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  • Easy Eco Blog - Easy ways to be Green and Save Green
    24 Apr

    Recycle Drugs, Recycle Medicine – Disposing of Medicine Properly

    Posted by Norman Fong, April 24th, 2014

    dual flush toilet from Toto

    April 27, 2014 10am – 2pm is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The DEA is promoting this day for people to turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. They have a local collection site locator on their website. Over 5600 sites will take back items. Several cities near me are participating with most drop of locations at police stations. Last year 324 tons was taken back and recycled.

    It is important to recycle drugs and recycle medicine properly.

    How Not to Dispose of Drugs and Medicine

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    22 Apr

    Earth Day – Become more Eco-Friendly and Green

    Posted by Norman Fong, April 22nd, 2014

    Earth, Reuse, Hands Holding Earth

    Happy Earth Day, Monday April 22, 2013. It’s great that more attention is being paid to eco friendly, green causes. We celebrate it everyday as do many of our readers. Look for local events in your community.

    Take time to help educate friends, neighbors, family members, and strangers about ways to lead a more eco friendly or green lifestyle. Only through extended enlightenment, can the cause succeed.

    • Change all your lightbulbs to CFLs
    • Walk or take public transportation instead of driving your car today.
    • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    • Recycle everything you can today. Learn new ways to recycle items.
    • Plant a new tree in your garden
    • Stick to organic, sustainable, and local products today.
    • Eliminate your junk mail
    • Start using a reusable bag

    Read the rest of this entry »

    9 Apr

    Energy Efficient Dishwashers

    Posted by Norman Fong, April 9th, 2014

    We all understand the goal of getting an energy efficient dishwasher that has the Energy Star label on the Energy Efficient Dishwashers. New models used improved techniques to clean using less hot water. Many do not realize that companies do not publish water use. The Oregon Department of Energy maintains a list of dishwashers that meet its maximum water use threshold of 6.5 gallons per cycle. Some Energy Star ones do not meet this goal. Rebates are available from many utility companies.

    What to look for in a new Dish washer

    I looked for these features: Read the rest of this entry »

    22 Mar

    Certified Organic Foods and Their Meaning

    Posted by Norman Fong, March 22nd, 2014

    A recent Q&A article from a NYU professor answers some questions regarding Organic food and Nutrition.  Some of the most interesting tidbits from the article:

    Certified 100% Organic means that all the ingredients in a product have been grown or raised according to the USDA’s organic standards, which are the rules for producing foods labeled organic.

    Certified Organic requires that 95 to 99% of the ingredients follow the rules.

    Read the rest of this entry »

    24 Feb

    Seafood Mercury levels and Sustainable Seafood Guide

    Posted by Norman Fong, February 24th, 2014

    sushi sashimi raw fish

    Fresh seafood and Sushi are available all over the US. We all want to do the right thing when it comes to eating seafood. Environmentally conscious folks do not want to support overfishing or destructive seafood harvesting.

    It is ironic that over 2500 sushi restaurants in the United States serve Hamachi even though it doesn’t exist in the Western Hemisphere.

    Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Guide

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    9 Feb

    Winter Green Pest Control Tips – Ants, Organic Pesticides

    Posted by Norman Fong, February 9th, 2014

    Green pest control with orange guard

    Winter time brings on the bugs, seemingly at the same time every year. The ants in our area seem to love to visit our kitchen when the first heavy rains hit. Almost everyone has to deal with pests.  Whether indoor or outdoors, we need to think about eco friendly, green alternatives to toxic pesticides. Here are some Winter Pest Control Tips that we have found from trial and error.

    Access control – Finding Where Ants are Coming From

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    21 Jan

    Water Saving Tips – Save Water and Money

    Posted by Norman Fong, January 21st, 2014

    California drought resistant native plants

    California and many other regions are having droughts.  Water bills are sky high. Time to save water and money.

    1) Replace older toilets with water saving dual flush toilets or stick a displacement bag in your old toilet. Fix or replace leaky toilets.

    2) Install low flow water saving shower heads with aerators. Average 10 minute shower uses 40 gallons of water. A bath can use 30 to 50 gallons of water. Look for shower heads with aerators that use 2.5 gallons a minute or less rather than the usual 5 gallons per minute. They can cost $5 or less.

    Read the rest of this entry »

    13 Jan

    Top 10 Ways to Donate Unwanted Items

    Posted by Norman Fong, January 13th, 2014

    China, recycling, trash

    The New Year brings forth resolutions to get rid of all the stuff we have accumulated all year long. You probably added to your pile of items during the holidays, so it is time to get rid of the old and de-clutter. Because we are green, eco-oriented, we need to do this the right way.

    Unfortunately, We all have stuff we do not want.  Here are some resources for redirecting unwanted items to people in need and saving them from the land fill. Be sure to look at our tutorial on recycling electronics.

    eBay is a good place to sell off items of value. You can use a eBay trading assistant company, but you will be getting even less money. Be sure to take the time to write a detailed description and to upload quality photos that show the product in a good light. You will maximize your return with all the tedious listing and dealing with deadbeats. Trading in your item will net you far less money.

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    1 Jan

    Tips on Keeping New Years Resolutions

    Posted by Norman Fong, January 1st, 2014

    happy new year, champagne bottle

    Happy New Year from EasyEcoBlog.com!

    May the new year bring you lots of luck and prosperity, and more greenness! Only through education can we learn how to be eco-friendly, green. We all need to learn new ways of doing things and need to help teach our friends and neighbors how to do things the right way.

    Did you know that the psychological stress that the holidays bring causes us to eat too much and automatically steer towards comfort foods full of fat and sugar?

    We went through some of our old green information and extracted the best tips that can make an impact. How about adding these to your New Year’s resolutions.. Read the rest of this entry »

    23 Dec

    Reduce Refrigerator Energy Use and increase Food safety

    Posted by Norman Fong, December 23rd, 2013

    made in China refrigerator, grand Hyatt Beijing

    Sell by and Expiration Dates on Food

    Manufacturers give stores and consumers a guideline on when an item is fresh with these dates.  These Expiration Dates are not a safety gauge. Only infant formula expiration dates are a safety mark. In September 2013, a study found that this was a much bigger problem than originally thought. Grocery stores and food companies love these dates, because they make consumers purchase more goods. Read the rest of this entry »