Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Green Summer Part II

Here are some more green tips to keep your summer fun, cool and green!

6. Greenie Bikini: Look for environmentally-friendly clothing, towels, sandals, and skin care made from renewable materials such as bamboo, or organic cotton. For more information on how to green your wardrobe, you can find a great article here.

7. Solarize and Accessorize: Solar backpacks can be very helpful on day trips to the mountains or to the beach, and can help power a number of portable devices on solar energy, helping you save some green by cutting out the electric company. Devices such as the Freeloader or the Solio are great products to help you get started.

8. No More Pesticides! Though they may do the trick on unwanted weeds and critters, pesticides are very harmful to the air and water systems, to you, your children, neighbors, and your animals, and have the potential to keep away other critters, such as butterflies and birds. This Wiki Green Guide offers many organic and harmless (to you anyway) ideas and products to banish those unwanted critters from your yard and your home.

9. Be Water Wise: Southern California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts it has seen in years, and with water levels lower than ever, limiting personal water usage is one way to really help your community thrive during this water recession. Be certain to watch what you use, water plants only when necessary, and take a few minutes to install a low-flow shower head. For more tips on how to green your water, please visit

10. Take the Greener Road: There are many ways to offset your carbon emissions during your summer road trip. Under inflated tires require more energy to move, which eats up more gasoline. Before you leave, make sure to check all of your tire levels and top them off. Also, driving more efficiently can help you save gas and energy. Aggressive driving such as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds, and by 5 percent around town. offers more tips on how to green your car and your driving this summer, which will ultimately keep you and the environment a little bit safer.

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