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Environmentally Friendly Lingo Part II
By Admin | May 2nd, 2011 | 0 Comments

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Organisms from bacteria, plants or animals which have been genetically changed in a laboratory through DNA technology. Geothermal Literally, heat from the earth; energy obtained from the hot areas under the surface of the earth. Global Weirding - is an increase in severe or unusual environmental activity often attributed to global warming. This includes freakish weather and new animal migration patterns. Green-Collar Workers people who are inspired to work in the green industry for what might resemble blue-collar wages. Green Design - a design, usually architectural, conforming to environmentally sound principles of building, material and energy use. A green building, for example, might make use of solar panels, skylights, and recycled building materials. Greenhouse Effect: The warming of earth's atmosphere as a result of atmospheric pollution by gases. It is now feared that the warming effects are being undesirably increased by humans, causing climate changes and melting polar icecaps, known as Global Warming. Holistic Interior Design / Zen Interior Design A complimentary way of designing interiors based on achieving a balance between; design principles, human health and well-being and our natural environment. Life Cycle Assessment - methodology developed to assess a product's full environmental costs, from raw material to final disposal. Low-Emission Vehicles - vehicles which emit little air pollution compared to conventional internal combustion engines. Low-Impact Camping - camping that does not damage or change the land, where campers leave no sign that they were on the land. Managed Growth Growth or expansion that is controlled so as not to be harmful. Off-Gassing Gases released from building materials, finishes and products which are inhaled by humans and animals. Off-gassing causes interior air pollution and is connected to poor health and illness. Off The Grid or Off-Grid: Living in a self-sufficient way without relying on one or more public utilities. Organic: Food that is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation to maintain the integrity of the food. Renewable energy - energy resources such as windpower or solar energy that can keep producing indefinitely without being depleted. Run-Off - precipitation that the ground does not absorb and that ultimately reaches rivers, lakes or oceans. Salvage Logging The logging of dead or diseased trees in order to improve overall forest health; used by timber companies as a rationalization to log otherwise protected areas. Sustainable: Meeting the needs of the present without damaging the ability of future generations to meet their needs. When a process is sustainable, it can be carried out over and over without negative environmental effects or impossibly high costs. Sustainable Communities - communities capable of maintaining their present levels of growth without damaging effects. Sustainable Products - products providing environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health, welfare, and environment over their full commercial cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to final disposition. Telecommuting - working with others via telecommunications technologies (e.g., telephones, modems, faxes) without physically travelling to an office. To go Green / Green Living To make both a conscious and active decision to reduce the negative effect on the environment through your own lifestyle choices. A lifestyle intended to ensure that one's impact on the environment is as minimal as possible. Traffic Calming - designing streets to reduce automobile speed and to enhance walking and bicycling Triple Bottom Line (People/Planet/Profit) Companies who add environmental and social standards into their concerns for profit and performance. Trip Reduction - reducing the total numbers of vehicle trips, by sharing rides or consolidating trips with diverse goals into fewer trips Virgin Product Products that do not contain any recycled content, manufactured with 100% new materials Watershed A region or area over which water flows into a particular lake, reservoir, stream, or river. Zero Emission Vehicles Vehicles (usually powered by electricity) with no direct emissions from tailpipes or fuel evaporation. For the Entire Month of May in honour of Earth Month we are waving shipping and handling charges on all orders placed by phone. Please call 416-829-1761 to save on shipping and handling.

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