eBay recently unveiled a dedicated storefront on their site for green vehicle auctions, duly titled, eBay Green Driving. We aren't in the market for a new car at the moment, but after browsing and filtering through the current auctions, we think that this is a great tool to use when looking to purchase a new or used green vehicle. You can start off your search by picking the fuel type you'd like your new car to have. What a concept, right?!
Redi-Box is a Chicago tote rental company that can make your next move easy, economical, and more eco-friendly. As an alternative to the cardboard moving box, these 100% recyclable plastic totes get reused for many more moves after yours has come and gone. They are heavy duty, easy to lift, easy to close (no tape!), and they stack securely due to the recessed lid design. There is no assemblly or breakdown required and they even pick them up at your new location once you're done with them. Moving can be stressful and we all want a little peace of mind – Redi-Box is a no brainer!
Did you know that 70% of Chicago's CO2 emissions come from buildings and homes? In addition to relieving the environment, a green building can reduce operating costs, improve your comfort and health, and reduce your exposure to mold, mildew, and other indoor toxins. GreenWerks is a Chicago contracting company that specializes in eco-friendly construction and remodeling for both homes and businesses. Now most of us are not in the market for building a brand new house in Chicago (I wish!), but even if you just want to upgrade your flooring to a sustainable bamboo, GreenWerks will produce high-qualtiy work with great service. To receive a free estimate, call them at (312) 884-9984 or email them at email@example.com.
Warm weather is finally upon us! If you own a home, this means adding lawn care to your weekly chores. Whether you want your lawn pristine and your garden overflowing with healthy veggies, herbs and flowers, then ditch the chemicals and use compost tea instead. The Organic Garden Company in Chicago is one of the few Midwest distributors of Instant Bio-Tea – an organic concentrate containing billions of microbial spores that provide balanced fertility for your plants and the entire ecosystem. These naturally occurring spores consist of beneficial bacteria, amino acids, plant enzymes, rare earth minerals, kelp, and humic acids.
Whether you need to print business cards, brochures, or books (really, anything you can imagine!) – why not print green? Digital Hub Printing in Chicago is one of the top green companies in the country. Their prices are competitive, their quality is superb, and most importantly, their printing materials and methods are eco-friendly.
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You may not need that old computer anymore, but don’t just throw it in the garbage! Make sure you take it and other household items including chemicals to the Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility of Chicago. These items contain hazardous substances, such as lead, mercury, and PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls) that can contaminate the air, soil, and water. The HCCRF can reprocess and reuse these items in an environmentally-responsible manner. View their list of accepted items here, see hours open for drop-offs, and learn more online.
The holidays are officially in full swing! Let's take a moment and think about all of the wasted wrapping paper, gift tags, bags and boxes that stack up after family gift opening is over. We encourage you not only to recycle these items after opening, but also to use recycled gift wrap when prepping your perfect presents! We've found a few great resources that sell cute and eco-friendly holiday gift wrap and tags.
Today’s Little Bits tip may be obvious, yet frequently overlooked. Our lives are filled with small things that can be reused and recycled and we’re here to help you think outside the box - or roll! Consider all the paper towels and toilet paper a single household goes through in a month, and what can be done to be more earth-friendly in your daily life. In addition to buying recycled paper products, you can also recycle those little tubes that usually get thrown in the trash. If you have small children you can use them for fun craft projects or donate them to local schools or daycares. So give those rolls a second life!
How does this sound... you can have a healthier home and save a ton of money doing it. Interested? All it takes is just a little bit of time – and some elbow grease! Making your own household cleaners sounds daunting, but we're here to show you how simple it actually is! And, you can do it using what you probably already have in your kitchen cabinets. A study at Berkeley has shown that most conventional cleaning supplies can be toxic and bad for your health and the planet. Read on to find out how to make all natural cleaners to keep your home squeaky clean and smelling fresh!
It’s finally November, Halloween has passed, now what to do with all the leftover candy and jack-o-lanterns? You’re on your own with the candy, but may we suggest you give that pumpkin another purpose! Easily compost that souring squash and feed your lawn and garden come spring. Heavy pumpkins can use up a lot of fuel hauling them to the landfill and they take up quite a lot of space too so composting instead is good for the earth. To learn how, read on!