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New iPhone App Combats Energy Waste

The free Light Bulb Finder mobile app gives iPhone users instant recommendations for energy-saving light bulbs with the right fit, style and light quality. For each recommendation, the app displays the energy-efficient bulb's image, price, environmental impact, and expected savings. Users create their own shopping lists and buy bulbs directly via the app or at local stores.

The Light Bulb Finder mobile app helps iPhone users combat energy waste through energy-efficient lighting. Now available for free download via the App Store on iTunes, users can quickly see whether they will get their money’s worth by switching to energy-efficient light bulbs. They can get instant recommendations for energy-saving bulbs with the right fit and light quality, create shopping lists, and buy bulbs directly through the app or at local retailers.


Guide to Green Mortgages / Energy Efficient Mortgages

What’s a “Green Mortgage”? It is a term that many, even the most environmentally focused of us, have not heard before. And it’s not what you might think. It is not a marketing or public relations effort. It is a program backed by private and government mortgage programs designed to help you make your home more energy efficient.

Green, or “Energy efficient” mortgages, let you borrow extra money to pay for energy efficient upgrades to your current home or a new or old home that you plan to buy. The result is a more environmentally friendly living space that uses fewer resources for heating and cooling and has dramatically lower utility costs. The types of things that are covered include upgrades that you may have thought you couldn’t afford like double paned windows, tankless water heaters, modern HVAC systems, and new insulation.


Land Based Activities Cause 80% of Marine Pollution

When we think of pollution in our oceans, many times we look to activities that take place directly in or around those bodies of water, but approximately 80% of all marine pollution comes from land based activities. From the consistent and constant use of plastic bags to the use of dangerous pesticides, we are slowly poisoning our environment. Much of this pollution leads to a process called eutrophication.


Kids & the Environment

When told about the importance of protecting the environment, kids are eager to do their part. Kids, regardless of age or size, can learn how they can play an important role in protecting the environment for a better tomorrow. We all benefit when our kids become good stewards. Here are five simple and easy environmental tips to get them started:


The Many Uses Of Cork

What’s important to note about cork materials is that it is a rapidly renewable material. Cork's elasticity, combined with its near-impermeability, makes it the perfect material for making bottle stoppers, floor tiles, insulation sheets, bulletin boards and other similar products. Because of its remarkable qualities, cork is used in high-tech applications including car engines, dam mechanisms and airport runways. The aeronautics industry has used cork as a thermal insulator in space shuttles.


PVC-Free School Supplies

Whether you're sending a child back to school this season or haven't thought of backpacks and lunchboxes in years, it's worth checking out the Center for Health, Environment & Justice's new Back-to-School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies. In it, you'll find tips on how to identify PVC, advice for avoiding vinyl and other plastics in school (and office) products, and links to PVC-free products and suppliers.

Useful tips include things like:

Stick to the plain metal paperclips. Colored paper clips are coated with PVC.
Avoid shiny and colorful plastic umbrellas as these are typically made out of PVC. Look for those made out of other materials such as nylon.
Avoid modeling clays made of PVC (polymer clays such as Fimo and Sculpey). Polymer clays are often loaded with phthalates. Look for clays made without PVC and phthalates, or make your own (recipes are available online such as at

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