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  1. If every household in the U.S. used Seventh Generation's NEW 50 oz. 4X liquid laundry detergent in a compostable bottle instead of the same size 2X liquid laundry detergent in a plastic bottle, in one year, we would save 15,000 tons of plastic.
  2. Concerned about dust and toxins in your household? Dust with a damp cloth to ensure that household dust, the final resting place of many toxins that enter our homes, is removed and not stirred back into the air.
  3. Open windows and doors occasionally (even in winter) to bring in fresh air and rinse out pollutants that have accumulated inside.
  4. Try to avoid deodorizers or other air "freshening" products that can coat surfaces and pollute the air your family breathes.
  5. If you've ever worried about using harsh stain remover products, we have a solution you'll love. Seventh Generation's NEW Natural Laundry Stain Remover is free of phosphates, optical brighteners, dyes, perfumes, and synthetic fragrances, so you can feel good about using it on even the most intimate apparel and children's clothing.
  6. Try organic food. It's grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers, drug and hormone treatments, and genetic alterations.
  7. Clean and inspect combustion devices like furnaces, stoves, and hot water heaters to make sure they're functioning properly and not venting hazardous gases into your home.
  8. Have your water tested for chemical pollutants like pesticides and chlorine. Install a filter on drinking water taps if pollution is found.
  9. Did you know that our NEW 4X liquid laundry detergent's entire packaging system (fiber bottle, pouch, spout and cap) system uses 66% less plastic than a typical 100 oz. 2X laundry bottle -- while delivering the same number of loads? Even the #4 plastic pouch and #5 cap can be recycled where facilities exist.
  10. We are delighted to announce that our newly improved and concentrated Liquid Fabric Softener uses plant-derived ingredients and essential oils to give you the softness you love. The new and improved formula is also biodegradable and free of dyes and synthetic fragrances.
  11. Houseplants have been proven to improve indoor air quality. A couple of well chosen houseplants and your Spring cleaning freshness will last a lot longer. Check out these 15 houseplants on NASA's list of air purifying plants.
  12. Be Picky About Store-Bought Cleaners. Read the labels closely, and try to buy products that are completely free of dyes, masking agents, and synthetic fragrances.
  13. Choose Energy Star, HE Washing Machines. The efficiency of these machines is amazing. They require about 40 percent less water per load, consume up to 60 percent less energy, and are more effective in removing water during the spin cycle -- so less time in the dryer.
  14. Wash full loads of laundry. Sort clothes and schedule laundering so you can wash only full loads. It takes almost as much electricity to run a small load as it does to run a full one, and it is better for the machine to have a full load during the spin cycle so it doesn't fly off balance.
  15. Wash your clothes in cold water. Every once in a while you may have a load that requires hot water, but washing just 80% of your laundry in cold water for a year could save you more than $60 in energy costs -- and up to $100 if you live in an area with high electric rates.
  16. Follow directions. Use the amount of laundry detergent that the manufacturer recommends. Using more detergent than necessary actually gets in the way of effective cleansing of the fabrics, which will then require an extra rinse cycle, which uses more energy and water.
  17. Wash Less. Your clothes will last longer. Some clothing belongs in the wash after only one use, but many garments can stand two or even three wearings before they need washing.
  18. Don't Overload or Underload Your Dryer. Dry a full load in your dryer, but don't overload. It uses way too much energy, and it causes excessive wrinkling, which in turn may force you to iron your clothes, using even more energy.
  19. Use a biodegradable detergent like Seventh Generation's NEW natural 4X Liquid Laundry Detergent. Also, because it's highly concentrated, fewer resources are needed to manufacture and ship it.
  20. Use a non-toxic bleach like Seventh Generation's Free & Clear Chlorine Free Bleach that uses hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine to remove stains and keep your whites white.
  21. Turn off the iron. Go ahead and turn off the iron a few minutes before you finish. The iron takes a while to cool, so you'll be able to complete the last bunch of your clothes with the heat remaining.
  22. Did you know that some toilets use as much as 19 liters of water in just one flush? To reduce the amount of water your toilet uses, install a water displacement, water retention, or alternative flushing device.
  23. Did you know that the refrigerator is the household appliance that uses the most amount of energy? Set your refrigerator to between 35 and 38? F  -- optimal energy use temperatures.
  24. Grow your own herbs, fruit, and veggies. Even if you live in an urban area or an apartment, try indoor gardening or container gardening, or rent a plot in a community garden.
  25. Don't forget to bring your own bags to the grocery store. Leave some in your car or work bag so you'll always have them on hand.
  26. To decrease the amount of waste, avoid buying individually wrapped items like prepackaged snacks and drink boxes.
  27. Composting is an easy way to reduce your household waste by 50%. It's natural recycling that converts organic waste into hearty, garden-growing soil and it doesn't take up space at a landfill. If you don't have compost collection where you live, consider composting your food scraps in your backyard or try vermicomposting (composting with worms) indoors.
  28. Run your dishwasher only when there's a full load.
  29. Don't leave the water running for washing or rinsing dishes. For a two-sided sink, use one side for washing and one for rinsing. If you have only one sink, put the washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a sprayer, or rinse in a pan of clean water.
  30. Have you noticed that most household cleaning products do not have a list of ingredients on the packaging? How do you know what's in them? Seventh Generation values transparency and discloses its ingredients on the label.
  31. Ever wondered how much water a 5-minute shower uses? 20 gallons! Install a low-flow faucet aerator and showerhead. You'll save about 12 gallons of water on that shower.
  32. If every home in the U.S. replaced just one 12-pack of 300-sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissue with our 100% recycled product we could save 1,900,000 trees, 690 million gallons of water and 4.8 million cubic feet of landfill space.
  33. Turn off the tap. Save about 8 gallons of water a day by turning off the tap when you brush your teeth in the morning and at night. Do the same when you shave or when you wash your face.
  34. Swap all your non-stick cookware for cast iron. Properly seasoned cast iron will provide much the same results and won't leach perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) or toxic fumes.

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ayutuxtepegue
06/29/12
It is wise to educate our younger generation with the tips recommended. First of all, they are the ones that will need to take care the future mother earth. They can help us to make so many changes and they also have good ideas how to be green. In addition, inside of the houseld, it good habit to discuss the changes so can understand. Last but not least, thank you for sharing very beneficials tips.
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Marlys Graves
06/15/12
Please issue coupons again--I love the dish soap, dishwashing soap, and toilet bowl cleaner--more coupons please
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hedgewitch3
05/26/12
I've been a fan of more natural cleaners for years and have tried several brands in that time but I keep coming back to 7th Generation. Ingredients list transparency is second among my reasons. Great results is first. Recently, I deviated back to another brand of dish detergent primarily because I had a coupon and my budget, like most folks, is tight these days. I hesitated when I saw "fragrance" listed but no clarification of where it came from. Still, I'd used this brand before with no problems and the lower price... I was so disappointed! The fragrance was too overwhelming even for a scent I liked - and not entirely "fresh" or "natural" either. The soap seemed to give out part way through my dishwashing and I had to add a bit more. In the end, it proved not a real bargain at all. I've returned and restocked with 7th Generation! I do wish you'd offer those wonderful coupons again though. What's the word on that?
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ricksnurse
04/20/12
If you are like me and must use a dryer, consider getting your vent ( to the outside) cleaned periodically. My husband does this as a small business and it is amazing what amounts of lint of preventing the dryer from drying effectively and safely. The cleaning saves energy, saves money, saves your dryer from overheating and possible catching fire.
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pearlyeverlasting
04/20/12
I feel really great because I am already doing most of these!