One Green Thing: Odds and ends …

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.”

This sounds weird, but I wrote it down so I could share it with you. Maybe you save on Band-Aids? Supposedly, if you cut yourself in the kitchen, just grab the pepper and shake it on the cut. It is supposed to stop the blood flow. Ground sage does the same thing? I wonder, how big of a cut does this work on, and how long do you keep it on?

More products to take a look at:

A 2007 study commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found detectable levels of lead in 20 of the 33 top brand lipsticks tested. Choose lipsticks labeled “lead-free.” (Honestly, never looked at them since I don’t use it because I know it has petroleum-based wax and synthetic colors, too!) Many lip balms have the petroleum, too — choose ones whose base is shea butter, cocoa butter or beeswax.

Check that store-bought jar of “scrub.” If it says polyethylene in the ingredients, it could contain tiny plastic beads. Unfortunately, these wash down the drain and do not biodegrade. Grrrrrrr.

What is the deal with geothermal?

The energy source is everywhere, and it doesn’t vary like the wind or vanish as the sun does. Southern Methodist University’s Geothermal Laboratory recently mapped the available resources for the entire U.S. and found there is enough readily available geothermal energy to produce 10 times as much electricity as coal does currently. Of course, there are challenges, but many have been overcome by the new technologies that work at lower temperatures and more shallow depths. Is just too soon to tell, or what is holding us back? For more information about this topic, check out

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From the Nov. 21-27, 2012, issue

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