goods and services. The Story of Streetbank (vimeo)

Travel and Exchange Items (with People You Meet) (youtube)

Trade your Skills

Trading Skills
Shared Skills
Trade (fair-trade)

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