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Win a Plush Ultra Shag Area Rug from Shaw (Worth $439!)

by , 04/23/11

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HAPPY EARTH WEDNESDAY INHABITAT READERS!

What better way to celebrate Earth Week (and give your living space a little bit of extra oopmh) than by adding a plush rug to your home – especially one you can get for free? If you’ve been keeping up with Inhabitat, you probably know that we’re teaming up with MBDC to celebrate the Earth this week in a big way by offering up sweet prizes like a handy cleaning package from Method and Casabella and a comfy Eco-Wise wool throw from Pendelton- and now we’re adding our newest prize, this Shaw Ultra Shag Area Rug, in the color of your choice! We’re giving one away to a very lucky reader so enter today – your feet will thank you for it!


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1. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER HERE > (If you are not already a subscriber). We’ll be announcing all the winners of our Earth Week Giveaway in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out if you won, you’ll need to receive it in order to claim your prize!

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3. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and share your best tip on how we can make our homes greener and healthier places to live. The deadline for this fabulous giveaway is Monday, April 24th. We’ll pick the comment we like best and announce the winner in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

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It’s chic, it’s retro, it’s soft and it’s plush! The Ultra Shag fits with just about any decor, providing a fresh burst of color with a crisp recyclable nylon construction. Each rug is Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver and made from a recyclable Type 6 Nylon that will be collected by Shaw to put back into new carpet. On the underside of each rug you can find a phone number to call for recycling collection through Shaw’s program. Each year Shaw keeps 300 million pounds of carpets from hitting already overflowing landfills.

 

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Developed by architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle design recognizes the complex, abundant processes of nature’s ecosystems, or ‘biological metabolism,‘ but also articulates a parallel ‘technical metabolism’ for human industry. Both metabolisms can be characterized by eco-effective, continuous flows of materials, energy and water, and whole-community mutualism. The Cradle to Cradle design framework moves beyond the goal of only reducing an organization’s negative impacts (eco-efficiency), to provide an engaging vision for executives and comprehensive strategies for managers to create a wholly positive footprint on the planet – environmental, social and economic (eco-effectiveness). The Cradle to Cradle philosophy can apply to anything from houses to companies and to consumer products as well.

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  1. bb_mke April 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Two things I’ve incorporated into my daily routine – unplugging appliances and gadgets I’m not using and really trying to cut down on my spending/consumption. Having these two things at the front of my mind all the time helps me feel a little less overwhelmed by everything I *should* be doing…

  2. nikki-cap April 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I think that the most important way to begin with making your home a greener and healthier place is to be using eco friendly, chemical free cleaners in your home. While you are cleaning make sure to use cloth rather than paper towels.

  3. ceddy April 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    New carpet is awesome, new carpet that is made from recycled goods is even better, new carpet that doesn’t smell like new carpet is the best. I love anything with low/no VOC I hate the smell of VOC and I hate to think of what they could be doing to me and my family.

  4. sezouli April 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I didn’t read all of the comments but the importance of reuse can’t be overstated. And if you can make something old into something new AND fabulous, that’s even better.

  5. julierenee April 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    …and also, a simple tip – remove your shoes before you enter the house and leave them outside, or in a tray right inside the door. Shoes are coated in everything we walk through all day from gum to toxic chemicals.

  6. julierenee April 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I have found in talking with friends that people really do want to have greener homes, they are just so overwhelmed by the options (and expense) that they don’t actually do anything. I find that it is easier to start small. Change out your lightbulbs to more energy efficient versions (one bulb at a time if you have to). Buy a reusable bag everytime you go to the grocery store until you have enough to stop using plastic. Replace your cleaning supplies with greener versions as they run out. Use low VOC paint for your next project. Eventually consider evaluating and replacing your older appliances, windows, carpet, etc with more energy efficient models. Before you know it you’ll be commited to living a green lifestyle one step at a time.

  7. rubytom April 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    really cool rug

  8. electriccarmuse April 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I would love to Win a Plush Ultra Shag Area Rug from Shaw! It will help hide almost 10 years of carpet wear in my humble apartment dwelling. Happy Earth Day to all and thanks for this opp!

  9. electriccarmuse April 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I’d love to win a plush Ultra Shag Area Rug from Shaw! Looks cozy for my feet and toes, plus it will help hide almost 10 years of carpet wear in my humble apartment dwelling. Happy Earth Day and thanks again!

  10. joshuaklevorn April 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Live for leftovers! Cooking/preparing/canning large quantities of food and then saving them for later saves water, gas, electricity and more!

    “do unto the earth as you would have the earth do unto you.”

  11. benbeauvais April 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Open the windows! Fresh air is a luxury, and I like to enjoy it.

  12. mingohills April 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Dish towels instead of paper towels and open windows!!

  13. piepie April 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    open the windows!

  14. AsTheNight April 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Lots of great ideas here already! Here’s mine: stop bringing so much stuff into your home. You don’t need it, you’d be better off having the space it occupies, you won’t have to clean it, you won’t have packaging to dispose of, and you won’t have to figure out what to do with it when you’re tired of it.

  15. rezinn April 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Improve your indoor environmental quality!
    - Use green cleaners, paints, & adhesives (some like vinegar and baking soda are even less expensive)
    - Use area rugs instead of carpet (easier to clean and no vacuum required, saving energy, space, and money) there’s icky thing under that carpet and no amount of cleaning will remove it…
    - Grow plants (clean the air + grow your own food!)
    - Buy used (less expensive, less waste, less off-gassing)
    Better indoor environmental quality = healthier people = less health care!

  16. mindyvol April 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I think that the best thing we can do is to educate our children about the importance of conserving energy, re-using items, and recycling. Our electronics are turned off when we leave a room, we re-use many things in our home or refill them (e.g. soap containers), and we collect things to recycle. We had a children’s party today and made sure that our guests knew that we recycled and had the bin for plastic bottles out so that the bottles did not go into the trash. If we educate our children, it will become habit for them and this positive behavior will continue for generations.

  17. angelsolo3 April 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    To keep my home healthy I use soy candles when I have guests over. They are beautiful, smell great, and are a much better alternative than traditional candles.

  18. nycmama April 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    My household tips are to use ecofriendly natural home cleaning agents like seventh generation, or lemon juice, vinegar and baking powder they make a great scrub!
    Also using a water filter whether brita or aquasana, and shopping for organic produce at the local farmer’s market cuts out alot on the carbon footprint associated with our groceries! Teach kids not to waste food, electricity and water! Would love to win this for my tot’s room!

  19. docjen April 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    For me, in order to keep a healthy & happy green home I surround my family with many luscious living plants in every room to help re-establish us to nature. We use as much passive solar sunlight through the day as possible, keep our windows & doors weather sealed in the winter, and we always use simple non-toxic cleaners such as vinegar & borax.
    I also try to keep ethical consumerism in mind when purchasing items for the home, and I make sure that myself and the kids think about how to recycle or up-cycles items around the house for other projects. :)

  20. not your average jo April 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    We compost food scraps and yard cuttings for our garden and also use a rain barrel for watering our lawn and flower beds! Love the rug~ what a cool way to recycle!

  21. blittle April 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Clean with vinegar, method and borax. Use non toxic, locally made olive oil or goats milk hand soap. Get a few of the 15 best indoor air filter house plants to help filter toxins.(NASA did a study on these, you can google it) Get rid of un-certified types of carpets. Change the air filter in your furnace. Have an energy audit done on your house and complete the recommendation to weatherize your house and reduce your heating and cooling bills and come up with solutions for air filtration. Repaint walls with low/no VOC paints. Have your property tested to determine the feasibility utilizing wind/solar. Above share meals, laughter and joy with those you live with!

  22. Graz April 21, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Less is more…use less, enjoy simple life more…:)

  23. purplelover04 April 21, 2011 at 3:12 am

    i use a water saver shower head.

  24. lorikir April 21, 2011 at 2:00 am

    What we clean with and what we eat make a huge impact on our home environment. Cleaning with simple, everyday “ingredients” like vinegar and baking soda saves on packaging waste and is non-toxic. If your not a vegetarian, try and eat less meat.

  25. sarahbv April 21, 2011 at 12:16 am

    One of the ways we keep our home healthier is by having a “no shoes” policy. There are a myriad of environmental contaminants that are on the soles of our shoes and can end up in our floors and carpets. Children spend much of their time on the floor and will be most susceptible to the harmful effects. Having a rug that is made in an environmentally friendly way is also an important way to keep your home healthy!

  26. arica612 April 21, 2011 at 12:11 am

    It can be as simple as recycling, people forget how critical it is to recycle and its so easy. Take bags to local recycle place…or call local trash company for recycle bin…its so easy to be green and people are just simply lazy now days. Come on people….go green, recycle, and keep our air clean!

  27. cristina mccarthy April 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    My kids time their showers … no more wated water!

  28. bcgirll April 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Grab an old housekeeping book that your parents (if older) or grandmother may have used and see how it was done then………chances are it was done the green way, the way that we all aspire to now. My parents went through the Great Depression and I’m finding, time and time again, that the old, simple ways are effective, inexpensive, and non-toxic.

  29. soccer_nsa April 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I use Eco friendly and make my own cleaners, we air dry our dishes, recycle, and more. Thank you for the chance!!

  30. woodstock April 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Green your home by greening your life. Once you make your lifestyle about more than yourself, it is easy to keep taking it one step further. Every day is a new day to do better for yourself and the environment. Choose eco-friendly alternatives, think creatively with what you have, and learn to do with less. Sometimes simplicity is really the way to go for everyone!

    *This rug is ACE!

  31. matias09 April 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    clean with vinegar and bicarb soda

  32. dave-o-riginal April 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    To increase indoor air quality use a combination of house plants such as Mother-In-Laws tongue and Areca Palm. They work together by respirating at different times in the day, effectively purifying your indoor air throughout the day.

  33. cosmicjungle April 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Fish Tanks are a fabulous idea for ambiance, balancing air quality/refresh the air and over all good energy for a room/feng shui. Air purifier and himalayian salt rocks. As well as, crystals.
    All appropriate for balancing living spaces; energy and health purposes.

  34. CAT29 April 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    My husband and I got engaged and closed on our first home the same day. So when we became homeowners, we had 2 big expenses staring us in the face in addition to all the hope and possibilities of the future. As we moved into our 70+ year old home, we started to encounter all of the things homeowners find. And while the expenses haven’t gotten smaller, we try to do a little bit each day. We try to stay with cleaning products that we can actually pronounce what’s in it:) Personally I am a fan of Mrs. Meyers and 7th Generation. Our dish soaps and hand wash is Method. (Thank goodness they all offer good coupons!) But often times we clean with good old fashion hot water! We have a steam mop for the floors. The microwave gets cleaned with some lemon juice and hot water by microwaving the mixture for a few minutes. The steam makes it a quick wipe down.

    Being in an old house, we have old windows. In the winter we try to seal everything up as best as possible. Our biggest investment this year was a new high efficiency heater and updating the duct-work and insulation to lower our energy costs. Before that we changed our thermostat to a programmable one. All that being said, even with the plants the air can get a bit stale. We freshen it up with some boiling water and cinnamon. It is a natural way of getting a nice winter scent.

    For now we will continue to dream of the days when we can properly insulate the house and add solar panels, create a greenhouse and can get rid of our terribly old gas guzzler of a vehicle (for the record the primary car is a hybrid). But we will spend each day doing the little things that we can…

    Recycling as much as much of our waste as possible (Doesn’t cost a penny!).
    Donating what we don’t use for someone else to make the most out of (Again no cost on our end).
    Use reusable items as often as we can (i.e. water bottles, coffee cups, containers instead of plastic bags).
    And create a living environment that we feel comfortable letting our black lab puppy run amok in (anyone who has ever owned a lab knows that everything is fair game for licking) and safe for kiddies down the road if that is what the future holds.

  35. samf359 April 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Open the windows and let the fresh air in!!! Plus all green cleaners, no poisons or harsh chemicals in the house.

  36. aharlan April 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Use non toxic cleaners in your home (vinegar or products designed with you and the earth in mind ie: 7th generation) and eat an organic, local, and healthy diet as much as you can. :)

  37. lfiano April 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    To save our trees and make our homes greener choose paperbags from the supermarket (which are already made of recycled paper), then save them to be used as gift wrap! You can decorate the gift anyway you want and it looks very savvy and original. Also save all those envelopes you do not use when you pay bills online and recycle them for personal mail.

  38. jannd421 April 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Use steam to clean heavy duty areas, such as your kitchen, utility room, and bathroom. No more heavy duty chemicals that are not only unhealthy for *us,* but for our wonderful pets too!

  39. gilligan.meg April 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I think one thing everyone can and SHOULD do is install solar panels somewhere on their house or condo or apartment, in order to make that home sustain itself from its own power source!

  40. megster388 April 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    use less chemicals in your home! just because the label says green doesn’t mean it is. read them!

  41. Sunmark April 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Save our energy by using what God gave us for decades . Use the sun to dry your laundry instead of the electrical dryer. Use the sun to create the electrical power to warm our homes.

  42. mllemom April 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    white vinegar for baked on grease too!

  43. Rachel Maley April 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Sign up for Bullfrog Energy.

  44. 5280mod April 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Would love to feel that shag carpet between my toes.

  45. RunawayOctober April 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    We inadvertently do alot of greener and healthier things because I’m a cheapskate! We don’t use the heater at all, we hang clothes to dry, I don’t buy cleaners but for vinegar, borax, baking soda and dish soap, we compost, we garden, we use lavender, mint, lemon balm, citrus, etc as air fresheners. In the end, we end up healthier and can save money for things like solar panels.

  46. ladymoxie April 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    To live healthier – get rid of clutter, which often collects dust and fills up your space. When I clean and donate my items, not only is my house and my mind cleaner, but the products can be donated to someone who actually need them.

  47. veganista April 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Green & Healthy home? We all lead such different lives and have such different homes. I think you just have to lead an examined life! And pay attention to every purchase you make, every thing you create, and with every routine you go through- ask yourself the impact, and is there a more natural, more efficient, healthier way to go about it? And if you don’t know, ask Inhabitat! (and then be patient till you find the greenest solution, we’ve been waiting to get an area rug for the living room in our apartment for just this reason!)

  48. jesscenter April 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Always reuse and recycle and look for products with recycled or cradle to cradle certifications. However, don’t overlook the embodied energy of the things you use. Look at manufacturing supply chains – reclaimed and recycled wood is much more sustainable if it comes from and is treated in your own region. If it has to be sent overseas to be made usable then you will waste more petrol and create more toxins in shipping and treating than you would by cutting down existing trees in the area.

  49. ebethsorrell April 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Fill your kitchen with lots of fresh and local foods!

  50. rstewart April 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    sustainability as a life-style

    A rug for earth-week — what a fun thing to get
    especially when ‘sustainable’ eliminates dept
    my most favorite thing is planting small seeds
    fresh herbs, fresh air, look at all it feeds!
    Pretty to look at, easy to grow
    let’s help the earth – good thoughts to sow

  51. lsechrist1@gmail.com April 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    To keep your home green & healthy – use nontoxic cleaning supplies, microfiber cleaning cloths, run the dishwasher & washing machine only when full, line-dry or air-dry your clothes….. many many ways to be green at home!

  52. envcat April 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    There are lots of ways to be green at home that are also good for your health. For example, eliminate those carpets that aren’t made from natural fibers. They have chemicals and collect allergens. Instead of using wet swiffer or other mop for wood floors, use a steam mop — again, less chemicals. There are a ton of paints that are now greener for your interior. There are also great environmental household products for cleaning. Turn off the lights! Try NOT using A/C and heat in the Spring.

  53. jenreese April 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Weatherize. This is a good time for me to remind myself to do some caulking and add insulation for the summer (already 95 here in central TX). Also change–or just clean–a/c filters.

  54. 4evermorphing April 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Almost everything you use is recyclable….I have friends that work in the recycling warehouse, they say “when in doubt, DON’T throw it out…….recycle it anyways!”. They go through everything and sort it all out @ the warehouse……just don’t be disgusting (dirty diapers etc)common sense!

  55. Providence April 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Something we should all consider when we shop for green products:

    1. Where was the product made? If it has been transported 12,000 miles overseas in a diesel spewing, ocean polluting ship, how green is it?

    2. How green is the manufacturing facility? Bamboo is truly a quickly renewable product, but most of the manufacturing facilities where it is assembled are not.

    3. What is the life expectancy of the product? If it is a green product, but must be replaced 3 times more often how green is it?

    4. Will I be able to recycle it when its life is over? Many items have a green certification because of their recycled content, but are destined for the landfill.

    I am sure there are many more points to be made, but these are 4 off the top of my head that seem to be overlooked frequently.

  56. Jbrown4 April 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    All the simplest things are the things that make the biggest difference, turn off lights, recycle the simple things and try to have a garden!!

  57. djbelieve April 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Strengthen your garden’s resistance to pests by planting resilient plants, by rotating the fruits and vegetables you plant, and by attracting friendly bugs to prey on the pesky ones!

  58. asdrexler April 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    hang laundry out to dry whenever you can- the sun bleaches out stains naturally and keeps even diapers whiter, so no need for chemical bleaches, and it saves a lot of energy- we actually found our dryer is our biggest energy suck!

  59. Jill H April 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Pick me!

  60. Pepe April 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Basically all the tips everyone has been posting are great ways to make our homes greener and healthier. Yes eco-friendly products, energy savers, recycling, reusing, and reducing consumption of products are key ways to go. But I believe an important factor to make our homes greener and healthier is to educate as many people as possible about all these amazing tips! As more and more people are informed, more homes/neighborhoods/businesses strive to become greener and therefore our environment becomes healthier. Happy Earth Week!

  61. kifried April 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    For me a big part of going green is by incorporating green, aka plants! There are a multitude of indoor house plants that bring color, clean the air, are aesthetically pleasing, add to the ambiance, and moreover bring a more natural, grounded energy and vibration to the home. I would highly recommend the book “How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office”

  62. bakergeek April 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    One of my favorite green things to do is to open the windows at night to let the house cool off and then in the morning before it warms up outside I close them and the drapes to keep the heat out, that combined with some fans prevents me from having to use the AC until it hits about 100 outside.

  63. Irene Suchoza April 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Reduce – Recycle – Repurpose

    Reduce – harmful contaminates by choosing solution dyed yarns so carpet cleaning can be accomplished with hot water extraction and not harsh chemicals.

    Recycle – everything possible, even your used carpet.

    Re-purpose – old not so used carpet in a craft project. Write a book “1001 Creative Ways to Re-use Carpet and Carpet Tile”

  64. bsavvy April 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Repurpose and reuse, Try to think of how to use the items you would just throw out or recycle (recycling is great but reusing/repurposing is keeping it from more processing) A great one is turning jars and bottles into lights.

  65. elepcep3 April 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    One word – Compost. It’s free, easy, and completely exemplifies the Cradle-to-Cradle philosophy by turning your food and paper waste into wonderful soil which can then be used to grow more fresh veggies! There’s nothing better (and more satisfying) than fresh, sun-ripened strawberries that you can sneak off the vine every time you walk outside.

  66. sbarry April 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    What else is there to say besides…Natural, Natural, Natural.

  67. JessicaIrene April 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    So many tips to give!!
    Change all your lightbulbs to energy efficient bulbs (like the cute swirly ones). Open your blinds, curtains, etc. for natural light instead of turning lights on during the day.
    Open your windows for air instead of running the HVAC unit. Change your air system filter regularly to keep your air healthy and the unit in better shape. Turn electrical devices off when not in use (even go as far as un plugging items) – even better, use a power strip for multiple plugs and unplug the strip when devices are not in use. Start using green cleaning supplies. Start recycling so waste is diminished.

    I think I’ll stop there! I don’t want to take up the whole comment page! :)

  68. MikeB April 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Simplify – consume less energy and water and produce less waste.

  69. Pam Hopkins April 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Looks so interesting.

  70. jmont616 April 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    We switched to natural cleaners and a steam mop that needs no crazy chemicals to clean our hard surface flooring. We’re trying to keep all the extra chemicals out of our little boy!

  71. geppers April 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Don’t bring products with human and environmentally harmful chemicals into them.

  72. Pamwhit April 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Sell flooring products are enviromentally friendly so we can help everyone keep their homes green.

  73. jcdvt April 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    We can green our homes by bringing the outdoors in. By having live plants throughout the house, we will be supplying each room with fresh oxygen.

  74. dhaworth April 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    When I am running the tap to get water hot enough (or cold enough for a drink) instead of running it down the drain, I keep an empty (clean) milk jug nearby and put it under the tap until I get the temperature I want. I then use that water on my plants, out in the garden..or for other uses later in the day.

  75. smokesignals April 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Kudos to Inhabitat for initiating your recyclable Plush Ultra Shag Area Rug program!
    Eliminating waste and choosing products that are recyclable or biodegradable is the very first step everyone should take and the natural path to a greener home. But my personal favorite is to always turn that thermostat down to conserve energy. Turning it down only one degree can reduce heating energy costs by 4 percent!

  76. raviolikid April 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Think long and hard about what you let into your home. Once things are in, they are hard to get out.

  77. leb66 April 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Hang your laundry outside- it smells much better too.

  78. lharas April 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Use non-toxic cleaning products like Blissful Home.

  79. Lcashaw April 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    There’s nothing like the smell or freshness of somehting brought in after drying on the clothes line. Our favorite is the bed sheets but area rugs also are great after a little fresh air. No electricity required.

  80. Ahutchins April 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Switch to LED light bulbs, they have a lifespan of about 6 times more than a CFL bulb, they contain not toxic materials or metals, and consume about half the energy of a CFL bulb.

  81. kimg April 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    clean with vinegar

  82. robyne April 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    What a great resource for the design community!! Thank you to Shaw Floors for linking me here! I’ve already found some great info and can’t wait to come back for more! Finally, a newsletter I’ll look forward to getting in my in-box! =)

  83. wendelyn April 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Wool rugs can trap dust mites and other allergens and contaminants in the air for up to 30 years!

  84. SarahCate April 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    We just re-painted the interior of our home and chose to use Sherwin Williams Harmony® paint – Zero VOC’s = no odor and much better for the environment!

  85. JMVillalobos April 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Live simply, live sustainably.

  86. shellthebell April 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    1. Take advantage of the lovely spring temperatures and opt for passive cooling/heating this month. Open up the windows and let the breeze air out the stuffiness of winter! This reduces energy use, I can usually turn off my air for days at a time.
    2. Shaw products are great and I love that most of their carpets are cradle to cradle certified! Woot!

  87. nhoffman April 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Have two cups by every faucet in the house: One hanging over the sink with a small hole punched through it at the bottom, and one to pour water from the faucet to the hanging cup. This will allow you to wash hands and brush teeth with carefully controlled amounts of water to avoid waste and engender greater sustainability in the home. This can reduce sink water usage by 80% or more :) I began this practice in India at a sustainable farm and now I like to spread the idea to all my friends in the USA.

  88. jim_hab April 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I agree,Earth Week should go on & on &on throughout our lives!

  89. amythegreen April 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Plants are a great way to improve indoor air quality. We use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove dust and allergens from our carpets and have switched to natural cleaners to avoid toxic fumes!

  90. erikae April 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Use non-toxic, environmentally friendly cleaning supplies using ingredients you may have around the house. Vinegar is a powerful cleaner and disinfectant. Mixing borax and vinegar makes an amazing carpet cleaner. Lemon juice cuts grease. The list goes on!

  91. AdrienneT April 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    To make your home more environmentally friendly reduce your waste by shopping in the bulk bins and storing items in reusable containers such as glass jars. Not only are you bring green, it also looks nice!

  92. melaniewood April 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Compost! Reduce your trash each week by composting!

  93. mccrackt April 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    When replacing appliances make Energy Star ratings a prerequisite for consideration. Replace light bulbs (and fixtures if necessary) to more efficient sources. Always turn off lights when leaving the room. Behavior changes can make the largest impact in our every day lives.

  94. RobertStockham April 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Please send me a new rug. We have a zero waste goal for 2019!

  95. emilyintheville April 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Compost food scraps and coffee grounds and use to nourish your home vegetable or herb garden – afterall, waste=food!

  96. lindafox5 April 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    One thing people forget about is the air quality inside their homes. With the multitude of “air fresheners” out there, people are tainting their indoor air quality with artificial fragrances from plug-ins, carpet cleaners, and general household cleaners. Switching over to natural cleaners, and essential oils helps prevent the buildup of toxins in the indoor air, and is healthier for the whole family, as well as pets.

  97. ajdorsey April 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    you guys run a tight ship. keep it up. this site has inspired me to cut my energy consumption over 40% in the last couple years.

  98. BrandonMills April 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Dry your laundry for a longer period, on lower heat setting. Saves up to 25% on energy consumption per load!

  99. mbreaks1 April 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Earth Week should really be Earth Life, don’t you think? My obvious tips: lots of houseplants and reuse aluminum foil when possible!

  100. momof4 April 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    The best way to green our homes is to start using eco-friendly cleaners. Not only will the air lack chemicals but our water supply will stop getting contaminated!

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