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Go Green! by Sarah Buckwalter


Green Organizing is an environmentally-friendly approach to professional organizing, emphasizing the principles of reduce, re-use, and recycle. Going green and getting organized go together perfectly. They play equal parts in our efforts to live in harmony and balance with the world, while simultaneously creating personal spaces that are comfortable, beautiful, and functional. For more information, please visit: www.gogreenorganizing.com

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Email and the Environment

The dream of a paperless office hasn't turned out quite the way we thought. If anything, technology has created more paperwork. Through technology, we are inundated with information and neat ideas that we want to hold on to. So, we print out a web page or email and put it in our pile, or file. Stop! Think before you print! Do you really need a hard copy of that information, or can it be easily found again online by bookmarking it, or saving into a folder on your computer? If you do have to print it, only print the pages you need. Often when you print an email, you'll get extra pages with one or two words or graphics on them. What a waste! Make sure you select the print mode in your email program, so you are not printing...

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posted on: 6/24/2009 12:30:00 PM  by Sarah Buckwalter
category: Social Responsibility


Simple Steps to Green

Adjust the Thermostat
Set your thermostat comfortably low in the winter and comfortably high in the summer. Install a programmable thermostat that is compatible with your heating and cooling system.
Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120° F
Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators. And make sure not to put heat-absorbing furniture—like a couch—in between the radiator and the room. Change the Light Bulbs
Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. They produce 75% less heat (i.e. energy) than regular light bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer. Turn off the Power...

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posted on: 6/17/2009 12:30:00 PM  by Sarah Buckwalter
category: Social Responsibility


A Simple Way to Stop Junk Mail

41pounds.org is a non-profit organization designed to help stops your junk mail and catalogs — protecting the environment. Junk mail wastes an incredible amount of natural resources and contributes to global warming. Our nonprofit service covers your entire household for five years, saving...

Time — No credit card offers to shred or unwanted catalogs.
Trees — Keep 100+ million trees in forests, cooling the planet.
Water — Protect 28 billion gallons of clean water.
Climate — Junk mail produces more C02 than 9 million cars.
Planet — We donate to your favorite charity when you sign up....

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posted on: 6/10/2009 12:30:00 PM  by Sarah Buckwalter
category: Social Responsibility


Use cloth instead of paper

Consider organic cloth napkins and towels rather than paper. Cloth is washable and reusable and can also be more decorative and practical. Plus, cloth napkins are sturdy and nicer to use than paper napkins (read: softer on your face). By using cloth rather than paper, you reduce the number of trees cut down and also decrease the trash cluttering our...

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posted on: 6/3/2009 12:30:00 PM  by Sarah Buckwalter
category: Social Responsibility


Simple Steps to Green

Going green can be daunting. If you are feeling overwhelmed with the whole process, just pick one thing to do per week to get yourself moving in the right direction. Every little thing you do helps. You don't need to run out and purchase a bunch of products (consuming more isn't very green). Try turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth, or turn off lights as you leave a room. Start small and simple and you'll be making a difference right away.   Have a wonderful and green...

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posted on: 5/13/2009 12:30:00 PM  by Sarah Buckwalter
category: Social Responsibility


Eco-Friendly Organizing Tips Make Every Day Earth Day

The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is providing helpful hints to make it even easier to do your part for Mother Earth on April 22 – and year-round.

"People often have the misconception that making our planet a safer and healthier place to live takes a concerted effort," said Linette George, a NAPO member from the Chicago Chapter's Green Team. "People are frequently surprised that one simple change to their daily routines can make a big impact."

George strives to teach her clients and the general public about proper recycling efforts. Here are some suggestions on how to eco-organize, that is organizing with environmental consciousness:
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posted on: 4/22/2009 12:30:00 PM  by Sarah Buckwalter
category: Social Responsibility


Earth Day Savings!

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posted on: 4/8/2009 12:30:00 PM  by Sarah Buckwalter
category: Social Responsibility


Junk Mail - It's so NOT Green!

Did you know that printing junk mail wastes 100 million trees each year! Get yourself off those junk mail lists! The best way to get off junk mail lists is to contact the company you received the mail from directly and ask to be removed from their list. Also, when ordering anything online or by phone, be sure to let them know you do not want your information shared with anyone else. ...

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posted on: 3/18/2009 12:30:00 PM  by Sarah Buckwalter
category: Social Responsibility


Great New Green Products and Coupon!

Introducing the eclipse™ Cleaning System by Casabella®, now available at The Container Store. Keep your home sparkling clean and reduce your carbon footprint and at the same time with our innovative eclipse™ Cleaning System. The interchangeable attachments are made from recycled plastic soda bottles; the pole is made from 30% recycled aluminum. All of the attachments can be used with the pole, so there's less to store. The microfiber heads require no chemicals to be effective - just add a little water to remove stubborn grime.

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posted on: 2/25/2009 12:30:00 PM  by Sarah Buckwalter
category: Social Responsibility


Go Green! Creative Ways to Reuse Boxes

* Kleenex and designer tissue boxes can make stylish and colorful bookmarks.  * Use empty tissue boxes to store extra plastic bags. Whenever you need a plastic bag, just pull one out of the box. * Save the box and cover with contact paper, or try painting the box. After decorating the box, use it for storing school papers or other items. * By cutting off the top and part of the side of the box, you can use it as a magazine holder. * Some boxes can make great treasure chests for young children. * Empty boxes are great for arts and crafts collages.
* Large boxes are great for mailing packages, storing items, making costumes, or even for playing....

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posted on: 2/18/2009 12:30:00 PM  by Sarah Buckwalter
category: Social Responsibility


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About Sarah:

Sarah Buckwalter has been a Professional Organizer for over 10 years. Sarah has helped hundreds of people achieve a relaxed and stress-free life through home and office organization. Sarah is a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for NAPO-New England.

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