Make toothpaste naturally by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda with one-half teaspoon of finely ground sea salt and a drop of water. Flavor with a touch of peppermint or other pure essential oil. Commercial toothpaste may contain the same foaming agents found in some shampoos! And also lye, synthetic dyes, artificial sweeteners, and other Read More
Reduce the strain on the land, water, fuel, and other resources by reducing the amount of food you throw out. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans toss out more than 96 billion pounds of food annually. To reduce the amount of food you buy—and end up tossing when it goes bad—make a shopping Read More
In Maine, computers, televisions, and other electronic equipment are considered “e-waste” because they contain a high concentration of toxic materials. Such items are no longer allowed in landfills. Contact your town office to find out where you can dispose of these items safely—much of the material can be recycled by the manufacturer. To view more Read More
Buy energy-efficient appliances and office equipment. According to the EPA, depending on the specific item, Energy Star-labeled appliances can save up to 75 percent of total electricity use. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Unless your child wishes to create something special, save the paper – encourage him or her to exercise his or her artistic talents with a chalkboard and chalk, or a whiteboard and toxic-free dry erase markers. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Buying locally produced items cuts down on the amount of global warming pollution needed to transport the items you purchase. Buying local also keeps Maine’s hard-earned dollars here in the state, supporting our farmers, merchants, and other providers.
For a safe, easy way to remove bacteria, pour a few tablespoons of distilled white vinegar into a spray bottle with three cups of water. Shake to mix, spray the item, let sit for a minute, then rinse to remove the vinegar. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Read More
Make and use notepads from used paper. You’ll save trees and cut down on pollution—and keep a few more dollars in your pocket. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
The federal government has repeatedly refused to require Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for food, but you can encourage the produce manager at your grocery store to prominently display the source of the store’s fruits and vegetables so that customers can easily choose locally grown. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Read More