Chocolate! Conventional chocolate production is hard on the rain forest and harder on workers (some of them children). Conventional cocoa plantations, like most farms, use large amounts of pesticides and fertilizers. They harm the environment and can remain in chocolate. Organically farmed cocoa isn’t permitted to use these synthetic chemicals. There are a few cacao-specific things to consider as well before your unwrap a bar and devour it.
63 – that’s the number of synthetic chemical products found in the average American home. This translates to roughly 10 gallons of harmful chemicals. Reduce the number of chemicals in your home by using some of the many natural cleaning options available.
We all litter – we may just not know it. Unintentional and accidental acts of littering are an everyday occurrence and most of us are completely oblivious. Think about it. You absentmindedly drop a straw wrapper at your kid’s soccer game. Or open your car door and your stash of trash falls to the curb. You throw a cup into the bed of your pick-up and drive off only to see it fly out in your rearview mirror. It happens, we’ve all done it. And we can all make the effort to reduce these unintentional acts of littering so that those napkins, receipts and the trash in the back of our pick-ups don’t become permanent fixtures in our environment.
This tip is specific for our Fairfax County residents, however everyone should check with their local recycling authority to see if their jurisdiction has a similar program.
From November 29th until January 31st, customers can turn in old holiday lights and receive the coupon at Customer Service. Lights should be "bare", meaning no boxes, packing materials or apparatuses used to bind the lights together.