If you are looking for some ways to live a greener life, consider purchasing these 5 things in greener versions:
Buy Green Computers:
Computers need replacing every few years, so make your next one green.
One company that is making every effort to manufacture its products in an environmentally responsible way is Apple Computers. They have a safe work environment and treat their employees well. They are designing all their products to be smaller, thinner and lighter to use less material and ship with smaller packaging. They have reduced or removed toxic substances like arsenic, BFRs, mercury, phthalates and PVC from their products. They have made computers more powerful and efficient with up to 35% less carbon emissions than older versions.Buy Green Friendly Shoes:We go through a lot of shoes in our lifetimes, so if we buy shoes from environmentally conscientious companies, we can make a difference. TOMS Shoes is one company that makes canvas, denim and fabric shoes of many styles with responsible manufacturing practices. It gives away one pair of shoes for every pair it sells. These shoes are given to needy children around the world. They have given away 1 million pairs of shoes as of September of 2010. If you purchase one pair of their shoes, you will be helping a child in need. Wearing shoes can mean better health for these children.Buy Green Friendly Jeans:Jeans are the backbone of a man's, woman's or child's wardrobe. They are worn to work, play, school, lounge around the house or do yard work and household chores. A good pair of jeans can last for 100 washings and still be comfortable. Getting a good quality pair of jeans can save money by lasting longer. Purchasing environmentally friendly jeans can be good for you and the planet. Treehugger recommends these 5 choices of men's jeans: Levies Vintage Straight Leg 539 Jeans, Mission Jean by Loomstate, Hunter Jean by Mavi, Ashton Jean by Planet Earth Green Label and Sphinx Bootcut Jean by Edum. They are all made with 100% organic cotton or cotton and ramie, in this country or fair trade labor in developing countries. Shop for women's and children's jeans that are made with organic cotton and manufactured in this country or by fair trade labor.Buy Green Friendly Furniture:Dining room tables get heavy use in many households, and need to be replaced periodically. When purchasing a new dining table, make sure it is good quality construction and materials. It should be durable, strong, versatile, and attractive. To buy green, avoid products made with formaldehyde, polyurethane and other toxic glues or finishes. Look for dining tables made with wood from sustainable sources or materials like bamboo. Some dining tables recommended by Treehugger are: Hollow Dining Table by Brave Space Design, Trinity Dining Table by Peter Danco, Dining Table #1 by Knu, Chestnut Dining Table by Urban Hardwoods and the Plyboo Square Table by Bettencourt. They are all made with bamboo or other sustainable woods and steel with safe, organic finishes.Buy Solar Panels:Consider installing solar panels on your roof to make electricity, and heat your water the green way. You will save money on electricity and increase the value of your home. You will be producing electricity with 0 carbon emissions which is good for the environment. Using solar power cuts down on the use of fossil fuels like coal. The solar panels help keep your home cooler in summer.