Posted by Norman Fong, February 24th, 2014
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
Posted by Norman Fong, February 9th, 2014
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
Posted by Norman Fong, January 21st, 2014
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.
Posted by Norman Fong, January 13th, 2014
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.
Posted by Norman Fong, January 1st, 2014
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 »
Posted by Norman Fong, December 23rd, 2013
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 »
Posted by Norman Fong, December 8th, 2013
It was another Spare the air night in the San Francisco area, where it is illegal to burn wood, pellets, or manufactured fire logs. The Spare the Air winter season runs from November 1, through the end of February.
An article showing how bad wood smoke pollutes during bad air days in the San Francisco Bay Area was surprising. Pretty shocking that 1/3 of fine particulate matter is from wood smoke.
How harmful is smoke from burning wood?
Posted by Norman Fong, November 19th, 2013
Many of us spend a lot of water, mowing, and hence money, keeping their grass green. We decided to see if moving to artificial grass would be a cheaper proposition. Some of the newer ones look pretty good.
Costco even sells artificial turf. 15′ x 25′ costs $1399. Not exactly cheap but a lot cheaper than before. It comes with upto an 8 year warranty and is pet friendly. Many are made of recycled tires or water bottles. No more weeding, watering, or mowing. Costco surprisingly has a link to a MSDS sheet that shows it is Heavy Metal free (lead free) and is primarily made of polypropylene.
Dupont has added Forever lawn that has a 12-15 year lifetime, 8yr warranty.
Posted by Norman Fong, November 11th, 2013
Dog waste is a public health issue. Keeping parks and streets clean is an important problem that needs to be addressed daily. Our dog needs to use these bags one to two times each day. Over the lifetime of the average dog, we will uses 5,000 of these. Multiply that by the number of dogs in the US and you have a ton of dog waste.
Dog Waste Bags
Saw man’s best friend doing his business the other day, and the owner responsibly picking up the waste with a reused plastic bag. Petroleum based plastic bags take forever to decay. Biodegrabable dog waste bags made of starch are available that degrade in only 90 days to 18 months. If these bags reach the landfill, they will take even longer decompose. Landfills are designed to protect the environment and prevent leakage, so it is hard for air and liquids to circulate, which help facilitate biodegradation. When organic matter decays in a landfill, it usually creates the greenhouse gas methane. Make sure dog droppings are not put into the compost bin.
Posted by Norman Fong, November 4th, 2013
Winter is the time of the year to help protect the value of your home and save energy by making several adjustments. Now is not the time to remodel or repaint your home, but a time to fine tune the operation of your home. You’re basically dialing in any changes you may for Fall, and should move major fixes to springtime.
In October/November when the daylight savings time change occurs, it is time to work on your Smoke Detectors – Carbon Monoxide Alarms.
Carbon Monoxide Detector – Smoke Alarms