Thursday, January 14, 2010

The New Thing I Learned Today

"Atrazine is one of the most commonly detected pesticides in U.S. ground and surface water. Syngenta Corporation makes and markets atrazine to farmers in the U.S., but not in its home country, Switzerland.
During U.S. EPA’s review of atrazine in 2003, Syngenta held over 50 private, closed door meetings with regulators. As a result of the EPA's approval, atrazine is used in agriculture throughout the Midwest. Now, millions of American families are exposed to this hazardous chemical." -PAN
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Hand Dryer vs Paper Towels

Today I ended the debate I've been having regarding the greener option between the hand dryers or paper towels in public bathrooms.

I've officially made the commitment to use the hand dryers whenever possible. Why? In my research I found that although both have their environmental impacts, the lesser of two evils is the hand dryer. While the hand dryer does use energy, the energy required to make a paper towel and transport it to public buildings as well as the waste created outweigh the hand dryer's environmental impact.

Of course, the greenest options are probably to bring my own reusable towel or just air dry, but come on, this blog is about living a semi-normal lifestyle while going green.


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