- Give your walking workout more green by hiking trails or parks instead of on asphalt and concrete. If you have to walk near roads, pick low-traffic times.
- Toss the water bottle and drink from the tap
- Go natural. Instead of using energy with treadmills or fans, walk in a park with a cool breeze.
- Recycle your shoes! Nike, The Shoe Bank and several other organizations have programs where you can donate your old sneakers.
1 AnswerRealAge answeredHere are four ways to make your workout greener:
1 AnswerLara Honos-Webb, PhD, Psychology, answeredAn ecological consciousness is a way of being that respects the natural world -- plants, trees, animals, and insects. Individuals with this form of intelligence feel directly related to and engaged with the natural world. Children with an ecological consciousness often are very sensitive to animals and ardently interested in nature. These children like to spend time outside, doing anything from picking flowers and leaves and examining worms and insects in the dirt to simply rambling.
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1 AnswerGary Ginsberg, Medical Toxicology, answeredOrganic lawn care companies have been springing up that use biodiverse methods. Look for companies that know how to replenish the soil with organic “teas” and how to test the soil for what it is missing. Learn proper watering and mowing practices and natural methods of weed control (e.g., corn gluten). Safelawns.org is an excellent resource.
Your lawn will look great and your family will be safer. There won’t be days when you can’t walk on your lawn because of the pesticides. And Mama Earth will be a little less stressed.
1 AnswerGary Ginsberg, Medical Toxicology, answeredThere are many actions we can take to show Mama Earth we still care about the planet and our future on it. One clear message is to go organic with your lawn and garden care. If not completely organic at first, you can at least use integrated pest management (IPM) techniques to take control of your piece of real estate and nurse it back from addiction to chemicals.
There are many reasons to do so, but as a toxicologist, it is my duty to put in front of you the emerging information about cancer risk. In one study, dogs were found to be at higher risk of canine malignant lymphoma (the dog version of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) if the yard was treated regularly by a lawn company.
Since such findings are still at the level of association without ironclad proof, the companies have plausible deniability and you probably won’t win a court case against them if your dog (or, god forbid, your child) gets cancer.
But why deal with the possible risk when it’s easy to just say no to one of the major sources of toxic chemicals most homeowners, children and pets come in contact with: lawn chemicals. Most people don’t realize that more pesticides and fertilizers are applied per acre on residential lawns than on commercial farms. It’s pointless to worry about the pesticides on your produce if you hire a commercial lawn company.
1 AnswerStudies show that houseplants are the best filters of common pollutants such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and benzene. Hundreds of poisonous chemicals may be released by furniture, carpets, and building material and then trapped by closed ventilation systems. Plants absorb toxins and pollutants through their leaves and release oxygen. They provide cleaner air that prevents respiratory and allergic reactions caused by chemicals. Snake plants are a great low-maintenance house plant as they only need to be watered once a week and are available at home and garden stores. Keep them away from kids and pets because they are mildly toxic if eaten.
1 AnswerMaoshing Ni, Gerontology, answeredA two-year study conducted by NASA scientists and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) researched nearly a dozen plants for their added health benefits. The results demonstrated that certain leafy greens can absorb hazardous contaminants and help produce clean air.
- Dispel Dryness with Bamboo Palm: Growing from 3 to 6 feet tall, the long, elegant leaves of this sturdy palm sweep away toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene, and chloroform. In addition to helping you breathe fresh air, it is an excellent spider mite repellant. During the cold winter months when air is very dry, the bamboo palm emits some much-needed moisture. It is best kept out of direct sunlight and feeds on all-purpose liquid fertilizer during the summer months.
- Cleanse with Chrysanthemums: Originally cultivated in China in the 15th century BC, this plant boasts multiple medicinal and culinary uses. Its yellow and white flowers are enjoyed as a sweet drink in some parts of Asia, while the greens are boiled and served as a delicious meal in China. In addition to being a tasty treat, the NASA study found that chrysanthemums were effective at removing benzene from the air. Benzene is one of the most common odorless pollutants found in inks, paints, plastic, dyes, detergents, gasoline, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides. The flowers last about six weeks and thrive in bright, indirect light.
- Purify with Peace Lily: Native to tropical regions, this beautiful perennial plant contains large leaves that vacuum benzene, trichloroethylene, and other hard-to-pronounce pollutants. Peace lilies thrive in low and bright light with a slightly moist soil. The next time you need an air freshener, don’t reach for the chemical spray! Breath in the bloom and serenity of a peace lily.
- Doze Off with Gerbera Daisies: If getting a good night’s rest is not on your agenda this evening, you may want to add some gerbera daisies on your night stand. While most plants release oxygen during the day, their respiratory cycle decreases in the evening hours. However, gerbera daisies continue releasing oxygen all through the night to help you breath and sleep better. Gerbera daisies are especially helpful for those suffering from sleep apnea or breathing disorders. These daisies will have you dozing off in no time!
1 AnswerKate Geagan, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredThis seal is from a non-profit organization that identifies and certifies the most sustainably produced products in the marketplace. Designed to address a product’s total impact: from manufacturing to use to disposal. It's for the non-food parts, including paper products like napkins and plates, paper towels, packaging, and a wide range of household cleaners.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
1 AnswerMichael T Murray, Naturopathic Medicine, answered
The "father" of the Green Revolution is considered to be Norman Borlaug, an American agricultural scientist who in 1970 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for breeding higher-yielding varieties of wheat at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico. Borlaug's wheat, a hybrid, or offspring, of wheat varieties from the U.S., the Russian Federation, Japan, and Mexico, has numerous favorable traits, such as short stature of the wheat stalk, which prevents the wheat from growing too tall and falling or breaking; an increased number of grains per plant; strong resistance to disease; and improved tolerance to the environment. These same sorts of improvements have been made in rice, most notably at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, which released the IR-8 rice strain in 1968. This "miracle" rice is a cross between a Chinese semi-dwarf strain and a tall Indonesian strain that yields three times the amount of grain as the older types. Originally, the IR-8 strain was a bit chalky, with a strange taste; however, these defects have been overcome and other improvements made by further breeding.