ACTION TIPS APRIL 2011
       
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Clean home mindfully


When doing spring cleaning, avoid typical household cleaners containing corrosive and toxic chemicals that go down the drain, get into local water systems, and eventually end up harming local waters and our ocean.

Seas the Day

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We need to save ourselves by
saving each other.

Lois Gibbs

seas the day Act for the angelfish by using ocean-friendly cleaners. A little baking soda, vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice and other common household items can go a long way towards keeping your home fresh, clean and safe, while protecting your own health and the health of our ocean. Check out these do-it-yourself recipes for 16 effective ocean-friendly cleaners for the whole house, from the kitchen to the bathroom and laundry room. Doing it yourself doesn’t take long and it costs less than regular cleaning products!

seas the dayTurn the tide for turtles by reducing waste while cleaning. If you do buy commercial cleaning products, make sure to avoid those labeled dangerous or poisonous, they likely contain ingredients that can be deadly for all sorts of life. Instead, purchase non-toxic household cleaners in concentrated or bulk versions to reduce packaging waste. Using fewer disposable products benefits the ocean. Save old socks and shirts to use as washable rags for cleaning and dusting. Paper towel production costs trees and most times involves bleaching with chlorine that pollutes waterways. Plastics are nearly all oil-based — they pollute our waterways, choke animals and are creating a sea of plastic.

seas the dayMake a whale of an effort by creating a less hazardous home. Say "Yes" to a healthier home and a living ocean by making the switch from toxic products to effective non-toxic and “green” alternatives. In addition to home cleaners, many homes are full of other hazardous materials, such as paint, yard chemicals, and pesticides. Learn more about household hazardous waste. Find the proper recycling centers for all your household products and dispose of them safely. Batteries are an example — unless recycled, they end up in landfills and corrode, leaching poisons into groundwater and local water supplies for years to come. Consider investing in greener, rechargeable batteries. They cost more up front, but will save you money over time, and help our ocean planet.

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