Get Green with Style Blog



Definition and Product of the Week 04.24.2010

by Hilary Sopata

Each Saturday, we post a definition and a product of the week so that you can learn more about going green and what makes particular products green.  This week, we define DAYLIGHTING and the product of the week is SHAKLEE GET CLEAN.

Definition: DAYLIGHTING (in our own words)

At the most basic level, sunlight affects our lives.  Whether teenagers stay up late because their daytime clock is shifted or third shift workers are ever fighting jet-lag-like sleeping problems, we need sunshine to be more productive and to improve our mood and productivity.  Daylighting is using sunshine to the fullest for light and heat for your home.  Believe it or not, a wall of windows or a ceiling of skylights is not the best choice.  A good guideline is that 10% of your wall or window space should be windows decreasing that to only 5% on the North side of your house.  This formula allows passive solar heat gain into your home heating it up like a greenhouse during the warm times of the day and reduces heat loss at night.  You can add to the benefits by incorporating deciduous trees into your landscaping that lose their leaves in the autumn and increase sunshine and warmth during the colder months.  Close your window treatments on cold nights or during hot days to manage heat loss or gain.  This helps reduce energy costs and save money!

Product of the Week: SHAKLEE GET CLEAN

From a no-streak window cleaner to a scouring scrubber made of cherries, this line of inexpensive cleaning products is the best in my opinion!  You may have seen Shaklee Get Clean on the Oprah or Rachel Ray shows.  You significantly reduce packaging and carbon emissions when buying these products because you mix the concentrate with water yourself thus using bottles over and over again while not paying to ship all that extra water.  Traditional household cleaners can irritate allergy and asthma sufferers, but this line is “Safe for You, Your Home, and Your Planet.”  These cleaning products biodegrade in 90-days or less easing the strain on water treatment plants and on the Earth.  Plus, the cost is significantly less than store-bought cleaners, and these cleaners can be easily ordered online and will quickly ship right to your home.

Source: Shaklee Get Clean website http://greendesign.myshaklee.com/us/en/

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