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Spring Clean Green

Spring Clean Green
Spring is fast approaching and with it comes time for Spring Cleaning. You may be looking to declutter your life or just a good once over clean of your home. Whatever your goal, consider these following tips to reduce your environmental impact, reduce risks to your health, and do some good. Green Clean: When cleaning with products, consider using “green chemicals.” Products that specialize in natural or non-harsh ingredients. Extended exposure to typical store bought products can have negative impacts on your health. For store-bought green alternatives try Seventh Generation or Simple Green. And don’t forget the cleaning power of common, non-toxic items like white vinegar, baking soda, lemons and borax. Proper disposal: Spring cleaning sometimes involves getting rid of things.  It is not as easy as throwing everything in the trash. Sensitive documents like financial documents should be shredded and electronics require special disposal. Sensitive paper documents should be shredded. If you do not have a shredder, the Tribal Hall offers monthly access to the shredding bins at no cost on Vendor Days. Electronics:  Anything with an “on/off” switch does not go in the regular trash. Your electronics often have toxic and/or potentially valuable components in them that do not belong in a landfill.  If the item still works, consider donating it to a local organization, like Unity Shoppe or Goodwill. For computers and other computer hardware, consider donating the items to Computers for Families. For non-functional electronics, there are several sites throughout Santa Barbara County that accept electronic waste on a regular, if not daily, basis. For a full list of collection locations in Santa Barbara County visit: lessismore.org

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