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We Are Being Invaded By Yerdler’s ~ Earth Day Interesting

This is NOT a sponsored post. This is information you need to help you save big, and keep Mother Earth, functioning.

I am not going to get all green on you, I will leave that to Kermit The Frog, LOL, but I am going to talk Earth Day 2014.  Earth Day is April 22 and it is time to celebrate the Earth.  How we respect our Earth, the space we live in, determines how the land will survive for your kids and family as time passes along. Throw a wrapper on the ground and there it stays, there is not a mom or dad buzzing behind you to clean up your mess, clean it up yourself, throw it away in the right place and keep our earth clean and beautiful.  Beyond not littering, reducing and recycling there are other things we can all do and  many of us do already to keep our earth, beautiful.

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Have you heard of yerdle? This is a new type of store where you give and get things for free.  This is APP accessible via the iOS app,  and the store houses thousands of items – from kid’s toys, outdoor gear, and kitchenware to Patagonia jackets– all given by other yerdle users or brand partners and available to other members.

Now, if you are a giver you are known as a ‘yerdler’.  Take that new name on, embrace it, and clean out what you would potentially throw out and fill up our trash receptacles with.  The yerdlers making it happen are so invested in Earth Day, that their entire mission is to eliminate 25 percent of new merchandise sales by making it easy for people to recycle formerly loved goods for what they really need from others willing to lend it or give it away. So, if you have not figured this out yet, yerdle is a community-based market place, users are able to set the credits and shipping price, as they please. More often than not, there are name brand treasures weaved throughout the yerdle site making the site itself a hidden jewel.

How else can you Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce waste on our Earth? Take a look at what I have rounded up for you in recognition of Earth Day.

Recycle: iRecycle, free for iOS and Android

o   iRecycle helps find local, convenient recycling opportunities on the go or at home. With access to more than 1.5 million ways to recycle over 350 materials, iRecycle can tell you how, where and when to recycle just about anything. Using your current location or typing in an address, users can get details on collection points, directions, hours of operation and other materials collected.

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 ·         Reuse: yerdle, free for iOS

o   What’s old to you is new to someone else! yerdle is the first national sharing retailer for iOS, allowing people to give and get things for free. Rather than throwing away your lightly-used, never to be worn and seen again items, you can STOP LANDFILL PILE-UP withyerdle – consumers now have a quick place to share, trade and “shop” for stuff – all they pay is a flat shipping rate, $2-4.

·         Reduce: My Carbon Footprint, free for iOS

o   My Carbon Footprint shows how your everyday choices impact the world around you, symbolized within the app by your own little slice of planet. The app’s goal is to get people talking about the impact of carbon emissions and provide users with visual reminders – tips, badges, social integration – that our lifestyle choices affect the world around us.

Gear up for earth day, clean out, clean up, reduce, recycle and reuse, do your Earth Good! Happy Earth Day 2014.

Sustainable Earth & Spring

The snow on the ground is not helping me think Spring, but the days on the calender sure are charging ahead.  As the days plunge forward, my thoughts of daffodils, tulips, lavender blooming and Spring cleaning start to come into clearer focus.  The days are longer, the nights are a bit warmer, the heat does not run as frequently in the house and there are even days when the windows are open! The doors are opened for fresh air and to welcome the sun and,UGH! I am greeted by dirty door tracks, door handles that need wiped off, wall light plate switches that are glistening with fingerprints in the sun, it’s time to clean and celebrate Earth.  My errand to STAPLES to grab a Sustainable Earth cleaner that is multi purpose will be the answer to cleaning the house without leaving my marks on Mother Earth and her precious environment.

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Meet Sustainable Earth Multi-Purpose Cleaner, and believe me in my house, multi-purpose makes me bring on the challenges from the bathrooms to the garage.  The cleaner is unscented is in a 32 oz spray bottle.  My rule of thumb with this cleaner is that if the surface accepts water and is washable with water and soap it is able to be sprayed and clean with this multi-purpose cleaner.  This is composed of Neutral pH and is both ammonia and phosphate free.  Additionally, and a great item for you to know is that this product was formulated in partnership with EPA Design for the Environment Formulator Initiative and it meets the Green Seal environmental standard for household cleaners based on its reduced toxicity, biodegradability, packaging, and other characteristics.  All of this is simple to translate = Earth Friendly.  Get those cotton cloths out and start spraying and wiping and clean house like never before, while being kind to Mother Nature. If you don’t find it 100% to your satisfaction, return it and get a refund, but I know you will like it because it digs into those daily wipe up tasks rather well.

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Before I even start my cleaning, I have a well thought out plan, that  I list in yet another Earth Friendly product: A Sugarcane-Based Notebook with paper that is made from 80% sugarcane waste.  The cover is earth-like brown, with a few stripes, rather basic in design and the pages are soft and non-gritty as I love.  There are 3 sections(subjects) in this notebook and I use them all a bit differently.  One section is for my cleaning To Do list to make sure that I conquer every area in each room in detail.  I am a bit compulsive.  Another section is for items in the room that I see need tended too, like cords need wrapped, blind needing repaired, or pillow needs replaced and so on.  Which leads me into the 3rd section: my shopping list.  I need a cord wrap, so I mark that down and once bought I can go back and mark it off the ‘tending’ list.  The notebook allows me to feel accomplished as I can mark things off as they are complete.  It is heavy duty, so it can be toted easily from room to room and the kraft covers are heavyweight.  There are 150 sheets of paper in this 3 subject notebook and they are all perforated so I can pull them out and bring along as needed.  Finally, if I have any papers that I happen to find room-to-room I capture them and place them in the two full size heavy duty kraft pockets that are in the notebook. I know purchasing this notebook is the right thing to do because it is kind to Mother Earth.

If you are looking for ways to celebrate Spring Cleaning, Organization and Earth Day this year, make sure you peek at what STAPLES offers because they are not just an office supply store, they supply the Earth with great supplies that are kind to Mother Nature.

Steamed Up About My Floors ~

The opinions expressed above are 100% my own. I received product in exchange for this review and post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” FTC Endorsement Guide Please see our Disclosure Policy.

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