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« on: Feb 21, 2008 10:38 PM »


Asalamulaikum
As Muslim it is our responisblity to take care of the enviornment we live in. So I just bought this page a day calender (365 ways to make a difference) (living green), and i will be writing the tips/quotes here.  Well its already the middle of feb so the first month tips are going to come fast.
Starting out with a quote:

"The Human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves."  -Rachel Carson
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 21, 2008 10:50 PM »

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Your community may be one of many that chips up Christmas trees for residents.  Instead of contributing to the forest of dead trees left at curbside to be hauled off to the landfill, take your tree to a designated tree recycling station"

(well I know most here dont celebrate christmas, but its good advice to your neighbors.)





-save grocery bags by bringing your own reusable basket to the supermarket


-"Foam draft blocker installed behind cover plates on outside walls will result in lower energy bills."


-"Turn off the tap when you dont need the water and save ten gallons or more each morning."
(And remember guys this is our responsiblity as Muslims also, we are not suppose to waste food or water!)


-"keep in mind that warming up the car on a cold morning gives  you a mileage per gallon of zero."



-Remember paper has two sides!


-"If we grew most of our food close to home, we'd use far less energy in the process, helping ward off climate change."  --Bill McKibben, Deep Econonmy


--"Maintain your appliances according to manufacturers' instructions.  They'll last longer may be more efficient." "keeping the coils on the bak of your fridge clean can reduce the units electricity consumption six percent or more."

-"disposable cameras produce a lot of solid waste-not just the camera body, but also the foil and cardboard packages.  About a quarter of the cameras never make it back to the manufacturer to be recycled.  A digital camera takes good pictures and generates far less waste, especially since you'll probably printonly the shots you really like."

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« Reply #2 on: Feb 23, 2008 05:21 AM »

"Replace incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescents.  The last ten times longer and save up to thirty dollars a yr in electricity!  Just one compact fluorescent keeps half a ton of carbon dioxideout of the air over the course of its lifetime. " (we do this and gives good light!)


--Dont liter, if you  need a reason, your tax dollars go toward cleaning it up and its not cheap." Ex. Alabama spends 5.3 million dollars a yr on the effort. So 'can' it!"


--Warm your house to sixty eight degrees F on winter days and 55 degress at night or when you are out.  "for every degree you lower the heat, you can save three percent in energy costs." "By estimate, every 100 households that practice careful thermostat regulation will reduce CO2 by more than 30,000 pounds annually"


--Reuse the office products that are usually thrown away such as folders, paper clips, binders, Rolodex cards, and the like.


---"We must strive to become good ancestors."  ---Raplph Nader


---support survival by purchasing meat from heritage breeds.  www.lobels.com/store/main/heritage_main.htm#purpose


----"Lose a little less energy through your stovetop by applying the simplest of expedients--a lid over a saucepan to contain heat and warm food faster."


---"your furnace will work most efficiently if you keep it clean.  change disoposable filters monthly; a better bet is a reusable filter, which should be checked monthly and washed in the sink or outside if its clogging up.  also, the vacuum the vents and registers to promote good airflow."

---The backs of cash receipts make handy note papers if they are blank!


---look for the USDA organic and bird friendly symbols on the coffee package, or for a clear statement that coffee is shade-grown.


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« Reply #3 on: Mar 20, 2008 07:32 PM »

I have a few tips to share...

if you have space in your garden start a compost bin and 'recycle' veggie peels etc

if you download nasheeds etc put them onto an mp3 player rather than cds that can't be reused

when cooking meals try to cook two meals at once and freeze one for later

walk to places nearby rather than using your car-plan your journeys too so you save on fuel and time

recycle as much of your household waste as possible!!!

Grow your own veg if you have space-if you can rent an allotment why not get together with other families and have a community garden? Your cutting down your carbon footprint too...

encourage your family to not leave electrical applicances on standby

And that's it for now...shall think of more and post as this subject is close to my heart

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 20, 2008 09:49 PM »

this is the third time im writing this ( i hate soni comp)

jazakAllahu kair sis Princess!

substitue liquid softener (harmful to some aquatic life and trigger for allergy and asthma symptoms) with half to one cup white vinegar which leaves clothes soft and wo scent.

---find  a hybrid car or taxi which save alot of gallons of gas and carbon emission.

---to look for job opportunities on eviornment go to www.environmentalcareer.com

---'layer up w extra sweaters and long underwear, and turn down the thermostat.'
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 20, 2008 11:22 PM »

Salam everyone (again),

some other tips for going green...

>when out shopping attempt to buy items in less packaging or in bulk bags (e.g. cous cous and pasta come in larger packets which cuts down on all the small packaging)

>if you work in an office and use the coffee or water machine do not opt for the plastic cups-instead keep a mug or glass at your desk to reuse. If you can't do this at least reuse the plastic water cup!

>if you can refill your ink cartlidges on your printer-I do this and mashallah it not only prolongs the life of the cartlidge (which is plastic) it saves money too

>try using e-mail rather than sending letters to companies etc to sort out bills etc-not only will it cut down on paper and envelope cost and use but its often faster too

>only print documents you really need-the same applies to photos too-theres loads of websites that offer online hosting for free and you can always keep photos on a usb key/storage unit

>if you only buy a paper to catch up on one section of news consider checking it ONLINE-you'll save money and the paper too

>when buying beauty products opt for minimal packaging and least amount of chemicals

>avoid using your tumble dryer too much-if the weather allows hang clothes outside to dry

>avoid hair sprays/other spray items as they are not only harder to recycle but they do the environment no good either

>before throwing out an item of clothing see if it can be repaired or given to a charity shop

>if you buy magazines and buy more than one ask friends and family if you can all buy a certain magazine each (per month) and swap it once you've read it. You'll not only save money you'll save on the paper too.

>Use reusable cotton bags not plastic bags which can take 100 years to degrade

That's it for now I'll keep adding on tips as I remember them


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« Reply #6 on: Mar 21, 2008 09:39 PM »

visit www.certifiedwoodsearch.org/searchproducts.aspx for a list of certified wod products and providers.

---the nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not imparied, in value."--Theadore Roosevelt

---remove and gently rock toner cartridge when it runs low and you may get many more prints, select draft under printer command for many uses and buy a toner from a supplier who reuses and recycles them when their useful life is ended.

---instead of trashing computers (contain lead) donate to charities, schools, or libraries or recycle them. visit http://rethink.ebay.com/odecs/custom.htm?template=recycle to find a recycler near you.

---  "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, one finds it attached to the rest of the world."  --John Muir

----since you are already in workout mode, why not look for a gym you can walk or cycle too or workout at home, for more info go to www.primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/library/activity/startexercise..htm.

----tape whole, dried bay leaves to the bottom of shelves in your pantry to keep tiny bugs away, or make your own spray by combining rubbing alcohol w an esssential oil like clove, citronella, or peppermint in a spray bottle.

---like princess said buy in bulk to save money an excess packaging and then transfer to tight sealing container to keep fresh but also dont buy too much that you end up throwing the food away!

---investigate before you buy products by going to www.greenerchoices.org to make sure they are not harmful to enviornment.


---when buying equipment look for energy star rating from federalEPA and department of energy. this progam helped americans save enough energy in 2005 to avoid greenhouse gases equivalent to those emitted by 23 million cars.
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 24, 2008 11:32 PM »

Salam eveyone,

I've just thought of a few more tips that some maybe able to use  hijabisis

avoid using too many commercial cleaners around the house. Most are heavily dosed in chemicals that pollute the environment. Remember the good old fashioned cleaners generations before us have used. Some combinations I use and can recommend are:

lemon juice-the juice of one lemon poured into a bowl and then 'mircowaved' (for around 1 & 1/2 minutes) will not only steam clean your microwave put it will also freshen up your microwave too

bicarb soda mixed with lemon (its all about chemistry folks!) to make a paste is fab for cleaning your fridge, oven, tiles, sinks (basins) and more. Just make the paste (not too sloppy) and put in onto the item in question. Leave for 20 minutes (longer if its the oven etc) and then wipe away. You can wipe the area down with a damp cloth.

If you're a fan of commercial 'ironing water' make your own. Its simple and cheap. Buy a citrus essential oil, recycle a small spray bottle and using mineral water (or spring water) make your own jazzy water. I use sweet orange and lemon oils (around 10 drops) to around 300ml of mineral water. I then give it a shake and spray clothes with it.

Soda crystals are excellent value for money and clean loads of items as well as acting as a sink/drain cleanser. Used regulary will help stop sink blockages that will cost you a bit to repair  Roll Eyes

Toys-children love them and parents feel pressurised to buy them. A good way of reducing toy costs/waste of packaging is to find some like minded parents and arrange a toy swap. The children pick the toys they no longer wish to play with and swap them for another toy for a week. That way the children get a new toy for a while and if they really do like it you'll know what to buy them on Eid  Wink

Encourage your children to care for the environment too by always switching lights off, never leave taps dripping and recycle simple things like water bottles

When out in resturants brothers and sisters I urge you to avoid buying bottled water (unless you must due to health issues). There is nothing more refreshing than a glass of cold tap water. We must remember the amount of Muslim and non Muslim people who do not even have fresh water to quench their thirst

If you drive your children to school and other parents in your area do so come together to create a monthly rota where one parent picks up the children, the following week another etc etc. You'll save not only fuel, time and freaking out in school time traffic but you will also encourage your children to think about sharing resources and install the sense of community too.

Try to go shopping with a friend or family member if you live near to each other. One car instead of two equals half the pollution

By products that are in season. If you live in the UK like me then you must question how strawberries appear in Febuary at your local supermarket. Buy local and cut your carbon footprint!

Transport your shopping in reusable bags-they'll last longer and when its time to part with it if its cotton you know it can be recycled!

Most of all remember going green isn't just another 'fashion' its the good Muslim lifestyle. Lets give back to the earth instead of simply stripping it of things.


Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) wasn't just sent to guide us Muslims, he is a unique, true example to EVERYONE.
This life is only a test-passing will equal Jannah, Inshallah!
Oh Muslim brothers and sisters-consider sponsoring an Orphan if Allah has blessed you with the finances to do so-Ameen.
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« Reply #8 on: Mar 25, 2008 03:59 AM »

"make green discussion a part of your existing office peer review.  If it gets measured, it gets managed."

---"The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship.  We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations."--Pope John Paul II

---use non-chlorinated bleaches containing hydrogen peroxide, sodium percarbonate, or sodium perborate because cholorine laundry bleach when sent down drain it can produce orgaanchlorines, immune system toxins and more.

---share a car, find out more at www.zipcar.com and http://flexcar.com.

---"never pour paint down the drain.  Earth 911 offers an online finder for community hazardous waste programs at www.earch911.org

---after final rinse in dishwasher stop it and open the door to air dry the dishes.. It can save 10 percent of the energy used for each load.

--another reason to lose weight is that statistics from University of Illinois shows that our cars use a billion extra gallons of gas a yr transporting heavier people.  "The additional aircraft fuel burned annually to account for overweight passengers amounts to 350 million gallons, according to the Centers for Disease Control--producing an extra 3.8 million tons of atmosphere-warming carbon dioxide."
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 03, 2008 09:21 PM »

-- check out www.132national.com/index.html on transit vouchers

---"In the end we will conserve only what we love.  We love only what we understand.  We will understand only Senegalese Ecologist

---'resist the bedeviling impulse to open the oven door and sneak a look-and then another -at how your roast is doing.  Every peek causes a 25-to 50 degree drop in temperature which wastes energy as the oven struggles to regain its setting.'

---'choose longer-burning soy-based tapers instead of paraffin and you will reduce the amount of soot released into air by 90 percent'

---'to check for a leak in the toilet put three drops of food coloring in the tank and wait a half-hr.  If the color appears in the bowl, repair or replace the flapper valve, an easy operation that can save 100 gallons of water or more daily.  (dont forget to flush colored water away; it can stain the bowl if left too long.)

---'experiment w detergentto be sure your using the right amount, as what box calls for may be more than you need (the scoops provided by manufacturers are also often bigger than necessary.)  Your clothes wont be cleaner if you overdo it, infact the rinse cycle many not get all the residue out, so all youll be doing is putting extra detergent into the water waste stream.

---Todays microwaves ovens are tightly shielded to keep the waves they emit on the inside and they use 75 percent less energy than conventional stoves and are also great for limiting food as they are a quick and eazy way to use up leftovers.

---look for paper that has been recycled and processed w0 cholorine and manufactured w fiber from sustainably grown wood.  http://newleafpaper.com/ecopaper.html

---"We have to deal with greenhouse gases...The debate is over.  When 98 percent of scientists agree, who [can] say 'lets debate the science?'"--John Hofmeister, president, shell oil company

---when cooking use the smallest pan you can and if the circumference of flames is greater than that of your pan you are leaking unused heat into the air.

---help guide the organizations you belong to towards enviornment activities by organizing litter patrols, conservation seminars, or recycling efforts in areas that dont have municipal plans.

---Go through your stuff and decide does that electrical sharpener really work better than the manual, do i really need it or is that power can opener better than the manual? 'retire any you dont need to clear space and achieve a modest savings in electricity use.'

---'mail wine and champagne corks to Wine Cork Recycling, yemm & Hart ltd., 610 S.  Chamber Drive, Fredericktown, MO 63645.'

---'roughly ninety percent of the energy used by your washer goes to heat the water. Use cold water whenever possible and save $300 to 330 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions every year. (bed linens need a hot wash to kill dust mites.)'

---www.charitablerecycling.com

---"Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations."--Jean Paul Richter, German Novelist

---buy shampoo, hand soap, lotions, and detergent where you can refill and reduce packaging


---Use cloth diapers bc every yr 2hundred thousand trees are cut for their production process and tons of plastic and paper wind up in trash and plus it saves loads of money and they can be reused
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 03, 2009 04:41 AM »

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