Most people know about recycling and carpooling, but there are also lots of small things that people can do every day that can make a big difference—not just for the planet but for the pocketbook.
McLean,VA (PRWEB) April 21, 2011
From Tallahassee to Tokyo, millions of people around the world will be observing Earth Day. Crest Cleaners is asking people to think bigger than a one-day observance.
Crest recently made a significant investment in converting its entire 15 store operation over to the environmentally friendly GreenEarth® Cleaning process, because it avoids the hazardous chemicals and air-polluting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) used by traditional dry cleaners. The GreenEarth Cleaning process uses a silicone-based cleaning solution that is gentle on clothes, safe for people and the planet, and has won numerous national, state and local awards for environmental business practices.
“Earth Day is a reminder to all of us to be good environmental citizens, and there are a lot of simple, easy steps and changes people can make that will make a real difference for our environment,” said David Slan, president of Crest Cleaners. “Most people know about recycling and carpooling, but there are also lots of small things that people can do every day that can make a big difference—not just for the planet but for the pocketbook.”
In cooperation with Kansas City-based GreenEarth Cleaning, Crest Cleaners provided this list of 12 simple ways people could make positive everyday changes to benefit their environment:
1. Take shorter showers: The average adult spends eight minutes in the shower, which uses 40-80 gallons of water. How long does your teenager spend in the shower?
2. Gauge your savings: Keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your gas mileage by more than 3%, which comes out to ten cents a gallon (assuming gas is $3.10 a gallon).
3. Less is more: You can encourage deeper plant roots by watering less often, but slowly and for longer periods of time. You’ll use less water and your lawn will be healthier too. Water in the early morning when its cool and you can get away with watering less because less is lost to evaporation from the sun’s heat.
4. Hot tips: Pre-heat the oven only for baking. If you’re heating a casserole or cooking a roast, pre-heating isn’t necessary. Cooking a small quantity? Use an electric skillet or a toaster oven, you’ll use half as much energy!
5. On again, off again: Save water and money when you shave, do dishes or brush your teeth by turning off the faucet when you aren’t using it. Turning the faucet off while you are brushing can save more than five gallons of water; filling the basin while doing dishes saves about 25 gallons.
6. Chill idea: Wash in cold water. When you wash clothes, 95% of the energy goes to heating the water. Unless you have an oily stain, your clothes will come out perfectly clean in cold and you can cut your cost per load from 5 cents to 3 cents. You’ll reduce your carbon footprint too!
7. Enlighten your home: Replace your incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (funny looking swirls that fit into standard sockets). Replacing one 11watt bulb saves more than 685 pounds of CO2 a year while saving an average of $30 in energy costs.
8. Meatless Mondays: Help your health, the planet and your wallet with Meatless Mondays. Cutting back meat consumption by 15% just one day a week in favor of fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. You’ll save money and precious resources like water and fossil fuels.
9. Think about thawing: Thaw frozen dishes before you reheat them it will cut down on energy costs dramatically. Thawing them in the refrigerator instead of on the counter also saves energy because they will keep the fridge cool as they thaw.
10. Put a lid on it: Put a lid the pot whenever you boil water - you’ll save time, energy and money.
11. Don’t get overcharged: Charge your cell phone during the day instead of overnight. Most mobile phones need only about two hours to fully charge. Plugging in before you go to sleep creates a lot of wasted energy.
12. Bag bagging: Start composting or mulching leaves and grass clippings. Grass makes up 70% of all yard waste; but if clippings are short enough, they quickly decompose and supply the soil with nitrogen and carbon, leading to a lawn that requires less watering. And, it’s easier than bagging!
“We are proud to be a business that people who care about the environment can patronize with confidence,” Slan said. “Our GreenEarth Cleaning process is better for our community, our customers and our employees. We are proof that it is possible to be both ‘clean’ and ‘green’. The feedback from our customers has been fantastic, they can actually notice the difference; their clothes look, feel and smell better with the GreenEarth Cleaning process.”
GreenEarth Cleaning was created in 1999 by several dry cleaners that were looking for a non-polluting alternative to perchloroethylene or “perc”, a Toxic Air Contaminant dry cleaners have been using since the 1940’s. Dry cleaners using the GreenEarth Cleaning process have earned numerous environmental awards, including citations from the U.S. EPA and the states of Illinois, Colorado, Connecticut, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
The silicone-based GreenEarth Cleaning solvent is listed as a preferred alternative to ozone-depleting chemicals in the U.S. EPA’s Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP). Because any spill of the GreenEarth Cleaning solvent quickly degrades to sand, water and carbon dioxide, it is not regulated by hazardous waste laws such as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) or the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Increasing regulatory pressure, concern for soil and water contamination, and other business issues have led many in the industry to search for an alternative to perc. GreenEarth Cleaning developed its patented, environmentally preferred silicone-based process in response to these industry needs and is now making the process available to dry cleaners worldwide. More information is available by visiting the GreenEarth Cleaning website at http://www.greenearthcleaning.com/ or the Crest Cleaners website at http://www.crestcleaners.com.
More information is available by visiting the GreenEarth Cleaning web site at http://www.greenearthcleaning.com. The name GreenEarth, the GreenEarth logo, the slogan "You've never worn anything like it" and the slogan, "It's Good for Everybody" are registered service marks of GreenEarth Cleaning, LLC.