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Appraisals For Sports Memorabilia

When you invest in sports memorabilia, you often don’t realize how much the value can climb by the time you choose to sell. Likewise, it could decrease in value as well.

Appraisal is a must for the serious sports collector. People have been sorely disappointed because they didn’t get their items appraised for value and then sold them for a fraction of their worth.

Some places to check for appraisals for sports memorabilia include:

1.) All Authentic Sports Memorabilia-professionals who can provide references and offer instant appraisals

2.) Vintage Sports Memorabilia Appraisals-has a sports artifacts library for thousands of vintage sports items, prefers email requests limited to two items, nothing newer than 1980.

3.) Krause Standard Catalog of Sports Memorabilia Price Guide

4.) Robert Connelly-He does clinics on appraisals. He’s a member of the American Society of Appraisers and was honored by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

5.) American Legends-Provides paid appraisals, founded in 1992.

6.) Sports Memorabilia Appraisal Expert Witness-Provides an 800 #, volunteers background information to help give reference to its value as an appraisal business.

Besides the importance of appraisals for resale value, you may want to seriously consider having your valuable insured. Insurance companies also may not recognize the value unless you’ve had an appraisal done. Make sure you have documented proof.

There is a Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice which is recognized in courts and acceptable to banks, insurance companies, auction houses, and the IRS.
Don’t just depend on a local sports shop or whatever available appraisal you come across. Also, consider that paying for more than one opinion is worthwhile if a lot of money is involved and if it gives you peace of mind.
Prices will change, so you’ll want an updated value before decided to sell. Retired players hold their value better because their status won’t change.

Make sure you sell to the right person or business. Just because an item is listed as one amount doesn’t mean the dealer will agree to pay that amount.

Sweat stains don’t necessarily make a jersey authentic. Anyone can wear a jersey long enough to sweat in it and try to pass it off as the real thing. Watch for smudged autographs, dog-eared pages in books, worn edges on cards. An appraiser should be trained to notice small details that would decrease the value of your collector’s item.
There is a system with trading cards called grading. A graded card has a more reasonable guarantee of authenticity. Graded cards are sealed to discourage card switching, a low tactic of some sellers. The appraiser should know to recognize graded cards and their value.

When my daughter was involved in card collecting and bought a box of cards that seemed like a great deal to her, she was soon sorely disappointed. The only authentic card was the one in the display on the front of the box. All the rest were fakes, worthless. It was a waste of her hard-earned and long saved allowance. So beware of this type of scam when you buy a group of items. The appraisal value will be zero!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Eco and Wallet friendly cleaning tips?
    I have wanted to clean my house and cook with more environmentally friendly products for a long time. However, everything i’ve tried is incredibly expensive! Can you give me some tips and ideas of what to buy? Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few ideas:

      1/2 cup washing soda crystals and 4 litres warm water – this makes an effective cleaner that cuts through grease; ideal for the kitchen or bathroom.

      Half clear vinegar and half water – window and glass cleaner. Just spray on then wipe dry.

      1 cup bicarbonate of soda and 1 cup clear vinegar – drain cleaner. Pour the soda into the drain then slowly add the vinegar.

      Bicarbonate of soda can be used to neutralise odours – just springe on dry, leave for an hour then vacuum off.

      These methods are kinder to your skin and the environment but they are not as effective as branded products so you will need to use some elbow grease as well!

  2. QUESTION:
    Are their any eco-friendly cooking/cleaning stuff to use?
    Does anyone know if there are any eco-friendly cooking/cleaning supplies that work? I would like to start using them at my house because i think it sounds better than using regular cook/clean ware stuff with all those chemicals, also, i saw on tv that there are some “eco-friendly” cleaning stuff that doesn’t work, i was shocked, don’t people want to save the earth, don’t they want to save their own lives?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some great non-toxic home care recipes:

      All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Add 15-20 drops Tea Tree Oil. Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.
      Another alternative is microfiber cloths which lift off dirt, grease and dust without the need for cleaning chemicals, because they are formulated to penetrate and trap dirt. There are a number of different brands. A good quality cloth can last for several years.

      Bathroom mold: Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.

      Carpet stains: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.
      For a heavy duty carpet cleaner, mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar. Rub paste into carpet and leave for a few hours. Vacuum.

      Disinfectant: Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups hot water. For stronger cleaning power add 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Wipe on with dampened cloth or use non-aerosol spray bottle.

      Drain cleaner: pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then 1/2 cup vinegar. The resulting chemical reaction can break fatty acids down into soap and glycerine, allowing the clog to wash down the drain. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clear residue.

      Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into basin and let it set for a few minutes. Scrub with brush and rinse. A mixture of borax (2 parts) and lemon juice (one part) will also work.

      Tub and Tile Cleaner: For simple cleaning, rub in baking soda with a damp sponge and rinse with fresh water. For tougher jobs, wipe surfaces with vinegar first and follow with baking soda as a scouring powder. (Vinegar can break down tile grout, so use sparingly.)

      Window Cleaner: Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 liter (qt) warm water. Use crumpled newspaper or cotton cloth to clean. Don’t clean windows if the sun is on them, or if they are warm, or streaks will show on drying. The All-Purpose Cleaner (above) also works well on windows. Be sure to follow the recipe, because using too strong a solution of vinegar will etch the glass and eventually cloud it.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a funny, witty name for a Green House Cleaning Service?
    I’m starting up an eco friendly, green, environmentally safe House Cleaning Service. I want a funny or witty name for the business. I would love to hear some suggestions!

    • ANSWER:
      eco clean, clean foreseen, green sphere residential cleaning, a breath of fresh air cleaning services (highlighting lack of chemical fumes), captain planet cleaners, the green maid, tidy green cleaning services, mindful cleaning, enviro-safe residential cleaners, enviro-safe cleaning, green turtle house cleaning (with a logo of a green turtle holding a broom). That’s all I can think of in two minutes, I hope I helped.

  4. QUESTION:
    How to start being eco friendly?
    I would like to know how I can jump start being more eco friendly as a family. I am already known by friends and family as a “treehugger” because I make an effort to be environmentally friendly.
    What I do so far is this- I use cloth grocery bags.
    I recycle all plastic glass and metals.(we use cardboard and paper as firestarters in our firepit).
    I have a compost bin in our yard so I don’t fill bags with compostable stuff.
    We closely watch our heating and cooling settings.
    We use biodegradable cat litter.
    I use eco friendly cleaning products.
    I walk everywhere in town I can walk.

    Im 7 months pregnant, trying to figure out more ways to be eco friendly, how to have an eco friendly baby- I will be using reuseable diapers (www.gdiapers.com), making my own baby food, nursing not formula feeding, using natural baby products.
    I am looking for more ideas on little things to do around the house to reuse, recycle, and be even more eco minded. Tips appreciated! On a small budget!

    • ANSWER:
      Good for you!!! It sounds like you are on the right track! What are reusable diapers? When my kids were babies I used cloth diapers and hung them outside on the line to dry – and bleach. Are they now called reusable? I still hang my clothes on the clothesline to dry. I seldom use my dryer and the clothes smell fresh and the sun brightens the whites without having to use much bleach. One more idea that I’ve just started doing.. I turn my computer off after using, but I also remember to turn off my monitor.

      Congratulations to you and your eco-friendly family!

  5. QUESTION:
    Blogs about green living, eco friendly choices and a healthier lifestyle.?
    Howdy guys,

    I run a small eco-friendly and non-toxic house cleaning company in California and part of that is also educating and connecting people with green options and healthier lifestyle through blogs. I’m looking for people who write about green living and eco-friendly choices and would share their blogs. I would of course put your contact info on the site or a link to your website.

    Thanks for your time.

    - Luke

    • ANSWER:
      Here are my two Eco blogs: http://ecobabyz.blogspot.com and http://anvdesign.blogspot.com

  6. QUESTION:
    eco friendly upholstery steam cleaning help?
    I am super thrifty and have just bought all of my furniture for our new house as second hand. I also have a baby on the way any day now and would like to clean the upholstery-either professionally or myself. I can rent a steam cleaner from the store BUT am wondering if there is another compound to use besides the stuff that is typically used sold alongside the rental steamers…it needs to be non-toxic. Any idea? I am in the LA area. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Baking Soda all have great cleaning properties and are non-toxic. For the furniture, I would start by sprinkling baking soda all over the fabric, then vacuum it with a regular vacuum – this should help get rid of odor. Steam cleaning will then sanitize the upholstery. Also, many products are being sold now that are safer to use, World Market carries a brand that I believe is non-toxic, though it is a little more expensive, and even Target sells Method brand which I think is also non-toxic. Be careful though because if something is bio-degradable, that doesn’t mean it is non-toxic.

      Good luck and congrats on the little one!

  7. QUESTION:
    is this enough to live green and eco friendly?
    Is this enough to go green if not what i am i missing?
    what i do is almost easy but pricy…..i buy eco friendly cleaning products (all cleaning products). buyed a t-shirt that my white t is green meaning i want green. with my rebate check i will buy more eco friendly stuff for my house.

    buy nothing organic and all natural food and drinks. plan on making my garden organic also grow my own fruits and veggies.

    finally when i am not home i turn off my heat and turn off lights and my radio and tv so cut down my rge bill

    hopes that is what you looking for
    NO DAU TO RECYCLING IT OBVIOUS
    DO YOU THINK I AM STUPID

    • ANSWER:
      you can use reusable bags
      change to the enrgy efficent light bulbs
      if you own your home you cauld try a grey water system

  8. QUESTION:
    How much would you pay for this stuff?
    4x matching dinner plate, small plate and mugs
    2x mugs
    3x big matching wine glasses
    2x plastic glasses
    4xpint glasses
    6 shot glasses
    Loads of fridge magnet letters
    A teapot, a tea strainer, and tea bag holder
    8x tea towels
    5 Knives, 7 forks, 3 tablespoons, 5 teaspoons (I have no idea how that happened, but they all match! Started off with four of each) in a cutlery tray.
    A washing up bowl and cutlery drainer
    A M and Ms oven mitt
    A small baking tray
    Two small cake tins
    A sugar bowl
    A potato masher, a fish slice, two slotted spoons, a big spoon, a spaghetti server, a thing to make crinkly chips.
    A corkscrew
    A tin opener
    Small pair of scissors
    4 sweetcorn holders and skewers
    A handheld stick blender
    A set with 5 knives, a steel (for sharpening knives, and a small chopping board.
    A breadknive
    A fruit bowl with a raised hook for bananas

    A student veggie cookbook
    A guide to eco-friendly house cleaning

    A bit random, but a BBQ, some charcoal and a skewer and tongues.

    A desktop CD Rack
    A DVD holder that holds 25 DVDs
    A CD/Radio/Cassette player with two standalone speakers
    A VHS player
    This wall lamp: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50010879
    A big clear vase
    An alarm clock
    A surge protected tower with ten plug sockets
    A canvas picture of New York Skyscrapers/yellow taxis
    A poster of Grand Central Station in 1930
    A pin board

    4 Orthopaedic pillows
    A mattress topper (not memory foam) for a single bed
    A double duvet (possibly, I currently can’t find it, but it has to be in the house somewhere!
    2x double duvet covers, each with 2 matching pillow cases (both patterned, predominately pink)
    2 x purple pillow cases
    2 x Black pillow cases
    Yes, my typing sucks!

    It’s all preowned.

    Someone wants to buy it off me, and I have a massive credit card debt, otherwise I would give it away!

    • ANSWER:
      If you were to walk around a boot fair the items would go for pennies in some cases.
      Why not have the pleasure of giving it away on Freecycle!

  9. QUESTION:
    What do about lack of recycling in my town?
    This year my friends and I have been trying to go green – buying organic food and clothing, switching to eco-friendly house cleaning products, fluorescent lights, bio bags, etc; but I still wish to do more. I’ve noticed that my town does not have “recycling” days so I called my town municipal building to inquire and spoke to a very sympathetic person who runs the recycling in my town – who faces the same angst I do. Currently, there is one way to recycle paper – bring it to the Marcal toilet paper factory – but there is currently no way to recycle plastic and glass, unless I drive it over to another town.

    How should I go about finding local factories/business and see if they are willing to to accept recyclable materials and what way if possible to get my neighbors involved?

    • ANSWER:
      double check the site www.earth911.org to see if there are any other nearby solutions. If not, I would suggest asking your city to put in recycle bins. My city has a couple large bins around the city and you can deposit certain items into them the city keeps the money, so if there is enough interest it could be a financial incentive for the city.

      I also suggest looking for schools, youth groups or cities that would be willing to take in the recycling and store it untill there is a large enough quantity to make it profitable to take it to the nearest facility.

  10. QUESTION:
    what are some natural cleaning products i can find around my house?
    i know like vinegar, baking soda & lemons for like counter tops, sink, faucet etc but what can i use on wood & in the toilet? also what can i use on the carpets as a deodorizer? basically my question is what natural products can i use around the house and where. i want it to be stuff i can get from in the house, i realize there are eco friendly cleaners out there…

    • ANSWER:
      I use vinegar and baking soda in the toilet as well and I sprinkle baking soda on the rugs about 30 minutes before I vacuum. You can add a few drops of essential oils to the baking soda to add fragrance or put get a small squirt bottle with water and add lemon or essential oil to use like fabreze. Be careful not to overdo the lemon, it can fade fabrics. The best thing for wood is dry dusting with a microfiber cloth, you can clean with soap and water, just make sure you dry it right away. Real wood should be protected with wax when it looks dry or the finish is dull, be sure to use a non petroleum wax.

  11. QUESTION:
    Do Eco-Friendly cleaners work as good as the chemical ones?
    I would love to remove all chemicals in my house because I have many animals including birds whom are free (they do have restrictions as to where they can go).
    But I also like to have a thoroughly clean house with germ free surfaces.

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter would tell you they work better, she just did her science fair project and compared eco-friendly home made cleaners to the synthetics. I was surprised by the results( I helped her with her project ) homemade ones actually worked better.

  12. QUESTION:
    eco-friendly central air and heat?
    I need a new ac/heater. I am looking for an eco-friendly whole house central heat and ac unit. I am interested in units that clean the air as well. My house is about 3,000 sq feet. (no geothermal heat pumps- we are getting a new system because our geothermal died.).

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to look into the Trane systems for filtering your air.

  13. QUESTION:
    Please: is solar power an asset, and Eco friendly as one would believe?
    can one get a grant towards solar power installation costs?

    at present I have solid fuel, and it is very cosey and warm but the green house gases is now my concern, I will change my system if it is efficient and clean.

    • ANSWER:
      solar panel is very clean. all u do is feed water through pipes and the sun heats it thats all.

  14. QUESTION:
    Dog houses shaped like Precision Pet Outback dog house without the hassle of wood?
    My dog had a petmate barnhouse that was great and lasted years but he’s older now and deserves roomer sleeping quarters and I like the design of the Precision lodge house but I don’t want the extra hassle of wood(pest, water, cleaning…) The only other dog house seen that is not entirely wood is New age pet eco-friendly lodge but its reviews seem not as pleasing as its looks. Are there any other non-wood dog house in this style?

    • ANSWER:
      Ok well I tried my hardest. I did 30 minutes of searching here is everything I found. Idk the dimensions you want either so I just am putting randoms here.

      http://www.doghouses.com/dog-houses/plastic-dog-houses/ecoconceptsdoghousewithdoor.cfm

      http://www.doghouses.com/dog-houses/plastic-dog-houses/petcottagedoghouse.cfm

      http://www.doghouses.com/dog-houses/plastic-dog-houses/comfycabindoghouse.cfm

      http://www.classypetshop.com/extra-large-insulated-dog-house.htm

      http://www.petco.com/product/114236/New-Age-Pet-Eco-Concepts-Bunkhouse-Dog-House.aspx

      Man there are not Many non wood. If you wanted wood I could of found alot more.

      Hope i helped.

  15. QUESTION:
    Green cleaning service?
    I want to do some house cleaning for spare cash. But I want it to be green-eco friendly. (since that’s kinda the trend now days) I live in a mid size Texas town pop.54,500ish.
    I need to know what and/or how to charge?
    I need to know what kind of products are needed for each object(stove,wood tables,ceramic floors etc).
    Also what are eco friendly products to use for my cleaning needs?
    And what all needs to be cleaned? (basic everyday cleaning)
    Also, if they want me to do extra work how do I charge them? (extra elbow grease)
    Also if I clean houses can I clean businesses too. how much different is it?
    Any help or information is deeply appreciated.
    Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      buy these items.
      baking soda
      white vinegar.
      ammonia
      kerosine
      methylated spirits
      vanilla essence for a scented finish
      bleach
      look up the internet for different recipes, you will be rather surprised

  16. QUESTION:
    how can i disinfect and be eco-friendly?
    for a while now i’ve been doing everything i can to leave the smallest negative impact on the earth by:
    - recycling all my paper, cans, bottles, and greens (for compost)
    -using cloth shopping bags whenever i can
    -being a vegetarian and buying organic as much as i can
    - using energy saving settings on my clothes and dish washer
    - using the least water and energy possible
    - taking the bus/train/carpool rather than driving

    yet the one thing i cant bring myself to stop doing is using disinfecting wipes to clean my house. its terrible because i go through twelve 35 clorox wipe canisters every two to three months. also when i dust or clean my floor i’ll only use the disposable swiffer pads. in the bathroom i use the flushable toilet cleaners. i guess i’m kind of a germaphobe. but honestly the thought of cleaning my toilet and using that same cloth to wipe the sink counter grosses me out beyond belief! this is a terrible habit that i want to break. whats the best way to go about this? thanks
    ps: “disinfecting” the cloth by washing it with warm water or soaking it in bleach still doesnt cut it for me …

    • ANSWER:
      Use the Method brand cleaning wipes – they are antibacterial and environmentally friendly.

      Lemon juice is considered nature’s bleach – it kills lots of bacteria.

      Shaklee has a lot of good non-toxic, biodegradable, hospital grade cleaners that work well. ‘

      Lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar still remain my favorite.

      In fact, those chemical cleaners you are using are worse for your health than the germs you are so worried about getting rid of.

      p.s. purchase different color microfiber cleaning cloths and designate them for different rooms – that way your toilet one is never used on anything else. If you can’t find them in the cleaning section, look in the car care section – they are designed to clean windows and shiny surfaces like car exteriors and countertops.

      Additionally, you can wash those in your laundry, and you are not putting disposable anything into a landfill to leech chemicals and breakdown toxins for the next 1000 years.

      Read the health report article I also included in the source list…….very enlightening.

      The pacificsands link lists the chemicals that are in those cleaners and what they can do to your body over time…..very scary

  17. QUESTION:
    Researching green/eco-friendly co-ops or student houses?
    Im considering building a house for university students that is green and centered on green living. I would like to find other examples to learn from. The house would be big, dorm-like (except with a kitchen, living room, etc.), rooming 10-12 students, and would necessitate everyone participating in green practices (composting, maintaining a garden, green cleaning, water conservation, energy conservation, waste reduction, etc.). I am hoping to also use this as a means of educating the community on green living.
    SO any names, links to places like this would be very helpful! Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I can’t think of any green ideas off hand, but I do have one suggestion. Pets should be allowed in the housing, and the design should take pets into consideration. This would encourage more students to live on campus. I’m a grad student and I would live on campus if I could take my cat with me, but it’s really hard to find pet-friendly on campus housing.

  18. QUESTION:
    Green household cleaners?
    I want to not feel guilty after everytime i clean my house that i am hurting the environment. Where can i get some eco friendly cleaning solutions???????

    • ANSWER:
      All cleaning solutions I know of, harm the environment to some extent. So whatever you use, it’s always good to use as little as possible.

      Avoid “germ-killing” products. They contain chemicals that go far beyond what they’re needed for, and therefore harm nature.
      Avoid cleaning products containing chlorine. This is a harmful substance.
      Avoid cleaning products with unnecessary additives such as perfume and colour.

      Using microfibre cloths is also a good idea, as it in many cases makes any soap redundant. Avoiding fabric softeners when washing microfibre cloths keeps them in the most effective conditions.

      Now this may sound a bit strange, but household vinegar works well for cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces. I dilute it about 50/50 with water, and it actually doesn’t leave a vinegar smell. But I also know of people who add essential oils to the vinegar solution to give a slight fragrance.
      Vinegar has anti-bacterial and calc-dissolving properties, which I guess is why it works so well.

      And when buying hoovers, make sure it’s energy efficient.

      There are several brands with ranges of eco friendly cleaning agents. The one I’ve tried is relatively expensive, but works well in my experience. An internet search is likely to help you locate your nearest supplier :)

  19. QUESTION:
    is this enough to go green if not what i am i missing?
    what i do is almost easy but pricy…..i buy eco friendly cleaning products (all cleaning products). buyed a t-shirt that my white t is green meaning i want green. with my rebate check i will buy more eco friendly stuff for my house.

    buy nothing organic and all natural food and drinks. plan on making my garden organic also grow my own fruits and veggies.

    finally when i am not home i turn off my heat and turn off lights and my radio and tv so cut down my rge bill

    hopes that is what you looking for

    • ANSWER:
      Going green is different to each person…kind of like being good.

  20. QUESTION:
    A couple of questions about alternative energy?
    Is there a clean source of alternative energy that produce the energy we need to sustain our cities, or will we have to cut back our usage?

    My grandma was commenting the other day that there was no way she would be able to make her house eco friendly- even with subsidies. If other people are in that position how does it get done?
    Majority of the appliances are fine. I am talking about the house.

    • ANSWER:
      the mother nature do provide us with a lot gifted enegry resources which r available in the nature….but some of them r non reneable resources and other r reneable resources… best thing is using alternative sources like tidal energy wind energy, solar energy,like wise we a lot using them is pollution free and beneficial…to make ones house ecofriendly its very simple …..1.do not pollute ur environment by throwing waste in to the ground,2.try to use solar energy.

  21. QUESTION:
    Economical housecleaning tips?
    I’ve been looking at my budget lately and need to find ways to cut down cost. I’m wondering what economical and eco/baby/pet friendly ways of house cleaning there are. Suggestions?

    • ANSWER:

      http://greenliving.suite101.com/

      http://www.thriftyfun.com/

      Both good sites. I just tried the homemade laundry detergent recipe (I did half a batch). It’s really satisfying to make 3 GALLONS of laundry soap for about 40 cents. Just make sure you have plenty of containers to store it in when you are done.
      I hang the slivers from bar soap in a mesh onion bag in my linen closet to dry them out. Then I use them for my liquid hand soap (and now for my laundry soap). The secondary purpose of this is it freshens my linen closet.

      You can also use 1 Tablespoon Borax and 1 Tablespoon washing soda in your dishwasher dispenser. Use vinegar for a spot free rinse. (found that on the first site listed).

      You can also spend 30 or 40 dollars and buy a hand held steamer (I have a Scunci steamer). It’s great for sanitizing upholstery, mattresses, hard surfaces. I also use it to release wrinkles from all my curtains. The other day I used it to remove a spot from my couch. You can sometimes find them with a floor cleaner attachment…..I found one AFTER I bought my steamer!! ♥☺♥

  22. QUESTION:
    Do you think it’s possible for a family of clutterbugs to adopt a minimalist lifestyle?
    I come from a long line of messies, who keep lots of unnecessary stuff that we will probably not use again, or wouldn’t miss if it was gone. I’m now a single mom of two teens, and they’ve adopted the family tradition. We’re not exactly hoarders, in that there’s plenty of space to sit down and live comfortably. Guests don’t mind visiting our home at all, and seem to like like to “cozy” and lived in feel of it. But we get pretty disgusted ourselves and depressed when we look around, and the task of decluttering seems monumental. We do it it spurts , but it never seems to stay that way.

    Here’s the thing: We now live in a large, older home, but I want to build a very small, eco-friendly house soon. I would really like a house with clean, contemporary line, minimalist in terms of furniture and ‘stuff’. Actually, the house wouldn’t be big enough to accommodate a lot of stuff; only 900 sq. ft. I feel like we would be so much happier, and less anxious and stressed in that kind of environment. Is it likely that we can accomplish such a change in lifestyle?
    Sometimes, I want to just let somebody come in, tell them what absolutely needs to be kept, and let them have at it. For us to just leave the house until they’re done.

    • ANSWER:
      Of course it’s possible, you can deffinantly do that
      & to keep from cluttering just try to think a little more before buying stuff.

  23. QUESTION:
    how do i rid my cat of fleas? a natural way will be preferred,but anything will do PLEASE HELP ME! :( ?
    i just don’t know what to do anymore :( i vacuum every other day so my house isn’t dirty..i steam clean the house at least 3x a week with the Shark steam cleaner, i bathe my cat at least once a week..twice if necessary :/ ..i have tried flea sprays and an Eco-friendly house insecticide which i had sprayed every other day in my home,unfortunately none of it worked..i did some online research and so far it seems that an organic product known as Diatamaceous (not sure how to spell) Earth aka DE is suppose to get rid of them completely..so i ordered it and it should be here sometime next week hopefully. i just don’t know what to do :( i feel so overwhelmed and i feel so horrible for my cat. i would like to rid them an organic way so its not harmful to my cat but any suggestions will do.. PLEASE PLEASE PLEEEAASEE HELP ME :( …thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you go to the vet and get advantage. Very effective! And it’s not that expensive,, and you have only one cat to, so money should be no problem. I was given one dose for about 14 bucks I believe and her ear mites are dying out. I am sure she will be free of fleas. Stop scarring the poor baby and just take her to the vet. Keep her away from your house until you clean it again.

  24. QUESTION:
    Do you know what I am allergic to?
    My and my doctor are baffled; here are the facts:

    I wake up most mornings (before I started taking the antihistamines a month ago) with watery eyes and a VERY runny nose.

    It lasts about two hours and gets better very quickly if I leave the house.

    It has happened in the last three places I have lived.

    I use non-biological washing powder, sensitive fabric conditioner and eco-friendly. natural cleaning products.

    I have artificial bedding; no feathers.

    I keep the house pretty clean and aired out so there should be too much dust or spores.

    It happens in all seasons and doesn’t appear to be weather related.

    I have pets in this house (including persian cats) but I didn’t in the last place I lived (because it was a flat) and I still got this problem there.

    I went to Spain a couple of months ago for two weeks and the problem dissapeared whilst I was there.
    No I don’t live in texas :) I live in England in a large (non-industrial) town. I don’t live near water.

    • ANSWER:
      There is something called the allergy vacation. It can take up to 2 years for allergies to reoccur in a new location even if you move within the United States. Also, allergies can take many hours to affect you so it is very difficult to determine. You can add to your list of options by washing in hot water it is the only thing that kills dust mites, vacumn daily, keep doors and windows closed, purchase a True Hepa Filter, don’t forget to dust the fans, limit carpets, pets, and perfumes. I also suggest you see an allergiest there is a arm test that determines what you are allergic too. If needed immunotherapy does work!!!

  25. QUESTION:
    Are florecent lights actually good for the environment?
    i’m pretty much the biggest tree hugger ever and i forced my family to switch all the light bulbs in our house to those eco-friendly florecent bulbs. but my mom just found out that they are SOOOO toxic when they break! she said its so much worse for the environment if they break than if you use traditional bulbs. and you also have to go through this whole big clean up thing. is it really beneficial to use these?

    • ANSWER:
      ALL fluorescent bulbs have mercury in them. HOWEVER, the amount of mercury in the compact fluorescent bulbs is miniscule. The problem comes from the bulbs being thrown into the trash instead of being recycled. One bulb is not a problem, but when you get a million bulbs in the landfill, the mercury level becomes a real issue. There are more places that are taking the CFL’s for recycling. The hardware store in my town takes them.
      As long as they don’t get landfilled, the environmental impact will be nullified. We MUST learn that nothing that we throw away disappears. It has to go somewhere. Until we become diligent stewards of our planet, our pollution problems will not go away.

  26. QUESTION:
    Going green with the DH and kids?
    Living in a house with 4 young kids, my husband and I always try and set the right example for our young ones. This year, our kids being aged 8, down to 3, we decided to make some family resolutions, or goals if you will. We decided this weekend, since it will be bad weather to go anywhere, to take a few hours out of Saturday or Sunday and sort through everyones clothes, shoes and toys. Everything that is in good shape but will not be used in our house anymore for whatever reason will be given to the Salvation Army. We also decided to support a child from World Vision for .00 a month. And finally, we have decided to GO GREEN! I would like to start using eco-friendly cleaning products, and buying more organic foods. Of course we can’t be sure that anything these days is 100% organic but I figure I’m better off buying what they claim to be as ‘organic’ then what is sprayed with preservatives and various other chemicals. My question to you is, what kind of eco- friendly cleaning products should I use. Also, are their any other ideas/tips to share regarding the whole ‘going green’ theme with young children?

    Much appreciated, happy new year!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you are on the right track.
      Rather than focusing on organic foods, I suggest you start with as many local foods as possible.
      As for cleaning products, I think that would be a great thing for you and your kids to search online – there are lots of sites devoted to this.

      http://www.google.ca/search?q=how+to+make+green+cleaning+products&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

      http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&hs=xwl&q=old+fashioned+cleaning+products&btnG=Search&meta=

      You could have great family time making up some of the recipes.

      And tons of other resources (Google is our friend….)

      http://www.google.ca/search?q=how+to+help+kids+go+green&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

  27. QUESTION:
    What is a safe and eco-friendly item to put on a lawn that will smell terrible?
    Long Story: My girlfriend’s grandmother has lived next to an empty lot (a little over an acre) for 20 years, with no problems. The neighbors on the other side mowed the lawn and neighborhood children played in it. The last few months as the weather warmed teens who did not live in the neighborhood have been congregating there late at night. It wasn’t a problem initially as they were quiet and respectful of the neighbors (mostly elderly). Recently more and more teens have been showing up, leaving broken beer bottles, lighting small fires, and harassing neighbors who politely ask them to be quieter. For the past two weeks police have been called repeatedly by various neighbors. Although there have been a few arrests for underage drinking/possession of pot/etc., most just scatter when they see police, jumping fences and running though yards before reconvening when police leave. Sunday her neighbors are going to clean the lot and mow the lawn so the children can play there again. My girlfriends father and I are going to be there to install motion detecting floodlights on her and the other neighbors house but I have a feeling they will be broken quickly now that school is letting out. So, I am looking for something that I could repeatedly sprinkle or place in certain areas of the lot that would make a terrible smell for a few hours (neighbors all use central air religiously). It shouldn’t hurt the soil or grass (its very close to a river), can be cleaned up easily or biodegrade quickly, and that shouldn’t be a problem for children if they were to touch a small amount. (the children that play there are old enough to not directly eat anything left behind) I was thinking sulfur as it can be purchased at lawn and garden stores, but I am worried as it is flammable and they have already started fires. The neighbors have applied Scotts Weed control and fertilizer if that is important. Any ideas would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Would you really go eco-friendly fa real???
    If u really had to would u get rid of all of ur things in ur house that is a energy taker-upper? Would you take fewer baths and showers just to save the planet earth?? (Bathe every other day for fewer time(ur still clean)) Would get rid of ur car and walk or ride a bike? Want the only transportation to b a city bus? Would you go all the way if we really had to (which we really do) just to save the world?? Make a huge gigantour grande change??
    I just want to know how many vein selfish people are out there!!! I really want to save energy and take away pollution and make this earth safer, thats all i want to do!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I would be willing to take public transportation, use less water, walk up the stairs, stop using disposable stuff, turn off unneccessary lights, and other eco friendly changes but it would take a real serious crisis to turn off the air condition in the summer and the heat in the winter or give up my car. I care for my elderly Dad and Im not about to make him walk miles or be uncomfortable in our home.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do I break into something new when my experience is all sales/customer service? Please read details…?
    Please read some background info to answer this question. It is a more complex question than it first appears.

    I’ve recently relocated because my spouse was transferred. So, now I am job hunting which is quite a job itself. I badly want to escape from working with the public but that is what I have experience doing and employers want experience! I don’t mind people. I mind small talk. I am willing to work hard but sometimes I would like to do so quietly. MOST IMPORTANTLY I want no part of sales. I liked working as a bank teller because I worked at a very small bank with a light customer flow. BUT I don’t want to push credit cards on people which is exactly what the larger banks want you to do as a teller. I feel morally wrong about doing this. (DON’T JUDGE – to each her own set of moral rules)

    I am unsure what the right fit for me would be. I don’t want to have to talk all day though. I would be interested in trying working in a library but so far my resumes and inquiries don’t spark much interest. I love reading so if I could find an opening at a bookstore I’d be more willing to endure all the chit chatting all day. I also like paperwork and organizing things. I don’t mind physical labor either and I might look into house cleaning BUT I am somewhat eco friendly and don’t want to clean with toxic chemicals. (I use lemon juice, baking soda, and water for the most part)

    I am scouring the internet for a unique opportunity. I know there must be some odd job out there that I would really like to do. I think I desperately need some guidance and I don’t know where to turn.

    If you can provide me with any odd job websites or any other suggestions I would greatly appreciate the help. Any websites with career transitioning advice would be helpful. I think I really just need something not so mainstream as what I have been doing. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I wish I could help but i’m in the same boat as you. I was a bank teller at a larger bank and I couldn’t stand it for the same reasons. i hated pushing useless bank products on customers (i was morally opposed to it as well) i quit in december to finish my accounting degree and i haven’t been able to find a job because all employers want is experience. they don’t give a crap about my degree or how hard i worked to graduate with honors. i’m starting to feel like i just wasted my money going to school. i’ve been applying to a lot of secretary and general office positions because at the bank i did many secretarial functions like filing, answering phones, copying documents etc. so maybe you can try to use your teller experience to try and find a general office position. good luck though, i’ve had a few interviews and they have been choosing candidates with more experience. but also i live in cleveland and the job market here is pretty tight. i went on an interview a few weeks ago and the guy told me he had 250 applicants for the 1 open position.

  30. QUESTION:
    is this paranormal?
    I spent the holiday at my brothers house. He hasn’t ever changed his lighting. There are a few family members that died too young to meet my niece. For the first time ever I was taking pics and they turned out like abstract paintings meaning there were strands of orange/yellow orbs. Not dots, but long wavy strands. I am a germaphob/neat freak/professional photographer so I keep my camera extra clean. They are 100% eco friendly ppl so there house is clean. I took the pictures with no flash. I took them white lights off/on. I’m kinda skeptic/kinda not. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      it could very possibly be.. but i think you should have posted the pic.. then we mite be able to help u more

  31. QUESTION:
    What’s the best way to get the “pet” smell out of carpet?
    The person who lived in our house before us had a very smelly dog and we’re trying to find a way to get the smell out of the carpet without having to completely replace it. We’ve had the carpets in our new place professionally cleaned twice by an eco-friendly company and they basically told us that they wouldn’t be able to get any more of the smell out for us… does anyone have any other relatively cheap tricks to try before we start saving our money to tear it all up?

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s a cheapy, but goody. Get a big box of baking soda and sprinkle it all over the carpet before bedtime. The baking soda will absorb the odors in the rug. The next day just vacuum the used baking soda. The rug will be a lot fresher. Repeat the process if necessary. Best wishes.

  32. QUESTION:
    I’m becoming a new person??
    I have decided, after a bleak and unsuccessful year, that i am changing my life for the better…
    First i need help to eat healthy, and become pure, and to live life as long as possible, so help there is needed, answerers…
    But to live long, the world needs to aswell, so i’m becoming eco-friendly by using a bike instead of car, and using only nececary electricity, tip on how to do this would be great too…
    I’m keeping my house clean now, and free from bad bacteria and germs that cause illness, so cleaning tips and germ-killing tips are wanted.
    I have many enemies, and some i wish to appologize to, and i have a bad temper, i’d like to stop thatand become a new friendly happy person. help me please on this, also…
    In the categoury – eco-friendly- i’d like to know how many bottles/cans i have to recycle to be able to watch tv for an hour or to play on my computer for an hour, and to run a single 100w bulb for an hour.
    Help is much needed, id like to speak to you, e-mail? Thankyou

    • ANSWER:
      Congrats for a beautiful change…

      Here is a superb link on house cleaning tips: http://cleaning.lifetips.com/

      According to most experts, the following guidelines are your best bet for keeping your home clean and your family safe, while avoiding the risks associated with antibacterial cleaners:

      *Wash your hands thoroughly, and often.

      *Limit your use of antibacterial products.

      *Use bleach to clean your bathroom.

      *Plain old soap and hot water remain the best ingredients to wash your hands, body, and dishes.

      *Use separate cutting boards for raw meat and foods such as fruits and vegetables that may not be cooked before eating.

      *Wash all fruits and vegetables, either in soapy water (rinse THOROUGHLY), or in one of the new fruit and vegetable washes.

      *Wash all kitchen surfaces, dishes, and utensils in hot, soapy water. Make sure you rinse thoroughly. If possible, put everything (including cutting boards) in the dishwasher.

      *Every time you run your dishwasher, throw your kitchen sponge in.

      *Don’t wipe your counters with a sponge that’s been sitting on your sink. This can deposit even more bacteria on your countertops. Damp sponges are an excellent breeding ground for bacteria. Use paper towels, or replace your dishrag every day with a clean one.

  33. QUESTION:
    Help around the house?
    I wanna go Eco friendly some and I don’t know how to do it, I don’t want to change every light bulb in the house but what are some ways I can do that without putting a lot of effort in it
    Also I need some easy ways to my room clean easy and organizing easy. Anyone have any tips?!?!?

    • ANSWER:
      your best deal is to go to Goodwill or thrift shop and get yourself some good size wicker baskets, go through all your stuff, consider, if you still gonna need it and sort,–things you don’t want bag them immediately and donate to charity. then sort all your treasures and clothesidoms in the baskets. I like square ones.
      for the environment: start with water faucets off, when brushing teeth ,putting tote bags in your purse or car, when you go shopping.
      turn the lights off,when you leave the room.
      recycle everything you can bottles,cans, plastic bags from store

  34. QUESTION:
    Why American houses are so tacky and ugly?
    Iv noticed that European, Canadian and Australian homes have far better interior designs and are eco friendly, modern, clean and edgy. While even the newest homes in the US. The American homes on the inside seem ugly, brash, old fashioned and tacky. Here are some examples to compare:
    Canadian house design:

    http://www.greatinteriordesign.com/contemporary-interior-design/contemporary-lippincott-living-townhome-interior-by-blurredge-group/

    A house in London

    http://www.greatinteriordesign.com/apartment-interior-design/interior-design-of-luxury-apartment-in-holland-park-london/

    Nice Australian home

    http://www.greatinteriordesign.com/contemporary-interior-design/interior-design-of-yarra-ultra-contemporary-house-in-australia/

    Tacky Los Angeles home USA

    http://www.greatinteriordesign.com/interior-design/interior-design-of-the-wolff-house-in-hedges-pl-los-angeles-by-legendary-architect-john-lautner/

    What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree that European design is more modern. This is due to the fact that modernism began in Europe and maybe it has not yet become mainstream in America. Even new architecture being built today are very traditional. Many architecture and interior designs of the 1920s are still considered too modern.

  35. QUESTION:
    Home Cleaning Business I need help. I feel like I am getting in over my head. My husband and I are starting up?
    a cleaning service. We are trying to price our houses and I have an extensive product list that I have put together using both eco friendly and over the counter cleansers. My skill is above average in terms of cleaning. When I clean I clean and polish everything. The problem is
    1. I have been doing practice runs on my own home and it is taking me forever. I mean forever. I cannot get out of the kitchen in less than an hour. I can’t get out of the living room in less than an hour. I liquid dust everything. Every crack and crevice, which is the service I will be offering. I also do baseboards, windows and the corners of the carpet in every room.
    2. In the kitchen I liquid dust all the cabinets, or I have also tried just using light soap and water just to quicken the process. I clean under the stove and refrigerator only 1 inch deep without having to pull it out, which would be an extra price. I scrub the floors on my hands and knees then dry. I then go back and polish everything. The front of the fridge, washer and dryer, faucets, and stove top. All of this takes me forever. But it is clean clean clean. And it shines.

    I have no doubt that the customers would love my work. But the problem is I live in a 2 bedroom apartment. If it takes me this long to clean my apartment how in the world will I clean someone’s 3-5 bedroom home and get out of there within 3-5 hours. We are just starting up. We will have no other workers. I will be working by myself until we have enough clients so that my husband can go with me which will lessen the time. I also will not be doing dishes or laundry. I want to average 20 per hour. But if it is taking me an hour per room how will I be able to do this for someone else. Also I am completely exhausted after a while.

    • ANSWER:
      Why not contact Business Link for a char with them as they can help you put a business plan together we did this when my husband set up his business and they were very helpful talking everything through with him and helping him to make the right decision

  36. QUESTION:
    how do you suggest i move my clothes?
    i’m moving on wednesday, and my room is far from packed up. my clothes are spread out all over the floor and i dont know how i’m going to move them. i put the dirty clothes in a “dirty” garbage bag, and i have a “clean” garbage bag. (the washing machines are at the new house)…i also have boxes to move the clothes in but i’m looking for a more eco friendly, easier way to move them all..thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      More eco-friendly? The most eco-friendly way of moving them is to grab an armful and walk to your new place with them, but I don’t think you’d really want to do that uness you’re moving less than a block away. Put the clothes in big garbage bags or in boxes, move them, and re-use the bags or boxes or recycle them.

  37. QUESTION:
    What are these ‘insects’ in house?
    Hello,
    We live in the North and of course it’s Winter now. The house is all stone and sits in a pine/ oak wooded area. The floors between stories and roof are however, wood. It’s a clean 2 story modern house. Recently, this past year our 2 kitties played with neighbor outdoor cats, from them they got fleas. We went to the vet followed all instructions and the fleas were wiped out (on cats and in house) long before winter. However, because of the potential long life of any fleas returning I’m supposed to treat the carpets with an eco and pet friendly insecticide prior to vacuum, which I do. When I treat the upstairs (totally carpeted (wall to wall)) these strange ‘bugs’ appear.
    They’re like slugs, white, worm like, about 1/3-1/2″ long, fat like an earth worm in width (but of course much shorter). They don’t move hardly at all, some appear to be dead. In a room 20′ x 10′ there will appear 6-8 of these after a treatment. At 1st I thought maybe it was just something left over from summer (with windows open/ beach sand etc.), but it’s February and they’re still here!
    Could these be termite larva? They look like snails out of their shells. They appear only on the floor, on top of the carpet (although that’s wall to wall with hardly any openings). They have no markings, no eyes (seen) , no heads. What are they?…What to do about them?
    Ok…thanks for the responses I’ll check them out. I couldn’t open the link offered below as a info site, but the idea that they might be some sort of wood or Oak worm sounds interesting.

    • ANSWER:
      No, not termites, little termites look just like big termites only smaller and cuter,
      Sounds a lot like maggots of flies (mealworms and carpet beetle larvae always have an obvious head) but could be some non-descript insect pupae. In any case they shouldn’t be there. Sounds much like a carpet-eating moth (see http://www.reviewmylife.co.uk/blog/2008/05/14/clothes-moths-attack/ ) so be sure to check for areas of loose fibers.

      The chemical you are applying is almost certainly a pyrethroid and is driving them out of their hiding places rather than killing them. Your vacuum system isn’t strong enough. Consider a Dyson as you need to get a lot more of the dirt out.

      Vacuum more often and thoroughly and consider getting a pest manager in to apply a more serious chemical product, perhaps one that kills eggs as well (an ovicide). They are generally no more toxic than what you are applying now.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is Life Tree Home Soap safe?
    I normally use method all purpose, but I found a bottle of life tree home soap while cleaning out my mom’s house. I was going to toss it, but it says it’s eco friendly, so I decided to hang on to it and look it up online. The few reviews I’ve found looked promising, but I just want to make sure. Is it safe? Non-toxic? Any good? I have two small children so I want to know before I use it, you know?

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    English paper revision. ?
    I always like to have as many revisions on my papers as possible. If you notice any misspellings, errors, anything please point them out. Thanks!!

    Generations can be influenced from a variety of different things, each generation has a different impact and brings something new to the table, good and bad. Generation Y for instance, is influenced by its eco friendly ways, its material needs, and its extensive technology.
    Generation Y is all about the helping environment. This generation is by far the most eco-friendly, environment loving generation yet. “Green is in.” There are now clothing lines dedicated to being eco-friendly, along with shampoo’s, soaps, cleaning products, cosmetics, jewelry, and plenty more. Recycling is now considered hip, which is bringing more people into this trend. It is advertised if something is made from recycled items or when a company goes “green“. Not only is Generation Y recycling, but is also producing more environmentally friendly cars and informing more people about the impact of green house gases. There are many websites and television specials made especially for teaching us how to live more eco-friendly lives.
    Material items seem to be a must for Generation Y. Everywhere one looks there is an advertisement trying to sell something new. They are up on billboards, on magazines, in commercials, and are always popping up while one is on the Internet. Children of this generation have less money saved because of the need to feel accepted. They feel pressure to buy latest play station 3 game or the must have coach purse. Trends seem change as fast a seasons, and it takes a lot of money to keep up with these ever changing trends. There is so much pressure created to have the “best”. This is one trend that won’t be missed once out.
    Where would we be without technology? We now can even have a car tell us how to get somewhere. Generation Y in particular has became really dependent on this technology. We do not no life without having the ability to instantly get in touch with someone. There are cell phones, texting, and of course the internet. Myspace and Facebook are huge with this generation. Almost every person has one or the other, if not both. With these it is possible for one to tell everyone they are friends with about something that happened to them with just a click of a button. Technology has became so advanced that we have computer and cell phones all wrapped up into one. If technology was ever cut off from the generation it would be truly lost.
    Generation Y is made up of environmentalists, material needs, and technology lovers. There are many generations yet to come and will take and learn from Generation Y. Hopefully all can keep moving forward to bring more good out.

    • ANSWER:
      There aren’t any spelling errors as i can see.

      Generations can be influenced from a variety of different things, each generation has a different impact and brings something new to the table, good and bad

      Break that into two sentences and never use variety or multiple state your amount of points, never generalize.

      There are now clothing lines dedicated to being eco-friendly, along with shampoo’s, soaps, cleaning products, cosmetics, jewelry, and plenty more

      Eco-Friendly jewelry? Really now…

      Trends seem change as fast a seasons

      Change a to as or change seasons to season

      I revised your third paragraph in your other question, refer to that.

      Some tips for your first and final paragraph, include more details. Provide background information about the subject instead of just stating the thesis. Restate your thesis in your final paragraph.

      Good luck with your paper

  40. QUESTION:
    I need help on a paragraph revision..?
    I have a paper due tomorrow and this is one of the paragraphs in it. Its not that great but I just want to make sure my punctuation and spelling is all correct. ..Thanks! =]

    Generation y is all about the helping environment. This generation is by far the most eco-friendly, environment loving generation yet. “Green is in.” There are now clothing brands dedicated to being eco-friendly, along with shampoo’s, soaps, cleaning products, cosmetics, jewelry, and plenty more. Recycling is now considered hip, which is bringing more and more people into this trend. It is advertised now if something is made from recycled items or when a company goes green. But not only is it recycling that generation y is doing but also producing more environment friendly cars and informing more people about people about the impact of green house gases. There are many websites made especially for teaching us how to live more eco-friendly lives and at times one can catch a special on television about it.

    • ANSWER:
      Generation Y

      Never start a sentence with “But”. Instead write, “Generation Y is not only recycling, but they are also producing more environmentally friendly cars and informing more people about the impact of green house gases.

      Break up the last sentence into 2 sentences OR “There are many websites and television specials made especially for teaching us how to live more eco-friendly lives”

  41. QUESTION:
    Is it reasonable to ask your daughter to do her own laundry?
    I live with only my mom.
    She’s been really busy but she wears her clothes over and over in a week so I dont know when I should do the laundry for her. But today she did the laundry while I was at the gym and she never told me. my small laundry hamper was filling up to the top so I just put my dirty clothes on my dresser top.
    Now, I go to the gym everyday and I sweat a lot, so you could imagine I would need face towels and clean t shirts to stay sanitary. My mom disagrees and thinks I should just hand wash one tshirt and one towel daily, but we dont have any soap at home to properly cleanse all the bacteria out. To sum it up, i was waiting for laundry day. She did the laundry today without informing me like I said, and when I tried to put my towels into the pants load, she told me they’d get all blackened up. Now, dont argue with me but my mom doesnt like me too much. I know she doesnt. I told her she gave it to me, and I dont care if it gets blackened up, I’ve been waiting all week for laundry day so it could be properly cleansed. and if she would tell me in the first place she wouldnt wash the towels, then I wouldnt be using a dirty towel for a whole week.
    Then… she exploded. She kept yelling at me, telling me it was incredibly rude for me to think there was such thing as a laundry day in this house. and that i sit on my butt all day and dont clean the house at all. (thats very untrue. i scrubbed, wiped and washed down the whole fridge when she didnt even tell me to. this happened while she was watching fifa and the next day she had the nerve to complain about the noise I was making, without even acknowledging it was good work.) She then continued to inform me that she’s not my slave, and I’m a murderer. Before I let myself get more upset, I told her “remember that you are my mother.” she then yelled at me some more, going off about how theres no such thing as a laundry day and i put all the work on her. I dont. She just never tells me she needs help. I’d gladly do the laundry if she told me to. And right now, I dont mind doing my own laundry either, I’m extremely eco-friendly and I think its a waste of water, seeing we live in one house anyway.

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  42. QUESTION:
    Atheists Since God doens;t do anything for this world, i wonder what are u doing for this world to get better?
    are u using products that are not animal testing?
    are u supporting the hungry ppl? one night out sacrifice and the money can be used to feed a person for a month of some countries.
    are u using more ecological ways to clean your house? which are cheaper by the way?
    are u voting a politician who actually does what he is promising?
    if u have a car are u trying not to use it as much for a better environment?
    are u avoiding using products from whales?
    maybe if we push companies to make electric cars can make the environment better too!

    there are so many simple daily things that we can do that actually can change the world literally tomorrow.
    Make the companies to be eco friendly, if nobody supporting them they will change! u do know that right?
    so, before again we say what god has done for the world, maybe we should ask ourselves first, what the f* are we doing for this world to get better!
    maybe we can even stop world hunger! without god!
    dudes, im not religious, but thats the point, so many here in this section are complaining saying that if God exist why he doesn;t stop world hunger, and im wondering, what the f are u doing to stop it?
    if God exists or not has nothing to do with whats going on in our planet and it doesn;t mean god doesn;t care.
    We all are capable to make things better.
    Thats my point.
    yeah, i know the “green products” still have harmfull ingridients, but for examle hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean a house and use less bleach! xD
    im not saying not use some products at all, im saying that we can learn ways to go green without even buying “the green” shit some people sell xD
    oh and “Congratulations on discovering a revelation people have been doing for years.”
    yeah, i don;t think so dude, because McDolnad’s still make millions, super market detergents still sell the most, junk still sell the most, very big companies are still using animal products and oil prodcts to their products, like Loreal!
    u want more famous companies?
    i can name u dude!
    bring it on!
    nobody is doing shit!
    very few actually!
    so take your sarcasm somewhere else!
    the point of this question is not for atheists to tell me what they do , but to realize that we have the power to make things better, a higher power like god it is not needed,
    thanks for answering me.

    • ANSWER:
      I do more than take food to the homeless-I bring them home! I met my best friend when she was a homeless fifteen year old kid.

      I try to live as lightly as I can on the Earth. I don’t go all crazy about it, but I do try-line drying laundry, recycling, buying used products when possible, making my own perfumes and cleaning products, stuff like that. I went vegan for a year, but ended up miserably ill, so now I just eat a lot less meat than most.I might try it again, though.

      I grow a garden, don’t drive unless there’s no other choice, teach my kids to be responsible human beings, and pass on what I’ve learned to anyone who asks. I don’t need religion to tell me to be a good person, and I’m glad you don’t, either.

  43. QUESTION:
    Senior Citizen Self-Designed Retirement Home?
    If you had the chance to help design a new group home for the over-50 set, with minimal medical, but still a safe place, what would you like to add to the house? Assuming we have a nice kitchen and other basics, for our age group, what would be great?

    Garage for you guys to do your car work in? Small dance floor for parties? How about a garden (ok, that’s for me!) And a sun roof, definately eco-friendly too.

    um, keep it clean – we don’t want the kids to see!
    These are so GREAT!!

    • ANSWER:
      hmmm, First off, attention to details would be important to me. Are the plumbing fixtures easy to use, door knobs easy to operate. Are the halls and walkways wide and free from clutter? Are there adequate handrails? Are the storage spaces easy to reach? Are smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detectors well placed and operational? Are the floors level, and free of hazards like uneven surfaces or edges of rugs? Is it easy to maneuver in the bathrooms?

      I love your idea for a garden; how about adding some garden furniture and places to hangout in the garden-garden paths, tables and chairs, lights, maybe even a gazebo or covered porch/patio.

      Internet access; maybe a router so several people could do email or surf the internet at once.

      A combination game room, library, music room. A room with tables and chairs, where people could congregate to play games, share books and magazines, and maybe sing or play musical instruments or listen to cds.

      A combination crafting and workshop space. Include benches, tables, cabinets, easals, and maybe even display shelves. Good overhead and task lighting.

      Your ideas seem like fun, good luck!

  44. QUESTION:
    **************CLICK HERE PLEASE********************?
    I WOULD JUST LIKE TO KNOW WHAT OTHER PEOPLE VIEW ME AS FROM AN OUTSIDE PERSPECTIVE. TO HELP YOU, I WILL GIVE YOU AN EXTRACT FROM MY DIARY:

    “Sometimes I enjoyed being stuck in traffic. I would sit and stare at all the commuters, driving in their eco-friendly cars, going home to their cardboard cutout homes and polystyrene families. All of them feeling so self-righteous for spending an entire day at work to provide for their families. Of course we all know that the cleanest bodies often house the dirtiest brains. Deep down inside, all they really want to do is reassert the fact that they are good people, and therefore only good things deserve to happen to them. They don’t really care about their families. They just go to work everyday so that at the end of each day, they can sit in their eco-friendly cars and say ‘I’m a good person’. Sometimes I sit in traffic and try to vibrate. Not in the literal sense, but in the figurative sense. I feel like I need to enter a heightened frame of mind. Enter a place where my only influence is me. The only way for me to be free, ironically, is if I’m trapped in my own mind. It’s easy to imagine living only in your mind, where everything is controlled by you and then only are these concepts, when fully matured, released into the world. Yes, that’ll be the only way for me to escape the normality’s of life, which are actually abnormalities, forcing us all be self-serving beasts. When you hold a vibrating phone for example, only a few people close by might hear it, but only the holder can really feel it. That’s what I want to be like. I don’t want to make a spectacle of myself. Only those that can fully appreciate me should have the privilege of hearing me. And only that one person that truly understands me would have the opportunity of holding me and thus entering my world.”

    FROM READING THAT PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
    1. WHAT DO YOU THINK MY PERSONALITY IS LIKE AND DO YOU LIKE IT?
    2. DO I SEEM LIKE A DESIRABLE PERSON (FOR LADIES)
    3. DO YOU AGREE WITH MY VIEWS?
    4. DO YOU ENVY ME?

    ***************THANK YOU**********

    • ANSWER:
      your a guy & you write in a diary??

  45. QUESTION:
    Gift registry? how do I?
    I was wondering if there is a way to encourage family and friends if the want to give us a gift for our wedding to give us money.

    we’ve been living together for a long time and live in a small apartment thats already crammed already.
    do you think i should register for some things anyway? even know i don’t need them and don’t have the space for them.
    also the other problem is all the stuff i would want is expensive because i cant afford it myself, for instance like an irobot vacuum cleaner. everything i want is high quality, Eco friendly and expensive.
    or should i just stick to the original plan and encourage people to help us pay for our wedding, honeymoon, or to help us save money to build a house.

    how would i put that on my invitation.

    how would i do both? registry and encouraging money (or would it be unnecessary to do both.) i know some people like to give gifts instead of money.

    what do you recommend
    (sorry so long)

    • ANSWER:
      I completely understand where you’re coming from. My fiance and I will have been living together for 2+ years by the time we get married. As much as we could all use money for our weddings, it is rude to ask for it. BUT – if you register for only a few items, people will likely get the hint that there is very little that you actually need and will probably give you money instead. I think you should register though – people will want to get you “once in a lifetime wedding gifts” (as my future SIL calls them). You should register for some things that you would like to pass down to future generations. A nice vase, a nice set of candlesticks… things like that. Not just fancy gadgets that will need to be replaced in a few years. But, keep it minimal and people will likely get the hint!

  46. QUESTION:
    Who is more energy efficient? BUSH or GORE?
    Published on Sunday, April 29, 2001 in the Chicago Tribune
    Bush Loves Ecology — At Home
    by Rob Sullivan

    The 4,000-square-foot house is a model of environmental rectitude.

    Geothermal heat pumps located in a central closet circulate water through pipes buried 300 feet deep in the ground where the temperature is a constant 67 degrees; the water heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. Systems such as the one in this “eco-friendly” dwelling use about 25% of the electricity that traditional heating and cooling systems utilize.

    A 25,000-gallon underground cistern collects rainwater gathered from roof runs; wastewater from sinks, toilets and showers goes into underground purifying tanks and is also funneled into the cistern. The water from the cistern is used to irrigate the landscaping surrounding the four-bedroom home. Plants and flowers native to the high prairie area blend the structure into the surrounding ecosystem.

    No, this is not the home of some eccentrically wealthy eco-freak trying to shame his fellow citizens into following the pristineness of his self-righteous example. And no, it is not the wilderness retreat of the Sierra Club or the Natural Resources Defense Council, a haven where tree-huggers plot political strategy.

    This is President George W. Bush’s “Texas White House” outside the small town of Crawford.

    Yes, the same George W. who believes arsenic and drinking water might not be such a bad combo, the same man who reneged on his campaign promise to lower carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the same man who is doing everything in his power to fling open the Alaskan Natural Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

    How does the President reconcile an eco-friendly abode for his own family with his persistent stand against anything that smacks of an environmentally friendly agenda for the nation as a whole? The answer to that perplexing question is a real mystery.

    Perhaps sound ecological practices are only for those who can afford them: as a self-proclaimed strict constructionist of the U.S. Constitution, Bush must be aware that clean air and clean water are not guaranteed in that glorious document. Perhaps in Bush’s Brave New Corporate World, clean natural resources are merely commodities in a free-market economy: if you can pay for them, fine; if not, tough. The rest of us will just have to put up with more toxic dumps and more public lands being turned over to logging, mining and oil companies.

    According to David Heymann, the house’s architect and associate dean of the University of Texas architecture department, Heymann designed the house so that “every room has a relationship with something in the landscape that’s different from the room next door. Each of the rooms feels like a slightly different place.”

    In a USA Today interview, Heymann said, “There’s a great grove of oak trees to the west that protects it from the late afternoon sun. Then there is a view out to the north looking at hills, and to the east out over a lake, and the view to the south . . . out to beautiful hills.”

    I suppose in George W.’s architectural world only the rich and powerful have views; vistas that the public owns as part of its shared heritage are up for lease and sale.

    Heymann also termed the house “stunningly small.” Really? Would it be stunningly small for a single mother in South Central Los Angeles? How stunningly small would it be for an immigrant Latino family in San Antonio Maybe in the rarified heights where second homes are the norm, 4,000 square feet is small and on a stunning scale as well, but in Main Street America that much elbow room is pretty big for the first and only home.

    But then most of us can’t reconcile what might at first glance appear to be inherently irreconcilable. Maybe some day, like our noble president, we will be able to make that kind of staggering mental feat. That is, if we ever stop misunderestimating ourselves.

    Rob Sullivan is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.

    • ANSWER:
      Long asss question.

      Here’s my short reply (you may know it already!)

      BUSH!!!

  47. QUESTION:
    Light bulbs: Which will save more energy? Which will keep us safer? Which will cost less?
    Which will save more energy? Using mercury filled light bulbs and then, years later, using the energy it takes to dig up and decontaminate, every dump and landfill that has contaminated the environment with mercury because a good amount of the mercury filled light bulbs were improperly disposed of by being thrown in the trash and don’t forget the energy used to try and heal those who were exposed to the mercury when a bulb broke. Or, using an eco safe energy efficient light bulb that uses more energy than the mercury one?

    Which will keep us safer? A hazardous energy saving mercury filled light bulb or an eco friendly light bulb that creates more pollution?

    Which will cost less? The law suites, legal proceedings, health care costs, and cleanup and proper disposal costs of the hazardous mercury fill light bulbs that were either broken or improperly disposed of by being thrown in the trash, or the production of the electricity, clean or otherwise, it takes to power the less efficient eco friendly bulb?

    PS – Where, and for how long, will congress have to convene the fist time a mercury filled light bulb accidentally breaks in the house chambers or the senate chambers?
    So far LED’s are looking the best, but I am not looking for light bulbs, I am looking for overall economics of the entire spectrum of alternative lighting.

    Eric’s link about energy comparisons was excellent. Anyone have something comparatively similar on coal power pants on how and when and how much they can reduce their harmful emissions to nearly 0?

    http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/promotions/change_light/downloads/Fact_Sheet_Mercury.pdf

    • ANSWER:
      Coal plants put tons and tons of mercury into the environment every year; much, much more than is contained in CFLs. By burning incandescents rather than CFLs, and using 4x more electrical energy, you’re putting 4x more mercury into the environment via the coal plant smokestack. More, in fact, than is contained in a CFL bulb:

      http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/promotions/change_light/downloads/Fact_Sheet_Mercury.pdf

      CFLs have the advantage of the possibility of recycling; getting the mercury back out of fish in lakes and rivers is quite a lot tougher to do.

      PS – if a CFL breaks in the house or senate chambers, the janitor will clean it up and life will go on.

  48. QUESTION:
    I Need Help With These DispoSe Garbage Journal- My English Is Not That Well… ASAP! 10PNTS?
    The best way we can dispose of our garbage is by using bags made of natural materials and reusing them to carry our groceries. Reclining any product we can such as paper, metal, glass, plastic and plants materials give us a healthy environment. Using a good alternative is helpful in this cases. Landfill are actually healthy ways to dispose of certain waste products. My building is build with garbage chutes on every floor carefully and tightly we package our trash to dispose them.

    I decided last Tuesday to take out those clothes I won’t use anymore in my closet. My house has a closet for extra storage space, something that benefits us greatly because we keep extras stuff though not used now, but in the future. Now we enter spring I need to rid of of those unused clothes I won’t wear anymore for now on In order to have more space and void bad smell in my closet. Before deciding what to do with them I went to the laundry to have them clean and ready to be pack.My coats and jackets always give me a problem since I can’t have them all together tend to smell bad specially when it rain,so are the one that first go out of my closet. If they still usable, then I donate them to any charity home for a good cause instead of throw it away. After I separate my clothes according to their type. I First started with my pants since they are too heavy and use a lot of space in my closet. Most of the time I don’t keep my sweater so I prefer to give them away as they tend to succeed or wasted with time, but those who choose to keep are held in my drawer. The shoes are very hard to keep as are used tend to smell bad all together if plan to give them away. Although shoe boxes are a lot of space I always keep them for this kind of situation.

    On friday I always go to the supermarket to buy some food and personal things. I bring own bag to purchase groceries. It’s simple one to reduce resin waste. When I purchased hair color, each package included a container, a brush, gloves manufactured by resin. It’s one time used because I can obtain a same one for net purchase. Buying products with as little packaging as possible, of course from eco-friendly companies save us time, money and space. When came home went to the kitchen. What I first did was to check the refrigerator since there its where my mom put a lot of unused stuff that we tipically have to throw away often. There were two expired meat so I put them together in a newspaper to avoid contamination. Two Water and juicy leave empty to prevent any liquid in the trash. Usually I disposed 5 or 6 can of soda per week. I separate them from the other item in a bag as there are many people who use them to get money to eat or etc. When I took there where a lot of sausage,bean cans, and corn 5 of each, I was suprised since it made me realize how much money we waste on things that most of the time we don’t use.
    Sunday was the day to clean my room! I Spent a few hours taking out everything from my drawers, organizing, and throwing out what I no longer needed to dispose any old and unused materials. I opened the window for ventilation, specially my bedroom that is so hot! I always started using my eletric broom to make sure that I don’t leave anything under the bed. Since I work in a retail store I’m always buying new stuff such as clothes, accesories, gum and etc.. I used this kind of days to throw away those that expired or if not need it anymore. I put in a small bag two rings and three watches to dispose them away. My niece have a lot of toys of her in my bedroom. I refuse to throw toys in the trash because it wastes my money and because it’s definitely not good for the environment as it sits in the landfill when it could have been recycled/reused. But I need space in my bedroom and kids are always asking for more. So I had to throw away 3 of them.

    Recycling is a truly over-rated way to improve the environment. There is a great underestimation of the available space and capacity of landfill areas, certainly in the US, and probably worldwide as well. There is also no real crisis in our most recycled resources, either aluminum and glass are still cheap to produce, and there are still enough trees around to make paper cheaper from the tree than by recycling.The stuff in the trash gets buried deep in a landfill in an anaerobic environment, and so does not decay. The stuff you toss down the disposal gets ground down and flushed away, where it can go back into the environment.

    • ANSWER:
      I didn’t read any of that.

      Just to let you know.

      Oh, and your english is pretty good.

  49. QUESTION:
    A question about Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder…?
    My mum has never been the easiest person to have around and her mental health has deteriorated a lot over the last 15 years. She definately suffers from anxiety disorder, has panic attacks, is very hyper active and most of all very controlling. She was a nightmare to live with but even though im in my mid 30s with a family, she cannot help herself from trying to control my every decision. With regards the OCD thing – she is obsessed with hygiene (not tidiness because she is not tidy in fact very disorganised). thats fine once she keeps it to herself but she calls every day to clean the dogs poo from the street i live in, to clean the wheels of my babies push chair!!?? She washes her hands over and over and tells anyone who comes to the house to wash their hands. She is also terrified of contamination of all kinds – even that from detergents (thinking there is a huge conspiracy amongst the manufacturers to poison us all). She gets aggressive with me if i dont use eco friendly EVERYTHING, and has caused huge problems between myself and my partner because she says he shouldnt wash his hands in the kitchen sink. Sounds ridiculous but its really making me depressed. Ive been around in circles with her for YEARS and have tried everything from ignoring this behaviour, trying to talk to her about it, and also tried cutting her out of my life because of some very serious crazy episodes involving my children. She spoke to a therapist and did take prozac for a few months a few yrs ago but started to think the pills were going to poison her and fell out with the therapist when she tried to address any of her issues. Any advice?
    she also stays awake worrying about things that most people would never think about, and calls me first thing to come up with a plan to prevent catastrophies.

    • ANSWER:
      Well I would say that OCD is more likely than OCPD because OCPD doesn’t cause any distress in a person’s life, by definition. But it seems to me that all of her peculiar behavior might be attributed to a Panic Disorder. This is characterized by extreme fear in situations that don’t call for it. All those things she desperately tries to prevent might be her triggers for a panic attack. If she has a panic attack every time she goes too long before washing her hands, it can be a pretty strong motivation to wash them compulsively. She has been prescribed an SSRI but in her case a fast acting benzodiazepine might be more appropriate. You should urge her to see another doctor and get some better meds. Try to get her diagnosed by a doctor; I know that it is no fun to run your life by fear. Tell her this is her chance to live without the fear of having another panic attack. You can e-mail me if you have any other question and I will do my best to answer them as soon as I can.

  50. QUESTION:
    if YOU was president what would you do?
    if you was president what would you do?remember you have 8 years and it wouldn’t have to be passed by congress.
    note:i’m not against Obama i’m just simply curious.
    i would first
    do my hardest to clean the oil-spill
    pay off America’s debt
    do something about the war
    free health care
    help get better school programs
    help get more homeless shelters and help those in need in America and other countries
    let soldiers have free housing(a nice 4 bedroom house with 2 bathrooms and a extra room on the side)
    better military,army,navy etc
    help other countries
    then when everything is all fine and dandy i would give every american citizen a nice check (around 2,000)
    oh and maybe make it harder to become a American Citizen.

    as you can tell i’m not good with politics or money since i don’t have a clue how i would do all this,but if i was president these would be things i try to do.
    oh and more jails i’m not a fan of perverts looking at 5 year olds.
    oh and more laws on child abuse ,animaL abuse etc
    i also don’t like all the hormones in food so i would get that fix,
    and more organic and eco-friendly.

    i have a very long list.and i’m not good with money or poltics this is just the things i see on the news,what would you do as president?will do best answer sorry for grammar.
    to hersery:Notice i say “sorry for grammar” at the end of all my questions.Yes i know i don’t have good grammar,but don’t point it out.That’s just plain rude!
    have a nice day.

    • ANSWER:
      I would tell the truth about 9/11, the moon landings, watergate and all the rest of the nonsence conspiracy theories.

      9/11 – yes, we did somehow sneak millions of tonnes of explosives into the towers without being seen, infact we actualy hired some ninjas to help us!
      Apollo – of course we never went to the moon, I mean, why would we just want to land on a big ball of cheese?
      Watergate – I don’t know, go ask Nicson in some kind of “seance”

      I’d fix sex education, racism, sexism, immigration, security and I’d give the goahed to disarm and finally be friendly with those russian folk.

      I’d appoint Mark Rippetoe (a strength coach), Chuck Norris, Mr T, Arnold, Vin Diesel and anyone else who is badass as a high person up in politics. Oh, and I’d actualy find Bin Laden (the same way I found Waldo, with a magnifying glass).