Category Archives: Bed & Bath

Smiles for the People launches Toothbrush made entirely of Bamboo

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A dentist providing care to a child in Buenos Aires supported by our Giving Parter, Todos Juntos.

Did you know that Americans toss about 50 million pounds of plastic toothbrushes into landfills every year?

Concerned with the way our everyday purchases are affecting people and the planet, Smiles for the People recently launched an adult toothbrush made entirely of bamboo. The brush is biodegradable and uses limited paper packaging from sustainable forests.

Here’s the best part, though: for every toothbrush you buy, Smiles for the People will donate the equivalent of ONE toothbrush to a child in need of dental care. Continue reading

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Is it time to Green Your Home?

If you enjoy our tips for Greening Your Home, you’ll love our book!  The Ultimate guide to Greening Your Home contains over 300 Home Greening Tips that cover over 40 home categories. 

A green home is energy-efficient, uses water and natural resources wisely, creates minimal amounts of waste and provides a healthy and safe environment for your family.

The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to best green your home. The purpose of this guide is to provide you with all the critical information you will need in order to make your home a greener place to live. Continue reading

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Top 5 Tips for Greening your Bath and Shower

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

After washing machines and dishwashers, showers are the third-largest water consumers in the home. With a few simple upgrades and some minor lifestyle adjustments, shower water consumption can be significantly reduced.

1. Opt for a shower instead of a bath – The average bath requires between 30 and 50 gallons of water.  The average water usage for a shower depends on how long you stay in the shower and how much water comes out of your showerhead.  If your have a low-flow showerhead installed and your shower is less than 10 minutes, you’ll be saving water.

2. Install a low-flow showerhead - Many different varieties of low-flow showerheads are available on the market.  These varieties can be found at different price-points and use different methods to restrict water.  Below are a description of the different options available. Continue reading

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Top 10 Green Tips for Winterizing your Plumbing

Below is an excerpt from the “The Green Guide to Winterizing your Home“.  Order the entire eGuide at our web store or find out more at the product site.

Water can freeze and break pipes, causing significant damage to walls, ceilings, floors and personal possessions stored in the basement or crawl spaces. By disconnecting hoses, shutting off valves and insulating you pipes, you can avoid this costly damage.

1. Drain and disconnect your hoses – Be sure to drain all garden hoses and disconnect them from your home. If hoses are left connected, water can freeze in them and bust your outdoor pipes.

2. If you leave your home, set your thermostat to 55 F - If you are leaving your home for more than a couple of days, make sure that your thermostat is set to no lower than F 55.  This will insure that your pipes, will have adequate heat to keep from freezing. Continue reading

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