Monday, April 25, 2011

Give your home a 'spring green'

Guelta (water hole), Chad
Photograph by Philippe Bourseiller
A spring clean is a great way to clear out clutter, shake off winter doldrums and refresh our living spaces. Before you throw something out make sure it cannot be reused; DIY magazines and websites offer lots of fun and creative ways to repurpose common household items. Sort through all throwaways to make sure you're recycling or donating as many items as possible. Take the time to perform simple, resource-saving repairs like fixing leaks. As you take stock of your home, make a list of the things you want to improve upon: toxic or inefficient products that still need to be replaced and energy-conservation measures that you have yet to adopt.

Make your spring clean greener - prioritize recycling, reuse and repair. And make sure you buy eco-friendly cleaning products to do it with.
- from the book '365 Ways to Save the Earth' by Philippe Bourseiller

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