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Green Up that Holiday Meal

The start of the holiday season brings to mind the opportunity to gather around the table with family and friends. While green living may not seem top of mind as you plan your holiday get-together, there are a number of ways you can “green up” that Thanksgiving table. Begin by choosing a free-range, locally sourced turkey for a greener, healthier bird. Plan your menu well ahead of time and buy everything in one trip. This helps you avoid those gas-wasting last minute runs to the store for forgotten items. Choose fresh, organic produce rather than canned varieties. Shop for serving dishes and decorative items at resale stores. When it comes time to deal with the leftovers, opt for reusable containers rather than plastic bags. Finally, share the day. The more folks fathered around your table, the less energy and resources used to make multiple meals.

Enjoy the Natural Aroma of the Autumn Season

Autumn has arrived and with it, the fun of adding some fall decor to your indoor space. Along with some of those beautiful October hues, you may be tempted to add some fall aromas as well.

There are dozens of air fresheners available, from sprays to solids, and this time of year, it is tempting to add a bit of artificial apple or pumpkin spice to your home environment. But according to the EPA, artificial air fresheners can wreak havoc on air quality, increase risk of respiratory ills, and be difficult to dispose of properly.

Opt for natural alternatives to bring a touch of fall to your indoor air. Make a pomander by studding an orange with whole cloves. Create some autumn potpourri. Better yet, bake your guests some apple crisp or pumpkin bread, and let the aromas fill the air.

Help Your School Green Up its Act

It’s back-to-school time in most communities, so why not take the opportunity to urge your neighborhood school to go greener? Recycling is a great step, but there are additional ways schools can practice better environmental stewardship. All it takes is the efforts of a few individuals to get the initiative launched. For starters, do you know how your school handles hazardous chemicals to avoid health threats to students? If there is not a written procedure, volunteer to work with school officials to put a responsible chemical management program into place, and recommend ways for safe removal and disposal of outdated, potentially hazardous chemicals. You may want to get the whole neighborhood involved in hazardous chemical disposal by holding a “clean sweep” and neighborhood beautification day. Schools may want to get further involved with classroom activities to encourage green product use and community beautification.

Entire Village of Deerfield Under Boil Order

Residents of the Village of Deerfield were ordered Monday to boil their tap water after it was found to be contaminated with fecal coliform.

Until further notice, boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation, the village managers office said in an alert.

Officials with the village’s water department said 10 tests would be done throughout the system in the next 24 hours and that a full resolution was expected by Wednesday afternoon.

Ingesting fecal coliforms and E. coli can lead to diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches, among other symptoms. Infants, young children and people with severely compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable.

Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source. It can also happen due to a break in water pipes, a failure in the water treatment process, or through a cross-connection.

Officials did not theorize in their release how the water became contaminated.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/health/village-deerfield-illinois-boil-advisory-219310911.html#ixzz2bnlNebOw

Soda Fizzles as Pure, Healthy Water Gains Favor

Its bubbly, fizzy, sweetness has enticed consumers for decades. But sales reports from the nation’s major soda companies show the bubble may have finally burst as America’s seemingly endless love for soda pop seems to have fizzled a bit.

Beverage industry experts believe concerns over childhood obesity and a more health-conscious consumer mindset in general have consumers turning away from soft drinks and toward healthier alternatives, like pure, distilled water. As consumers grow in their awareness of the nutritional harms caused by sugary and artificially sweetened drinks, demand for the healthiest drinking water–whether through home and office distillation systems or by the bottle–is likely to grow as well.

Bottled water of all types grew nearly 7% last year and is on track to exceed 10 billion gallons in volume for the first time in 2013, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation.