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No More Winter Blues: Healthy Chocolate & Eco-Friendly Snow & Ice Removal

Our feature interview was with Carol Westinghouse, President of Informed Green Solutions. She’s very busy helping schools and other public and commercial facilities transition to a clean, green indoor environment. She’s helped make a difference in her own home state of Vermont, in getting legislation passed that will mandate certain standards for the kinds of products used inside schools for cleaning and other potentially harmful chemical applications.

The Sleeping Naked is Green segment: Shovel Your Own Snow & Use Sand Instead of Salt

Tips for eco-friendly shoveling and de-icing:

SHOVELING

  • If you HAVE to use a snow blower, there are electric ones that are a little bit easier on the ozone layer.
  • Employ neighborhood kids!
  • Take the opportunity to get some exercise (but be cautious if you are out of shape or experience any symptoms of cardiac distress)
  • Get out early and often to keep on top of it during a big storm
  • More on the Green Divas blog post for this podcast . . .

ICE

Avoid rock salt or Sodium Chloride

  • Salt can leach heavy metals and carry them into soil and water supplies
  • Salt builds up in the soil like fertilizer
  • Salt run off from sidewalks and streets can increase salinity in local bodies of water, causing long-term damage
  • Salt residue can inhibit plants from absorbing necessary nutrients and water
  • More on the Green Divas blog post for this podcast . . .

For a LOT more ideas on this topic, please listen to this week’s 5-min segment on Eco-Friendly Snow & Ice Removal.

We also announced the winner of last week’s Eco Friendly Printer KNOW YOUR GREEN Quiz - Kirby Pellegrin, who won a $50 Gift Certificate to the Eco Friendly Printer! Please go to our Facebook page and find this week’s quiz and play to win!

As always, please visit our website for LOTS of relevant links & resources from the show - Green Divas website.

Hope you’ll listen to this broadcast!

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10:58AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

I really think they do all of these studies on chocolate just because people like to eat it so much. I hate chocolate, so it'd be nice to see other options with similar health profiles. It's like how they will come up with a study on how walnuts are really good for you, but they don't even test pine nuts (probably because they are more expensive), which I actually enjoy eating. I bet pine nuts are good for you too, but you won't see a ton of articles about it. And rarely do the articles do any sort of spectrum of health. How good for you is chocolate? What would give you similar benefits but be better? What would be a little bit worse? How should I rank it compared to trying to get other good for me foods in my diet? Or is it just an excuse to eat chocolate?

6:50PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

I rather eat some nuts....

2:28PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Sounds very healthy. I'm all for it.

5:30AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

@ Diane L. - yes, VERY important to make sure to buy chocolate from fair trade sources (that means NO child labor!). We make that clear in our original post and here's a link to our Sleeping Naked is Green segment on Why we should always buy fair trade - http://TheGreenDivas.buzzsprout.com/2640/38602-green-divas-sleeping-naked-is-green-segment-14-drink-only-fair-trade-tea

2:16AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Where I live, much of the chocolate originates from the Ivory Coast, where child slavery is used to harvest it. Before buying any chocolate, please make sure the company which sells it has sourced it without the use of child slaves. The conditions in which these children are forced to live, and the loss of their freedom, makes it imperative that we know where our chocolate comes from. Many major US brands source from businesses using child slavery, so please check.

2:02AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

I suspect that very few will heed this advice, apart from the chocolate !

4:14PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

yummy chocolate

4:12PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Thanks.

4:10PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Thanks.

1:44PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

who cares about snow??? I'm eating dark chocolate right now! That was the reason I was afraid to go vegan - then I discovered that some dark chocolate IS vegan!

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