Category Archives: Green Planet

How to reduce Junk Mail

I absolutely can’t stand junk mail in any form. I receive so much junk mail both through email and by regular postal mail, that I have to spend at least 3-4 hours a week deleting, shredding and throwing out both types of junk mail. I am sure this is the case for most of us today, we get bombarded by spammers, emarketers and direct mailers all the time.

There are spam filters for our emails, however it much more difficult to control paper-based junk mail.

Here are some startling facts about paper-based junk mail according to donotmail.org, every year Americans receive close to 104.7 billion pieces of junk mail which requires to produce 6.5 million tons of paper. More than 30% of junk mail usually ends up in landfills.

Well, now there are some solutions for reducing paper-based junk mail.

Catalog Choice

I recently came across Catalog Choice that can help in reducing mailbox clutter, specifically catalogs that usually fill up my mailbox. Catalog Choice helps to eliminate catalogs that you don’t want to receive which can help to reduce paper waste and save trees, plus it is free. It is a great concept and I highly recommend it.

GreenDimes

There is also GreenDimes that helps to reduce all your junk mail not just catalogs, which is also another good solution. GreenDimes also plants trees on your behalf when you sign up to their premium service.

GreenPrint: Save Money+Environment

GreenPrint

Is this too good to be true? Saving the environment and saving money. Not really, GreenPrint can help you to save money by eliminating unwanted pages when printing which saves paper, ink, millions of trees and much more. It also comes with a free PDF converter tool, which usually costs about $450 if you buy it from Adobe.com. I have used it on my computer and it really works well. You can actually see how much paper and money you have saved right on your desktop, it is just genius.

Getting High on Corn Syrup

As a nation that consumes too much sugar, yet is so obsessed with losing body weight, I think I might know why we are (or will be) getting fatter year after year. It’s because of this simple ingredient in our diet that we might never notice: High Fructose Corn Syrup. This is not the only factor for people’s obesity, however it exists amost in every kind of food we eat today.

What’s wrong with corn? or Corn Syrup? There is nothing wrong with eating or cooking corn. However, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a different animal. HFCS is a combination of many different refined sugars, glucose and fructose. One tea spoon of HFCS has double the sweetness of a sugar of same amount. HFCS is cheap to produce than sugar, so it has become one of the main sweetners for food and soft drink manufacturers.

If diabetes runs in your family, like mine, you might want to find out what foods and drinks have HFCS. Kate Hopkins at Accidental Hedonist.com has compiled a partial list of foods that have HFCS.

Cookies, soft drinks, candy, cereal, canned soups, bread and many more foods have HFCS. Here is a good exercise, go to your local grocery store and look at the ingredients of a cookie. See if you can find HFCS in it.

There are number of articles on linkage between obesity and HFCS. According to American Dietetic Association: “The link between beverages, HFCS and obesity can largely be accounted for by their contribution to calorie intake. Current research indicates that HFCS is a major source of excess calories.” In other words, when farmers want to fatten up their cows, what do they do? Feed them lots of corn.

Times Online U.K. summarizes all of the points above neatly in an article titled, “Beware the Devil’s candy.”

Everyday we are faced with a choice of what we want to put in our body.

As famous 1930s nutritionist Victor Lindlahr said, “Ninety per cent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.”

Pomegranate

Pomegranate is one of the ancient fruits that has been around for thousands of years. The fruit has been mentioned and used in many ancient Greek legends, Old Testament, Christian arts and in ancient Asian literature. Pomegranate sybmolizes fertility, death, and eternity and was an emblem of many monarchs in European history.

Pomegranate

Besides all the mysteries aspects of this fruit, pomegranates are one of the best sources of anti-oxidants and vitamins. Filled with vitamins A, C, E and iron, the pomegranate juice has the highest amount of anti-oxidants compared to green tea or red wine. The fruit and its juice is also known to

  • fight free-radical cells that cause aging
  • strengthen the heart
  • prevent blockage in arteries
  • improve the function of blood vessels
  • fight cardiovascular diseases
  • fight damaging cancer cells
  • reduce hardening of the arteries

The fruit is native native to Persia, it is now grown everywhere from Spain to California. The skin and the leaves of the pomegranate tree are also used for many illnesses in Eastern healing practices.

You can buy a bottle of pomegranate juice at your local grocery store or at specialty stores in your area.

You can also read more about the health benefits of this fruit from the following sites:

Drink a glass of pomegranate juice and fuel your body with the vitamins and anti-oxidants it needs!

Veggie Cars

VeggiesHow much are you paying for a gallon of gas? $2.70? $2.50? $2.00?

How about paying $1 or less a gallon for environmentally clean biodiesel fuel?

First, you need to convert your car into biodiesel friendly machine using converters from Grease Car or Smarter Fuel, then you can stop by any of the restaurants in your area and pickup a drum of used veggie oil and you are set to go.

NY Times, article “For a ‘Veggie Car,’ Grease Is the Word” has some real world examples of how people are switching to environmentally friendly alternative fuels to heat their homes and run their cars.

Recycle Your E-Waste!

What is E-Waste?

E-waste is discarded electronics equipment which could be your old computer, monitor, CDs, cellphone, batteries, printer, printer ink, appliances, TV and other electronics. These products all contain some level of toxic elements that affect the environment in many ways.

Truck dumping waste

What’s the big deal?

In 2004 California Department of Public Safety estimated that there are 315 million obsolete computers in the United States. According to the EPA the United States alone produces over 2 million tons (exact figure: 2,124,400 tonnes/ per year) of electronic waste every year. These numbers are alarming considering that these numbers are growing every year, because there is so many new different types electronic products brought to market every year which creates more obsolete electronics that do not get recycled properly. Mercury, lead, and cadmium are some of the toxic substances in electronic equipment; these toxins can leak into groundwater and create cancer-producing dioxins when burned. If you want to know your yearly contribution to this e-waste, it is exactly 7.33 kg per year (16.15 pounds/year per person).

What can we do about it?

Recycle or donate your old electronics instead of throwing it into the garbage can. In some cases, when you donate your old equipment to certain non-profit organizations you can get a tax-deduction at the end of the year. So it is a win-win situation.

Here are some of the organizations that recycle e-waste: