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Products that Protect Backyard Wildlife

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Consider Running Water Fountains

One most important and yet, usually overlooked way of protecting backyard wildlife, is to maintain a flowing outdoor water fountain, year-round. Most people consider only placing a birdbath in a garden as a way of enhancing it visually. Though the thought of attracting pretty birds ranks as a high second reason that people purchase them; there are other, more important reasons to place one in the yard. Purchasing products that protect backyard wildlife, also protects and stabilizes the neighborhood environment.

Excessive Heat – with the climate change issues we have been experiencing in the last few years, all areas of the world are experiencing weird weather. Winter storms and winds are stronger, and long standing heat waves are causing droughts. Birds and other small animals are subject to these harsh new changes just like we are – sans protective houses. In times of excessive heat, water becomes a highly sought after life property that is absolutely necessary to survival. When natural resources that animals are used to using suddenly dry up – they are stressed and forced to find water anywhere they can. This can mean crossing dangerous highways or traveling for miles before they even find relief. It can also mean drinking from tainted water sources such as gasoline puddles and chemical sprayed garden trough’s.

Excessive Cold – If water just sits in a fountain bowl in the winter, chances are it will freeze solid and become a completely useless offering. By choosing a running water fountain, it will be much less likely to freeze solid, which will enable the wildlife to survive through the cold and frigid weather. It also enables the fountain to offer water year-round. Neighborhoods that offer small relief stations for birds and other small animals help keep the environment ecologically sound. In purchasing an outdoor water fountain or bird bath, one may be doing more for the Earth and its animals than one might think.

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Use Fully Enclosed Backyard Fire pits

Most homeowners at some point, invest in a backyard barbeque grill, chimenea, or back yard fire pit. These items are not only ideal for entertaining guests all throughout the spring and summer seasons, the entire family can actually make use of them year-round. Yet many people don’t even think about the wildlife, when it comes to making a smart grill purchase. Many chimenea’s and fire pits are often left to burn down at the end of an evening, long after the owners have gone inside. These open holed ovens are a disaster-in-waiting for the night oriented wildlife that might have been attracted to the remnants of burger on an open grill. Slowly dying embers don’t always put off a soft glow, and can appear like natural stone or wood material – until stepped on. Seared little feet can’t rinse off under icy cold water at the kitchen sink to get relief. Foot injuries for four legged critters can be fatal. By purchasing gated, mesh covered fire pits and grills – one can help to protect wildlife from unnecessary injuries.

It’s not always the wildlife that traverses your yard space. Your child’s friends, the pet dog, a neighbor’s open wandering cat all utilize the same space to romp about and play. Eliminating dangerous products from the yard such as folding chairs when it storms, and closing garbage can lids to prevent hungry critters from becoming trapped can help save a life, even when you are not aware of it. Just today, yours-truly-blog-writer took the office trash out back only to find a juvenile raccoon crouched in 90 degree heat, head down in absolute desperation while trapped at the bottom of the dumpster. One look in his beautiful beady little eyes told his entire story of final resignation and utter hopelessness. A happy ending ensued. Co-workers and I released him from the dumpster and restored his sense of freedom.

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Consider All Weather Wicker

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All Weather Wicker Conversation Set by Jeco

Every few years, and it goes without saying, a spring-time review of last year’s outdoor furniture often provokes a weary sigh. Did we forget to rinse down the pieces before storing them for the winter? Has the dirt and grime has now settled comfortably into every nook and cranny? Are the cushions faded or grimy enough to cause you to spontaneously burp to your guests, ‘Oops, let me wipe that quick, before you sit down’? Might we have left them out a bit too long and dead fall leaves made permanent imprints, that now won’t remove with even CLOROX? These are all signs directing you to go look for new furniture. But what should you buy?

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All Weather Wicker Patio Deck Box by Jeco

Consider all weather wicker. With durable, all-weather resin wicker over a powder-coated steel frame, this kind of product is built to withstand anything life throws your way. Unlike real wicker which dries out and cracks, resin wicker is flexible and fade-resistant, which means it stays like new season after season. What’s more, all-weather wicker doesn’t absorb water and also allows for air flow, making it the perfect choice for the poolside! All weather wicker is virtually maintenance-free and cleaning it is as simple as spraying it down with your garden hose or wiping it clean with a solution of mild dish soap and water. That makes it Eco-friendly too – because you’ll save on water, and won’t need to use caustic cleaning agents to get the mud and dirt off.

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Introducing the Over-sized Zero Gravity Recliner by Jeco

Additionally, if we segway off to the pool area, one might think about relaxing in an Over-sized Zero Gravity recliner. This chair has a shade built into it to protect you from the sun. The removable drink tray is great for keeping a beverage at hand. The locking mechanism allows for an infinite number of recline positions and a headrest is provided for additional comfort or use as a lumbar support. The recliner, made of high strength and durable powder coated steel frame, folds for easy storage and transportation. It comfortably supports up to 300 lbs of human weight. The fabric is made of textilene, a long lasting outdoor grade fabric. It comes in twelve exciting color combos.

The Spring and Summer seasons should be all about relaxation, family festivities, restoration and contemplation about life’s forward moving journey. Easing out of household duties, including the pesky after-winter yard work should be a pre-spring priority, so that by the time both seasons arrive – you’re already there.

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3 Reasons To Consider Green

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Stunningly Beautiful Imagery and Product Lines by Crystorama

Today, we give you 3 reasons to consider green as an interior room or home decor color. Out of the full spectrum of colors available to mankind, the ones most soothing to the human soul are the blues and greens. What is it about these colors that calm the human spirit and are so unusually restorative?

Firstly, green and blue are two of Earth’s most abundant colors. The color green denotes life, nature and constant growth and renewal. In Sanskrit, the chakra center associated with green is the human heart chakra. There is even an unseen and cosmic life-force frequency of green light flowing through us that many of us may not see necessarily, but we all naturally feel.

Secondly, Earth has herself, a fundamental resonate frequency, (otherwise known as the Schumann Resonance), which is approximately seven and a half beats per second (7.5 hertz). Earth’s frequencies are intimately linked to human brainwaves, as well as the human system overall.  As everything is made of energy, we are far more dependent upon Earth’s rhythms than we are aware of.

The basic point here is that we are a fully organic species. Our organic body constitution is therefore, dependent upon many life force properties that Earth provides to us; such as green foods and blue water. As our natural affinity is to resonate with and be supported by Earth frequencies, the color green itself helps to remind our bodies that we are perpetually connected to the planet, despite the fact that we’ve blocked those supportive energies via the cement homes we build. Green has been used in hospitals and schools for centuries. That’s something to think about, even if you are a non-believer in what skeptic’s term it – pseudoscience.

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Hinkley – Another Great Indoor / Outdoor Lighting Source

Thirdly, whether or not one believes in auras and chakras…most humans will readily admit that they feel far better outside in a warm and sunny atmosphere, than indoors, provided it’s not too hot out. Golfers won’t readily admit that they all convene on the green – not so much to network – but to escape the pressures of the everyday office and corporate rig-amoral. Who wouldn’t feel greatly relaxed on an expansive carpet of green surrounded by lush trees and occasional ponds? Who’s kidding who?

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Zuo Modern – Contemporary and Bold Designs

There is another type of green, other than the more muted tones and hues of the color, that not only serves to invigorate, but can also instantly perk the human body into a feeling of regeneration. Those tend to be the more bright and lime colored greens, the brighter sea-foam greens and teal-blue-green hues, which reflect the brand new leaves of spring, blue skies and sunlight combined – to inspire a sense of youth.

Various shades of green have their effects on the human psyche whether some choose to label it something mystical or others poo-poo  any ‘healing’ validity whatsoever. The bottom line is that for many people, green does it’s thing on us no matter how we define it or question it. And that ‘thing’ is almost always 100% positive….unless of course we’re talking green mold. Consider green if you haven’t before and see how it affects you. You might just be surprised at how great you feel!

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Sustainable Products on Behalf of Earth

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Since its inception in 2003, Anji Mountain has established itself as the finest source of area rugs and office chair mats made from both natural fibers—including jute, bamboo, sea grass, sisal and cork—and recycled materials. A family business, the company was founded on the principle that only sustainable uses of the earth’s natural resources can be tolerated. Thus, they have developed a specific reputation for crafting and sourcing sustainable products on behalf of Earth. The astonishing renew-ability and versatility of natural fibers and recycled materials creates lots of new ecologically positive possibilities at a time when they are desperately needed. It’s the Anji Mountain mission to bring these wonderful resources to as wide an audience as possible.

This pouf brings some stylish versatility to your living space. Perfectly sized for duty as a stool or small ottoman and ready to switch gears at a moments notice. It sits nice and firm for excellent support yet offers a touch of comfort with a natural jute cover. Just be sure you don’t own cats – lest they think you’ve made a diggy-dig purchase – JUST FOR THEM!

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Simple things we can do to protect our planet….

Most in society agree that global warming is happening. However, the harm that the human race has done to our natural world is reversible—at least to an extent. If we delay modifications to our behavior and practices we do so at the peril of future generations and ourselves. Choosing products made from natural fibers instead of synthetic fibers is a small step towards reversing man-made damage to our planet but it’s an important one.

Consider this comparison of natural fibers and synthetic fibers. Synthetic fibers create a myriad of disposal problems for communities worldwide. They release heavy metals and other additives into soil and groundwater when they are disposed of in landfills. Recycling can be expensive and time-consuming. Incineration produces dangerous pollutants and, in the case of high-density polyethylene, 3 tons of carbon dioxide emissions for every ton of material burnt. Substantial amounts of carbon dioxide are also released into the atmosphere during production of synthetic fibers.

In stark contrast, natural fibers are naturally and easily decomposed with the help of universal fungi and bacteria. Natural fibers can also be composted to improve soil structure or incinerated with no harmful emissions and release of no more carbon dioxide than the fibers absorbed during their lifetimes. Furthermore, one ton of jute fiber production absorbs as much as 2.4 tons of carbon dioxide1. Since carbon dioxide is the most destructive greenhouse gas on the planet and largely responsible for the growing hole in our ozone layer this bit of information illustrates but one significant reason to choose natural fibers.

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Anji Mountain strives to provide the finest quality floor coverings made from sustainable and renewable materials with a focus on natural fibers. Click to view their fabulous line of bamboo rugs and transitional rugs in a fabulous array of bright designs. Don’t forget to gloss over their super plush bamboo shags. Your feet won’t believe what they’re feeling, and your purchase will help to support sustainable manufacturers!

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Sage Classic Water Cooler

Bringing a Sage Classic Water Cooler into your home or office will not only bring you both cold and boiling water to your fingertips, but also the water will be quality clean and great tasting.

Americans consume nearly 10 billion gallons of water, which amounts to an annual spending of $11.8 billion. Breaking that down per person, the average person consumes on average 167 bottles of water and spends $348 annually. The Sage Classic Water Cooler will help save a family of four over $1,000.

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The Sage Classic Water Cooler sits atop of your counter top for easy access and has the capability to reach between the range of 41 degrees F – 208 degrees F and can filter up to 1,200 gallons of water

The Sage Classic Water Cooler has an advanced comes equipped with an advanced filtration unit and UV light. Together, they remove 99.99% of bacteria and microbes residing in your water.

The Sage Classic Water Cooler is easy and safe to use :

  • Digital panel to easily dispense any temperature water you want
  • Programmable LCD Interface for programming the temperature of water you want
  • Child Hot Water Safety Lock Programming
  • Has Sleep & Timer Functions
  • Can put into Energy Saving mode
  • Will notify you when its time to replace the filter or UV light.  (Depending on usage, can be between 6-12 months)

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The sleek and modern Sage Classic Water Cooler can be found in nine different finishes: black, blue, green, orange, purple, red, red metallic, silver and white so it can fit in any decor.

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You can eliminate the costs of water ordering, delivery, shopping and storage. Also, you can reduce your carbon footprint by not using plastic water bottles.

Find Sage Class Water Coolers, filter replacements and UV light replacements and more at EliteFixtures.com

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Varaluz Lighting Takes Beautiful to the Extremes

70% recycled steel. 0% recycled style. Most Varaluz lighting fixtures use steel that has 70% or greater recycled content, and glass that is 100% recycled. Varaluz Lighting uses many reclaimed materials in the glass and shades used on their modern lights, green lighting and contemporary lighting designs. As the old saying goes, “One person’s trash is another’s treasure.” Varaluz just takes it to beautiful extremes. With Earth Day coming up, Varaluz is offering all their fixtures at 10% off until the end of April.

Visit http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/promo/varaluz-lighting-sale to see all the fixtures this great brand has to offer.

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