Posts tagged eco-friendly

Three Tips to Running a Green Business

Managing a green crafts business can be good for both the planet and for your wallet. Listed below are 3 easy moves that will help turn your artisan business into an eco-friendly one without forcing you to change your working style.

Shut off your electric equipment when you’re not using it. Countless fax machines, copiers, and personal computers remain powered on overnight around the world. Turning off your electrics when you’re finished working can help cut your energy use by 50%.

Recycle your paper. Most businesses throw out old printer paper by the masses on a daily basis—don’t make the same mistake! While some papers hold sensitive material, most of the waste generated is just ordinary paper. Try tossing old documents into the recycling can rather than the trash can whenever you can. If recycling isn’t possible for your home business, try double siding documents to save what paper you can.

Buy paper made from recycled materials. It is just as good as ordinary copy paper, and it is more environmentally friendly. Sure, it may look a little different, but since most documents you print will be used for business filing, who cares what color that paper is?

I hope these tips have helped you to run your artisan business the green way! For more information on going green, be sure to check out Art Daily’s Green Wise section for updates on green living.

Happy crafting, and remember to buy handmade!

-Sara

www.artfire.com

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Greener Homes

Good day everyone,

This morning I was reading an article online about a green housing community in New Hampshire.  According to MSNBC.com, green homes look just like normal homes, expect they offer triple-glazed windows, recycled insulation materials, organic heating systems, and other green features meant to encourage longevity. 

Apparently, these kind of housing communities aren’t uncommon. There are 113 green neighborhoods within the United States, and another 90 still being built.   While the housing market is troubled, green housing is soaring in popularity, and expected to grow to new heights in the years to come.

And I must say, for being made out of recycled materials, these houses are looking mighty snazzy.

 Just imagine how easy it would be to go green in a house already designed for it! You wouldn’t have to worry much about your wasting electricity when your house is heated by solar power, or wasting CO2 when your dishwasher recycles it.    While this could encourage residents to be lazy, the people who live in these houses seem even MORE aware of the need to live an environmentally friendly life.  These living communities unite people who share a common desire to live greenly, giving them the chance to work together to improve the quality of their lives.

Unfortunately, there simply aren’t enough green houses for everyone—yet.  For those of us who haven’t purchased a green home yet, we’ll just have to keep recycling and supporting green organizations like ArtFire.com.

-Sara

www.artfire.com

P.S. I’m still looking for Art Daily Contributors! Artisans who contribute to Art Daily will have their work posted on Artfire.com and read by the art community.  Columnists can share their tips with other artisans, discuss craft ideas, or offer opinions on art related issues. For more information or to contribute to Art Daily, please email: mailto:artdaily@artfire.com.

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