Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Green Vocabulary for a Green Life

Being GREEN is becoming a contagious lifestyle! Each day more people make the decision to become environmental friendly, yet this transition can be difficult due to the vocabulary that comes with the lifestyle change. , To help decipher these new terms, here are a few important terms to remember.

Green: A generic term used to describe something that has a moderate effect on the environment.

Biodegradable: A substance that has been scientifically proven to break down entirely and return to nature.

Biodiesel: An alternative fuel made from vegetable oil made from renewable resources, and is nontoxic.

Free range: Labels identify cattle that had continuous and unconfined access to pasture throughout their life cycle, and to swine that had continuous access to pasture for at least 80% of their production cycle.

Fuel efficient: Automobiles that reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide, producing less air pollution and global warming emissions per mile driven.

GMO free: Products that do not contain or were not genetically mutated.

Hybrid: Cars that combine a gasoline engine with an electric motor, producing below average emissions and get above average gas mileage.

Organic: Food and fiber grown or produced in accordance with the National Organic Standards Act. They contain no toxic pesticides and fertilizers, synthetic hormones, antibiotics, sewage sludge, GMOs or radiation.

Recyclable: A product that after its useful life can be remanufactured into another useful material or product, keeping it out of the waste stream.

Recycled: Materials that have been recovered or diverted from the solid waste stream.

Solar Powered: Solar cells covert the sun’s energy into electricity, allowing the energy to be stored in a battery that runs the unit.

Information from the GO GREEN magazine in Wilmington, NC

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