By Jan Herbert
Rockford Park District
Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”
When at the grocery store, I just never remember which vegetables/fruits should be purchased in organic varieties and which have fewer pesticides. So, I was thrilled to print off a wallet-sized guide that you will find at http://www.foodnews.org/. You may be asked to sign up (but you can dodge it) and just get to the guide that you can print in a PDF format. (You do not need the color feature, so remember to change to black ink to save!).
If you want a few more recommendations, check out a shopper’s guide to cosmetics at http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com, and then there are “Everyday Pollution Solutions” at http://www.ewg.org/solutions. Yes, I know, there are many websites, and you will want to make your own comparison and analysis using other sources or by going to the library, but if you are trying to get information about how to take better care of you and your family, they provide information to help you at least “begin.”
If anybody out there has other recommendations of sites that give you “guides” to print off, send them along to my e-mail address above. I share information directly with a number of people via e-mail. If you would like to be included on that list, let me know. They are normally just articles that interest me. I do not send things out very often, so just let me know if you would like to be included. In addition, of course, I’ll take you off the list anytime you tell me.
For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at JanHerbert@RockfordParkdistrict.org.
From the Oct. 20-26, 2010 issue