Get to know the specific ecosystem your home is located in (e.g., Oak Woodland, Grasslands) and select plants native to this ecosystem. New Home Location: If you are considering building a new home, seek out a location that has already been built on in the past (vs. The bottom layer of building paper would be installed next, overlapping the vertical leg of the flashing. Wood ash contains trace minerals that help to churn out a nutrient-rich soil for starting seedlings and cultivating container, vertical gardening, and greenhouse crops. The sun’s ultra-violet (UV) rays cause the wood to turn gray. Before you commence your repair effort, you must fix the cause of the problem. Precautionary Principle: states that when an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. THE SOLVENT IN THE WAX MAY HARM THE FINISH. Strong fume emissions may also be caused if your engine is flooded with gasoline. Avoid using pressure-treated lumber where it may come into contact with drinking water or food (such as cutting boards or for use in beehives). Tried removing the water mark off our teak table using the hot iron and cotton cloth (an old T-Shirt) Works perfectly, just as mentioned.
Energy Efficient Mortgages (U.S.): EEM’s let you borrow extra money to pay for energy efficient upgrades to your current home or a new or old home that you plan to buy. Move Your Money: If your money is currently at a large banking institution, moving your money to a credit union or community bank will help strengthen your local community. The National Wildlife Federation is encouraging people to not rake their leaves and instead leave them to provide critical habitat for local wildlife such as butterflies, salamanders, chipmunks, box turtles, toads, shrews, and earthworms. Nature demands local expertise. Nature curbs excesses from within. Nature fits form to function. Nature runs on sunlight. Cradle-to-Cradle Framework: system in which all the things we make, use, and consume provide nutrition for nature and industry—a world in which growth is good and human activity generates a delightful, restorative ecological footprint. Nature banks on diversity.
Women with higher levels of flame retardants in their blood take longer to get pregnant, have smaller babies and produce male birth defects. Get answers to specific questions at Green Home Guide. The following resources provide information and directories for green product purchases. Keep up on new green products at Building Green. Doing so will keep debris, bugs and excess water away from the walls, helping to prevent mold, moisture and insect damage. The law, which took effect in 2007, is impacting businesses worldwide and over time will result in a significant reduction of toxic chemicals released into the environment. Typically, wood is treated with fire retardant chemicals that affect the way it burns if it catches fire, reducing the volatile gases that are given off so it burns more slowly and with greater difficulty. REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals): legislation by the European Union that forces industries doing business in Europe to register chemicals and submit health and safety data, and replace the most hazardous ones with safer alternatives. Environmental Profit and Loss: a company’s monetary valuation and analysis of its environmental impacts including its business operations and its supply chain from cradle-to-gate. By applying TQM philosophy and techniques, businesses undertake continuous improvement across all operations by seeking to discover the reasons for poor quality performance and customer service and implementing methods to reduce and/or eliminate the causes of poor quality.
Total Quality Environmental Management (TQEM): (also: TQM) a management philosophy and a set of accompanying quality improvement techniques that has been adopted by many American corporations. Extended Producer Responsibility: environmental protection strategy to reach an environmental objective of a decreased total environmental impact of a product, by making the manufacturer of the product responsible for the entire life-cycle of the product and especially for the take-back, recycling and final disposal of the product. Natural Capitalism: a business model that synergizes four major elements: radically increase the productivity of resource use; shift to biologically inspired production (Biomimicry) with closed loops, no waste, and no toxicity; shift the business model away from the making and selling of “things” to providing the service that the “thing” delivers; and reinvest in natural and human capital. CERES Roadmap for Sustainability: designed to provide a comprehensive platform for sustainable business strategy and for accelerating best practices and performance. B Corporations: a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Triple Bottom Line: accounting framework that goes beyond the traditional measures of profits, return on investment, and shareholder value to include environmental and social dimensions. Full Cost Accounting (aka True Cost Accounting): the process of collecting and presenting information — about environmental, social, and economic costs and benefits/advantages (collectively known as the “triple bottom line”) – for each proposed alternative when a decision is necessary. It provides a practical set of design criteria that can be used to direct social, environmental, and economic actions. Using a weak password will mean that the encryption can be easily cracked. Staining it before it dries will end up sealing the moisture behind the stain. Ok, I’ve Tried All This and I Still Have an Ugly Stain! If the stain is deep and you can’t sand it off, then bleach it off. 3. Wait about one hour for the copper naphthenate preservative to absorb into the wood, then apply a second coat and wait an hour for it to soak into the wood.