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Green Granny: Improving your harmonious environment
This article has kindly been submitted by Norma Lehmeier Hartie, author of award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet.   To comply with our website rules the submitted article has been slightly adjusted, but to gain the full insights please buy the book.

Your green eco living environment?
This book explains that virtually every object used in building your home and the objects within it—the insulation in your house, your sofa, food storage containers, floor cleaners and even fabric softener—impacts both your health and the health of the planet. Unfortunately, in spite of the “all natural” or “safe” labels that are included on some of these products, many of them are unhealthy.

Improving your green eco organic food eating habits?
The book further explains that nowhere has the impact of the average consumer been greater than in the food industry, fueling the rise in the availability of organic food. Organic retail sales have grown an astonishing twenty percent per year since 1990—compared with an increase of between two and four percent of total food sales in United States.
As desire for organic food grows, so does the demand for healthful products of all kinds. Even though the major manufacturers are aware that there is a demand for healthful products, the vast majority of them are still not offering them.

Easy & Simple guidelines for eco-friendly and healthful purchasing choices:
• Replace products that are made from petrochemicals with products that are made with natural, non-hazardous and preferably renewable products. For example, use bamboo flooring that is finished with natural wax and tung or linseed oil; and purchase natural paints, lime plasters and cork floors.
• Purchase raw materials near production sites to save on transportation expense and fuel waste.
• Purchase materials that were processed using renewable energy.
• Extend product life by reuse and recycling of components.
• Recycle waste to become ingredients in other products. Called “biomimicry,” these are manufacturing processes that take one product and turn it into something else. For example: carpets that are made from recycled plastic bottles, paints that are made from vegetable extracts, tiles that are made from ceramic waste and rubber flooring that is made from recycled tires.
• Support companies that employ safe and clean methods to produce products or that use recycled products.
• Support companies that sell healthy, organic, sustainable products.
• Support companies that engage in fair-trade and good wages for employees, and a safe and fair work environment.*
• Purchase from companies that pollute.
• Purchase from companies that sell toxic or otherwise unsafe products.
• Purchase from companies that do not support child-labor laws.*
• Purchase from companies that practice unsafe or discriminatory working conditions or pay wages that do not constitute fair or livable conditions.*
• Purchase from companies that use endangered wood or other unsustainable materials.
* Humanitarian, not eco-friendly choices.
The following products cause pollution and should be avoided when possible:
• Most commercial cleaning products and other household chemicals
• Garden pesticides
• Carpets glued with solvents, treated with fungicides and containing residual pesticides
• Fabrics treated with chlorine, benzene and/or formaldehyde
• Most plywood and particleboard, which contain formaldehyde, urea and other dangerous glues
• Many paints and stains, which contain fungicides, VOC’s and other chemicals
• Vinyl flooring, furniture and plastics that contain VOC’s such as bromides and chlorine
• Dry cleaning and dry cleaning solvents

Green Granny Summary of this eco environmental book
This article has been provided by Norma Lehmeier Hartie, author of award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet. For more information: http://www.harmoniousenvironment.com .  Grannies United has really enjoyed reading this and we hope that you also enjoy the article.  If you have any comments please email us at admin@granniesunited.com

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